Ceramics Pt 1


A few months ago I sat down and finally made a plan to start making ceramics. Its been on my mind for several years now but I never had the dedication to commit to such a large craft. My mom and her sister used to have a ceramics shop when I was growing up but I was too young to absorb any of the trade. The kiln has been sitting around taunting me for years now so it was finally time to buckle down and get serious.

The kiln was too old and needed repairs so I started looking for a small one to run off a household plug. Before ordering an expensive piece of equipment, I tried out some pieces using someone else’s kiln to see if it was something I could like and justify buying one.

These are the first pieces I’ve made and it was more enjoyable than I remembered from art class. Be on the look out for more pieces in the future!


Little Corner

This is the first little corner of my house that is 100% complete!

I found this mint green vintage cabinet (that weighs about 200lbs) at the flea market about 4 years ago for $30. It's one of my favorite pieces of furniture that holds all of my art supplies and paintings.It's been hiding in my office and its getting the focus of the living room now.

My house style is a little bit of an eclectic mix. In every little space I like to add a little bit of 60s/70s vibes, tropical/jungalow pieces, glamour with glass/crystals/metallic, with some handmade and natural pieces.

Vintage cabinet/thrifted & repainted peace sign/hand painted vase/prayer plant in vintage basket/vintage Murano glass bowl/vintage brass side table/vintage brass tiered shelf /handmade wood art/Ted Feighan collage & handmade frames

Vintage cabinet/thrifted & repainted peace sign/hand painted vase/prayer plant in vintage basket/vintage Murano glass bowl/vintage brass side table/vintage brass tiered shelf /handmade wood art/Ted Feighan collage & handmade frames

It took about a month to figure out what kind of art would look best hanging above the cabinet. The main rooms are large and open with tall ceilings that is perfect for large artwork, and so I've taken advantage of that to do some large scale paintings. This wall however, is just a tiny little wall dividing the kitchen and living room by the master bedroom door, so it needed something special.

I like the idea of having an art museum for a house, but variety is key to keeping balance. On the side wall, is Ted Feighan's original collages that are showcased in frames I made from rough pine lumber. I wanted these to be the focus and not have another painting take away from them. They added a little bit of raw/natural feeling to the tropical themed artwork.

 Aren't they the best? 

 So in my search for something to not compete with these beauties, I decided to channel the 70s(as usual) and make something subtle with texture. He used photographs from 1970s books to create these collages, so something inspired by that era was the best match.

I had the idea to do something abstract and wavy for a room divider or on doors to a dresser, but decided to do this for a little art piece.

I took some luan/thin plywood from Home Depot and used this handy dandy little jigsaw to cut out some squiggly shapes. After the shapes were cut out, I figured out the pattern that would look best and glued them to another square piece. Once dry, then I painted the entire piece with several coats of un-tinted white paint. The white is just a tiny little bit of contrast on the marshmallow colored walls.

This would look great in any color of paint or wood stain. This was super simple and will probably be covering everything in the house with this! 

Southwest Deco


While trying to come up with a plan to make my work studio more comfortable and work-friendly, I put together this weird combination of patterns.

As much as I love the desert, I’m usually not a huge fan of Southwestern/Native American patterns. Though I do enjoy natural fibers and bright colors that Southwestern pieces have to offer. Also, cacti, duh.

I fell in love with this office chair about a year ago and I’m still stuck on it. This and the pine wood work table is a definite in the work studio.

This rug is 100% my favorite thing right now. I’m not sure if it will make its debut in the studio or it’ll be swapped out with the living room rug to give an extra pop of color and to match the existing Oaxacan vintage rug in my bathroom.

Indigo curtains such as these, add a pop of color while remaining neutral. Think denim, it goes with everything!

Slow as Folk

Last week I had the chance to spend the afternoon with Sarah from Slow as Folk. We had coffee, went shopping, and toured and photographed her cute home studio where she showed me her latest projects. Her tools of the trade for making jewelry are luxe brass wire & funky polymer clay. Check out these fab earrings and grab you a pair before they’re gone!