Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Exclusive Facebook/Instagram Promo

The time has come to make room for some new pieces that are in the making for 2016 but also to make furniture gift giving for the season a bit more affordable.
This offer is valid for all new and existing Facebook and Instagram followers and it features prices that can't be matched. If you are aren't my Facebook/Instagram follower by now, go to the site and follow me and if you are interested in any of the pieces, just send me a message
Special offer prices for each of the pieces are as follows:
Little Yellow Desk - $185CND 
Blue Side Table -  $125CDN
Decoupaged Desk - $225CDN

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Handmade Art - Guest post on Preloved

Preloved is of the largest classified advertising sites in the UK with hundreds of thousands of adverts in over 500 categories and when they asked me to become they guest blogger I was totally on board. My latest post talks about budget friendly and hand made art.
When times are tough or budget is tight, it is often home decor purchases that get put on the back burner. Funds get allocated to things that matter most, and let’s face it, that is the proper way to go about life. But no matter how difficult the financial situation may be, we all know that weathering it is always easier if we are surrounded with pretty things, and they don’t have to cost a bundle! When it comes to art, it is in the eyes of the beholder. Art doesn’t only live in galleries and museums, you can easily find it on the street, at local markets, on magazine pages, even in kitchen supply stores.
Today I am sharing the story of a piece of “art” that has a central spot in my home; its original purpose was not to serve as d├ęcor. It is very much the reflection of my taste and a budget friendly alternative to the original I fell in love with.
A few years ago decorating with vintage bus scrolls was all the rage. I loved the rawness of them, and the fact that each one of them had a story and played a major role in communities. Many people depended on those signs on their daily commutes. I did in fact come across an authentic one in Melbourne, Australia, but the price tag of $1,000 was way out of my art purchasing budget. Not to mention that they are often very long and require an adequately high wall to display them on; none of which I have in my house.

It was in a novelty home decor store where I spotted the beautiful original scroll, and in the spirit of current decorating trends, they also had a selection of tea towels mimicking the scroll aesthetic.

I saw an opportunity here and purchased one of them for $18.00. The design had the shop’s name as the final destination, and the “stops” were the streets leading to the store. This was a perfect answer to my decorating desire and a beautiful way to remember my vacation! At home, I purchased a vintage frame for $5.00 at a thrift store, had a piece of glass cut to measure for an additional $10.00, and had created an original piece with my very own stamp on it for a mere $33.00!

If “tea towel art” isn’t an option for you, the alternatives are endless. There is no shortage of beautiful and inexpensive wrapping papers, fabrics, greeting cards, or vintage book pages you can use to decorate your home and make it uniquely yours, and here is the shot of my kitchen wall to prove it. On that wall you can find a selection of homemade items (the pom-poms and “happy” message sign), childrens’ art, vintage book illustration (the monkey), art market finds (the bear and dandy gentleman), concert ticket stub from 2004 (“lambchop”) and artsy greeting cards (the orange bird and clothes mannequin).

If you have an original art wall and want to show it off, please send me some pictures via Twitter (@Poppyseedliving) and I will share it through my blog and website. If you are yet to create one, I hope this post serves as inspiration.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Colourful Tallboy Dresser

This tallboy dresser is all about fun, inside and out. Colourful triangles add a modern touch to its simple vintage frame. The extra deep drawers are lined with colourful vintage wallpaper that will make you smile every time you open them. Not only is this dresser ideal to store bulky winter sweaters and blankets but would make a great addition to your child's bedroom or playroom.
Check it out on Etsy or Poppyseed Creative Living website.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Gray Dresser with Mismatched Pulls

All the fun about this dresser is right in front of your eyes. A solid wood built piece, with oodles of storage and character to match. I chose a neutral colour to allow the mismatched pulls to shine and give this dresser a one-of-a-kind look. The height of this piece is perfect to make it a suitable alternative as a change table. It is currently available on Etsy and at Poppyseed Creative Living website.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Tote Bags from from Vintage Oil Paintings

I love experimenting with crafts and trying out new things. This is how these tote bags came to exist. have used paintings on furniture in the past and wanted to see what it would look like if they are turned into bags. All the canvases are fairly sturdy on their own, but I felt that in order to be able to resist daily wear they need to be specially treated and reinforced. All bags are are lined with extra sturdy canvas, they all have a larger inside pocket and are flat (with no side gussets). Subtly frying is a part of their character. Straps are made of repurposed belts and some of them are vegan friendly.
Four bags are listed in my online store, so head on over to claim your own.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sage Blue Desk

I haven't had a desk in stock for a while, so when this one came along I had to scoop it up. I opted to paint it in a pale blue-is -grey colour to appeal to those who love colour as well as to the customers that prefer neutrals. Drawers are all lined with retro wallpaper and the only pop of brightness are the two yellow and teal pulls in the centre.
The piece is listed in my Etsy store and the Poppyseed Creative Living website.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Drawer in Bloom

Here is my latest decoupage project. Simple but withe enough character for a huge presence in any room. Guaranteed one of a kind, with flowers that will remind you of Summer all year long. Available in my Etsy store and the Poppyseed Creative Living website.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Marigold Yellow Sideboard

For this sideboard I chose Marigold yellow in milk paint formula. I love this colour and though it would bring this piece to life. I have worked with with milk paint in the past and and rarely had any issues with it. This was the first time that just after I thought the job was done the paint flaked off the top, both drawers and the side doors. Milk paint can not be removed with paint strippers so easily so I literally had to use force, scrape and sand until all loose paint particles were removed. All this effort was well worth it, so much so that the piece already stole the heart of one of my existing customers and will be in her new home by week's end.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

A Different Kind of Photo Shoot

The weather was beautiful this past weekend here in Toronto so to capitalize on the opportunity I took this little nugget to the beach to try out something new, a photoshoot out in the open. Even though working outside, surrounded by lots of people and in a new environment had its own challenges, I found it fun and rewarding. There was no need for extra staging as the nature offered everything and more to allow this piece to shine. If you have a minute, drop me a line and let me know how you feel about it, do you prefer it to the traditional indoors shoots or should I attempt to get more of my pieces out in the nature?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Little Desk Worthy of a Rock Star

I crossed paths with this desk last week as I was delivering one of the pieces to my new customer. It was unpainted and its simple lines made the refinishing possibilities endless. As I am in the collaging/decoupaging phase right now I took inventory of available fabrics and paintings and got to work changing it into a one-of-a-kind piece of decor worthy of any home. It can be found in my Etsy store as well as Poppyseed Creative Living website.