Saturday, November 24, 2012

Poetry - Expressions of the heart

I thought it would be nice to mention another form of art. One that has helped ease the mind of troubled souls, expressed love and joy of the things seen or unseen, has been a beautiful way of communication: POETRY! Lets talk a bit about poetry.

Poetry came to me in a time when I was going through a lot of turmoil and heartache. God placed it on my heart to express my inner thoughts and prayers.
"No Fear" and "Happenstance" were a couple of those poems.

My heart is overwhelmed with pain,
Fear of abandonment is driving me insane;
My mind is cluttered with the same thought,
Day and night question after question an answer sought.
Oh my God, I do not understand what has happened!
I need You to speak! Please, have mercy, someone speak!
How can people be so cruel and are able to cause such pain?
It makes me look at life and find it horribly vain.
Yet I must go on living, trying to hold on and believing.
 Oh my God, I do not understand what has happened!
 In so many pieces have I been shattered,
Over and over again tides of rejection have me battered.
When will all this misery end?
How much more can I be stretched and bend?
  Oh my God, I do not understand what has happened!
 Please, Lord, help me, help me fast!
I am sore afraid that the life in me will not last.
Presently surrounded by thoughts of despair,
I could not hope, I would not dare.
Love seems to stand afar in the distance,
My Father, I am calling on You, for Your assistance!
Oh my God, I do not understand what has happened!
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you:
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned;
Nor shall the flame scorch you”
Isaiah 43:2
 To His Majesty,
And here are some other famous sayings and poems;
Today I want to encourage you to use your words in your art. And make art out of your words!

Happy writing and creating!
I love you all,


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Glitter, Books and Burlap Dreams

It has been a long time since I got a breather to make a blog entry.
I have been sqeezing all the creative energy out for this coming holiday season. My studio was not enough room, so it trickeled out into the kitchen, too.

I am decoupaging Christmas balls and books. Tea staining book pages and more. 
My kitchen was all filled with book pages everywhere. Either wet, dry or about dry. And the house had the aroma of baking cookies or something like that. Since I was baking paper in the oven. Haha. I almost fooled my husband thinking that I got an early Christmas baking tic. LOL
Well, here are some of the finished creations. And I am long from being finished.
Now I am ready to go and make some more.
Be inspired. Be creative.
I love you,

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Architectual Upcycling!

I love to re-use raw material like frames of French doors, windows, random wood pieces, drawers, fabric and glass, etc...etc. Not only does it make my creative side grow but it saves the the mount of stuff goes on the landfill! It is so exciting to see what a particular item will turn out to be. I never know until I am done with it.
Look at some of these great finds:

There are so many endless ideas to make to reality. Well, here are some of the best I have come accross!

Now I need to go and tackle some of my raw materials. I will post pictures later. Join me on my facebook page to stay updated on all the finished pieces.

Love and kisses,

Monday, June 25, 2012

Kitchen remodel from Retro Cafe to Cottage Chic!

A week or so ago we decided to sell our 1950's dining room table and chairs. Due to my kitchen nook being too small for it. And it actually sold...;-)
As we brainstomed what size and type of table we wanted, we came to the decision to change the whole kitchen from retro to totally cottage chic. With a $500 budget and 4 days available here is the transformation.
Thanks to the Vineyard's Antique mall (buffet $200), Lowe's (paint $80 and chandelier $96) and some friends (pedestal table $75, chairs $40) we found everything we needed inside our budget.
 The old chandelier.       The new chandelier.
The 1950's table and do you see all the red, purple and green? Yeah, that was the reason for the primer we had to use on all the walls.
 Pedestal table was a white with pine color on the top and now grey, aqua and light grey.
 This cabinet was bleach white and thanks to my husband it has this adorable shade of grey.
 The door is aqua with shades of grey and chalkboard paint.
 We painted the bottom kitchen cabinets from white to shades of grey. Oh, did I mention we had to repaint the kitchen cabinets because the first color of grey looked dark and gloomy.
We woke up the next morning after painting them and we both looked into the kitchen and to each other and we said that color got to go! My hubby said ;"they looked like the Army barracks green"
Even the chairs got painted from a brown chenille to a light beige. The only thing I need to add is a skirt made from painter's drop cloth.
We completed the job just in the nick of time!
Let's rest from all the painting, sanding, cleaning,..

Friday, June 15, 2012

Visions of Grey- finished pieces of furniture in grey

Finally I have some muscles, Eric, join me in creating some unique pieces of furniture. We started this week and we have been brainstorming, painting, sanding, cutting, stapling, it and we have done it.
I had visions of furniture in different shades of grey. So, we made enough to put in one of the showrooms at our store, Simply Paris.

Here are some of the creations....
 This was a 1920's headboard.
 Vintage cabinet door turned accent table.
 Vintage Desk got a new life.
Shadow box with 1960's Sherman, Texas newspaper ad ladies and much more.
 Vintage cabinet given some color.
 Old, old, old cedar chest went from 'yikes' to 'wow'.
Tomorrow we are building a hall tree with a vintage door...I can't wait to start painting it.
You are welcome to come see the grey room at Simply Paris, 4701 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville, Texas.
Everyone have a happy time creating. And Yes...Have a blessed Father's Day weekend!



Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Journey of Before and After Restoration of Furniture

Since I am having this big energy surge to finish some of the furniture projects, let me take the time and show some of the accomplished ones. Hopefully it will encourage you to tackle some of your old projects as it has me.
This 1920's vanity had great bones but the paint job was not exactly what I had in mind. I had more like dreams of soft white with a bit of distress.
The minute my eyes laid hold on this sofa, I was in love. At its previous state it was sagging, sad and droopy with great bones. However with new inerts and outers it came to life again. Now it is the most comfortable piece of furniture in the shop. ;-)

Nothing is more beautiful than the carvings on 1920's mahogany. I know some will think that this is comitting sacrilege however I see it as bringing new life to a beautiful display. I love painting on mahogany because it is smooth as butter.

No one wanted to look at this chair until the tranformation. I don't think it lasted a day in the shop.
This side table has classic French lines and I had to try out a new paint on it. Benjamin Moore primer and paint in one.
Great bones and wrong newest endeavor to paint on fabric. Mission accomplished. Now from floral nightmare to white chenille dreams.

The garage is calling me, I must run.