Friday, January 29, 2010

Crafty Friday: Monochromatic Abstract Collages

Whew, that’s a mouthful! Crafty Friday’s finally back at least for this week. We’ll see how next week’s ever changing schedule works out for crafting.

When I was in the process of staging my house, I needed a painting to hang in the water closet [or throne room, or place where the toilet’s located] to break up all of the red. Desperate for something quick and cheap, I ran to Ross Dress for Less and picked up a small painting of an Italian landscape in a chunky black frame for $8.99. After I got home, though, I found that the painting fit quite nicely in my breakfast room, so I was back to square one. I ended up taking a couple of frames I owned, a few pieces of scrapbook paper and book pages, and some tape and made these in about 10 minutes:


Thus, a Crafty Friday project was conceived.

Here’s what you need:
-a variety of scrapbook paper in the same color scheme. If you don’t have scrapbook paper, peruse magazines and cut out any pages in the particular color.
-a piece of cardboard or heavy cardstock

Step 1: Pick a color for the project.

Step 2: Gather all different kinds of paper or magazine pages that stay within the same color scheme.





Step 3: Start cutting pieces and arranging them on the cardboard or cardstock.


Step 4: Glue all of the pieces onto the cardboard.


Step 5: Hang and enjoy!


[Green: “Army Tank” by Finn, Blue: “Clouds” by Audrie]

Happy Crafting!

nessa dee

Thursday, January 28, 2010




Maybe, just maybe this will appeal to any Star Wars fans that might come through the house…


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Tuesday, January 26, 2010


That’s what we’ve had to be lately. It’s been a bit hard to get in a routine when it’s often interrupted. We never know when someone’s going to call to come view the house, and so far, most of the viewings have been midweek, during school time. I don’t think the kids mind so much, though. This is their tradeoff:


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And what do I do on these little excursions? Well, I’m on dog duty.



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Friday, January 22, 2010

New prints…finally

I finally got around to listing a couple of new prints in the shop.




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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Fashion Forward


My son’s a trendsetter. I bet you didn’t know that. I also bet you didn’t know that argyle sweater vests paired with striped shirts, mittens, sporty wind pants, and crocs are the latest thing toddler fashion. Yeah, I didn’t know that either, but for some reason, for the last few days, Finn has been pairing his comfy jogging pants with an array of vests usually reserved for Sunday’s best. And he accents each outfit with his “how in the world did these get so popular” crocs, which he calls his flip flops.

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I don’t know what’s going on in his little brain when he picks out his clothes, but I can’t argue. Clashing or not, I’m just happy that he doesn’t come out of his room wearing his underwear on his head.


nessa dee

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Mi Casa es su Casa?

Here are some more pictures of our house that I took for the real estate agent. You’ll notice that I kind of went all out with the color. I was a bit concerned since all of the design shows advise people to paint their walls neutral colors for selling purposes, but our real estate agent said not to worry about painting over everything, that the house would show well. And with that huge load off my shoulders, we listed our house.



Foyer Ceiling:foyer

Dining room looking into the entry and office:




Living room :




Our chocolate brown master bedroom:masterbedroom

The master bath:masterbath


The kids’ bath:kidsbath


[I have nice brushed nickel hardware to add to the cabinets, but I don’t have a drill to install them. Maybe I can glue them on for show. ;)]

Back porch:


Well, that’s a quick tour of our colorful home.

Now, onto business…if anyone’s looking for a house on the outskirts of Austin with easy access to downtown, close to shopping [i.e. the biggest Target in Texas], in a master planned community with amenities such as hike and bike trails, ponds, three swimming pools, parks, a workout facility and clubhouse, baseball and soccer fields, sand volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, and nice neighbors, then this is the house for you. It has 10 foot ceilings throughout, 12 foot in the foyer, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living and 2 dining, a large kitchen which opens to the family room, 2 car swing in entry garage, crown moulding, arches and art niches, custom paint and a covered back porch. It sits on an oversized lot with plenty of room and loads of potential [future pool, maybe?].

So how was that for a promo? I’ve almost convinced myself to stay here, or become a real estate agent.


nessa dee

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Audrie’s Room

Remember a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I once promised to show my kid’s rooms on the web? And then not quite so long ago, but still pretty long ago, I revealed Finn’s room to the world. Then I decided to wait forever, anticipating that you would forget [ like me] that I actually have two kids’ rooms in my house. So, I should have posted the second room way back when, but as life tends to get in the way, and stuff remained unfinished in the other child’s room, I made my excuses, and went about my merry blogging way. But, fate stepped in recently and forced me to not only finish the room [to an extent] but take pictures as well. So, thanks to the recent decision to put our house on the market, [thus the sporadic blogging and mentions of super duper house cleaning/reorganization] I have pictures of my daughter’s room. TA-DAH!



Okay, I might actually have to take more pictures with details. But hopefully this will do for now. I find that a lot of my time is taken up these days with trying to keep my house immaculate with two kids and a dog in the home 24/7. They don’t quite like my game of “Let’s sit on the couch and not touch anything all day!”

Now, if anyone knows someone who wants to but a house with some custom painted kids’ rooms in the burbs of Austin, let me know.


nessa dee

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Just wanted to let you know that everything in my shop is on sale! Plus, if you happen to see several things in the shop that you need to have, I’ll discount purchases of two or more items even further! Just send me a message on this here blog, or in my etsy shop and we’ll work out an even lower price!

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plaidhouse1goldenbird1 cupcake1 pear1owl1 whale1


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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Comfy Chair





chair5 xo

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