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Sep 19, 2014
Once upon a time, in 2010, Downtown Denton, Maryland needed a sprucing up for their upcoming Spring Gala Event to be held there in May out on the street. My friend Danielle was asked by the Arts Council lady Marina, to do something with the mostly empty windows in the store fronts on our Main Street called Market Street. And somehow we ended up with this crazy beautiful design scheme which we had to follow through with.
It all started with an idea we had for the window of the exercise studio Energy in Progress up the street. I’d decorated this window a few other times but I wanted this one to be special. The theme was Re-imagine Yourself and thus, the theme of “Re” words was adapted and then a design plan began for all the window decorations downtown. Please excuse my blurry photo above. Was just getting ‘er done.
We used white paper, white adhesive shelf paper, about $50 worth of tissue paper in four colors, and some clear plastic plus assorted cardboard boxes to carry out the design. With the intention to make a cohesive visual theme of trees, birds, flowers, and poms, and the “Re” words, Danielle and I began to design each window.
Danielle was the lead designer and we had to stealthily assign our work time as we both have children and not a lot of free time. Plus those poms are labor intensive. Not to mention the swirly trees. After coming up with sketches for the windows, we’d assign the words cut outs, poms, and tree making as homework and then there was multiple nights of install. You could not pay me enough to do this again but it did look super cool when it was done. Equally hard was getting pictures without a glare on the glass (A truck with a black side parked next to it would have worked).
Sadly, the Recreate window was to befall a horrible fate as the guy who rented it for Karate classes for two seconds ripped everything out of the window and tossed it in the back of the building. He got an ear-full from the town manager but it was tragic.
The Rejoice window left me speechless when I saw it. Danielle had taken the clear plastic roll (gift basket wrap) and created a stained glass effect with the tissue paper. It was incredible at night-time. Felt like a garden in there.
We’ve been moving West on the South side of Market Street from Third Street to Second. These last blackened windows belong to a still vacant building right before the Market Street Pub. It was a three-part design that has such lovely movement and tells a story.
My memories of this project are the struggles and the moments of interaction with the Danielle and the people in town and these old buildings. Here we had to work around the pub patrons sitting at these tables. And for one window, we used a Food Lion coupon card to jimmy a door lock that someone forgot to give us a key for. One building had had a fire and the water damage was apparent. And both Danielle and I were experiencing physical pain problems that have since been addressed.
This was the only window done on the opposite side, North side, of the street. At the time it was unoccupied and there was no electricity. We were in there trying to beat the fading light with Danielle’s little daughter roaming around picking up various hardware piece off the floor.
This project was really stunning to see in person. And we were well appreciated by the Arts Council and Town’s people. It did seem to fill the hole of our sad depressed downtown for a little while. And proved that something in the windows is better than nothing because soon there were another crop of little businesses filling up the store fronts, taking advantage of the first 6 months rent free. They come and they go, much like my little shop Bally Eden did. And now I feel happy that these beautiful windows have been releases like butterflies into the internet. Our work is gone but not forgotten.
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Mar 22, 2014
As I was decorating for Fiona’s party, I remembered we had left over helium from her home-coming gifts a year ago.
I also had some cream balloons in my stash.
Having just bought a copper sharpie, I immediately thought how fun it would be to decorate the balloons with a pattern.
I’ve been obsessed with Eamon’s circle pattern ever since he brought it home from school.
I have wanted to put it on a pillow at least.
So I just asked him to copy his own artwork onto the balloons. I blew them up and them clipped them with large and medium-sized bullclips and he did his art thing.
They made me happy. Although the pattern was harder to see once they were floating in the air.
This is how the paper feathers and the balloon looked together. I was thrilled with how it all turned out.
There is something so cool about customizing your balloons. But I’m still not done with that circle pattern.
Mar 21, 2014
I have finished my charity chair project. I put three coats of polyurethane on the chair, dragged her inside for a photo shoot in Fiona’s room, and then delivered her to the Talbot Humane Society today. She’ll be named “Oh, Promise Me !”, as that was the song by Clement Scott on old sheet music I ended up using for some of the decoupage. So without further ado, I give you the pictures of my version of the gorgeous cedar Adirondack rocking chair I volunteered to decorate to be auctioned off for the benefit of the Humane Society in Talbot County, Maryland, USA, in May, 2014.
Fiona was really sad when I told her the chair was for a charity event and wasn’t going to stay in her room.
If you’d like a look into my creative process for this chair, look at this post. And extra good news, my chair will be living at Moonvine during the month of April with Pama’s beautiful stuff. If you’d like to take a closer look, visit her shop at 22 N.Harrison Street near the Goldborough Street intersection in Easton, Maryland.
Oct 29, 2013
I started to think how neat it would be to put together a post of all the pictures of Eamon’s Halloween costumes though his life. I madly dug through every suitcase and picture file to find these. I’m missing a few but if I do find them, they can be added. This is my “Halloween memories of my kid” post and welcome to it.
This was in Miss Tara’s three year old’s day care class. Eamon’s the sullen looking spider on the left.
The next year, the Transformer Optimus Prime. He just called him Primus.
The next year, it was The other flavor Transformer, Bumblebee. He went trick or treating with Josh.
This next year is the year of the homemade mummy costume. We love to pose in front of our neighbor’s fence.
Trick or treating with our pal Graham and his little sister Ava. Recognize her costume?
Pottery barn kids money needed to be spread out a little more before I let it go.
The next year, he wanted to be a ghost. He was telling Butthead he couldn’t come trick or treating with us.
Butthead had his grand adventure in Easton a year before.
Every year, on our way to trick or treat, we stop at our neighbor Meme’s house. Every year, I take a picture of this event.
Having misplaced my camera, I had broken down and bought a new one that very day. Because I needed this shot.
Dias de la Meurta costume from 2012. He looked super cool. I did my face up too. The weekend of Frankenstorm.
How fun to see them all again in one place. I’m missing the one when he was 6 months dressed as a pumpkin and up on the Halloween dinner table. Traditionally we have tomato soup, grilled cheese, and chips. Until that became a bad thing. Trouble at the table part one.
And this year, back to the bought costume with a cool Ninja with blue accents and daggers.
Eamon will have come up with a super cool name, list of powers, and back-story by the end of the week.
Stay tuned for Mark and my costumes next.
Oct 21, 2013
I love brown paper stuff. It’s the paper version of burlap I suppose.
I’ve discovered that the brown paper flowers can be used in all sorts of applications. Centerpieces and wall decor and Christmas ornaments.
Paper bags weren’t in abundance at my house so
upcycling went extremist when I grabbed the cat litter bag and used it to craft flowers.
There are two layers of brown paper beyond the colored bag covering.
I cut out scalloped edged circles in varying sizes from the bag.
Then I take the circles and twist, crumple and ruffle them while pinching the stem area.
And after placing smaller inside larger flowers, I poke a wire through the whole deal and twist.
Hot gluing them together is advisable even with the wiring.
Tada, brown paper flowers.
Last year at Christmas, I used them on the tree. I even dipped some of the edges in glue and glitter.
But the best use of them was this wall piece I made from a baby gate. Sideways, it became a trellis and the ribbon a vine.
I ‘ve glued fabric rosettes between the “petals” and clustered them in purple plastic flower pots with mini sand bags inside as centerpieces for a fundraising event. And glued fall leaves I sprayed with polyeurothane for fall centerpieces in plastic pots too.
Dipping the paper flowers into plaster of paris or spray painting them may be other fun ways to manipulate them. But what I love the most is that they are a huge visual bang for no money. Love them. Even though they may smell like dusty clay cat litter.