Monday, December 19, 2011

The Graphics Fairy to the Rescue!

This year has been a crazy one, with many ups and downs. After getting my degree (late bloomer), I decided to start my own business, mainly because I found it extremely hard if not impossible to find a job. I love making pillows and painting and so I decided to try to consign my products at a couple of nearby businesses. I have to say that the response was very flattering. Having jumped right in so late in the game for the busy shopping season, I was overwhelmed by how much work it took to meet the demands for my pillows, stockings and other products. All of this was going on in my world as my husband was suffering from a hernia and could not help out around the house and yard and then he suffered a heart attack and underwent emergency quadruple bypass and a heart valve replacement. My husband has always been a great help around the house and I never realized how much he did here and there. This week he will finally have his long awaited hernia surgery and we will spend a quiet Christmas at home while he is healing. We both are so ready for 2012!
So what does The Graphics Fairy fit into this story you may be asking? This year I also found the Graphics Fairy blog I have loved using the unique images found on TGF blog throughout my home and on many of my pillows. I am so grateful for her site and I love seeing all the new images she faithfully ads every single day. The website is so well organized and easy to use even a techno-klutz such as me finds it amazingly simple.  
Once I had finished making all of my special orders last week I started to decorate our house. I started with our mantle. 
I love the image of the reindeer from The Graphics Fairy. I used it on a small simple burlap pillow. You can find the image here.

I used a burlap wreath I had made last year hung over a thrift store mirror.I love the mix of the gold, silver, greenery and burlap.

I used several images found on The Graphics Fairy as framed prints on my kitchen shelves that I had made earlier this year. I simply changed the images with Christmas ones found on TGF blog.
This is the picture before.

 here, here and here.

This is the after shot.
Decorating the shelves in the kitchen was so easy using several images from TGF, found .

I found this live wreath at The Home Depot for only $10. I mad this simple wreath hanger from my favorite upholstery webbing and stenciled the letters JOY using a stencil I made on my Silhouette Cameo. Love that tool.

My son Corey was so busy this month with music performances and school projects it was hard to find time to put the tree up together but we did it, or should I say he did it. I think it looks fab! I did make the tree skirt I had spied at Miss Mustard Seed blog and tutorial here I used a white 450-count duvet I found at Target for $22 and some change. I used only half of the duvet so I enough left to make another one to sell next year, or maybe for some pillows.

I kept the dining room simple using Christmas tree branches in the  PB urn and tying it with a burlap ribbon and some Wal-Mart ornaments.

I have a few more spaces to decorate and share and i will post those in a day or two. Of course there will be one  more project that includes an image from The Graphics Fairy blog.
Thanks for stopping by.
Love ya!


WhyCuzICan said...

I sure wish you would post this at GraphicsFairy BRAG MONDAY today! I'm just a crafter but every Monday I post my GF goodies and you have a TON and I'm sure folks would love to see all of your pretties.

Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois from WHYCUZICAN

Lola and Bea said...

Thanks Suzanne. I was late posting to Graphics Fairy today but I did get it done. Blogger was not cooperating with me today and seemed like it took me hours to get this post completed.
Blessing to you and yours for a Merry Christmas and a Merry New Year.

Larain said...

Wow you have been busy. I was sorry to hear of your husbands illness but hope he is on the mend. Thank you for sharing the site for the xmas tree skirt, I will have a go today. Good Luck with your business venture, it would seem you have go it going fairly well.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

You are one busy girl! Thank you so much for stopping by and your sweet comments! Oh yes, I would not be able to do 50% of my projects with out Graphics Fairy! Some how she just knows what we love!! Your house is gorgeous!! I love your kitchen and wreaths, $10...great deal! My best to your hubby, He sure has had a year he would like to forget!!