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February 24, 2015

Sprucing Up Shelves for Spring

Did you ever notice how easy it is for shelves to attract clutter? Today I had a few minutes to do a little spring cleaning and tackle my living room bookshelves.  Every once in a while it's good to stand back and see your room with "new eyes".  You would be amazed what you discover!

Although they look somewhat orderly, there is not a common thread between the objects on my shelves.  They look like a mishmash of collectibles.  I thought it would be good to cut back on all the different collections and bring in some unity.

Before
A hodgepodge of collections.


After
I made baskets my main focus on these bookshelves.  




Before
Here is another shelf that has become a mishmash assortment and a little messy too.


After
I made my chair collection my main focus and added a few baskets to tie in with my other shelf.



I've also added a nest for a touch of spring.  I feel better already!

When you unify your collections, they make a greater impact. 

 What collections do you have?  How do you display them?  I'd love to hear from you.

For more interesting shelf ideas, check out my Pinterest Board here:




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February 21, 2015

Sunflower Cottage Painting

Last night I finished a little 5x7x1-1/4" painting, titled "Sunflower Cottage".  It is now available on Etsy.  The link will take you directly to the sale page.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/223483260/original-painting-sunflower-cottage-folk?ref=shop_home_active_1




February 20, 2015

A Shopping Trip and Spring Treasures

A few days ago, I saw about a dozen robins on some bushes and small trees.  Maybe they know something we don't.  Hopefully spring will come sooner than later, but until then I'm staying inside as much as possible and using some of this time to decorate for spring.  At least we can pretend that it's warm.

 I scavenge local thrift shops to find most of my seasonal decor, and sometimes I find items at auctions.  However,  I like to add a few things that I purchase from gift shops.  Recently, I planned a little shopping trip to a beautiful gift shop in Maytown, PA that I would like to share with you.  If you're needing a spring fix through shopping, this is the place to go!  If you don't live locally, they also ship.  The shop is called Homestead Furnishings and Gifts and is located at 161 S. River Street in Maytown, PA (along Route 743). The shop is housed in an 1842 Tobacco Warehouse and has lots of charm through the skillful decorating hand of its owner.   There is a plethora of decorating ideas and many beautiful items to choose from.

Here is a link to an article about the business:  http://www.localmktplace.com/cover-stories/homestead-furnishings-and-gifts  and you can also see a lot of photos of the shop on their Facebook page here:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Homestead-Furnishings-Gifts/125632164158033.

I bought the beautiful aqua lantern and the Mystique 9" Flameless LED Candle at their shop.

Lantern and Candle from Homestead Furnishings and Gifts


I'm really enjoying the candle, because it's safe and doesn't give off a scent, which is great for people  who are sensitive to fragrance.  The flame looks so life-like too. 

I found the cast iron bunny last summer at an auction.  I painted the
wooden egg an aqua color for now; I'll share its
finished look in a later post.  I also found some aqua books
from my private library to bring in some more aqua color.


The little wooden bowl is one of my hand-painted designs.  I no longer
sell them to gift shops, but you may contact me for direct purchase
if you would like to order one. 

A spring vignette.

This 32" hard-to-find hand-painted wooden piece is made by
Bonnie at Boardwalk Originals.  I scored it at a thrift shop!!

The bird, metal lantern and floral ring were
also thrift shop finds.  The spring
nest I purchased at our local greenhouse (Ken's Gardens).


Here is a new 10x20x1-1/2" painting that I just finished to give you some
warm thoughts.  It's titled "Cottage by the Sea".  We could all 
use some of that weather!  I have a contact link in the shopping
label above if you would like more info on this original.

Here are a few vintage frames that I recently purchased at a thrift shop.  I
wonder what I'll paint to fit the frames?

This sweet band box was a thrift shop find too.  It needed a 
little bit of repair, but now, it's ready to paint.  This would make
a cute storage container for seed packets.  Hmmm, maybe I'll
paint it with a spring theme--seed packets, birds????
 I'll post the finished product later.

Another frame with an irish blessing found at 
the thrift shop.


 I bid on this primitive dollhouse at a thrift shop in their silent auction. 
 I put a few of my treasures in it for now, but with three shelves, it 
could also hold a collection of... ?  Any ideas anyone?

Hope you enjoyed my little show and tell of spring treasures.  Stay warm!











February 12, 2015

All Things Red

This week as we celebrate Valentine's Day, I dug into the archives to share some of my altered art, paintings and painted items that feature the color red.  I hope you enjoy this sampling of all things red.  Happy Valentine's Day!


























February 7, 2015

Valentine's Winner Announcement

The winner of the Valentine Ornament is Lisa L.  Congrats!  Thanks to everyone who has signed up for emails.  I will be having another Spring giveaway soon, so be sure to sign up to get emails so you can participate.  I hope all of you have a very sweet Valentine's Day!


February 3, 2015

Sending Love Your Way

Today, I wanted share some of the Valentine's ornaments and a glitter house that I've made over the last few years.  Hope you find some inspiration from the photos.  I am also doing a Valentine's Giveaway.  Winner will receive a  hand-painted Valentine Gingerbread Lady Ornament (pictured at the bottom).  To enter, make sure you are signed up to receive my emails.  If you are already signed up, you are good to go.   I will announce the winner on Saturday,  Feb. 7 on the blog.  Be sure to stop by to see if you won and for instructions on where to send your address, so I can mail it to you.   Wishing you a Happy Valentine's.  Good luck!














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