All posts tagged color

Matryoshka Dolls

My parents are constantly traveling around the world and recently my father came back from Russia with gifts! I received a gift of Russian chocolates, tea, coffee and of course… Matryoshka dolls! Matryoshka or Russian Nesting Dolls refer to a set of wooden figures of decreasing size placed one inside the other. They’re beautiful and a fun way to add some color to your home.

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Embroidery Hoops

I love Pinterest and one thing I keep pinning is embroidery hoop artwork.  Check out some of my favorite ones and hopefully you’ll get inspired to make some artwork of your own!

DIY Louisville

DIY Louisville is Louisville’s first alternative craft group.  The group meets every 1st & 3rd Tuesday each month at Sunergos Coffee on Woodlawn Avenue. DIY Louisville encourages anyone interested to come and join them. Bring your own projects to work on or come and meet other local crafters and artists. Their blog features great tutorials, recipes and more!

Join DIY Louisville on April 30 for a Derby Hat Workshop!

 

 

Vera Scarves

I love vintage scarves. They’re comfortable and versatile and a great way to spruce up any outfit! When shopping for vintage scarves, you’ve probably come across brightly colored scarves with geometric shapes and patterns with the name Vera or a ladybug in the corner. These are Vera Scarves, designed by artist Vera Neumann.

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Washi Tape

Washi Paper Masking Tape is multi-purpose adhesive tape made of washi, handmade Japanese paper known for its use by artists and craftspeople. It comes in beautiful styles and colors and can be used for gift-wrapping, book-marking, arts and crafts, and other projects. It is easy to tear by hand, write on, and remove.

Cute Tape is a great website for purchasing Washi Tape. They carry a huge variety of styles perfect for your DIY craft projects!

Chevron

Most of you may associate the word chevron with the Chevron Oil and Gas Company. However, it was originally used in military and heraldry design.  It’s popular among mid-century design and is great for adding a bold statement to any room. This zig zag pattern may seem funky but it can look sophisticated. Just use white or black in place of a second color and you have a clean design look! I recently purchased a chevron rug from Overstock.com and I love it! I now want chevron all over my house!

Check out this free Chevron pattern from Design Sponge.  Here are some other great chevron items that I found!

If you love it as much as I do you can purchase chevron fabric here.

Photo credits: Chevron coasters from Meadow Tea Etsy Shop, Chevron mug from Mod Cloth, Chevron shower curtain from West Elm, Chevron chair from Z Gallerie, Chevron plates from Aedriel Etsy shop, Chevron ottoman from aletafae Etsy shop

 

Wink

This website is amazing! You can create your own custom color dry erase paint for any surface!

http://www.wallsloveink.com/

Molly Hatch

Molly Hatch is a ceramicist based in Massachusetts.   She’s created work for Anthropologie and has participated in exhibitions across the country including the 2008 DinnerWorks exhibition here in Louisville at LVAA. Her work is absolutely beautiful and draws heavily from historical trends in fabric, fonts, furniture, etc.

I own some of her items that I proudly display in my home, like the blue and white bird ceramic glasses shown below. Her work for Anthropologie is the set of four glass tumblers shown below.  She also creates fabric patterns, pen and ink drawings, jewelry and furniture.

http://www.mollyhatch.com/

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Bridges

Known mostly for watercolors, Bob Halliday is a staple in the Louisville art scene. He recently branched out and created a series of paintings about bridges in Louisville. The works are modern and architectural and remind me of Swedish design.  Each piece is unique and offers a different perspective on what many of us view as a mundane object. The detailing of the rust shown in the photos below adds just enough realism to the almost abstract “pop art” works. These are definitely a must-have if you’re looking to add some color to your walls.  See more work by Bob Halliday!

  

 

 

 

 

The Quilt Trail

Quilts and farming have been a staple of Southern culture for decades.  Painted quilts on barns as part of “The Quilt Trail” are a new trend in rural areas, especially Kentucky.  These beautiful painted quilts are a way of creative expression and cultural pride.

The Quilt Trail project began in Adams County, Ohio, when Donna Sue Groves, a field representative for the Ohio Arts Council, decided that she wanted a quilt square painted on her barn to honor her mother, a lifelong quilter. Donna Sue shared her idea with friends in the community, who offered their help. They decided that if they were going to paint one quilt square, they might as well paint twenty and create a driving tour to attract tourists to their rural community. (Information provided by Kentucky Arts Council)

This website has great photos of barn quilts!

The Kentucky Arts Council has a website dedicated to the Quilt Trails! Check it out!