I've had a travel filled summer, which left little time for crafting or blogging. I'm home for the next few months, and have a bunch of projects to tackle around my house that hopefully will be blog worthy. These are a few pictures from a boat ride we took in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
I recently removed a giant plant from next to the small settee in my front bedroom, and replaced with a side table and lamp instead. The new arrangement left the giant Ikea Pax wardrobe mirrors feeling very open and bare, so I hung some art up atop the mirrored doors. I used 3m Command Strips to hold the framed embroidery pieces on the mirrored glass. I like how the art personalizes and obscures the look of the Pax.
Friday, July 11, 2014
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
My cousin Marie is going to be staying with us in our loft for the next year while she completes an Anesthesia Fellowship at Texas Heart. Her extended visit prompted me to clean, organize, and de-clutter my loft. It has been awhile since I've shared any pictures of this space, which has previously been featured here and here. The loft is about 800 sq ft of space above our garage, separated from our bungalow. Tyler re-worked the staircase to the loft this past fall, which you can see here. The loft includes a sleeping space, a full bath, a painting area, my sewing/craft studio, and a lounge area with projection TV movie wall.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
I was recently commissioned to create the above graffiti style painting of the lyrics to Frank Sinatra's song "My Way". My client Kristy had seen a similar painting in a local gallery, but the size and price were not right for her, so I took the challenge to paint her one for her living room.
I got a 48x48 canvas at the art supply store, and using my acrylic paints and medium created a spatter/drip background painting.
Next, I used a blue paint pen to begin drawing on the bubble font letters to the words of the song.
Then, I began painting in each line of the lyrics in the negative space created by the lettering.
This step was the most tedious. I added some paint texture to the top of some of the lines, and used some oil-based paint pens to outline the lyrics when I finished coloring in the lines. In total the painting took me about 30 hours to complete.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
I recently worked with a local builder on design selections for this house which is for sale in a near-town neighborhood. I got involved in the project after the exterior was painted. I helped with selection of interior cabinetry and wall colors, lighting, counter surfaces, tile and stone selection, and stair rail design. Spec houses need to appeal to a broad range of people, so my job is to select a backdrop of neutral colors and classic materials that buyers can tweak and personalize easily to their specific tastes.