Bleeding Hearts, a mixed media collage by ashleymarydunlop

 

This piece is a little bit different from what I’ve been doing.. I took my mixed media in the direction of collaging.  My mixed media style has been incorporating a lot of vintage pieces and evolving them into my art. I came across some really lovely vintage post cards and included them on my collage. 

  

Bleeding Hearts by ashleymarydunlop 

As you can see I’ve incorporated a lot of techniques lol…I’m not sure if I may have used too many but, it’s interesting I suppose. Basically, one thing lead to another. 

I’ll try to sum up what’s going on here.. 

I came up with this idea of collaging with postcards as a mixed media project

I had the vintage post cards and spruced up the carnations that were originally black and white with a little bit of color and I added some pink cheeks to the little girl. 

I took some sketch paper and stained it with a tea bag. The paper being initially white was stained with the tea bag to give a aged look. 

I had some really pretty music paper that I knew l wanted to layer onto the stained paper…but first I glued on my postcards onto the music paper. 

I cut three heart shapes out of regular white computer paper and used them as stamp.

I covered the heart cutouts with modeling paste and pressed the hearts onto the paper. It took a a few times of covering the hearts with molding paste to get the desired look. 

I let the modeling paste dry and then filled a small spray bottle with water and some paint, mixed it up and sprayed the watered down paint on the hearts over and over to get the runny look. 

Once this dried I layered the music sheet paper onto the tea stained paper. I outlined the music sheet paper with charcoal and outlined the carnation postcard with charcoal. 

I painted some lace trim I had with black paint and used it as a stamp under the carnation postcard. 

Once the paint dried on the lace I sewed the lace onto the corner of my collage. 

Lastly, I added the dried bleeding hearts to the vintage post card. 

   
 

Shine Towards The Sun 

Last week was a pretty busy week I had a dermatologist appointment and had a Vi peel done and not mention I was slammed with allergies! Never suspected that’s what it was since I never had that trouble in the past. But never the less allergy season is upon us and it seems like allergies will be acting up this year is what’s been said! So have your tissues ready! :):) But at least I have plenty to write!

Oh and Happy Earth Day! 🙂

  

I should first begin with updating you on the kitchen remodel! It’s a brand new kitchen! These aren’t the most up to date pictures but I can’t just let it all out at once. Ohh the anticipation! 

 A lot has been done! We are all happy to say the new flooring has been put down. Which was tile! This tile gives a stone appearance with grey and a mix of other light colors. It defently captures stone accurately. This is the look that was wanted because the theme is “cottage” 

When you think of cottage don’t your thoughts bring you back to reading those story books when you were a kid with old cottages? and there you have it. 

 

There is also a dark red AGA oven, black soapstone countertops, white cabinets, and tile back splashes.   

After many tile samples and lots of thought a decision was made! 
You wouldn’t believe all the different types of tiles, patterns, colors and shapes there are out there. It’s pretty amazing how similar tiles can look but until you bring home sample pieces to test them out they can look like something completely different. 

 Here are some tips when choosing to do a tile floor in your kitchen. 

Don’t  jump the gun! Don’t make any quick decisions… And here’s why! 

Take some time to figure out the space you are laying your tile out on. Does the pattern of the tile you want to use make sence for the layout and flow of your kitchen? 

My boyfriend’s parents came up with a great pattern for the tile to follow throughout the room. The pattern incorporates large and smaller cuts of tile. Since the kitchen is a descent sized space the tile pattern fits the flow of the room nicely and also adds a nice funshway. 

Bring home sample pieces and lay them out of the floor. Lighting can be a big game changer on how the tile looks in your kitchen. The lighting in your home and the changes of natural sunlight can affect how the tile is going to look.

Take into consideration how the tile is going to tie in the rest the room and work with the other colors in your kitchen. 

Choosing the right tile for your kitchen can make a huge difference in the overall appearance and atmosphere. 

  

Another important part of tile installation is using the right grout to hold the tile into place. Polyblend was the chosen grout. 

There are a lot of benefits in choosing to use Polyblend grout vs. a cement grout.  Polyblend is durable, produces hard dense joints that resists shrinking, cracking and wear and tear. Polyblend is available in sanded and non-sanded depending on what type of material (and it’s use) you are installing. Polyblend comes is a variety of 48 colors to choose from! #buildgreen #emeraldsystem 

The simple and best explanation in choosing to use Polyblend is it’s high proformance, works better and lasts longer. To find out more information please visit http://www.custombuildingproducts.com/

  

Me personally and I’m sure others may feel the same but, I’m a fan of natural sunlight. 

Not only does the sun play a vital role in all living things everyday lives but it’s also great for energy sufficiency in lighting homes. 

And not to mention what’s better then soaking up those warm rays of sunshine, why not encorperate this into your home?  

Luckily, this house already has plenty of windows all throughout the house. By stepping it up a notch beautiful Andersen glass doors were installed. Adding more natural light and a true charm to the kitchen with the glass detail.  Please click here to find out more about Andersen windows and doors. Here’s how to find out how you can add Andersen to your home. 

http://www.andersenwindows.com
 

Take care xxx Ashley

Vintage sheet patchwork quilt

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Well the spring weather has finally sprung it’s way back into Vermont. I can’t tell you how much I’ve been craving this wonderful weather! There’s nothing better then seeing nature coming back to life and not to mention all of the lovely things that come along with the spring season. I am reluctant to say that the mud on our dirt road hasn’t been too awful neither of our vehicles have gotten stuck! (Hopefully, I’m not speaking too soon) Keeping my fingers crossed.

So far I’ve been busy working on a few projects but there are always more to be done. One project in particular I’m happy to say I’ve completed is making my first vintage sheet patchwork quilt. I started making this just before spring came because I couldn’t take not having some color in my life. I say the more the marrier! Don’t get me wrong the winter has it’s good parts but my spring fever happened to itch so early for some reason. I like to think that my quilt was just encouraging the spring to get here a little faster 🙂 I also had to get some little mini roses to celebrate spring, how I love them!

I now offer crib size patchwork quilts in my shop as a custom order item. Which I find to be kinda nice because you can basically have whatever type of fabric you want or have it go along with a theme or match colors.

And I actually just ordered some fabric for a very special quilt that I will be working on and that’s really all I can say on this.

Decorative pillows are available to order at Heart2HomeCreations. I’ve made some really pretty pillow covers with decorative trim! They would make a great gift for Mother’s Day!

 

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!

 

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Care for a spot of tea?

Well it’s been one rainy day to say the least! But that’s okay I was able to get my tea towel done so I guess that’s one thing accomplished! My tea towel measures 14 X 20 with a beautiful 60s vintage feel to it. The tea towel has a grey polkadot decorative edge. The back of the tea towel is also grey polkadots. The fabric I used for the front of my tea towel (Cream and Sugar by Ampersand Design Studio) I purchased from a great fabric supply shop called SpiceBerryCottage. They offer a great fabric selection and you are sure to find something that catches your eye!

Here is the Etsy shop link!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/spiceberrycottage