FIRST, PSSSSTTTTT. Look what I found on a page inside Prairie Style Magazine!
The amazing stylist, blogger, author, Fifi O’neill has discovered that I adore color – specifically bohemian color and pattern combos. I am sworn to secrecy (it’s so hard not reveal all), but Fifi has divulged that I will be sharing color inspiration in her new BOHO Style Magazine, on newsstands January 12.
Color. Inspiration. Hint, hint. Details to come!
GIFT SOME COLOR INSPIRATION FOR CHRISTMAS!
by Debbie Dion Hayes & Friends from the USA and Canada
48 pages on heavy coated stock, 6″ by 9″ * built-in color wheel
Suggested retail is $19.95 in the USA and Canada, plus applicable tax and/or shipping
THE NOTEBOOK IS A PERFECT GIFT, NO MATTER WHICH PAINT PRODUCTS YOUR DIYer LOVES
There are no recipes, or brands, mentioned! So any painter is free to interpret their inspirations.
THE COLOR INSPIRATION NOTEBOOK FOR CREATING GORGEOUS PAINTED FURNITURE
by Debbie Dion Hayes & Friends from the USA and Canada
48 pages on heavy coated stock, 6″ by 9″
Built-in color wheel
$19.95 in the USA and Canada, plus applicable tax and shipping
Happy New Year!
I can’t believe My Patch Of Blue Sky is one year old. I am an entrepreneur at heart, and this is not my first business venture. I owned a faux finishing business for over 15 years, and I ran a small home décor shop called Feather Your Nest with three dear friends for a few years simultaneously.
It has been a fun year for me, with the worst challenge being that I work at home. I have always loved to leave the house, dressed for the day, to work in a studio or office environment filled with like-minded folks. The dynamic for creativity has now changed. I have to reach within myself, my print and internet resources and connections every day instead of brainstorming with peers in the room together.
Now I work with Lacey Jane, the kitty assistant, who works and snoozes by my elbow at the computer – or on top of my studio work table. We have some quality time, and I talk to her instead of myself.
WHAT DID I DO IN 2014?
Many readers think of me as a DIY project, design and travel blogger. I have been blogging for years, and love to mingle with other bloggers like I did again this year at the Haven Conference.
But, My Patch Of Blue Sky is also my business, and I am often asked what I do, other than blog.
In 2014, I worked with lots of wonderfully talented, dynamic Annie Sloan stockists. Three signed on quickly as my first clients, then the list evolved. We reinvented their existing stores, or designed new ones. We shopped for merchandise at the High Point and Atlanta Markets. I built websites, created email blasts and handled blogs and social media. We did workshops at their locations, and even created workshops for them to teach.
And we laughed, painted, stenciled, lugged furniture, shopped ’til we dropped and loved every minute of it. And I’m pleased to say that they tell me their businesses have grown with my help.
I also designed and wrote dozens of DIY paint and stencil projects for my fabulous clients, Royal Design Studio’s Paint + Pattern, Wood Icing™, Artisan Enhancements and Modern Masters. At times, I wondered if I had one more new idea in my brain, and somehow, the projects flowed!
Now I can say that I have a large portfolio of DIY paint, stencil, and related products to design with that blend beautifully with each other. Lots of exciting potential.
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2015?
And who knew that The Colour Inspiration Notebook Canada will launch soon?
In early January, I will introduce The Workshop Store for retailers of DIY products who tell me they always need new, inexpensive, quality project workshops and furniture finishes to satisfy the never-ending demand by their customers. Running a store is daunting enough without the pressure of cobbling together new content.
The first offerings will be compiled from posts I have written for clients like Paint + Pattern and Wood Icing™, with their permission. Then I will add more, often.
Retailers will simply shop by drop-down tabs, choosing according to the product lines they sell.
For pure painting fun, I can’t wait to start the DIY Furniture Finish Design Challenge. So many times I pin stunning painted finish ideas on Pinterest, but how does one DO IT?
So, submit your inspiring photos for me to choose from on Facebook, and I will create a finish designed from the DIY paint and products I know and love.
Then I will share the recipe!
Recently I posted several times about transforming our three large master bedroom furniture pieces. They are 1970s Danish modern and after many, many years I was so eager to get rid of the orange hue and change to soft, weathered gray. I prepared for my large refinishing project first by using my Color Inspiration Notebook. I created it as a fun tool to assist DIY furniture painting project lovers with color inspiration and selection. The built-in color wheel walked me right through my basic color scheme. It confirmed that I was happy with my accessories and the major teal color, accented with a bit of green and metallics.
The huge dilemma was what to do with the teak – eeekkkk. It seemed to grow more orange every year! The platform bed and two large dressers are loved for their simplicity and have been perfect for storage capacity (there are drawers under the bed).
I am having so much fun with several of my favorite bloggers who are giving away a Color Inspiration Notebook – just in time for your painting projects. And gifting of course!
MEET SUZANNE BUGHERI of The Painted Drawer
Suzanne loves to paint like I do, and in her giveaway post she shares projects like these, and how she uses the Color Inspiration Notebook.
Don’t miss Suzanne’s giveaway post and enter to win a Notebook! Just click on the picture above! Her promotion ends TODAY AT MIDNIGHT!
MEET DANIELLE DRISCOLL of Finding Silver Pennies
Danielle transformed this old dresser using Miss Mustard Seed’s Mustard Seed Yellow paint. How pretty and cheerful!
Want to read Danielle’s project post and enter to win a Notebook? Just click on the picture above! Her promotion ends on November 30th.
More blogger giveaways coming soon!
Want to purchase a Notebook? Order or find a retailer near you.
My master bedroom furniture is almost completely refinished. It went from 30-year-old teak veneer that seemed to turn more orange every year, to the loveliest soft weathered grey!
My Notebook is a power-packed little tool. It’s only 6″ by 9″, but it is stuffed with inspiring details. Take the built-in color wheel, for example. It includes the traditional colors, plus neutrals and metallics:
There are gorgeous photos of painted furniture by many passionate, talented artists. Plus photography of architecture, nature, and worldly travels – color combinations in abundance. Not to mention, you will begin to see color ideas everywhere as you go about your day.
Exciting news! The Color Inspiration Notebook is now sold in over half of the states in the US, plus our first shop in Canada. There is interest in Australia. Who knew?
I truly want to applaud my talented, passionate-about-painting-furniture friends who emailed their photos after I sent them a very vague plea for project photos. I wasn’t able to give them any details because I had NO idea what would develop!
Have you been hearing about my Color Inspiration Notebook? Want to purchase one?
Retailers are beginning to receive their orders, and new shops are ordering daily. I would love for you to shop their wonderful, independent stores where you can also buy the best furniture painting products and supplies. Many also feature the most fabulous gift items, jewelry, home décor and upcycled finds.
Find all of the details about the Notebook here.
Currently there are 31 shops in 22 states across the US, plus one in Alberta, Canada that carry the Notebook! If you are near one of these stores, give them a jingle to confirm that their ship has arrived and be the first to get your copy!