I have to admit, with the holidays, I've been really bad at getting back to people who have asked me some questions. I promise I am not that rude in real life.
I thought I would answer them all here....
1. You did your remodel last year, how are your wood counter tops holding up?
I still love them. They are holding up beautifully. Most of the main counter top I've only sealed twice. Right around the sink has probably been about 4 -5 times, but it is constantly getting wet there and being wiped down. It's easy to reseal them, its just a matter of wiping the sealer on before bed and they are ready to go the next morning! A year later I would do them all over again.
-Use the sealer from Ikea. It's super easy to use. I chose to not use a sealer like Waterlox because I wanted to be able to control the depth of the color and if you use a sealer where you do the entire thing like that of you ever have to fix a stain, you have to sand down the entire section and re-sand so it all seals the same. Now I can just sand down a section and reseal.
-I do not cut or put hot pans on my counter top, I use a marble slab for that.
But I do still love them and would do them all over again!
2. What is that color on your walls in your kitchen?
The kitchen and dining room are Benjamin Moore Bennington Grey.
3. How did Country Living find you to feature your kitchen?
They actually saw my post on facebook when we did the big reveal and e-mailed me. Now I did already have a working relationship with them; but I got that by putting myself out there (I literally ambushed the editor at a conference...that's a whole 'nother story.).
4.What is that fabric on your burlap tablecloth? Where did you get it?
Joann Fabrics, I think it was $6.99 a yard.
5. How did you start wholesaling?
To be honest, it all started with me schlepping my stuff to stores and showing it to them. Some places were hits, some were misses. It's easiest to call a store you think you would fit into, ask if they take local artists and then schedule an appointment. Sometimes they love your stuff and sometimes they don't. It's about finding the right store with the right fit.
6. Do you ever teach any classes?
Yes! I am actually teaching in Jeanne Oliver's e-course and I am going to be teaching a jewelry class just outside of Naperville, IL at the end in January (which I'll be officially announcing soon.). I am going to start teaching more local classes on furniture re-do's and home projects. I used to teach CPR and Public Education classes when I was a firefighter/paramedic. I was pretty good at stop, drop and roll. In fact, I think that's how I ended up with 3 kids.
7. Were you really a firefighter?
(in case you are wondering, I am the guy in the middle.)
Yes I was. Even though that's not who I am any more, I am so proud of who it made me. There's a whole book behind that one some day. Even though I have finally settled back in to who I am supposed to be as an artist, my hubby does say "You can take the girl out of the firehouse, but not the firehouse out of the girl." I don't know if that's a complement or an insult.
9. Do you ever stop?
10. Are you going to be stocking any more texting/fingerless gloves?
I am going to do one more restock at the end of January and then I'll be getting ready for my spring line. I'll also be putting in some Santos dolls and some other goodies.
11.What are your next projects?
A living room re-paint, and a pretty cool project in our dining room that I am not going to talk about yet :)
Is there anything I missed that you were wondering? Ask away! Leave a question in your comment and I'll answer it right underneath. :)
I hope you have a Happy New Year! I'll see you in 2012!!!!!
I am excited to announce that I am going to be one of the teaching artists in Jeanne Oliver's e-course, Creatively Made! I've gotten quite a few e-mails about my Santos dolls, and it's just been so crazy busy with the holidays that I haven't had a chance to make any, let alone list them. But, as a part of Jeanne's class; I am going to be showing you the entire process, top to bottom, and all of my secrets in making these beautiful and soulful girls.
Jeanne also has many other amazing artist's featured in her 4 week class.
Here are a few things Jeanne has to say about her class:
"We will cover mixed media, journal
making, journal techniques, collage, leather and metal stamping,
charcoal drawing, image transfers and much more.
I even have a special guest artist that
will teach how to make Santos dolls (hee hee... me!). All of the art techniques taught
will go along with the course and will make the whole experience even
more meaningful and fun!
There will also be fun studio tours to encourage you to make space for yourself and your gifts.
There will also be inspiring videos from
many of the creative women in my life that share bits of their heart and
their journey to embracing the gifts that they have."
Some of the projects covered in the course
Vintage Journal with old books
Mixed Media Vintage Girls
Leather and metal Stamping
Mixed Media Collage and Tips
How to use photography in your art
“Painting” with Stabilo pencils
Reflections from other artists about their own creative journey and embracing the gifts they were given,
as well as
Some of my favorite art supplies and how to use them
*Mixed Media collaging and techniques
*Creating Mixed Media Vintage Girls with Templates
* Leather and Metal Stamping
*Creating Your Own Mixed Media Collage with Templates
It's such a great way to start the New year. Maybe it's even a resolution to finally start on your creative path this year... this would be a great push for you in the right direction. And, the best part is you can see me be a total dork on camera.:)
I loved seeing how people's style had evolved and changed over the years, including my own ( and I should add how it keeps changing...).
