framing memories

November always puts me into nesting mode.  It brings my attention back to my home after a busy summer & fall season in the shop.  This year is no different.  In fact, I got a head start about a week ago when I began moving furniture around late one night.  My living room has been bugging me for a while.  It has never felt finished or quite as inviting as I’d like.  There was one specific corner that was always dark and the massive brown sectional wasn’t helping to lighten it up.  I started by scooting my linen arm-chair into that corner and it instantly feels brighter!  I’ve also finally pulled the trigger on ordering the sofa I’ve been lusting over.  I can’t wait for it to arrive just in time for the holidays.

Linen Arm Chair Fall Living Room + CanvasPop Giveaway-7796

In the meantime, CanvasPop offered me a print to review and GIVEAWAY!  I’m over the moon with the quality of this product.  The 16 x 20 art print is framed with a 2.5 inch mat.  It has certainly helped to elevate this corner in our living room.  We had this photo taken a couple of years ago during our “Mess the Dress” session after our wedding.  We worked with wonderful photographers during that time in our life and, to be honest, we haven’t done much with the professional photos yet.  It can be so overwhelming.

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CanvasPop was exactly what I needed to get this memory professionally framed and matted.  They made the process so quick & easy!  My art print arrived neatly packaged in just 10 days.  I love the content of the photo too and how it plays into this evolving space.  Although this was a professional photo, CanvasPop can work with photos of any resolution and you can even import them from Facebook and Instagram.  How is that for convenient?

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Now it is your turn to win a CanvasPop 16 x 20 framed photo paper print with the 2.5″ white mat + free shipping. The winner will have until November 30, 2016 to order their free print. 

Click the CanvasPop banner below to enter and leave a comment here letting me know what you plan to frame if you win! Contest ends November 10, 2015 at 11:59PM PT. The winner will be contacted by email.

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Ready to order now?  CanvasPop is offering a 35% discount to Circa Dee readers through the end of November.  Simply use the code CIRCADEE35 on your order at www.canvaspop.com

 

 

favorite finds for the home

I’ve never properly shared my newest vintage obsession in my home.  That bright orange industrial school locker nestled between vintage French country toile curtains and an amateur ship captain oil painting.  None of it makes any sense but it doesn’t have to, does it?vintage locker, mohair chair, woodstove #vintage

And would you believe my number 1 picker and brother found that flaming orange locker on a curb?  No shame in his game.  Or mine since I paid him for his haul.  Destined for a landfill no more, my friends.  It now houses all of the wood stove accoutrements.

woodstove + orange locker

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room, shall we?  The wood stove is a brand new addition this winter.  It is serving us well as our primary source of heat.  Ryan installed the slate tile hearth and I must say that he did a bang up job bringing the rustic vibe I was seeking.  We picked up the iron log holder on our last trip to Brimfield.  I love this cozy corner in our home which is an eclectic mash up of so many vintage styles.  It has set the tone for the direction of the rest of our house.

woodstove, slate hearth

And do I need to mention the vintage walnut & mohair chairs again?  Because I will.  American furniture designer Ward Bennett for Brickel Associates circa 1970.  They go for about three grand on 1st dibs.  Unbelievable.  Let’s just say I paid less than 1% of that and didn’t have an idea of their value until I researched the label.  Neither did the seller obviously.  My most prized find to date!  It certainly pays to buy (or trash pick) what catches your eye.  Always trust your gut when shopping for vintage.

reclaimed wood plant stand, ward bennett mohair chairs, kilim rug

handmade inspiration

I just want to create things with my hands all day long.  Everyday pretty much.  I want to paint furniture, pick out fabric and turn it into chair seats, select wall paint (although not personally paint the walls), cut ribbon & cardstock to turn into pretty invitations, pretend to be a good baker, plant gardens to admire and eat.

You get the idea.

And if you’ve been following this blog for awhile now, you know that I really, truly love locally handmade as well as vintage.

