Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lawn Chair Love

Hi there. How are you? 

I'm happy to have another finished work to share. Entitled "Summer will come again. Someday", this piece seems quite timely. Winter just doesn't want to leave us this year! I about had a come-apart this week when it snowed all over my dafodils! 

I came across this scene while I was attending a party at an old golf course clubhouse a few months back.  I was drawn to the vintage metal chair, but also liked the way the plastic chairs were stacked up behind it. 
You may have noticed that lawn chairs and outdoor scenes have become quite common in my work. I just can't seem to get enough My trusty iPhone camera is filled with scenes featuring lawn chairs that I find when I'm out and about.

I found this one on a porch in Lowertown Paducah, Kentucky, when I was doing an art fair there last spring. 

This guy was found on a roof-top balcony on the boardwalk in tiny Makanda, Illinois. 

My newest piece,  features these beauties that live on the front porch of my friend Heather's house. 

Do you have a favorite lawn chair? Would you like to see it featured in my work? Please send pics! If I use your chair, I will send you a free print of the piece when it's completed. Sound good?

Hope you all is well in your world. Ta-Ta for now!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

We Bought a Fixer - Matt Made Built-Ins

Hi there. How are you today?
I'm happy to have another finished space (well, almost finished) to show you!

If you recall, our living room is just one long, open space. 
With the picture window on one wall..... 

......and the fireplace on the other, we were having a hard time figuring out where to set up the TV. 

Matt decided to make a built in. 
Here it is in its very early stages. 

 Here it is now! 
It's amazing what a little paint does to MDF. 

 Matt designed the shelves on the right side of the unit specifically for typewriters. 

This is Matt's favorite.

This is mine. 

The back of the unit is sheathed in pallet wood that we salvaged from the perpetual construction site we once called home. (The condo we spent the last year in was one of the first on the street. They are still building there, and probably will be for another year. So glad to be out of there!) I love the industrial look of the wood and the texture it adds. 

Along the back wall of the room, Matt constructed a wall of bookshelves to house his massive collection of books. 

 It was really tough to get a good shot of the whole thing, with the light coming in from the window. 

I spent a few evenings styling the whole thing. 

I arranged the books in rainbow order on the bottom shelves.
Matt thinks I'm crazy for taking the time to do this...
I really like the way it turned out! 

Matt also designed a space to house his speakers and records. 

Matt's most favorite part of this whole built-in is actually outside.....

He's following in his mother's footsteps and has developed an affinity for birdwatching. 
We found this planter in our back yard when we moved in. Matt recently moved it and filled it up so he could watch out his bookcase window.  He loves to see that the seed is getting eaten and is frustrated that the cardinals that hang out in the bush right behind it won't touch the feeder.

I really do like how the built-ins have given purpose and division of the space.
I have to give Matt so much credit on this project.
 He made a great use of every inch of space on that back wall.
I love that I have a crafty husband!

Until next time. Ta-Ta.

To read our entire "Fixer Upper" saga, make your way here.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Finally.....Some New Work!

Well hi! How are you? 
I'm pretty darn excited to have a new piece to show you! It's been a very long time coming.

Making new work has really been on the "back burner" during our home renovation.  Spare time was spent making this place liveable. When I did steal a minute to work on art, I felt guilty for not working on the house. On the other hand, I was also guilty when I wasn't making art, as it really is one of my "jobs."   

Now that we are moved into the new place, and the majority of the renovation is complete, I have finally been able to dedicate some time to artmaking. I just polished off this still untitled work this weekend. This beauty measures 10x8 and was completed with collaged papers, black Bic ballpoint pen, and a dash of colored pencils.

My studio is all set up now and I just ordered a fresh supply of cradled hardboard, so I have no excuses not to work! Please do publicly berate me if you don't see me sharing new things on a regular basis. Really.....berate! Write me messages, call me, post on here on the blog, my facebook, my twitter! I have to keep working. Time is of the essence! My goal is to do a show a month from May-December, and if I'm going to make that happen, I have to be consistently making new work.

So, what do you think of this new piece? Do tell. Any ideas of how to keep myself motivated and working?  And lastly, if you're interested in purchasing this piece, do drop me an email.

See you again here real soon. Promise. Ta-ta for now!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Facebook Giveaway Today!

Hi there. How are you this fine Saturday?
Since it's MARCH already (can you believe it??), and I still have a few 2013 calendars on hand, 
It's time for a giveaway! 

I'm giving away one large chair calendar as well as one of my smaller abstract ones.  

Head on over to my facebook page to enter! 
Winners will be chosen on Sunday at 8pm central. 
Good luck!     
P.S. If you'd rather not leave it up to chance, you can still pick up a half price calendar in my Etsy shoppe.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

We Bought a Fixer - Kitchen Complete!

Well hi. How are you? 
 It's finally time to show off our new kitchen. Yahoo! 

When we bought this house, we knew we'd have to gut this kitchen. 
It was awkwardly crammed into the corner of a really large living/dining space.
And why was that island so damn close in?

So as you recall, we took down this half wall.........

......and closed in this window. 

Behold....The Kitchen! 

The backsplash is a mix of colored glass and marble. 
We love how it ties everything together and adds some texture to the space. 

We love the butcher block island and sit here for most meals. 

Our American Range is a thing of beauty and is awesome to cook on.
So happy to have a gas range again!   

Our Home Depot pendant lights have a nice industrial look, capped off by swanky Edison bulbs.
Not very efficient but they are oh so pretty. 

There's not a thing we'd change about this space.
We feel so lucky to have been able to create the kitchen of our dreams!
To see/read more about our home renovation go here.

Until next week! Ta-Ta.