Friday, December 21, 2012

My Latest Paintings


Friday, December 14, 2012

Unique Vintage

Here is another card. The detail is crazy!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Vintage Christmas Cards

Today I am sharing some vintage Christmas cards I found in grandma's things. I am so fascinated with the detail and intricate design; both in paper work and typography.

I'm feeling pretty guilty not sending out Christmas cards this year. No pictures, no letter, no card. I can hardly believe it myself.

With Facebook, email and texting, it seems we've lost some of the magic of the season, where we used to look forward to hearing from friends and family once a year. Our mailboxes used to be stuffed with hand written letters and warm wishes. These cards make me appreciate a simpler time. (Wow, I sound old.)

Monday, December 10, 2012

More Christmas Arrangements

1. Old box we tore off the wall in the garage.
2. My Ball Jars
3. "Hubby, go cut off some branches from the evergreens"
4. Idea from Pinterest me decide how I should sparkle this arrangement a bit.

1. Christmas lights?
2. Tea lights in the bottom of the jars?
3. Full size pillar candles placed in the jars?
4. ???

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Floral Arrangement

Check out the little Christmas floral arrangement I made for my office!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Mantel

I skipped the FA LA LA and went for some sparkle this year on the mantel. It looks so pretty lit up at night. This year we had to switch around the deer stocking hangers because as my son pointed out, he's a boy, so he needs the one with antlers! So observant, that one...

I switched out the yellow block B in the middle of the wreath for this one, a softer blue that fills the space better. (thin wooden letter from Hobby Lobby covered with scrapbook paper)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Built In Laundry Storage

Ok, now I have to brag. Check out the AWESOME built-in laundry storage that my dad just made for our laundry room. Now that dad is retired and has a new home (nothing to remodel there) I get to put his skills to work for the many (((many))) projects we have in our home. It's a win, keeps him busy and I get to cross things off my list and get added bonuses like this custom solution!

The most fun part for me is getting to brainstorm with my dad. I show him stuff on Pinterest, we analyze my space and come up with different ideas. I draw things out, we brainstorm some more and he tells me what logically can and can't be done. He can always visualize things like I can and fortunately, he knows how to deliver when it comes to almost any project.

There is actually a method to our madness with this storage space. My hubby and I bought our house with an unfinished old basement. There was a funny space left between the laundry room and the bathroom. We both saw it as a complete waste of space and thought there must be something we can do to make it more usable. Because of pipes and drains, it wasn't justifiable to knock out the wall on either side so dad knocked out a portion and filled the 'dead space' with these cubbies, all while leaving access to the plumbing surrounding it on the backside.

So, now I have four slots to put my laundry baskets and we will add a rod to hang clothes in the top portion. And it's darn cute.

Way to go, dad!! And thank you. :-)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

My Latest Paintings

20" x 16" Acrylic on canvas

16" x 20" acrylic on canvas

Both for sale. Contact for price.

REvamped Bulletin Board

Here is my current project. It's still a work in progress, but close enough to being blog worthy. I found this HUGE old brown bulletin board (already framed) at a garage sale for $5 and I want to incorporate it into my new studio space. It is probably about 4ft x 4ft or larger. I wasn't accurate and exact with the pattern (again, patience is not my strong suit) but I figured I will have so many things pinned on it that it won't matter much. It's going to be a useful and fun addition to my space!

Friday, November 16, 2012

HOPE HEALS Continues Its Journey

Darla Jost and HOPE HEALS in Burlington, North Dakota
I just have to say THANK  YOU once again to the fine folks at Jost Construction and Masonry in Burlington for their generous contribution to Roosevelt Park Zoo in honor of HOPE HEALS.

I am still amazed at the generosity of Darla and her crew at Jost. I never knew if this idea would work. Now I get to deliver the first monetary donation to the zoo and I can't wait!!

On a side note, I have to give a big shout out to my dad! He has helped me transfer my painting from business to business on its giving journey. I don't have a vehicle big enough, so dad's truck comes in very handy! Thanks, dad. You are always there for me with whatever creative crazy ideas I have!

Next up...Kelly Chiropractic in Minot! Stop by and check it out in their 'new' (post flood) digs!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Juice Box Mummies

Here is an adorable idea that I stole from a friend, who stole it from a friend, who most likely saw it on Pinterest! Simply wrap the juice box in white streamers and glue on two googly eyes. I'm sharing these with my son's class. They will need to 'un-wrap' them in order to get to the straw!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Spray Paint

If you recall from a previous post, I found this little funky white thing at a garage sale for ten cents!(apparently it's a sock separator for your drawer) It is now being used to house some colorful spray paint in my studio. I love the pop of color the different caps create. What do you think?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Creating An Art Studio

I'm so happy that I am FINALLY making a space for myself to create, paint, craft and do whatever I please!! This is also an opportunity for me to incorporate and display some of my finds and hand-me-downs that I've collected throughout the years. Vintage Chic! I'll post some of my favorite accessories and give you a taste of some old, new and re-purposed things.

Now, my 'studio' isn't fancy or Pinterest worthy. It's simply a space where I can create a mess and it won't matter. Perhaps someday I will have sheet rocked and painted walls, along with a highly organized and finished room, but what fun is that? I would be afraid to sling my paint across the room! I'm hoping the gray cement floor will soon be covered in color...lots of colors!

Here's a peek inside my little creative oasis.

Lovely lamp shade from Lowes.

Painted some old shelves that I can slide my canvases into and stack misc. supplies and then covered the side with this adorable patterned wrapping paper.

My awesome vintage clock from my adapted Grandma Julia!

Old buttons and boxes via a garage sale and my grandma's sewing stash.

