Friday, February 27, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Finally, where? Everywhere at the moment. In the basement, in the garage, kitchen table, dining room table, temporary folding tables in the living room. This all brings me to my current project of organizing, and creating one main space for me to work. I've already started with this piece here. I will be sharing my progress here on my blog as I get there. Oh I almost forgot, I do most of my creative thinking in the shower!
So, I hope you will participate and share some Creative Inspiration with us! Don't forget to leave me some kind of contact info in case you are the winner. If I choose an entry without contact info, I will have to choose another.
Check out these Inspiring Creative Spaces!
Also, check out this gorgeous studio of Heather Bullard, The Present Past Collection. Click HERE.
HERE is another beautiful studio where my friend Michelle of The Raspberry Rabbits gets to create with her bunnies!
Gail Friend of Gail Friend Designs is being featured in the new issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors' Studio magazine. It's coming out March 31st featuring the studios of various artists. Check it out HERE.
I also just love where Dawn from The Feathered Nest creates her beautiful art. See it HERE.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
A home decorated with cherished family heirlooms handed down through the generations asking to be touched and used. The nicks, scuffs and dents are the patina that only comes with time and offers a sense of history. The wear and tear is meant to be celebrated. French Farmhouse style lies in its eclectic nature of mix and match, use what you have, finding a new use for an old item. French Farmhouse juxtaposes a velvet sofa with a tattered linen chair and a Louis XIV armoire. All well loved and still meant to be used not to be put in a museum. The colors and patterns are a mixture of bright blue, red and yellow of Provence used next to the two-tone toiles of Jouy-en-Josas and silks of Paris. Rugs have a used and tattered patina of the past centuries layered with the newer brighter rugs of the past decade. To complete the French Farmhouse one must tell their own story by adding brocante- items that a bit to nice to throw away; not quite junk not quite art. Add flower frogs under bell jars, a row of children’s wooden boats on the mantle, an old tiara on a cake stand or vintage perfume bottles on the dressing table. If you love books, line every shelf with them and add stacks to all the tables. Wire bird cages, cast-off egg baskets, rustic ladders and garden trellis all find safe haven in a French Farmhouse. Bring the garden in to the house by adding florals here, there and everywhere. Fresh flowers are a must in nearly every room. Using what you love becomes the only rule to decorating in the French Farmhouse.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Melissa at the Inspired Room has posted about finding beauty where you are right now. This week, I have accomplished a little piece of my goal, My Creative Space. It's where I find beauty each time I walk in this room. Even more when my little ones comment on how "beautiful it is in here mommy".
This post is also participating in Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special. Click below to check it out!
Also, visit this new site I just found called Reinvented for more great projects!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
The first single rose a young woman receives might be given while she is still a girl. Perhaps it is a delicate shade of peach, from someone who knows every ounce of effort that has gone into a special performance, or accomplishment. It's an appreciation of everything the girl is right now, and all she hopes to be. Later, a single rose in a deep shade of orange says, "I am so proud," and expresses admiration of everything she has become. She has graduated from girlhood and she is ready to take on the world.
Now that she is a woman, her grace and beauty catch someone else's eye. A pink rose, held in a hand made bold by sweet love, tells her of unspoken feelings. After a time, the same hand brings a newly bloomed red rose to announce, "I love you." A single white rose might follow, proclaiming a love that is stronger than death.
The shades of a rose, like a moment in her life, can contain a myriad of meanings. A single yellow rose might speak of contentment and happiness. Placed on a bedside table, it could celebrate the unbridled joy of a new birth or anniversary of another year together. It could also make the promise of a new beginning, or to make up for things that have gone wrong.
Soon it becomes the woman's turn to give a single rose. She carefully selects one in a delicate shade of peach. It's been chosen for another girl, not yet a woman, who is full of promise and life, and given with the hope that she too will experience life in all its beautiful shades."
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Later, the tingling excitement as we spent hours pouring over each and every sentiment that had been dropped into our box of hope... eager to find that one special card from a best friend, a boy we liked, or the most popular girl in class. Pouring over each sentiment, examining the carefully formed letters of each name.
The days of decorated shoeboxes and clumsily lettered names may have been long ago, but many things still fill us with the same little flutters we felt back then.
Finding a stack of vintage postcards in a favorite antique shop – some garlanded with roses, others with whimsy and fun. Uncovering a tarnished locket filled with memories of lost loves, at the bottom of an abandoned jewelry box. Picking up a weathered journal and discovering the dreams of a young woman as she embarked on her own journey of love.
A delicate hankie from a past generation, lovingly stitched with pink and red roses. Yellowed stacks of love letters, unfading feelings bound with a tattered ribbon.
As Valentine's Day draws near, I find myself feeling nostalgic for the things and feelings of the past. I'm opening the drawers of my memory and sifting through moments that have been stored away for a time just like this.
Joyce Lucas, Founder