Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Unleash the Beets: Blog Share

A lovely cooking blogger decided to use my fun monster beet image for branding her site, Unleash the Beets.  She has a yummy butternut recipe already posted and I look forward to seeing more delicious recipes from her.  It will be a blog to watch, for sure!

Happy Tuesday. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Rock and Gem Show

I went to my first ever Rock and Gem Show this past weekend and it rocked my world.  Seriously, I loved every second of it.  Rows and rows of beads and rocks and all kinds of wonderful shiny things for the eyes to take in.  Although I am not yet a jewelry maker, I was wowed by it all.
"Died and gone to bead heaven?" umm...absolutely.

Here are a couple images that I sneakily took so you could also enjoy it too! 




Color, color everywhere! I am so thrilled with the day that I just have to share my favorite finds.  Amethyst geode with layers of moss and blue lace agate.  There is some white quartz and calcite layered in there too.  I found the deep blue drusy and immediately snatched it up.  It looks amazing on my gold chain.  I'm feeling very sparkly and ready for summer!


Thanks for taking a peek. Rock on! 


Friday, May 16, 2014

Marbling: Obsessed

I am such a fan of the trendy and eye catching marbling that is happening everywhere right now.  It is this years equivalent to dip dyed.  Well, whatever it is, I'm sold.  I love it!

Karen Kohlmeier: Marbling Abstract "Molten No. 3"

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

In Bloom

I just wanted to share another finished oil painting.  The red, yellow and green give the simple floral theme a burst of energy! I think this would be perfect in a kitchen or cheery family room. 


Monday, May 12, 2014

More Kitchen Madness

I just wanted to share a sketch of the kitchen design that I had in mind when we were starting this project.  I know that the scale is a little off in the drawing, but I think that it is fun to see it while we are progressing.  Looks like things are moving along nicely according to my master plan.  Bwah, ha, ha.  However, we are still missing some of the key design pieces. 
These other additions are cool, I'll share a little of the "custom" ideas a little later this week.  This is when Rob gets to use his engineering brain and impress me with his home-ownering skills.

Kitchen Idea Sketch

I have a few installs and additions this week that will be really exciting to add.

  1. I ordered a modern little light to go over the kitchen sink.  It will help to modernize the farmhouse feel. 
West Elm Contour Double Sconce

    2.  The other thing that I have added to the room are these adorable stools from Wayfair

Boraam Bali Barstool
They are counter high and give off a retro modern vibe as well.  Again, to break up the farmhouse feel in the kitchen.
I got these in walnut to warm all the white and gray in the kitchen.  Also to pull the browns from the floor as well as the brown grout and specks in the tile.  I am loving them, they are all wood and simple to put together.  My kids love the fact that they spin. 
I actually ordered 3 of them. Two for the space that you see above and one for a buffet/desk that we are adding along one wall of the kitchen/dining area.  The three stools will help marry the spaces even though they are not super close together.

More to come on the buffet/desk area soon.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Backsplash Install or An Adult Version of Tetris

Rob and I grouted and then promptly un-grouted until all hours of the wee morning last night. 
After what seemed like eternity of cutting and sticking and engaging in an adult version of Tetris, we got our backsplash installed and lookin' mighty fine.  But after applying the grout, it was drying lighter than the color on the label?! It was at that point that I started displaying symptoms of DIY gone awry PTSD.  Needless to say, a 2am  meltdown ensued and as usual Rob was to the rescue helping me remove a whole wall of unwanted grout. 
And because we had so much fun yesterday, we get to repeat the whole grouting process.  But this time we won't be newbies.
"Wax on, wax off." I should be karate master/tile professional in no time at this rate! Feel me to call me when I set up shop for all of your martial arts and tile laying needs.

But, there is good news. We I (I'm not entirely sure Rob is on board yet) now feel confident we can remove all old grout in the shower when we update the master bathroom hence re-grouting the existing and spending more on important things like faucets and tubs and other shiny things.  Ooh, I already feel a project cloud developing.  So, even though this was a semi-epic fail in the end I think my bathroom will be finished sooner. 

 I really had hoped to share the final reveal, complete with all the detail work done, but you will just have to wait a little longer for that! I will keep you posted, I promise. 


Friday, May 9, 2014

Hooray for Etsy: Entomology101

I am a sucker for bugs. I love them all (except spiders, those make me scream).  But they are such colorful and interesting specimens as well as art studies. 
Now, we all know I am a sucker for a butterfly but the more I look closely at bugs, the more beauty I see in them.  I am finding myself drawn to the metallic sheen on some beetles or the adorable dots on the ladybug.  Butterfly and moth wings are like little works of art to me.  The beauty and mystery in nature astonishes me and puts man made trinkets and designs to shame.  God's paintbrush, indeed. 

This Etsy artist has handmade all these gorgeous little bugs to look like actual science specimens, however these are feng shui friendly and just pure fun!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Brene Brown

I just wanted to share a couple of links that I recently watched.  Given by Brene Brown, these TEDTalks address vulnerability and shame and how they are important to our relationships and connections with each other.  I was truly moved and I think that she has a beautiful speaking presence as well as being a beautiful person. I am excited to find out more about her and her work.

I hope you will take the time to watch them. ♥



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Butterfly Grouping

I finally found the perfect place for my butterfly prints on canvas.  They look great on the wall with a white ceramic butterfly dish above them.  Fun and bright art for the family room.

*prints were done by me
*plate is an old Avon dish I picked up at a garage sale ages ago

Monday, May 5, 2014

Chinese Ginger Jars (Happiness Pots): Obsessed

I've been kicking around the idea of bringing some ginger jars into my home. Now after seeing these lovely framed prints of antique pots, I am convinced. Aren't they perfect? *gasp*


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Tough Cookies


I decided that today, home sick from work, I needed to be a tough cookie.  So here, are a few tough cookie sketches that I baked up last night in celebration of me "sucking it up".
I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed drawing them.
~ Shelby 



Saturday, May 3, 2014

As Promised: favorites from oil class

Early Bird
A long while ago, I told you that I was taking an oil painting class at the local community college.  During the semester, I was able to complete (well, almost complete) four paintings.  Here are two of the four.  I have a few finishing touches to add to the still life.  Then the last one was a self portrait and quite a hard one for me, I must admit.  I will get them added when I get to finishing them.

Skagit, WA Tulip Festival

Friday, May 2, 2014

Hooray for Etsy: Norajane's Handmade Rubber Stamps

Feather Rubber Stamp
feather rubber stamp

Let's give a Friday morning shout out to all the Etsy b*tches out there! I love you.  You give me so much to love.  I'm constantly amazed at the talent and creativity of you all. Truly inspiring.

Today, I want to share the sweetest little stamp shop that I found on Etsy.   And yes, I am obsessed.  Since my 7 year old craft-a-holic decided to dabble in stamping, I have been hooked on not-your-run- of-the-mill stamps.  These fit the bill.  They make me want to stamp everything in sight!