27 June 2018

Creative Flurry

All I Can Do is Be Creative

Being immobile has been the catalyst in a creative flurry that is my only outlet now, since driving, walking, swimming, and so many other activities have been hindered by this: 

I can’t put any weight on it, so I’m wheelchair bound for 3 months.  My only outlet is creativity, so I thought I’d post more of my art journal entries.

An old friend of mine sent me this picture of a wedding gift I made her way back in the late 70’s, I’d totally forgotten that I’d ever done it, so it was a nice surprise to see an embroidery project from so long ago!

These frames needed filling so I took the current themes in my life, hope and grace, and painted them.

One day I really needed a clipboard for a class that I was taking and  I couldn’t just have something that wasn’t creative, so I painted and decorated this blank space.

My style is all over the place but that is my life right now, I have to be consistently creating … it is my happy place!

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15 April 2017

Happy Easter!

He is Risen!

Easter should be the greatest holiday.  It is the day that Jesus paid it all and overcame death and the power of the evil one, forever and ever! His love for us gave us new life and access to our Father.  There is no better gift than His gift of eternal life.

“He swallowed up death in victory; the Lord God will wipe away tears from all their faces; he will take the reproach from his people and the earth, for the Lord has spoken it!”  Isaiah 25: 8

Easter Connection

My first job was being the Easter bunny during Easter break; working for a department store in Honolulu.  You can imagine how hot it was in that costume in the tropical heat.  I made good money for a seven year old though.  My older sister played the bigger bunny.  It was so much fun…I even got to ride with the governor of Hawaii on the back of the limousine for the Easter parade.

My Easter Decor

The handmade wooden eggs that I decorated so many years ago…an Easter tradition.

 

Have a wonderful time celebrating new life with your family and friends!  

Easter blessings to you!

1 October 2016

Fall is Here!

Fall is in the Air!

I’ve been busy decorating my house, so I thought I’d show you some pics of what I’ve done.

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I made this tablecloth on Thursday! (See below for inspiration.)

Fall makes me feel very creative and so beyond willing to sew, cook, paint, decorate, and do some gardening.

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This is about as scary as I get for Halloween, I really don’t like the spooky, witchy stuff!

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Inspiration for My Fall Tablecloth

I found this pretty black and white graphic tablecloth on the Better Homes and Gardens website (BHG.com) and if you want to find it, type “pumpkin tablecloth” in the search button.  I just had to make it.

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More photos of what I did:

I changed the base to some fabric that I already had instead of plain off-white.  I realized when I was making this that I really missed embroidery and hand stitching, maybe I need to take it up again.

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9 September 2016

Updates

Progress on My One-Year Challenge

There are just not enough hours in a day, period!  Even though I plan full days to accomplish on-going goals, I can’t win…there are just too many things to do and I run out of time.  I’m absolutely not complaining, I just want to do everything!  (Smile)  Here is a review of some of projects, updates, and progress in my world…

Painting the House

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          After

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We even added solar panels to our house and upgraded the electrical wiring.  We wanted a more contemporary look, with modern colors.

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The Studio

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I am so excited realizing that progress has actually taken place so we can begin new adventures and purposes in the journey ahead.  I can now work on interiors and get my studio space off the ground.  Soon a new sign will be hung: Flourishing Design Studio.  (Shhh, progress on new changes to my business and going forward will be a reality.)

26 March 2016

Rediscovering Potential

Taking the Old and Refreshing (One-Year Challenge*)

It’s amazing what a little paint can do!

This house hadn’t really changed in over 40 years; same curtains, ugly brick decor, yellow accent wall, carpets, and furniture arrangement.  Being a creative type of person, I always rearrange, change, and improve the environment around me.  Just ask my husband how many times the furniture has been moved or new pieces of art decor has changed walls.  I guess I haven’t changed since I’ve been on a journey to improve this old house and make it fresh.  Paint does wonders and a little bit of deconstruction.

xmas yellow wallFor some reason I’ve never been attracted to bright colors and this yellow was constantly screaming at me to change it.  So one day I just painted it.

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Paint progress

ImprovementThis is only the beginning.  I had to paint the ugly brick in several parts of the room.

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There was pink mortar between the bricks.  It didn’t show up as well in the picture below.

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finished fireplace

A little bit of effort and vision can go a long way to make things like new.  What project will you take on?  Be bold, look around to see things as they could be, with a bit of imagination and labor – the possibilities are endless.

endNow I’m half way done, on to the other side of the room.

Painting tip:  to get that precision straight line of paint between the ceiling and the wall – use masking tape on the ceiling at the edge, then paint the ceiling color paint on the wall overlapping the tape.  Next paint the wall and when its dry pull the tape off for a crisp, clean edge.IMG_1039

*One-Year Challenge: Part of my 2016 goals were to improve as many parts of this house before the year’s end.  Keep looking for more home improvements!