DIY

Dressed Up French Doors

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

*This post is sponsored by America’s trusted lock brand, Schlage.

Our oldest daughter (my stepdaughter) is 22 and she is graduating from college in June – she will be moving home for a year to work and get some experience in her medical field before continuing her education the following year. We’re all excited around here, it means she’ll be living with us again while she works locally at her new job. We have a little studio above our garage she will be moving into when she returns home in June from UC San Diego and I’m getting it ready for her arrival in 6 short weeks!

One of the things I wanted to do was spruce up the entry to that studio. There are two French doors on the balcony that lead to the unit, so when Schlage asked me to participate in their “Dress Up Your Doors” campaign, I said “Sure, perfect timing!”

balcony french doors

A few plants and an outdoor rug were also added to freshen for spring and summer.

potted plants on balcony

These doors are a few steps away from our balcony’s sitting area, the accents on the other side of the balcony are blue so I continued the palette here.

balcony before and after

 

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Floribunda: Projects & Printables

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

In our yard, we have five white Iceberg floribunda rose topiary trees that are twelve years old, and they bloom without fail each and every April through September. Floribunda in Latin means “many flowering” which is so true with ours, these roses bloom in multiple clusters of widespread petals. They also possess that intoxicating garden rose scent that fills the nose when you approach a bouquet so naturally the garden spiders share my affection for these blooms. 

floribunda roses garden spider

One of my favorite things to do with Adobe Illustrator is design flowers, there are endless ways to do it and countless blossoms to inspire. The latest project and printable was inspired by those roses just outside my window, the printable quote border was given a pinkish coral tint and includes a favorite garden quote.

if you have a garden printable 8x10

Also an embellished flour sack towel in a yellow colorway for the kitchen.

yellow floribunda rose flour sack towel

The flour sack towel was created with an iron on transfer which I’ve avoided for years. I’ve always had mixed feelings about iron on transfers, the pro is they allow you to apply any image you can create to fabric but the con is so often you’re left with that shiny glossy patch like applique that feels plasticy. But I tried it again, and this time I got a better result. To avoid that plastic glossy result, try these two tricks which worked for me:     

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