She bought sea shells… on ebay May 22, 2008
Well actually, I didn’t buy these shells. I collected them at the beach last week while on vacation with my husband and children. They all pitched in and hunted with me for these sea treasures. They knew mom had a plan …
Isn’t this coral chandelier magnificent?
Sorry for the awful photos here, they’re from various issues of Veranda, House Beautiful and Country Living magazines. My scanner is out of commission for the moment and I had to shoot these with the camera. Bad pictures, but you get the idea…
I am infatuated lately with shells. Did you ever notice that once you have an interest in something you tend to see it everywhere (or is it because I have seen it everywhere, now I am infatuated)? In either case, now that I have this obsession, I have to create something out of shells.
In magazines, for summer decor, they seem to be in every spread. So, since my collection of shells was hardly enough to create anything on a large scale, I headed to Ebay. Voila, shells-a-plenty.
I bought these
And with them I plan to make these:
Where am I going to put these shell creations? I have no idea… ahhh, maybe a shell chandelier over the master bath tub, mmmm just maybe. Next stop, garage sale or thrift store for a discarded brass chandelier! I’ll post when I’m finished.
Mother’s Day May 11, 2008
Wishing you all a Happy Mother’s day.
Today I thought I’d share a page out of my art journal.
I love to create in my art journal. It’s a place to draw, doodle, paint, collage, scribble, think, write… a place to create for ME. I highly recommend this to everyone.
How do you start? No one can explain better than Suzi. Check out Suziblu on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRF4bsTToyk and then after that check out this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1U_DB4UFmk. She’s hilarious and has many fun and inspirational multi media ideas. Now go create and enjoy.
Sugar Scrubtacular April 22, 2008
Seriously easy… I made this simple, and I mean simple sugar scrub from http://www.recipezaar.com/92027. You have all the ingredients in your kitchen.
My first step was to find a container. I didn’t want any old ugly jar… I remembered a little glass jar that I had kept because it was so cute, but I didn’t have a purpose for it! Where did I put that… in the cabinet right next to my scented bath oil! I already had essential oil in many different fragrances. I had forgotten all about them. I think next time I’d like to try coconut for a tropical summer scrub!
I cut their recipe in half, just in case I didn’t like it. I LOVE it! What a great scrub sugar makes (vanilla would be great in this too). My skin is soooo soft. Look out Bath and Body!
If you love magazines… April 18, 2008
If you love magazines like I do, than you surely end up with a pile every month and wonder how you’ll ever get through them. You also wonder how you’ll remember where to find that article on that great chair reupholstering that you liked, or where’s that photo of that bathroom with the great robin’s egg blue walls…
Well, I’ve finally found a solution that works for me. The first solution I use is that I read magazines like a paper shreader. If I like something I see, I immediately rip it out. That’s the only way I can find things for future use. Otherwise, I’m forever searching for that lost article. But, then I’d throw all of my tearings into my idea drawer. Then they were lost again!
So, in my idea drawer, I found this article from Better Homes and Gardens. They show how to use these binders to organize all the recipes you tear out and never use because you can’t find them. So I knew this would work for my idea clippings. The fabric on the binders looks so sharp. I chose a brown-grey fabric for my binders. These binder’s are saving my sanity and drawer space. I have a different binder for each subject. Craft ideas, Furniture or antique repurposing ideas, decorating for my home, everything outdoor – from outdoor fabric to landscaping to chicken coops. Check out this chicken coop, I’m dying to have one just like this…