Thursday, January 29, 2015

Makeover Sneak Peaks

Furniture is being moved back into place and pictures are being rehung.  I’m also waiting on the tall cabinet piece for the bathroom that will go in between the two vanities and then my husband will do the frames for the big long mirror.  Until then, I thought I’d share a couple of sneak peeks of both the bathroom and the bedroom.

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The bathroom color (SW Citrine color matched by Lowe’s to Valspar) took some getting used to, but I do like it.  I’m sure once the cabinet is in, and the frames are done for the mirror, it will really come together nicely.

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The master bedroom color (SW Relaxed Khaki color matched by Lowe’s to Valspar) I really loved as soon as it went on the wall! 

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I’m slowly bringing accessories back into the room and trying to change them up a little bit, so I will be back soon with the master bedroom reveal first. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Basketful Of Bunnies

I’ve got a basketful of bunnies! 

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I have been busy cutting out and sewing bunnies in a variety of fabrics, in preparation for Spring and Easter in my Etsy shop.  Although, if you are like me and love bunnies, you could keep these out all year long.

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These bunnies will not have any added embellishments, except for some seam binding or ribbon tied around their necks, which is easily removable (no choking hazards).

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This is just the first batch and a sampling of what I have made so far.  Once I get these photographed and listed, I’ll get started on the next batch of bunnies!

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These little guys are now in my Etsy shop and are very affordable for every bunny on your gift list!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Artist Behind The Etsy ~ Expressive Creations

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It’s getting a bit difficult to find participants who are interested in being featured in this series (or who don’t drop out at the last minute).  I’m sorry to say that this will probably be the last feature of The Artist Behind The Etsy and I felt it fitting that it should be my own ~ Expressive Creations.

As most of you know from reading my blog, I am married (30 years in May), have two grown children, one grandchild and another on the way.   We moved from Long Island, New York to the Dayton, Ohio area just over three years ago with my husband’s job.  My daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter also moved and live about 10 minutes away from us.  The past year has had my son working and living in Ohio, as well, although he is in the Cincinnati area.  What more could a Mom and Grandma ask for?

French Farmhouse Style Bakery Pillow With Ruffle

Neutral Canvas Crochet Pocket Pillow with Side Ruffle

I started my Etsy shop because I love to make things and had no room for all the things I was making.  I also couldn’t possibly use all the pillows and sewn items I wanted to make so selling them was always in my mind, but how.  My sister had some success selling on Etsy and I finally hit the button on their site to start selling!

Christmas Burlap Sack, Gift Bag, Holiday Decor - OOAK

Nest with Eggs in Whitewashed Peat Pot

I find my creativity and inspiration for the things I make in many ways ~ Pinterest is a great big inspiration board for ideas; sometimes I see things for sale in stores and think “I can make that”; and sometimes they are ideas that actually just pop into my head (usually as I am falling asleep at night!) and then I have to write it down before I forget!

Christmas Stocking Pair ~ Red and White French Document Fabric

Little Girl Silhouette Apron - Pink and Black

In creating my sewn items, I love taking a piece of fabric and crafting it into something whether it is a stocking, a pillow or a bunny rabbit.  I love seeing what that piece of fabric can become.

French Valentine Tea Towel - Silhouette

St. Patricks Day Tea Towel - Clover in Clog

I am always happy to receive feedback (reviews now) on my orders.  It makes my day to read that the items purchased are appreciated and that someone has taken the time to let me know that they like what they ordered.  I also enjoy the emails I receive asking about custom orders.  I’ve worked with several people on special requests and always enjoy making one of a kind items.

Sweet Hearts - Animal Print Trio - Brown

French Wheat Grain Sack Wood Bread Board

I hope you will visit my Etsy shop!  I still enjoy making things to list for sale (four years now) and try to have new and seasonal items listed frequently.

I’d like to thank all the artists who participated in The Artist Behind The Etsy, and everyone who commented and visited their shops.  It is a wonderful boost to our creativity to have someone “favorite” our shop, or “like” an item, or, ultimately, place an order ~ so thank you!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Under Construction ~ In A Different Way

I just did a post entitled “Under Construction” but I couldn’t resist using it again for this particular post.  I am so thrilled to share that my daughter and son-in-law are expecting their second child!

My granddaughter is going to be a big sister!  It is early days, so we don’t know what the sex is, but I think my granddaughter is hoping for a baby sister.  September seems a long way off, but I’m sure it will be here before we know it!  Just had to share our exciting and happy news!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Under Construction

Our mini makeover in the master bathroom has started here.  Spackling has been done and the ceiling is going to be painted first.  By the time you read this, I am hoping the walls are painted.

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My husband removed the countertop that was in between the two sink vanities and we are going to put a cabinet type of thing in that empty space. 

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He will frame out the two sides of the mirror to make it look like it is two mirrors without having to remove the whole long mirror. Kind of like this idea except that middle section would be a separate piece of furniture.

Bathroom--cabinet between mirrors- I'd like it better as a closed in cabinet to hide stuff. This would work in our master bath

I have found a piece online that I was able to order locally and I look forward to sharing that with you once the bathroom is all done. The only downside is that it can take up to 4 weeks.  Something like these ideas would be great.

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Or something like this bookcase below.

Master bathroom reveal, sources and tutorials

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Another bookcase above and a glass door piece below.

Love the light, bright look but really love the way the mirror is framed out.  Vanity mirror - Julie Williams Design

New vanity tops are on the list besides the painting going on in here. 

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I’m sure he will be working on this all week.  I already can’t wait for it to be done!  

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