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Friday, May 18, 2012

Quilt Market

I've come on a last-minute trip to the Kansas City Quilt Market! Can I just!!!!??
Here are some pics of inspirational things around KC and from the quilt market. 

I took some pics of triangles around me for inspiration.  

Can pigeon poop be inspiring??? :)

There's something about this light I really like....
 Random pattern inspiration

THE BEST LUNCH!!!! Roasted Chickpeas and sweet potato wrap! mmmm....

I have no words.... 

Fantastic Quilts! 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Flower Doodles

 I just finished a design for Spoonflower's "Hand Drawn" contest. I tried my best to make the full block by hand, color and all. Then, I just did the repeat in photoshop. It still needs some work. I don't think color translates well in PS. I prefer to work a bit differently than this usually. I just love the flower design though. Those little guys were the result of some solid doodling in my sketchbook. I feel like doodling is such a great way to get ideas! I put a few images of my sketchbook in the post. I feel like I have all these little doodle moments in my sketchbook that are just waiting for a home in a pattern or illustration. I just love when I find a place to use them! :) I have a feeling I will alter this design and make another one with a bit more digital manipulation and with different colors. 

I love these little that a frog head!!?? :) 

I used black, blue, and white ink to make the design. I also used a gray prismacolor marker for some of the coloring.

 I wanted to keep it simple in the beginning, but then I just couldn't stop adding color! 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I decided to try out a couple of digital mock-ups with some recent fabric creations. I just love that funky apron. It would definitely spice up my kitchen wardrobe! :) 
These pillows might be the next thing on our home makeover list! 

Monday, May 7, 2012

For the last few days we've been consumed with taking care of bathroom renovation duties.  Meanwhile, the seedlings I planted and the plants I bought needed to get in the ground.  Today, I had a full day of garden adventures and even got a few design ideas in the process which is always nice. :) 

 A couple of weeks ago, I added a few new feet to the garden. That's the area right in front. More plants! More plants! 


More volunteer lettuce, chard, beans, peas, kale, peppers,  and even celery, which apparently has an "unquenchable thirst" and is one of the hardest things to grow. I guess we'll see how it goes anyway! 
This is what's left of my "ghetto gardening" adventure. Soda cups, old egg cartons, plastic berry containers, and Starbucks cups worked like a charm as little greenhouses! 

 Volunteer lettuce from last year's late summer planting attempt is ready for eating! yum! 
I am not sure what these are called, but I just love them. That hot pink is such a treat in the garden. 

                                                       I just love the clematis. 

The whole yard is just bursting with flowers right now....daisies, lilacs, and peonies. 
Growing up, we never really had peonies in Louisiana. So, I am always just mesmerized by them......plump and so fragrant.......mmmmm.

I found these little babies in the lilac bush. I've been watching the mom fly in and out of there and on the hunt for delicious little worms for them. 

This is called a Spittlebug. Yesterday, I thought someone had spit on our plants. Then, I googled "spit on my plants" (HA!) and turns out it was just these little guys hiding themselves in this disgusting stuff that looks just like spit. ew. 

Friday, May 4, 2012

For a few months, we've been working here and there on new cabinets for the main bathroom. And, I've been looking at Pinterest way too much gathering ideas. Today, everything started to come together. 
I know they may be kind of cliche or too kitschy at this point, but I just love those birch trees people have on their walls. I think they are mostly decals or stencils. So, I knew I wanted something like that in the bathroom. Luckily, I've painted a few trees/ logs in my day. So, I was really geared up to finally do a painting on a wall that wouldn't get painted over like my previous installations. :) 

This was the old painting on the wall.John and I did that two summers ago when I first moved in. We traced silhouettes of flowers from our backyard. I really liked that painting, but it was time for a change! 
 This is our color testing phase too. I bought that oops paint in the bargain bin at Ace. (the yellow one) Sadly, though the oops paint lost the battle. John's normal, non-oops-paint-priced blue paint was the clear winner.  I will use that yellow for something, someday!
 The blank, blue wall....pre-trees
 Various stages of tree painting.... beginnings....
 dark accents and textures....

These little tress will eventually get dowels painted in the same manner that will serve as towel hooks. I just love the playful, but calm quality of it all. I just love adding these kinds of fun accents to rooms. Afterall, John and I are artists. So, we should have a house that reflects that! 

 This is where we finally landed doors on cabinets yet, but it is definitely coming along. 

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