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February 2, 2014

Decorating Update

We've been in our new home for 2 months now and the guest room is finished except for the shutters. We're shopping for shutters for the entire house and are just about ready to order them.  It's taken awhile to decide because they had to pick me up off the floor when I got the first bid!  I knew they were expensive but when it's coming out of our pocketbook it seems really expensive.

Our master bedroom has been painted and the final touches are nearly finished.  We still have the master bath to do.  And I still need a headboard and possibly another dresser.  Living in a small town doesn't offer a lot stores so my daughter and I are considering taking a few days for an out of town shopping trip.  She wants to go to an Ikea and I want HomeGoods.

If you've never been to a HomeGoods store you're in for a treat.  They're a discount store owned by TJ Maxx.  There's an upscale feel to the store and they have all things related to homes - kitchen items; bed & bath; furniture; area rugs; pet items; and more things than I can mention!  Check out their website  http://www.homegoods.com.

I'm getting over whelmed with decorating ideas running amuck in my brain.  I skip to what to do in the kitchen - then what color for the living room - then to wallpaper or stencil - then to wood floor choices.  Does this happen to everyone when they move to a new home?  It's hard to stay focused on one project at a time.

I've decided that I want to stencil the master bedroom water closet/potty room, probably the one wall seen from the main bathroom.  It will be a subtle blue on blue.  Here are a few of the patterns I like.  I found these on etsy.com, https://www.etsy.com.

 OMGstencils from etsy.com        OMGstencils
This pattern is from OMGstencils on etsy.com

This pattern is from RoyalDesignStencils on etsy.com. 

Just click on their names to see more stencil styles that they offer.  Stenciling is a way to truly customize your home with color and design.  And it's relatively easy.

I still need to make stained glass light switch covers for the guest room and our bedroom.  However in reality it will probably be a while before that happens.  Like the busy cobbler who didn't have time to make shoes for his children, I've been too busy making switch plates for customers that I don't have time to make them for my home.  Here are some of the stained glass mosaic switch plates that I've made for customers:


To see more of my stained glass & mosaic light switch covers go to Judy Evans' Collection

Well, it's time to start working so I'll say so long for now!

January 9, 2014

New Year - New Home

I'm excited to start 2014 because my husband and I made a life altering decision to move to Northern California and start a life that is totally different from what we've experienced in our 43+ years of marriage.

Instead of the hour+ commute to and from work 5 days a week, my husband now works from home 4 days a week.  And I now have a designated space for my studio where I make stained glass mosaic light switch covers and stained glass sun catchers.  Here's my etsy site - Judy Evans' Collection.

Previously we lived in Southern California and was part of the hustle bustle of traffic and stress that is life in Southern California.  We'll miss our friends and family but knew it was the right thing to do to plan for our retirement.  Our daughter and her family live nearby so we get to see her much more than before.  We'll miss being with our son and his family, however we'll have the opportunity to go down south for visits frequently.

We moved to a lovely home on an acre of land.  Next door to us is a forest and we occasionally see deer in our yard.  The wild life that we used to see was crazy golfers - the deer are much more gentle and certainly quieter!

With a new home comes new decorating plans.  Our first project was to paint our guest room - and it's great having a true guest room instead of a multi-purpose room where friends and family stayed while visiting.  We painted the room a soft lavender, Glidden Misted Lilac, and bought a side table to go next to the bed.  I'm still painting the trim.  Pictures to follow......

When deciding on a paint color, I looked for the trending colors for 2014.  And then decided to disregard what the 'professionals' thought and to go with my comfort zone - I'm a purple girl!  After all, we're going to see my color choice every day and the 'professionals' will never see my choice!  I hope I made the right decision.

We have more to do to personalize our home and I'll keep you posted.

In doing decorating research I came across something interesting.  Shape Tape by Frogtape is a roll of precut chevron, scallop or wave tape that can be used to create unique patterns.  I plan to use this on my next painting project, our master bedroom and bath.  Not sure how, but I'll figure it out.  Here's a link for more information -  http://frogtape.com/index.php/products/frogtape-shape-tape

And here's a link to a blog that seems to have everything you need to know about painting - http://makingitlovely.com/2010/03/09/diy-painting-tips-tricks-and-a-step-by-step-guide/.  It was nice to find out that I really knew most of this, but helpful to be reminded of the how-tos.  Maybe it will help you too.

Here's a picture of one of my sun catchers.Please check out my etsy site to see more.

I'd love to hear about your home projects and any helpful hints you have to share.

January 14, 2011

Say Hello To Mosaic Switch Plates

Designing jewelry has been my passion since 2003 – I loved creating one of a kind jewelry. However, good things end and better things start! In January 2010 I made the difficult decision to discontinue the jewelry side of my business and put that time and energy into mosaic light switch covers.

I've been doing this for a year now and know that I made the right choice. They have been well received at craft shows and boutiques as well as in my online shops.

A new websit for Judy Evans' Collection has been created, http://www.judyevanscollection.com/, and I'm still tweaking it. Please check it out and let me know what works and what needs improvement. I'm photography challenged so I know that part is weak, let me know what photos absoultly need to be re-done. After awhile it's hard for me to be objective so I need your help. Any other imput will be appreciated too. Also, please let me know if it loads too slow on your computer.

Here are a few photos of some of the switch plates I've done for customers. I know, these photos could be improved!