Monday, April 28, 2014

My Art Therapy


Sometimes the thing we need is not so much the end result as the process.

Art is a lovely form of therapy for the creative soul to express the things that won't come out in words.

To let go of all that needs to be released.
 To reveal what we hold inside.
 To laugh, to cry, to shout.
 To turn up the music and let the paint brush dance.
I become immersed in the free flow of color and texture and personal expression.


The colors and textures of an extremely fulfilling art therapy session. 




"The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. 
He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him."  - Exodus 15:2

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pictures from Flea in the Field


What a hidden gem right here in Anna! 
The Flea in the Field event was held at a quaint country place just a couple of miles down a picturesque winding road outside the city.

There were big open fields where vendors set up their tents to sell all sorts of things: organic beauty products, quilts, antiques, jewelry, stained glass, vintage accessories, art, and handmade products of all kinds. 

Our friends John and Robyn Beazley (Beazley Auctioneers) held an exciting auction. 
Here are the two re-purposed vintage doors that Jeremy and I turned into hall tables to sell.


I also had a booth at the event and sold a few crafty things. 
Lisa, the owner of this lovely property, has a huge old wooden greenhouse that she turned into an event area. The curved open roof structure of the old greenhouse was covered with chicken wire and she strung white lights over the whole thing. It was reserved for vendors who are also Etsy sellers. I was able to set up in this area (which was a blessing because it greatly helped in blocking some of the strong winds we had that day). 

There is so much potential for this venue! With the old white farmhouse, the red barn, the big open greenhouse, the gorgeous fields, trees, flowers, the hen house, and other old out buildings...wow! It is a perfect place for events like this and others. I am so excited to work with Lisa in the near future on designing promotional materials for her and discussing creative ideas. Can't wait!

A few pics from my booth.

Art for Missions:  I used some of the small shells that the kids helped me gather on the beach at Rabbit Island in Cambodia to make some special necklaces to sell to raise money to support missions. 
I will have these necklaces for sale in my Etsy shop very soon. (posting new items this week)



Much love and prayers for Mandi, Meredith, Shaela, and Dan!






This is a poster I designed to promote Artful Gatherings
I really love doing these painting parties with people and I hope that this will be a part of my business that grows this year.


* This was a card that I handed out for Artful Gatherings. I put one of my paintings on the front and all of the party information on the back with a discount offer. 
I put magnets on them so people could hang them on their refrigerator. 

If you are local and you want a card so you can get the discount on a future party just message me. :)




And I made these two postcards to promote my photography 
......they also include a discount for future photo session if anyone is interested. :)




Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Flea in the Field


Here's a really creative and fun upcoming event for everyone!

I am excited to be participating this year for the first time.
 If you are in the "north of Dallas area" the weekend of April 12th you should definitely come check it out. See all the vendors, bid on something great in the auction, have some yummy food and enjoy the fun atmosphere with friends and family. 


Here is the ad I designed to promote Flea in the Field. :)


Look for it on facebook too and share with your friends!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Stripes on the Ceiling


I recently spent the better part of a whole day up and down on a ladder with my arms in the air and neck craned back looking up in order to create a pattern of lovely stripes on a little girl's bedroom ceiling.

Thankfully I met a sweet new friend that day....... the little girl's grandmother, who kept me company, showed great kindness, shared stories and helped with the task immensely.

If you ever get the crazy idea to tackle a task like this yourself here are a few tips that may help you along the way:


  1. Have a can of paint that matches your ceiling color.
  2. Measure your room and plan out your stripes in whole numbers if possible or at least fractions that are easier to keep up with. Try to measure so that you don't wind up with a partial stripe if possible. Ours were 9.25" wide and made 17 equal stripes across the room so that it started on a colored stripe and ended on a colored stripe.
  3. * A standard roller is 9" wide
  4. Mark your  measurements with pencil on the ceiling on opposite sides of the room (beginning from the same end so they match up)
  5. Do a chalk line before you try to put your tape up so that you can get really straight lines. (great to have a helper on this)
  6. Tape to the inside of the stripe that is going to be your ceiling color.
  7. Use a small roller on an extension handle to roll ceiling paint over the edge of the tape on the sides that will be painted with your new color......this will seal the tape to the ceiling and assure that any paint that seeps under your carefully placed tape will be the ceiling color and not the new color.
  8. Roll on your new color with the standard roller and then go over the edges with a small smooth roller. 
  9. Do your edging by hand with a nice smooth brush made for cutting in.
  10. If you get paint somewhere it shouldn't go.....wipe it immediately with a wet rag or towel.
Good luck!  Here's a look at the process...... (notice we also lowered the light fixture and removed vent cover before painting.

