Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Blessed Easter Brunch


One of the greatest joys  about the art world is having some amazing dear friends who share the exact same interests.

  My friend Molly Knox, (lillycakes.blogspot.com) who lives in Tampa, is not only one of the most talented women I will ever know, but she is the truest of friends.  She has taught along with me at many of my art events and we have shared  laughter and joy beyond imagination....

 Molly opened her home to 10 of us for the most dreamy, delicious and delightful afternoon. 

 We all created a decoupage Easter Egg/candlestick project.  I haven't finished the candlestick part yet,   but here is a little peek.....


I ADORE it!!!!!!

The details were SPLENDID...  It was a pastel Easter Wonderland!




Cassandra Van Curen, (artfuladventuresphotography.com) worked along with Molly on all the details of this beautiful day.  Have you ever known such creativity?  Look at these tea bag covers she created!



And speaking of Cassandra, she is embarking on what I think is her true destiny...  She has purchased a stunning piece of property in central Florida where she and her husband will be building a gorgeous barn, sort of like this, but even grander!

  It is going to be a destination for weddings, parties and divine celebrations.

The most FABULOUS thing I believe is the name....

THE EVER AFTER BARN!!

Well... this was such a reason to celebrate so I surprised Cassi with this sweet barn cake!  It was such a happy thing!  It was a light vanilla  cake with raspberry filling and was DELICIOUS! 

Some of us created little gifts for each of the ladies at the brunch.  My garden was overflowing with fresh rosemary so I made some lemon rosemary bath salts for everyone.

 Home made bath items are my new obsession!  I love making them!

Becky created these beautiful cones for all and.......

Judy created these sweet peep jars for all!

I will forever remember with gratitude this amazing weekend!

Wishing you all a beautiful Easter ....

HE IS RISEN!!!!  xoxoxo


Spring Project Fun!

I was invited to an Easter Artists Brunch and asked to do a fun little swap project!  It used one of these little peat pots and we were to create it into an Easter basket and fill it with little treasures!  
I started with what I thought would be the perfect covering.. a lace cuff from an old blouse.  I was thrilled with the results!.....

One of the parts I loved most about creating this was finding treasures small enough to fit inside

I hope it shall bring another artist  friend joy this Easter!

My friend Kim hosts beautiful artist events in the California area and this year she is hosting a Downton Affaire!
(www.artisticblissdesigns.com)  I wanted to sponsor the event with a special one of a kind gift so I created "Milady's Valise"...a vintage travel case I embellished in the style of the era!  This wont really be a suitcase one will travel with but more of a place to store treasures or art supplie
s.

I hand decoupaged the sides with pretty ladies...

This was the main image, a fabric block of a beautiful Downton style woman.  I hope she brings happiness to her new home!

I have also been creating sweet things for boutiques... there were 4 in the pair of these sweet cherub plaques.  I sold a set of 3 but really wanted to keep this one for the studio!

 I wish you all the joys of a blessed Springtime.  Savor each and every day!  xoxo

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Cottage Chic Sale at Karen's Cozy Cottage!

My Cozy Cottage in central Florida has a lovely little garage with a tin roof. 

 It was a messy place I hadn't had a chance to pay much attention to since my focus was on the house.  But then I had a vision it could be a special artist space and showcase area.

It began with discarding lots of old wood, broken tools etc left over from the previous owners years ago.  I had some electric work done in order to hang some chandeliers and the vision began to take form.....



It was a thrill to open the doors for a weekend sale!  I invited some other wonderful shabby chic vendors to join me and it was bliss!




































Cupcakes and lemonade were served all weekend long and the weather cooperated perfectly!!  































I am a blessed and lucky girl to have my friend Julie who grasped my vision from the start and worked so very hard with me...  I call her "The Power Tool Queen" and I learned so much about drills and staple guns etc!  No matter what I said, her response was "We'll make it work!"  And we DID!!



















I have decided to make this little nook a 
"Meet the Artist" venue where I will create, and also feature other artist's works.  I will open the doors occasionally for private appointments and host The Cottage Chic Sale twice a year!

It's a wonderful feeling to have a special vision and see it come to fruition...  sending you all love and light! xoxo