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! 🙂

DIY Budget Friendly Valentine Decor Idea

I can’t believe this year is flying past us so quickly and that we are almost ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

If you’re looking for something simple and budget friendly to decorate this Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share a fast and easy project. All you need are these things and you might even have everything right there in your home already:

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I have a DIY video for you here to show you the step by step instructions.

Here’s how it turned out:

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The wonderful part of this is that it can be used for each holiday and you can still use the bag for gifts. Just replace the bag with a new one and you’re set. So easy and so so sweet!

If you decide to try this, would you take a photo and tag me on Instagram? I’d LOVE to see what creative things you all can do!! Instagram: @thecozyloftshop

Happy Valentine’s Day My Friends!

xoxo,

Rhonda

Rustic and Purple

I was flipping through a magazine and saw a painting, well actually it was a print of a painting unframed for around $100. The bold style caught my attention and reminded me that I had this frame that I’d bought several months ago. I loved its rustic quality but I’d broken the glass that went in it. So, I saved it back for a painting project or a purchase of glass later on. Somehow when I saw that painting that day, I was inspired to dig this frame back out of storage (why is everything always in the bottom, last box??).

When painting “Rustic Purple“, I used darker tones and a warmer purple. To me this has a cool and warm feel that gives a good balance to the piece. Sometimes things just feel “right” and this one certainly feels right at home to me in the frame. Like the frame was chosen for the painting. In the end, though, exactly how it all happened. I know better than to ever, ever purchase a frame and try to paint around the frame. It all just has to have a certain flow to me to work where I’m pleased with the end result.

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The rustic quality of both the frame and painting have a unbridled roughness, an untamed wild heart feel to them to me. But I’ll leave that to you to decide. After all, art is very subjective.

xoxoxoxo,

Rhonda

Saxons!!

My BFF is always a wonderful friend to commission art from me to give as gifts…or to keep for herself! That’s a true friend who refuses to let you give her a discount or get something for free because she knows it’s my livelihood. Most people think it just basically costs nothing because it’s handmade – that’s so not true! I can’t say how much I appreciate her thought process and her sweet consideration. It’s obvious as to why she’s my BFF!

The flag took a really long time – and painting on burlap with detail work is not the easiest thing in the world – but somehow the end result was so gratifying! Here’s how he turned out…

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Hope y’all are having a great Tuesday!!!

xoxoxoxo,

Rhonda

I Heart Frank!

When I’m miss making a post for a day or two, I feel a little anxious to get over here! The past couple of days I’ve been working on some commissioned orders so I’ve had myself buried a bit. 

I thought I’d give y’all a sneak peek of a new flag I’m working on. I have always loved humor in art, so I created this little Bride of Frankenstein painting (she’s not completely finished yet):

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I should have this one finished later this evening if all goes as planned. Hee hee, so much detail on a burlap fabric, but I just can’t help myself. The tediousness of the painting is worth it lol 🙂 

Baby Boy Or Girl – Got it Covered!

Happy Sunday!! Where did the weekend go? It seemed to just fly by over here in my studio!!

It’s a whole lot about the babies today! I worked on a couple new burlap flags/door hangers and was so happy how they turned out. These were finished in the wee hours of the morning so I didn’t really get too awful much sleep last night. The lack of rest still didn’t hinder me from getting a whole lot accomplished today!

Still, I’m just now getting over here to show y’all! Here’s the “It’s a Boy” one:

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And it’s listed here in my shop. 

Here’s the “It’s a Girl” one:

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And, it’s listed in my shop here

I was pretty excited to get both of those completed and listed. I just know they’d be adorable for a hospital door, especially. Then, of course, it could be used in the new couples’ home afterwards. It just seems like such a nice gift instead of flowers or something like that. Different is good, right? 🙂 

xoxoxoxo,

Rhonda

Love Is Sweet

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Isn’t love sweet? I love the idea of a candy buffet/bar at a wedding. After all, the cake is simply not enough!! 🙂

This particular creation was painted on a slice of a log from a tree. Rustic weddings are absolutely delightful and I think this will fit in perfectly for just that!

I have these listed in my etsy shop here if you’d like to read more about it.

Hopefully, your week has gotten off to a great start…happy Monday!!

xoxoxoxo,

Rhonda