Thursday, March 11, 2010

whats up?

a little shop update ~
some are just in the shop..others will be following soon

The sun is feeling warmer, the bulbs are starting to peek up, my muscles are sore from the first workout in the garden.
Ah ha...  i'm feeling a bit of spring fever this week and so is the shop.

a great way to store and display your garden tools & plants

I love this with  garden displays, with or without plants trained on it
vintage wire topiary form

so dainty & lovely, from a botanical studies notebook, with latin & common names,
 antique botanical  colored sketches, artist unknown

a perfect colored vase for  spring flowers, white tulips (my favorite), or  a wow with yellow daffodils
vintage vase,  marked Fortnum & Mason, London

reading or breakfast in bed never looked so sweet,  Ha! (more like a place for my laptop)

sea glass colored bottles,  or how to store, organize and display your supplies
antique mason and canning jars

what's this doing on a spring post??   a little sneak peek of some sweet finds this week
not even cleaned up yet...i just couldn't wait to show them to you

Happy Spring Everyone

ps; you know I love comments, share a favorite spring display idea with me in comments, thank you

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

blog it forward..inspiration

It all started one day on Twitter. The usual fun tweets were happening when Victoria sfgirbybay and Ez of creature comforts, started chatting about what inspires each of them to blog and how lovely it would be to have a community of bloggers share their inspiration with each other. All of a sudden idle chat turned into 300 creative bloggers joining together to share what inspires them and Blog it forward was born. Now that is a TWEET! It was quite amazing to watch this progression. I knew then I wanted to be a part of this inspiring community.

Snippet & Ink has passed it on to me to share where I find inspiration...and... see it's still winter here in the Northeast and I'm such a spring ....

and summer girl

my inspiration is hiding somewhere... it's hazy and not quite in focus.

I really do think I'm going to need help finding it again...

Well you've come to the right place! Hi there...It's me Kim, aka ethanollie. You may or may not know, I have a pretty special connection to solsticehome,  I'm her daughter and number one fan. And while she may need a little help finding her inspiration, I feel like my cup runneth over. It seems no matter where I turn, there is something, somewhere that sparks a longing to find....

something old and beautiful

or tattered and torn

Yep, there is nothing like the thrill of the hunt to get my creative juices flowing. There's just something about the prospect of rescuing a little piece of history, that gets this night owl up before the birds, and sometimes in freezing temperatures. I'm pretty sure there has never been a time when visiting some place like this
the Sandwich Flea

hasn't led to something like this

my studio after a visit to the Sandwich Flea

And it never ceases to amaze me just how much my creative spirit is taunted and teased into new endeavors by the souls of these treasures.

Okay, Mom, feeling inspired yet?

Why yes, my sweet girl,  I think it's coming back into focus for me.
If you mean when something as compelling as a view into the past

turns into an obsession to see what more there is to discover from it...

in my studio

and after woo-hoo days like this

it invariably leads me to discover the beauty and inspiration that I always seem to treasure from the simplest find.

Thank you Kim, aka ethanollie  for joining in today. You always seem to know how to give me a big nudge. By the way...the next Flea is less than two week away...The race is on!

Big thank you to Victoria sfgirlbybay,  quite the woman... pulling together this monumental task. 

Tomorrow head over to Sonyamac for her inspiration and find even more inspiring stories here

Happy Tuesday all
ps; I can always use more inspiration, share some with me in comments ...thank you

Linking this post to The Inspired Room, come along...

Monday, March 8, 2010


Tomorrow it's my turn to join the Blog it forward mashup.
Three hundred creative blogger's joining together to tell what inspires us.

Oh man,  have I been searching for that inspiration...

Here's part of the journey in photos from my some of my flickr favorites

Enjoy the photos....I'm certainly enjoying adventure


You know what the best part is?  All of the above wonderful photo's are from my amazing family members.

Talk about inspiration help!!!

Stop by tomorrow to find out if I've managed to find the inspiration I'm desperately looking for.

Today make sure to stop over at  Blog it forward for todays list of bloggers sharing their inspiration.

Have an inspiring Monday
ps...feel free to leave me a comment,  i'd love to hear from you <3

Sunday, March 7, 2010

cynthia wears a pink blouse

I definitely DO NOT!!

What color should I choose?
That seems to be  the question for so many of us, so much of the time.

color decision from ethanollie

We're in project mode at my house so I've been doing a little color research myself.  I thought I'd share some with you.

Studies show that a child as early as two years of age already shows inclination towards favorite colors.

Personal preference for a color is an emotional response to the color – not a logical one. It identifies our positive or negative association with a particular color – not the color itself. 


What the experts say affects our choice of colors:
Geographic location  
warm climates choose cooler colors, cool climates choose warmer colors  
(I don't personally buy into this theory, the Scandinavian aesthetic is a perfect example of why I don't)

Scandinavian Living Room  Emmas Designblogg 

 A New England Foyer from solsticehome

Popular Color Schemes or Decorating Styles
Decorating programs, magazines and design blogs influence what people will accept and then eventually want for their own homes.  (We all know how true this is)

Abigail Aherns living room eclectic living room

The Global Influence
The ever- shrinking world is another influence in our exposure and acceptance of color and interior d├ęcor. The more we travel, and the more the media features events from other parts of the world, the more we see how others live and become inspired by what we see. 
(This is one aspect I hadn't thought of.. but it just might be the most true) 

asian kids bedroom dominomag asian kids

All of this is information is helpful in knowing why we choose certain colors.  
But...I still need help in choosing them!!

 While writing up this post I discovered a new blog that's worth a good look, "Living in Color with Sonu."  Sonu, an interior designer for Benjamin Moore, offers up some very helpful articles. I especially like the fact, the colors used are named and their undertones are given.  The ability to zoom in to a much larger photo on the site, would be helpful.

Need a little more inspiration?  
Take a few minutes and try  "The Color Sense Game," from Pittsburgh Paints.   I was skeptical at first,  but it pegged me pretty well.  

As to my neighbor Cynthia and her pink blouse,  it really looks lovely on her.  I must have had a bad pink experience...I'll stick with my neutrals. 

What about you?   Find a great new color your in love with?   Have a color tip to share?
I'd love to hear it...

Have a colorful Sunday

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