1.29.2012

little star

i've been busy. i promise. the latest piece i've been working on over the last couple of weeks is finally finished. it's just one i did for fun. and it's part of a bigger and better project i'm working on in the background. (more to come on this in the coming weeks, i hope!)







twinkle, twinkle is the latest piece. it's no secret that i find a lot of my inspiration in childrens spaces and places and designs....and a huge amount of my ideas come from time i spend with my little guy. so naturally, when i spend a lot of time singing "twinkle, twinkle, little star" to my little guy, there had to be a way to bring this to life.


so here started a piece of wall art, with a little twinkle in its stars. i started with a 20" x 20" canvas, and a little blue acrylic paint. (i used the delta ceramcoat brand in coral reef blue which worked great. great coverage with just two coats.) (oh, and a hint here, i also masked off the edges on the back of the canvas. i probably could have free-handed the edges, but no use risking it.)



next step: figuring out exactly what i wanted to do with stars, some glittery goodness, some textures and the twinkle, twinkle. so i started where i always do, sketching and checking out my cricut cartridges for the fonts and stars i could use. i settled on one of the basics...the plantin schoolbook cartridge for the fonts and most of the stars. (i did also recruit some help from my jubilee cartridge for another different looking star....i wanted to have a bit of variation.)


for my stars, i wanted to vary up the colors...a soft yellow, deeper blue and white scrapbook papers were all used...stars were cut in various sizes from 6-1/2" down to 1-3/4"


just the stars weren't enough though...i also wanted to add a little texture and slight dimension to the piece. enter in the cuttlebug v2 and the polka dot embossing folder to give a little something to just a couple of our stars.



and last but not least, i had to add a little star sparkle with a couple of clear rhinestone brads.




something adorable and cute that can be used in a little one's bedroom, playroom or play space.


here's to adding a little twinkle to your space,

ash

1.02.2012

merry everything. happy always.

total radio silence. that's been me for about three weeks. like pretty much everyone else the last three weeks have included:



1. holiday planning

2. gift buying

3. baking (or in some instances, total baking success and/or not-so great baking success)

4. work. work. and more work.

5. holiday planning turned into minor-holiday-panic

6. holiday outfit planning

7. muncie trip planning

8. minor holiday panic turned into total-holiday-panic-where-i-was-willing-to-spend-whatever-to-have-someone-crossed-off-my-list

9. feeling like a total hero to both my son and my husband (translation: gift victory!)

10. some much needed relaxation which for us means "let's rip out our master bedroom closet, make two trips to ikea and spend four days with all of our clothes spread all over our house". in the end, we have a rockin' new closet system. pure organization and love. (note: each time my husband walks into the closet he says the same thing: "it looks like a department store in here." can you hear my tiny angels singing?)


in lieu of a pre-holiday post, i do hope everyone had an amazing, cheerful, relaxing, and joyous holiday season and i wish everyone the absolute best for an incredible 2012. i can say for me, i see some good things for this year. keep reading because i have some pretty cool crafty plans in the works for this year. and i can't wait to share them all with you.


until then, i just had to share some of my favorite things (do i sound like oprah?) from christmas 2011. some are mine, some are my little guy's...but all are total faves of mine that i just had to share:


fave thing #1: the tiny tower chair from little nest. we're big fans of mid-century modern furniture, and especially the designs of ray and charles eames. love this chair that was inspired by the eames dsr chair. a wonderful uncle insisted that our little guy have this in his collection and we are so, so crazy about having this in our house!






fave thing #2: paper source 2012 date book. my first one of these was my 2011 version. (see previous post about my absolute love for this date book here.) i'm loving my new one in this great persimmon color. i'm definitely thinking it will make going back to work tomorrow a bit happier.












fave thing #3: design*sponge at home by grace bonney. available from west elm. i first learned of grace bonney via twitter and am a total fan. she has a great blog (available here) and finally published this amazing "bible" of many of her faves and best-of's with home decor. it's hundreds of pages of pure loveliness.











fave thing #4: a new owl for my collection. i've gone into my growing fondness for owls in previous posts, and how exchanging them is becoming one of those special gifts between my mom, my sis and me. to get sentimental, it feels that with each giving or receiving of one, there's a piece of my grandma that is with us. i miss her so much.














fave thing #5: a second cute chair for my son. a tiny version of the eames molded plywood chair. (this was all my husband's doing. he found it. ordered it. all to make sure our little guy has the mini version of his chair.) once again, from little nest.












i hope you all have some favorites from your holidays that you can hold onto each day with special memories. here's to the start to a great 2012 and many, many more creative things to come!


happy new year!

ash
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