Saturday, February 27, 2010

Rain, rain...

and more rain!

We woke up to this

but I got a pair of these....

Bring it on!!!!!!!!!!

"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather,
always bring your own sunshine"

~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book~

Happy weekend!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

We are...

not ready for retirement!

That's what a couple of very old,
somehow beat up to perfection
enamel bowls told us when we walked by...

And you know what?
They were right!

What are antiques whispering in your ear today?


Linked to:
Sanctuary Arts at Home
The shabby nest
The DIY showoff

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

White Wednesday

My little nephew S got me this oh so good smelly candle as a Christmas gift
...notice the perfect white, he knows me!

The label on the glass was not the prettiest one,
but the maker knows it because look at what he wrote on it:

and peeling I did....
and printing I did...
and fixing I did...

I keep it in my bedroom now and every time I look at it, I think of him!

"Children make you want to start life over"
~Muhammad Ali~

For LOTS of white beauty visit:
Faded Charm

also linked to:
Thursday Transformation at the "Shabby Chic Cottage"

Sunday, February 21, 2010

This week's obsession....


We can't have enough of them!

They are the perfect project to work on while watching TV, and with the Olympics, we are doing a lot of that around here....

4 of our rosettes are embellishing a set of napkin rings....

Now we just need to decide what to do with the other 7,935,8... we made!

Another case of O.C.D
Obsessive Crafting Disorder

Listed at $10.00 for the set of 4
Check them out in our Etsy store!

The DIY Show is having a party...don't miss it!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Lamp shade Tut

Hope you are still interested on knowing how we transformed this lampshade a couple of days ago, because today we are reveling the secret...

  • We printed our design using "Photo Fabric" (paper backed fabric for use in inkjet printers).
JoAnn's fabrics offers 3 different kinds:
Cotton Twill, this is the one we use.

The fabric is very white, to make it match the lampshade better, we chose a background for our design with a yellowish vintage tone.

  • We made a pattern of the side of the lampshade we wanted to embellish. We used paper, but now we realize that using a piece of muslin makes the pattern making a whole lot easier...craft and learn!!

  • Once we were happy with the pattern, we cut the printed fabric, peeled the backing and applied it to the shade using spray adhesive.
Thinking about the possibilities of fabric printing, we also came up with this alternative for when we want to use a specific color or material:

  • Attach a clear sheet of label material for inkjet printers to your fabric. make sure you get rid of wrinkles!
  • Cut the fabric to fit the sheet. Your fabric should be now: 8.5" X 11"
  • Print your design
  • Peel the Label Sheet and use your printed fabric as needed.

Here's the design we made, in case you would like to use it.
(please: personal use only, no commercial)

Are your wheels spinning yet?
Well, what are you waiting for???
Go print something...
Go make something beautiful!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Beachin' Tassels

First of all, we need to apologize for what we are going to write but....

The weather has been so amazingly warm and nice and sunny that it has been impossible to resist...we have been in a "beach mood"!
We know, we know, where you are is cold and covered in snow....sorry!!

Accept our little project as the best way we know to send warm thoughts your way....

Large Finger Starfish Tassels

Sand and ocean colors for one...

...and blue Cali sky shades for the other one...

Don't you feel a lot warmer now?
We know you do, even if you don't admit it!!!

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home"
~Edith Sitwell~

Priced at $12.00 each + shipping
More colors coming soon!

Linked to
The Shabby Chic Cottage

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

White Wednesday

A simple, white shade...

...romantic graphics from Karen...

and a thrift store find....

You've got to love quick projects!


We also love White Wednesdays...
Thank you, Kathleen!

Also linked to:
Blue Cricket Design

A nice,

relaxing walk through Laguna Beach with my Husband was all I needed to finish the order of altered books for the Cottage.

The beach was packed during the sunny, bright Valentine's afternoon.
We had coffee, enjoyed a great beach volleyball game, walked a lot and finished it off with the best seafood tacos at Loco Taco on PCH.

I felt like...

I felt so inspired that I even have enough creative juices for more altered books:
one going to Texas, another one going to France...

and tons of little crowns also ready to be delivered.

That was one very inspiring afternoon!

What has inspired you lately?