Saturday, December 26, 2015

Some December Creations

I'm back!  ~ You know how when you haven't written to someone in a long time
you just keep putting it off because the stuff to say keeps growing as time passes?
Well, I'm like that anyway.
And the longer I was away from doing a blog post,
the more I procrastinated!

Too much to say, lots going on, from remodeling to painting to crafts.
So just some photos of a few of the Christmas crafts.
~ And my WING painting ~

snow scenes in jars  


~ large pine cones made into trees  ~

... some snow scenes ...

So whatcha all been up to?

How was your Christmas?
What plans do you have for the new year?

Now that I have finally made a blog post
it will be easier to come back.

~ Violet ~

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Lavender Love

H e l l o !

I apologize for my absence.
We moved, sold our house, moved some more.
(left a bunch of things for staging as you saw in previous post)
And I've had so many projects going!

~ I'd love to show you some of them ~
The Paris Guest Room
has been my favorite and so much fun....
here is a little table-turned-writing desk

I found it at a thrift store for $6, below is a 'before' photo
(...since this photo we've planted new grass...)

I hand painted the drawer and spray painted the rest in lavender .
No matter how many coats I did on the top, it was spotty.
Which is a good thing, or I never would have covered it with this
Fabulous Paper!!!

~ Violet ~

Monday, August 10, 2015

Thought on Staging Where we LIVE {on a budget!}

More of the decorative touches I gave our house for selling
(I did much of this when we lived here too... but added to it)

Staging the outside is essential too!

Flowers are the perfect embellishment!
{ Glad it's Summer! }

~ Entering the front door you'll see ~

More of my favorites ~ ~ ~ Sea Shells

I added cheery yellow to the master bedroom
with touches of aqua and gray

The bed vignette
A White Summer Dress and Hat

Thanks for coming on the tour!

We all 'stage' our homes
and create vignettes even if we don't call it that.
I don't know when the word "Staging" came to light
in regards to selling a home,
and has even become a profession!
{it's pleased me to no end when people ask
if a "Professional Stager" did my house}

Something interesting happened after I changed
a room some, taking away this, adding that,
purchasing a few inexpensive items to add color...
My husband said, "We should have done this before!"
(Yes, he uses the "WE" just as I do when "WE" build something)

Where we now live has so many wonderful features.
But the hall bath and the powder room were so dated.
There are other things that need to be done on this
30 year old house, and right now the bathrooms are not it.
So I decided to decorate them.
(there was absolutely no staging done on this house
when we were shown it by a realtor)

Although photos can't show the new beauty
(a small bathroom does not photograph well)
Just let me say
A huge splash of a bright floral bouquet on a shower curtain,
a colorful towel and floor mat
and a frame-less oval mirror for over the sink
from Home Depot
has turned it into a room that is a delight
even with dated faucets and light fixture!

~ I'd like to suggest ~
If there is a room in your house you are not thrilled with
a room that you wish you could remodel
or do a complete makeover on but it's just not possible...
look at it and think:
"If I were to sell this house, how would I stage this room?"
Then de-clutter, get rid of things you don't like or don't use,
or would be better in another room.

Shop your home or visit a thrift store,
a flea market or stores like Ross, T.J. Maxx or Target.
Find something that has colors that speak to you.
And then work around that.
A floral bouquet.
A painting (even as an artist I still buy inexpensive
art for my bathrooms if I see something I love)
Spray paint a tray
bright fuchsia for over the toilet and add a hand towel
in the same color, as I did for the powder room.

Then get a couple of pillows for the couch,
or a new hand towel for the bathroom.

Why not LIVE in delight
When it's possible?
It really doesn't take a fortune!
{but oh my it would be fun to decorate with a wad of cash}

~ Violet ~

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Staging ... The Great Room


Vignettes Give the Room a Focal Point

A Place for the Eyes to Land 
When Taking in the View of a Room

And Bring in a Pop of Color

the 'before' of this room ~ b o r i n g!!!

The beginning of the inspiration for this room were the pillows,
found for half price at World Market.
I painted 3 canvases to go with the pillows
for the wall that was always an issue for me.

An aqua knitted throw from Home Goods
covers the scratched ottoman,
and the wood tray (with mirror bottom) is also from there.

Two rugs from Ross created the look of a larger rug
under the ottoman.

We bought a 30 year old home and are selling this
house we built 3 years ago!
crazy?  {maybe!}  but not a mistake!

I enjoyed staging the house to sell
and will be showing some other rooms in my next post.

~ Violet ~

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Where Bloggers Create 2015

The Queens Chair

Sits at the Queens Desk,
Where the 'Queen of Sparkle' Cake Encourages
All Who Enter To
  "C R E A T E   B E A U T Y"  

A Blank Canvas Awaits

And Supplies Are At Hand

 {~ thank you for visiting ~ }

And thank you to Karen Valentine from My Desert Cottage blog,
who is once again hosting the
Where Bloggers Create (2015) Blog Party!

My studio is in the midst of change,
since we moved a couple of weeks ago.
But my supplies and furniture remain the same,
so I decided to participate even though things
are still a bit unorganized in my life
and I am a day late!

A Studio Swan Inspires Creativity

The Desk is Cleared for the Next Project

Miniature Paintings Inspired by the Sea

Colored Pencils in Colorful Glasses
Stir the Imagination

And The Studio Fairy Dress Form Inspires To

( A Wall Quote Above the French Doors )

To visit all of the other participants in this years
blog hop, click on this link to Karens post
and scroll down to see her creative space
and all the others!

~ Violet ~