About Cheryl @ Artzzle

I'm a former realtor turned professional stylist - stager, with a college major in art and design. I help people make their homes special places, no matter the size of their budgets or spaces. Arrangement and color, accessories and art, all play a very important part. I design with my clients' tastes in mind, not my own. It's your home and should look like you :) My website, Artzzle shares easy, economical decor and craft ideas, information and projects.

Friday the 13th! Quick, a Craft!

Who could waste a perfect title like that?  Great time to share a quick craft with you too.  It’s easy, low cost and fun to do!

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All you need is

  1. My FREE HALLOWEEN PRINTOUTS HERE (pictured above) that
  2. Paper and/or paper lunch bags
  3. Scissors & Glue
  4. String (any kind – yarn, thread, fishing line)
  5. One cup hook or large head screw
  6. A small branch from a shrub or tree

Could this be any easier?  Below are two “Done” ones

 

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HANDOUT Bags for HALLOWEEN

 

See the “TO DO’s”  HERE and HERE.

Find LOTS Fall projects by going up to the search bar & typing in the following words (one at a time) .

  1. Fall and/or Autumn
  2. EZ-PZ
  3. Mums

That’s it for this freaky Friday 😀

Whatever you do, don’t stress out … just start!

Later – Cheryl

 

 

 

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No Time or $$ Wasted in Fall

October 11th and Fall is rising!  Even with two holidays in this season, decorating doesn’t take much time to be terrific, or at least it doesn’t have to.  Are you wondering what else can be done besides the old black & orange for Halloween?  Keep in mind that all of the autumn colors can carry your decor through to Thanksgiving.

Colors in the orange and brown ranges are some of my favorites, meaning I have plenty of accent pieces for displays right now.  True, you won’t have the identical items I’ve used, but as I always say “Use what you have”.

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A simple group above.

  1.  Small bowl and two bright plates
  2.  Cream and Sugar set
  3.  A stem of artificial florals

Everyone has plates and bowls, and if you don’t have a C & S set, try two mugs, or a mug and a pretty glass.  No glitzy fake flower stems . . . SO WHAT.  Find some pine cones, funky branches or pretty leaves.  Those are FREE, and no storage worries either, just throw em’ away when you’re done!

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This little group holds display tips for you, so don’t worry about not having everything in it.

  1.  Using an odd number of items in your display, is a helpful rule of thumb, but that isn’t to say it’s always a requirement.  Try starting with just three pieces and depending on your items and space, work from there.
  2.  Use varied heights and textures.  Here I have a lot of glass, so I chose different colors, textures and shapes to avoid a “ho hum” effect.
  3.  Try for one piece that will tie things together.  I placed a fun resin figurine ($1.00) in this little group.  It’s seasonal, cute and helps unite my colors.  I also like to have most pieces touching, in a display.  You’re not sending them to their separate corners … you want them to play together.

 

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Give yourself a break, and make things easy.

  1. Use pictures and artwork that represent the season’s colors.
  2. Cozy, textural throws and colorful toss pillows are easy additions.
  3. Plants give life to an area in any season (brighten them with a pretty bow).  Finally, a few favorite treasures on your side table and boom . . . you’re done.

Autumn is so easy to decorate for.  A quick walk on a bright and brisk day, can provide countless natural add-ins.  Small, affordable plants and bouquets are available in stores everywhere.  Bring em’ home and throw it in a vase, a bowl … heck a big tin can (but cover the can in a pretty wrapping paper 😀 )

Thrift stores have endless amounts of wonderful decor items (and collectibles that you can treasure and use again and again)!  Take an afternoon or a hour after work and have a blast, discovering oodles of treasures!

YES, it’s repeating myself, but I can’t stress enough . . . USE WHAT YOU HAVE!  Shop your home … shop your Mom’s home, or Aunt Lil’s.  They’ll let you borrow and probably give things to you for your place 🙂 !  Memory pieces are the most meaningful decorations you’ll have.

Plants, plates, mugs; scarves, throw rugs, mittens, fabric, dish towels; books – Books – and MORE BOOKS.

  1. Use what you have or have access to
  2. Buy what you love AND can afford at the moment
  3.  Don’t stress out, just DO something, and have fun

You’re always welcome to stop over at my facebook page and see what’s happening there.  Lots of crafty creations going on right now.

