Thursday, May 27

what I've been up to...

You might remember a few years ago seeing something about a company in London, who creates fabulously, colorful furniture and home accessories, Squint. Well recently I saw them online again and though my home is pretty neutral in color, I just love Squint's style.
I knew I had to try creating something in this bold way, but wasn't sure my home or my family would be as happy as I was over it.
I thought about a mirror we have, and I'd love to do this to it...
I finally decided to work on an old chandelier I picked up a few years ago. I didn't pay much for it, so I wasn't worried about ruining it. And let me say for those of you who may try this, I wasn't so sure how I felt about it halfway through. But I kept going realizing more really would be better in this case.
I didn't prime the lamp, so I just used my good acrylics and started painting in my favorite colors. After that I found coordinating colored ribbons and trims and wrapped each arm. I'm not sure you can see it, but I even glittered one arm completely!
Now I'm loving this! I think I may do that bathroom mirror after all! But first I think I need to paint the top piece of my lamp... I had originally left it as was, but I see from the photos, it feels a little disconnected. Ok, back to the paint... I just thought I'd share!

Monday, May 17

Looking Forward to This...

This Friday evening Jenny Doh is hosting her launch party for, and I'm thrilled to be going. In case you haven't seen this fabulous video team Jenny has put together, I thought I'd re-post it here. I'm looking forward to Friday evening and hope to see lots of you there! Until then check this out...

Tuesday, May 11

Pretty things are everywhere!

Last week I went to my girlfriend Cindy's house after months of trying to find a day that worked for both of us. I knew she was crazy talented, and she told me that she fills her home to the brim with her art, and religious piece she's collected over the years. I had no idea... I love her colorful, happy home! I had to ask her if I could share pictures with all of you, especially since she doesn't blog. Happily she agreed... I hope her warm, welcoming home makes you smile as much as it does me!

Wednesday, May 5

circle of creative women...

I had a great time in Cindy Gonzales Metal & Mosaic Cuff Class this past weekend. She shared her beautiful cuff with the nicest group of women. We sat outdoors under blue skies out on the back patio and talked and laughed the day away. We cheered each others efforts, and were sad to see the day end as it truly was a unique gathering of kind, friendly women. Nancy has got the best customers, and I'm so happy to be a part of this wonderful circle of creative women! Here's a look at some of the ladies and their cuffs...

and last but not least, Marbi.

Thanks for teaching us Cindy, we had a great time and can't wait for your next class. Thanks to all of you talented, kind, happy women for being so much fun and inspiration. I can't wait to see you all again at GTL!

Saturday, May 1

great women, great art!

Last weekend Nancy and I hosted two wonderful artists Iva Wilcox & Colleen Moody for two fun filled days of creativity at GTL. Iva and Colleen brought wonderful finished art to share via a trunk show, all of which was gone in a flash!
Both of these generous women gifted me their classes, and I couldn't have been more thrilled to join them. On Saturday Colleen shared her Bellina Bluebirds, teaching step by step...
so that each student went home with a darling little chick of their own. Mine wasn't complete when I left, but I've worked on her this week. Here she is in all her spring glory complete...
with silk hat and painted shoes. It may seem a bit odd, but I am completely wild for these darling dolls! Sweet Nancy even gifted me one of Colleen's dolls, who I've named little Lily.
On Sunday Iva taught a great group of women her Woodland Fairy Boudoir Lamp.
It stands about a foot tall, and Iva even taught us to wire the lamp from scratch!
Iva's attention to detail is stunning and no corner of this theater is left without attention. We loved the class so much that we asked (begged) her to come back again in the fall and teach a Christmas Theater.
If you ever have a chance to take a class with one of these two amazing artists, do it! I can't say how happy Nancy and I were to have them teach with us, or thank them enough for sharing their kind, generous selves with us! We look forward to seeing hem again in September when Nancy and I hit the road and attend Tinsel Treasures with them both!
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