Handmade by Rosalie on ETSY

The world of Etsy has introduced me to so many new friends, including this wonderful woman, Erin Bailey! She and her husband met while attending Texas A&M University. The small world of College Station began a whirlwind of family and moving, due to her husband’s career with the railroad. San Antonio, Dallas, Alexandria …. Then two became three, then four with the addition of two wonderful boys Her sweet boys, Clint 4, & Bryce, 2 , must be some of her wonderful inspiration for her art, such as this site chore chart!  Her career began with working in non profit, and then after her baby arrived, she made that big tradition to being a Stay at home mom! This was never a position she had pictured, for her days in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M  had left her career-oriented until she had her first child. A wonderful tradition dating back to 1876, the Corps only had a small percentage women. Her attention to detail and perfectionist leanings were only enhanced by the military atmosphere… little did she know they were going to be part of her artistic achievements too! Her husband encouraged her and she began a little at a time… She is not sure where the path is going,  but feels her natural ability was being nudged by God.  She has such a passion, a heart,  for trying to better the world, and hopes that this creating is bettering the world, helping people. One project at a time, one more celebration of a birth or a marriage, and the message will become clearer. She loves doing custom...

Words for Me & My Friends

  Finding myself the proud owner of several vintage scrabble games, I pondered what creative idea I could do…obviously, I could challenge all my family members to a giant scrabble round robin (the 1986 version of Words with friends!) But maybe, just maybe, there might be a way to use the game boards for superior scrabble domination preparation, also known as… “WORD OF THE DAY” (said with echoes and a guy flying over it with a flapping cape)  SO the flying cape won! I grabbed some 16″ MDF blocks I had in the studio and started base coating them, one red, one bright blue. Pulling a stencil from the lot stacked on my shelf, I quickly stenciled a pattern in one shade deeper around the edge. Perfection is not the goal, for so little will be seen, so just let the brush & paint fly (you know, like that cape!) I then grabbed the boards, and liberally applied glue to the backs, pressing down centered on the board. A first coat of chalkboard paint was applied freehand to the board, followed by two more coats for great coverage. For a good finish, I added two coats of Decoart’s Americana satin varnish all over the board and the edges Out came the carpet tacks as decoration and a little extra staying power for the board, then distressed all over lightly …added a hanger (and a secret-flying-word-learning cape) Happy & I know it, so I clapped my hands and hung it up for lots of fun! Stay tuned for the next post to see what I did with the box top!!...

Alphabet Song

My three year old loves, no LOVES, singing  the ABC song I mean LOVES singing it! All the time, down the halls, at bed time, in the car, at church, in the store A, B, C, D, E, F, G… So when I happened upon these adorable ABC stickers at the Dollar store I knew in a flash what I had to create! I rushed home (as the ABC tune wafted from the backseat) and found some old wood begging to be recycled in the storage shed, brushed a quick coat of black latex enamel (I highly recommend Decoart’s Gloss enamels!), taking extra care to be sloppy and haphazard in the brushstrokes in other words, take your brush and only apply sporadically to the surface, pulling up quickly to leave ‘brushstroke tails’ that reveal the wood beneath When dry, I placed each brightly colored consonant and vowel dollar store sticker across the surface, spacing somewhat evenly I did not measure, nor mark out,(in the hopes of) creating a hand-painted sign feel I grabbed a handy can of white spray paint and sprayed a quick coat I used spray paint here, as I wanted a light, uneven coating on the surface that would be easy to sand and distress when dry, I carefully peeled up each letter, revealing the darker distressed imprint below After distressing with a few strokes of the sandpaper, I added a couple hangers, a burlap ribbon, and found an empty nail on the wall A B C D E F G H I J K LMNOP Q R S T U & V W X Y...

Children Should Be Seen in Fabulous Spaces

Children should be seen in fabulous spaces… image via Pinterest Love, love,  love beautiful children’s rooms…both simple and elaborate…brimming with personality and promise (above is one I painted for a client/friend)… I am in love with the room below…both young and grown up at the same time! image via Pinterest Below are a few different room details that I have painted for clients… From “All Things Bright & Beautiful”… To sleeping where the monkeys play… …& there’s a Rumble in the Jungle… To my baby girl’s first nursery… …so many fun ideas…the possibilities for fun and creativity in children’s room are endless…have fun…revisit your childhood! …”and the cow jumps over the moon”…...

Time For Coffee

I love warmth when designing rooms…the kind of space you want to walk right into and snuggle down with a cup of coffee and that friend you want to catch up with after being apart for a long season… This is a kitchen I worked on for a client (who was also a good friend)…While I want to reach in a straighten that lamp shade that I didn’t notice was crooked while snapping the photo…I decided I liked it …for that means my friend would have been more interested in the visit than the lampshade… the chair covers are a perfect touch…easy to change and give a sense of personality to old chairs! …the same here…totally different color scheme…but this client wanted her shelves to have a simple touch…lots of class and personal momentos… …This is another bedrooom I designed… love the circus tent above the bed…this is one of my favorites just because I would have loved as a little girl to have a jungle room and an elephant watch out for the bad guys while I slept! …off to pin more projects…...