Interior/exterior designer, consultant or is it fabricator or…..???

This past weekend, I began to think about my ‘title’ – more specifically what it is that I do.  What I began to realize is that I cannot solely define myself by what I am doing currently, but rather where my creativity is capable of taking me.

There are no limits to creativity
Some people might say it is a burden to have a mind that is constantly in motion.  Believe me when I say it has not always been to my benefit.  As I have begun to surrender my present consciousness to the universe, my mind has become free to create and be positively inspired by my surroundings.  I enter a new space and see opportunity.  Brainstorming with my clients tend to be the most beneficial contributions to the projects I scheme.  For example, I see an old trumpet and I think. “How cool would that be with a succulent garden in the bell at a music based establishment? Perhaps a trendy jazz club?”  My latest creation – I see shipping pallets and chicken wire and think, “there are a world of possible planters I could create with these simple materials.”  Creativity travels indoors where an idea of a speakeasy inspired bar becomes an opportunity to up-cycle or salvage local materials.  I think to myself, “What barn equipment could I use to turn into light fixtures? furniture? functional art work?”  From there, the wheels turn over and over again. Creativity is limitless.

So what is it that I do? How would I personally define my freelance design initiatives?  Creative Designer comes to mind. Maybe Creative Designer & Consultant? I am open to suggestions and would appreciate the input…

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
Maya Angelou

 

Coming back to life

It has been a while since I’ve posted. Since last I wrote so much has happened! The most notable event is that my mother FINALLY received a new heart and the transplant has thus far been a great success! So successful that she and I will be walking in a 3K to benefit brain cancer research this July. Visit our personal page to donate.

A midst all of the changes – including multiple jobs, perspectives and new DIY projects, I have found myself in a perpetual state of rebirth. Let’s call it “birth from the earth” for now.  What do I mean by this? Well, I guess you could say I’ve been getting back in touch with the basics of working the land.  Something so simple has breathed new life into my soul and for the first time in years, I am calm.

The planting season is, for me the best time of year as it is filled with opportunities to create. To support my love of farming and gardening, I have found myself a job in a little green house nearby my home. Water plants, pruning and learning as much about the variety of plants that are grown there are my goals in the coming weeks. And it is therapeutic! The most exciting planting I have been doing is for a local farm-to-table restaurant in town called Roots Cafe. Their mission? “To serve the well-being of people and the planet by supporting sustainable farming practices and a healthy lifestyle.” Sounds pretty good to me! Anyways, I recently got inspired by what people might otherwise refer to as ‘kindling’ — shipping pallets. Believe it or not, pallets are capable of baring loads in many different ways. In this case, the weight of soil and plants.

succulents herb pallet at RootsInstallation at Roots
Stewie the Roots Cafe guard dog who attacks with kisses. 

If you are interested in purchasing a customized pallet garden, please contact me.  I can make gardens out of pretty much anything you’d like – old chairs, dressers, chests etc.  I would qualify my style as industrial meets the Secret Garden. A whimsical twist is never a bad thing in my book. Until next time…

Cheers,

Sarah

 

Beer and Bikes

Hello all.

I am back from the depths of a social work abyss and moving forward with creative mojo – behold Beer and Bikes!!!

beer and bikes  Beer and Bikes 1  Beer and Bikes 2

Okay, so I may have built this up to be way more exciting, but hey! Look how cool this turned out! After a year of drinking countless micro-brews, I finally began my little venture into the realm of garden art.  Not only does it look stellar (yea, I went there with stellar),  but it sounds pretty too! I have to give a little shout out to Bean’s Bikes for supplying me with old cog sets. Chris at Bean’s – you are the best man!

Interested in purchasing one of my wind chimes? Let me know!!! But give me some time to finish a case of beer first.  🙂

Cheers!

