What Have I Been Up To?

I apologize for being a little MIA on the blog lately! This summer has been a busy one so far, but that’s definitely a good thing! I’ve been working my butt off with clients, as well as opening up a new Etsy shop, where I paint all kinds of fun stuff! So far I have some signs in there, frames and coasters. I absolutely love painting coasters, so I’ve been having a lot of fun with some nautical/beach themed ones as well as chalkboard coasters. Here’s a few pictures of what’s available at the moment. I plan on putting up as much as I can throughout the summer, so keep checking back!

Check out my new shop here.

Ahoy Coasters1 Anchors and Wheels Coasters Chalkboard Coasters3 Nautical Coasters IMG_0563 IMG_0593


Up next on the blog…sanding and staining some chairs we have on the front porch to match the table this weekend! Should be up by Monday!

Happy Weekend!

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How to Use Lighting to Change the Atmosphere of Your Garden

Many people like to relax in their garden once the sun goes down. But, in order to create the perfect atmosphere, good lighting is the key to a well-lit and elegant garden after dark.

Small garden spaces work very hard in terms of making everyone happy. The time of day they’re best appreciated and used is during the evening hours or early morning before leaving for work. Although soft morning light is a beautiful thing to behold, it’s generally the moonlit garden that’s artificially-lit where various lights can potentially be utilised in order to create the perfect effect and ambiance. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you design your ideal garden lighting scheme.

1. Use light to balance and highlight the best features of your garden.

Great lighting is intended to enhance the fine distinctions and soft shadows of your garden. Regardless of the size, every garden has a number of different aspects and special features that will only show up if they’re properly lit. The real purpose of garden lighting is to complement your entire design, which will naturally draw more people into it to be enjoyed.

2. Determine the intensity of light you desire.

Focusing light on a certain feature too strongly such as a tree, path, or pond will downplay every other feature in the space and make it seem less important. For best results, use LED light-fitting technology as the ideal solution to perfectly highlight the most interesting features throughout your garden.

3. Warm lighting or cold lighting?

Basically, you can choose between two different lamp colours, either warm or cold. Which colour you ultimately choose will primarily depend on your general lighting approach. Perhaps a combination of both colours will best suit your particular garden. In addition to standard lighting, accent lighting or up/down light beams, use LED fixtures with key lenses in order to produce a sharp-edged pattern of light on virtually any surface in your space. Want to know which home improvements can save you the most amount of money in terms of energy efficiency? Take a look at this energy savings at home infographic to see where your home renovation dollars are best spent.

4. Create style and personality while keeping safety in mind.

By strategically placing light fixtures throughout your garden, it will complement the facade of your home by bringing your indoor lifestyle outdoors. Garden lighting is the ideal way to add your own personal style and character to the overall appearance of your home while increasing both flair and ambiance to your garden sanctuary in order to entertain guests or relax in quiet solitude.

In addition to creating the perfect atmosphere, garden lighting also serves as a security measure. The fixtures will light the edges of pathways, doorways, decks, or walkways in order to ensure safe footing overall.

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Free Summer Gift Tags Printable!

Two years ago I posted some free summer gift tags, and people seemed to enjoy them, especially on Pinterest! So I thought I would make some more! If you want to check those ones out, click here.

Take a look at my newest group of summer gift tags, and if you end up printing them and using them, feel free to send me a picture!

Summer Gift Tags

Download Summer Gift Tags

These gift tags were created as 4″ x 2″ rectangles. To print, I recommend just printing them on some thick card stock or photo paper.

Enjoy these free printable gift tags! Printable gift tags were designed by Rissa.

This printable is free for personal, non-commercial use.

All designs created and owned by RissDG LLC – You may not sell this item as your own or in any way.

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