Creating is good for the soul

I never claimed to be an artist. I couldn’t tell you which colors will play off each other nicely, how to draw a face, the fundamental concepts of composition and design (heck, I don’t even know what that means!). What I do know is how to sit and create (play with my stuff).

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Such a whimsical beauty from Funky Flora Art Journal class.

I also know that when I take the time to sit, create, and play, I can lose myself for hours and totally forget about the world around me and just totally relax and let go. It’s something I feel a lot of us feel guilty about the taking the time for. We need play time, whether that be creating art, gardening, cooking, reading. We just need it. It’s good for the soul.

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I love the vibrant yellow used on the background of this Funky Flora Art Journal page.

Getting back into teaching forces me to sit and play with all my pretty (and ugly) papers, paints, inks, tools and all those products I bought and can’t remember why. Those who attend my classes are also forced, if only for two hours, to sit, create, play, and socialize. I actually call it creative playtime for adults. They make new friends, they get messy, and they relax and have fun. Some even continue with playtime once they leave class because there is homework – if they choose to do it.

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These hexagons were all cut by hand from photos – The creativity is amazing!

I’ve been teaching Art Journaling and Scrap your Stash at the CoBACH Center in Brighton; hoping to develop even more classes soon. I am a member of the Brighton Art Guild. Yep, thrown in there with all those talented, crazy-good creatives. It’s been wonderful.

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Using what’s in your stash. Mix and match papers and embellies with some technique.

Join us for an upcoming class; we’re always looking to make new friends. Check out my offerings in my online store. To see an even greater sampling of student works, stop by my Facebook page. Give it a Like!

 

Mid-century Modern up-do

My sister called me recently because they’d been out looking for a new dresser with her adult son. They weren’t finding what he really wanted – never mind the fact that most of it was made of pressed board – so she decided to call me to see what I had. The only dressers we had in our stash at the time was a set of MCM chest and dresser – solid wood. We went back and forth about sizes, colors and what we could do. I sent over several Pinterest pictures of what my dressers could look like with an up-do.

He settled on the 9-drawer dresser. Trust me, it wasn’t pretty and I wasn’t sure if a young adult could understand my vision but we got it all worked out and I began the project.

I started with my usual prep of a thorough cleaning inside and out, removed all the hardware and legs then lightly sanded it all down. Now I could really see what I had to work with. The top needed some wood filler due to the fact it had been scooted around upside down on a garage floor. Once the filler was dry the dresser got another sanding and cleaning. I have no pictures of all of that because it was pretty darn cold outdoors and I just wanted to get it done and indoors.

It’s the first time I’ve worked on MCM and managed to save the look of most of the wood. It was also my first time for working with Benjamin Moore’s Advance in a satin finish as well as Minwax Gel Stain. I’m pleased to say I would use both products again without hesitation. The gel stain was so easy to apply and it covers a host of imperfections.

The dresser is all done now and ready for pick up next weekend and I must say I am very pleased with the final product. It’s solid and pretty darn heavy and it’s been updated with a modern twist for a very nice young man.

If you’re local to Livingston County or the Lake Orion area we would be happy to give you a quote to freshen up a piece of furniture for you. We also have our pieces for sale in The Vintage Farm House in Holly.

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Farmhouses and wildflowers

What’s with this weather this year? I’m waiting for it to warm up just a tad so I can get out in the garage and get going on some new projects. Rachel is having the same dilemma. We’ve both been painting what we can indoors but then I have to sacrifice the living room and even though the old guy doesn’t complain about it I know he’d rather not have furniture sitting around on drop cloths. What’s a furniture flipper to do?

29510879_2157446414484571_3985685348218575703_nI’ve been working on small paper-crafting items and signs for the new booth space Rachel and I moved into in January. We have a great space in The Vintage Farm House in Holly that we just love. Lots of wall space for those hand-crafted items and plenty of floor space for our furniture. Rachel has found the cutest metal signs and décor that we’ve added as well. Be sure to visit Holly and check out our new shop in The Vintage Farm House soon. We’re usually out there on Wednesdays or Thursdays restocking so stop and say ‘Hi’ if you see us there.

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Rachel and I were kicking around some thoughts the other day and decided to change the name of our business to more reflect how we operate nowadays. How do you like ‘Salvaged Wildflowers?’ We use so much color in our salvaged furniture pieces that sometimes our booth looks like a field of wildflowers – of course, we could sometimes refer to ourselves as salvaged wildflowers too! When we wrote it down we knew it just fit!

We’ve made the changes on our Instagram and Facebook page, but Facebook wouldn’t approve the new name so we have started a brand new page! Please visit our new page – Salvaged Wildflowers – and give us a like and leave a comment. Hope to hear from you soon – and if you know where Spring is please tell me!