Customize your Rae Dunn for Valentine’s Day

I got my very first piece of Rae Dunn pottery for Christmas this year. I’ve been looking at how to DIY Rae Dunn type things for a while and pinning everything Rae Dunn before that, but now I have one. Trouble is, what can I do with one piece?

I got the “faith” mug. Isn’t it cute??? But when I think Rae Dunn, I think of all the ways I can use it to decorate seasonally. And don’t you need a dozen or more pieces to be able to do that? Actually, no. You don’t!

Last month I shared with you how I used my one Rae Dunn mug in a winter vignette. When February was approaching, though, I took some pictures of the process for you. (Just meant to share them earlier in the month!)

In the pictures above, you see the word “Faith” on the right. It’s a great word, but I was looking for something else for Valentine’s decor. The left picture shows you something else… a blank canvas!

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So I grabbed some masking tape and my water based Sharpie paint pen and got to work. (***Note: water based will wash off, oil based may not. Make sure you have the water based paint pen!!!) You could measure, but I just eye-balled the taping to get mostly strait and just far enough apart.

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Then I used my most Rae Dunn like writing (notice it isn’t the exact same, but it’s good enough for me) and wrote “kiss me” on the cup. If you mess up, just get a paper towel damp and clean it off to start over.

I did notice that it bled when the paint pen touched the tape, so I tried to be careful not to get so close the second time. But even then, I just folded up a paper towel, dipped it in a bit of water and cleaned up the edges after pulling the tape off.

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And I was done (or should I say “Dunn”?) Not sure yet what it will say with spring around the corner, but you can be sure it will be something.

Okay, so I wasn’t completely done…

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While I still had my supplies out and was still itching to decorate (I don’t have much Valentine stuff) I pulled out a couple of my little white bowls. I stuck a piece of masking tape around the bottom to give me a straight line and I added words to them too.

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They make me smile! 🙂

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My September Shelves + Other Apple Decor

I decorate with apples in September. Okay, I know I’m a little crazy, but I just can’t bring out the “fall” stuff until it’s officially fall. As in September 23rd this year. Some years I’ll fudge a little and decorate over the weekend before, but most of the time, we do it on the day.

Problem is, by the end of August, I’m generally itching for fall. It’s my favorite season.

A couple years ago I decided that apples would make a fair bridge. They are adorable, and they don’t really match with my leaves and pumpkins (so I usually don’t use them). It’s the perfect solution. Apples in September.

Early Fall Decor | Apples in September

My husband built these shelves for me (out of American Chestnut beams he pulled out of the walls of our house) last September when he took some time off to work on the house. That means this is the first time to decorate them with apples. Most of my apple stuff came from my mom when she moved out here to be with us. Her last kitchen was decorated in apples, so she had plenty and I had my pick.

The hand lettered piece on the left side of the top shelf I created last year. The pie on the bottom shelf is watercolor on a piece of wood I did the year before that. I’d like to do that one over sometime because it smudged a bit when we added the clear finish. But for now, I like it.

Early Fall Decor | Apples in September

Under those shelves on my counter, I put my chalkboard frame (which is really just a white frame from Walmart with a black paper in it. I use white water based paint pen or chalkboard pens on it.) The design was there from my mom’s chocolate themed party, but I changed the words to “apple cider please” to match the apples. I thought the little wood apple was cute here and it all went well with my after meal clean up chart which is there all the time. (I scribbled out the names of my children for privacy.) I’m loving this set up because it mostly blocks the pencil sharpener that lives on the corner of the counter there (for lack of a better place for it). Homeschool families need their pencil sharpeners!

Early Fall Decorating for September

This cute little collection is sitting in the corner of my kitchen by the windows. Old basket with puffy red check fabric, jar, candle, plastic apple and my new favorite apple artwork (available to print… check it out!)

I moved this from the living room early last week when I moved my stack of Pergo out of there to get ready for some renovations coming up.

Early Fall Decorating for September

That’s right, the little “table” it’s sitting on is really a covered stack of flooring waiting to be installed. 🙂 You never do really know what someone’s house looks like based on a blog, do you?

How do you decorate in September??

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Recommended Reading:

Pick Your Own Apples | Hand Painted Printable
My Shelves Dressed Up for Fall
My Shelves Done Up for Valentine’s Day

Carrots for Spring

Watercolor Carrots for Spring Decorating by mamasbrush
Watercolor carrots by mamasbrush

I’m super excited about these little cuties. I’m not sure I’ve ever called carrots “cute” before, but I love these. I love the color, the shading, the way they are suspended in air. Are they perfect? No. But they are fun. And that’s my only requirement for being happy with something I’ve created. 🙂

(As an aside: I never pursued my love of drawing when I was younger because I always though everything had to be perfect… what a game changer this new way of thinking is!)

I have plans to frame these little carrots and put them on my little shelves with other fun spring things. I love it so much that I want to make a smaller one for my tiered tray. Hopefully I’ll get pics to share with you when I do.

Oh, and a little teaser…

Watercolor Carrots for Spring Decor
Watercolor chickens by mamasbrush

This is something I’ve been working on for spring. I had hoped to have it done before March, but my life has gotten busy of late. I’m thinking printable egg trackers for chicken moms for sure. What would you like? What else could I create with these little guys to share with you my readers? Let me know in the comments and hopefully they will be out later this month!

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Seek Him – Watercolor on Wood

Seek Him - Matthew 2:2 - Watercolor Illustration on Wood

Here is a bit of Christmas I haven’t shared here yet.

I love this piece.  I love the way it turned out.  I love the message.  I love the fact that it is wood and stands alone… aka doesn’t need a frame.  I made it for last year’s Christmas Market (2017) and it sold, so one of these days I’m going to make myself another one.  Because I love it!  But it sold to dear friends, so I’m glad they have it.  They attached some ribbon and hung it on their door.  That makes me smile. 🙂

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In Memory of Grandma

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Growing up, every Christmas morning was the same.  After we’d opened presents and snacked on Christmas Eve goodies from the night before, we’d get bundled up in our jammies, mom would gather our fancy Christmas clothes and accessories to be put on later, and we’d pile into the car.

Thirty minutes down the road, we’d arrive at my grandparent’s home (on my dad’s side).  There we’d find red stockings full to the brim for everyone.  We could open those before breakfast!  Presents were under the tree, all signed from Santa.  But those had to wait until after.

Breakfast.  The memory of Christmas breakfast still makes me smile.  That is why I painted this for my dad last Christmas.  Breakfast was always the same.  Beautiful Dutch Babies, two of them, in cast iron skillets.  Fruit salad with kiwi slices over the top.  Avocados filled with cocktail sauce and shrimp.  And blood orange juice, fresh squeezed from her tree in their Southern California back yard.

That is what this piece is all about.  Each element represents something from Grandma’s Christmas morning.  Even the gold glass ball ornaments were patterned after the ones that hung on her tree each year.

One of these day’s I’ll make myself one that says “Grandma’s”, because for me, that’s who she was.

Original artwork created with watercolor and ink on 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper.