Tuesday, December 17, 2013

We Bought a Fixer: Studio Renovation

Hi there. How are you?

As long time readers know, we bought a "fixer-upper" home in December of 2012. We've renovated the entire main floor and now have moved on to our basement.

Matt has been itching to make art again, so right before Thanksgiving, we started working on our new studio. 

The space we've decided to use as our studio was actually two connected rooms. It was kind of a bedroom and den thing. The first thing we did was tear out the wall between the two rooms. Now we've got a large "L" shaped space. Sorry, I don't have a good shot of the layout yet.

Matt installed lots of pot lights and track lighting to brighten up the space.

We spent this past weekend painting. It's amazing what a coat of white paint can do to a space! I love how the exposed beam pops against the white.

We're installing interlocking foam tiles on the floor. It feels good under foot, was a breeze to lay down and was very reasonably priced. 

Matt couldn't help but inject a little bit of color and personality in the space right away.  He gave the vent a coat of spray paint before re-installing it. Love it!

Matt is now working on building a large work table and some more built-in storage. It's really going to be a great space for both of us to work in. Can't wait until it's finished!

As we are traveling for the holidays, this will probably be my last post for the year. Wishing you and yours all the best! Ta-Ta!

P.S. I'll be sending out a special holiday gift to everyone on my e-mail list later this week. Sign up here if you'd like to be included. Thanks!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

For your gift-giving pleasure: A HALF OFF CLEARANCE SALE!

 Hi there. How are you?

I just finished up my last show of the year, so now I'm looking ahead to 2014! I have a collection of oldie but goodie pieces I'd love to clear out to make way for brand new work. My need to clean house is your gain! All of these original pieces are now HALF OFF! Art makes a terrific gift and there is something for everyone at every price point.

1. The Ghost, featuring Philippe Starck's iconic Ghost Chair, $62.50
2. Design your dream, an 8x10 Mixed Media Original, $138.00
3. Wish I could, a mid-century modern vignette, $138.00

1. Need to know, a lovely floral collage on paper, $20.00
2. Orbitals, this abstract work would work for anyone one your list, $15.00
3. Virtual Insanity, an abstract floral on canvas, $23.00

1. A Spring Garden, give the gift of spring with this 5"x7" framed collage, $38.00
2. Patchwork Orchid, a lovely 8"x10" abstract floral, $75.00
3.  Renew, a tiny mixed media collage to brighten their day, $20.00

1. Sedia, one of the first chairs I created using a ball-point pen, $50.00
2. Lonely in Love, featuring a sweet heart shaped chair, $75.00

1. Spark, a striking 5"x7" mixed media collage on cradled hardboard, $50.00
2. Summer Song, featuring a page from a vintage Chinese book, $75.00
3. Truth and Beauty, utilizes a multitude of patterned papers, $75.00

All of these pieces are available on my etsy shop and will ship within 1 business day of purchase. If you'd rather not shop through etsy, feel free to contact me directly.

Hope you are enjoying the holiday season! Ta-Ta for now. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Thanksgiving in New Orleans

Hi! How are you? Did you enjoy Thanksgiving weekend? We sure did!

Early Thanksgiving morning, we hopped on the Amtrak bound for our 2nd annual trip to New Orleans. This year we got smart and paid for a sleeper car on the train.  It wasn't spacious, but it made a world of difference! 

As usual we did our fair share of exquisite eating and drinking.......

.......And saw plenty of weird. 

On Thanksgiving night, we saw Rebirth Brass Band. Awesome!

We walked a ton and I managed to snap 100 pictures on my iPhone along the way!

We attended a pop-up bar in the backyard of a Garden district home and drank fancy cocktails made by two well known Nola mixologists. 

As usual, New Orleans did not disappoint. Looking forward to next year! 

Ta-Ta for now!