Monthly Archives: January 2011

Spotlight : Jessica McManus Canvas Paintings.

On colormesouthern we are going to highlight our friends artistic abilities too! Rachel and I have a friend, Jessica McManus, who is extremely talented at painting and has a wonderful creative mind that just flows out onto paper/canvas. I wanted to highlight some of her work. Find her on facebook where she showcases all of her recent work and I have highlighted some of my favorite pieces!

While working on the post, she inspired me to paint a canvas myself. I love to paint too, but hardly do. This is what I came up with…a rooster. Not as captivating as her work, but I think it is so important to consistently be creative.


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Sweet Summer Time Blues.

With this tease of warm weather, I feel I am more than ready for Spring and Summer to get here. Or, at least I would like to go back to the way Memphis winters used to be…. a cool 50 – 60 degree day with an occasional chilly breeze. I hate to say it, but I have had just about enough of this snow and cold. I am Southern to the core and I am ready for Honeysuckle in the breeze and fireflies at dusk.

I was at my local craft store this weekend and I stumbled across Mason Jars on sale. I love mason jars. I feel they bring a certain nostalgia of sweet tea and fireflies on a summer night. What a perfect way to incorporate that summertime feel into any room! I got home and started looking up ways to add accents with these glass jars. Here are some of the ideas I came across. Enjoy ~

Most all of these ideas are ones that you can create on your own.  Mason Jars can be purchased by the case for very inexpensively. Are you can organization nut?? Try organizing your craft room or kitchen pantry with these. The uniform jars will bring clean lines and a classic feel. Are these a little to plain for you? Personalize your jars with tags, ribbons, or labels on the lids.


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Vintage Shutter Headboard.

These old painted shutters make perfect home accents, but I think they look best as a headboard. There are STACKS upon STACKS of these at antique stores for very cheap.

A plain shutter..

A little paint and some glazing…

Whoop whooppp…

I even bought a few small ones for my house to just use as display…


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Suitcase Style.

Hey guys, I am sure you all have seen these and know the craze about them.. I run across these everywhere. They are perfect for decorating a home and adding a vintage feel. Old suitcases are not only stylish, but each one is so different and unique..They all seem to have such a history behind them.

You can find these at most any antique store and they can be used for just about any type of decor. They are also great for storage. I plan on putting mine in my empty fireplace…Check out what others have done with theirs!

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Easy Canvas Art.

I am obsessed with pretty fabrics. From the patterns, to the fabric, they are all unique and so versatile to decorate. You’ll see here before I put up my wood crates above my kitchen table, I put a piece of fabric art. Now the art is moved to my den.

Creating art with fabric is so easy. All you need is the fabric you choose/like and the amount you need to create the size piece of art your wanting and something to hang it on.

The easiest way to do this is to buy already built canvas, then stretch the fabric over the canvas. BUT, of course, I like to do things the hard way…so I built my frame. I measured the wall space and decided I wanted a fairly large piece of stretched fabric canvas art. The canvas you can buy at Michaels (usually on sale), Hobby Lobby (40% off coupon online), any art store, and even places that sell art supplies.

I purchased small pieces of thing, long wood at Lowes. I cut the edges at an angle and glued them together. Finally I stretched my fabric around the sides to make the art. I like these pieces because unlike framed art work the texture of the fabric and the canvas/wood frame depth adds dimension. It is also a more modern/different look than most framed art.

You’ll need (some you may not): staple gun, small nails, glue, scissors, canvas or wood, and fabric


1. You will need to the width of your fabric before you make a final decision on the canvas size. Of course you can get the length of your fabric to be as long as you want, but you don’t want cuts of your fabric in your art (sewn together). Most designs on the fabric you can do any orientation you choose, but some may only be viewed properly either horizontally or vertically. So with that being said, choose your fabric and know the size you need. I purchased my fabric at Hancocks Fabric (they always have GREAT deals). I picked it out online (below).

2. Decide the size of the canvas/wood frame for your art.

3. Lay the canvas/wood frame on top of the fabric. Make sure the patterns on the fabric are even.Stretch the fabric out around the canvas/frame.

4. Either glue or staple gun the fabric to the back frame of the canvas/wood frame. Make sure to fold over the excess fabric on the corners nicely, sometimes this is visible. Think that you are wrapping a gift (which if any of you know me, my wrapping style is hideous)! Make sure that the fabric is stretched tight so that there are no wrinkles or droopy fabric on the front of the canvas.

5. Let the glue dry (if applied instead of nailing). And you are DONE!

6. It is optional to run stretched ribbon across the fabric, add studs to the edges of the art, or most anything you want to add to your new fabric art.

Look at how people did multiple canvas sizes and multiple pieces for their art!



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Bathed in White

One of my favorite magazines is Traditional Home. I love  every design they feature. Currently they are showcasing rooms that are bathed in white. I have really come to love white on white. I feel like there is something timeless and feminine about the pale on pale tones. I also love the ability to create subtle accent through textures.

I really love how each room has added a natural feel by incorporating accents from nature. My favorite is the bedroom where branches and crystals are twisted into the chandelier. What is it that you like about these spaces… The pale on pale hues? The textures?… The feminine feel??



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Favorite iPhone Photo Apps.

So, I love and appreciate photography and iPhone’s take great pictures. iPhone’s have several apps that are very fun and easy to use that really enhance photos. Here are some I have used and some examples of photos I’ve taken with these apps. They are inexpensive too!

Cross Process: $0.99

– I love this old timey look, gives it the appearance that it was taken with film.

Tilt Shift Focus: $0.99

-Focus on one point in an image or one area, and make everything else out of focus.

Shake it Photo: $0.99

– Take it way back with a Polaroid look. Also outlines the image with a white border.

Hipstamatic $1.99

-Makes colors more vibrant. Several different looks of various films.

Mill Colour $ free

-Change images appearance through different preset looks, or create your own.

Collage $0.99

– Create a collage of your favorite images.

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