Tuesday, August 26, 2014

shop is open

My shop is open, although kind of bare for now. I am still working like crazy (well, as crazy as I can) to get things finished up and posted. Keep checking back to see what comes up in the next week. I have some fun things on their way!

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around my home

The words "business", "clients", and "work" seem so foreign to me. I am not a "businesswoman" by any means. I am just a mom who home schools her kids, spends the remainder of her day cooking, cleaning, meal-planning, organizing, cleaning out a chicken coop and running errands. My one passion is creating. My passion is interior design, and if money and time were no object, I would go back to college and get my degree. Along with interior design, I love crafting, sewing, flower arranging, party planning, baking, painting, and pretty much anything else where I can use my creativity and hands. If you are new to my blog, WELCOME! Also, since my business is taking shape, I want to give you an idea of what my passion looks like.

My 7 and 8-year-old's joint birthday party. Trying to celebrate together as long as I can get away with it. 
I have learned, over a period of 11 years, that kids love balloons. Lots of balloons. They are a very economical and colorful decoration...and will fascinate them for hours on end. This year I used normal balloons, as well as large (about 20") latex, and the numbers "7" & "8" mylar ones. The birthday graphic is from one of my favorite shops (Caravan Shoppe). You can download their graphics onto your computer and print them at home, or at an office supply store. I had a 3' x 4' engineering print made at Staples for under $8.  The chalkboard is one that I made. It is my command center, my chalkboard canvas, and my homeschooling board. Needless to say, it gets daily use. If I could do it over again, I would change a few things, but I still love it, and it fills the wall beautifully.

Our Christmas mantle. 
I sewed all of the stockings, as well as painted the very large canvas. I have had several people ask whether I would sell these in my shop. I plan on creating several different sizes and styles for this upcoming holiday season. Keep an eye out. I will post them in the next month or so. Who knows, I might throw a few stockings in there as well.

36" square hand painted canvas.
My OCD senses are tingling with this canvas. I actually still have to do a few touchups. However, I plan to make a few more like this for my shop as well. I can take orders for different color combinations as well since this isn't a holiday specific item. Again, they will be up on my shop's site too.
Revamped lamp
I took a new lamp base in a color that I was not fond of, and painted it. After painting it a medium gray tone, I waxed it with Annie Sloan's dark soft wax, buffed it, and recovered the boring lampshade with this fabric. It is a cream grain sack cloth with a robin's egg blue stripe. Oh, and you see that side table? That one, and it's twin are about to get painted...My motto: "Paint all the things!"
Since we are talking about grain sack stripes, I repainted this lovely steps tool from IKEA for our kitchen. I use it all the time since I am only 5'2". I can't reach half of my cabinets.

coffee filter & twig wreath
People can hardly believe that this wreath was made out of coffee filters. It is a fun project and I love making them. Would anyone be interested in purchasing one? I won't put them in my shop, but I would take orders if anyone wanted one. I can also do white. This is a natural color.

map wreath
I love maps. This is one of my favorite projects. Instead of spending a fortune on framing this map (Aren't the colors amazing?) I created a vintage "pull down" effect. Sorry for the grainy iPhone pic.

hand-painted doll bed
I painted this doll bed and sewed the bedding for my daughter's American Girl doll. The bed is from IKEA. With a little latex paint, and a cute hand-painted detail, I saved a ton of $ doing it myself...and she had the cutest doll bed of any other little girl I know :)

giant map wreath
Have I mentioned that I love maps? This wreath was made with an old atlas. I have had many comments on it, and am thinking about selling them in my shop. It is not difficult, but very labor intensive. It also caused lots of burned fingers. Ouch!

I would love your feedback on the items above. I am trying to get a feel of what people are looking for. I will always do furniture, but I would like to include some other pieces as well.

Friday, August 22, 2014

seven & the gap

This boy...

This boy and his crazy faces...

 ...and his endless energy make me laugh.

He loves his sister. They are "Irish twins" you know...and partners in crime.

If you don't know him well, you would never know he was such a ham. He is unassuming, and quiet, and seemingly shy. If they only knew...

He is seven. My baby is seven. 

When you hear that "kids grow up fast", you never really understand until you have them. Yes, the days are long, but the years truly are short.  If I had my way, I would stop time and keep all of my kids at this very age. They are all so wonderful. They are funny, sweet, caring, thoughtful, and kind. This one has the sweetest gap in his teeth. When his teeth came in that way, I was a little sad. I guess I wasn't a fan of the gap. Now, I can't imagine him without it. I know that the time is quickly approaching that those teeth will be gone, and there is a big part of me that knows (1) I will most likely cry like a baby, and (2) I will hope that the gap returns. You could say that I have become a huge fan of the gap. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

faith & flying

I love working with my hands. I always have. I have never considered myself to be artistic, but I do love to create things. I love taking something functional and making it pretty. I love taking a piece of furniture that has been overlooked or discarded, and make it into something quirky or beautiful. 
I have decided to take a small leap of faith and start a little business - "Linen & Grey".
I will be selling hand painted furniture, canvases, and other things that catch my eye. 
Over the next few months, I will be working on inventory, revamping my blog/website, and starting some marketing. 
You can follow my shop on Instagram (#linenandgrey), and soon on Facebook and etsy (www.linenandgrey.etsy.com). 
I plan on previewing my pieces here on my blog, as well as keeping up my normal shenanigans.