Dealing with a Quirky Living Room

Ever since we moved into our circa 1875 house sixteen years ago, I've struggled with the living room. It's somewhat long and narrow and has a lot of doorways in it. It's stuck in the center of the floor plan so you really have to think about traffic patterns in this room. The living room is joined to the family room on the left, with a door to the laundry room on the right. To get from any room to the staircase, you have to walk through the … [Read more...]

French Inspired Boxes

This week I've been working on some more decoupage boxes and altered bottles in hopes of opening up a little shop on Etsy. And I have to confess, I've been procrastinating because I'm a little insecure about it. What if no one buys my stuff? What if I don't price it right? "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." Isn't that how the saying goes? I started with plain, paper mache boxes from Hobby Lobby and added script paper. I had a … [Read more...]

Itty Bitty Bottles

Lately I've been lovin' bottles. I seek them out in boutiques. I search for them in flea markets. I hunt for them in the little dump in a hidden location at the forest preserve down the street from my house. I can't get enough! My hope is to alter enough of them in a pretty enough style to sell them. I keep practicing, finding ideas wherever I can. At the same time, I'm practicing photography skills. So this post is a combination of the two. The … [Read more...]

French Script Butterfly Wreath

"Butterflies are self-propelled flowers."    ~ R.H. Heinlein Two things I'm lovin' these days ... French Script ... and Butterflies! So when I saw a beautiful French script butterfly wreath in one of my fave stores, I really wanted to buy it. But at $36 and some change, I just couldn't bring myself to open up my wallet. After all, it's just paper, right? Still ... it was haunting my dreams. I thought about how I could make one. But then I'd … [Read more...]

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