Upstyling Your Home With Matthew Mead – And Me!

Matthew Meads' new Upstyled Home Magazine

Surprise! Coming soon to your favorite newsstand is Matthew Mead‘s newest brilliant endeavor, Upstyled Home Magazine.

Lacey Jane the calico and my office managerI just received my copy, and couldn’t wait to sit down with Lacey Jane kitty and a cup of Joe to savor every lovely, super-styled photo, idea, and word.

And yes, how cool is it that Matthew has included several of my favorite blog projects and home vignettes in his magazine. Along with one of my design idols and authors, Mary Emmerling, and  new-found designers that I am now loving too.

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Remembering 2015 Projects: Stencil And Paint Upholstery With Chalk Paint®

How to upcycle upholstery using a Royal Design Studio stencil and Chalk Paint®.

As you can see, Buggy Buggerson immediately claimed ownership of this little upholstery loveseat, which is right in the soft afternoon sun.  I wrote the blog project for Royal Design Studio‘s blog and it was a favorite by readers in 2015, and me, including folks at!

Get the tutorial on PaintAndPattern.

Remembering 2015 Blog Projects: Calendar Cube For Paint And Pattern

Stenciled and painted Paint & Pattern calendar cube tutorial

Wow, what a great year in the Blue Sky studio! 

I have been looking back on so many blogging projects that I worked on during 2015 that you may have missed.

During December I will share some favorites – those perfect for quick Holiday projects, and some that I just loved doing.

Here’s a simple, fun, perpetual calendar I made for, with Royal Design Studio numbers stencils, Chalk Paint and Soft Wax by Annie Sloan. There’s still time to make a bunch for stocking stuffers!

Here’s the full tutorial!


Summer Deck Projects Using Royal Design Studio Stencils, And More!

Summer deck projects using Royal Design Studio stencils and more

Thanks to Royal Design Studio, and their fun tiny new stencils and one-time-use modello patterns, our deck is brimming with flowers, ferns and fun. During the month of May, for Paint+Pattern, I worked on three summer deck projects that really made an impact our our outdoor living space.

Here are some quickie sneak peeks.

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Announcing One-To-One Creative Skills Workshops For Retailers And Individuals!

Blue Sky Creative one-to-one workshops for retailers and individuals | Learn to use many DIY products for furniture finishes and artwork. Or learn to use WordPress, social media and email marketing tools.

Are you dying to learn new skills? Is it difficult to find workshops that fit into your crazy schedule and budget? Would you love to have personal training, tailored to exactly what YOU need?

Perfect! My One-To-One Workshops may be the solution for you. We can create your  personalized learning experience in my own quiet home studio and office.

Blue Sky One-To-One Workshops. Learn social media, creating a website and more plus furniture finishes.

Check out the topics below. Choose all business, specific furniture finishes, or a mix!

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Stencil Crazy? Find All Of My Royal Design Studio Projects Here!

You’ve probably noticed by now that I adore pattern. And I adore using Royal Design Studio stencils! Fabulous new designs that I have to try are constantly introduced. I have been honored to be on the Paint + Pattern Design Magazine team for over a year now and I am as passionate as ever.

And prolific. Holy Cow. Have I done some stenciling! Find links to all of my designs here on 24/7. Click on the project you like and hop on over to Paint + Pattern for all of the instructions and supplies you’ll need for your project. And SO much more by team members.

Stencil Projects by My Patch Of Blue Sky on PaintAnd


Celebrating “Year-Round” Christmas Tree & Room Decorating – Almost!

Oh, Christmas Trees! Blog HopThanks for stopping by our Holiday Blog Hop! If you’re looking for inspiration for your tree, DIY ornaments, or just want to see some really gorgeous, fun, and creative Christmas trees, then you’ll LOVE the hop,

“Oh, Christmas Trees!”

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to follow the links at the end of the post to visit all the great blogs!


Non-traditional Christmas tree decorating

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The Reveal! Orange Teak Master Bedroom Furniture Goes Weathered Grey!

Orange teak goes weathered gray

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).

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A Favorite Stenciled Cabinet Project – Soft And Neutral Outside, Jazzy Bright Inside!

Here at My Patch of Blue Sky, I spend quite a lot of time stenciling projects for Paint + Pattern Design Magazine. I truly love the process – and all of my posts.

But this recent cabinet project was special to me. The piece was painted out in Old White Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan for months, waiting for inspiration. Suddenly, I discovered two of the loveliest new stencils released by Royal Design Studio and my mental magic happened!

In our only guest room filled with flea market finds, old books and North Carolina pottery treasures, I wanted to create a soft exterior with just a hint of pearl:

Painted, stenciled cabinet exterior.

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How To Love White Upholstery In Your Living Room!

White living room with old columns

Do you crave the look of white upholstery for your home? Are you hesitant to try it? I know. I was too. Fifteen years ago our girls were young teens with lots of friends. Weekly sleepovers were part of our lives and our little kitty menagerie was just beginning. Soft drinks, sticky and greasy snacks and well, kitty fur everywhere.

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