Posts Tagged ‘Home Decor’

I’ve been making samples for the upcoming show in Exeter. I decorated this inexpensive IKEA mirror with Pebeo Fantasy Prisme paint and Pebeo Cerne Relief. I drew the flowers freehand with Cerne Relief which was still wet when I painted between the lines with the Prisme paint and when it was drying I redrew any lines that had been covered in paint.

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This shot taken with a red filter shows the Pebeo Copper Studio Acrylic paint which I used as a wash on our bedroom wall. Here, it was illuminated by the afternoon sun and the silk flowers are a stunning contrast to the metallic quality of the wall.  I love the shadows which are created by the lampshade and flowers which add depth to the composition.

Another shot using the Camera Awesome app on my i phone. I love the different filters, effects and frames that you can apply to your photos. These silk flowers grace the shelf behind my bed. Hope you like it, let me know.

This weekend’s Owl is from the Japan Pavilion at Epcot in Orlando, Florida. I could have spent a fortune in the wonderful shop there. I think we went 3 times in the three weeks we were there. He has a little solar panel on his log and his head swings from left to right if he’s in enough light. They had them in several colours but this colourway appealed to me the most. He lives with the rest of his Parliament (the collective term for owls) in my studio.

16 February 2012

Posted: February 17, 2012 in 365 days, Home
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This is the wreath that welcomes the visitors to my home at the moment. The welcome sign came from my local florists and I like to drape it across the different wreaths I have for each season. The Hugs and Kisses wreath came from TKMaxx a couple of weeks ago, aren’t the little cloth hearts pretty?  I also saw a lovely wreath made of paper flowers for the summer and have decided to make my own version this year. I’m sure I have a wicker wreath somewhere and lots of lovely papers and dies to cut out the flowers……. I’ll have to make a thorough search of the cupboard upstairs when I finally pack away all the Christmas decorations! Whoops, yes I’m that tardy a housekeeper because they are still festooning the spare room!

13 February 2012

Posted: February 13, 2012 in 365 days, Home, Owls
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OOOhhh look it’s another Owl!! They seem to be very popular at the moment. This lovely chap or is it a chapess came from Razzberry Bazaar a couple of weeks ago and is hanging next to my rubber stamps in the studio.  I really like the fact that the striped patch on her front is in the shape of a heart. A combination of two of my favourite things.

12 February 2012

Posted: February 12, 2012 in 365 days, Home, Spiritual
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This golden god has been watching over me for the last couple of years. He used to decorate my studio, but since redecorating our bedroom with deep red he gravitated to the chest of drawers on my side of the room. I find his serenity very comforting.

11 February 2012

Posted: February 11, 2012 in 365 days, Home, Owls
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This is the owl that the lovely Catherine made for me this Christmas. I think she realised how partial I am growing to these delightful creatures. He, (I’m sure it’s a he, as he has that blue stripe) is hanging next to my rubber stamp display in the studio where he complements my blue curtains admirably.

10 February 2012

Posted: February 10, 2012 in 365 days, Home, Shopping
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Oh look, it’s another heart…. this time hanging on my wardrobe doors. At this time of year ie. Valentines there are lots to choose from and they keep finding me whilst out shopping. I have a growing collection waiting to be hung on my bedroom wall, they can accompany the growing collection of pictures similarly waiting to be hung as well. As my latest bout of Vertigo is still causing me to be a bit wobbly, I think I had better wait a while before attempting to scale the step ladder!

7 February 2012

Posted: February 7, 2012 in 365 days, Home, Spiritual
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I am acquiring quite a collection of hearts, these are carved and decorate my headboard in the bedroom. The black looking crystal in the foreground is in fact a garnet and is a deep dark burgundy colour when held up to the light. A mini mag light is ideal for peering into the depths of your favourite crystals

6 February 2012

Posted: February 6, 2012 in 365 days, Home, Owls
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I have a bit of an owl thing going on at the moment. This magnificent chap came to live with me last year via Matalan‘s Christmas decoration department. He stands proudly next to my photo printer in my studio overseeing his domain. Actually, I think he’s probably noticed that my studio needs a good dust!!

