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.