A Coat of a Different Color

I’m boring…I’m just going to put that out there!  I live on the 2nd floor of my parents home which consists of 2 full baths, a bedroom, my sewing/craft room, and an in home office with 2 desks.  The office was painted a deep red when we first moved in so it would be more androgynous because the plan was for my step-father and I to share the office (that lasted less than a year).  I love red so I love it anyway!  I now use his desk as my work from home (WFH) desk on the days I am able to forgo the commute through metro-Atlanata traffic and my desk is for my personal/GeminiRed stuff.

Well, aside from the excitement of the red walls in the office there is no color on the walls anywhere.  When I decided to paint the walls a couple of years ago I chose a beautiful Pearl.  Yep…Pearl. Boring, boring Pearl – so basically Off-White.  I made myself feel good about it because that meant I could change-up my bed linens, my bathroom accessories and my sewing/crafting room could have just about anything on the wall (oh…I should mention its original purpose was my library/sitting/reading room).

Here are the boring walls…Maybe not horrible boring since I have some color on the walls.

The room itself is much different from this picture as I’ve rearranged numerous times getting it “just right” so my creativity can flow.  And in recent weeks I decided I really need to give that room a bright and cheery transformation so I started thinking of painting the one wall you see in this picture – it’s the first wall you see when coming up the stairs and when you enter the room.  My initial thoughts were to get something in either the purple or orange family.  That met with some scrunched up noses when I brought it up with others.  So, today I took a little walk through the paint aisle at Lowe’s and brought home some swatches.

I decided to go with the only color in this grouping that wasn’t part of the “family” of colors shown.

One of these things is not like the other – one of these things DOES belong!  I have chosen Raspberry Tart (and if you look to the left you will see that it might actually be a nice contrast with the metal dresses I have hanging up over my sewing table).  I’m pretty excited and can’t wait to see the finished look.  However, I have to wait until after I return from my road trip to CT and back.  My mother and I take an annual drive (well, I drive and she rides) to CT to visit my now 90-year-old grandmother.  It’s a long trip, but as soon as I get back I plan on throwing on my painting clothes and transforming that room!  Can’t wait to show you the finished look!

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Aprons for Haiti

Hi everyone! I recently came across an awesome blog post about aprons for Haiti (find more information here ) and so I had to look into this further.  Many of you probably know that I started my little GeminiRed Creations business because of the want/need for an apron.  A little over a year later I still make aprons, but I also make just about anything that strikes my fancy or that people ask me to create.

So, of course, I knew I had to get involved with making these aprons.  From what I can tell many people have been sending 3 aprons.  I’d love to send at least 10 (although, on GoFundMe I’ve set a lofty goal of raising $1,000 for this cause).  I have set up the GoFundMe page to raise money for purchasing fabric and supplies and to continue doing events like this.

Years before opening (and eventually closing) my salon I always knew that while owning a business I wanted to “give back” and do for others.  My goal has always been to give a portion of what I create and earn to those less fortunate or to help find a cure for things such as Crohn’s and Colitis.  I give 10% of what I earn to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and would love to create wonderful products that inspire people to purchase them so that I can continue to give.  As well as help me with projects like Craft Hope Aprons for Haiti.

The original deadline for sending aprons was the end of May, but it has been extended through June, so I am putting needle to fabric and going to sew up a bunch to send.

I appreciate your help, and as always your love and support!  Thank you for always helping me make my dreams come true!

Who doesn’t love a cute apron?

Fabric.com

I first learned about Fabric.com because a previous employee made my friend’s absolutely amazing wedding dress!  So, I started following the blog.  And THEN…that’s where I found some sparkly skull fabric which I’ve used to make cute aprons and a couple teddy bears (one is still a work in progress)!

Since that time I have continued to follow the blog, which always has great inspirational ideas for projects.  They have everything from knitting and embroidery to decorating eggs and sewing!  You can check out their blog here.

Because of my love of all things fabric, their online store, and their blog I’ve recently signed up as an affiliate.  Use the link on the right hand side of my blog to get FREE SHIPPING on your orders of $35 and up.

With the help of my blog followers I hope to continue to grow my GeminiRed Creations brand and shop!  Please help me by checking out those companies with whom I have partnered.