2 February 2012

Posted: February 6, 2012 in 365 days, Home, Shopping
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Just after Christmas Ladybird Cakes relocated their shop to the corner opposite where we live. Laura has some lovely things including this metal heart which is now hanging proudly on our stairs. I love the little door which opens so that a night light can be inserted. Don’t know whether I’m brave enough to light a naked flame above carpet but you never know!

25 January 2012

Posted: January 25, 2012 in 365 days, Home
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I really love this shot of my bedroom wall in the sunshine. It shows the copper acrylic paint wash to perfection. The artificial flowers look almost real in the suns glow.

23 January 2012

Posted: January 23, 2012 in 365 days, Art, Home
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Today I am featuring the last close up of the altered painting. I’ve been living with it for the last fortnight and it’s still not gracing the wall. In fact there is an increasingly large number of pictures stacked against walls etc waiting for me to get my act together and hang them all. When I had finished all the painting and outlining with dimensional paint the word ” forever ” didn’t show up very well, so out came the chalks and my finger and now the word is more visible. The bottom right hand heart was stenciled with white acrylic firstly, but it didn’t look right. The addition of some pinky red paint did the trick and I am really pleased with the result. Now, if I could just remember where I put the hammer……….

As the lovely Linda commented recently- it’s not everyone who can boast that they have  “an illuminated hatch!” I bought several sets of lights over Christmas. This set of holographic lanterns was half price in Wilkinsons, so if Nigella can have lights in her kitchen , then so can I. I’ve moved two old wicker chairs from the bedrooms down to the kitchen and it’s now a cosy warm place to sit. I bought the lamp in Homebase at half price and the stickers on the wall were only £1.99  in B & M . So with the addition of some pussy willow from M & S and an orchid which has regrown a beautiful set of new flowers I think it looks quite stylish. Gosh I seem to be abbreviation crazy!!

18 January 2012

Posted: January 19, 2012 in 365 days, Art, Home
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Here is another close up of my altered painting. All my students  have been very complementary about the finishing touches I have used to enhance it. I love the stenciled hearts the most I think, I did contemplate stenciling all of them but decided against it….. I’m glad I did.

17 January 2012

Posted: January 17, 2012 in 365 days, Home, Shopping
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There must be something about January and cushions, last January I re-organised the cushions in the lounge, but this year I wanted a richer look……. so on Sunday Kristy and I went to Hobart Rose Factory shop and bought the chocolate, burgundy and turquoise sequined cushions. I’m really pleased with the result and can confirm that they are very comfy, I sat and enjoyed a magazine from cover to cover yesterday afternoon in the lap of luxury.

16 January 2012

Posted: January 16, 2012 in 365 days, Home, Shopping
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What a difference a day makes. Here is my brand new cooker……. unfortunately because my cooker switch is above the cooker and not to it’s right hand side the fitter refused to fit it!!!! Guess who is having microwaved curry and packet rice for supper??? Obviously the appliance of science didn’t apply in this situation (it’s a Zanussi Cooker) ! ! ! A nice man is coming at 8.30 tomorrow morning to fit it for us. I’ll keep you posted……

15 January 2012

Posted: January 16, 2012 in 365 days, Home
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This is a slightly lopsided shot of my kitchen, celebrating the last day of my old cooker. The new one arrives tomorrow. This poor old appliance has no door seal and a thermostat that has a mind of its own.

14 January 2012

Posted: January 14, 2012 in 365 days, Art, Home
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Here is a close up shot of the top section of the painting I altered recently. I love the blend of colours and the richness of the gold leaf which  I have tried to balance by adding Gold Touch around each heart. I also used Pearl White Touch to give dimension to the white lettering. I added stencilling to 4 of the hearts by applying a mixture of different coloured acrylic paint with a damp baby wipe.