Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Organizing...and finding treasure..


As you know, I've been going through boxes, and I've found some cool things. While moving things around I actually found 2 checks I can still cash.....woohoo! And I found these appliqued pillows. They were given to me by an exchange student from Egypt. At the time they didn't go with anything in my room, but look at how well they go now! I love that. 

Hawkeye loves pillows. He tries to use all of them he can.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Organizing...my way.

I've been organizing, and I've been doing it my way, which is why I'm organizing my art room, but you are seeing a picture of the corner of my bedroom. Makes perfect sense, right?

One thing seems to lead to another. My art room was FULL of boxes and many of them contained books. Boxes of books are heavy. I just wanted to put them away, not cart around heavy boxes. At first glance it seemed there was no place in my little house for more shelves, but I had these two little white shelves in the attic. I carried them down and found that I could squeeze them behind the chair in the bedroom if I stacked them on top of each other. I filled them with the books and now I have more space to walk in the art room. I will attach these to the wall so they cannot be turned over, since once in a while I have little ones in the house.

Lately I've been embracing my own way to organize or do chores. I alternate the chores and the fun stuff.  I do something that I've been putting off, such as cleaning out a junk drawer or emptying boxes that have been waiting since I moved here a year ago. Or if I'm going a pretty big project like organizing the art room, I do a little chunk of it, like sort through a few boxes, or clear off and organize a shelf or two. Then I do something fun.....like hang some pictures that I've been meaning to get up, or hanging the bird feeder I want outside the art room window. I pick something that make my eyes happy...and that can be done in a fairly short amount of time. Then back to doing another shelf or two. It works for me.

I learned this from my Mom, and as usual she was right. If I painted a room, I started and plowed through it, and was exhausted at the end. Mom would get her paint brush out and do the trim around just he windows and then quit, and do other things. Then the next day she'd do some more.  She keeps after it until it's done but she doesn't beat herself up doing it. And her house always looks nice. It's the same amount of work, of course, but pacing yourself, and rewarding yourself with fun breaks can make a big difference.

Every time I see that chair I smile. I got it at an auction for 2 dollars, and I've gotten soo many years of use out of it.






Friday, January 10, 2014

Bottle Trees

 I was on my way home from visiting my daughter in Kentucky when I saw these bottle trees. They are in a town near ours...Forrest, IL. The yard is completely filled with all kinds of yard art...a bit much for me, but you have to admire someone who isn't afraid to indulge their passion. My favorite part was the beautiful bottle trees...there are even more than these two, but I thought these were stunning because they have so many more colors than I usually see on bottle trees.
I want to have one like this in my back yard. My son thinks we can make it happen. I've already been saving bottles...some from friends, and some from me picking my drinks by what pretty color bottle they come in! LOL

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Decorating...White Christmas!



 We've had snow...for the first time in a long while, 
we are having what feels like a good old midwestern winter!
 I've been doing some decorating. I started the weekend after Thanksgiving but have moved slowly getting the decorations up.
 I pretty much keep the mantle the same, but add greens and some starfish and a Santa. That Santa holds a list and when ever new children are born in the family, I had their names to the list.
 An old plastic Santa on the porch.
 The cushions on the glider are very summery, so I covered them with an old, rather tattered, quilt. 
 Come on in!
Here's the house on a cold snowy night. I have the tree up now, so I'll take a few more pictures soon.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Now it feels like fall.....


Today I broke out the boots for the first time this year. Boots are one of my favorite things about winter. What's not to like about something so warm and comfy as pair of kick-ass boots?
I saw this beauty on my walk this morning. Usually we have color much earlier in the midwest, but this year our first frost was just this week.

Soon I'll be closing the shop on Mondays, and also closing at 4pm. It's our slow season, and that will give me a tiny bit of daylight hours to get something done at home. Lots of leaf raking and putting away the summer stuff is first on the list.  I also want to get my art room sorted out, and then I'll be starting to paint the kitchen.

This kitty was peeping in Mom and Dad's window one night, and we shooed it away, and when I got home, this is what I saw at my back door. It tried to follow us in at Mom's.  It's very friendly and pretty, too. Surely it has a home somewhere. I'm not much of a cat person, but I hate to see her get cold.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Art Studio Table

I just bought this awesome vintage table from one of the dealers at Old City Hall Shoppes (like us on Facebook too!). I think the enamel surface will be great with all the paint and such that gets slung around doing mixed media work. I'm working on this little room that's off my living room, and it will be my art room.
 Here is the little room right after the wallpaper was stripped.
Here it is again after I'd moved in, and was organizing. Well now that room as been a catch-all for everything, and it's time for me to get busy making it workable. I've got a commission I'm excited to start working on, and now that the shop is slowing down for the winter, it's time!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Buying Artwork from Local Artists

What do you hang on your walls? I've got family photos of course, but I've also hung some artwork I've picked up over the years. I like to find unique things made by local people in my town or places I visit.
I saw this quilt at a local art gallery and frame shop years ago, and fell in love with it. My family bought it for me for my birthday that year. It's by local artist joanE Lipinski. I think when you find a piece that you love, you can buy it with the confidence that it will bring you years of enjoyment, because it speaks to you. You can see on my mantle, I also have some of my kids' artwork.
This carving was made by Gina Gaudesi, an artist I found on Flickr. That's a wonderful place to see artwork from people all over the world. Gina's photostream is here.  Her Etsy shop is here.  I hang old maps as artwork too, and you can see one peeking out in the background of this photo. I find them at antique shops and sometimes even at garage sales!

I bought these pottery pieces at Chartreuse Art Co-op in St.Joseph, Michigan. The top pieces are by Margaret Hogeboom. If I remember correctly, the fish is by Christina Root. Art co-ops are great places to find the work of local artists.  We have a nice one here in downtown Pontiac on Madison Street.

Art fairs are also a good place to see the work of local artists. The big cities have them of course (and I like browsing those too), but plenty of smaller cities have wonderful festivals. Sugar Creek Arts Festival in Normal is a good one, and Krasl Art on the Bluff is another fun one where you can look at art all day, with beautiful Lake Michigan always in view. I've always wanted to go to ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but it's almost over again this year, so maybe I'll make it next year!