music monday: pokey

pokey lafarge

  Greetings! I hope you all had a great weekend! I spent my entire weekend watching the Olympics. I just can't get enough. I've got a fantastic music recommendation today; Pokey LaFarge. This incredible band is heavily influenced by early American folk music and play some wicked harmonica, which I always enjoy. This is perfect late summer music. Makes me feel like sitting in a rocking chair on the back porch under the sweltering summer … [Read more...]

oh for the love of ruffles! (not the chips)

ruffled curtains!

  As stated in the title, this post is about ruffles, but not the chips. Although, may it be known that Ruffles cheddar & sour cream chips are the most delicious potato chips on the face of the planet. This past weekend I got serious about ruffles. I made some ruffled curtains for my dining room. And they look perfect, adding so much yummy texture to the room.   Here's what the curtains were before being attacked by … [Read more...]

On Safari, Armed with Spray Paint

Owls After

  Of owls and pigs you have to be wary, and particularly in the terrain of design where they can spell either whimsical taste or unmitigated disaster.  On your hunt for such wildlife, be armed with a good can of spray paint.  When we encountered these beauties in the wild that is goodwill, my initial (and perfectly natural) reaction was to back away slowly so they wouldn't sense my fear.  They are hideous. Viewing them … [Read more...]

utensil caddy

utensil caddy

  This time of year calls for grilling on the patio, bocce ball and get togethers. So I decided to make a handy little utensil caddy.   I started with 3 aluminum cans.   I covered them with paper then glued them together using E600.   Then I glued a bottle cap on the bottom of each can.   Like this. You'll see why in just a second.   As most of you probably know, I … [Read more...]

cultivating creativity

ridiculous beginning-turquoise-blog

  I was recently asked why I create. Why do I do what I do? Several more questions followed. Doesn't it take a lot of time? Isn't it expensive? Does it ever feel like a chore? Of course it's fabulous to look at a finished project and think "Holy amazing! I made that!" but the end product is only a small part of the reason I create. What I really love is the process. I love to start with just an idea. Sometimes it's not even a … [Read more...]

diy chevron dining table

chevron dining table

  Say hello to my new dining table! Hello you lovely chevron table you!   This is what it looked like before. It had a shabby chic thing going on.     I hate to sand, but I started by sanding the table top because I wanted a nice smooth surface and there were a lot of scratches in it. Seriously, it was like a picnic table.   Using our handy dandy paint sprayer, I sprayed on two … [Read more...]

gallery wall reveal

gallery wall

  So I've been mentioning my gallery wall quite a bit lately and I am oh so excited to finally have it finished! I am absolutely in love with it! Before I share it with you I just want to let it be known that: -If you like symmetry and frames evenly spaced apart then this will most likely give you a headache. Best if you come back later. - I did not plan out the entire wall before I started. I don't really work that way. I … [Read more...]

diy stamp tray

stamp tray

  Happy Independence Day!   I hope you're all having a wonderful 4th of July! I just wanted to share a quick tutorial for a stamp tray. Fun stuff eh?!   This tray is from a set of four old tv trays that had different seasons on them. You're probably picturing exactly what I talking about in your head right now. Using spray paint, I primed it then gave it a couple coats of light blue.   Curtis has … [Read more...]

music monday: rock of ages

rock of ages

  Greetings! I hope you all had a great weekend! Today's music  recommendation is the Rock of Ages soundtrack. Curtis and I love classic rock and have pretty much been listening to this album nonstop for two weeks! Super love. If any part of you is rock 'n' roll you must have a listen, you won't be able to get enough.     Until next time.... … [Read more...]