Showing posts with label home decor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label home decor. Show all posts

Thursday, September 1, 2011

At The End Of The Day

Day 1 - A photo of yourself and a description of how your day was

How was my day? Let's see it's almost ten o'clock at night and I am just now getting an opportunity to write this blog. I made it home, got everyone fed and off to bed. Its been a long day! Work was challenging as usual but I won't bore you with the details.

The highlight of my day was rushing home to watch my oldest play in her volleyball game. When I get there I was a little surprised to see that the building was dark. As I made my way to the gym I realized the electricity was out and here I thought they were just doing their part to conserve energy!

After a half hour of darkness the lights finally came back on and the games began. This is my daughter's first year playing high school sports and we are so very excited for her to have this opportunity. She is very passionate about volleyball and enjoys playing it. I love cheering for her and her team from the side line. And I have to be there on days like today when her team just couldn't pull off the win.

This evening games presented a lot of challenges for her and I. Everything from the way the team performed to the lack of communication from the coaches. Although things didn't go the way we would have liked I wouldn't have wanted to spend my evening any other way.

Me and my beautiful daughter

I would love to hear about your day...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Interview with ArtByKristin @ Etsy

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I currently live in Austin, Texas. I have been married for almost 11 years, and we have two little girls, ages 4 and 5. I was a Social Worker in Child Protective Services before I had my kids. I can't imagine doing that type of work again and I am hoping my art leads me somewhere.

How did you get started with your craft?
I started painting as a release from my work. I did not pick up a paint brush until 10 years ago. But, I started making my vases after my husband bought me flowers for our 10th anniversary last year, and this non-descript vase I was left with, after the flowers had died, inspired me to make it into something beautiful.

What are your favorite materials to work with?
Stucco and acrylic paint. They lend themselves to many possibilities.

What inspires you?
Inspiration is found in many places. The colors found in nature; the sky, the beach, the mountains, and trees, all inspire me. My kids, books, and even sleep inspired me. I love to wake up to new ideas that I can't wait to try out.

How do you get out of creative ruts?
Take a break. I need to take breaks. Get out and do something. Go for a drive. I need to be away from my cell phone, from my computer, and I can usually find my way out of a rut.

Which of your items is your favorite? Tell us why?
Oh goodness... hmmm... probably any vase in my Inside Out Series. I particularly love this vase: I thought of painting the outside of the vase before I added the stucco, so the inside looks painted, and I am loving this new line!

What made you decide to sell your work? And why on Etsy?
I opened my shop to have a place to direct my customers to when I would do craft shows. I was doing glass mosaic art at the time. Although I never did end up doing too much with my shop at that time. And when I made my first vase, a fire was lit inside of me and I did not want to stop making the vases, so I knew I had to do something with them, so up they went in my Etsy Shop.

What is the most rewarding part of having your own business?
The fact that it is all mine. Regardless of success or failure; that will fall upon me and it is very motivating. I just want to keep getting better and growing as an artist and as a business person.

What do you enjoy doing in your off time?
I enjoy swimming, taking the kids to the zoo and the parks.
If you had to describe your art as a fruit, what fruit would you choose and why?
I would choose the classic red delicious apple...but my art would be a candy apple.... classic glass vases, dolled up with their candy coating (stucco and paint!).

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

DIY Tutorial - Doily Pendant Lamp

Guest blog tutorial provided by Bonnie from Bonnbonn on Etsy.

This is an easy, affordable and beautiful lighting solution that was inspired by Shannon South’s gorgeous upcycled Doily Lamp.

Supplies you need:
Glue (you can also use wallpaper glue, but I found regular school glue worked fine)
Doilies (10-20 depending on the size of your balloon and dollies)
Balloon or ball
Light fitting

Let’s get started:
First blow up a huge balloon or get your ball. Remember if you are using a ball it will be popped at the end.

Now, mix 5 oz of the school glue with 4 tbsp of the cornstarch and ¼ cup of warm water together until it’s not lumpy.

Dip one of your doilies into your bowl of glue. Squeeze out excess and lay your doily onto your balloon. Repeat with the remaining doilies, making sure to overlap each other so they will stick together.

Wait 24 hours until the glue has dried. Then pop your balloon/ball. Cut out a small area for your light fitting, unless you strategically left a small opening. Insert your light fitting and TADA! You have a lovely doily lamp that your grandma would be proud of!

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