Saturday, July 19, 2014

Chihuly at the Clinton Presidential Library

My bucket list includes seeing a full Dale Chihuly installation one day. I have a bit of an artistic crush on him. That said, I wasn't about to miss the exhibit at the Clinton Library.

What a lovely experience for my eyes. Oh the colors, placement, and movement of the glass. Each creation was elegant and delicate, yet powerful and sturdy. It was delicious to my eyes and spirit.





 A closeup of the chandelier.









Even his signature is cool.


 Spot this bowl in the display above.

The exhibit also included paintings by Chihuly, but the few pictures I took didn't turn out well.


Tell me. What artists move you?


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Friday, June 27, 2014

Flowers From Old Books (Revamped Lamps)


 I found an old, tattered book, and it begged me to give it new life. I took it to my office, and it almost shouted out to a couple of lamps. The lamps were a snooze fest. They were boring and unrelated to one another. I decided to cut out flower shapes from the book pages. An Ellison die cut machine made quick work of my project.

(Not the actual book I used, but this could have been its twin.)

My short, plump lamp.
Yawn.


I used six die-cut pages per flower, and punched a tiny hole in the 
center of each shape.


Scrunch the first page around a brad. Be careful not to tear the hole, 
or the brad will fall out.


Continue to crumple pages onto the brad. I wadded the last two pages in my hand before adding them. This was to get a good shape without pulverizing the bud already formed on the brad.


The finished project. Cute, huh?



The last step was to use one of my favorite tools ever - a glue gun!
I have four glue guns, but I keep thinking I need another.



My tall, waif lamp.
Grandma!



I liked it much better after the lace and trim was removed.
It's even cuter with the flowers. I brushed a bit of pale pink onto the pages for this lamp.


Cuteness


I think these flowers could find a happy home in so many places. They would be super cute on a package or gift bag, or how about a bunch of them on stems for a bouquet? 

How would an old book spark your creativity? I'd love to hear your ideas.


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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sisters in St. Louis

My sister and I are celebrating our birthday month. We decided to get up early last Friday, drive to St. Louis, and go to the Gateway Arch. While Mary has been to St. Louis, I had not. It was the first time to the arch for both of us. The drive is about 5.5 hours each way. 


The first stop was at a mom and pop diner in Corning for breakfast. I have to admit that we were a little excited for a diner breakfast. We were disappointed. Everything was beige, and it tasted just as bland.


 We drove by this abandoned building, and I may or may not have made a u-turn and driven in the wrong direction to get back for this photo.

 Does anyone know what this is? There were two metal boxes on poles near the discarded building. It looks as if there may have been gas pumps between the poles at one time. Maybe the boxes held window cleaner. Any guesses?


Walking up to the arch was pretty exciting for me. The tree lined walk along the Mississippi River was delightful. The temperature was mild, and there was a slight breeze. We couldn't have asked for a better day to spend together.



 The obligatory pictures of the capital and Busch Stadium from the tiny windows at the top of the arch.



Walking away, I had to get another shot with a sunburst. 


We drove through several great neighborhoods. We were surprised to see so many abandoned and burned out buildings. I could envision many of them being renovated into fabulous flats. I could live in this beauty.

 This is a small portion of the Soulard Farmer's Market.


Remember these little boxes from THIS post? We filled more boxes and dropped them in various places on this trip too.

There was a variety of charming shops and homes in the Soulard neighborhood. We deposited a treasure box on the arm of a chair outside this adorable spot.


 The back side of The Porch shop. It's cute on all sides. The flowers on the front and side were lovely.




 The homes had so much charm and character.



We also visited Union Station mall, and the Benton Park neighborhood. Dinner was a stop in Poplar Bluff. It was an enjoyable and silly 23.5 hour trip. (I am NOT posting the video of us dancing in the car on the way home.) Also noteworthy is the fact that neither of us actually died from laughing so hard, but it was touch and go.

Now we are trying to pick a destination for our next outing. We want to stay within a 5-6 hour drive from the Little Rock area.  Any suggestions?


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Sunday, June 8, 2014

4th of July Free Printables

Hello beautiful people. As a thank you for all the encouragement I've received to resume my blog, I thought I'd try my hand at simple, yet cute, Fourth of July printables.


Let's start with an invitation to your shindig. The back is blank, 
so you can add your particulars.



Fun Cupcake Toppers and 5X7 Frameables



Drink Labels




A USA Medallion Centerpiece



Pledge of Allegiance and God Bless America Frameables



Quirky Preamble Placemats



Decorating Tip: Use a curtain valance and ribbons to dress a decorative table. Tie a short piece of ribbon around napkin wrapped flatware for even more charm. 



What a fun looking table, and don't miss the Instant, No Sew Apron from the previous post, made from the matching valance.


And what would the Fourth of July be without homemade apple pie? 
Find the recipe HERE


Now onto the free stuff! Just click on the link below the image to to go to a printable PDF.


















 Printables are for personal use only. They are not for commercial use.

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