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  • Cultivate Creatives Picnic

    In the middle of July, fresh after a rainstorm, creatives gathered in a garden for a picnic. It was a great opportunity to connect and enjoy a delicious assortment of food and get to meet each other! We have another picnic scheduled for September 6, and would love for more creatives to join! Check out more info here.

  • Wall Treatment Inspiration

    I am dying to get my hands on a giant blank wall to fill with color and detail! So, this is my project pitch, I'm tossing out to the universe, if anyone wants a custom painted wall treatment... I have a pinterest board saved of inspiration for all kinds of wall murals or treatments and would love to collaborate in developing a unique design for your space! 

    Love the black and white handdrawn feel of this one. via

    Such bright and happy colors, and the dimensionality of the honeycomb wood pattern! via

    This tropical and summery design makes me want to move to the islands, perhaps I need to find a project in Florida.... via

    The softness and worn quality of this paint juxtaposed with a modern geometric pattern and the color pallette feels fresh and bright. via

    Love, love, loooove this bright wall mural, it's so happy and vibrant with the coral, and the lightness of the clouds feels like a sunrise! via

  • Project Inspiration for the Week

    Project Inspiration for the Week

    This week I have been working on sculpting delicate paper flowers and vines for a project I'm super excited about! I'm getting to work with the extremely talented photographer, Anna Naphtali. Thought I'd share some of the inspiration I looked to in planning and proposing this idea. If you want more great flower inspiration check out my pinterest board!

    by Hayley Sheldon

    from Freutcake

  • Curiouser & Curioser

    “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?”
    -Alice in Wonderland                                           



    This past year, I was commissioned to create a few pieces for a family in Charlotte. I was contacted by a women at work, who was by far the most fun grandmother ever! She helps to decorate her grown-up daughter's house, and has filled it with whimsical items and lively colors. Walking into the family's home you can see how playful their spirits are. It took a while to complete all three projects, but I can finally say they're done! It was such an exciting experience for me, I certainly grew and learned a lot during the process. Since it was the first time I've accepted a freelance commission, one lesson being that I probably won't be doing such large scale freelance for a good while. Who has the time with weddings to attend practically every other weekend in the summer and trips every month or so for work?? However, I am excited to share with you the finally completed projects!  
    The first project was inspired by a piece I had constructed for the store, chairs with exaggerated height to hold hanging apparel. So, we pulled that idea, and tweaked it to create shelves for the little girls bathroom, to hold her towels and trinkets.
    This is the original sketch I drew for them, when first asked to create this installation. It's not all too common that the actual execution looks better than the original sketch, but I think it does in this case! Hello- poor scale, and awkward height.
    The final piece is perfect for the little space between her water-closet and sink area. As you can see, the room has adorable pink illustrated paper, with pink and white stripes in the water-closet. They added the polka-dot ribbon to edge the shelves, which just makes it even sweeter. I'm obsessed with the white and block checkered floors! With all these special details, and the rabbit print in the background, how perfectly Alice in Wonderland does this feel?!
  • Earth laughs in flowers

    I don't understand things like this. I come from a family where we buy things. We don't sit and make blankets [or flowercrowns].
    -Somara, fellow bridesmaid

    Last weekend, I had such a wonderful time visiting old friends from college. I spent Saturday traipsing around NYC with Kathleen, who just moved there after landing a job with a photo studio, and her husband, David. Then we traveled out to Princeton to visit our friend and bride-to-be, Gina, who hosted us for a pre-wedding weekend of fun for all the bridesmaids. One of these said pre-wedding festivities we partook in was creating lovely flower-crowns before we embarked on a day full of surprises. Gina has a mix of girls with art backgrounds, and non-craft oriented backgrounds. There were lots of laughs and merriment as we helped each others crowns come to life. I wanted to share with you some pictures of the crafting that took place!
     


    We created the structure of the crown with two pieces of floral wire twisted together. Snipping the buds off, leaving about an inch of stem, we then used jewelry wire to secure it to the crown. 



    We had a table full of supplies at the ready. Whatever could possibly be needed. Ribbons for sweet bows, hot glue for finishing touches, paper clips for.... who knows?



    Kathleen donning her crown.
     
      And me smelling the roses :)
  • a little bubbly in a sparkly glass

    I was a co-maid of honor for my dear friend's wedding. To make sure she felt as super special as she truly is, we planned a sparkly evening of festivities for her bachelorette! I can't wait to share photos with you of the fun that ensued, but for now I have some fun little projects I created for the night. Inspired by my mother's work I painted the bride, and each bridesmaid a special glass, of course marked with their initial to be sure we knew who's was who's!