Later – Cheryl

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Ending … and a New Beginning

 

September signals summer’s end, but also a new season, as Fall begins to trend.

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Ligularia pods burst into bloom.

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As the Hostas present a finale display .  .  .

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the Marigolds remain to play .  .  .

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with emerging Seedum in their glorious array.

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Yet as colors fade and the skies begin to gray .  .  .

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We must consider other means to brighten up our days.

As we now come to summer’s end, apologies to my followers and friends.  I’ve been quite lax in posting.

Thankfully at this time, worries and troubles are in decline.  Perhaps we could all use some toasting.

So here’s to health and happiness, and all that Fall will bring.  Let every day send new music your way.  It’s always the season to sing.

Until next time – Cheryl

P.S.    As a new computer now lives with me, I can promise more fun and posts to see.

 

 

ORANGE . . . one of my Favorite Colors

Combine it with clean lines, lots of light and plenty of white, and see how orange breathes new life into this neglected mid-century home featured over at HOUZZ.

 

Hope everyone is having a safe and fun 4th of July.

Later – Cheryl

 

 

 

A New House with an Old Look

HOUZZ is one of my favorite places online.  I have my own spot there, and I follow them on fb.  This recent feature is such a perfect fit for summer, and even more fun because it’s here in my Minnesota.  See if you love it as much as I did.

Hope your summer is coming along “swimmingly” 😀

Later – Cheryl

 

 

Quick, EZ Summer Color

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“Avid gardeners” describes three special ladies in my life. Every summer as I was growing up, so were the gardens of my Mom and Aunt Lil. When we kids were all little, the patches included as many vegetables as flowers. Sitting on the porch “helping” clean snap peas, we probably ate as many as were put into the basket! And many a fresh tomato was snatched off the vine and eaten like an apple, for a summer afternoon treat!

Over time, as the seats at the dinner table emptied, the gardens transitioned to nearly all flowers with just an occasional tomato plant or two. Though “in-laws”, my mom and aunt were as close as real sisters. Each year they would have this “unspoken” friendly competition over who had the best garden that summer. I remember gladiolas taller than my mother, and fat, bright faced zinnias in Aunt Lil’s credenza vase.

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Cards for Mother’s Day

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Sunday is Mother’s Day. As a floral designer, I know it is a big, busy day for that industry and reason for card companies to celebrate! As a Mother and Grandmother, I love the anticipated arrival of either cards, flowers, or better yet both! What fun.

A card is always appreciated, but is even more special with a personal touch. I enjoy making and sending hand-crafted greeting cards, and am sharing these latest projects with you. This is a Make-Do project for me; no need for outside shopping or spending because over time, I’ve amassed an abundant supply of papers, scrap, notions and envelopes.

Cards can be as basic as paper and envelope, with simple decoration and a hand-written message (and a little help from parents for pre-schoolers!). A standard size and weight piece of paper folded in half then in half again, gives you the typical card form and…

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Loving This Look

Our winter has been a light one, meaning little snow.  In Minnesota, it’s what is sometimes called a “brown winter”.  It does look a bit more friendly, but temperatures still restrict you to inside projects.

This is the exact time of year that we get antsy to do something.  The cleaning and purging could use a little more work, but at this point … boring.  Coming up with a project or two is easy enough.  The problem, as usual, is limited funds.

Long-time followers will remember nearly 4 years ago, we restyled and refinished  the cabinetry in our bathroom.  It has been  is holding up quite well and we still enjoy the look.

Bathroom cabinet redo with Rustoleum Kit

The bath color is a muted, dusty gold, although this picture doesn’t capture it well.  Most of the other tones in our open living areas are similar and neutral, and I do want to stay with those.  But we’ve been wanting a bit more color and the bathroom walls seemed a good place to add some.  This means paint of course.  In this case, the colors in my stash weren’t what I had in mind.  There was a good paint sale in the area, but it was still above what we could spend.  And then …

At Wal-Mart, on a sale table, I discovered a gallon of their “grab n’ go” paint in the aqua color.  At $11.00, it was a good price, but I had big reservations.  It was a semi-gloss finish which I felt might be too shiny.

I was considering a turquoise color that would match the current accents in the room.

