Studio Update: Valspar Paint

I couldn’t be more excited about how things are coming along with my new studio space. Everything was finally cleared out of our barn (before photos), we’ve sheet-rocked some of the walls and just finished the painting process. How wonderful that the entire barn studio paint project was sponsored by Valspar® from Lowe’s!NSI_Lowes_logo_280_116 I spent a good deal of time agonizing over colors for the new studio. It’s in my nature to gravitate towards a safe, off-white for the walls and white for the trim. But ultimately decided to embrace creativity, choosing more dramatic colors from Valspar®.JSIM-Valspar We started our painting project with Valspar® Latex Primer – Sealer for New Dry Wall for the new, sheet-rocked ceiling and the newly sheet-rocked loft wall in the back of the room. Here’s Mr. Wonderful painting the ceiling with the primer.JSIM-Valspar-7 The selection of Valspar® colors and hues is so enormous, it could be quite an overwhelming task to narrow down colors, however there are several systems in place help you choose the best colors for your project.JSIM-Valspar-1 I drove directly to Lowe’s where there are great point-of-sale portfolios of beautiful photo and paint chip suggestions, combinations and ideas. JSIM-Valspar-2Also, the Valspar® website allows you to try out colors for your space on their online Virtual Painter. Valspar® even has a ProjectPaint App that helps you select great colors and start planning paint projects.JSIM-Valspar-3When choosing colors, I brought along a swatch of upholstery cut from the underside of my vintage green sofa and one board of my new Pergo flooring to Lowe’s and found two coordinating colors for my studio. I chose Heart of Palm, which is a lovely light yellow, and Greek Tapenade, a funky yellow-green to add a nice vintage punch to the far wall of the studio. I also chose Ultra White for the ceiling and trim.JSIM-Valspar-6JSIM-Valspar-5Cathe-Holden-Studio-Paint-4Cathe-Holden-Studio-Paint-1 Cathe-Holden-Studio-Paint-2With the painting officially finished today, the next step of the barn studio project is the Pergo flooring that will be going in tomorrow while I’m out of town at CHA. During this process, I’ve been brainstorming the placement of all my furnishings and supplies.Cathe-Holden-Studio-Paint-3 I can’t wait to share more studio progress soon!

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Party with Amy Locurto: Giveaway!

SuperHero-Banners-Sticker-POW-Amy-LocurtoA little over four years ago, graphic-designer/work-from-home-mom/creative-blogger, Amy Locurto, of introduced herself to me through a really nice email. It was crazy how much we had in common. Over years of keeping in touch I not only adore her work & whimsical style, but I’ve always been smitten by her super-fun personality. We’ve become good friends, and though she lives in Texas, and I in California, we’ve had a few exciting occasions to meet up: Blissdom ’10, a lunch date in the Historic Sonoma Plaza, and last year at CHA.Cathe-Holden-Amy-Locurto So, you can imagine how thrilled I am to announce Amy’s latest work here on JSIM!

Along with American Crafts, Amy has designed her debut signature line for Pebbles Inc. It’s perfect for parties (Amy’s specialty), cardmaking and scrapbooking.

The collection, Party with Amy Locurto, features 4 different, coordinating, themes: Mermaids, Superhero, Rainbow and Poolside. Party-With-Amy-LineEverything you’ll need for a scrapbook project or to decorate a party is included in the line. Each collection includes double sided patterned paper, alphabet glitter stickers, boldly colored labels and dimensional stickers, paper garlands (perfect for decorating cakes), and detailed embellishments, including cute paper flowers and party favor bags. Party-Amy-LocurtoMy favorite is the Superhero theme. Amy’s vintage inspired twist is so perfect with this line and it’s sure to make an adorable party for a little boy!SuperHero-Paper SuperHero-Banners-StickersSuperHero-Stickers-2


You’re going to have a blast with Amy’s new signature line! To help celebrate the launch of these whimsical, new products, I’m hosting a giveaway that includes all four “Party with Amy Locurto” collections. The lucky winner will get these products before they can be found in stores! A value of over $140.Party-With-Amy-Giveaway

TO ENTER: Please visit Amy’s blog today to see more images from her new signature line. Then, come back here and leave a nice, relevant comment. Entry open to US shipping address only.

ENTRY DEADLINE: Friday, January 11, at noon, PST. The winner will be randomly chosen, notified and posted here shortly after.

CONGRATULATIONS TO #82 LYNN! And thank you everyone who entered and your kind words.

Amy’s collection will be available for purchase online soon at Find out more on Living Locurto as Amy will also be adding coordinating printables in her shop.


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Country Living Typewriter Pocket Pillow

CL-HC-Typewriter-Pillow-CoverThough it’s only January, there’s already love in the air for those of us who craft months in advance of special holidays. The latest example is my typewriter pocket pillow featured in the February 2013 issue of Country Living just out this week and in time for Valentine’s day crafting. It’s a super easy sewing project utilizing Melody Miller fabric with instructions on page 44 along with information on downloading the pocket template. Instructions will also be on very soon, I’ll post here when they are.

Here’s one of my first smaller pillow prototypes on cream duck cloth.CL-Cathe-Holden-Typewriter-Pillow-1

Isn’t that typewriter print darling?

Maybe I’m partial, being the owner of a similar vintage portable Royal typewriter that I love.Cathe-Holden-TypewriterI’m quite smitten by designer Melody Miller’s work. Her Ruby Star Sparkle telephones are so fun, and I am hooked on this color palette that you’ll soon see showing up here and there in my new studio.  JSIM-phones_ring_a_ling So tell me, have you sewn anything lately by machine or hand?

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