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Etsy + Whole Foods Market: Ingredients for Creativity

I was recently contacted about participating in the Etsy + Whole Foods Market: Ingredients for Creativity event this holiday season. I jumped on board and I’m very excited to be working on some of the store decorations as well has teaching three DIY tutorials. The first class (napkin rings) will be on next Tuesday. The other sessions are scheduled for December 9th & 11th, and I’ll share more details for those soon!

I’m honored to share this opportunity with the incredibly talented Kristen Solecki. Her first DIY class is today. She’s teaching a few more classes so be sure to check her Facebook page for her next dates.

For more information on this collaboration, please visit the Whole Foods and Etsy websites.

I’d also like to shout out a very hearty Thank You! to Allison, of SpaceCraft Studios, for recommending me!

Lowcountry Artist Holiday Market

A very happy Monday to all! I’m very excited to announce that I’m participating in the next Lowcountry Artist Market on December 7th! I have several pieces of my beautiful new vinyl cut out and now I have that deadline to get me in the pants again.

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Hark! Is this a post?

I’m not very fond of over sharing, but there are some current issues that are taking priority over projects and posting, and I will go in a bit more depth in upcoming posts. But it’s the holidays and we’re making merry and decking the halls. I’m happy to say this year is about a 95% recycled holiday season.

I’ll start with the last bits and go forward. After I finished the holiday decorating, I had some extra snow in the bag. I pulled a few ornaments from the tree and mantel (those will be fairly obvious), and made a little ornament vignette to save as inspiration for next year.


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Painted Planter DIY

I finally getting around to posting the process of the planter I posted not long ago, which was featured in Design*Sponge’s Painter’s Tape DIY Contest. The design was inspired by Solanum pyracanthum (if anything ever happens to it I’ll be beside myself as I can’t stop talking about it). While it is small now, we’re looking forward to the day it is large and bushy, and we found a lovely small blue glazed ceramic pot for it’s current home. I wanted the permanent pot to be as unique as the plant itself. Keeping with a complimentary blue palette I picked three shades of blue and blue/green for the chevron pattern. I also wanted to simulate the beautiful orange spikes in an abstract manner and I choose mint green and orange for those.

We found a Madagascar palm on sale recently and it’s the perfect plant to live in the pot while the S. pyracanthon continues to grow. Based on photos we’ve seen of Madagascar palms, we’re going to need a much larger pot in the not too distant future.

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Sneak Peek – Painted chevron and spikes clay pot

Here is sneak peek at a painting project I worked on last week… which took a week to complete! I’m very happy with it and I’ll share the rest of the project in the next couple of weeks.

Glossed over

I get frustrated with myself when certain projects take FOREVER to complete. I tend to have grandiose ideas but lack the follow through. Sometimes I feel it has to do more with not willing to make the commitment when something just doesn’t feel quite right. The guest room has been one of those projects. More specifically… the walls. We’ve chosen the color but I just haven’t been able to commit to the design for the shadow striping. This is the ‘doesn’t feel right’ element of the room. I also know I want a shiny colored ceiling in the room and am going with a minty-sea foam tint. I pulled the above inspiration photos to show Michael what I wanted when I started talking about SHINY. Upon seeing these images and others he was immediately on board, in stead of looking at me like …

During said search I came back to some of the original OMG images (and which I could not find online for some time due to brain hiccoughs) for the color palette. Lacquered walls are so very seductive. Michael is in agreement with me. I started asking myself if having two rooms side by side with similar wall treatments seemed a little redundant and perhaps we should think of another course of action. This same search lead me to the pattern I want to use on the walls, of course! Decisions, decisions, decisions!

We’ve decided which route we’re going to take and I’ve decided to keep it in the can until we’re finished. I’m glad no one is living in the room as it’s going to be a different kind of hot mess for a bit. I had the luxury of having Michael out of town while I went on a taping spree in the bedroom. We’re planning on painting the first ceiling coat on Monday. I so, so, so excited!

Stay tuned…

{ Photo Credits: 1 | 2 | 3 – Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!  | 4 & 5 | 6 }

Charleston Farmers Market


{ The 2012 CFM poster artist is fellow CFM vendor Amanda McLenon. }

The 2012 season of the Charleston Farmers Market opened on Saturday. I don’t think we could have asked for a more beautiful day in terms of weather and turnout. We had a blast. Last year was kind of like the first day of high school, only at a school in a new district. Not only were we part of the freshman class but we didn’t know anyone. This year felt like we were returning sophomores, with the day far more relaxed and I think possibly more exciting than last year. That didn’t change that we barely got any sleep the night before and we were so fired up as we were leaving I thought I was going to spend a few hours in the garden… until we started driving home and the exhaustion hit. We totally crashed when we got home.

Michael made some fabulous new stands and while we only used one on Saturday, they’re going to work perfectly for my pillows and bags.

Needless to say, I am so excited and so thankful to be participating again this year!

Bon Weekend – Seriously awesome dyed eggs

I’m always a sucker for new and interesting egg dyeing ideas/techniques and Aunt Peaches has delivered the GOLD! This is so going on my ‘need to do’ list.

Have a safe and fabulous weekend!

Project hoarding

I found this chair on Craigslist for a few bucks and have visions of redoing it with some awesome fabric and paint. I think it has great potential and if it doesn’t work we can donate it to Habitat. More to come…

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.

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