Monday, August 29

not leaving, just moving

One of my (much) earlier white waxflower blog titles was "Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes" after everyone's favorite David Bowie song. Had I not already used it, that might have been the perfect title for this post.

My furniture-decor-party-refurbishing-graphic design, etc. business has grown from something I did on the side for fun to something that keeps me so busy I can barely keep up ... in a good way! I've loved blogging white waxflower, but I simply don't have time for it anymore. It only costs me $10 a year to keep this site up and running, so I'll leave it up for a year or so for those of you who might want to look up an old craft project or something:)

But as the title of this post says, I'm not leaving, just moving:) Check me out RIGHT HERE at my brand-new, not-even-close-to-finished business site, where there's already a fun and simple little craft tutorial:) See you there!

Saturday, July 30

my friend Carroll

A new mid-century portrait has joined my collection, and it's of someone who was actually quite dear to me! When I was 10 years old, I played Annie in the musical Annie. The man who played Daddy Warbucks was a really sweet older gentleman named Carroll. I loved Mr. Carroll and he was always very kind to me:) He even bought me and my husband a wedding present when we got married, even though he was a widower and getting on in years at the time. He passed away last year, and his estate was recently sold.

My precious Aunt Becky and Uncle Mike went to the sale and bought me the most amazing gift: a portrait that was painted of Mr. Carroll when he was about 18 years old. Isn't that just the most perfect gift? I'd love it even if I had no idea who it was a portrait of, but the fact that it's of someone I knew and cared about makes it so special:)

They also got me several theater posters from plays that he either directed or acted in, most of which were signed by the cast and crew. It's so fun reading what people wrote on them! Thank you again, Aunt B and Uncle Mike, for the incredibly thoughtful gifts! I love ya'll!

Speaking of the guest bedroom, I've just about finished my credenza that I made for free using pallets. I'm still working on making a sketch with the dimensions so you guys can make one of your own!

My favorite part is the mason jar knobs.

And last but not least, a quick shout-out to some recent visitors:) Danica and her hubby Jason stopped by our place last weekend during their Comic Con trip.

And my husband's little sister Giselle and two of her sorority sisters spent a full week with us earlier in the month, and I had so much fun showing them the sights of SoCal:)

Happy weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, July 13

a year later: the guest bedroom is finally just how I want it

 I'm breaking from my usual tradition of updating along the way of a room re-do, and going straight to the finished product pictures. The guest bedroom is finally, finally ..... FINALLY finished!  And I am so happy. See the pillows in the photo above? I dyed them myself:)

I bought a cheapo bedskirt from Target and dyed it as well in a stripey, splattery pattern.

This project inspired me to start collecting color samples by dipping card stock in paint, coffee,  or whatever else I think is a pretty color and something I might like to remember. Weird, I know, but I like it!

Just about the only thing in the room that hasn't changed is the location of the bookcase and Picasso prints above it. 

The credenza on the right I built myself. It has a loooooong way to go before it's all done, but it already provides a great work surface and tons of storage. See the giant gold knobs? I made them out of mason jar tops:)

This picture of me and my mama was my inspiration for the big blue painting on the far right. I put the canvas on a wall and used the projector to trace the image, and then embellished it with shades of blue paint.

I'm finally content with the room, and I don't think I'll be changing it for a long time. I hope you enjoyed the reveal, even though you didn't have to wait for it!