Sarah

My living room looks like a 10 year old’s art project

Finally, after several months of thinking about purchasing a fancy, black sketch pad, I found myself with one in hand in the aisles of A.C. Moores. In addition to this, I collected rubber cement, two 4×6 picture frames and a chocolate bar for good measure. 🙂  Once I arrived home, I began cutting up every fashion/home design related magazine I own (all of but five or six) and covered my floor with patterns, colors, furniture, foliage etc. My husband came home, not surprised I had created another mess in our only living space, smiled and shook his head. I know what he was thinking. He was saying to himself, “How did I every marry a woman this nuts?!” Am I nuts? Definitely. Does he love it? Absolutely! But I digress…back to the point at hand. Basically what I have begun to do is work with all the latest trends and styles to create collages for future room ideas. I have to say, I am really happy with how it is turning out. The Google Image has been integral when needing those few extra pieces to fill in my design idea. My mind is constantly running with ideas – it feels impossible to turn it off sometimes – so please! Get in touch with me! Let me loose on your living space. I promise, you will not be disappointed. 

~ Birdie

Pictures posted!

So I finally got my act together with a little motivation from my mother in law and posted pictures from my first interior design project. Comments and suggestions welcome! When I began this project, my goal was to keep most of the family’s furniture to integrate into the design. This proved to be my greatest challenge. When you view the photos – click ‘portfolio’ on the navigation bar – you will be able to tell what was new and what we decided to work with. What I love most about this project is the personal touches the client put after my job was complete! She was so moved and inspired by the bold prints and unique pieces that she decided to completely re-do her outdoor space. (pictures coming soon)

Also, I have officially found my new favorite HGTV show…this girl is brilliant!!!

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The High Low Project
 Sabrina Soto is a genius.  A bargain finder, DIY-er magician! If only I could have her job…

 

~Bird is the word

My first time…

…making anything that resembled a quilt! Get your mind out of the gutter. This piece I did a while ago for my sister. Twenty hours of intensive working and re-working. I really did not know what I was getting myself into when I started, but I was committed for one reason. It was Christmas Eve and I did not have a present for my sister! I know, I know. That makes me sounds like a horrible sister, but in my defense, I was in my junior year of college, taking finals, president of an organization, treasurer of another, and trip coordinator of another! I was a little busy…but hey! I finished with hours to spare!

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Overly ambitious and highly motivated,

Birdie

 

Update:
Attempted to begin beer/wine bottle project that involved cutting glass without a glass cutter. First attempt failed.  Note to self – obtain rubbing alcohol or something of the like with acetone for best results. I will explain all of this in my next post, complete with tutorial!

Quilting isn’t just for grandma

Recently it became apparent to me that I am getting older. I didn’t say ‘old’ just older. How do I know this to be true? A few reasons.

First, I have started falling asleep at unreasonable hours – middle of day for a little siesta, 8pm while watching some home improvement show on HGTV. You name it, I’ve slept through it.

Second, I no longer can hold my liqueur nearly as well as I used to. Besides that, any drink I do have (beer specifically) seems to go straight to my mid region. You know, that one directly under the belly button area.

Laslty, all of my friends are getting knocked up and shooting babies out their wah-zoos like its 1946. This brings me to a very important point, and the purpose of this post. As my friends have been acquiring growing bellies by means other than drinking beer, I have bestowed it upon myself to quilt everyone of those little monsters a blanket. Behold the masterful nature of hand quilting…

For Harper Edith Moralis, daughter of my dear friends Amber and John.

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For baby Yeatman, daughter of Christine and Jim.

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Another quilt is pending – fabrics include a paisley pink and polka dot extravaganza. Basically, a rainbow colored unicorn threw up and made a blanket. But for real, it will be nauseatingly beautiful.

Upcoming projects:

  • More baby quilts
  • Beer bottle and cap wind chime
  • Custom 21 inch bed skirt
  • Photographing my past work and make this whole ‘I’m a real interior designer’ thing actually seem believable

Peace to all my ladies with babies,
or beer bellies as the case might be,

Birdie