2. Debuting my Urban Journey Spring Collection. I have to admit. It wasn't the biggest financial success for me, but it gave me that push to really start creating what I wanted to and not what I thought everyone wanted me to create. Sometimes things that seem like failures at the time end up being successes because of the experience.
3.Having Fifi O'Neill and Mark Lohman come out and shoot my house for publication. This year was a cloud nine for me in that aspect because it was right after my Country Living photo shoot. Here's the thing you need to know. I love my house, I think it's nice. I think that there are a lot of nice houses out there. If I can get published, or have a shot at my house, YOU can too.
4. Work Bench to potting bench. This was my Grandfathers' work bench and I love having it to use in the garden. Oh how I dream of spring already.
6. My daughter's bedroom makeover. She loves it. It's very her. At 9 years old, she moves her furniture around every week. I wonder where she gets that from?
7. An August night garden dinner. I cook about 85-90% of our dinners from scratch. It's not that I am a super woman, it's just that I like to cook, and when you are trying to make gluten-free for one child, and eat organic and local, and try to control borderline high cholesterol, you cook a lot. I know I don't post a lot of recipes, because I think what I make are a lot of very basic foods, but I did love this dinner.
10. And finally. Changes and someone's listening. I am so happy with how my faith has changed and grown this last year. And the possibilities that have opening up for me. I finally feel like I am on the right path after years of wandering aimlessly. It's amazing what faith can do.
I am looking forward to spending this next year with you and having new adventures and opportunities. There have been some rough spots around here too; but I know the new year can bring amazing things. :)
Today, I plan on baking cookies with my kids, and then eating them till I am sick the rest of the weekend, all while I drink eggnog, eat pierogi's, sausage and sauerkraut, and not check my cholesterol until February :). Merry Fatmas.
I thought you might want to visit some old holiday posts, and to be honest, I just liked the title in my own dorky-way :)
I found this plate at Anthropologie on sale for $7. I thought the deer was perfect and I liked the little red dots.
A couple of candy canes in a jar are perfect for bribery. We buy the ones from Whole Foods that are colored with natural beet dye. My little one is allergic to some red dyes. While they aren't a bright red, they still taste yummy. That's why there are only about 6 left and I just opened them about 5 days ago.
a mug from Goodwill holds a little holiday nest.
And I had to show you this little, red chair I picked up this last fall.
I bought it at The Kane County Flea Market. I had intended to sell it, but now I just can't part with it, it's so darn cute; and the kids love sitting on it. Maybe I should make it the new time out chair ;)
I am still making my way through all of the homes on last week's holiday house walk; There are such beautiful homes and amazing decorations. Here are just a few I'd noticed, but there are so many more...
Are you ready for Christmas yet? Are you set for Hannukah? It seems like the holidays just rushed up this year. I am almost done shopping, but I need to go through everything first. It seems like it all comes up so fast, I am wrapping , and then I've shorted some one on a gift and have to rush out last minute.
Lat night we got some hot cocoa and drove around and looked at lights. It's amazing what some people come up with. We might have to upgrade from our icicle lights next year. I am going to see what's on sale after the holidays. I love me a good after X-mas sale. :)
I've been banner crazy this holiday season, and I had seen a few on Pinterest that I just adored. One had doilies hanging with ornaments. I loved the idea of doilies, but I wanted mine to have kind of a vintagey, collected feel.
My Jo-Ann fabrics has a bin they have all different sizes of doilies for a dollar or two each.
I picked up 6 in different sizes.
The I grabbed my crystal glitter, white craft glue and a brush.
I just brushed the glue on the doily, covering the entire surface.
Then right away sprinkled glitter over the whole thing. I shook off the extra and put it aside to dry. I did this with each of the doilies.
I put a small crease in the end of the paper I was glittering over and poured back the extra glitter for a future project.
Once they were dry, I just stung twine in the holes at the top of each "snowflake", The craft glue makes them a little stiff so they are easy to string on and they hold their shape really well.
I then tied a loop in each end and hung it up on my mantle.
It's super cute and so pretty when it catches the light. It was a pretty quick project to do too. I think it would be an easy project for the kids during winter break too.
I wanted to mention
My friend Christie at Carter's Cottage is having a big chalk paint giveaway for Annie Sloan's American Tour, so stop on over to enter!