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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Use All Three Modern Masters Metal Effects Kits To Create Drippy Abstract Canvas Art

Use 3 Modern Masters Metal Effects Kits to get the drippy effect on canvas!Effortless artsy, rusty, crusty effects are all the rage right now, thanks to Modern Masters and their fabulous Metal Effects line. They’ve also recently introduced Metal Effects Kits in Rust, Green and Blue Patinas, available online at TheHomeDepot.com. If you love crusty stuff, like old cars, metal accessories, and even artwork, we are kindred spirits. For years I have been scavenging in the local junkyard for years to grab gorgeous scraps of real copper and rust, made by nature, to incorporate into custom metal artwork for clients.

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Awesome Junkin’ At The Thomasville, NC Chartreuse Barn Sale!

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Here in North Carolina, winter can be a new experience every time you wake up. So heading over to the Chartreuse barn sale is perfect rain, snow or shine. Find this cool classy barn in Thomasville, NC, in a gorgeous setting in the country – but not too far out.

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The Color Inspiration Notebook, And Many Friends, Are Featured In Boho Style!

Boho Style Magazine by Fifi O'neill

 The premier issue of Fifi O’neill’s Boho Style Magazine is here!
Color Inspiration Notebook for Creating Gorgeous Painted Furniture by Debbie Dion Hayes
Many thanks to fabulous duo Fifi and writer Elyse Press Major of Tinkered Treasures for featuring several pages from my Color Inspiration Notebook for Creating Gorgeous Painted Furniture. I found copies of Boho Style this weekend at Barnes & Noble, and you can find more info here.
The Color Inspiration Notebook for Painting Gorgeous Furniture by Debbie Dion Hayes

Give DIYers The Gift Of The Color Inspiration Notebook For Creating Gorgeous Painted Furniture!

FIRST, PSSSSTTTTT. Look what I found on a page inside Prairie Style Magazine!

Fifi O'neill's BOHO Style January 2016

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!

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

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.

On the front pages, find gorgeous, inspiring photos from around the globe, organized by the color wheel, plus neutrals, white, grey, brown, black and metallics.
The Color Inspiration Notebook for Creating Gorgeous Painted Furniture

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It’s A Blast Being 2 Years Old Again!

My Patch Of Blue Sky is 2 years old

From the 2-year-old me, and the artsy me, Happy Thanksgiving!

I am ever grateful to my family, friends, clients, blog readers, paint and project lovers, students, printers, Color Inspiration Notebook retailers and readers, and companion kitties for a fast, fabulous, 2 years in business. You all allow me to do what I love so much.

All the best, and cheers to you,

Debbie

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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Create An Aged, Leather-Like Finish Using Wood Icing® And Decorative Napkins

Layer texture and pattern using Wood Icing® Textura Paste and decorative dinner napkins

You may have already discovered that using pretty, patterned, dinner napkins as a background can become lovely and aged after découpage and glazing. But have you ever gone one more step by adding an overall raised stencil with Wood Icing®?

I just experimented with this process as a new idea for walls, cabinet door inserts, book covers and canvas art. Use different napkin patterns and stencils for ever-changing effects. To see more of the background pattern, use less glaze or a smaller stencil design.

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Need A WordPress Website Design That’s Classy And Simple To Update?

Website design

I can’t tell you how many individuals and shop owners I know who could be selling so much more if they could just buckle down and create a basic, attractive, website. But they can’t begin to make it happen.

“It’s too hard. It’s too expensive. I don’t have time. I can’t do it. Do I really need it? Mine is fine. (It’s really not.)”

Is this you?

Take 2 aspirin and email me at Debbie@MyPatchOfBlueSky.com.

I promise this is much easier and more affordable than you think. I do website design for retailers all the time. I’ll show you!

The Art Ladies Rock Modern Masters Metal Effects

The Art Ladies create patterned, textured artwork with Modern Masters Metal Effects.

The Art Ladies. A unique, dynamic group of my long-time friends who originally bonded during our term as board members of the local Artists’ League. For almost 15 years we have met for dinner one a month to talk art, learn from each other, challenge each other, and share our lives.

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