Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Dr. Seuss' Lorax inspired Truffula Tree Seedlings DIY!

Hello everyone... today's post will be quick. I have to rush out to play practice for my daughter, son had youth group and I am on my own tonight to get them from here to there. LOL!

I put together some Truffula Tree Seedlings for the Dr. Seuss window display. I painted up some clay pots with +Shabby Paints Betsy Ross Red, Alamo White and Licorice. then created the tree trunks and the truffula tops with feathers.

Here is the full window display... with the night stand and the end table I repainted also. I am loving this chalk paint!


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Monday, February 16, 2015

Dining Room Table Furniture Flip - Nothing a saw and some paint can't create!

Quick post... I am honored today to be a guest blogger at the Arts and Classy blog.  I will explain how I flipped this Dining Table...

Into a beautiful and stunning Entry Table....

Head over to the Arts and Classy blog to see more about this chalk painted furniture flip!


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Friday, January 2, 2015

5 Bedroom 2.75 Bath Home For Rent Plumas Lake California

Hello everyone,

I thought I would put this out there because we are renting our home back in CA. It will be available Jan 31st, it is located north of Sacramento in a great master community called Plumas Lake.

This is a 2,427 sq ft home on almost a 1/4 acre lot, located in a wonderfully quiet neighborhood in Plumas Lake, CA. It is a 5 bedroom (two with walk-in closets), 2 full baths and 1- 3/4 bath. Custom designed theater style bonus room, laundry room with lots of storage cabinets, 2.5 car garage and a large backyard. This home has custom designer paint through 5 rooms and entryway. Near Beale AFB and close Marysville and Yuba City. Only 30 min to Sacramento and Roseville/Rocklin.

RENT: $1750 ($1700 with military discount) per month
DEPOSIT: $1750 ($1700 with military discount)Includes: - weekly/bi-weekly (depending on season) yard maintenance 
PET: Small dogs (under 15 lbs Okay, sorry no cats)
PET FEE: $300 for the first pet and $150 for additional pets
TERM: 1 year + (preferred) 
APPOINTMENT TO WALK THROUGH & APPLY: please email @ me with your contact information and I will get back to you for an appointment.

  • This home 5 bedroom two story home has 2 bedrooms and a 3/4 (shower no tub) bath on the main floor and 3 bedrooms two full baths upstairs.

  • Ceiling fans in all bedrooms and living spaces. 
  • Custom paint throughout most of the home
  • Theater room/formal dining space with custom lighted ceilings and paint

  • Master Suite has separate enclosed shower and garden tub

  • FLOORING: custom designer floors throughout the home - some hardwood, carpet and tile.

  • A gas fireplace in the larger living room. 

  • KITCHEN: is an entertainment style kitchen with designer flooring has a large island that includes space for counter dinning for 4. Lots of cabinet space and storage including a large pantry.

  • High 9' ceilings throughout the open floor plan.
  • A beautiful stair case with raised two story ceiling.

  • Walk-in coat closet and two bedrooms with walk in closets
  • A built in desk in the back of the main floor hallway
  • A 2.5 car garage with built in work space
  • Sunscreens on windows on the back side of the house to keep the sun's heat out during the summer. 
  • 6' wooden privacy fence surrounds the back yard. 

  • large back yard with a custom lighted bi-level pergola over the large concrete patio
  • Sprinkler system for the front and back yards.

  • In the Plumas Lake School District 
  • Local schools are: Rio Del Oro Elementary and Riverside Meadows Intermediate School, Wheatland High School.1064 Lost Trail Dr.Plumas Lake, CA 95961

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Lauer Christmas Home Tour - Cardinals, Candy canes & Burlap - Kitchen, Bath and Dinning Room - Part 2

Good morning readers!

I am thrilled to be adding the Part 2 to this series, A Lauer Christmas Home Tour. One fantastic thing about his is I get to share my new home with my family and friends who have not been able to see it since we now live so far away. 

Today I am honored to be a part of a second Parade of Christmas Home Tours! This home tour has been well organized and generously hosted by Up To Date Interiors. Thank you Kathryn for allowing me to be a part of your special on Bloggers Best homes. 

