Wednesday, June 08, 2016

The Kitchen Tile

I was so thrilled when it came to tile day for our dream kitchen. This is 2" white porcelain tile that I bought from Wayfair.  They have great deals on tile. My original plan was for multi-colored tiles - all hexagons.  But, could not find any colors in 2" tiles.  Plan B - a black and white tile kitchen, and the accessories can ask as the 'color' for the kitchen.

The extraordinary tile guy, Gilman is an artist. He laid out the pattern on the kitchen floor.  I loved watching him work.

The backspash. The frame tiles and the nine patch are made by Daltile.  Black grout really makes them pop!

A closer view

The hexagon tiles go all the way around the kitchen, under the cabinets and around the window

Extra floor tiles were used in the garden window.  I loved this detail.

the other side of the kitchen
Let the color begin!

Monday, June 06, 2016

Got Washi Tape?

Oh the kitchen calendar. This magnetic wall holder was made by Day Runner and I think I have had this for over 10 years.  They don't make them anymore. I love having my paper calendar on the frig for easy reference.  What's a girl to do? 

Light bulb moment.  Washi tape would cover this well and it will jazz it up a bit with polka dots, stripes, houndstooth and triangle waves.  And how about some red and white polka dot duct tape?  Should all work well..

The pen holder in stripes of patterned Washi tape


Washi tape is basically paper tape, so it can be fragile to handle.  It's not there for the long haul, unless it is covered in clear tape or Matte medium.  I covered all of the tape with clear packing tape so keep it secure and long lasting

The finished product

On the frig and I am happy!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Weekend Away

We traveled to Many, Louisiana over the weekend for a wedding.  Our first time to this state. This is a small town about 4 hours from New Orleans.  Isn't this amazing?  Hand painted by shilohstardust in IG.  This tree invited you into the festivities at The Lake House.

Loved this yellow house on their property.  It overlooks the river

There were two tents near the shore, one round and this one.  All decked out inside.  Tents by Shelter Co. Link is here

The lake a great animal floats  Loved the unicorn one! This was just the beginning of a magical weekend

The beautiful lake view

Simply elegant vases and flowers graced all of the tables

Me and the man!

Sunset reminding me so much of my Dad, for the wedding date was his birthday.  He would have been 90 on that day. Happy birthday in heaven Dad. He loved to take pictures of sunsets. This one was a beauty!

Painted stairs - so creative and fun
Grilled oysters on the half shell.  So impressive and delicious!  Their food all weekend was amazing!  Caterer was Maisonlacatering on IG and their website is here


Night and the beautiful candles shining through.  This was a magical weekend.  You could feel the love from friends and family for this couple. They had burning love for each other. Gotta love that.

Birdhouse on the lake

Reflection through a round window
Pages from my Sketchbook. Flying, ironing, preparation for the elements and the yellow house and below is a recap of the weekend wedding!  Love at the Lake House

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Power of Color!

Update on the kitchen redo.  Custom wall paint from Dunn Edwards.  My favorite blue, which looks kinda dark here!

More light comes into the kitchen the blue gets better

The pantry, which I can't wait to fill up


Got dressed in black and white for the day the floor was put in

Floor is DalTile 12" inch porcelain squares in matte white, matte black and every other black tile is gloss

Grouting the floor.  It looked really cool watching this part of the finishing of the floor!
If you click on this photo, you can see some of the glossy tiles

The is the company that we are working with for our kitchen remodel.  I would recommend them 100% and ask for Greg Leef - he is the best!

Pretty exciting when the cabinets were installed!

The upper cabinets will have glass in them

We didn't replace the upper right cabinets, because they blocked the view to our family room. Now we have a clear view into that room, which is great for entertaining!

The white hole is for the double ovens with a drawer on the bottom and a huge cabinet up top
and the oven is installed.  The pantry door on the right

Sample door casing and baseboards.  This and two doors are off being painted.  Next installment will be the counter tops and appliances.  Can't wait to cook!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Pages from My Sketchbook

I have to admit, I am stuck at home with the kitchen remodel answering questions, accepting shipments and working with the contractors.  I am missing my studio very much and the opportunity to play with fabrics, my Sizzix machine and Mistyfusing.  I know I will get back there very soon, but in the meantime, I have my sketchbook and drawing is ever so soothing to me. Please do not copy my drawings.  All rights reserved.
The Ikea mouse re-dress. I have a bunch of stuffed mice from Ikea.  I have dressed some in fabrics, and one lives in the Mistyfuse booth - Heavy Metal Mouse.   I think this drawing would translate well into a quilt (via Sue Bleiweiss' suggestion), and that may happen.  I loved dressing the mice

Flowers

Textures

Favorite things

Heavy metal alphabet A-P

Heavy Metal alphabet Q-Z and some other fun drawings

Beach houses


I am always testing myself in my sketchbooks not to use pencil.  This is one of those drawings.  Pilot Razor Point pen in black.  It's not perfect, because it was a straight on drawing project with pen, no pencil.

Abstrations.  Looking at objects and making them into something else.  These were done at a medical lab waiting to have my blood drawn for a physical.  More drawings to come.  Thank you for stopping by my blog.