Thursday, July 21, 2016


Can you find art inspiration 
when you're in a road construction traffic jam?

Do you think they just appear one morning like graffiti on the side of a building?
Are there a bunch of wild street artists building these things while we sleep?

Is there actually a job for a "Road Construction Sculpture Designer"?
I want to meet this person who came up with road construction sculpture.

I'm thinking it would be a pretty fun job. 
It would be kind of cool to be the person that's responsible for making people smile 
while they're in that annoying road construction traffic. 

Do you think that somewhere there's a sculpture garden or museum of 
orange construction-barrel art? I would like to see that.

I posted a few other pictures of fun road side sculptures HERE
in a past post.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


I'ts time to create something!

 Put some colorful paint on your paper.

I used some heavy watercolor paper because I had it, but bristol board or 
anything else that can take paint will do.

Create a design with your paint.

I used a piece of cardboard and scraped across the page to create my design.

Choose a photo, and make a black and white paper copy.

I chose a photo of my nephew's cute son. He's a super-happy little guy.
Technically he's my "grand-nephew" (my older sister's grandson), 
but I'm not so ready to be called a "grand"-anything.  

Step 4
Cut out your image and other shapes that you want to add to your collage. 
Use as many different materials as you like. 

I used gold glittered card-stock for the hair and striped wrapping paper for the shirt (body).

Add your final details and mount, mat, and/or frame your masterpiece.

I call it  Easton 1.5 
because his name is Easton and he was 1 and a half years old in this image.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


I'm always inspired 
by the overwhelming amount of inspiration that can be found on Pinterest.
I love seeing a mix of creative, colorful, motivational stuff on one page.

I'm a conservative pinner. And I'm clearly not talking about politics. 
My point is that I don't pin just anything or everything that I happen to like. 
I only pin what I know I want to look at more than once. 

Pictures of things that inspire me to do something. 
You know, like—re-decorate a room, create an art masterpiece or write something interesting.

If you have taken any time to check out my Pinterest page, 
you can quickly get a picture of my style. And you might also conclude, by my lack of food pins, that I probably don't cook a lot. You would be correct about that.

Not because I don't want to—okay, a little bit because I don't want to, but mostly because when I dare to create a masterful meal from a great recipe I find, my family asks... 

While I might not be a chef, I can whip-up a great decorative pillow. 
It must have a down or feather fill though. If I can't fluff it or give it the ole karate chop—it cannot live in my house.

The problem with an abundant source of inspiration, is that you need 
more than one house to decorate.  

Gotta love a great mirror!

Soon it will be time to re-decorate my office space. There are so many great ideas.
What will I do?

 I'm inspired by an abundance of inspiration.

Thursday, July 7, 2016


Do it NOW! 
I've learned that these 3 simple words can have a great impact on my life. 
I would love to say that I thought them up on my own, but alas—I didn't.

 "Ugh!" I said as I passed by the filled, but clean dishwasher, "I'll just do that later." 
And then, I heard a voice. 
No, it wasn't God. It came from the couch. Well, not really "the couch" but from my husband sitting on the couch. 


"Do it now" he said. 
Before I could even get out a response—which probably would have been something like...,
"WHAT!? You do it now!"
He began to tell me about how he heard (on a podcast) a motivational speaker say that she heard from another motivational speaker, who heard it from yet another speaker, that 
"DO IT NOW" was W. Clement Stone's first commandment of success. 

So, after my husband shared all the details of the wisdom of those 3 words, 
I couldn't get those words out of my head.

While I already had a "do it now" mindset in some areas, 
like—how I always make my bed in the morning,

Suddenly, I couldn't seem to get away with anything else. 

At first, it was annoying—like when my mother used to say, "clean your room" 
or "eat your vegetables" (actually that one she still says). 
But then, I started to realize how much I was accomplishing in a day. 
All because of those words that wouldn't seem to leave my head.

From the simple things, such as replacing a roll of toilet paper—at 3:,00 a.m. (it's probably not good to drink that iced tea so late), to a few more complicated things—like writing another chapter of that new book I'm determined to complete.


But, don't get crazy. 
I mean, if you accidentally cut off a finger, but you see a load of unwashed laundry
 as you're running out to the emergency room,....

But on the other hand, if...

A friend is meeting you at the gym in 5 minutes, because you don't like to go to the gym by yourself, because if you do—you may convince yourself that you can get in 1 hour's worth of workout in just 10 minutes. 

Anyway, if that friend needs to borrow one of your blow-up mattresses for her vacation,
 that you have more than one of by-the-way, because you have boys—
the kind of boys which constantly ask you to allow their friends to sleep over, and even though you first say, "NO WAY!" to those boys, because you know you won't get in any sleep that night, still you somehow end up giving in.

Wait—where was I? 

Oh yes, bag of bags.
So, you grab that bag full of bags from the linen closet, because you need one to put the blow-up mattress into. 
But then, they're all over the floor. You now have a small mess, but you're late. 
You don't want to, but you do—do it now. 

