Friday, November 8, 2013
When I get letters like this, it truly inspires me. I am so grateful that I have been able to turn my dreams into plans and encourage all of you to do the same. This came from Arica of Alter'd Relics who with her mother have followed their passions and turned them into plans. Check out their venture and the event they are having in November. Follow the links below.
I know this is a long shot because you are one busy lady. But I wanted to reach out to you because my mom & I have been to all of your shows & to the shops of peeps you mention on your blogs & feature at your shows. I love, love your work & following your blog. I first saw you in the Beacon Akron & my mom & I have been religiously coming to your shows since. You are an inspiration!
I wanted to share a link to a new venture my mom & I have in the works...it's a little therapeutic outlet. If you could check it out...follow along on the blog itself or facebook if you choose. Also if you think any of your fabulous friends & family would enjoy. We would greatly appreciate it!
But most of all we genuinely value your opinion if you could give me a tip or two on what inspires you? I would love it!! It would certainly give us motivation along the way~
Thank you so much~
Monday, November 4, 2013
"The Game of Life"... My children are now playing this game that I loved to play as a child and looking at the box and playing the game, made me metaphorically contemplate "The Game of Life". What particularly struck me was the Safe Route and Risky Route Road Signs pictured on the box. Through our own personal "games" how many times have we been at these crossroads? They say that only true growth occurs when we take a detour from the safe route and take risks. This being said and understood though is completely different than the actual DOING! Although, every time I am willing and able to push through the fear and discomfort that some thing better is on the other side, even if it is just a lesson. My father always has said to me, "The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward!" and I have found this to be absolutely true. On a funny note, Lila, my daughter after playing said, " I had 8 children, no job and only 100 dollars a week." Lucky for her, she is still in the "playing" phase of "the game".
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
WOW!!!! That is all I can say to this! I love it! My sister in law passed it on to me and now I am passing it on to you! AWESOME! Go to www.amoderndame.blogspot.com for the directions. She rocked it!
A Modern Dame: My very 1st DIY: Decorative Owl Pumpkin:
A Modern Dame: My very 1st DIY: Decorative Owl Pumpkin:
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
This is Edie my 10 year old. This is her bedroom. I have been wanting to do a post on her room for a while, but it was very challenging to capture the room when it is actually neat. Organization is not as much a priority for her as is changing outfits, so most of the time clothes are everywhere! Did I mention she is only 10? The other day, when I asked her to clean her room, she packed a whole suitcase of rolled up clothes and put it in her closet, only for me to discover it weeks later! When I confronted her about it, she said, "You told me to put my clothes away!" Seriously, I must admit, I laughed a little, because that would be another form of her creative mind. She never does things conventionally.
OK - so as far as decor for children's bedrooms, I have found that many people feel really comfortable decorating children's rooms as opposed to other rooms in their house because they don't feel like they have to "follow the rules" as much as they think they do in the "adult" rooms in the house. People allow themselves to be more "playful" when doing a child's room because they don't feel it is as much a reflection on them as in other rooms. Although the subject matter of a child's room naturally allows us to have fun with our decorating, I do think the same rules can apply to other rooms of our houses. The key to decorating any room is staying relaxed and open to color and unexpected accessories.
I really feel strongly that is important to involve your child in the decorating of their bedrooms as soon as they are able to express their opinions. You do not have to take all suggestions and certainly can edit, but still honor color choices or subject matter. I try to capture the child's personality and their talents and highlight THEM in the space. I am a big believer in establishing a healthy self esteem for children and if their room is a celebration of them, they will feel really good about themselves and feel they have ownership in a room in your home. Just like they change, their decor should change with them. Due to my personal nature and theirs, we like to change a lot! I kept the large pieces safe and for us personally, the walls neutral.
The furniture and the polka dot bedding are all from IKEA. Their prices are affordable and I LOVE the designs. IKEA also seems to blend really well with vintage because they are so different in nature. The pricing on the duvet covers has allowed us to change often without a huge investment. If you are looking for an IKEA in the Cleveland, OH area, the closest is Pittsburgh. It is worth the trip.
The knitted Kitty doll was .50 cents!
Edie's artwork. Always changing, but these are our favorites. Have your children decorate their rooms with their own creations!
This wooden gnome doll is seriously one of my favorites!
White pillows on the beds are made from t-shirts.
The cutout art is from a children's coloring book we love. Get creative with what goes on the walls.
Check out the bowling pin someone painted a penguin. So funny!
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Hey guys! Thank YOU SO MUCH for asking... BUT NO FALL SALE this year for me. I am working on other BIG projects and could not pull it together. I may have a holiday 2013 sale after Thanksgiving/early December so keep checking here or like Homegirl on Facebook to keep up to date on event schedule.
Friday, October 4, 2013
I just could not find the "right" thing for my door this fall and since I loved my rag wreath from the summer, I decided to do a fall version using burlap and fun fall colors. It was really easy. I got the burlap wreath at Jo-Ann which is pretty just by itself too if you prefer and when I am in a quick need for fabric I buy the fabric quilting quarters there as well. I also picked up some burlap on a roll in the floral section and used it to enhance the wreath. The strips of fabric, I cut thick because I really did not want to give killer time to this. Just simply tie a knot around the wreath using the strips and there you have it. I was loving the colors of the plants I planted around my house so I went with that color scheme. I just love this time of year!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
More pics of things I love around my own home. I really hope you have special things placed around your home that make you smile too. If not, get something small today, even if it is just treating yourself to flowers.
Dining Room - the throw kills me!
In Kitchen - of course!
Shelf in Dining Room