Now let us get started, grab a cup of tea or coffee and take a few min to come on in, and let me show you around. Enjoy, and please subscribe or find me on my social media and follow, share, pin or comment your thoughts. Thank you for your support!

The Dinning Room

I just love the arches that cross between the dinning room and our back living room. We have two, one very large one with a 10' arch and a smaller one with a 3.5' wide arch. When we bought the house I knew I wanted to put our Christmas Tree there! It was perfect, we only had one tall tree but we had high ceilings in this new home of ours. So this would be a perfect spot to nestle the tree into and with the arch it makes the tree seem taller as it reaches up to the center of the arch.

The decor in the dinning room is a mix between the red and white in the kitchen and the red, gold and burlap in the back living room. 

The center piece is a Better Homes and Garden's candle holder filled with Dollar Tree Ornaments. 

I just love apothecary jars and this one full of sweet candy cane goodness is not exception. It gets decorated for every season or holiday.


Cardinals have a special place in my heart. Luckily they are found everywhere at Christmas time. My Grandfather used to sit in his bed, ill and unable to go outside, and watch the cardinals feed on the bird feeder outside his window. He has left this world now and is up in heaven with his maker. Though it's been over 5 years since his passing, the last days I was able to spend with him was during Christmas when he would tell me all the local cardinal's names as they came to feast outside his window. Cardinals were his favorite and this time of year seeing them everywhere brings him a little closer to me once again. 

In the image above there are also some handmade ornaments a glittered angel, a Christmas Mouse that I made as a child, and in the bottom right corner we have several book page ornaments my kids made this year at a workshop I taught at the local book store. Here are some more links to some other Book page art projects I have worked on this year. The second link is a great tutorial to this fun Kid Craft Ornament
If you want to see more of my Holiday Book Page art and ornaments please check out these links.
2014 Book Page Holiday Creations:

The Powder Room

I always love little surprises when people visit my home and they remember the details. Like decorating the powder room. It's a relatively small space so it doesn't need much to make an impact. 

Some extra flowers and ribbon, a few bows, a Santa hat and some wonderful paper snowflakes my nine year old daughter made for me.

Wrap the lid to the tank like a fancy present. 

The Kitchen

The kitchen is one of my favorite spots during the holidays! I love to bake and cook for entertaining friends and family. A few years ago I stumbled into a Dollar Tree to get something really quick and it happened to be the week they put out all their Christmas items. If you have never shopped there the seasonal items sell out very quickly. As I peeked at all the goodies (yes some on their own look very cheap) I started to see a theme. Something very easy to do, costing very little for an entire room decor and something very sweet (wink). 

I purchased all the rolls of white ribbon with red sequin stripes, red glittered bows, candy ornaments 2/$1.00, bags of 12 plastic candy canes and other tid bits that coordinated including the towel, the gift bags at the top of the cabinets and the white mesh.

The plastic Candy Canes were glued together with hot glue into the shape of a heart and decorated with a larger wrapped candy ornament.

Thank you so much for spending your precious time with me during this holiday season. I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Please leave your comments below, pin, share and follow if you like what you see.


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Guardian Warrior Angel Christmas Tree Topper - OOAK Male Clay Sculpted figure

I am so excited to finally show you all this creation. A year ago I was in the middle of moving across country when an old friend of mine contacted me with his idea. Due to the move I was unable to create this piece for him last year and now this Guardian Angel of the Lord sits atop his Christmas tree this holiday season!

He is constructed with polymer clay and a wire armature. The armature began looking like this...

His face is hand painted and he has red leather accents. I always have to use some sort of recycled goods in my work so under his clothing can be found a soda bottle with the bottom cut out to create a slender cone to help secure him over the top of the tree.

His wings are based with the same wire armature so they are secured from the inside out. They are covered in 3 kinds of feathers, white goose, white ostrich and marabou feathers. There are over 60 goose feathers in the wings and all are hand trimmed into the shapes you see below. 

He holds a broad sword with the scripture of Luke 2: 8-20.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Here is one more over all look at this OOAK (one of a kind) Guardian Warrior Angel Christmas Tree Topper.

My friend is very pleased with him as am I, especially since I have not carved a human figure since high school... which was long enough ago I won't say how long... LOL!

If you enjoyed this piece please comment below, pin or share I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you all for your support.


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