I like to start out every New Year with something cheerful, something that makes me appreciate small, pretty things expressed with beautiful colors. It is my wish to help you create a similar feeling. Read more
Do you want to create a beautiful and whimsical environment for the holidays?
Who’d ever think that transforming plain brown paper bags into ornaments can be an affordable way to differentiate your business from others?
If you are a client of my hair salon, Studio 904, you’ve seen the unique ways in how I keep the facility fresh and pleasing to the eye by changing things up every season.
I put hours of time into making hand-made decorations for my salon because I believe seeing something fresh and new on a regular basis is stimulating and puts customers in a good mood. If it’s pleasing to our customers, just think how happy it makes our staff to come to a beautiful work environment daily.
Many businesses make the mistake of becoming stagnated with lack of change in their environment and service offerings, a sure way for a slow death of your business.
So I say, “Change it Up!” Look around your business and come up with ways to refresh and invigorate your environment.
I made these Owl Angels (more like Urban Angels) this year for the holidays. I love how these cute critters came out. They are not rustic looking like the owls I’ve seen. The white body and the glittered net wings give them a fresh and sophisticated look. So I wanted to share with you how I made them.
Oh, they are so cute. Nothing is more satisfying to me than looking at their cuteness every day.
Without a fail, these owls put a big smile on my face and helps me to have a happy day.
How to make “Owl Angels” from paper bags.
Cut bags into 6” x 8” pieces
Paint one side of each cut pieces with white gesso (it takes two pieces to make one owl)
Draw a simple shape of an owl on one of the pieces (this becomes the front of the owl)
Draw eyes, decorate the body using a black Sharpie marker
Sew the outline with a machine (leave an opening at the bottom)
Stuff with small amount of cotton (this will puff the owls up)
Sew and close the bottom opening (optional: insert feet made of black felt before sewing up the opening)
Cut out small wings (I used paper and ribbon netting)
Good luck with your decorations! I’d love to hear your ideas on affordable decorating ideas for the holidays which is right around the corner.
Owning a salon business for thirty six years, I’ve spent tons of time studying the customer’s point of view. How to get out of my space of how a business should be to how would I feel walking into a business and what would make me feel good about being inside of a business? One thing I learned through my own experiences and talking to many of our customers is “We want to feel uplifted and inspired and most of all, leave the establishment feeling happy!”
This is the reason why I spend hours decorating my salon to keep up with seasonal changes. I started to use holidays and seasons as a bench-mark to create new decorative scenery in the salon, using colorful papers and various crafting techniques. I noticed our clients really loved what I did and it made my staff and me feel so good to work in this energy-filled environment.
What I know for sure… our minds are filled with problems and challenges life throws our way. It is often difficult to see the positive aspects of our everyday living.
I want my salon to be a place where people can visit and enjoy the positive energy of colorful decorations, personal pampering and our community service programs. It makes it all worthwhile when I see them leaving looking great with smiles on their faces! Take a look at our Valentine decorations.
I am not fond of the typical scary Halloween decorations. I wanted to decorate my salon, Studio 904 with items which represent the season… filled with bright colors, whimsey and humor. I racked my brain for a while and all of a sudden an idea came to me. Why not use my favorite staples, brown grocery bags and hand painted water color paper. So I went to town and made dozens of owls, skulls and houses to decorate the whole salon!
I painted this skull with turquoise acrylic paint, sewed and stuffed them.
I painted the branches with black paint and hung these adorable ornaments on the branches.
I had fun making these houses… painted water color paper with black gesso and folded them to look like a house. I especially like the shiny roof tops in different colors.
I painted the brown paper bags with black acrylic paint, decorated the face and body and gave the bat sparkly wings made of craft paper.
They can be displayed like this if you don’t want to do a tree.
Just before spring arrives, I get motivated to try different flower designs using tissue, crepe, vellum, construction and any other paper sources I can get my hands on. Oh,forgot to mention paper bags, paper towels, napkins and cupcake holders! Before long, I can end up with a whole field of spring flowers!
Here are some things you can do with these flowers to create a happy day for yourself or for others. Read more