Saturday, April 12, 2014

Shop Update!

I just finished a shop update! Lots of new little goodies in there - notebooks, eggs, and a few original paintings. More soon. I'm working on some brooches right now, and as an avid pin wearer, I LOVE THEM. :-) In the meantime, don't forget about my BOGO print sale! Happy Springtime to you!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring Sale and Shop Update Info!

Hello! I know I said this would happen last week, but things got a little away from me. Regardless, it's officially SPRING in Omaha and it's time for a SALE! I'm going to be offering Buy-One-Get-One Prints from now until the end of April, if you use the code: SPRINGSALE14 in my Etsy shop. To use the coupon, just enter the code at checkout and leave me a note as to which second print you'd like as your free one! I have lots of cheerful designs that are perfect for this time of year, as a gift for you or your loved ones. :-)

Later this week I'll also be adding a few new eggs, notebooks, and some other goodies, just as soon as I can get them all photographed, so watch for my posts on Facebook and Instagram to know right away as they are added.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Typewriters and Nurseries and Things.

This was a busy weekend! Friday we went to some estate sales in the morning and this happened:

 I can't tell you how excited I was to find it... in this condition and in this color. My heart stopped for just a little bit when I realized it wasn't sold already.  And in between other things, I've been doing some more spring painting. I'm planning a shop update later this week.

I also haven't updated you on a few key things in a while, so here goes. First off, we're getting closer and closer to baby time at the DeVrieze household. I'm officially 32 weeks along, and it's feeling VERY real at this point. All of my friends and family know that we're working on our house (and by we're I mostly mean Brad). The top question lately has been "is your nursery all ready?," and everyone seems very shocked when I admit that we haven't really started on it... you know, unless Pinterest counts.

Most of the home improvement we've been doing has been focused downstairs on the main living area, and honestly the idea of having an incomplete nursery hasn't put me in a panic because he/she won't be staying there for a little while anyway, since our bedroom is on the main floor and everything else is upstairs. After this weekend though, I feel like we're finally getting there! We officially ordered new flooring, chose our paint color, bought a new ceiling light, and I started in on some artwork just for the space. Progress!

I'm not going too specific with a theme, but I can say that it's loosely woodland based, mostly because I can't resist animals and trees. Also, we're trying to stay gender neutral, and who doesn't like adventuring in the forest? I'm not quite ready to share where we're at yet, but I can share some of my inspiration board for you.
paint color - ours is very similar to this, which is behr river rock
brass fixtures - anthropologie
plush fox - anthropologie
crib - oeuf sparrow
curtains - ikea- we're repurposing these
rugs - ikea - I feel like rug browsing is a part time job lately. :-) I'll find the perfect one eventually.
adventures await - my print - this is one I think I'm going to put in there

The other thing that seems to surprise people is that I'm not going to do a mural or anything for the walls. This isn't because I don't want to do some personalized artwork - I definitely do - but I want it to be things that I can rotate in and out with the seasons and over time, so I'm focusing on some different paintings and other homemade touches. I'm plotting some DIY projects, like a bunting. I love this one from Little House Blog. And yes, there will be peeps in this nursery!

I promise to show you some good pics when we're all done. For now, have a great week, and I'll let you know when I do my shop update in a few days. There may happen to be a little sale that goes along with it... stay tuned! :-)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Whew! There went February...

Hello! It's been a little bit since I've posted on here, but A LOT has been going on. We officially moved to our new house on Valentine's Day. So far, we honestly really love it. Our rental was loveable in its own right, but it was time for us to find something with a little more space (and a lot less knob-and-tube wiring) for our future. I'm happy to say my studio is all unpacked and functioning, so I'm squeezing in some painting time after work each day. Right now I'm on a mushroom kick, in between some other projects, like notebooks and more painted eggs. 

Our move-in weekend went a little haywire, but it happened just the same. Our parents (both) made the trek out from Illinois to help us unpack. We officially hired movers this time, for the first time ever, and let me tell you - I AM GLAD. It turns out that packrat/artist/hobby/literary types like me have a few belongings. Add that to a brewing husband with a love for digital media and you have quite a few boxes. And I'm not supposed to be lifting anything. So movers. Good choice. The haywire part came when my poor guy got a terrible case of food poisoning the night before the move. It kept him out of commission for most of the weekend - and was definitely proof to me that I hope never, ever, ever to face food poisoning. Happily our parents were here, and they're awesome and helped unpack and shuffle everything around. I am lucky in so many ways, but I can't tell you how much I appreciate our families.

Since the move-in, we've been starting to nest. This house has a really open floor plan and we've never had a place this spacious, so we've spent quite a bit of time just standing in doorways and thinking about it. The first project was to keep with the already open space between the living and dining rooms, and open up an entry area to the kitchen a little wider, which Brad and his dad accomplished last week. The paint still needs to go up, but it connects the kitchen to the dining room in a really good way. And adds more light!

Our next project is probably going to be the floor in the main living area, which is white carpet. It's well maintained, but honestly it will not survive us for very long, and we're looking at our options. For now, we just keep thinking. It's a big space, so a big commitment. And there's a nursery coming along. Right now it's a room with 20 paint samples taped to the wall, but we'll get there! Hope you're all enjoying mini previews of SPRING and wishing you the best! I'll show you more photos soon, but right now they'd all have ladders or tools or something in them like this...

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A little inspiration.

Brr!! It has been a little cold here in the Midwest (and a lot of places). This is our window from Monday. Today we're going to be back at school, so I'm getting ready to head out, but I wanted to share a little post beforehand. 

Since I'm packing up most of my supplies, I won't have much new art on my personal front to share for a bit, but that doesn't mean I can't share some art, right?

Here are a few things that are inspiring me lately from the web/blogosphere:

1.) One of my favorite, favorite blogs to follow is Beautiful Hello by Emily Jeffords. She's an oil painter, and I just always feel really motivated and encouraged by her posts. Right now she's doing one of her painting-a-day series, which is just really fun to watch. She also has a fun Instagram feed, if you like it!

2.) Mister Finch is a textile designer who makes some of the most interesting and magical designs possible. He's most active on Facebook, where you can see his creatures, winged and furred, and lately some really beautiful mushrooms.

3.) Since we're in new house mode over here, I've spent a lot of time on Pinterest and the web scouring for inspirational ideas. The papers on Walnut are expensive, but really beautiful, and appeal to my illustrator-self too. Maybe someday I'll work on some wallpaper designs. ;-)  

Hope that gives you some things to look at over your coffee this morning! :-)