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A Fanciful Twist

A Fanciful Twist

Last, but not least, in our Creative Inspiration Week we have someone I have found to be incredibly creative on a few levels. I am sooooo excited to have her here today! Not only is she a talented artist (her work is even featured in Domino Magazine), but she has crafted a blog that has a unique and creative personality all its own! You really do feel like you have entered an imaginary world when you come to her site, and that hasn’t happened by accident. She has a vivid imagination, that girl!

I was impressed on my first visit and continue to find Vanessa Valencia a true creative genius. And I am not just saying that because she is so nice. But that helps, too. You can have all the talent in the world and be less than charming. She has the impressive combination of a sweet and charming personality AND talent galore. I’ve enjoyed getting to know her, we’ve shared some laughs and some really horrid tales about rodents in our houses. Ewwwww! She doesn’t like them either.

I LOVE what she has to share here today. It is really the perfect inspirational ending to this week (we didn’t plan for this to be the last one, I am not that great at planning, but in a stroke of accidental creative brilliance, it is the perfect ending! I love when that happens!) She has captured the essence of creativity, and I think you’ll be inspired as much as I am by this fanciful post she created for us!

Welcome Miss Vanessa!

A Fanciful Twist

a funny thing that happened to me last week… You see, I was having this nostalgia and itch for an old fashioned toy store… An itch for handmade toys and simplicity… A lost time indeed…. Mr. Lovee and I were talking about how that is really non-existent…

So, I went out to several antique stores.. In search of nothing but little quirky toys or such…. And, in a glass case in an antique store were these little vintage cardboard houses.. I chose two. Then I looked around and found the deer and gnome… I brought them all home, so intrigued by the cardboard houses. They warmed my heart more than any little houses I had ever seen….

A Fanciful Twist

Then this weekend, I decided that I would like to make my own little cardboard house… So I made up a box I had, and cut it in half. I just folded and cut, making a little house as best as I could. No mold, no instructions. Just following the look of one of the little houses I had purchased at the antique store.

A Fanciful Twist

I also decided to make my own gnome (head out of wooden bead :)…. A few hours later after letting my mind wander, making a cardboard house and a gnome, with Pride and Prejudice playing in the background… I found myself having no real life worries… I was just totally in the moment, enchanted by this little creation.

A Fanciful Twist

I covered the glued house in crepe paper… Next time I might use a texturing medium or such… I cut out little windows and put crepe paper in the back of them so you could actually see light through them…

A Fanciful Twist

I had sooo much fun making my very own gnome and house. I am tempted to make more little toys for myself… I used only things I had to make them…

A Fanciful Twist

A Fanciful Twist

A Fanciful Twist

I am so inspired to make more little cone trees and such… Sometimes, we have to just break free from the real world and create something pointless.. No rhyme or reason… Just letting the imagination unravel….

A Fanciful Twist

Thank you so much for being an inspiration, Vanessa! You’re wonderful! xoxoxo –m
Photos and text copyright Vanessa Valencia. Used by permission.

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

Guest Post: Pam writes a great design blog called Housemartin. She is an amazing floral designer and is owns a home, garden & lifestyle shop thisĀ  in Portland called Ink & Peat.

Welcome to all the readers at The Inspired Room and thanks to Melissa for including me!

I really had fun with the Holiday decorations this year. I tend to get a bit more romantic for Holiday decor. I seem to need a little sparkle – maybe because it gets dark at 4pm? We decided not to get a tree so I just came up with other ideas to build some vignettes in our home.

Here is the mantelpiece over our fireplace. It’s a sparkly wonderland of different textures. First I set the palette of aqua and silver. I worked with evergreen branches as a base and nested simple white lights inside. It gives the house a Holiday smell without having a whole tree. On top of the mirror is a snowflake garland from Wendy Addison (a true glitter guru) for Season’s of Cannon Falls.

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

Off on either end you can see white feather trees that I bought locally but you can get them here.

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

Of course, the star of the winter wonderland show was my new-found deery friend – a vintage cement garden ornament. He even dons a vintage turquoise velvet bow for the occasion.

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

To add some shine and color, I used large apothecary jars filled with vintage ornaments in my color story. These were from West Elm several years ago but you can get similar ones here. This really would work with any color story – red and gold, green and gold, silver and pink for those of you with non-objecting beau’s.

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

and here I have more of a footed fishbowl container filled with ornaments.

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

And now onto the dining room vignette… here I brought in more of sense of nature. It is a large tableau created from many elements. In the center is the “tree”. I used 8 very tall mossy branches in a vintage tarnished metal urn. The urn adds some charm and drama.

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

The palette is shades of green, brown, pale aqua, gold and silver. The ornaments are a combination of vintage balls as well as new acorn and pinecone ornaments from Martha Stewart for Macy’s (my sis and I kind of went nuts in there the day after Thanksgiving trying to round up our loot before the kiddies came to see Santa after the parade).

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

Here is a closeup of how this was constructed. The branches were all set deep into the container and decorative rocks were piled around the branches to anchor them. Then reindeer moss was added to the top of the container for color and mood.

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

and down below the “tree” was more evergreen branches — these had brown berries which added texture. I also kept my Blue Hubbard squash as I felt they still fit the scene. People tend the throw pumpkins away the minute Halloween is over but I enjoy keeping them as long as possible. I have found the green and white varieties far outlast the orange and I keep them for Holiday decor. I moved the white ones to my porch!

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

And here is a vignette at either side of the tree. I used vintage column pedestals and built on top. I then added an apothecary jar filled with moss. I poked into it these clusters of wired glitter ferns (bought locally but available through Michael’s) and added silver balls to create a vignette. Behind these are bold silver stars (again by Wendy Addison).

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

OneĀ  final little vignette on a side table…a mini wonderland with a vintage white deer, a sparkling tree, and acorns. It is all set atop a vintage silver bowl filled with live moss.

Cheers and thanks for coming to see it all!

Holiday Decorating: All-a-sparkle

All photos and decoration descriptions are copyright of Pam @ Housemartin blog. Used by permission.

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