How have you all been? Enjoying winter? I just returned from a ten day stay in Vancouver and Victoria. My goodness it was chilly and a little dark. I think I have been in LA for so long that I have forgotten how cold Novembers can actually get. I did manage to take my daughter to see the Nutcracker Ballet which was fun and I connected with family which is really important to me. Despite the freezing rain, wind and snow, I had a fabulous time.
Today I am posting the photographs from my most recent Color Me Pretty column on decor8. I always like to post my photographs over here just in case you missed them and for my own record. This time around I wanted to pair grey tones with some bright yellow, pink and a slightly darker green. I enjoyed painting some Moroccan patterns and then using them for some wrapping. I find if you photograph your paintings (that you want to print out) the colors turn out much better then when you scan them. Have you noticed this? I think I may need to update my scanner as it is very old! I used the printouts to decorate my wrapping which is mainly done with large envelopes. I also made a few tags as well.
The other project I did for this series was to paint old glass jars and bottles that I had been saving instead of recycling. I kept jars and bottles that I thought had a nice shape knowing that I would spray paint them white eventually. I used a matte white spray paint and quickly coated the outside of the bottles. I love how they look when they are grouped together. I can imagine them running down the center of a table with just a sprig of greenery in them, add a few votives and you have a simple but really pretty centerpiece. It is also fun to paint or stencil on the matte white paint. I used some acrylic paints to create the patterns on a few of the bottles. You could also stencil on numbers or letters quite easily using a metallic acrylic paint which may be nice for a wedding or special party.
I hope you found an idea or two here today and I will be back soon with some holiday inspirations for you. Until then, take care. xoleslie