Friday, February 27, 2009

School Art Projects

I have been busy working on two art projects for a local private school. The projects are to be auctioned off at the annual fundraiser. This year's theme is "Under the Sea" so the projects are both ocean related.

The first project was created by the 3rd grade students and is a pop art, shell study. Each of the three classes completed one study. I found renderings of the shells on a website called Karen's Whimsy. The renderings are public domain. I grouped the shells together and had them printed on thick parchment type paper. The students colored their chosen shells using watercolor pencils. Easy enough.

My favorite of the three...

This one features mollusks - starfish, octopus, jellyfish, and sea flowers.

A close-up of my favorite... I wrote each student's name by their shell so that later they could look at it and say, "I did that one!"

The second project is a painting created by the 5th grade students. This is my favorite of all the projects I have facilitated at the school over the years. It is a sailfish. I like the way it lights up just like a real sailfish does when it is feeding. Take a look...

It feels so good helping out the school in this way. I am proud of how the projects turned out and can't wait to attend the big event!

Friday, February 20, 2009

eBay Friday 12

Another busy week...

1. I saw this photo in this month's issue of Elle Decor and fell in love with this bathroom. I love the marble walls and the huge paned window looking out into the garden. I also love the little mirror next to the tub.

I found this antique rococo mirror on eBay. It would be perfect near my tub.
2. I did not find anything like this Black Forest chandelier in any magazine. Isn't is neat? I have never seen this before.

3. I did find this beautiful chandelier on Point Click Home. I like the little shots of blue on the all white background.

This is a similar antique Opaline chandelier. What a beautiful color!
I found these antique Opaline sconces, too.

4. These Opaline wine glasses are so beautiful and would pretty up any table setting. I think they would look great with a variety of dishes.

5. This photo is from Elle Decor, too. Look closely at the wire chairs in the foreground.
I know these 1950's Eames wire chairs are not exactly the same, but they translate for an overall look.

6. Another photo from Elle Decor...check out the obelisks on the table.

I found these mirrored obelisks on eBay.

7. I like the mirrored tables in the next two photos (Point Click Home).

But this antique mirrored table on eBay is even prettier. The oriental design makes it more unique.

8. I searched Miriam Haskell vintage jewelry and saw these three necklaces on the first page. Since this week has featured "fancy" eBay items, I thought these went along with the theme. I see why people get obsessed with MH, there is soooooo much out there and it is so UNIQUE.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Rock City Nursery

I went to Rock City Nursery in Wabasso this past weekend. I discovered that they have fairy gardens! Check this one out...

I looove this cast concrete armchair. There was even a matching ottoman with concrete tufting and buttons!

I bought a few plants to freshen up my garden.
I am super busy this week with a few art projects that I am doing for a local school. I will show you the finished projects hopefully next week.

Friday, February 6, 2009

eBay Friday 12

My new eBay strategy is to take items from random photos that I have saved and find similar items on eBay.

1. This pair of blue Murano glass lamps or

this pair of blue, brass, and crystal antique lamps
alongside this antique French iron daybed or

this wooden antique daybed

looks very similar to the items featured in this gorgeous room photographed for Southern Accents magazine. I love the soft color on the ceiling and the white cowhide rug. Beautiful...

photo via Southern Accents

2. Aren't these inlaid chairs gorgeous?

This set of Egyptian inlaid chairs are just as pretty.

Notice how similar chairs are used in this seating area. I like how they hung the chandelier just behind the couch. I also like how the room isn't centered around the fireplace.
photo via Southern Accents

3. This genuine fox throw is the ultimate in luxury.

Another fox throw...

This Suzani textile is circa 1920.

Now mix the Suzani and the fox throw together...

photo via PointClickHome

4. Victorian bamboo and antique bamboo pieces have really escalated in value. I like this bamboo chair.

This piece would be useful in a bathroom.

An antique bamboo chaise like this one is really cool.

I was looking for an antique bamboo bookshelf like this one but couldn't find one at this time. I have one in my powder room.

5. This sliding chalkboard would be great in a kitchen as a pantry door or in a child's room as a closet door.

Chalkboard paint was used on these cabinet doors in this kitchen (photo via Southern Living).


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Art Inspiration 1

I have been looking for art inspiration lately and ran across this photo of 16 small canvases depicting a variety of colors and subjects. I think everyone should have a display like this. You could even paint over a painting on a whim - no big deal. Neat.
photo-Southern Living