I collect liquor decanter bottles and was trying to find an easy way to label them. Last month I bought a Cricut, so I put it to work on this project.
I am so very excited to announce that the Brand*Eye Home shop is opening! You will be able to shop Brand*Eye Home in person at a fabulous new shop called Makers. MAKERS is a handmade market run by Jessica Jackson of The Craftery at The Shops at The Square. It is designed to showcase a collection of talented artisans, crafters, and vintage collectors selling independently produced goods. I’ll be one of them!
You will be able to shop my quilts that I just posted about.
I’ll also have handmade pillows for sale.
And of course lots of VINTAGE!
I also collaborated with my friend and ceramassassin [Dave’s term for her] Marilyn McCauley. She had already designed a planter that I loved so I asked her to make a few in grey for my shop. This is what she made and I love them! They will also be available in my web shop to come soon!
The grand opening of MAKERS is Friday, November 15th from 6-9pm.
123 Main St. Dublin, PA 18917
Hope to see you there!
The Maine Quilt Collection is finally complete! I actually started it in January 2017 and the only reason I know that date is due to photos having date stamps, yay! Lol. Sometimes it takes over two years to make 7 quilts. After I made the first two, I went on a long hiatus of quilt making. I was burnt out and decided to put Brand-Eye on hold, for like the 3rd time. However, in June of this year we had a photo shoot at our home with Better Homes and Gardens!!! I wanted to finish a quilt for the guest bedroom in time for the shoot and it rekindled my quilt making soul. I can’t tell you when or what they may be publishing in their magazine (I don’t even know), but quilts were involved in a few photos and it made me feel really proud of them. I decided to give this whole Brand*Eye thing another go.
This collection started with hand sewn quilt blocks that I bought during our first trip to Maine in 2016. A few were found at an antique shop during that trip and I found a few more at a local flea market. Now I have made each of them into a quilt! It was a really fun experiment with color, because it made me break out of my usual color palette and take some risks. For example, hot pink and lime!
As I mentioned, the first two were made in 2017. Below is the first one that I made and I am keeping it 🙂 I am a big fan of large expanses of solid fabric so you can really see and appreciate the texture that you get from quilting. The front of it is just one quilt block with an expanse of blue.
The back has more colors with additional fabrics and patterns.
I decided to squeeze the last of the life out of my outside flowers and bring them inside. A good time to do this is right now, the beginning of fall and before the first frost hits. The weather here has been crazy (over 90 Wednesday), and it’s starting to finally feel like fall (60s today). Since all of these flowers will be dead soon, I decided to cut some and make an arrangement.
I plant a lot of coleus and it lasts a long time in a vase. It will actually grow roots and you can plant it and keep it all winter in your home. I usually do this each year.
Last week I received an Eames Shell Chair for free! Ok, so let me back up a bit. This year I have been trying to do a lot of things outside of my comfort zone. A couple of months ago I saw that Herman Miller in Philly was having a contest of how you would design, or redesign this chair (using all or parts of the chair). This was one of those out of my comfort zone things that I just entered before I could overthink it. Below was the design that I entered, and lo and behold they picked it!
The fun part is that I don’t get to keep this chair (although it is SO comfy and now I want to buy one :-). All 15 of them will be auctioned off on October 10th during DesignPhiladelphia. I can’t wait to see all of the designs! All proceeds will go to the Philadelphia Charter High School for Architecture and Design. The event is open to everyone, and I’d love to see you there! You just have to register at the event page, linked in the photo below.
I was allowed to pick the color and either with or without arms. I choose peacock blue and with arms. Below is from the day they dropped it off.
Having a craft night is a really fun way to get your friends together to hang out. I have them a few times a year. If I’m short on time, I’ll order out for food (Indian or Sushi is a fave). This time I made a taco bar. I supplied the taco ingredients for tacos and my friends brought appetizers.
We just returned from a fantastic camping trip to Maine. The weather was perfect, we had no agenda (besides eating a lot of lobster), and I tuned out of social media. It was a great way to spend a few days.
We stayed at a really cool campground called Wolfe’s Neck. It was a campground, a farm, and an educational center about a half hour north of Portland in Freeport. They had cows, chickens, goats, a camp store, cafe and farmer’s market. It was basically the best campground that we have ever been to. You could get lobster rolls and ice cream at the cafe. What else do you need in a campground?
At the time that I redecorated this room for last year’s spring One Room Challenge, I was never crazy about the art that I had over the bed. Not that is wasn’t amazing (it was an antique hand carved piece), but it just got lost in the room. This new piece of art is perfect for this space and it was worth the wait.
I went to an estate sale at the most amazing house and found tons of great stuff. I actually didn’t buy this the first day, but went back for it one the second day and luckily it was still there. I knew it was one of those things that I would regret not buying if I let it get away.
Below is the house! It’s for sale and can be yours for 2 million bucks! It’s amazing and I posted lots of pictures of it to my instagram stories. I’ll save a highlight reel on my brandeyehome account.
Now back to the bedroom. The yellows in the new art piece match the yellow in the art to the left and the quilt that I made. What really drew me to the print is the lower left corner fabric print, it reminded me of the circle pillow that I picked up at another estate sale a few years ago.
I’ll start out by saying this isn’t an ad. I really like this product and want to show you how awesome and easy it is 🙂 As you can see, I am getting low and need to find more. I bought this at an antique market about 6 years ago, but the seller is no longer there. I found that Lowe’s sells it too. It’s a wood polish and conditioner from Howard and smells like oranges.
This stuff is liquid gold. If you have some dull wood around the house, use this and watch it transform.
This year the rhododendrons were really spectacular. I think they had more blooms than I’ve ever seen.