Sunday, October 17, 2010

Seafoam and Popped Corn on the Walls?

What in the world does seafoam have to do with popped corn and what on earth is it doing on the walls? I'll give you a hint, it looks something like this. Learn more by following me to Kell Belle Studio!

Friday, October 15, 2010

My Painting Predicament

I have had some difficulty deciding what color to paint the baseboards in the craft room. I have tried at least a half a dozen colors, most of which can be seen here. A few have even been tried twice and so far nothing is knocking my socks off. That elusive "yes" moment when you know you've nailed the perfect solution for you has yet to present itself to me. Get the full scoop on Kell Belle Studio.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Paper Obscenity or Obsession?

You never know just how much you have of something until you put it all in one place. Part of my craft nightmare is that I have paper oozing from every corner of my humble condo.

Before Consolidation

Visiting 5 paper stashes spanning 3 rooms just to find the right paper for the project is not an effective use of craft time. *she admits, nearly blushing* Get the whole story at Kell Belle Studio.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Nightmare Before Remodel

 For nearly a year and a half I have been thinking about remodeling my spare room to resemble something like the glossy pictures you see in magazines like "Where Women Create."

The first paint samples were splashed on the wall in Spring of 2009 so while I continued to accumulate and inadequately store "stuff" I have to ask myself what exactly is it that I've been waiting for before moving forward with my project?

They say a disorganized space is a reflection of a disorganized mind but crystal clarity came quickly when my recently divorced, 71 year old father announced he was moving to Arizona to start his new life as a bachelor. I say way to go dad! Then I realized that with him would go my free remodeling help.  

There's nothing like a little fire under the arse to get you moving eh? That said, dad and I leave on our road trip to Phoenix on October 23rd which leaves me only 1 weekend to install the hardwood floor I had planned for the space. Me with a rented electric saw is non negotiable so this has to happen before he leaves.

Sooo, yesterday I spent 8 hours cleaning out the room. Closet doors came off to make room for built in shelves and storage, craft supplies were consolidated and 3 hefty bags later the room took on a dramatically different look than it had mere hours beforehand. 

The Salvation Army comes Monday to haul away items no longer needed. The plan is coming together beautifully because not only is dad coming over next weekend to put in the floor but brother Pat has offered to help and bring his saw! How cool is that unexpected surprise? By this time next weekend I'll have a brand new hardwood floor installed and step 2 of project craft room will have been completed.

The plan is to move from the kitchen table to a beautifully organized and inspiring craft space, the space I have dreamed of for years and am finally making a reality! Thank you Sheri Gaynor (Creative Awakenings) and Kelly Rae Roberts (Taking Flight) for your truly motivating messages of love and possibility. 

Please join me on Kell Belle Studio for remodel progress and photos.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Productively M.I.A.

With nothing but the sound of crickets to keep you company over the past couple of months since my last post, I thought I would let you know what I've been up to.

I've opened an Etsy boutique, designed a new website from scratch and updated every one my online venues to have a consistent look and feel. While there is nothing in the shop and the website is not entirely complete, I have adopted a "why wait" attitude. I'm just gonna "go for it." Since I won't be posting much on this blog, please stop by and see me on my brand spankin' new blog, Kell Belle Studio.

Monday, July 19, 2010

You are Magnificent

I ordered a deck of Wisdom Cards from Louise Hay which were waiting for me in today's mail. These cards are beautifully illustrated and packed with life affirming messages that warm the heart and make me smile.

This was the card I pulled at random as my thought for today. I thought I would share it with you because I think you are magnificent too!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Kell Belle Studio Got Decorative Flourishes

This is the logo of my dreams! I have always wanted something with really pretty flourishes just like this. Thanks to the VectorLady I was able to download a vector file of all kinds of decorative flourishes. Having a vector file gave me the opportunity to take these into Freehand and study how they are made so that I could modify them to fit my needs.

To me this is perfection! I still may do some different things with the frame which could end up being one of the ways I distinguish myself from the crowd.

For now, I am excited and proud to have created something so beautiful to communicate what Kell Belle Studio is all about.  After spending my entire weekend on this, it's time to celebrate. So, with a glass of Pinot Grigo in hand, I toast to a job well done! I hope you all like it too. :)