Thursday, November 10, 2011

When Creativity Strikes

After the boys are in bed, I go to work making things. I'm not picky about what I make. I just need to use a sewing machine, a glue gun, spray paint, whatever. I have to make something out of nothing, or turn something from blah into better. Our entry was the object of my attention from 10 pm until 2 am, mixed in with a little online reading, cleaning, and searching my massive craft supply closet for gold paint.

My favorite time to sew is at night, when everyone is in bed. No distractions!

Draped some faux bittersweet vines over the entry mirror. Glued some pale turquoise beads to our buffet lamp shades.

Worked on this big hunk of papered love sign. I'm not sure if I love it or hate it yet.

I spray painted a cheap white wooden tray from Target with black chalkboard paint. Apparently this sucker would cost $99 from Pottery Barn, or you could make it yourself for $15.

I am in love with this fabric. It makes me think of the story about the Twelve Dancing Princesses and their beautiful dancing shoes. At night, the colors come alive. Seen above, the colors are much flatter in daylight.

I finally found a place to display this precious photo of my mom when she was a baby.

Excuse the orange glow. Taking pictures at night still escapes me. I am whole-heartedly embracing my faux vines. I used to hate any type of fake flower, but I am decorating for myself and my family, not for the editors of House Beautiful.
Our house was always beautifully decorated for the holidays, but I never remember seeing my mom putting the decorations up. Maybe she stayed up late making things special, too. For me, part of motherhood is taking the time to make things special every once in a while.

1 comment:

  1. It looks really lovely! I totally thought those vines were the real deal.