We were honored to have a glorious bridal shower thrown in our honor over the weekend.  There were so many details made just for Ryan and I, from vintage gifts, to locally purchased and handmade ones.  And of course the registry ones too.  Here we are walking in…

bridal shower

I’m here to share with you a few of the creative, handmade gifts and details from the event.

A group of friends took the time to individually bake cookies for the shower.  They iced, they stamped, they rolled & cut, they bedazzled a ton of delicate cookies to all be combined onto darling trays to be passed around to munch on after lunch while I opened gifts.  I mean who doesn’t love a homemade cookie, really?  Especially ones emblazoned with our wedding date and cute aqua gingerbread men!

homemade cookies

Oh the gifts!

Here’s just a sampling of the handmade ones…

From our engagement session, our “trunk shot” is forever engrained on this wood slab.  This is a perfect addition to our rustic style.

wood photo

And I seriously think our friend who made this needs to open an etsy shop stat, don’t you?

wood photo

A for awesomeness!  A gift basket full of special occasions alcohol commemorating firsts in our married lives complete with poems.  Here’s a an excerpt…When your first year of marriage is done, drink this champagne in honor of anniversaries to come!  So clever!

special occassion alcohol gift basket

Check out the oil painting version of Ryan and I!  This is an image of us headed down to the beach just moments before Ryan proposed.  Wilson is right by our side.  And my pink paint pants are forever documented!  Such a masterpiece.  (If you missed the pink paint pant proposal, click here and scroll down.)

beach proposal oil painting

We also received some locally handmade applique dish, hand & tea towels.  Note the aqua colors.  Holler!

his & hers applique towels

And can you believe the state of New Jersey is on a cutting board with a little heart highlighting Cape May where we’ll be married along with our initials and date?  No, either can I!

NJ state cutting board with wedding date

By the way, I received an unbelievable amount of beautiful cutting boards.  My newest collection/obsession.  I love them all in a totally bizarre way.  Like I want to hug them.  Hopefully, they will help increase my kitchen productivity and cooking prowess.  At the very least, they will look pretty photographed in future vignettes.

Let me tell you about the favor…stop.  No words can describe.

Ball mason jar cookie favors

Yes, that is a life size blue ball jar.  Labor of love is an understatement thanks to my Sis-in-law.  SIL turned out like 60 of these and they taste wonderful too!  (I should know, I ate like 3 of them.)  Amaze-ball!  Get it? Ball? Jar?

Seriously, I can’t thank my family & friends enough for their thoughtfulness and generosity.  Ryan and I are so lucky!  Plus, they all have our style totally pegged which is just icing on the cake…oh the cake!  I can’t wait to share more details of the shower ASAP, just as soon as I seriously process it all.

Excuse me while I go eat another cookie…

original art

Hello! Hello! There is a new addition front and center in our dining room. I couldn’t be more smitten with it!

That’s right.  It is an amateur watercolor by my main squeeze, Ryan.  He created this little gem in fourth grade!

Perfection.  It is seriously vintage at about 25 years old.

It’s like fourth grade Ryan predicted the future and knew how totally perfect his original art would be in his grown up home.  After all we are obsessed with mason jars around here.  We’ve got the mason soap dispenser and tea towel in the kitchen.

We also made the Ball pendant light recently.

I’m thinking Ryan’s art will make a cameo at our wedding because we will certainly have Ball jars full of wildflowers just like his picture foreshadowed.  Wouldn’t this art be darling next to a guest book?

Oh the wedding!  We actually have no updates in that department.  Other than the fact that you can expect to see Ball jars.  We have not set a date or picked a venue.  We’ve been super busy with the shop and all.  Thanks for asking though!

Back to our adorable family heirloom…When we paint the dining room sage, I will change the frame to a dark wood.

See moms you really should save all of your children’s artwork!  Their future spouse might just love it as much as you do today.  I’m so glad Ryan’s mom passed this one on to us!  Priceless.

noel, noel

Happy Friday everyone!  I am off to partake in some holiday festivities this weekend.  I just love this time of year.  I strive to decorate and shop early so I can relax and soak up the Christmas atmosphere in December sans stress.

