Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Queen Elizabeth Aprons {Product Review}

Belle (Top Left); Annie (Top Right); Hermoine (Bottom Left); Red Riding Hood (Bottom Right).
For easy dress up, quick costumes, and of course in the kitchen.
These aprons are AMAZING.
I loved being able to shoot these and my girls loved modeling them!
Gnome/Swiss Maiden with red hood and Coronation Anna with pink cape.

The workmanship was outstanding and the characters are so much fun!
All the little girls could identify just who their apron was inspired by.

You can find and purchase them on Queen Elizabeth Aprons.

Monday, July 21, 2014

No Computer. No blog!

My computer crashed awhile ago and I am slowly getting things restored.
Ugh.
So I will be back to posting soon...hopefully.
Every time I say that it takes longer and longer!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Life is IN MY WAY!

It seems that every time I have a project planned out,
something in life blocks me from completing it.
The expense will suddenly be needed elsewhere.
Or the materials we need are no longer available.
Or the temperature outside skyrockets and we can't work.

UGH!
LIFE!
GO AWAY!

I just want the patio/pergola DONE.
I want the new shelving/media center DONE.
STOP STOP STOP
Throwing me curveballs and getting in my way.

{End of Rant}

Well, I feel a little better now!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

New Studio/Office!

One of the projects keeping me so busy and away from blogging is the new studio!
We completely emptied out our "loft" and transformed it into an office/studio space.
It is almost complete and then I will do a full reveal! 
It has taken a lot of time to get everything 
to a point where it looks good and is also functional.
Especially as I have been working on so many little projects all at once! 

I have missed just doing art pieces and am focus mainly on that in this space, as well as some crafting. ;)

Also planned for this summer:
A mini-library under the stairs.
Paving our own patio (wish us luck).
Building our pergola (again, luck needed).
Painting/Organizing the master closet.

I swear, someday I will get back to tutorials and project sharing!!!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Octopus Wall

My son's room started with this ship:
And yes. 
That is an Angry Bird and Army Man on deck.

Raedin really wanted an ocean room.
But what Raedin really really wanted was an octopus on his wall.
Yup.
A 15 foot long, 4 foot tall octopus.

I free handed the entire thing.
Largest canvas I have worked on so far!!
He then wanted the walls to look like water.
I drew the line there and told him we could just do a wall fade instead.
Top color: Behr Neptune
Bottom color: Behr Rain Storm

A few other "moments" from his room:
A garland his sister made him out of burlap and maps.
A stunning quilt my mother in law made, seriously, the pieces are so tiny!
Also, a darling pillow from Target.
His bed frame was purchased from the original owner's granddaughter.
It was purchased in 1914!
It is in fantastic shape and I love love love it.
The "R" was a salvage piece I purchased from a local designer.
It was inspiration for the wall color!

So there you go! 
Little bits and pieces of his adorable room.

By the way....the octopus was completed over a year ago.
But I might have just finished painting the rest of the walls Sunday.......
Sometime projects take awhile, but are worth it!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It's Official!

I HAVE JOINED ETSY.

It was really just a matter of time......
 My illustrations are now available to purchase as prints!
Check it out: Sweet Afton Studios


Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Very Much Needed Long Break.

After some time out I am ready to get back to the blog!
I had a very rough two months with getting braces, traveling, sick kids, yada yada.
And have even more traveling to do.

With the warmer weather though, we are starting up projects again!!
Yay!
Stuff to blog and share!

SO.
To start getting back into writing
and to apologize for my absentness....

A FREE PRINT!
Original water colors by me, digitized for you!
8 by 10 JPEG



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