 

This color seemed too bright, so I decided against but I kept thinking about it all week.  The next trip in, it still sat on the sale table … but now it was at $5.00 on markdown.

Now, most of you know I am a big proponent of mixing my own paint colors.  I bought the aqua gallon, and a quart of light gray in the same brand and finish.  At home I removed approximately 1/3 of the aqua (saving it, of course), and added most of the gray.  The result was much tamer so I did a sample wall.

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Still much too bright for us.  I wanted a much “dustier” shade, and so did a bit more experimenting.  For my darkening color I used a warm, deep cinnamon brown in a finish just one step below semi-gloss.  Each test got a wall splotch, until I hit on what I was going for.  I settled for the very top color in the picture below.

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We’re very pleased with our results

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We have a few more small projects for this room.  We plan to frame the mirror, and replace the wooden backsplash with glass tile.  AND … I’m changing up some of the accessories, starting with this gorgeous shower curtain that is an early Mother’s Day present from my daughter (thanks, Breezer)!

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I’m lovin’ the coral, purple and all the aqua and greens in this.  Can’t wait to buy towels LOL.

I’ll keep you posted.

Meantime, I would LOVE to hear what you think about our latest project.  Remember, when you leave a comment for me, check the box to receive answer comments.  My site systems don’t allow an automatic answer sent back to you.

Thanks for stopping over.

Later – Cheryl

 

Ready for VALENTINE Projects?

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Hi, all.  Can you believe it’s almost time for a holiday again? By now, I’m actually glad for another little spruce up opportunity, though.  Christmas is gone and with all of Winter’s white, windy weather, things need some sparkle again.  But, because it isn’t so friendly outside, now is a good time for one of my EZ-PZ projects.

This one is super easy, using things you’ll already have around the house.  AND you don’t need any fancy tools!

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PAINT SAMPLE CARDS and TISSUE BOXES are two of my favorite recycled/reuse craft items. They have beautiful colors and designs and are a great weight for cut-outs.

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This project I also used WRAPPING PAPER CUTOUTS & A RED FELT PLACEMAT from among my post-season stash. The mat had a whopping $0.24 price tag. Though I did use a few punches here, I also did many things the old fashioned way … folding and cutting out larger heart shapes to use.

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The wonderful set of punches featured in some of these projects – are not mine. They were on loan from my daughter. I mention this so people won’t be discouraged. Most of my work is done with ordinary, everyday items like scissors, exacto knife and salvaged papers. Same goes for glue. You don’t have to have a hot glue gun or a glue wheel for everything. Less expensive double-sided tapes, tacky glue or elmer’s are available everywhere, and get the job done just fine.

(Not pictured is a small tension-rod for your window. If you don’t have one, they are found in curtain departments and are very inexpensive.)

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SIMPLE STEPS:

Cut five pieces of string. I used twine here. A number of things work; yarn, curling ribbon or fish line. You it light weight enough to have a bit of movement as it hangs down. I cut my longest piece at 25”. Two more pieces were cut at 20” and finally, two pieces at 17”.

TIP: You’ll want to measure your window and see how long you want your pieces. REMEMBER that longer is better, so you have enough to tie to your rod, and more is always good because too much is better than not enough.

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Here I laid out my string. Tops are held down with fun-tac putty and I’ve added my jingle bells at the bottom to help straighten out the twine. Trying a few dry design placements with my cutouts, when satisfied, I began to glue items to the twine.

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NOTE: The paper shapes are all doubled. You NEED TWO IDENTICAL PIECES for each display on your string. When applying, you will lay one cutout FACE DOWN, then place your string over it, and glue the matching cutout over the top. As well as helping the pieces adhere to the string, this gives you a pretty view from either side.

Valentine’s Day is winter of course, so your window will be closed. But you’ll still get movement and in my example, I’ll have lots of movement since this window is above a heat register. In summer, you’ll get breeze from the open window.

Now all I have to do is tie my strings to the curtain rod.

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In my Christmas Window Project SEEN HERE I used coordinating wrapping paper to make a sleeve for the rod. For today’s project, I simply tacked some matching ribbon to the front of the rod so I could hang it higher in the window.

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See you soon for more fun.

As always, try not to stress about it, just start your project.

Later – Cheryl

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