Posts Tagged ‘decoupage’

Signs of Spring

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Days of rain and gray and clouds….even snuggled in my studio it makes me a bit sleepy. Just ventured outside to see these sweet Daffodils in my neighbors garden…signs of hope that spring will come!

Thought I would suggest a few signs of spring to have right in your “nests” to brighten things up…a few touches of yellow here and there can do wonders in defeating the winter doldrums.

#2086 Snowdrop & Butterfly Flour Sack Towel

#575 Daffodils & Dragonfly Decoupage Switchplate

#2103 Carte Postale Bird Flour Sack Towel

And a bit of French Lemon to top things off!

#393 St. Pierre Lemons Decoupage Switchplate

A Curious Herbal

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

I am always drawn to vintage illustrations…especially herbals.

One of my all time favorite illustrators is Elizabeth Blackwell and her incredible work published as “A Curious Herbal”.

A Curious Herbal

While her illustrations and the heart felt detail behind them is wondrous, the fact that she went to work to publish these illustrations to help her husband out of debtors prison adds another layer of intrigue.

I use the opening page of her series as background and homage to this gifted, inspired artist. It makes me smile to think she might be very amused to know that her work, published in the mid 1700’s, lives on today in such a simple, but useful, form.

#106 Parsley Decoupage Switchplate

#107 Sage Decoupage Switchplate

#108 Rosemary Decoupage Switchplate

#109 Thyme Decoupage Switchplate

Endless thanks Mrs. Blackwell!

Holding Summer

Monday, August 26th, 2013

There is a slight chill in the air tonight…getting darker earlier….summer is fading.

It was a glorious one…rare in the Pacific Northwest to have so many days of consecutive sunshine…what a gift.

Been working like mad in the studio preparing for new fall designs…love working with the palette of Autumn. No pumpkins and scarecrows mind you, but how I love to collage with shades of rust and wheat and green….makes me want to put on a sweater. But as this wondrous summer fades, I didn’t want to lose that sense of tranquility that only the sun can bring. I was working on a set of magnets for myself…to remind me…to breathe, relax, flow and be at peace.

Liked them so much I thought I should share…so here they are….posted on my bulletin board and my never ending to-do lists…my zen magnets:)

Hope it helps!

Fabulous Display Ideas

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Ok…in case you just tuned in, we are on an Amy Duncan, fourcornersdesign.blogspot.com, roll around here….too many fabulous ideas not to share.

I am always on the search for innovative display suggestions for our products for our stores. Amy Duncan’s book, The Salvage Studio, is a treasure trove of creative solutions for organization and display.

My first favorite idea was perfect for flour sack towels: the Wooden Crib Rack

Perfect for towels, papers, scarves.....

Amy gives you everything you need for both these projects, in perfect detail, in the book The Salvage Art Studio.

Next fabulous idea: the Tool Caddy Towel Rack

Ideal for towels on bottom and your favorite treasures on top

These are affordable, creative, out-of-the-ordinary ideas to make your displays inviting and unique.

Enjoy!

A day with Amy Duncan

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Just had the most wonderful day….Amy Duncan held a Valentine’s Day Card Making party at her beautiful home & studio. Amy transformed her living room in to a working studio for all, complete with trunks of goodies, tables of trinkets and piles of great papers…all for creating collages.

What used to be a dining room, is now a studio table!

Tables of treasures to play with

There is something magical about sitting around a table with kindred spirits…creating…working…planning…chatting…laughing…comparing life notes. Most of us work alone in our studios..this was a rare treat to come together and create in community.

Amy Duncan, our hostess and inspiration

Quilters call it “stitch and bitch”, I call it WONDERFUL!

I can show you a sample of some of the cards that were created, but I wish I could bottle the “mojo” and send that along as well.

Some results from the day

Better yet, go get a group of friends together and do this on your own. Check out Amy’s blog for fabu ideas!

don’t clean your studio!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Someone once asked me how I created my collages.

While I would have loved to wax poetic on the creative process (which changes daily in my view), the honest answer is that some of my favorite collage were total accidents.

I could tell you about the time my work table collapsed in the middle of a design deadline….my nerves were completely frayed….in a total freak out now that days of work had just piled into one nasty mess on my floor…when I looked over and saw that the very design I had been struggling with had just assembled itself in the most wonderful way.

Well a similar thing happened recently. In an effort to clean up my forever untidy studio, I had some elements on a table that holds my dried ferns and leaves under it’s glass top.

Since I always start with switchplate designs, once the collage was finished, I had a wonderful new fern design for my client and for Full Circle Studio.

But wait, there’s more.

Now that I am doing a line of specialty pillows, a fabric from this collage was also made in to a large, square, cotton, delicious pillow!

And all this from a mess in my studio!

Inspiration

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

If you don’t have Sibella Court’s latest, The life of a Bowerbird, then you are sorely missing out on a source of
absolutely delicious,
wondrous,
glorious
INSPIRATION

The latest from the ever wonderful Sibella Court

Quick go now and order it, buy it, convince someone nice to buy it for you…and in the meantime, visit her site: http://www.thesocietyinc.com.au

It will brighten your day!

Discovering Passion…a Goddess infusion!

Monday, September 17th, 2012

There is no greater gift to give yourself…and your creative spirit…than to infuse your work with the talent and inspiration from other artists.

Let’s face it, owning a business is not for the faint of heart. Much as I love..repeat LOVE…working away in my studio, I do find that there are days when life can feel a bit solitary….most of my conversation is with myself… or my dogs. So when the time came to hatch the new designs and do some much needed photography for the line, I called Tiffany Kirchner Dixon…a photographer I have admired for some time.

Of course, I couldn’t get Tiffany right away…not only is she much in demand, but she had some Rodeo Ridin’ to do this summer, so I had to wait. Yes, she was riding in the rodeo!!!! (Oh if I had a nickel for every time I heard that excuse!) We set a date and Tiffany gave me the address of Farm & Frills in Buckley, WA, our location for the shoot.

Farm & Frills in Buckley Washington

All I can say, is that I showed up to this amazing shop, a converted gas station, with Tiffany’s aqua blue vintage truck parked outside and had one of the best times of my life. I handed over my goods to Tiffany and Kris ( owner of Farm & Frills) and they worked all day creating some of the most beautiful still lifes I could ever imagine for Full Circle Studio. These gifted, talented, creative Goddess/artists just poured their talent and taste right into my products and captured the spirit of what I want FCS to feel like for my customers. The photography is featured in our new catalogue and throughout the website.

Endless thanks for a creative infusion that is still bubbling!

Tiffany & Kris with the fabu truck

MAGNETS…please!

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Is it just me, or is anything that helps me “remember” becoming increasingly useful and appreciated?

Granted, I am at that stage in life where if it isn’t on a post it or pinned to a board or openly showing on my magnet board, it’s lost in the ether. At first I have to say I found this frustrating…now I realize, it is another great opportunity to create little collage sets of information all around my home and studio. To that end, I just finished designing our new line of magnets.

As you all know, there are a lot of magnets out there. Which I actually find comforting…makes me feel like I am not the only one who has to keep life’s details on the front page in order to get them done. But I did find a few things lacking in most of the magnets out there…for example: they have to hold lots of paper and not slip off the board ( or refrigerator). And since these magnets are part of my new “absolutely can’t forget this” collage series, I wanted them to be fabulous looking…worthy of being featured on a daily basis. Which leads me to the gift packaging…who do you know that doesn’t need a charming and useful accessory to help manage daily life? I thought the tins did just the trick.

Please take a browse through our new MAGNETS! section on the website…and as always, enjoy!