learn how to decoupage paper onto furniture

July 8, 2014

Join me tomorrow on Virginia This Morning where I will demonstrate how to decoupage paper onto furniture. Or check the latest R•Home magazine for step by step instructions.






















Here are some other pieces I have done using this technique:






















Girly Cabinet



















Happy Cabinet




















Sweet Dresser



expanding the pug pillow empire – introducing bunnies!

June 26, 2014

I am so excited to show you these new pillows. My six year old Jasper is completely obsessed with bunnies so I am so excited this project worked out. Thank you so much for the use of your amazingly cute bunnie’s pictures, Kelly from the wedding rabbit!


So let me  introduce you to Gnocchi:


And Orzo:


And Ziti:



You can find all this cuteness at Orange in Carytown!


make me pretty – crazy alley mirror

June 12, 2014

I found this mirror in the alley one day when I was walking our pug frankie. The mirror was broken but I thought the frame was pretty great. And it was plastic, so even though it is very large, it doesn’t weigh a lot. So I removed the mirror and used it to trace a pattern before I threw it away. I had a scrap of plywood  and I cut it to fit inside. This is kind of a big deal because I usually get someone to cut this kind of thing for me. But I got a jigsaw and did it myself. It was actually really easy and I am so happy to be able to cut things out by myself now.

I painted the plywood with a couple of coats of chalkboard paint and spray painted the frame. Then I put it all back together and there you go – super cute chalkboard!

You can find it at Orange!






make me pretty – two new pieces for the orange anniversary party!

May 7, 2014

This first re-do is actually the second time around for this little table. I painted it orange about a year ago but was never able to sell it. I guess maybe the orange was too bright. Maybe there just aren’t that many orange people out there. So I decided to a go a little safer this time around with a nice blue paint and an Ikat stencil.





I also found this towel rack at the thrift store that I thought would be perfect for the bathroom art shoe at Orange. I had to loose the cross stitch and replaced it with some of my favorite Amy Butler fabric. I painted it with chalk paint and distressed it. I am kind of in love with it. I almost kept it for myself!






meet Ollie the pug – get a free pin

April 23, 2014

The real Ollie, made famous with his likeness on a pillow, will make an appearance at Orange in Carytown for their anniversary party. Join us, the other awesome artists, and wonderful store owners on May 8th from 5:00 – 7:30 pm at 3007 West Cary Street to help celebrate Orange’s one year anniversary.

Here are some of the fun things you can look forward to that night:

  • The Best Bathroom Cartoon Prints in Richmond by Doug Orleski aka RVACoffeeStain
  • Portraits by Tiffany Ferreira aka iknowtiffany
  • Unique party hats designed by all the artists with a competition for the most creative

Ollie and I hope to see you there! Oh, and we will be giving away these FREE Ollie pins. You know you want one!



make a pillow – insert your pet here

April 17, 2014

I write a bi-monthly DIY column for R•Home magazine and one of my projects was making a dog shaped, photo pillow of my pug Frankie. You can read the article here with all of the instructions.

Photo from R•Home Magazine

Photo from R•Home Magazine


















I thought the pillows ended up being pretty cute and I know there are many other Pug obsessed people out there, so I decided to try selling them at Orange in Carytown. People scooped them up so I put them on Etsy. Then I started offering custom pillows – I could make pillows of other peoples pets too. Here is the latest one:

photo 1








photo 2












How cute is that! I have so much fun making pillows of people’s pets for them. I have done a bunch of pugs, mutts, and even a couple cats.

I also started doing kid pillows. I made a pillows of my kids for Christmas presents and they got such a kick out of them. And talk about a perfect grandparent present!



make me pretty – am i a table or a bench?

April 9, 2014

I found this table/bench in the alley and decided to paint it a fun color. I had been wanting to try the Annie Sloan red which I had heard was a really good red. I have found it really hard to find the perfect red. It’s either too orange or two pink but this one was just right.

Now tell me, is this piece of furniture a table or a bench? I made a pillow for it thinking it would be a great bench with a little table spot on each side but it just didn’t look right.








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