Thursday, August 29, 2013

Inspired By...

Inspiration comes from everything around us, and today is no exception.  I love visiting REstyle Source for amazing design ideas.  Today I read an interview with the ever amazing Carol Hicks Bolton.  I am sure many of you have heard of her or know of her style by sight (it's easy to spot her signature work) or maybe you were a fan of the old Home Companion magazine in which she (and her family) were featured many times.  That is how I came to know of her, and her talented family as well as the little town of Fredricksburg, Tx. 

 photo: Amy Boland

The Oct/Nov 1998 issue of Home Companion was the bellwether article.  It was called, "Beyond the Pale", about Rose Hicks, matriarch of the talented Hicks girls - Carol, Janet, and Cathy.  Her featured home was styled with a totally different mindset to decorating with antiques.  So many new ideas, dark wood furniture painted creamy white, ironstone turned backward so the marks on the back are visible, the use of books and words cut from them in display.  I could not get the old 1980's tole painted stuff out of my house fast enough!
If you look closely at the picture below, you can see the snippets of type that have been cut up and pasted to the cabinet front.  I do not even have to enlarge the photo because I can remember, even after all this time, it says, "you are the salt of the earth" and then has the scripture reference up above.  Captivating.
Needless to say, I started buying white ironstone like mad, glass salt and pepper shakers to hang from old chandeliers, and old books to cut up.
You can see the rest of the article about Rose Hicks here.

Then, in the fall I visited Fredrickburg for the first time.  Back then there were at least 5 stores that were part of the Homestead dynasty.  If I remember correctly there was Homestead (2 floors of everything under the sun, from school maps to Catholic saints), Homestead 2 (fabric with another antique store hooked on), Room No 9 (huge store with iron beds, amazing chandeliers and bedding/bathroom linens all lined up on huge wood tables), American Higgley Piggley (sp?), a darling little house full of ironstone (and I mean full).  There was also a garden shop down a narrow alley but I can't recall the name.
I have a very distinct memory of standing with my sister in Homestead 2 looking at a farm table that was set for dinner with mismatched white and blue ironstone.  On each dinner plate was a small antique book that had been opened and a large silver serving spoon placed horizontally across the top to keep the book open.  It might not sound so very innovative in 2013, but 15 years ago it was a breath of fresh air from what had been in any magazine at the time.  I don't know what it was about this specific scene, but I felt differently about design when I left that store as if a whole word of off-beat ideas opened up. 
 How many of us have this picture stashed somewhere?  This photo, from Country Home magazine, is of Janet (Carol's sister) entry way...amazing.  I love how the frames are hung with string from the pegs above and the books held open with wire screwed to the wall.  Notice the subtle harlequin pattern on the wall and then the faux wallpaper over the top.  What detail.
Today, the Homestead stores are gone, but Carol and her husband have a new venture, Carol Hicks Bolton Antiqüités that opened in 2012, a huge design lab of sorts.  I have not been there yet, maybe this year, who knows? but when I do, I am sure it will be an inspiration. 

I have gathered some images from the store Facebook page to share or you can check out the Antiqüités Facebook page for yourself here or even what comes up when you type her name into Pinterest.  Amazing work.
I hope you enjoy! 
Always little typed out scriptures tucked into small spaces.

red book covers
photo by April Pizana

 A signature Carol display...hanging stacked frames. 

lovely linens
 love the tiny patches of fabric on the back of the chair.

A real curiosities shop...

 photo by Anne Lorys

This vignette is my favorite, wire screwed right into the Texas limestone.  Usually it's old books or ironstone turned backward being held by the wire, but here it's an inspiration board.

I hope you have enjoyed this little foray into the unique design of Carol Hicks Bolton.
If you want to see more photos, here are a few more posts about the store from 2012 -

carry on,

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Thought for Today

So much being said in the media about a specific event a couple days ago that these words of wisdom seem appropriate.  
Choose wisely.

I will be back with the regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.
Until then, carry on,

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Simon Says Stamp Tutorial

Hi Everyone!
I have a tutorial over at Simon Says Stamp blog today.  Guess what it's about?
I'm still on the Layering Stencil kick!
Stop by for some tips, tricks and cute card made from #8 tags.
carry on,

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Pile up

Extra time has been in short supply this last week.  I wish I could say I was off on a vacation but no, just busy with work projects and meeting some upcoming deadlines.  I AM still on the stencil kick and have a layout for you today.  I don't usually do layouts but I wanted to scrap a favorite picture that has been sitting on my desk for some time.
Today was the day.
To get started, I gathered some supplies along with a piece of cream cardstock.
 A little Evergreen Bough on a craft sheet.
Lay the creme cardstock into the stain and dry with a Heat it tool.  Blot off any heavy spots with a paper towel.
Once dry, use the Schoolhouse Layering stencil over the stain to add letters.  I used Worn Lipstick Distress ink to color the letters of the stencil.
I stenciled the letters in a vertical pattern over the stain leaving some white space.  I can always go back and add more later once the layout comes together.
I wanted to mount the cream cardstock on patterned paper so I cut the cardstock a bit smaller, inked the edges and then picked a paper from the Destinations Paper Stash for the foundation.
 Stitching it down added a bit of needed texture.
 Now add the picture to the right side.
  I used the pointing finger stamp from the Ringmaster Blueprint set to point to the picture.
Coloring the hand with Distress Markers and a water brush.
I used the Stars stencil to add a row of stars under the photo.  I took the stencil off the ring and masked the stars right above the last row.  Then I used Wendi Vecchi's new Translucent Embossing Paste (more on that in an up coming post) to create the row of stars.
like this...
To give the stars a bit of pop, I used the new Distress Glitter...yes, I have it!  I hope you can see the texture of this Glitter in the picture.  Sorta like fine mica, but not.  Sorta like glitter, but not.  It doesn't fly around like glitter either.  That is a plus in my book.
Look how cute these little stars turned out.  I think the word "subtle" applies to this kind of glitter.
Notice that you can see the letters under the stars?  that's because the embossing paste was translucent.  Love that little detail.
 Add a piece of Film strip ribbon and a Remnant Rub.
I covered a piece of Grungeboard with Core'dinations Kraft Core Cardstock in black, then ran it through the Vagabond using the Block Talk Alphabet die. 
After I added the words, I decided to go back and add more stenciling on the left side to balance everything out.  Super easy to do since I am using Distress Ink to stencil, no messy sprays today.
Only a couple more things...I cut Ranger Manila cardstock using Tiny Tabs and Tags die to get a nice group of shapes to work with.

 I arranged the tags next to the title.
Then inked them with Distress Ink: Broken China, Vintage Photo, Mustard Seed and Worn Lipstick.  I used the Dot Fade stencil to add some random dots over the tag shapes. 
Next I added Mini Fasteners, Long Fasteners, Remnant Rubs, stamping, numbers from the Typeset Decorative Strip and a glittered heart.  I wanted to see how traditional glitter (platinum) would work with the new Distress Glitter.  I think it works great!
I decided I liked the stamped message I used on the tab (Going Somewhere set) so much that I stamped it on the small tag (part of the Tiny Tags and Tabs set) and hid it behind the picture.  A Stencil Mark was used for the pull.

And there you go...super easy layout using the new stencils!  Love the Schoolhouse letters, definitely one of my favorites.
now carry on,