Saturday, August 24, 2013

My home

So a few different people have been asking me what my house looks like. I think they see all the funky stuff in the shop and think what in the world does her house look like? So here is a post with some pics of the interior of our house.

One of my favorite paintings ever, by Nancy Griffin. I'm lucky enough to have a husband that will occasionally splurge on artwork for my birthday :)
 And this beautiful door knob coat hanger was of course made by my talented mom, one of her first.
And she and I built this built-in bookcase. Yes, we already have way too many books for it. I'm trying to convince myself to get rid of some of them.
Papaya wall hanging :)
The scroll painting on the wall was a going away gift from some of our students in China.

Paris photos by Jessica Smit, a great friend and talented artist. Check out her paintings here.

We've done a lot of work on the house, but there are definitely things that still need updated, hopefully we will eventually get to them. I probably would have gone slightly more muted with some of the colors, but I have a husband that likes very bright colors, so they were a compromise. I picked the two very neutral colors out myself and they are maybe a little too boring so its probably good we have to compromise. :) And I think its obvious that the year we lived in China has definitely influenced our style, although I've always had an affinity for Asian things so maybe not. Also, as far as store items go, I have kept back a few of our auction finds that I just loved: a wood mid-century modern chair that now sits at Cory's synth (which doesn't appear in any of the photos), a cool old phone chair, and there is a floor lamp I'm considering that we haven't found a shade to fit yet. We also bought a very cool mid-century upholstered chair from Sandhills Sage to replace a chair in the living room that was in terrible shape. The basement still looks like a basement and the two tiny upstairs bedrooms still need a lot of work. Anyway, this is our house so far...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

August Newsletter!

It's August! Summer is winding down and its time to get back into the swing of school and activities. We have some fun ones for you to get back into the swing with!
August 22nd: Paper Cone Wall Flower Class! Learn how to make a decorative paper flower wall hanging out of book pages. All materials provided, 6:00-9:00pm. $30.00
August 27th: 6-10 year old Children’s Art Class! $7.50 per class per child, $6.00 per child if you have more than one child in your family taking classes, all materials provided. 4:30-5:30pm (last Tuesday of every month except on holidays)
August 29th: 4-5 year old Children’s Art Class! $7.50 per class per child, $6.00 per child if you have more than one child in your family taking classes, all materials provided. 4:30-5:30pm (last Thursday of every month except on holidays)
Our DIY this month is a fun take on a photo collage/page layout. We are loving all the fun geometric designs we've been seeing lately and decided to use a hexagon shape for our photo collage.
It's pretty simple. We found this free hexagon template online here. We cut out the 3 inch hexagon and simply held it in place over our photos and paper and cut them out (trace it first if you prefer). Choose coordinating colors for your hexagons or use all photos and create a pattern on your paper. It's a bit like putting a puzzle together. We used colored cardstock, book pages, and photos for our hexagons and we chose gold glitter paper for our background to gussy it up a little. Next, just glue them in place. If it's for a scrapbook, you can add a tittle and maybe use a hexagon for journal info. Otherwise to hang as a photo collage, slip it into a frame or glue it onto chipboard, punch holes at the top, and string a ribbon through. A great way to display some of your fun summer photos :)
We hope that you have an awesome August full of summer memories and fresh starts.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

We're going to the fair...

And we might even see some senoritas with flowers in their hair, 'cause we have some cute ones for sale in our booth. :) It's been a busy two days out at the fair and we've had a lot of fun. Thought I would share some photos. Also, I want to mention that I loved seeing so many of my art students' work in the fair - I'm so proud of you all, you are awesome!
Here is our booth:

Lots of new fun stuff, plus coupons and drawings. And guess who's next door?

Chelsie Moreland Photography with four big photos featured from our styled shoot!
There is one day left and we'd love to see you there! Tomorrow's hours for the Trade Show Pavillion are 12-4 :)