I’m So Excited To Be An Instructor At ArtFusion In Santa Fe, November 3-6!

ArtFusion Event Instructor | November 3-6, 2015

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be included as an instructor at the ArtFusion event, coming to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The list of teachers and workshops is astounding – so many amazing, talented artists sharing their finely honed crafts.

I have my eye on classes too!

There will also be an ARTFEST, open to the public – perfect to showcase and sell your original artwork.

I love that a portion of the instructors’ fees go toward several charities.

My all-day workshop, called Funky Chunky Finishes for Cabinets and Furniture will feature 10 techniques that I am creating for ArtFusion.

I would love for you to join me to get your funk on while we create classy and crustic finishes to add to your portfolio!

You will use lots of my favorite DIY paints, products and stencils – PLUS – some materials you have NEVER used in a finish before.

Play with textures, metallics, paper, foils, embossing, gilding, cake making tools, and even a piece of glass to insert into a cabinet door.

I would love to see you at ArtFusion, taking advantage of all of the creative magic sure to happen.

REGISTER HERE!

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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My Canvases From A Fabulous Barcelona Painting Trip With Melanie Royals, And More

Barcelona painting project with Melanie Royals

So. I lost my roller covers in the studio closet where I thought I put them in a “safe place.”

But.

I found these canvases and fond memories of my painting trip to Barcelona a few years ago with Melanie Royals of Royal Design Studio.

P.S. These are small sections of our projects we completed at the monastery Sant Jeroni de la Murtra. I love them. All of the wonderful designs were by Melanie. Dear friend Nancy Jones of Artworks Spokane was our star painter who inspired us like crazy.

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Our Devilishly Delicious Halloween Feast, or, BOO!

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Nobody, but nobody puts on a Halloween party like my friends Sandra, Kim, Sophie and their husbands!

They plan, scheme, cook like fiends, decorate devilishly and dress up in creative, creepy costumes. And they out-do themselves time and time again.

This evening soiree was a sit-down “Witches Stew” for 30 ghosts and goblins.

Check out some of the evening’s characters, the grub and the dastardly decor…

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One Pattern Per Room? Breaking This Rule in Marrakech With Modani Modern Furniture!

Photo of pattern play in Peacock Pavilions dining room

Do you love modern furniture? I do. Love the sleek lines and inventive designs. Modern style fits in everywhere, if you love to mix like I do. I recently discovered the Modani line of modern furniture – their stores are found in large metro areas and their website is to die for.

Modani modern furniture recently noticed my rogue design style here on MyPatchOfBlueSky.com and I responded with this post. Since I tend to break lots of rules I decided to tackle Modani’s Rules To Break Number 3 – stick to one pattern per room. Continue reading

Kim Yeager And I Collaborate On A Cute Stool for Display at Junk Bonanza!

Photo of Kim Yeager stool project

I had the leather hide and Kim had the adorable little stool. Together we created the finished piece. We love it!

The adorable, energetic and oh so talented Kim Yeager of Lark Nest Design and I met two years ago at the wild and crazy-wonderful September Junk Bonanza event in Shakopee, MN. She was displaying a cool piece of hers from Flea Market Style that featured Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan in the Annie Sloan Unfolded booth where I was working. Plus, she was working the event with Ki Nassauer, upcycling guru, creator of Junk Bonanza and editor-in-chief of Flea Market Style Magazine.

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Fabulous Flowers And Vignettes Abound At The Farmers Wife

Photo of the Farmer's Wife

I had to do it. I had to bust out of my office. Most days I am happy as a clam in my little nest – an office and studio filled with plants, inspiration and a kitty who manages it all. Today I had the wiggles that I could not squelch. One. Minute. Longer.

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Inspiring Quilts of Tazewell, Virginia – the Patterns, the Colors, the Designs!

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Recently, several of my Art Ladies friends journeyed north to Tazewell, Virginia, to spend a lovely, relaxing weekend with member and master glass artist Nancy Brooks of Sleepin’ Dog. In my pre-trip post I mentioned our typical agenda, but we never really know what will be in store until our arrival.

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Art Ladies Road Trip To Sleepin’ Dog In Virginia!

The artful home of Nancy Brooks of Sleepin' Dog.

Many years ago a small group of women artists and art lovers in Greensboro, North Carolina formed the Art Ladies. We were members of a local arts organization and just loved each others’ company. So, over 15 years, through good times and sad times we have met as much as possible on a monthly basis. In restaurants, at gallery openings, in our homes, always over wine and a delicious dinner. And good conversation that always leads to art.

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