Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Line Drawings

About two years ago my brother-in-law brought me back a wonderful gift from Amsterdam (Thanks Peter!); handmade paper. At first I didn't know what to draw on it or what to use it for, but I knew something had to be created.

First check out this wonderful packaging!

I randomly started to play around with line art using a black Indian ink pen. These lines slowly started to develop a sense movement and shape. The black ink allowed the paper to really stand out and it looked amazing! Once I finished one, I was obsessed and kept on creating until five were finished.

Now what to do with the finished product? I wanted to frame them and arrange them on a wall, but instead they went back in the packaging and into my nightstand. A year later they thankfully they made it to our house unharmed; but where to put them? After painting our bedroom I thought they would look nice hanging above my dresser. Unfortunately I couldn't find the right size frame so I opted for one with a mat that would cut the corners off a bit. I think I like them more!

What do you think?

Of course Harper wanted to be in the pictures as well!

"Hi there!"

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Unbelievable trees

I stumbled upon this website while looking for flowers to add to our garden. The whole concept amazes me! Together Peter and Becky have mastered the art of tree shaping. Seven to ten years until the piece of art is complete. Wow if that isn't an act of love I don't know what is. I would love to go to Australia and see one of these in person.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Potted Flowers

Recently I have become obsessed with anything to do with flowers. Inside, outside it doesn't matter; I love them all! Being new to all things flowers I was nervous and didn't know where to start.

Project #1

While cleaning for a client I came across a plant that really struck my eye; Jade. I knew I just had to have one of my own! The color would work perfect against our bedroom walls, and would really make the green pop in my "Escape" pastel drawing. Off to Home Depot I went, purchased a Jade plant, a light green pot and got to work.

What do you think?

Project #2

A week later my mom offered me a large outdoor plastic pot she wasn't using that I gladly accepted; free is always a plus (especially when you are unemployed)! I thought the pot would work perfect on the side patio and add a punch of color to our outdoor dining.

I knew I wanted to go for an organic look. Here are some flowers that struck my eye...

Here it is... I still want to add some vines to drape down the sides and some Shasta daisies, but I am very pleased with it so far!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Puppy Play Dates

...First I would like to apologize in advance for any grammatical mistakes I make in any and all of my posts...

This past week has been really busy; looking for a job, cleaning, making invitations, pulling tree stumps out of our front yard and oh yeah LOVING this beautiful weather!

We also had our friends Nicole, Garri and their dog Leon over for a BBQ; thanks for coming over guys we had a great time! Did I mention Leon and Harper are half brothers! Those two are just too cute together and definitely look like they are related.

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy...

Smile for the camera :)


Later in the week my sister came down with my parents dog Gus.

Meet Gus...

Harper gets so excited when you say "Uncle" Gus is coming to play; then attacks him as soon as he gets in the yard! It is so funny when they play because Harper weighs 55 pounds and "Uncle" Gus weighs 140 pounds.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Let the blogging begin....

I have been wanting to do this for some time now; so here it is. My husband Shawn and I bought our first house almost a year ago. After looking at many different houses we chose a single fixer-upper with a backyard. Having a backyard was the only thing on our list that was a must because we were getting a dog at the end of the summer.

Meet Harper...

After getting laid off at the end of January I decided to use my time wisely and start projects around the house while looking for a job. Because money was tight we decided to give each other a different kind of gift for Valentine's Day's and paint our bedroom. It honestly was the best decision we made!

Here is a before picture of our bedroom....

I knew I wanted a gray purple colors for the walls and Shawn was all for it. So we went to Home Depot, picked a color and bought two gallons of paint. I loved the color of the sample but once we started putting it on the walls I was a little apprehensive about it. WOW was it purple! Shawn kept on telling me to relax and wait until the whole room was painted. I am so glad I listened to him because I am obsessed with the color of our bedroom!