P.S. Don't move that ladder yet! lol  (inside joke with my helper, ha, ha....disaster averted thankfully)


Now, most importantly you will probably need a major neck and back massage after a job like this.

Happy painting!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Custom Storage Ottoman with Tray




Storage ottomans are the greatest!
Or is it just me that thinks so.
Well, either way..... They can be customized in so many different ways to make them both beautiful and multi-functional.

This is the Custom Storage Ottoman that Jeremy and I created for some clients/friends of ours over this past long weekend. Can I say "LOVE how it turned out!!!"  We have two small ottomans that we made years ago for our home..... which are fantastic; but I do love how this one can become a large table surface to play games on or have snacks during movie night, etc.

So, here are some of the specifics.

We started with the box which was 3'x3' square with 11" depth, constructed out of wood. (type of wood just depends on how you want to finish out the interior: stain, paint or unfinished).

The top actually has two pieces of wood. One that is 3'x3' which we attached 4" thick foam and batting to before upholstering. Then a second piece which was cut to fit the finished inside dimensions of the box after the batting and upholstery were put on.

*For this piece all of the wood was stained with Dark Walnut and then rubbed with Ebony before being waxed and buffed.

The round bun feet are also stained and waxed.

*Side Note: on our smaller ottomans we used recessed casters so that the ottomans can roll easily across the floor but the wheels don't show. This could also be done on the larger ottoman, but would probably need a fifth caster in the center of the ottoman for additional support.


If you are local to the North Dallas / McKinney area and are interested in a custom ottoman for your home please contact us for a quote.  

jackiepattonart@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Kitchen Cabinet Update



After 8 years of living in this house I finally did it! I updated my kitchen cabinets!

I must say I was inspired by my friend and fellow artist, Sandy. She had been working on all kinds of remodeling and updating at her house and really made me start thinking about tackling this big project.

So..... there were a few days that we got some bad weather and we were "iced in" at our house. What better time to start a project?!

Here's a quick peek at what it used to look like and what it is now. (The light over the sink is also new in relation to the "before picture" and so are the under counter lights & upper counter lights that Jeremy installed)

 
It's so gorgeous, especially at night with the soft lighting.
I think we will add some knobs and pulls to the doors and drawers and put a finishing piece of moulding along the bottom of the upper cabinets this coming weekend.
 
 
Here is a couple of (slightly blurry, sorry) iphone pics from the "during update" phase:

 
You can really see the orange/gold hue the old cabinet color had in these pics.
 
 
This is during the painting phase, before the final glaze was put on:

 
Here's another finished pic with brighter lighting. The lighting always makes a difference on how colors show. During the day they are a lovely chocolate brown with a dark glaze and at night they look more like dark chocolate with an espresso glaze.
We are very pleased with the results, thankfully. (cause I'm not gonna lie, it was a long process)

 
My friend Sandy is also doing this to her kitchen but in a darker color. I'm hoping we can put her process pictures together and share a "DIY Tutorial on Cabinet Updating" for this blog sometime soon.
 
Just FYI. We both used the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations Kit from the local home improvement store. (got mine from Lowe's)
 
A couple of things about it:
  • it is all water-based, so easy clean-up
  • NO SANDING or harsh chemicals! Yay!!!
  • there are 6 steps: clean, degloss, paint, paint again, *optional glaze, final clear coat
  • it comes in a wide variety of colors and finishes
Note: the toughest thing about it is you have to be patient and not try to rush it (allow for drying time between steps, don't try to put thick coats of paint on to finish faster, etc.)