Red White & Black

Have you noticed how drab the house looks when all the Christmas decorations come down? It’s sad to me to see all the pretty red and green things long gone. While my decor has some color to it and isn’t drab, I think it’s those pops of color that really keep the winter season from becoming drab.

For this very reason, I’ve expanded my Valentine’s Day decor to add some beautiful red and white…and even a little black…to my home. I created a Valentine’s Day initial flag a few years ago and am always so excited to pull it out. They are available in my etsy shop here  if this is something you might like to add to your holiday decorations.

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Then, I made a wreath for the carport door using white mesh, different ribbons, pipe cleaners and a heart wire wreath form.

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These things make me so happy and I think the touch of black is unexpected yet it adds some unexpected boldness to the pieces. What do you think? Let me know if you try it out! 🙂

Wedding Planner Project

Several weeks ago I started “The Wedding Planner Project” in which I created checklists, calendar pages, budget worksheets, vendor pages, helpful tips and pretty much anything a Bride would need during her planning of the Big Day. Here’s how it turned out:

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I’m in love with it!! It is one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever made for my shop. Maybe because so much time and thought went into it. Not that I usually don’t put a lot of time and thought into things, but this was a lengthy process. Pages were not only prepared for the content but also printed to size, coming up with a disc bound system to make the pages movable and removable easily and then other accessories such as a strong poly pocket and dividers. I can’t contain my excitement!

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There are so many things that go into planning a wedding that the process can get overwhelming. It was my goal to make this a pretty planning system that covered all the bases and allowed the Bride to be ahead of the process and pressure free.

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For the sizing, I wanted these to be large enough that the Bride didn’t have to write teeny tiny but that it was small enough to be able to take everywhere she may go. Having everything at her fingertips is more important than most people know!

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I included extra pages that are blank so that there are areas to write more information if needed or to scrapbook pictures, fabric swatches and more. They are listed in my shop here.

Sometime later on in February, I’ll be sure to do a video featuring this planner. I’m working on getting a good filming location set up along with a few pieces of equipment. Right now, I’m limited on that but have been researching and planning new ideas for that. So many fun things happening!!! 🙂 Life is good!

xoxo,

Rhonda

 

 

Cute Bathroom Make-Up Storage Idea

When I bought my house a little over a year ago, I knew I wanted to create a cute way to store my makeup in the bathroom that would also be practical for me on a daily basis. I’ve seen some great ideas but nothing like what I had in mind…so I created something and thought I’d share!

I created a video and uploaded it here if you’d like to see it. Here’s a photo of what it looks like closed:
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And open:

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I so love my little makeup trunk!  Let me tell you how to create one of your own: I picked up this trunk and I changed the colors on it to match my bathroom. Next, I created a burlap insert for the top part to add some texture. Then, I created a banner with the word “Make-Up”. I also wanted a beauty quote, so I found this one that says, “”Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is.” Then, finally, I decided to add some roses to match the colors and to give it more of a girly touch.

If this inspires you to create one of your own, I’d love to see it. Please let me know. 🙂

xoxo

Rhonda

Among the Cherry Blossoms

Each month on the 20th, a contest begins for artists from all over the world. This contest is called Nibblefest Art Contest. The rules are pretty simple, It can be any medium and any size. It has to end on the 27th and cannot be started before the 20th. It can be entered as a 7, 5, 3 or 1 day auction, depending upon when you list it. It just has to end on the 27th. You have to start the auction at 99 cents. Yes, this can be a little worrisome, especially if you have spent many hours on the piece, but all rules must be followed in order to be qualified for the contest. The contest is scored by the number of bids (1st, 2nd & 3rd places) and another winner is the one who’s listing sells for the most money. The prize is a digital image award that can be used on your listings, blog, and other social media.

These contests are fun and have a different theme each month. I like the themes that I wouldn’t typically do because that makes for some completely madness! This month is something I find comfortable, though, and is “Flowers”. Without further delay, let me show you what I created for it:

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How much fun I had creating him! I wanted to have the flowers be a part of the tree so I decided to go with cherry blossoms. I also plan to create this into a note card for my etsy shop if I can figure out a cost effective way (that looks nice) to print them. Hope to see you at the auction for this contest – even if you don’t like my entry, I’m CERTAIN you’ll find something you love. Just click here to go to my ebay listing and then click on the banner within the listing to see all the entries. There are some extremely talented artists who have entries and I’m honored to be among them.

xoxoxoxo

Rhonda

Night and Day Difference

I have my final two entries complete for the contest. Here’s the final paintings:

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Several people requested that I do a “cutesy” owl, so the above was my answer to that…hopefully I covered “cutesy” in that painting. 🙂

“You’re Next”

With the “Twilight” phenomenon right now and a suggestion from a very dear friend of mine, I painted this evil creature as my last and final entry in the ebay NFAC (Nibblefest Art Contest) coming up tonight.

Favorite Clothes

I was looking through some photos and started reminiscing about myself as a little girl and the clothes I wore.

Here are two of my favorite pieces of clothing from when I was a little girl in the 70s. The first one is a black velvet dress that had white trim. I felt like such a little princess in this:

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This is my Kindergarten photo. I’m wearing a little red, blue, yellow and white top with white cuffs and collar and a red jumper with a sweet little butterfly on the center pocket. (Bear in mind, I eventually found a great beautician who could correctly cut and style very thick, naturally curly hair.) If only I were smiling (looks like I was close):

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What about you? What were your favorite pieces of clothing as a child?