Monday, December 20, 2010
2010 has been a year of challenges and opportunities for the Khouris, The Blue Heron Studio, and our family of extended friends and all of our beloved animals. Howard's father passed away last February after a long illness and we are still dealing with the changes that has brought. We take comfort in that he is with his wife, son and the Father who heals everything and everyone. We lost our sweet spaniel, Beauregard, of fourteen years early this December. This has been a heartbreak that we knew was coming, but still were not prepared. We take comfort in knowing that God holds you and your loved ones in the palm of his hand. My son, Jason, and his fiancee, Carrie look forward to an early summer wedding, and Carrie's two sons make everyone proud with all their scholastic and scouting accomplishments. I have been writing for the Shabby Lanes magazine, and I look forward to continuing that endeavor, and the new studio space is coming along nicely. I hope to have pictures to post in early January. There are plans for some great classes, and the studio is always available to people just wanting to get away from the urban scene. It's nice to let the days unwind at a slower pace and appreciate the smaller blessings that surround all of us. My Christmas wish for you is that you continue to inspire and be inspired with all your efforts, and that the Holidays envelop you and your families in the warmth and love of this special time all year long. Love to all of you!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I can't believe that it is mid August already. Good intentions, ideas, and projects have been more plentiful than the time to implement them. However, when I look back on some of the year's achievements, I can see some progress. I have been working on the Upper Cumberland Quilt Trail project for our county, and I have painted eight boards that represent some of the heritage of our Tennessee ladies. I have just finished working on our home in Indiana, and have it on the market at this time. This is a great home on acreage with a pool, four bedrooms, two baths, and huge barn close to Evansville Indiana in Newburgh. If anyone wants details, email me, and I will send on to you. firstname.lastname@example.org. I have been busy getting ready for Fall and Halloween on my website www.theblueheronstudio.com and have some really killer looks for decorating. I am currently taking an online art class called Collage Coterie, and I am loving it. Many cool graphics and way too many ideas. I will post some of my "creations" later, still learning a new camera system.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I know, it's hard to believe that anything besides snow will be the norm, but Spring is really right around the corner. Now is the time to get ready, but it is tempting to curl up with a good book or a great movie instead. I have been pushing myself today to list a lot of new items for Spring on my website, www.theblueheronstudio.com, and I have managed to get some Easter/Spring/Garden goodies up and running. As usual, I am highlighting the vintage feel with Bethany Lowe and Vickie Smyers artist decor. I am also working to bring some French vintage home furnishings and garden items to the marketplace thru my website. It's never to early to think about Spring cleaning and decorating. I am thinking about painting the Blue Heron, and I am looking at a very pretty neutral color from Benjamin Moore called cottonwood. I am also thinking about a soft raspberry color for the dining room ceiling. Like any good nester, I have lots of projects on my to do list, but I think for right now, I'll just fix another cup of tea! Hope all of you stay warm and don't forget to DREAM!
Monday, February 1, 2010
Once again, even though the cold winds are blowing and snow is still evident, it is time to "spice" things up with tokens of love and heartfelt items for Valentine's Day.
I have been working on several new projects both for people I know and care for and for the website, www.theblueheronstudio.com. I have made a small miniature scene that features bottle brush trees in shades of pink, raspberry, and cherry red, plus lots of glitter. I am not sure whether I love glitter or bottle brush anything more! After looking at sets of trees that were red and glittered and priced over $90.00, I decided to make my own. Or at least I decided to try! I took a set of very inexpensive dark green Christmas trees from the craft store, and allowed them to set in a glass container filled with bleach. They lightened to an ecru color. I then spray painted them the colors I liked. Voila! After drying, I also sprayed them with a glue adhesive and rolled them and sprinkled them with glitter. I used Martha Stewart's tinsel glitter. I made a base from chipboard and scrapbook paper and cut a circle larger than the cloche/bell jar I had. Using scalloped scissors gave a nice decorative edge. Then for more interest, I downloaded a picture of a cabin surrounded by flowers, pasted this onto a heart cut from scrapbook paper (heavy and double sided)and with a tab at the bottom, I placed this towards the back of the circle. I then put glue on the places I wanted highlighted with more glitter and glittered. Be sure not to mix your glitter colors together unless you want a custom blend. This way if you use individual papers or plates to catch your over glitter, you can save and put back in the original containers. Then I glued my "forest" of bottle brush trees on the base. Let your imagination run wild and have fun creating your own "Valentine's Day Vignette." This is a fun, nostalgic craft project that will keep you and your little ones busy on a cold afternoon or morning.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
It will soon be a time to express to your family, friends, and loved ones how much they mean to you at Valentine's Day. A wonderful way to creatively and economically do this is to make your own cards. Handmade cards can be individualized for that special someone. I am working on a jar that is recycled with paper graphics from the Graphic Fairy. If you have not seen Karen's site, then you are in for a treat. She has wonderful vintage designs for free downloads and every Monday there is a special acknowledgment of an artist that has used her designs. She is in the process of hosting another Artist Class in February which is a lot of fun with a lot of ideas for scrapbooking, tags, collage and other mixed mediums. If you order early there is a discount. This might be the ideal Valentine gift for you! Anyway, we are busy at the Blue Heron getting ready for February and Spring 2010 with lots of new products and ideas. A basic china painting class will be taught in Cookeville, Tennessee at the Cookeville Art Society in early March and there is a lot of activity to get new Lady Head vases produced based on the antique originals. Also being produced are the ever popular half dolls or pin cushions as they are known. Well that is the update for now. Just be sure to check out all the new items at www.theblueheronstudio.com and if you visit Shabby Lane Shops, be sure to vote in the Valentine contest for your favorite storefront. This is a great mall with a lot of very talented artisans. In the meantime, stay warm, toasty, and keep creating. As we make beautiful thoughtful items with our hands, we connect using the same actions as craftspeople and artists of the past and of the future. BELIEVE!