My tools....(old coke crate turned into a shelf in the background)

My new letters from a funky new vintage shop in town.

A sale shower curtain ($5 at Target) makes a nice 'wall' and adds some fun to a drab wall. An ode to my graphics background!

Metal wall decor I got at Pier1 years (and years) ago. Love the metal...

Modge Podge. Enough said.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Simple Wall Decor for Modern Spaces

Here is another piece from the interiors of Ackerman-Estvold Engineering. By taking floor or hall mirrors and turning them horizontally, you can really make a statement. In order to fill this space, we stacked three of the stainless framed hall mirrors from Target. I think it worked really well in the space and added a little element of surprise.

The one thing I always try to do is think about products and how they can be used differently from their original intent. Get creative with things. Turn them sideways, upside down, paint them...the sky is the limit! In this case, the lines and materials were cohesive with the rest of the space, but we just needed to use them differently. Also, don't forget about scale. If we simply would have put one mirror on it's side, it definitely wouldn't have had the impact of three, filling the space both vertically and horizontally.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Featured Woman Artist

I'm so excited to be the Featured Woman Artist at the Center for Technology and Business in Bismarck, ND for the month of October!

Their blog features a variety of women artists throughout North Dakota. Each month or so, the works of these talented women hang in their office. What a wonderful way to promote women in the arts and what an honor to be amongst them. Thanks, gals!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Decorating and Accessorizing Ackerman-Estvold Engineering

In the past few months I have had the honor of decorating and accessorizing a local engineering/surveying company as they moved into their newly remodeled and expanded space. While a registered interior designer chose all of the paint colors, furniture, fixtures and flooring, it was my job to then come in and make the space whole. All elements already had a modern feel, so I was guided in that direction when choosing greenery, artwork and accessories.

The most unique aspect of Ackerman-Estvold is the history of the company. Both father and son, along with partners, have built the company from its original surveying roots into a strong and growing engineering and surveying firm. The greatest thing is that they made a variety of historical items from their grandfather available to me to use throughout the space. I absolutely love the mix of modern and vintage. With current design trends, a variety of accessories try to mimic the industrial and vintage look, but this was the real deal straight from the early 1900's! I don't think this was the original intention, but as I sat in their offices before the move I noticed some of the older items that they had just dragged out of storage. They went on to tell me that they had the original tri-pods and surveying tools used by grandpa Ackerman! I knew I had to incorporate these special items into the new space.

They are moving fast into the future; growing rapidly, yet have a strong connection to the past and history of family and this industry.

So, here is a glimpse of some of the details of design. (more to come!!) I was also commissioned for artwork, so you will see my canvases throughout.

This is my favorite area. The console table was chosen for it's modern feel, but had the mix of industrial flair with the steel and reclaimed wood. This piece was perfect to display the mix of accessories, along with the contemporary artwork. Not only does the wooden piece on top add a natural element, but it is an actual post used by their grandfather. It's topped off with his original surveying journals and gear, while the sleek grouping vases tie in the colors. The whole design is flanked on the side with two tall vases, adding a pop of color and balance.

Fall Flashback

I was so completely surprised to open the mail yesterday and find a note from my 6th grade teacher! Now, coming across anything in the mail other than bills always makes me a little giddy. I sometimes miss the good old days of letter writing and card sending. I still receive cards from my aunts and I just love it!

Anyway, this got me thinking about the past and all the time I spent drawing and crafting when I was young. I still can't believe she sent me such a nice note and she even remembered a drawing I did of my name in the shape/colors of a candy cane. For some reason, I don't remember many of my high school teachers, but I look back fondly on a few of my elementary and junior high teachers. I remember her always encouraging me to keep drawing and was so positive about my work. Isn't it funny how one little comment, action or attitude from someone else all those years ago can stick in some one's memory forever?

In 6th grade, it was around this time of year that I was anticipating my birthday and probably making plans for a pool party. I was also saying good-bye to my dad, as he was off to hunt in Montana, as he did every year. So, here's my flashback piece from around that time.

Thanks for the encouragement, Mrs. G. and thanks for making just another October day pretty special.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Turn An Old Shoebox Into Something Spooktacular!

Here's a quick little project the kids and I worked on this weekend. Each child painted one side while mommy painted the front. While our Frankenstein is a little scary, mommy thinks he looks a little more 'dazed and confused' than anything! Ha ha. It was fun to paint something different, though. As an added touch, we placed some real bolts in his forehead and put some plastic toy bolts on the sides.

This is a simple project that didn't take a lot of time. You can get as detailed as you want, or simply paint it solid green and glue on some cardboard eyes, nose and mouth. We all know old Frank is a little square, so using up old shoe boxes is a great way to create your spooktacular craft!

Stay tuned to see what we do with him next....

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Easy Decor From a Garage Sale Find

I found another great buy this summer at a garage sale that I've turned into something a little more personal to use as part of my fall decorations. As you can see, I paid a whole dollar for this little beauty. The best thing about it was the original round glass. I figured I could paint the frame and replace the image with one of my own. But once I got it home, it seems that the flowers are permanently glued directly to the glass. Bummer.

On to plan B. After spray painting the frame orange, I picked up a little swatch of burlap and used that as my base and simply added a wooden letter on top using a small pin. I had planned on using some modge podge and scrapbook paper to jazz up the "B" but decided I liked the natural look of the wood against the burlap.

Cute, isn't it?


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Simple Halloween

Currently I have just small simple touches of Halloween decor throughout the house. This is one of my favorites. I picked up this frame at a garage sale, emptied out the inside and painted the inside black. I really liked the touches of detail on the outside of the frame and thought it would be nice for Halloween. I added the bird (from Hobby Lobby) and wha-la....simple, modern Halloween!