Monday, February 23, 2015

My Sister's Shop, Belle Maison Market

My sister Ellen is a creative talent-
everything she touches is executed with 
charming flair and perfection- 

so, it gives me real pleasure and immense pride
 to introduce all of you to
her new Etsy shop, 

Belle Maison Market!

Ellen is an architect and art teacher by profession. 
 Her creativity inspires all of us. 
 She is so humble and truly the least boastful person I know.
  She is probably cringing right now if she's reading this!
 (sorry El, but the truth must be told!)

She has helped me in many endeavors-
 I shared her beautiful work on the chalkboard we used at my daughter's wedding.

She created my shop sign for my craft shows-

I love her work, 
the exquisite perfection is mind boggling, especially 
 to a crafter who flies by the seat of her pants!(tee hee)

Her shop has just opened, and I'm giddy with excitement!

Thought I'd share some of her sweet perfection

So, when you get a chance, stop by and have a look, show her some love.
You too will be amazed at her talent!

Take care, gotta fly-

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Take me to the Beach...

Coastal Decor is one of my favorite things to ogle
the colors
the nautical
the rope
the shells
It's a very soothing look that brings back wonderful memories of beach vacations
with family and friends- A day at the beach- the smells, the sounds, the waves-

Living in the Northeast, surrounded by mountains of snow, the beach is a vague memory and
the frost in the air makes me crave the warmth of the sun..
so I need some beautiful coastal thoughts to dream about-

So, I've found some favorites to help all of us
  dream of those warmer, sun filled, lazy days of summer...

Nautical Beach Home Interiors

Sand and Sisal

Coastal Cabinet Makeover via Sand & Sisal

Beach Bliss Living

Aqua Seafoam Living Room

Rope always adds a coastal feel to home decor-

Apartment  Therapy

How to make a DIY Twine-Wrapped Lampshade at | #twine #lampshade #lighting #decor

At The Picket Fence
DIY Coastal Rope Mirror Makeover from

Confessions of a Plate Addict

Just looking at these beachy pics makes me calmer and inspired to bring a bit of coastal love to my home.
Stay warm!

Take care, gotta fly-

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Illusions of a DIY Blogger's Home

I adore reading blogs-
The DIY projects and home styling make me drool-

I am truly amazed though-
I don't think I've ever given a home tour on my blog-
Not gonna happen-
When I see every room sooo perfect,

I've shared my hoarders garage and then the after- truthfully, it never remains that way- I did read an article about messy houses and creative people-  I'm going with that!!

Right now, walking into my garage you would see very high piles of supplies- now I'm just waiting for an avalanche- had to prove I could get the cars in during this snow filled winter.  Every now and then, I hear a little crash!!  Oh well, soon enough the weather will warm up (yea right Northeasterners??!). And my "stuff" can be laid out in style, much to the hubs horror!

So, next time you are browsing a blog, taking a home tour online and thinking to yourself, that's amazing, how can a home stay that beautiful and precise especially when many have children living there, 

remember alot of what you see is an illusion- perfectly staged for the camera!

The behind the scenes is never very pretty...

These pictures are what you normally don't see on a public blog-

you get the 
freshly painted-
beautifully organized-
perfectly placed items throughout the room-
the ideal,
 perfect home-

Ahhh, not always the case-
remember that.

Take care, gotta fly-