Sunday, February 27, 2011

Pretty Green Lamps

Loving this kitchen I saw on Bright Bazaar today.  What do you think?  Green for my pendant lamps?  or black?  I'm torn....  I'm told by a friend, whose honesty I love, that I should toss my lamp and start new.... she may be right, but I have to try don't I?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Dream Outfits....

Garnet Hill
Garnet Hill
Garnet Hill

Garnet Hill
Happy Friday!  Only a few more weeks until we'll be running around in spring clothes.  YAY!  These are a few things I'd buy if money grew on trees.  Have you got your eye on anything cute for spring?  Or maybe something you're secretly pining away for?

Have a great weekend. K?  We'll chat later:)

k & s

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Help! Pendant Lamp For the Dining Table

Rather than buy a new pendant lamp for above my dining table I've decided use the old one.  I really like the vintage look of it... but yikes.  That color just doesn't work! I want something bright and shiny.  And, I need to get rid of the ghastly chain:) Any suggestions?   Has anyone had any experience with such things? 
Green? Red? Black?  Blue? What color do you think would make the lamp really stand out, in a good way, of course:)?

Thanks for your help! 


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Day Trip to Hocking Hills

We took a day trip to the woods last weekend and feel refreshed now, if not a little impatient for spring to spring.  I highly recommend Hocking Hills in winter- no people and great wintry scenes.  We chose to walk to Conkel's Hollow for the flat paved trails.  The little novice walker did well on his first "hike" walking about half all on his own grinning and admiring his shadow.  Tried my very best to capture the downy sunshine and bright new green but fear I'll shall fail miserably to capture the reality until they make scratch n' snif (for the great, rich, earthy smell), musical pictures (for the babble of the creek and the quiet hush).  It was most definitely a feast for all the senses. All through the walk I was thinking that I'd really like to take nature's lead and just be. 

... Have a lovely, peaceful day.  I'm thinking good thoughts and sending them your way:)


Friday, February 18, 2011

Did I mention lately how wicked cool I think you all are?  Well, I think its been too long since I have. Yeah, take this home to mama- I think you're the best.

Thank you for stopping by to see me!   It really makes me feel good.  Happy almost spring.  The sun is shining and I can actually see some sprouts in my garden!  Hoping this weekend is good for you.  We're going to Hocking Hills on Saturday.  I'm hoping the rest of Ohio doesn't have the same idea!  See you again soon.



Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Flea Market Frame Before and After

Last Friday I posted about some frames I found at the flea market, remember? This is one of them.  I got it for $3- pretty good, but I'm not sure what an unfinished frame at a craft store might cost and I won't know if it REALLY was a good deal until I do my research.  Anyway, that's irrelevant (I DO go on!) You notice that the frame is a little shabby.  The picture is not bad really, but not my style.  I think its the matting that ruins it for me....
Just a little much for my taste.  So I bought with other uses in mind.  Ages ago I came across this picture:
And I liked the idea a lot.  I mean, this is what I've been keeping my jewels (he he) in until now:
It works, but I have to plan a ten minute de-tangle time into my already hectic getting ready time. You can imagine how well that goes over, right? There has been an occasional throwing incident, I'm not going to lie.   So I kept this one in ye ol' crafty file in my head. 

When thinking about this project I thought specifically about how I could make it more me.  And here's what I came up with:

Oh yea, that's yarn.  Who uses yarn for EVERYTHING?  Me.  So I was all- I'm going to wrap that baby in yarn.  Not just one color but two!   And  here she is.  My labor of love.  Labor should have a capital L, because it was a little more labor than I bargained for.  Not so much that I regret it or anything, just a little more than I thought it would be.  So here's what I used to make it:
  Oh how I love you, yarn.  Your colors are so pretty.  And you're so useful.... I could write you a love letter....

Chicken wire.

Manly wire snips.
Crochet hook and scissors

Extra manly staple gun. 

I could have wrapped the yarn  instead of using the crochet hook but I wanted it to look like this on top:
The corners were a wee bit tricky and if I were to do it over again, I'd paint the corners gray to match the yarn so when it gaps, its not as noticeable.  I found an easy solution after many, many trial and errors.  I Think I'm going to post a tutorial in a new tutorial tab I'm dreaming up in case anyone is interested and wants to avoid the heartache. 
So now all my dangley earrings and necklaces have a home! oh, and so do these guys.


Hope you all are well.  Are you working on any projects?  Feel like sharing?



ps.  I have a solution for how to hang pendant earrings, in case you're wondering:)  Just let me know and I'll share my idea.  I've never been one to go small with earrings so I didn't worry about it:)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Amy Butler's Business Card Keeper

I found this in my documents file and thought I'd share.  Long ago when I had one, I thought would make this as a gift to a boss of mine.  I never got around to it, unfortunately.  But the thought was there, right?  It would be nice for a particularly business-y friend, too or even for yourself, if you need one.   If you're interested, Amy Butler has a bunch of free pattern downloads, here.

