oh happy day! i got to go shopping at the fabric store, so, yay for geek party week at my house. i'm super excited.
every year on approximately february 2, i get an insatiable craving to glitter bomb my family room. i've enjoyed a month of clean slate, post-christmas decor detox. but the room that felt refreshingly empty in early january now feels depressingly void. it is time for color.
i sold a chair on craigslist for $50 last week, so i decided that was my budget to infuse some new energy in here.
this is my blank canvas:
i always start every project by shopping my basement. today's foray into the landfill yielded some gold goodwill frames, five pillow inserts, and a box full of white cherry blossoms.
then i headed to the fabric store. i usually go with something very specific in mind, so i'm almost always disappointed with the selection. but today, i just decided to see what inspiration would strike. i immediately had keepsake calico-mari calypso in my cart (the orange one with the pink flowers), and everything else came together from there.
i ended up with a grouping of bright orange, hot pink, navy and turquoise. totally unexpected, but i'm thrilled. it will be a nod to spring, but the colors are really saturated so they still work with the blizzards and negative temps raging outside. they won't look odd next to a roaring fireplace.
it then dawned on me that the "watercolor" prints i had been monkeying around with in paper 53 would be perfect with these fabrics.
so i bought some large watercolor paper while i was out. i'm going to try to replicate these in real life, and tack them up in my basement frames. wish me luck. these are hacks of pieces by a real artist, therese murdza, who i hope never finds out i've desecrated her work this way. i promise i'd buy the real thing if i could. for now, the $4 version will have to suffice.
some coral red fabric paint (i have an idea for those boring drapes) and some (i chokingly admit: fake) magenta peonies filled out my shopping cart. i am proud to say i even stayed (close enough) in budget.