Thank You Bliss Ranch, Canvas Designz, Hometalk, And More!

Hang your collection with one post.

Pinch me! I am a passionate DIYer around our home, and for several DIY brands of paint, products, and patterns. Though I have been so fortunate to have many long-term followers over the years, rarely does my blog sort of blow up with high readership numbers.

Especially on a 2-year-old post that was a very simple project for me and my handyman hubby Steve!

I must shout out thanks to sites that shared this little post, and my similar Hometalk post, which has recently garnered over 235,000 views and 17,000 pins.

If you are a lover of rustic DIY ideas, you will be in eye candy heaven after clicking on these links!

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Find 20 Rustic DIY and Handcrafted Accents to Bring Warmth to Your Home on:

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Also, find 101 DIY Wall Art Ideas for Your Home on:

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Plus, discover 19 Rustic DIY Home Decor Ideas here:

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Happy painting and projecting!

 

Spiffing Up Our Deck With Matthew Mead And A Wagner Sprayer

My Wagner Flexio 890 sprayer deck project with guru Matthew Mead

Do you ever have to pinch yourself sometimes when something wonderful and unexpected occurs?

I was so thrilled to host stylist, paint guru, photographer and magazine master at our home recently! I bet you already follow Matthew Mead and are as big a fan of him as I am. His talent, enthusiasm, and ideas are limitless, and he’s a blast to hang out with.

My hubby Steve built a giant party deck on our home years ago, and every couple of years we need to give it a good power wash and paint it. Then, magically, I discovered the Wagner Flexio 890 sprayer and suddenly painting the deck was no longer a dreaded chore.

Wagner's FINISH magazine for fall 2016

Get the details on how I did it, and see how Matthew and I styled the deck for fall in the new issue of FINISH, Wagner’s online DIY home design magazine here. Be sure to share the link with your friends, too.

There are are so many fun, creative, and easy painting projects in FINISH, you will come back to it again and again. And the heat gun pumpkins ( AND heat gun popcorn)… brilliant. Not to mention Cari Cucksey’s baby room!

While you’re there, check out photos of my studio, with a few words of painting wisdom from me while you’re there in Shop Talk.

Happy Painting!

 

3 Fusion Mineral Paint Tile Stencil Canvases – Tutorial

Use Fusion Matthew Mead Metallic Paints and tile stencils to create the look of old ceiling tins | Tutorial

Do you love the look of old ceiling tins that are all the rage on social media just now? I do. There are so many options, including using paint and stencils for artful, gorgeous designs that range from aged and rustic, to elegant, to modern industrial.

At Fusion Mineral Paint, they have designed 4 lovely 12″ by 12″ tile stencils that vary from quite simple to very ornate.

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Easy Christmas Cards Using Wood Icing® And A Royal Design Studio Stencil

Make Easy Christmas Cards Tutorial | Wood Icing® Textura Paste and Royal Design Studio Stencil

Do you have little ones who love to get involved in holiday activities, not to mention birthdays, special events, and baby showers? As a little girl growing up in winter-frozen Massachusetts, Mom and I often found ourselves snowed in, Dad at work, anxious for fun stuff to create. She was always able to conjure a cigar box of art supplies, and away we would go, making and doing.

One especially fond memory, when I was in grammar school, was making greeting cards for all occasions when neighbors observed my passion for drawing. They paid me as much as it would have cost for a store-bought version, and I even designed a logo to add to the back, like Hallmark.

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Small, Rustic Touches In Our Tiny Powder Room Add Up To Fabulous!

Rustic bath accents and a pearly wall finish update a tiny powder room.

I’m pretty sure that we have the weirdest, smallest powder room in existence. It is not prominently featured somewhere near the entrance of our home, where guests can discover it. It is hidden at the back door, within the laundry room.

Blah! When we first moved here I’m not sure we knew it existed for a month. Until we had a gaggle of little girls over for a deck party. Then the magic location revealed itself as nothing short of brilliant.

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Paint A Copper Metallic Star Lamp + A $150 Fusion Products Giveaway!

Paint a metal star with Fusion Copper metallic paint.

This is the story of a cool painted star lamp, using the Fusion Copper Tinting Kit, AND a $150 Fusion Products Giveaway! Visit all 13 of the Blog Hop bloggers listed below, get inspired by their cool Fusion Mineral Paint projects, and enter to win along the way!

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International Rust, Chippy Paint & Patina At The High Point Furniture Market

Blue Ocean Traders at the Spring High Point Furniture Market

Many of you know that I used to co-own a shop called Feather Your Nest with friends here in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was operated in conjunction with my former faux finishing studio, Faux Design Studio.

Of course, owning a shop means shopping the High Point Furniture Market.

One vendor I discovered years ago with my designer friend Sandra Barron was Blue Ocean Traders. Owner Jason Mulvene has made his company a top source for vintage American, European, Asian, Egyptian, and Indian furniture and accessories. For my store, I found items that coordinated well with the painted furniture and finds we offered. In my finishing studio, I bought furniture and accessories for the décor and ambiance, and often visitors twisted my arm to sell them.

Now that I am a consultant for DIY paint products and a blogger, I still love Blue Ocean Traders for photography props and a client here and there.

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Introducing The Colour Inspiration Notebook In Canada!

Colour Inspiration Notebook For Creating Gorgeous Painted Furniture/Canada

The Colour Inspiration Notebook has now been published in Canada! It features all of the gorgeous furniture photography found in the original version, PLUS new photos of stunning furniture upcycling projects by many talented Canadians friends. And I am happy to say that it is printed in Red Deer, Alberta.

COLOUR INSPIRATION NOTEBOOK FOR CREATING GORGEOUS PAINTED FURNITURE

by Debbie Dion Hayes & Friends from Canada & USA

48 pages on heavy coated stock, 6″ by 9″

$19.95 plus tax and $7.00 shipping per book

Retailers in Canada coming soon!

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Announcing The Workshop Store, A DIY Painters Design Challenge & More for 2015!

Blue Sky Anniversary

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?

Annie Sloan stockists shop redesign projects

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.

DIY paint and project samples

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?

Color Inspiration Notebooks - USA and Canada

In August, I self-published the Color Inspiration Notebook for Creating Gorgeous Furniture. Who know that there would be dozens of retailers in the USA in half of the states. Plus one in Canada?

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!

Stay tuned for details. 2015 is going to be a blast!Signature2

 

 

 

 

 

My Funky Holiday Mantel Decorating In Our Cozy Den

This rustic fireplace is perfect for some funky decorations

Our den is where we truly live in the evening. We are empty nesters, and admittedly, we eat dinner here, watch movies and sports here, and find ourselves quite entertained by our three calico kitties each night. The fact that red leather furniture and a crusty old red door make up the décor means decorating for Christmas is a snap. In fact, decorating the mantel with lots of natural holly and large branches in the fireplace that stay in place all year is quite speedy.

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