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Posts from — May 2011

Summer + Magic

Do you ever feel pressed to choose which hobby and projects you get to spend your time on?  Lately, this has been my dilemma (I know, I know – the story of every person’s life on Earth).  I needed a plan and so I spent a moment thinking about how I was going to handle this – at least for the summer.  And so my priority list has developed keeping anything outdoor related #1 because let’s face it, I live in Michigan.   However, I have tried to get some visual stimulation from some favorite books and last night was “Do You Believe in Magic?” by Rosalind Welcher copyright 1969.  It’s a small book with few words but the illustrations put a smile on my face!  Here are a few frames from the book…

I believe this book is out of print but may be found at used book stores and online.

I’m not sure what’s more captivating for me – the illustrations or words.

Too cute!

I was first introduced to Rosalind’s work when I came across the fairy tale city of Copenhagen. Maybe you’ve seen it?

Anyway, I’ve been hooked ever since!

Images:  “Do You Believe in Magic” book by Rosalind Welcher, Rosalind Welcher


May 31, 2011   No Comments

Before + After Candelabra

Our weekend was filled with endless rain and a roller coaster of temperatures.  We went from having our air conditioner on Thursday to turning the furnace back on Sunday.  With all of my outdoor plans on hold, I decided to work on something indoors – well, actually the garage to be more precise.

Years ago I purchased a set of silver candelabras for next to nothing.  Both were rather tarnished and needed to be polished up so I immediately got right to work cleaning them.  One polished up a silver beauty, while the other lacked luster and stayed dark.  I tried every trick in the book but nothing worked to bring back its shine.  Had it been through a fire?  Had an abrasive chemical been used that striped the silver away?  Not sure, but I’ve never used it and so it has stayed in the garage (I didn’t have the heart to pitch it).

So I decided to try to paint away the graphite looking dullness and brighten it up.  I started off by adding a good layer of primer and then used a blue gloss paint by Valspar (which seemed to smell like Bazooka Joe bubble gum – weird).  I wanted the design/relief on the candelabra to stand out so I mixed up a custom color that was a few shades lighter than the blue gloss paint to cover those areas.  And voilà – here is the finished product…

It’s fun, it’s bright, and it’s not in my garage anymore!

Images:  House of Many Hues


May 16, 2011   No Comments

Citrus Stripe Decor

This beach house on Fire Island, New York was designed by Alexandra ANGLE Interior DESIGN.  Love the bold citrus colors against all the white.  Notice how every room has something stripey…

On another note, I looked up Fire Island as I’ve never heard of it.  Generally, I don’t think of New York and beaches together.  However, I’m highly considering adding this place as a future destination – gorgeous looking beaches.

Images:  Alexandra ANGLE Interior DESIGN


May 12, 2011   No Comments


These votive candle holders with French inspired paper from BHLDN opens up a portal of ideas…

Images:  BHLDN


May 10, 2011   No Comments

Shells + Wreath Project

We came back with lots of shells from our last Florida trip (as we usually do when visiting the ocean).  I wanted to put them on display but still be able to have my daughters touch and feel the different shells.  Shadowboxes are really wonderful but almost all of them have a glass front and can sometimes be pricey.  So I decided to make my own.  I bought an open frame (16″ x 20″) on clearance, some foam core board cut to size (needs to be sturdy), and black velour fabric to cover the foam core board.  This is how it came out…

Total cost for all material was $15.  What’s also great is that the frame is so light my daughters will be able to handle it (and no worry about broken glass).

I promised to share photo’s of the yarn wreath I made a few months ago and wouldn’t you know it, it completely slipped my mind.  Here it is hanging on our front door…

Wrapping the foam core wreath took FOREVER!  Randomly wrapping the yarn came out looking really messy and so I started over and opted to line each yarn fiber next to the other.  The flowers were made individually from felt and the letter B was added for our last name.

Images:  House of Many Hues


May 10, 2011   4 Comments

Traditional Home e-Mag

Traditional Home magazine has partnered with Lonny magazine and has launched a new e-mag called TRAD Home.  Be prepared to spend some time with this issue – it’s a huge one with over 300 pages of goodness!  I love that more and more people and companies are publishing free magazines.  There are so many I follow that I now have a link to keep them all in one place (you may have noticed it on the right side of my website below Upcoming Shows).

Images:  TRAD Home Magazine


May 10, 2011   1 Comment

Art + Bathrooms

Good Morning blogland friends!  This weekend I had a great balance of work and play.  How about your weekend?  We spent part of a day working on what is to be my vegetable garden (maybe flowers too).  Last year I opted not to plant one because my 2nd daughter was born just months before.  But this year I’m ready and excited to plant.  My husband rented a tiller to flip and whip the dirt around – some in landed in my eye!  With that done, I will need to focus this week on raking all of the grass and weeds out – and boy, is there alot!  I think this year I am going to try something a bit different in combating the weeds and use weed cloth to cover the area (except the planting rows, of course).

I also continued work on moving and adding artwork around my house.  Two works of art were added – one in the kitchen and one in the nursery.  While cleaning out his parents home, my husband came across a beautiful piece of work that his father had painted (he was such a wonderful artist).   In the nursery, I framed and matted an adorable elephant card that we received from a family member congratulating us on the birth of our 2nd daughter.  I love how both pieces have meaning behind them.

I’ve also been thinking about a large area over our master bathtub that could really use some artwork – but nothing I’ve come across works for that space.  I decided to look for further inspiration and came across 5 glamorous bathrooms.  Interestingly enough, none of them have any actual paintings or prints hanging on the wall – yet there is art in each one.  Take a look…

Love the skulls in the glam rock bathroom above!

Images:  House to Home

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May 2, 2011   No Comments