Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Monday, December 02, 2013
December is here,(what!!) and officially the countdown to Christmas.
The past few years I have grabbed for my daughter the old cardboard door avent calendars that have chocolate (of the worst kind) behind the small doors, but honestly the spirit was just not there for that, she would open 4 doors and forget about it. So this year I wanted to do something that would be more memorable as we countdown to Christmas morning and also it gives a chance for the girls to give back as well. On odd days, I will put in the box with the appropriate date that they can unstick off of the wall a little surprise to keep, and on the even days, the girls will find instructions or a gift that they have to give to someone else. Example, ingredients to bake something for the neighbors or make homemade notes and cards for the family. We are also going to decorate a mini tree to drop off at a local retirement center. It is also fun for me as I get to come up something everyday to surprise them with.
It took just under an hour to make. I grabbed cheap stenciled numbers and sprayed them with some leftover chalkboard paint. When I ran out of 1's and 2's I just took the stencil and traced them onto fun paper from a local Hobby Lobby.
I grabbed black string and 3 clear push pins and then stuck the letters up with washi tape in a chaotic manner which was inpired by this Avent calendar.
For the box I used an old shoe box wrapped in shipping paper. With everything I spent around $5.00. Joy!
I am also having a Holiday sale. I am giving away a free print of your choice in my shop with every order which runs until December 8th as a thank you for your amazing support throughout the year. :)
Happy Holidays everyone xo
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
© Leigh Viner 2013
A few from the sketchbook, the lamb inspired by Agnona's ad because I couldn't resist and my love for sketching urban spaces and places, this one in Brugge Belgium via.
Right now I am putting the final touches around my home for Thanksgiving, which last minute consists of reupholstering the cushions on my dining room chairs, seriously in my mind it seemed much easier then it is turning out to be. It will also be the first year in a few that I will be cooking the big meal, but thankfully it will be split up with others on my block, we are doing a 3 home gathering which is easing my mind making the Thanksgiving meal less stressful.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!! I am truly thankful for each and everyone of you.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
A quick middle of the week DIY framed Chalkboard that needed to make way into my home. The only patience needed is waiting the 24 hour dry time before putting it to use. I found all of the materials at Michaels and instead of using glass I opted for a watercolor panel which comes in the perfect sizes to fit any open frame you may want to use. Easy, easy.
I have also set a few days aside this week to update each listing in my Etsy shop by adding size variations to make it easier to shop and checkout without needing to set up separate listing for sizes for you guys, beyond happy they have made that possible, finally!! Now the fun part of adding new items for the Holidays.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Saturday, November 09, 2013
© Leigh Viner 2013
Some fresh new work just added to the shop. This piece was inspired by the gorgeous Cara Delevingne by Karim Sadli for US Vogue. As I was creating this piece late into the night I had my ipad and another PBS show that has me hooked, Call the Midwife. 1950's setting and English accents seem to be calming to me, I suppose. Check it out if you get a chance.