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Funamals is a company that represents the whimsical artwork of Amy DeCaussin.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Inspiration Tuesday

I splurged and bought myself a kitschy little stamp.  I love stamps but never use them.  As an artist I have always felt pressure to use my own artwork for everything.  I love this stamp because every time I use it I think about how important it really is to enjoy today.  What a great, cheerful reminder!

My new studio is starting to spiff up!  The sun was shining, which is unusual for a typical January in West Michigan so I shot a few photos in hopes to cheer you up.  Happy Tuesday!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Pillow for the Ring Bearer...Handmade

This is the pillow that my then three year old nephew will be carrying down the aisle at my wedding.  It looks a little bit bare right now because fresh flowers will be added before the ceremony.  I used fabric scraps from my collection and hand sewed most of it with a needle and thread.
The pillow was then stuffed with cut up plastic bags allowing me to finish it completely without spending a dime!  My fiance Cam and I designed the pillow together.  He loves paisley, and although it is not my favorite, I love it here because he does.  I love a good compromise...and it is a good thing because that is what marriage is all about, right?
Finally, I added a ribbon handle on the bottom.  The pillow is complete.  Wedding planning has been smooth sailing so far!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Bright New Spin

Our new living room is finally decorated.  Renting a home can have limitations on how one can decorate.  The walls are white and the carpet is forest green.  I really was not fond of the carpet color.  It is a color I would never choose for anything and it is really dark so it weights down the whole room.  The overbearing carpet makes me miss the nice hardwood floors that we had in our old place.  I did not let the carpet get me down.  Instead I used creative problem solving skills to balance it out.  
Calder Pillow by Funamals can be found at Minty Keen.
Bike Pillow by artgoodies.

The first improvement were the curtains.  I refused to spend a dime on them, so I created big hobo curtains like i did for my laundry room, only for the living room I used much brighter fabric scraps.  Many of the scraps came from my Mother and and Aunt's sewing rooms as well as my own after lots of projects were finished.  I added a three tiered hanging basket, draped with green tool and vines placed in the bottom.
Once again, I was too cheap to buy curtain rods and didn't really want to go out in a snow storm. I also thought there must be a way to hang curtains with whatever is laying around in the house.  We have a plastic bin that we keep any and all loose and unused power chords, cables and chargers in.  Many of them are from electronics long gone.  I found a few chords we don't use and strung the curtains on them.  I stapled the cables to the wall.  The plugs add character.
With even smaller fabric scraps, I tied them together to make a multicolored garland to string across the wall opposite the big windows.  This project only took me about a half an hour from start to hanging.

My potted plants are displayed in a community together on a coffee table in front of the window.  The front window in the living room is the best source of light.  Many of my plants are snatched up freebies found at my side job-rescued from an almost definite fate in the trash.  A small wooden shelf and a tall pillar painted red adds varying level to my homage to mother nature.
One perk of being an artist is that there is always spare artwork around.  Above our $60.00 vintage couch I hung my piece "Beach Blissed Seals."  It arrived home with some other pieces after a month long stay in my gallery showing "Don't Think, Don't Blink."  It will probably live here until it is sold or taken to a gallery.  My fiance Cam currently has a gallery showing "I Thought I heard a Stranger."  What doesn't sell or go to galleries will come home and our work may get switched around.  One thing is for certain; around here the artwork on the walls never stays in one spot for long.
"One Small Discovery" on Etsy
Here is another piece from my recent show "Don't Think, Don't Blink."  It too has currently found a spot in the corner of our living room.  It goes nicely with our lamp with the lace shade which Cam picked up somewhere at a thrift shop.  I love the warmth that this corner gives off.
Not everything is for looks.  Our living room has to function too.  Here is a table set up to keep things organized.  A small display holds Cam's laptop and our most recent reading material.  Right now we are reading the Catechism which we are studying in our classes to prepare us for marriage.  The woven piece by Rose Beerhorst houses our remotes so we can always find them.  The coasters were a gift from my cousin, Sara.  The phone doesn't really work, its just for decoration.
Woven cozy by Rose Beerhorst.
We have a lot of dvds and I must say I am pretty proud of our awesome selection.  I took all of our favorite, and most frequently used and put them into this vintage suitcase for easy access.  
Dog Pillow by K Studio
Our fake, handmade fireplace is a'glowin making our house feel very cozy.  The rocking chair is a piece carried down from several generations.  It was my Great Great Uncle Cal's, I believe.  I look forward to rocking my children in it--and I have already rocked my nephew in it a few times :)  There are a few simple details on our tv stand.  Since using such bright colors makes it have more of a feminine feel, many elements were added to balance it out.  Cam's vintage film projector is on display with a few toy soldiers guarding it.
The other side of our "mantel" has Cam's favorite Buddha Statue and my clarinet lamp...made out of a real clarinet that my Dad gave me as a kid.  My Dad would never admit it, but we have similar tastes.

Loving the new cozy space.  Since our studio is in our house, it is nice to have a place to relax.  We are definitely not afraid of color!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Betta Betta

Check out Rain on Etsy

Sometimes I go to paint work for clients and I forget how to paint.  I am really behind on commissions right now, but I still couldn't seem to get the brush to do what I wanted it to do.  It's like when you first wake up in the morning and you feel groggy.  The first brush strokes are a little bit off.  So tonight I painted my Betta fish "Rain" for good exercise. :)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hobo Curtains

Shab to Fab...
So we just recently moved into a new house and it has provided a place for many new projects!  Here I was working on the laundry room and as you can see the windows needed a lot of help...
So I came up with an idea to make what I like to call  "Hobo Curtains."  
I have a lot of fabric scraps and upholstery samples that I have collected and I started piecing them together.
Since we are on a tight budget, I did not want to spend the extra money to get curtain rods, so I took a spool of string and strung it across the top of the window, winding it around a nail in the center to keep it tight.  I tied the string to a small clay bead and fished it through the new curtains.  
AND, with a few strips of one of my favorite color fabrics, I tied the curtains together.  They turned out so well that my fiance is now requesting I make "Hobo Curtains" for our living room too!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

"Don't Think, Don't Blink"

December Gallery Showing....

The show was held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan as part of the MAJIC Concert Series (MAJIC-Musical Arts for Justice in the Community).  The Opening was December 9th 2011 with music by Sergei Kvitko and Ken Beachler.  The artwork was up until January 9th 2012.  
"The Magic Armadillo" Click Here

Textile Tree--made of all repurposed materials.
Watercolor Birdhouse--Made of recycled materials.
"The Mad Owl" Click Here

"The Mad Owl" Click Here

"Budgie Baby" 
"Up up and Away" 

"Up up and Away" 

"Up up and Away" 

"A Day to Dream" 
"The Excitable Misunderstood Genius" by Cam DeCaussin Click Here
"Portrait of the Excitable Misunderstood Genius" Click Here
"What are Your Thoughts?" 

"What are Your Thoughs?" 
"Dancing With The Trees" 
"Dancing With the Trees" 

"Penguin Waddle Bottle" Click Here
"Stumped" Click Here

"The Rooster" Click Here
"Baboon Creative" Click Here

"Beach Blissed Seals" Click Here
"Come Along With Me" Click Here
"One Small Discovery" Click Here

"One Small Discovery" Click Here