New coaster designs on the way

I just posted some new coaster designs.  This nautical navy blue anchor travertine stone tile coaster set is available in both of my shops.  Even though I am not into sailing, I am a sucker for the nautical themes.


This navy blue anchor is a classic symbol of sea life and coastal living.


I “gilded” the edges with gold ink to give it the feel of the polished brass findings of a fine sailing yacht.

I have more designs coming soon.


decorating with trays challenge

Decorating with Trays Design Challenge

Last month I joined a new Facebook group.   I wanted to participate in the monthly challenges and this is my first one.

I have been trying to finish start decorating my living room.  I have been debating about a color scheme, but I have been leaning toward a delft/ royal/ china blue and white pop of color.  About a month ago I pulled out some of my many blue decor pieces and put together this sad display.  The pedestal gave it height, but it just wasn’t quite dynamic enough.  I wasn’t happy with it, but didn’t have time to tweak it and I was lacking inspiration.  Enter the June Decorating Enthusiasts Decorating Challenge, decorating with trays.

decorating with rays before

At first I was going to do something on my dressing table with a tray, but that seemed a bit to expected.  I only have a few trays, so I started brain storming.  I dug out this frame turned tray that was a hand me down from the Hub’s Grandparents.  I believe his Grandmother used it on her dresser and it has the wear and charm on the mirror to prove it.  Grandpa added rubber feet to the bottom of it to protect the furniture.

frame turned mirror

Anyway I kept the same basic configuration, but place the whole thing on the tray.  Then added a bit of greenery with a cluster of green and white hosta leaves,  and a bunny figurine.

hosta leaves greenerya candle

candle clusterand a bunny figurine.

bunny figurine decorating with traysThe mirrored surface really adds depth to the whole vignette.

mirrored tray vingette

The lacy edge of the tray adds texture.

decorating with trays challengeSo now we have a family heirloom out of storage and on display and some interest that will give a bit of life to the corner of the living room.

What a difference a tray makes!  I am so glad that I did this challenge.

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circo inspired nursery art canvas set

New gender neutral animal nursery art Circo bedding inspired

Gender neutral animal nursery art set inspired by a Circo bedding nursery set.  Hand painted nursery art painted on three dimensional canvases for a custom nursery design.

circo inspired nursery art canvas set

The turtle and elephant silhouettes are done in cool colors of aqua blue and lime green.

circo inspired turtle nursery art canvas circo inspired elephant nursery art canvas

The giraffe and owl outlines are done in warm colors of lemon yellow and orange and melon.

circo inspired giraffe nursery art canvas circo inspired owl nursery art canvas

All four have stitching details like the original bedding set, a little detail that ties them together.

circo giraffe stitch detail nursery

The outline images were inspired by the background print of the bedding set.  It was a suggestion that I made to the client so I made a quick mock up for her to visualize.  She liked the idea and we finalized colors before the paintings were started.

circo animal bedding set close

These animals and colors were chosen by the client.  The bumble bee or crocodile could easily be included or the color scheme altered slightly to suit your decor.  I can coordinate any color scheme or design to coordinate with your room’s look.

circo inspired animal nursery art canvas

This is a great look for any mama that wants to be surprised and needs gender neutral animal nursery art.

Gender neutral animal nursery art giraffecanvas