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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Gingerbread Houses

Jack in the Box

In our town they have a gingerbread house competition. 
There were so many great ones this year I had to share some of them with you. 


Farm Yard

Snow People Sun Bathing and melting :)

Hat Store

Robot

Blue Palace

So Cute

A Pyramid 

Air Craft Carrier 

Dog House

Me 

 I hope you're having a nice holiday season.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Anthropologie's Christmas Windows


I love Christmas window's. 
Some of my favorites are always Anthropologie's.
This year was no exception.

Anthropologie's Christmas Windows 2014
 The leaves were silk. 
The pines cones were made of paper then spray painted copper. 
The small birds were out of crepe paper. 

Anthropologie's Christmas Windows 2014


Anthropologie's Christmas Windows 2014

Anthropologie's Christmas Windows 2014
 The designers used crepe paper to make these beautiful swans. Amazing. 


Anthropologie's Christmas display 2014

I thought these were great gingerbread houses. They were made out of cardboard and painted with white puff paint then before the paint dried they sprinkled it with clear glitter. It had a wonderful effect.

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/index.jsp

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Winter Beach Walk

Birch Bay State Park

Always healing for your heart is a walk, especially by the sea with a friend.
Birch Bay State Park, WA


Birch Bay State Park, WA



Birch Bay State Park, WA


Birch Bay State Park, WA



Birch Bay State Park, WA


Birch Bay State Park, WA

Birch Bay State Park, WA



Monday, December 8, 2014

DIY Dome Cover out of a Wine Glass


 I saw these at a Christmas Show and I thought they'd be fun to make. 




DIY dome cover out of a wine glass
     These domes are super simple to make and will be fun to decorate with. 

Supplies you'll need: 
1) wine glass 
2) PC-Marine Putty
3) a button or an old earring
4) Weldbond glue 
5) a string of beads
          6) something to clip the stem with


Step one is to clip off stem of wine glass as close to the cup as possible.


 Step two sand it down a bit where you clipped it.
(I just rubbed the clipped area along a cement wall it worked well.)




Step three take the putty and make it into a ball.
Then mold it onto the top of the cut stem, before it dries secure your button.  


DIY dome cover out of a wine glass


Step Four once the putty is dry, paint the Weldbond glue 

                                    over the putty then wrap beads around the putty to hide it.

Step Five for the final touch I cut out a red piece of red paper and placed it under the dome 
then I added a fun elf.






Thursday, December 4, 2014

Anacortes WA: The Island Chicks Holiday Vintage Market

 The Island Chicks Holiday Vintage Market in Anacortes is a fun Christmas market. It is full of wonderful vendors. It happens in November if you're interested in going next year here is the link.

www.theislandchicks.com 


 The Island Chicks Holiday Vintage Market



 The Island Chicks Holiday Vintage Market


 The Island Chicks Holiday Vintage Market


The Island Chicks Holiday Vintage Market
We'll make these next week.


 The Island Chicks Holiday Vintage Market
This is a great idea for your old or broken Christmas ornaments.

 The Island Chicks Holiday Vintage Market


The Island Chicks Holiday Vintage Market


The Island Chicks Holiday Vintage Market

Monday, December 1, 2014

Patty Grazini Paper Sculpture

This is one  of the most amazing artist I love her work so much. Maybe someday I will be able to afford one of her pieces. But for now I will enjoy looking at them and sharing them with you. 

Patty Grazini Paper Sculpture 

Patty Grazini Paper Sculpture 

Patty Grazini Paper Sculpture 

Patty Grazini Paper Sculpture 
You can go to her website at: http://pattygrazini.com/current-work/
This is her artist statement. 

All my work is inspired by the lives of real people from history. For this new show, I researched New York Times articles from 1880–1910, and found myself drawn to the peculiarity of certain women and their fleeting narratives and lives. From these articles, and my other research of New York City at the turn of the century, I tried to reconstruct the aesthetic of the period and each woman’s personal and historical circumstances. The show is titled “Eccentric Misfits and Uncommon Characters,” and each piece is accompanied with a copy of the article from which it was conceived.
The average height of each character is about 15 inches tall. They are entirely made of paper that I have dyed, painted, and manipulated to look authentic. I also selected a color palette to reflect the historical period, in hopes of bringing the viewer back into the streets, houses, tenements, and storefronts that these characters inhabited.



Friday, November 28, 2014

A Fun and Inspiring New Store: Ormolulu

Ormolulu is a great new store it's located in Bellingham, WA. It's a must see!

Ormolulu



Ormolulu

“Bellingham meets the Wizard of Oz”!!!!  That’s a direct quote from a customer at a recent Art Walk, upon entering the amazing vintage shop called Ormolulu Vintage Works.  If you want a shopping EXPERIENCE, this should kick-start your holidays in a big way!   Long-time antiques dealer, Debi Burton and her partner, Jim Blondeau, have been participating in antique shows for many years.  They bring their curated style and merchandising skills to Old Town, hoping to encourage locals to consider the many reasons to buy vintage. 

Ormolulu


Ormolulu

Vintage is green—recycle, reuse, salvage, upcycle and renew!!!  It’s quality, unlike reproductions flooding the market today.  It’s FUN . . . you never know what you will find!  Their shop window gives some enticement as to what lives inside:   Rough Luxe, Upcycled Lighting, French Antiques, Industrial Chic, Farm House.  And that is only the BEGINING!!!




Ormolulu


The treasures at Ormolulu range from $3.00 to $3,000.  There is something for everyone in this fun-to-explore shop!!!  Come take a look—there is 2 hours of FREE PARKING at Diamond Parking behind the building while you shop!!!  301 West Holly Street, Bellingham, Washington.  Ormolulu is at the end of the front lobby, so keep going till you find them.  You won’t regret it!!!


Ormolulu

 Location: 301 West Holly
                  Bellingham, WA (Where Blue Horse Gallery used to be located)
Hours: Monday 12:00 pm-6:00 pm
            Fri-Sun 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Let's show our support by letting our friends know about them. Happy Shopping!

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