Art is always appreciated. Any show that you attend as an artist will give you exposure to people who may never have seen your work otherwise. People appreciate you and admire your talent. But how do we turn this admiration into dollar bills?Read More
I loved sharing our remodeling story with you. Sometimes in life you have to be brave enough to follow your dreams.Read More
This Post I am sharing one last time some photos of our house remodeling projects. My husband and I purchased our first home 9 years ago. Since then, we have gone room by room, project by project, transforming it into a beautiful well designed home. I always took pictures so we could remember and share with you. It is so amazing to look back and see how far we have come. The lessons we have learned, also, have truly enriched our lives.Read More
My series of prints for Spring are now available. Entitled "Greenery" after a fresh new vibrant green color. The color of budding leaves, new grass, spring moss, it gives us a fresh feeling of newness.Read More
We are wrapping up our home renovations! My husband and I are avid DIYer's. Each room was a process we took in baby steps. This post I am sharing the transformation of our Master Bedroom.Read More
I will be sharing this month the last Before and After photos of our house remodel. Our remodeling projects have finally come to an end. It feels great to have a home set up exactly the way we need it. It has been a long process, but very rewarding hard work. I hope you have been inspired to tackle your home projects with DIY enthusiasm, getting some blisters and making your house your very own handmade home.
I have three rooms to show and the first I will share is the Upstairs Room. This room is a large space 15x11 Ft. When we bought the house it was decorated by a teen hippy. Peace signs and flower power. Yikes!
We used it for a long time as an attic, just holding boxes of things we had no idea where to put. With our decision to home-school, I decided it needed to be finished and used as our school room. I went through all those boxes, moving things out and around to free up the entire room for this new purpose and a new look. We spent time spreading drywall compound over cracks and blemishes on all the walls.
I had to paint, paint, paint. The existing drywall was in good shape but did need some patching and compound in some areas.Three coats to get rid of that yellow and the hippy tattoos.
Once again because our budget was so small I even painted the floor. I really do not mind at all painted floors. I was painting over laminate tiles that were stained and broken in spots. Totally changes the look for only $9.00 (discounted miss tint paint).
Note: when painting floors use heavy duty paint made for porches or concrete. If you are lucky you can get it discounted. Always check out your paint stores shelf of miss tints.
Here is the 'Before' photos followed directly by the 'After photos':
We are really enjoying this space now. It is so nice to finally have it functioning as a useful room. Because the ceiling has a steep slant (common in old homes) we placed a sofa and toys (seated activities) against the short walls. Here are a few more pictures:
I will be sharing a few more rooms with you. Thanks for reading and don't forget to comment below.
My husband and I have spent many a Date night like this.
However, this year we actually got to go out! To a really nice restaurant. We ate amazingly delicious seafood and toasted our dreams. Nice for a change.
I thought about all of our less than amazing date nights and laughed. Without our kids, life would just be boring. Cheers!
I just discovered chalkboard markers. I know they have probably been around for years, but I just bought my first one. It makes very pretty lines on my smooth chalkboard from Hobby Lobby.
Regular chalk has always worked great on my chalkboard I made myself using chalkboard paint. We use it in our school room now.
But, this very smooth store bought chalkboard never looked right using regular chalk. The chalk marker works much better on it. Easily erases with damp cloth.
So look for them at your local Craft Supply store - Chalkboard Markers !!
Welcome to my kitchen! It was so fun to design our kitchen space. A long process that started in the summer of 2012. We decided to begin work on our kitchen that summer. We were expecting our oldest and eager to have cabinets before she was born.
Todd and I love white cabinets. We purchased unfinished, in-stock cabinets and painted them antique white. We chose to go with the white farm house theme for our kitchen. Accents in deep red and dusty blue. Natural elements-like the wood paneled ceiling and wood stained table top - reflect our love of nature.
Tokens of a French Country Style - white, natural wood tones, terracotta red, creams and soft gray, are all classic French color choices. The floor was smooth plywood we decided to paint. Using two different colors of porch paint, we painted a tile design.
Our kitchen has a nice flow now thanks to the custom table and storage bench we built. We swapped out a ceiling fan for a iron brushed chandelier.
Above the sink we hung a metalwork blue window pane. Also, a nod to the French Country Style.
I hope you enjoyed visiting my country kitchen. To us, it's just so beautiful. . . C'est si beau.
This is a finished painting I named Arizona Rose. It was a commissioned piece from a wonderful lady in Arizona who sent me pictures of her roses. She grows the most beautiful roses in her rose garden.
Commissioned art is when the artist is chosen and paid to complete a specific work. I feel very honored that she chose me to paint her roses. They are so beautiful!
Here are some photos she shared with me from her Arizona rose garden:
Aren't they beautiful? !! There really is something truly enchanting and special about a rose.
Here it is in my Office/Studio. Acrylic on canvas. I enjoyed painting this very much!
It is now on its way to sunny Arizona!
Prints of Arizona Rose will be available through Fine Art America. Just click on the Purchase tab under my logo at the top of this page.
“The rose is a flower of love. The world has acclaimed it for centuries. Pink roses are for love hopeful and expectant. White roses are for love dead or forsaken, but the red roses, ah the red roses are for love triumphant. ” Author Unknown
I was honored to do this for you dear friend! Please send some Arizona sunshine and warmth my way back here in Michigan!
If you would like to commission artwork please contact me. I would love to hear from you :)