Before I’m off for the weekend, I have just a little holiday project to share…

Do you remember my dream sign

I pretty much followed the same technique which isn’t much of a technique at all actually.  Just use stencils for the letters.  Fill in with acrylic paint on the textile of your choice.  My choice was none other than burlap.  Shocker since it is a huge element of our Christmas decor this year.

I wanted a festive frame so I painted a dated wooden frame (you know the honey colored ones that look really 90’s) with one coat of ASCP Emperor’s Silk letting the wood grain came through. 

I clear waxed to make the contrast between the red paint and the dark grain of the wood pop.

Did you know the word “Noel” means birthday?  Me neither.  It derives from French.  It’s funny how we have these little holiday traditions, like the Christmas carol Noel, and we don’t even know what it means. 

Time for a story but I will keep it quick…my mom has these free-standing ceramic N-O-E-L letters that she puts out at Christmas.  When we were little, my brother always changed them around to spell Leon.  Um, and still does actually.  The words Noel and Leon are sort of interchangeable in my family as a result of this antic.  Turns out Leon is derived from the word lion.  When you break it down, it doesn’t seem like there is much correlation between the words birthday and lion now does it ?  (Jake, I’m talking to you!)  All research done via wikipedia.

Noel…Noel…Leon…Leon…

TGIF!  Does your family have any silly holiday traditions?

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living the dream

During the hurricane lockdown I took to cleaning, organizing and DIYing.  It ended up being a fairly productive weekend for me since we were fortunate to keep our power throughout the entire storm.   

Before the hurricane I hit up my neighborhood hardware store.  Ace the friendly place.  I was jumping for joy when I found out that everything was 20% off.  Sheer luck to walk in that day!  I stocked up on some project supplies.  Sometimes I think I like the hardware store better than the craft store.  When does Michael’s ever offer a storewide sale like that? Seriously.

Rewind to like 3 months ago.  I found this frame in the garage headed for the trash.  Skuuuurt, stop the music!  Immediately an art project came to mind.  The frame moved to my endless pile of future projects.  I filed the idea away. 

And then the storm came.  Plus the aforementioned hardware store sale.  Equals art project finally underway.

The master bedroom was (still is) lacking in the art department.  There’s a lot of texture and warm earthtones in the space so I wanted to create something for the walls to complement the mood.  Because I am obsessed with all things burlap at the moment, that was the natural choice.  Pun intended.

In order t0 start with a clean canvas, I bought a roll of burlap that is used for balling and burlaping tree root balls.  Landscape burlap has a looser weave than potato and coffee sacks (that I love).  I found this element added some additional dimension to the project.

I cut the burlap to fit the frame leaving excess on all sides to staple to the back of the frame at the end.  Then I laid out my stencils.  You didn’t think I free-handed that, did you?  I got the letter stencils from Ace (yes 20% off).  They were in the mailbox section.  I thought about printing and cutting letters out of cardstock to make my own stencils but this just seemed easier.  The damask stencil is from Stampin’ Up.  It is called Kind Thoughts Brocade.

I filled in the stencils with acrylic paints…also 20% off. 

I completed the damasks/brocades (whatev) first.  I just eyeballed the spacing when moving the stencils.  I think it worked out ok fine but you could measure. 

Then came the DREAM – literally and figuratively.  I repeated all of the painting/stenciling steps as mentioned above.

Once it was dry I turned it over and repositioned the frame.  I stapled the excess burlap to the back of the frame.

And there you have it.

One more. I like the light in this one…

Last one. Promise.

Still have no clue where the frame came from originally. I think it was packaging of some sort.  But if I can find more I would definitely replicate this project.  It was fun, quick and rewarding.

I also *might* have started decorating for fall harvest.

Too soon?  Happy September!

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