    Have a variety of paint bush sizes at the ready! I like working with smaller brushes, because it is easier to control, or rather, squiggled less of a mess for me to later correct.
     
    You can find Gloss Enamels at Hobby Lobby, or most craft stores. There are other brands available, just be sure to read the directions for baking or curing the glassware. There are some available that require it to sit for 21 days before using! Gloss Enamels can bake in less than an hour in your own oven.
     
    Chose a font and print out the initial you wish to paint. Cut it into a small piece that will fit into the glass.
     
    Tape paper to the inside of glass, making sure it's positioned straight before you start painting. You can just trace the printout with the paint.

    Make sure to keep you brush wet before dipping in paint, this will help for a smooth application on the glass.
     
    Dip only the tip of the brush in paint, you do not want globs.
     
    I lined the top rim of the glass, to finish it off. 

     

    I coated the base and stem as well, this took two applications to make sure it wasn't streaky.

     

    It's looking good, but not quit done! I think some polka-dots will do the trick!

     

    Using a flat round cylinder object, such as an eraser, is perfect for the little detail!

     

    Gently press it against the glass. You may need to twist it slightly as you pull away, to keep the edges crisp and clean. I alternated between silver and black dots.

     

    Let the glass dry a bit before handling. You can place multiple on the oven rack, just make sure none are touching! Follow the paint's label instructions for baking. 
     
    Check back, and I'll have some final shots to share of our festive setup to celebrate my friend and her soon-to-be nuptials! 
  • street art inspiration

    I'm currently gearing up for one of my largest freelance projects yet. I am so excited about this opportunity, and the freedom I have within the given direction, but I'm also a little intimated by the scale and installation itself. I have actually been asked to create a few installations within a kids' bonus room. The intimidating part is a large wall mural inspired by Mr. Brainwash. So, I've been heavily researching and prepping images and ideas these past few weeks. While the inspiration, and likely direction, is very specific to the client's desired aesthetic, I've stumbled across a few images that make me melt a little. I wanted to share them with you! What makes you melt at it's site?

    Holly Dolly
    Would this not be dreamy behind your headboard?
     
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    I love the feminine & detailed line-work, as well as the teal in this!

    Hubby and I stumbled upon this one while honeymooning in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 
     
  • Vancouver Craft Store Inspiration

    A couple years ago, I had the incredible fortune to visit Vancouver working an Anthropologie store opening. I recently was digging through my computer folders and came across some images from that inspiring trip. Thanks to Design Sponge's city guide at the time, I found a clever little craft store that every city needs! Sadly, I think it has been removed from the most recent version of the city guide, however you can find information directly on Urban Source's site

     
    Urban Source is on Main Street, a bustling area of town filled with local shops and delicious restaurants. There was such fun and random little oddities that were a delight to discover, and I returned twice after my first visit over the course of the trip! What makes this store so great is shared on their main page:
     
    "We collect from over 100 different local industries, diverting safe, useable 
    off-cuts, discards, misprints and over-stock from the land fill. Materials 
    are then sorted, organized and prepared for the store."

    Upon entering the store, you are prompted to chose which size brown paper bag you'd like (think snack size, lunch-bag, or grocery bag size). You then fill the bag up with whichever items you chose from their bins. 

     
    Reasonably, there are some quantity limits for certain items- only 3 slides per bag, or you can pay a flat 45 cents. 

    They also sold rolls a various papers, thin sheets of wood ply, specialty sheets of paper.

    Using the materials and objects they sell, they've created whimsical creatures that peer down from shelves or hover overhead as you shop.

    The train may be one of my favorites….

    But so is this baby elephant!

    And I love the frame in which this jelly fish is hanging!
     
     
  • Wall Mural Inspiration

    This past summer I worked on a custom wall mural for a kids bonus room. I spent a couple weekends in July challenging myself in a completely new direction for me. It was a fun adventure to trust in the slinging of paint against a wall, and dripping from the Union Jack flag. 

    In the original consultation with the client, she brought a couple sample pieces of two artists. I thought I'd share some of the work I looked to while planning this installation. The first is the work of Mr. Brainwash you can read his wikipedia article. The second is the work of Banksy, here's his wikipedia article. If you'd like to watch an interesting Banksy documentary about Mr. Brainwash's rise to creating art, you should check out Exit Through The Gift Shop

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