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!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

An Easy Upcycle For Fall

People may wonder why I never want to throw anything out. Here is just one example of why. This nifty little gem was once a light fixture. It has now found its place as a funky vase as part of my fall decor. I say, why not?