Thursday, February 24, 2011

Flight of the Bumble Bee...

No, I am not talking about the orchestral interlude written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.  I am actually referring to my next decorating adventure taking place in the kitchen.  I have some areas that consist of faux-tile that i decided not to tear out but instead painted over them.  After several months of looking at the tiles I decided that despite my fears I needed to add something more.  See the before....

I was afraid that with everything else that I have going on in the kitchen, adding another design would be too much.  I am glad that I took the risk and put my Cricut to use.  I looked through my cartridges and realized that I had a beautiful bee pattern on my Sentimentals cartridge.  I grabbed the black vinyl that came with my Cricut and started on my newest adventure. Here are the results so far...

I am still working on getting the effect I want for the upper portion of the wall but all in all I am pleased with the results the vinyl bees have added to the tiles.  All I need is to make a quick trip to my local Michaels to purchase some more vinyl.
Happy Decorating!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My Jewelry Beginnings...

Most of my blog postings have been related to my home renovation projects.  I thought this week I would switch gears a bit and talk about my jewelry.  I fell in love with metalsmithing a few years ago after taking a class at the Waterworks Art Studio in Tulsa, OK.  I knew that I wanted to get to a point where I could make jewelry on a full-time basis and that is a goal I plan on making happen in the next few years.  Since taking my first class I have made many pieces but did not bother to take pictures of my work before giving them away as gifts.  I did manage to get  a somewhat decent picture of my very first project.  I made my mother-in-law a pendant using sterling silver and my trusty jewelers saw.  Sitting down and sawing intricate details out of metal is a form of zen for me.  I literally lose myself in the action of it-at least until my hand starts screaming at me or a saw blade eventually wears down and breaks. So, here it first creation.
It is a little blurry, but it is a version of the tree of life. If you look closely you can spot a few birds in the mix-some with wings stretched open and some just perching on a limb.  I got my inspiration from a wall hanging in a catalog.  I still beam with pride when I see my mother-in-law wearing it.  I can't wait until I can completely focus my attention on making beautiful jewelry pieces for others to enjoy.  I know that I must finish the house first but it has not stopped me from filling up sketchbooks with ideas or taking pictures of architectural elements that inspire me.  I have even found inspiration in some of the elements inside my home.  When I slow down enough I often realize that inspiration is all around.  Enjoy slowing down enough to look around and realize what inspires you!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Snow, Snow Go Away...

Like many others last week, we were hit with a major snow storm.  In fact, we received sooo much snow last week that we broke the record for the most snow received in recorded Oklahoma history!  Hey, I am all for breaking records, but this is one record I am sure I would not have lost sleep over if it never happened.  Instead, I lost sleep working to keep the pipes in the back part of our house from freezing as temperatures dipped below 0 a few times.  I did manage to get out of the house toward the end of the week last week and snapped a few pictures before another round of snow closed in.
This Tulip tree is by the curb. As you can see you are not able to see where the yard ends and the street begins.

My favorite Magnolia Tree.  It was happy that the snow melted some.

The deck in the backyard.
My hubby and I also managed to get out this past weekend to restock our food and pet supplies because we have another round of snow coming in tomorrow night.  Here is hoping that I am more motivated to work on my home improvement projects this week if we do get snowed in again.  The only thing I was motivated to do last week was to bake chocolate cake and help hubby eat it. I did not even think to snap a picture of the cake before it was gobbled up! While I am bracing myself for being trapped inside yet another week, I will be wishing everyone a safe and warm week!