Red White & Blue

I was so excited to see one of my pillows featured in this beautiful sofa collection by La Lune Collection furniture ! A little Fourth Of July excitement…at least I felt like fireworks went off when I saw...

You Lake Me Smile

Working in the studio and these fun pillows had me longing for a hammock, iced tea and water breezes! You Lake Me Smile… Just the perfect touch of rustic fun for a lake house or cabin! Now where is that hammock? Then I start working on these fourth of July pillows! Now I need some sparklers too 🙂 Home of the Brave Pillow Kijsa...

His Father’s Son

“Forget Batman: when I really thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up, I wanted to be my dad.” ― Paul Asay My middle child has a creative spirit. He is always constructing cities on paper, flying machines in his head, and amazing, as-of-yet-undiscovered construction techniques that will soon revolutionize the industry. He decided that the best Father’s Day present will be one of his own creations, fashioned by his hands out of creativity, paint and odd scraps and knickknacks found around the studio I, of course, agreed that this was the best plan, for the markings of young artists are one of my most treasured possessions. He has my eyes, my hair, but a sense of understanding and wisdom that peeks out from behind those glasses that could only belong to his father. As he paints and sands and stands back to plan his next move, I know he is recalling conversations with his dad. “Dad, How does the car actually run? DO you like that color? I like hot rods too.” “Dad, can I drive the mower? I can hold that, I can carry that, I can be your helper.” “Dad, what is your favorite color? Dad, does God love dogs? I love baseball, don’t you Dad?” Each brush stroke he makes on his current creation speaks a thousand words. The loudest ones, heard above the bright yellow paint and the clatter of trying to find wheels in my button bucket are these words, simple, strong, and filled with the pure truth and innocence of my little boy: “I love you...

A Quick Painting Tip

Need a quick update to a frame, piece of furniture, a whatnot or whatever? Well, grab a candle… If you want a distressed finish, with a contrasting color showing, the wax in the candle will act as a perfect resist to the paint. Any paint that is layered atop the candle wax can be easily rubbed off with a fine, or high-grit sandpaper or steel wool.  A little elbow grease (and it will only be a little bit if you let the wax do the work for you ) and you will have a beautiful contrasting, distressed...