Succulent Inspired

Buffet, succulent green-1

I have a had a paint brush in my hand nearly every single day since the kids went back to school! It’s very much my favorite place to be…on the floor in grubby clothes with paint splattered on my face and in my hair. My projects for the past month have not been my own, […]

Wanted: Volunteer Color Mixologist

Chalk Paint® custom color palette: A New Angle

We have a brand new intern opportunity for the fall and winter months! We’re looking for someone who has a couple of hours to kill every week, who won’t mind getting their hands colorful and play with different paint mixtures. Seriously…I think this might be the most fun internship we’ve ever offered!   Our Volunteer […]

Progress on the Family Room


Happy first day of school! The lackadaisical summer days sapped any productivity and motivation from me. But, we are back from all of our summer vacations, Jerry is back at work and I am resuming a more regular schedule and the anticipation of a routine has given me a swift kick in the pants to […]

Room Re-Designs-The Process I Use

Rivard House-123 (JAM's conflicted copy 2015-05-08)

We’ve been in our house for about twelve years now. I’ve re-decorated every space inside and out in that house multiple times except for one. Our back family room. Some days, you can find me sitting on the couch and just staring at the walls, willing a change but not knowing where to start with […]

Revived and Refreshed


The days on the calendar on ticking by ever so quickly until school starts! Just over two weeks. Where does the time go? I’ve spent the better part of July gallivanting around the western part of the US and enjoying some much needed R & R and an abundance of adventures before the kids go […]

What is Shibori?

as shibori

In short, Shibori is an ancient Japanese technique of dying cloth fabrics while using a variety of binding methods to achieve a variety of patterns and effects. Indigo or purple root is the typical dying agent used which offers a rich, deep blue. Believe it or not, at some point in time, most likely when […]

Painting with Annie Sloan


Last month, I went on a whirlwind of a trip to Oregon to take a painting class with Annie Sloan. By whirlwind, I had to align the sun, moon and stars to pull together childcare, store coverage and the dollars to get myself to Oregon all within an eight to ten day time frame. But, […]

Painting for Profit

knot too shabby at the Los Angeles Ultimate Women's Expo

Over the past five+ years, we have witnessed remarkable and talented women (and men) take their passion for painting, up-cycling and re-purposing and turn it into a lucrative business. Many had their start selling at the knot too shabby BAZAAR, others spent months taking countless workshops to refine their technique, and others yet “wing it,” […]

knot too shabby BAZAAR 2017: Furniture Makeover Competition

#knottooshabbyBAZAAR Furniture Makeover Competition

To enter in the #knottooshabbyBAZAAR Furniture Makeover Competition, knot too shabby customers were challenged to bring a piece of furniture to the 2017 knot too shabby BAZAAR in the Glendora Village that they had painted with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan or Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint along with a printed 8×10 “before” photo for a chance […]