Tutorial Tuesday – Glorious Gingham

I love gingham. In fact, I think I have approximately 892 gingham items in my closet right now. It is a classic pattern, and I was inspired to decorate some furniture with the design. This could really not be easier. You will need watercolor paint (I chose red) and your choice of Smalltown Flats (I painted two – the Trestle Table and Pair O’Chairs). Paint … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Glorious Gingham

Tutorial Tuesday – Nested Hearts

This sweet little Lovely Loveseat is decorated using a simple crayon resist. Supplies list: watercolors, white crayon, white acrylic paint, scrap paper (used to cut out the heart template). First trace a heart on a piece of scrap paper. I used cardboard but I think paper would actually work better as it’s easier to cut. (In fact, if you have any of those handy heart-shaped … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Nested Hearts

Tutorial Tuesday – Super Stars

This Lovely Loveseat was decorated with Elmer’s Rubber Cement and paint (I used the blue & red acrylic paint thinned out with water that I used for the bubble tutorial, so technically, there’s dish soap in it – but plain watercolor works well too). The dish soap in the solution made a cool denim fabric look, as micro-bubbles danced in lines across the random brush strokes. … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Super Stars

Tutorial Tuesday – Sparkly Bubbles!

This is a Kate Spade-inspired chair. Simple and elegant. Supplies needed: something to stamp circles (we used some Martha Stewart circle sponges, but you can use sponges cut in a circle, or plastic bottle caps), fun glitter (fine glitter looks the best) and glossy Mod Podge. We used the Smalltown Flats Lovely Loveseat. Basically, stamp using the sponges and the Mod Podge, placing the circles … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Sparkly Bubbles!

Tutorial Tuesday – Marbling!

I’m sure you have seen this technique before, but I had never experienced the joy of it first-hand! This is so simple and fun, and the only supplies you need are shaving cream, food coloring, and toothpicks or the end of a paintbrush. Also, of course, a Smalltown Flats piece of furniture, which in the picture above, is our Cozy Couch. I have now done this … Continue reading Tutorial Tuesday – Marbling!

Holiday Watch: Easter!

It’s been a while since I have posted, so I will do a speedy catch-up. Christmas, New Years, fun family trip to somewhere warm, New York NOW (gift show), snow days, Valentine’s Day, today! I will eventually fill in some gaps, but for the time being, here is a consumer alert: Easter is only 60 days away! And that means it’s time to order your Easter Grass-kits! Continue reading Holiday Watch: Easter!

Becoming an Entrepreneur

As I was driving through town the other morning, I followed someone who was throwing newspaper circulars out of the window. Which first, surprised me that that is still happening, but also, I was suddenly transported back in time when I vividly remember how BADLY I wanted a paper route. My parents were not convinced that it wouldn’t become THEIR job, so sadly I had to settle for babysitting, weeding, and … Continue reading Becoming an Entrepreneur

Playing with your Kids

When I had little-littles in the house, it was a daily struggle to balance everything I had to do AND be engaged in their playtime. I enjoyed being with my girls, and being a SAHM afforded me the opportunity to “be there” with them through all of developmental milestones, which I will treasure forever. When it got right down to playing with them though, I have … Continue reading Playing with your Kids