Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Helping a client organize her office IN A DAY!

Worked with a client today to get her home office all straightened up and usable. She has been working on her entire home, but this room had her a little bit stuck to go any further. So I put on my cape and headed over! She was a real trooper and very ready & willing to let go of extra belongings. I think we made a good team conquering her space. Here are the before and after images to see what was accomplished.
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AFTER Organizing but Chelsea Weiss of ChelseaSparks.com
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AFTER Organizing but Chelsea Weiss of ChelseaSparks.com
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AFTER Organizing but Chelsea Weiss of ChelseaSparks.com
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Thursday, August 6, 2015

2015 Trip to Italy - part 1

I was fortunate enough to get to tag along with my dear friend Tricia and her family to Italy last month (July 2015). It was a tour with Trafalgar of specifically Roma, Firenze and Venezia. After having traveled to Rome in September of 2014 on a trip with my sweet husband, where we did the trip all on our own, I was excited to try traveling in Italy with a tour group. Of course each type of trip has different pros and cons and they vary for each person. 

Galleria Borghese

In September we stayed in one hotel the whole trip (at Albergo Raefaello on via Urbana) in Roma. We took two day trips: one to Napoli/Pompeii and one to Firenze. It allowed us to see SO much in Roma being there almost the entire length of the trip. This July tour trip was 3 days in each major city with some day trips to other cities like Assisi, Bologna and Pisa. So we saw more places in July on the tour, but in Roma we saw A LOT more landmarks. For example, Tricia and I did not get to see the Spanish steps, the Pantheon or the site where Julius Caesar was murdered that is now a sanctuary for cats.
I found on this second trip I was much more comfortable speaking Italian than the first time. It made interacting with Italian people far more interesting and fun speaking their language. One thing we did not manage to get to in September was the Galleria Borghese, but Tricia and I went on our first day there. If you are interested in reading about the Galleria or the pieces shown I have provided links to the Galleria's website, since I'm not really interested in writing about the history. I would rather share my observations or inspirations! Which I will continue doing in more posts to come. Enjoy these images from my iphone.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Before I started out blogging...I did this

I think I had forgotten that I haven't been blogging my whole adult life. I forgot about one particular adventure that I missed posting about because I wasn't yet blogging.

While an Interior Design student at AACC (Anne Arundel Community College) I entered a competition with ASID (American Society of Interior Design). The winners would have their work printed in Chesapeake Home magazine in October 2006. I won an honorable mention, but the magazine changed the format for student winners and did NOT print his/her work or the name of his/her project in the magazine...ONLY our names were printed. It was an honor to win, but a bit of a disappointment not to have our work shown in the magazine. Here are the images I have from that endeavor.

ASID AWARD for Chelsea Weiss of ChelseaSparks.com

My meager award mention

 

 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Well, I had to paint more luggage!

Getting ready for my trip to Italy by packing early. I had planned on having one medium size piece of luggage and one hard case as a carry on, but the tour company has other ways of dealing with luggage. Instead I am to have 1 large suitcase and another small bag. The smaller bag can't have wheels or stick out pulley type handles. With this news I had to ask Pete if I could paint our one large piece of luggage...he had no objections, but if I ever expected him to carry it - it should be colors with him in mind. That means no neon or color wildness. Here is what I came up with in Pete friendly color and graphics. I still want to add some line work by hand to further enhance the paint & stencils.

Painted by Chelsea Weiss of www.ChelseaSparks.com
Large luggage: binary

 

 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

One-of-a-kind Luggage!

I thought some of you might be inspired to paint your luggage, so here are some basic tips I can offer after having painted mine. The first photograph lists the supplies I used. I had hard suitcases instead of fabric ones. I didn't want to deal with the fabric type soaking up all the paint. I prefer using the hard cases because of how lightweight they are.

painted suitcase project
  • For spray paints I went to our stash in the basement and picked out colors I thought would work with the pink color suitcases I had. Matt or gloss will work. Use what you have if you can. No need to spend money if you have some around. My suitcases had a textured surface, so the glossy spray paints were kind of lost on it.
  • As far as how many layers, it depends on your level of patience. I added my paint in light layers, so it dried quickly. My advice is don't go too dark right away if your suitcases are light colored. Work up the color gradually. I selected similar type patterns for my stencils that coordinated well together. Think about the scale of each of the patterns. I found I liked the larger patterns in the background and added the smaller ones as accents to the larger ones. 
  • I used pieces of cardboard (like the backs of a pad of paper) to mask off areas where I didn't want the paint to go. 
  • After all the spray paint dried I added some line work with paint pens.
  • I haven't decided if I am going to coat it with a layer of clear coat or not. I kind of like the idea of the paint possibly coming off, so I can paint them again to freshen them up.



painted suitcase project
If you decide to try this out on your luggage, please share a picture with me!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Spray Painting My Luggage

Last year or some time ago I saw a FB post from an art friend Kecia (www.keciadeveney.com) where she painted her luggage all fun and crazy. I liked the idea of my luggage being easy to find on the conveyor belt at the airport, but have relied on the tied on bright colored ribbon technique as my identifier. Today I went out with some spray paints and stencils and played around on my new suitcases. I liked the pink suitcase background to start with, instead of a more typical black or gray suitcase.

Painted by Chelsea Weiss of www.ChelseaSparks.com
my new luggage

What do you think? Will anyone mistake my luggage for his/her own?

 

 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Year Long Commitment to my Mommas & her Stuff

This was my second weekend working at my Mom's to help her arrange and declutter her home and her life...and all the various rooms and spaces filled with stuff. My help to my mom is free except I get little goodies as gifts as I uncover all her treasures. I got to pick where I started as well. I chose her studio because it is an inspiring space and I couldn't wait to get permission to move her junk around in there. I have moved my mom's stuff around since I lived at home with her. She was a single working mom, so she never had time to do a ton of housework or rearranging. She came home to a rearranged living room quite a bit when I was a teenager.

Here is the BEFORE video of her studio space:

This video is from my second time working on the studio. I took this video today, Sunday, June 21, 2015.



In August I have friends coming down to stay at her place and help me kick butt on another area of my mom's world. The plan is to have a giant yard sale in the Spring of 2016...in it for the long haul. I will keep you updated on this journey as it progresses.