Archive for the ‘Art / Craft’ Category

A Design Breakthrough

A Design Breakthrough “So I want to knit beadboard,” I said to a friend in my machine knitters group. Her eyes moved up and to the side like you do when you are trying to remember that math formula from ninth grade. “You know, that white-painted wainscoting that you see in beach cottages? I want to knit that.” The look of vague recollection inched across her face. “Hmmm,” […] Read more »

The Modern Quilt Movement

The Modern Quilt Movement Quilts aren’t only calico triangles and hexagons anymore. Interested in quilting since I was a teen, I’ve always especially favored the bold, graphic color play of Amish designs. Having created some art wall quilts myself, I appreciate the effort and artwork involved in making any quilt. But early on, I felt as though we needed an updated idea of the quilt as art. Though beautiful, […] Read more »

Hacking Textiles

Hacking Textiles Over the past week I augmented my design quiver with some seriously geeky techniques. Neighboring Silicon Valley, and having my share of nerdy tendencies, this was inevitable. First off—take cover people—I’m workin’ a laser! Wednesday night, I headed up river to the best little maker lab I could find, and got schooled in using the laser cutter! Design considerations, software, safety, all culminating in controlling […] Read more »

DIY Decoupage Storage Pails

DIY Decoupage Storage Pails by Sherri Blum Here’s a fun DIY for you and the kids, from our Nursery and Kids Room Design Expert and Contributor, Sherri Blum. A pioneer specialist for children’s-room interior design, Sherri designs for celebrities, and for the baby next door. Let’s face it, most children’s rooms are small. And considering that these rooms usually hold more junk stuff than most, parents find ourselves dealing […] Read more »

Contemporary Crewel Embroidery

Contemporary Crewel Embroidery A traditional handicraft can add warmth and character to a space. A graphic Amish quilt suspended as a headboard, a braided rag rug anchoring the coffee table, Grandma’s crocheted, zig-zag throw draped over the arm of a club chair. Or colorful, textural crewel embroidery. As a young girl, I spent many an evening cranking out chain and satin stitches, and flocks of french knots. You’d […] Read more »

Mackintosh-Inspired Trees — DIY Ornament #14

Mackintosh-Inspired Trees — DIY Ornament #14 It’s time for another design influence, on Day #14 of 30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments. This time we turn to the Arts and Crafts movement. Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a notable designer of the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements. One of his most recognizable motifs is his geometric “Mackintosh Rose.” I love the simple, tumbling layers of the Mackintosh Rose, and decided […] Read more »

30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments

30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments Our DIY Special Event, 30 days of DIY Designer Ornaments launches today! For the next 30 days visit us each day for a new, easy ornament project. We’re not talking candy canes and snowmen here – but simply stylish confections to deck your tree in design. Your tree will have it all: Texture Color Sparkle Spunk We’ll look to current design trends and we’ll include […] Read more »

Introducing Secondhand Shabby — Diana’s Ebook!

Introducing Secondhand Shabby — Diana’s Ebook! Our Contributors here at are a talented tribe of design doers, and I am amazed daily at their creations. Excitement abounds today as I announce that our maven of makeovers and wrangler of reuse has published her first Ebook!! Diana Durkes put her sandpaper, paintbrush, camera and keyboard into overdrive, and Secondhand Shabby, her 90-page downloadable Ebook is here!! Inside, Diana demonstrates how to: […] Read more »

How to Find Art for Your Home

How to Find Art for Your Home Right In Your Own Backyard by Mari Robeson Let’s hit the design road again with Mari Robeson, as she helps a client find the right artwork for her decor. Mari—Interior Design expert and Contributor—takes us inside the world of design, and helps us bring beauty and color to the places we call home.   I love fall, not only because it’s a beautiful weather time […] Read more »

Kids Growth Chart — Finally! A Modern Art Version

Kids Growth Chart — Finally! A Modern Art Version Haute Height Chart™ Now Available in My Shop! Loved it the moment Jessa ZG showed me a photo. Her pop-art creation for tracking little one’s growth is Clean, Colorful, Contemporary. Not just a growth chart, but a work of art. To be sure the product was good enough for you, I borrowed a sample, and gave it the two-year-old test. Aah, our model-in-the-making in front […] Read more »

Amy’s Annual FOBOTS Sale Monday

Amy’s Annual FOBOTS Sale Monday A Quick Announcement: I just heard from our friend and Senior Fobotologist, Amy Flynn, about her Annual Year-End FOBOT Sale, happening: This Monday, November 1 Starting at Noon Eastern Time At You’ll recall Amy’s fun and funky FOBOTS (Found Object Robots) from our Artist Profile back in May. Amy will be uploading about 50+ new bots for sale Monday at Rumors are, you […] Read more »

Beauty in the Disposable

Beauty in the Disposable Artist Profile — Virginia Fleck I promised you another master of recycled art, and that Virginia Fleck is. Through her artist’s eye and craftperson’s hands, the commonplace and oft-discarded becomes mesmerizing and kaleidoscopic. Visit with Virginia, and I know you’ll be inspired. Click on images to see more detail. All images used with permission of, and Copyright Virginia Fleck.   HomeWorkshop (HW): Was art important […] Read more »

Recycled Art and Cubism

Recycled Art and Cubism Artist Profile — Enno de Kroon The next two artists you’ll meet here at, transform recycled materials into stellar artwork. Click on images to see more detail. All images used with permission of, and Copyright Enno de Kroon. Today, it’s artist Enno de Kroon from The Netherlands, whose Eggcubism is—in a word—brilliant. By painting on the challenging canvas of recycled egg crates, he plays […] Read more »

Venetian Plaster Demystified

Venetian Plaster Demystified by Regina Garay Let’s get the low-down on a high-style finish, with our Decorative Painting and Surface Design Expert, and Contributor Regina Garay. Regina blogs about her artistry and inspiration at Fauxology. — Venetian Plaster is a technique that has been around for hundreds of years — but there are many misconceptions about it, especially for those who are trying it on their own.  Here’s […] Read more »

To Excite and Soothe

To Excite and Soothe Artist Profile — Sharon Cummings The moment I spied artist Sharon Cummings paintings, I needed to know her philosophy about color. “Colors are never bold enough for me…never bright enough…and there aren’t enough of them,” she said. “I go for ‘impact’. I use color to draw attention and create a ‘feeling’.” I was captivated by the lively works in her mosaic, Labor of Love series, […] Read more »

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