Archive for May, 2010

Dream Angel

May 25, 2010

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A few months ago I woke up in the morning and grabbed my sketch book. I dreamed about an angel flying over my home…watching over me. I have been so busy these last few weeks, I didn’t think about the dream again until this past weekend when I was thumbing through my sketchbook.
Here is a sneak peek into my dreams….

The Costswold Coop

May 25, 2010

I find inspiration for the farm everywhere. About a year ago I came across this book (one of the most beautiful homes I have ever seen) An Affair with a House


Where I found this beautiful chicken coop chicken-house-inspiration
Which inspired me to draw this sketch ….cotswold-coop-sketch
and send it to my friends at Penny Pincher Barns who helped me by turning my sketch into architectural plans and materials list so that I could build this…
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My amazing builders built this aviary from a vision meeting we had…
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So that these little ladies had a good home…
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Where do you find inspiration? I find it everywhere…books, nature, blogs, art galleries, outdoors walks, cookbooks, historic home visits, clothing, and catalogs. I think inspiration is all about heart. For me it is a feeling I get when I see something that feels right, beautiful, attractive. When I saw the picture of Bunny Williams’ aviary, I immediately photocopied it and put in on my dreamboard. For a year I looked at that picture dreaming of it on the farm.

I can now see the coop/aviary from my bedroom window, great room, mud room and kitchen. All places I spend a lot of time. My eye sees something artistic, beautiful, and sculptural. A home for the hens but a piece of art for me.

Green and White

May 11, 2010

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She said she wanted a new bedroom for her 10th birthday and that she was feeling too old for the pink flamingos on her wall. She declared that she wanted her new room to be green.

After a very failed attempt of choosing a good green (the one we tried looked like highlighter green) for her walls, I suggested she go with a style that could change as she got older.

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So we chose white walls with green accents.

And she is happy!
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I found the pillow HERE.
I found the bedding HERE.
And the pink pillow cases HERE.

Rubber Stamp - Man Fish

May 7, 2010

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Last spring I learned how to make my own art stamps at Donna Downey’s Inspired Workshops. To my fellow creative souls…if you haven’t learned how to do this yet, take a class! Here is a link to one of my favorite on-line teachers Alisa Burke, who offers a class on Rubber Stamp making you can sign up for anytime. Although I haven’t taken this particular class of Alisa’s, I have taken others and they are TERRIFIC!

Once you learn the possibilities are endless. I am working on a big hand-made collage paper project for the ETSY shop. Here is how I used the “Man-Fish” stamp on one of my papers.

Spring Display

May 7, 2010

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Finding a way to enjoy nature both outdoors and indoors is always a goal of mine. I love finding outside treasure and displaying it in the house. The great room mantel is always a source of change and creativity.

Sometimes

May 7, 2010

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Sometimes….

  • You have to be willing to roll-up your sleeves and just get it done;
  • You have to re-think how you do things and be open and willing to change;
  • You have to set your dreams aside for the sake of practicality;
  • You have to question why you accept things that are not ok with you;
  • You have to purge the junk to clear the way;
  • You have to re-align your behaviors with your beliefs.

Life is good, busy, and unpredictable. The past month, I have had a lot of “Sometimes” in my life. I think the great thing about “Sometimes” is that it doesn’t mean “Always”. I look forward to creating the time to be back here regularly.

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