Wednesday, January 23, 2013

To Market, To Market

So many things to love here!  The pink against the green.  The screen door.  The overlaying of the mirrors.  

Like you, I wear many hats.  When I'm not in the Studio creating, I might be in the office planning a retreat or some creative classes.  And when I'm not doing that, I'm usually at my "real job".  

Huge display in a window, this is the top.  Loved the way the chair seems to be balanced on the table and stack of suite cases.  And the pop of green with the Mother-in-Law Tongue plant (which was hot in the 70's).

And just what is that you ask?  Well, my real job is putting together displays, decorating the windows and putting out new merchandise for a wonderful store called, The Dove's Nest.  

This is the bottom of the above photo.  Sorry a little blurry.  I was trying to not get caught.  LOL.

And one of the perks of my job is getting to go to Dallas Market.  Dallas Market holds a major show, twice a year, for shop owner's to come and see new merchandise to and buy stuff for their stores. 

I love shutters.  So I really loved this piece worked in as a piece of art, with framed art on top.  
When we were there last week, I snapped some pics of a few of the displays that were inspiring to me.  Seems like I'm always on the hunt for a way to freshen things up in the store or to just present something in a way that it will inspire our customers.  And I was on visual overload at market.  Which I loved.

Green.  Green is supposed to be THE color for 2013.  And I saw lots of it.  Love the mix here of peely/shabby with the mirrored edge framed artwork.  
I think we all want to learn new ways to keep things fresh in our homes.  Or how to work that wonderful new goodie into our existing decor.  Either way, when it comes to display, well that's my thing.

Love, love, love the paper treatment on the bookcase.  Especially loved the backwards books.   Great use of texture and color.  

I got a new phone right before we left for Market on Friday, so I snapped some pics of arrangements that I found interesting.  

Loved the whimsy of this.  I think it cascaded from the window and across the wall.  Loads of paper crafted flowers on a wire.  I'm sure it took someone ages to create them all.

So many wonderful, creative arrays that caught my eye.  Some don't really show off product as much as they just pull you in.  Which, I think, is what a great window display should do.  As anyone who has gone to an Anthropologies knows.  

I loved the overall look of this, the dark vs light.  The texture of the shred in the basket.  Really wonderful. 

So that's just a little peek into what I do when I'm NOT in the Studio.  Thanks for letting me give you a glimpse of the other part of my world.  

Monday, January 7, 2013

Oh the possibilities....

One o two inspiration boards that are in the Studio
Thought for the day
This one flows down onto the shelf and practically onto my desk

But i love the colors and it makes me happy.   Even though it feels like a jumbled mess.
I tried to make it my banner, but that's going to take more work than I have time for today.  
New painting that I am working on.
Oh the possibilities indeed.  Are you still filled with that fresh, new scrubbed feeling?  That possibilities are endless?  That there is much to discover and learn?  That you want to take on everything creative?  I am.  

I vow to make this the year that I'm not just brave, but "curiouser and curiouser",  passionately curious and "to find something that I'm passionate about and to stay tremendously interested in it" to sort of quote Julia Child.  

So many freshly scrubbed possibilities.  Let's stay curious this year, shall we?

Thursday, January 3, 2013

journal in the works

working on journal pages



a pocket to put your goodies

to add your name

if I can wrench it from my hands, I'll list it in my Etsy.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013...Here we Are

With bells on.  I'm ready for 2013....starting fresh, changing to a new calendar and up for trying new things.  With enthusiasm.  Even when I spell it wrong in my journal.

Hope you are too.