French General Inspiration & Giveaway

French General Inspiration & Giveaway


Creative Inspiration Week continues! Welcome! Scroll down to previous posts to see all the creative goodness so far!

I am so honored to introduce to you Kaari Meng of French General. She is a phenomenal woman in many regards. She owns her own shop, has written wonderful books, has her own product lines, has been featured in major publications and is truly an all around inspiration. I cannot do her justice by copying her bio here, you really need to go to her website and just watch her in action. You’ll be impressed, trust me.

But the most impressive thing of all wasn’t all she has overcome or accomplished, or all the incredible magazines that have featured her, but it is the graciousness by which she agreed to share with us something she created to inspire us. I found that to be true of the women I am working with this week. Truly giving women. I am always impressed by women who will freely share their ideas and do it with humility. Kaari is a class act.

Please enjoy her words and photos, and then leave a comment here to first and foremost thank her for her contribution here. Secondly by leaving your appreciation here between now and Saturday December 8th, you will be entered into a drawing for her newest book, French Inspired Jewelry, courtesy of Kaari herself. Winner will be drawn at random.

Enjoy the inspiration! The following words are written by Kaari for you!

40 Shades of Pink

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If I could stock every shade of pink at French General, I would. Pink has been a favorite color of mine since I was as young as I can remember. Soft pink textiles are my favorite of all — but old pink beads are a close second.

Our Winter Pink collection of jewelry kits includes the softest of peachy pinks and the veined coral pinks — mixed with pearly whites, ruby reds and prairie greens. Unusual color combinations — but lovely winter garden colors. Finding a creative way to choose your color palette can be a challenge. Keep your eyes open for the strangest of clues.

I found a shop full of old French wired chenille balls — every color imaginable — and then more! I knew it was an amazing find when I saw the 40 shades of pink. I have used the chenille balls to help me plot out my color palettes — finding the perfect bead color is sometimes a bit more challenging.

Natural Nesting

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Our Botanical Coral collection is more grounded. Turquoise egg blues with leafy greens and deep salmon oranges — this collection is based on poppy neutrals. When I settle on a color combination like this I always wonder what kind of adventurous soul wears this combination. I imagine someone living in a place where the sun always shines. These bright neutrals only look better against the natural neutrals — like, the honey-ox metals or antiqued silvers.

Cherry Red

French General Inspiration & Giveaway

I’m always drawn to the red — I can’t seem to escape it. For me — it is the strongest color, the hardest color to capture just right. Every season I try to pick up every great color of red for at least one of our collections — either textile or jewelry. Our textile collection usually consists of old reds and cranberries layered with neutrals named oyster, mushroom or sand. Our jewelry collection can be brighter, more colorful with cherry red mixing seamlessly with hamilton gold metals.

Take time to learn about color — how shades of color work together and how light affects color. Spend time in a paint store looking at color chips — then start laying out your own unique combination. Look for color inspiration everyday in the ordinary.

Special thanks to Kaari for her contribution to this week! You’re the best!

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Creative Spaces, Part II

Creative Spaces, Part II

If you are just joining us, we are getting inspiration from amazing women all week during our “Creative Inspiration Week”

Man, I love peeking at these craft rooms (don’t miss Creative Spaces Part One, click here to find it). You remember the whole “dead giraffe incident” that occurred at my house right before Thanksgiving? My craft room would rival the mess of that scene if you could see it now. Which you won’t. It would be WAY too embarrassing.

Alrighty, onward we go to the next two amazing (do I say that word too much?) craft rooms. We are flooding our brains with inspiring thoughts and photos this week, I love it!

First up, Lisa Tutman-Oglesby. She is a crafter extraordinaire, she makes scrapbooks, dolls, quilts and all sorts of creative things. Her scrapbooking ideas have been featured in books and magazines, as well as on her super blog! I asked her where she gets her inspiration, and here is what she said:

When it comes to finding inspiration it’s tough to pinpoint any one source. I draw from so many influences to get my juices flowing. Sometimes, magazines and billboards inspire my scrapbooking efforts, while the colors in holiday wrapping paper may tempt me to incorporate the same hues in a seasonal quilt project. I

love to browse photography sites for ideas on improving my own photography and I’m a sucker for how-to craft books which always make me want to run out and make my own projects. I’m a true crafter at heart, with an affinity for dozens of arts and crafts hobbies — much to the chagrin of my husband.

Perhaps my biggest inspiration lately comes from the connection I’ve made with like-minded crafters who also blog and share their creative efforts with as much enthusiasm as I do.

Good grief, Lisa’s room is fantastic! Wait, is that a scrapbook store or her space? Yep, she says it is her space, she got that wonderful armoire from a going out of business sale! I love it! She also has great ideas for creative storage options.

Creative Spaces, Part II

Creative Spaces, Part II

Creative Spaces, Part II

Wow, thanks for sharing your space, Lisa! So inspiring!

Next craft room belongs to a sweet and creative lady Meg Duerksen. The first time I went to her blog I was blown away. Well, everytime I go I am blown away. She has the coolest house, totally my style, and her photos are so fun. Her kids are always doing something adorable. She was kind enough to allow me to share her fun craft room with all of you. She too is a creative scrapbooker, and I know she allows her kids in this room. But, she is a great mom and you’ll see by her quote (below) she doesn’t stress out about creative messes. That is the beauty of a craft room, you can make a mess there and not on the kitchen table!

Creative Spaces, Part II

Creative Spaces, Part II

Here is what Meg said about her craft room and creative plans for the holidays:

I was very excited to move to this house for many reasons but a VERY big one was the craft room. I had never had mine own space…to work in and not have to clean up when it’s midnight. A space to spread out…to get paint on the counter and not have to clean it up…listen to music…surround myself with things i love.

It is my favorite room of the house – no question. It’s off my bedroom so i can work until i can’t keep my eyes open and then just crawl into bed.

Creative Spaces, Part II

Creative Spaces, Part II

I’m totally smitten with all of these craftrooms. I want to thank each of you for sharing your creative world with us! I appreciate it so much!

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