International Pillow Fight Day!

International Pillow Fight Day!

It was recently international pillow fight day in Berlin!… I think I will celebrate here 🙂 with the fabulous pillowpalooza party with Linda at It all Started with Paint … (I mean really…isn’t that were all great stuff starts..with a little paint?!) I have linked up a pillow from my Etsy site…so many fun ones there! …SO hop on over…and let the feathers...

Where Life Happens…

 In honor of wonderful Judy I have pulled up a few “blast from the past” pictures of my home… I laughed while going through these… …so many things have changed in the rooms from these photos below… …from new upholstery and counter tops… …to vintage tile and kitchen updates…   …yet it is not the ‘things’ that have changed as much as my family…children added and children aged…dolls have given way to crushes…cribs passed to the next sibling… What you see below are just still photos from a slice of my life …but what isn’t captured from picture to picture is the actual living that goes on here… …leaf projects for biology class spread across the kitchen table… …Pinterest creations started and waiting to be finished :-)… …bags and uniforms and cleats in the halls to grab on the way to ball, or swim, or Mother’s day out… And then comes the occasional moment to sit, laugh and take in the whirlwind of life around me… …and I am thankful for the love, the laughter, my God who has blessed me… …and I smile… A local magazine popped by to take a couple photos of our home one day… (I say this as though it happens all the time… *sigh* …that would be nice…like weekly trips to the spa and daily massages…however…like both the spa and massage…it was a rare occurance)… …my family room (the couch has since been recovered…and I have my grandmother’s wonderful chairs in the dining room)… …The winter scene from the dining room mural…it took me a night for each season…but that floor in the...
How to Paint on Burlap

How to Paint on Burlap

Recently I was challenged to design an entire room using only elements from a charity yard sale… This chair was already yearning to be so much more than it was…it was already trying to shed it’s old vinyl… You have to sand a little… Then a little more… then just a bit more…then paint…using a primer lightly in spots, then creamy paint…sand some more to distress…Then on to the fun… tools: fabric paint, brush, chalk, stencils (if desired!), and patience… Note…do not use a favorite brush for painting burlap…the fibers are hard on the bristles! Layout your design using chalk (that way you can just brush away any mistakes…wish I could do that with everything!) …then paint away…I usually freehand most designs, as for the laurel wreath above (I do trace my circles out ahead of time using proper artist equipment…such as paint can lids!) …but for this project I needed to give it a “stamped sack feel”… so to the stencil drawer I went… If using a stencil, simply pounce on the paint with a heavily loaded brush, being careful to not let the paint seep under stencil edges… then let dry…this look lets the holes of the burlap shine through…adding a vintage feel… For more fun with painted burlap… Hop on over to Savvy Southern Style today to register for a giveaway of one of my handpainted pillows from my Etsy site made from old industrial bags (see the cool stitching!) These are all hand-lettered, handpainted and fun to customize! For more fun-to-win goodies…find out about Walk It, Pin It, Win It in a fun American Heart...

PoppyTalk ShopTalk

Today… …I am so excited! Poppytalk picked my artwork to showcase this month… So the paintbrushes are moving..the paint is flowing…the burlap is flapping… (okay so maybe there isn’t any flapping of burlap…but I was swept up in the moment)… So head over to the Poppytalk Handmade market and checkout all the cuteness there… …and i am going to go make some burlap flap…...