Sunday, July 20, 2014

Rocket Painting

Another painting for a sweet boy's room that I did awhile ago, but haven't posted. I did one for his older brother that was an airplane and train. I thought a rocket would be a great addition to their room.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Using Color in Your Interiors

It's been a long while since I've posted on my blog and I've started to focus more on building up an interior design business in Cincinnati. This is the first blog post on my interior design website. I wanted to post it here as well.  

Using Color in Your Interiors

Among the many aspects of design color plays an important role in the space of an interior.  Color can evoke emotions and influence a person’s behavior.  Studies have been reported that children tested in colorful rooms earned higher IQ scores than children who tested in neutral toned rooms. Colors can visually trick our minds in thinking a space is bigger or smaller than it actually is by the color selected. Something to remember when you are painting a room, paint it a light color if you want it to appear larger. If you want the space to feel more intimate then paint it a darker color. The same can be done with painting a ceiling.  The height of it can appear higher or lower depending on the paint color.
To address the subject of color affecting our mood or evoking an emotion we will take a look at the different colors and what feelings they give. Warm colors such as red, orange, yellow are active colors.  When using a warm color remember that they will seem to appear closer than they are. Cool colors such as blue, green, purple are restful colors and would be great for a bedroom.
I’m a huge fan of color and tend to use it more in my furniture, accessories and artwork. I love to see pops of color or an accent wall with a bold color. It really makes a statement!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Using a Stencil

I had a question come up on how to use stencils that involve multiple steps. I thought the easiest way to answer the question was to show it in process.  This video shows how to use the owl stencil that is available in my Etsy shop, LilybugPaintings.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Under the Sea Painting

I was asked to make a custom painting for a nursery via my Etsy page. I matched the nursery bedding called CoCaLo Turtle Reef. It has turtles and fish on the baby quilt. It turned out really cute and I hope the recipients are happy.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Heart Valentines

I found these cute little plastic hearts from Michael's and used heart erasers as the treat inside. Hurrah, another candy free valentine. My only dilemma was how to put her name on them. I went with labels and placed them on the bottom. Easy peasy!

Fish Valentines

I love all the creative Valentines out there. This year I am trying to avoid giving away candy with the Valentines for both my kids' class. I randomly picked up some fish stickers that I wanted to add to the Valentine. It was a little more difficult to incorporate a strip of stickers with the Valentine, but I figured out a way to thread the stickers through the cutout in the fish. I found the cute saying via Jasey's Crazy Daisy.  It works perfectly! 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Upholstered Cornice

I've been on a long blog break. Don't worry I had plenty to keep me busy. My hiatus consisted of getting my house ready to sell in Texas (huge job), keeping my house clean for showings (next to impossible with kids), living without my husband while he started work in Ohio (hated it), finding a new house in Ohio, preparing for the house to be packed up and moved (so thankful the company took care of that part) and then unpacking everything in the new house in Ohio. I can't tell you how ecstatic I am that there is a basement and I can just hide all the boxes I don't want to unpack yet down there. Now that things have settled down, I'm hoping to post more on the blog again.

First project for the new house, an upholstered cornice. The house has sliding doors in the back with vertical blinds which are NOT my favorite! I considered switching to draperies, but with 2 dogs and 2 kids I didn't think they would stay clean. I opted for the upholstered cornice.
They are so easy to make and don't require any sewing.

Wood (for frame)
L brackets 

1. Build the cornice out of wood.  I used a 12" width so I could cover the track for the vertical blinds and give the sliding glass door some balance. My frame came off the wall 8" on the sides. You can adjust the measurements for your window. 

2. Attach batting to the front of the cornice board. I doubled the thickness of the batting and wrapped it around the edge and stapled it to the back. 

3. Next staple the fabric to the cornice board. I stapled it on all the edges in the back to get the fabric centered. During this step you need to make sure you pull the fabric tight to give it a nice flat appearance. 

4. I like my cornices to look nice on the back as well. I used white fabric and covered the back and attached it with hot glue. It hides the staples.

5. Attach L brackets to the cornice and install to the wall.