Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hot date!

Today we dropped my oldest son off at his college dorm. I won't go into the emotional fallout...suffice it to say, he will do fine and I will survive!

So, my husband took the day off to help on moving day. We started off very early and were kicked out of the dorm by 10 am. So there we were. Younger boy in school, empty house...

So we went to Harbor Freight Tools! We have a hot life here in Tucson...

See my new toy? I am going to see what else I can do with that vintage tin. I also bought some circle cutters, but I am not optimistic. They are a bit small. But at Harbor Freight, you can experiment a little. Hope you have a hot date with your main squeeze soon!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Raindrops on Roses

It's a blue day. So I tried going to the studio to drown myself in loud music and creativity. Leaving the half-finished projects undone, I decided to go straight for the idea that has been in my head for awhile. I bought this pretty tin tray at Goodwill...I think it was even half off...with no particular project in mind. Today I finally cut into it! I cut out a few squares with my shiny new tin snips. Sanded most of the roughness off the edges. Bled a little (good for you) and started to play around with different felt colors and ideas. Absolutely nothing is settled yet, but I am excited to see what is taking shape! I knew the tray was familiar, but I didn't realize just how closely the pattern is to one of my favorite things. When I was about 12 years old, a friend gave me a tiny tea cup and saucer for my birthday. I loved it. (Thank you Anna!) I was able to find one more at the same antique shop and searched ebay for years till I found a few more.When my boys first started school, we would have "tea parties"
when they came home, so they could
tell me about their days. We would share super-sweet
raspberry tea and cookies while we used our tiny tea cups. They loved it! It was very civilized and grown up and they were so careful with the tea cups.
Look how well my new tin necklace parts match the china pattern!! I do hope I will be able to get more than one necklace out of this tray, or it is going to be awfully hard to sell it...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Rearranging is good for the soul

I did a little bit of moving things around today. Sadly, I've let my own house fall by the wayside lately. Time for a pick-me-up-pick-IT-up!

This corner used to have a tree in it. An old ficus that I had miraculously kept alive for I believe 15 years or so. It caught a bug, and I decided to let it go. Ficus trees are a bit passe in the decorating world...but a tree is a tree! And it filled the space.

I've had an empty corner for awhile now, and it was time to do SOMETHING with it. Let me be clear. This is not your amazing transformation, ready for House Beautiful, photo. This is a "gather what is in the closets and make it look better before your mother-in-law gets here" situation. But maybe it will give you some ideas. I find that playing around with what I have already, helps me to define what is good, and what needs improvement. Then I can shop for just the right thing. Next on my list is new sofas. My red leather sofa finally ripped. These brown chairs are on their 3rd slipcover. I think I want to attempt white slipcovered sofas...two of them. I think they will be a nice backdrop for a "desert industrial loft" feeling.

So maybe my afternoons efforts will give you some ideas for your house! It doesn't take money...just creativity.

You can see the very attractive surround sound speaker hanging up there. I needed something tall to detract from its beauty. I bought these straight twigs at Ikea a while back. I filled a metal container with plaster I had saved from when my boys made handprints in sand. Then stuck the twigs in. Makes a nice screen effect! The urn is something I acquired from my mom a number of years ago. I think she bought it at Cost Plus. It was in the hallway by the door. The table? You can't see them, but the feet are very cool and pointy and I found the table at Goodwill for $35. I had seen a similar shape in a very chi-chi design studio, in black, for a boutique style price. It was shoved in a closet when it's last space was taken over by a weight bench/clothing rack. I wish it was painted already...but it's not. The former tree basket is still under the table, because it fills the space under the table with a little texture as well as hides cords a little bit. In this view it needs something in it! Maybe balls or something. It will probably get magazines tossed in though. There is a light on a timer behind the twigs. That will instantly add glamour to your room!

I added a painting sans frame that I bought at a swap meet decades ago. It is spotted but I always liked the colors. It still brings a pop of color and a little depth to the arrangement. A pewter bowl from a thrift store is holding some earrings I need to list on Etsy. (This is my favorite chair in our family room. I live here.) I use the old typing table for whatever project du jour is going on in the chair. It is never this clean. But my in laws are nearly here! A candle is nice, and not likely to be knocked over. My new extension phone is convenient...now I just have to wait for the new season of Mad Men and Project Runway to start!