Sweet Dreams…or DIY ceiling jewelry!

Sweet Dreams…or DIY ceiling jewelry!

How to take your light from fab to fabulous…add a little jewel of an accessory to make your ceiling go from ho-hum to how did you do that?!!… Do it yourself in an afternoon by decorating an inexpensive ceiling medallion from your home-improvement store… To get this finish, you will need an aqua blue, a sandy beige, and a creamy white (or adjust to your decor)…Brush the blue into every crevice and curve of the medallion…do not be shy…just ‘moosh’ it in there…then loosely brush the beige around the rest of the surface… When dry, use a big brush to drag light applications of the cream paint over each surface…applying until you are happy with the look…then let dry… Use a bit of cream tinged with blue to letter out your phrase (this one was ‘sweet dreams”…but it could be many things…even their monogram) Once set, then go back over with a more visible blue application (I freehand my lettering for a more whimsical look, but you could use transfer paper or stencils too) While the blue is still slightly wet, introduce highlights in the sandy color… …allowing the paint to mix slightly for a dimensional look… Then , pull back out the light cream/blue mixture you used to layout your lettering and add a few shadow and accent marks… then stand back and admire your work…for your ceiling is calling you to get dressed… Remove your light fixture to install (here is where I step back and let the experts (ahem…my husband) do their work… Sweet dreams little one…...

This is my space

This is my space…just mine…a little corner of my house (well, really a room over the garage) that I have claimed as my own… My haven filled with fabrics and burlap and notions… …where I can sit with only the noises of the yard below…(and of course the hum of the sewing machine!) I have an art studio…a creative space that I have packed full of anything needed to spark creativity…paints and papers…canvases & palettes…stuff & stuff & more creative stuff (just shy of hoarding a little bit…but used daily to create!)…but here there is stillness… And softness…creativity blooms more quietly here, perhaps muffled slightly by the shelves and shelves of pillow forms And the history of this tiny room meets with the simpleness of my current favorite sewing medium, burlap… for this is where the “help” would have rested their weary feet…this tiny room a flight of steep steps above the yard oh the conversations that this room held, now wedged tightly among the beadboard paneling and tucked in the corners of the painted, peeling shelves… What would they say when they saw me gleefully sewing the simplest of feed-sack-making- coffee-bean-holding fabric? Jotting notes for new designs and patterns…falling in love with the coarse and uneven texture of this lowly woven jute… I think they would chuckle…and join me for a glass of ice water…and we would sit for just a moment listening to the sounds of the yard below… …and then we would both get back to work again! …check out what’s been created lately in my little sewing room here… and go find this fabulous Olympic...