Key to my Heart

Key to my Heart

Going through the house to fill the donation box, I kept picking up frames in one room or another. Some were old, some new, some broken, some brand new from the craft store. So there I was with a stack of frames & wood & inspiration struck… Holiday ornaments and tags were just waiting to be discovered in those wooden pieces…pumpkins needed to be adorned, ornaments wanted to be created and all in all- it was time to create! I also had a wonderful box just delivered from DecoArt full of amazing products from their new mixed-media line to try…I have several art projects in mind for these new products (especially their fabulous fluid acrylics!)…but today I was thinking more decoratively in my home for my mixed media creating! Since I felt a little sparkly, I went with ornaments first (I know- out of seasonal order, but who can resist the possibility of spreading a little golden cheer!) I grabbed the first frame, and old book, several awesome products from DecoArt’s new mixed media line, a stencil or two & raided the junk drawer for some old keys, buttons & an assortment of what-nots!     I began tearing pages and deco-paging the background. When dry, I did a soft wash using white antiquing cream to soften the look. Then I took one of my new favorite products,  DecoArt’s Metallic Lustre – Gold Rush, and rubbed it with a rag along the edges and details of the frame- Love! To create the center image for my frame, I used a key stencil, gesso & a palette knife. I taped off around the key I...

May I Address the Street

Time – something I don’t seem to have enough of (like every mom out there!) SO when it comes to fall decorating, I wanted a cute, but quick fall fix for my front steps. A quick trip to my hardware store for lightweight aluminum street numbers and picked up some pumpkins while at the grocery store (ahhh – I just pretended my kid-laden car was almost the same as a hayride out to the pumpkin patch) The lightweight metal is easy to bend, just use your hands to curve the numbers slightly to fit your pumpkins Use nails or tacks to pop numbers straight into the pumpkin (I used carpet tacks because I like the rustic look) Your five minute or less pumpkin decorating project is now complete – the hard part is deciding should I put them on the left side or the right side of the stairs – no matter their location, cute, cute, cute! Happy Fall...

Our Stockings Were Hung…

WELCOME!! Our stockings are hung… Come on in and sit a while…the presents are all wrapped…We have made Santa’s key for him to get in… and under the tree they are stacked…(for a quick and easy wooden present idea…look here…) What we love about our home are the people that pass through it, the memories created, and the love that fills it’s walls. The most important part of our home is that it represents us; our past, our present, and our future, and also serves the tiny babe born Christmas morn. Thus… This is the entry decorated in our “The Meaning of Christmas Tree”….it’s covered with crosses and tiny nativities (and of course lots of glitter)! The floor in the entry was painted and stained by Kijsa to mimic a beautiful inlaid floor. Layer after layer is applied to created an aged patina… Come on into the kitchen where it’s all set up for a yummy Christmas meal… …each placesetting has a tiny stocking filled with silverware (an easy way to dress up your holiday table too!!) and a plate from kijsa’s handpainted “12 Days of Christmas” plates. Can you guess which of the 12 days this plate represents? Hint…she’s french (notice the beret)….This was the table set featured in this month’s Christmas Ideas Magazine… A few window seat details (with more hand painted touches from kijsa!) To get creative on your own pillows, look for an upcoming tutorial… …a few metal stockings….. Even the fridge has Christmas on it’s mind (or front as that may be!) And a few more details…An easy way to decorate…simply add magnets to the...

T’was The Night Before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house we scurried about like a mouse tucking wrapped boxes and gifts ‘neath the evergreen tree in the hopes that their bed they would soon see “but wait” shouts out kijsa startling all in the room and everyone knew a new project would begin soon… “The tree is all decked with ornaments bright and the stockings are hung above firelight,” “The presents all wrapped with be-ribboned flair but what looks so simple is that empty box there” “Why the rough wood on the sides could be scrubbed and adorned so that it would not stand so bare and forlorn…” “but as we stood there we knew it was perfect and would let it stand” “For the simple box opened to reveal what they saw… a rough and unwoven mat made of straw” “and they knew past the sparkle and all the rush and the fray the true gift of the Babe given on Christmas day.”...