And, seriously! It only took you 2 seconds to do it.
Now you won't be annoyed by that pile of bags when you get home and just want to run straight to the shower because your friend made you complete the whole hour at the gym.

My point is, "DO IT NOW!" 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Started working on my bedroom transformation.

Lamps,modern art,decorative pillows, interior design

My inspiration came from Novembers reading corner. I was especially inspired by the new lamp, my kids art, and those blue pillows

I found a great ikat style fabric for my drapes that works just right with those pillows. 

I went to a few places to look at drapery rods and finials. I ended up liking this one (above) that was in Lowes. The only problem was that it happened to be discontinued. We checked the stockroom and the computer inventory…but nothing. And then…as I was walking out the door the guy says, "Hey, I'm going to have to take that display finial down and get rid of it…you want it?" Yes! Even though it was only one, I had hope in finding another.

I knew it would look great with my new fabric. 
Did I find another…you ask? or…Did I just draw one onto the wall on the other side? 
To be continued…

Here is some of the art and photo's that I will use in my new design. I'm loving my sons self portrait. It's the red, blue, and orange one hidden behind another of his elementary school masterpieces. It's not quite as handsome as he actually is…but it's cool. Now I gotta get my younger son to paint one of himself too.

Now for the rug…

NO! This is NOT it. 
It did however, make me laugh… so I took a picture to share with you.

Do you ever see something that you're not sure if you love it or hate it? Well…I pretty much know how I feel about this one…so please don't send me your old shirts because I'm pretty sure that I will not be blogging a how to make a rug out of your old shirt-arms post….   Well, not unless I get really desperate for a DIY post idea.

Next week we'll probably see it on the floor in a Ralph Lauren ad or a fancy designer's home…and we'll all suddenly be wanting one.

It could happen.

Monday, November 10, 2014


Details are always important…  Well mostly always.

These brass details … definitely are important. It's the brass details on these pieces that take them from pretty-nice to pretty-great. Ok, so we all know that brass is back in a big way… please just don't tell me that mauve is coming back.

Even though they managed to make it look pretty good in this office space. 
But, let's talk about another interesting detail. 
That wall.

It's wallpaper…believe it or not. 
Wallpaper! …also making a huge comeback. Check out the amazing textural detail on this particular paper. It actually looks and feels like wood.

And speaking of wood… These resin and wood tables are pretty cool. I wouldn't suggest trying to create one on your own, but….

 I did see this great piece. 
It looked like an old library item…until I opened a drawer. What a great idea for an old boring piece of furniture. Just add some casters, some squares of wood (this works because the wood has some great rough textural grain) and the hardware detail to give it that authentic look.

Nailheads! A detail that always adds a bit of extra texture and style to an item.

My favorite find was this great stool.
By the way, if you happen to see something you must have…I photographed all theses great details at IBB Design in Frisco Tx.

Anyone who knows me…or has been in my home, knows that pillows are definitely an important detail.

Wow! Now that's a lot of bright color. 
It's a good example of how you can take a gray sofa and bookcase…change a few details…and "sha-bam!" (as my younger son likes to say), you now have a new look.

And, speaking of bookshelves, I've noticed a lot of covered book details lately. It may make it harder to locate a specific book, but it looks pretty.

I've always liked the…using more than one fabric on a chair detail…like the chair on the right, but this blue leather chair with the intentional unfinished back is pretty interesting too. 

What do you think?

 Just a bit of animal print detail is also inspiring.  These great ottomans above and those great stools below are just right.

Like I said, details are important… 
…that's unless of course you're very tired and your significant other insists on telling you all…and I mean all… the details of a particular subject before getting to the point during what seems to be the longest conversation ever. 

Just an example.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


About to get working on yet another masterpiece. 
But first, I must get some colorful inspiration.

Found this very colorful piece, by an unknown artist, in a funky design shop in Dallas. All that color makes me happy.

Have you ever noticed how Neiman Marcus displays a lot of spiffy (sorry…trying to add some new words into my usual vocab.) art in their stores.
The one above is by Jane Helsander, titled Oscillation 

This one, Murano Light by Julie Lazarus, had me so inspired several years back (about 14 years ago) that I actually went home and painted my own version of it. It turned out so good…that now we keep it hidden safely stored in the garage.

Sometimes I like to look very close…

So that I can check out the details…the technique the artist uses. 

This one is very large. It's hard to tell from this photo, but the chaise and the lamp are both big oversized pieces. 

Do you think the artist wore a beret and held a very large palette full of thick globs of colorful paint while working this canvas? Looks like it was a fun piece to create.

This artist used 2 big canvases to make one oversized masterpiece. Good idea…that way you don't have to rent a truck every time you want to move it.

Simple, but makes a bold statement.

Okay, I'm inspired. Time to get creating.