Monday, August 23, 2010

My dog is a celebrity!

I have a favorite blog that I love to read and sigh over - Desire to Inspire. While the two bloggers feature "mostly" contemporary design sometimes some romantic things sneak in. I love the featured gardens, featured designers and the real estate that is blogged about - so much fun and eye candy.

On Mondays, the blogsters feature Pets on Furniture and this past Monday, my golden retriever Rose made her Internet debut. The idea is that you feature your furniture and the "pet" is just an additional prop.

Here's the pictures that I didn't submit.

Here's the post with Rose.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Paper heads

I love paperclay folk art. Through the years, I've picked up pieces here and there all the while wondering how they're made. I finally stumbled upon a magazine article and did some youtube searching and found the courage to take the leap. I also lurked around Etsy and found a few stores to ponder - my favorite shop to watch is Middleburg. Here's one I bought some years ago - sorry, I don't know the artist.

Here is the beginning of what I hope to be snowmen....

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Loving Amy Butler [sigh]

Trolling around this past Saturday morning, I stumbled upon this blog post. Now, I LOVE Amy Butler, yes I do. But, I had no idea that she had a wallpaper collection.

I've lived in my house for about 10 years now and have been itching this past two years to start redecorating. I freshened up the master bedroom with a coat of paint and minor additions and deletions but the first floor is really what I'd like to focus on. As all big decorating projects around here, it'll be piece-meal, a little here, a little there.

I'm thinking that the Field Poppies - stone might look good in the powder room. What do you think?

Since the powder room has quite a bit of wainscoting finding something that goes with the oak stain will be the biggest hurdle. Pondering.....

Monday, August 16, 2010

Half in love with -

I'm half-in-love with this photo at this etsy shop - isn't she beautiful? I'm thinking of getting it and (of course) putting it in the crafting room. The photo is at Buckscountyframes etsy shop - the rest of the shop is just as eye-catching.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

What's doin?

It'll be back to work next week. Shall we take a peak at what's been going on recently?

For my niece's birthday, Martha Stewart's pom poms were mutated into farm animals. The pigs were my favorite!

Then, I did a little thrifting and found this lovely lamp for my craft room, perfectly shabby.

I painted some dresses for the craft room walls. I'm not much of an artist but had a great couple of mornings playing with watercolors.

And, my latest quilt endeavor. Originally, I had been trying to recreate a quilt from an issue of American Patchwork & Quilting hence the red toile. However, once I started working on it, my combination of reds just wasn't working. So, I went through the stash and managed to find some working reds but not enough to do the kind of pattern I was hoping. Eureka! I settled on this mottled effect and it turned out quite nicely. I wanted to set the darker colors on the diagonal but used all my fabric - maybe I'll try again?

I'm still searching for the perfect red toile - which, for some reason, is extremely difficult to locate. Anyone have any ideas?

This is my first year of growing zinnias in the garden. After seeing my Aunt Cis' garden last year, I had to try and they were well worth the wait. They're so pretty, I cannot bare to cut them to bring them indoors. So, I admire them from afar (far, far away) since the mosquito population in the garden rivals Hong Kong.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Osseo (part 3)

For the final stop in our Osseo tour, we stopped at the Quilt Yard. They have a great assortment of fabrics like Moda and quite a few Amy Butler patterns. The store is arranged in a lovely manner, winding around in an oval design and the staff are super friendly and helpful.

My niece (age 3) loved the buttons.

I loved this Amy Butler pouf.

They have a wide variety of quilts hanging in the shop. How could I resist this one?

My sister thought the book displays couldn't be passed.


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