Monday, January 30, 2017
Friday, January 27, 2017
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
I found this mid-century cheese tray at a local thrift store for $1! Frankly, the tiles alone are worth more than that. It was originally medium brown wood, and those little right-hand circles were red magnets, but I covered the whole piece in some coats of Old White Chalk Paint. I might use it as a tray for craft projects, or I might hang it on a wall and secure some fancy knobs into those left-hand circles as hooks.
Either way, I'm in love with the painterly blue and white tiles!
Monday, January 23, 2017
Several years ago my mom painted this study of Blue Willow dishes, the dishes we had when I was little. Shortly afterwards she was consolidating some of her test paintings, painting over them or cutting them up (!), but saved this one. I love the blues and simplified shapes. It looks so fresh and free.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
What an appropriate thrifting find this is, considering it's January 2017, the beginning of Canada's 150th year! This souvenir plate features Ottawa's Parliament buildings. The back is stamped with "Johnson Bros England The Old Dominion" which indicates that it's likely pre-1920. Parliament as we know it today was completed by 1922, the Peace Tower added in 1927. The curious thing, though, is that the plate's illustration doesn't exactly represent the current Parliament...or the Parliament that burned down in 1916. Was it created between 1916 and 1920 as a proposed design of the new building? Is it some stock image of a British castle from the library of Transferware designs? Or maybe it's just a bit of artistic license? Hmm...
Thursday, January 19, 2017
win! It's my Looking Out design on Eco Canvas fabric on a Maran Slipper Chair by Roostery. It's quite a comfy little marshmallow. I used some Pure White Chalk Paint on the dark brown legs to better coordinate with the airiness of the fabric.
Monday, January 16, 2017
This pillow from Chapters has made itself at home on the sofa. I can relate. The reason why I love decorating, architecture, and the history of domestic life is because I see the home as being a sanctuary of beauty. In the words of William Morris, "It helps the healthiness both of body and soul to live among beautiful things."
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
I found this beautifully illustrated vintage edition of Heidi by Johanna Spyri at a local thrift store for $0.50! It doesn't have a copyright date on the inside, but it looks like it's from the 1960s or '70s.
It was illustrated by Roberta Macdonald and, apparently, coloured by a creative reader!
I've yet to read this classic, so I'm happy to have acquired a pretty version of it to read.
Sunday, January 08, 2017
Here are some fun additions to my surface pattern design shop, available as fabric, wallpaper, gift wrap, cut-and-sew patterns, and homewares: Boston Tea Party
Friday, January 06, 2017
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
This was one of those fluke craft projects that has stood the test of time. About 8 years ago I got the font and word idea from an image in Country Living Magazine, eye-balled the letters onto some corrugated cardboard, cut them out, slopped some gold paint on them, and strung them up in my bedroom. When I think back at how casually I whipped this garland out and look at how much I still love the lettering and metallic shine I am impressed by the enduring result. It makes me think of how many creative dreams have come true since...