Oh yea, its Valentines Day, isn't it?  Well, have a good one.  Kisses to you.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Flea Market Finds

Sam and I ventured out into the cold today in search of chairs at the flea market.  I saw a few possibilities, but nothing really jumped out at me.  I'm holding out for THE chairs.  However, I did come away with a little fun stuff for future projects:

I paid $13 total for all three of them which is good but doesn't make me want to run the streets naked or anything....  Moving on.  So I'm going to work a little sprucing magic and I'll get back to you. 

Oh and by the way!  I did a bunch of research on round frames and as far as I can tell, they are impossible to find for a reasonable price.  SOOO, if you're looking for some, best go to the flea market and pick up some of these old silhouettes and modify accordingly.  Apparently its hard to make a round frame.  jeesh.  I'm going to buy them whenever I find them just because.  BUT, if I'm mistaken and you have the low down on the secret roundy stash, give me a holler. 

I suppose I better stop blogging now because I'm really getting weird and you're all going to disown me. 

After awhile, crocodile.

ps.  If you have any new food suggestions, hit me.  I planned to do okra last week but waited too long and they went bad in my fridge.  It scares me, I guess, so I procrastinated.  I've been wanting to get back into it but, well, its winter and I'm crabby:)  But spring is so close I can almost smell it.... Just. have. to get. through. February.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Little Mix For You

Hello!  I should be asleep but  I made a pot of coffee at 4 o'clock today- what a mistake!  Anyway, I came across a playlist widget today and I've been putting one together.  Thought you might like to listen in.  Who would have thought the White Stripes and Brad Paisley would end up together on a playlist.  A little weird, I know, but most of these songs have played a prominent role in my life at one point or another.  Like, for instance, The Sunday's song inspired some permanent ink on my lower back (butterfly tattoo), and the Carol King song was stuck on repeat throughout my preteen years.  Brandi Carlile is relatively recent, but she speaks to my heart and so on and so forth.  Hope you enjoy some of them.  Oh, the first one I've never heard before tonight, but I think I'm liking it....

Plaid Crazy




I made these new plaids to go with my hearts fabric.  I'm ordering a swatch. like. now.  don't you think they'd make a fun crib sheet set for the little ones?  I'm talking solid fitted sheet in one of these colors and then a fun bumper of plaid and hearts.....  I guess this means I have to have another kid?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

One Extra Large Painting. Check.

Well, folks, here it is. I finished it last night. Its not exactly what I imagined at the start, but I like the colors and that's all that really matters, right?   At least in my mind it is.  This is the part that's giving me a little heartburn:

I was experimenting and I'm not sure it works with the painting as a whole.  The great thing about painting is, you can "erase".  Ahhh.  Its a lovely thing.  Once I realized this, life became so much less stressful for me.  Its nice to know I'm never stuck with something.  Sooo, I'm going to let it sit awhile and see how I feel.  But I do like the clouds:
They're definitely staying. 

I guess this is proof that you don't have to be a trained artist, or even a talented one, to have a little homemade artwork around your house:)  All you have to have is a favorite color (or, in my case colorS- but basically, I just love blue and green together), a canvas, a little imagination, maybe a small amount of patience and faith that it will turn out and wa la. 

While I was painting, I had some time to think (did you see how big this canvas is?).  I thought about why I was painting, mostly, with thoughts of donuts and such here and there.  I realized somewhere in there that I'm GLAD I never went to art school even though (or maybe, because,) I love to draw and paint.  Art school was a dream I never realized, and clung to.  That is, until now. 

When I was young, I loved to write with all my heart.  I'd write little stories all the time and read them over with pride.  I decided (after changing my major at least three times) to go the English/Creative Writing route in school.  I studied the art form inside and out, learned motives and techniques.  I learned about "hidden meanings" and about symbolism.  I wrote stories and listened in horror as they were torn apart by classmates and professors. We dismantled every book known to man. I'm glad I have that background but at the same time, I realize that this intense dissection of the art form has left me jaded and lacking the same naive, childish love I once felt and cherished in writing.    I guess every time I start to write, I see how I don't measure up- I see the science behind the creativity and its no longer fun.  I realized as I was painting that had I actually had the nerve to go to art school, I probably wouldn't be painting now.  And I REALLY wouldn't be able to look at a work I created and say- not that bad:)  Sometimes its best (at least for me) not to think things to death!  Sometimes its good not to make everything in life empirical and instead just be loyal to yourself and do what feels right. 

ok.  enough from me.  Have a wonderful day! 


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