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Two new items in the shop today! Recently, I’ve been feeling the urge to paint. I have also been wanting to expand some of our silk screen motifs onto something that could be hung on the walls. I started with these two pieces, combining water color, silk screen and some embroidering. I’m offering these in the shop and will continue to post more pieces as I finish them.

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Monday, Monday

I’ve whined a time or two about the lack of styling in the photos I take for my pillows and now bags. I started brainstorming last week and decided to try a sheet of MDF for the background. I can use it upstairs until we can give it a permanent home on the wall in the garage and a small area of floor space in which we can stage chairs and small tables to set the products. I’m going to go for white and I think I can finally put this stencil to use!

Hopefully I will be able to start working on this toward the end of the week. Progress photos to come!

I stumbled upon that lovely bit of inspiration while on my daily cruise around Pinterest.

Sneak Peek – Blue sparkle dragon bag

I was thinking that I would post this on Monday, but it got the better of me. I cannot resist the sparkle vinyl! This and the manatee tote are now live at the Happy Heathen shop!

Monday, Monday

I’m very excited to share this new piece as it is the prototype for a new line in the shop. It will be available next week!

Pewter vinyl with a silk screened manatee and blue stitched lines. It is lined with a heavy linen/cotton blend fabric. The chain handles are upcycled from an old bag. The vinyl has an irridescent-like sheen to it so the manatee also changes color a bit.

I’m finishing another bag and will be in mostly full production with those and some other new items next week!

Delve into 2012

Guest Room
Some time this year I hope we can address the guest room, which is downright pitiful. I’ve been dreaming of this palette for a while now. I’m jonsing for a pop of color upstairs.


{ Unfortunately, I do not have the photo credit for the room in the top of the montage as I saved it a long time ago. The bottom left photo is from desire to inspire and the bottom right is from Canadian House & Home via Creamy Life. Fabric was found on Calico Corners. }

What we’re hoping to accomplish:
Paint the walls using the shadow stripping method like we used in the bedroom. I don’t know right now if we’ll use a stencil, an angular design or go free hand.
DIY headboard.
Louvered door for the closet.
Pelmet box. { Illustration forthcoming! }
Roman shades and drapes.
Finish tables – knobs and mirrored tops.
Seating and console table/dresser.
Ceiling fan.
Lighting – don’t have any clue as to what this will look like yet.

We’ll get to addressing the living room and the master bedroom/bath {mom’s domain} soon!

Delve into 2012 – DIY

When I mentioned in last week’s 2011 review that the breakfast nook was pretty much good to go, I totally forgot to mention this lovely DIY idea for our chairs.

I pinned this upholstered chair tutorial from Apartment Therapy a while back. I love the basic ivory cushions we have on them now, but a pop of green/orange/red on the top with some padding would be utterly delicious!

Bon Weekend – Urchin for details

I was putting together another ‘Delve into 2012’ post dedicated to the upstairs guest room. I went to snag the URL for the bedside tables and mocked myself for never buying the seafoam Urchin Test knobs (and are we sure they’re not poppy pods?) from Anthropologie. I’d had them on my wish list since they came out and I watched as they dropped from $8 to $2.95 and stayed glued to my seat with inactivity until they were no longer available. I googled them for an image source when I stumbled upon them at the site. What? I got greedy and immediately placed an order for 8 and I was told there weren’t that many remaining, so I tried again and selected 4. Hurray, the order went through. I was ecstatic. I got my confirmation email and was happy. Later in the evening I received the tracking info and saw that only three were shipping. I didn’t care, I really only wanted two in the first place and was happy to have an extra… just in case. I decided to click on the item link and was greeted with ‘We’re sorry. This item is no longer available’. Did I just score the last three seafoam colored knobs? I don’t know, but I do know I’m pretty stoked right now.

Cheers to them arriving safely and going on the tables without issue! I think they’ll look quite awesome.

We still need to add mirrored tops to the tables.

Constellation Light Tutorial on Offbeat Home

I would like to send out a big ‘Thank You!’ to Cat and Offbeat Home for sharing our constellation light tutorial today!

2011 in review

When I look back on what we did last year I see that we accomplished quite a bit! Sometimes it’s easy to lose track while going through the daily, weekly and monthly grind. Here are the highlights of what we did/made…

Bedroom
We went from ugh to ah in a matter of months. I was frustrated with myself for putting off starting a few things but in the end I think it worked for the better!

What we did in 2011:
Painting and a needed update for our bedspread. I’m still thinking of going with white and accenting with color through pillows.
Hung our Nelson bubble lamps.
Starry pelmet

What we need to work on/finish:
Recover bedside stools & redo lamps
Wood floors or decent carpeting
Louvered door for the closet

Stay tuned to Offbeat Home this week for the constellation light tutorial!

My Studio
I loved it when we got it set up the previous year but after working in it for a while I realized I needed to make changes.

What we did in 2011:
Made the steel prep table mobile
New flooring
New center work table
Reorganized the layout

Window shelf (in action)
Thread storage

What we need to work on/finish:
More shelving
The closet of doom

Breakfast Nook
A lackluster and unused space became a family project. Mom served for much of the inspiration.

(more…)

All wrapped up


{ Click image to enlarge. }

I should be safe to post this as it’s past Christmas. 🙂 As some of you know, I use my antique Wolf dress form adorned with my wedding corset as part of my display at the Charleston Farmers Market, Lowcountry Artist Market, and Holy City Artist & Fleas. I have had several conversations with people about custom corsets and have hoped that I’d have the opportunity to make one for someone. I don’t openly seek commissions, but I am very much available to do them. So, during the last HCAF I had a conversation with a lovely woman. She took my card and said that this is what she wanted for Christmas. I tried not to get too excited but lo and behold, I had a phone call from her husband just a couple days later. I put together the gift card and dropped it by his office.


{ Image courtesy Kelly Sauer. }

I’m very excited to work on this project as I love, love, love making them! ♥

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