Saturday, October 8, 2016

Painted Pumpkins Craft Night

Our last craft night was all about pumpkins.

We painted them with craft paint, acrylic paint, paint markers and even some chalkboard paint. 

My friend Melissa made two of these ghosts. 

This masterpiece was by Ericka.

I used some gold and silver to paint the stems of my pumpkins. The idea was from the latest Martha Stewart magazine. It is a super easy and fun craft that works for adults and kids alike.

Maddie made these beauties.

And here they are around my house. 

This is the chalkboard paint gourd.

I used a few of them to add an autumn touch to the dinner table.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Wissahickon Valley Park

Wissahickon Valley park is a Philadelphia treasure. And lucky for us, we live very close to it. It is enormous (1800 acres and 50 miles of trails) and has so much history and cool geology. The park includes the only covered bridge in a major city, miles and miles of hiking trails, horse trails, historic statues and stone walls everywhere. The creek has a few dams which are left over from when it was home to many mills.  It's incredible and there is always a new part of it to explore. 

 It runs along the Wissahickon Creek.
We spent a beautiful day hiking forbidden drive, up to see the statue of the an Indian chief, Tedyuscung, then to the Valley Green Inn for lunch. Every step of the way is an exploration, in a major city! We saw a blue heron in flight over the creek, turtles hanging out on logs, chipmunks, another heron scouting out his next meal on a branch, and finally we saw the Indian statue. I don't know how I just found out about that this year, but he was an amazingly cool statue who is looking out west over the creek. 

The sun reflecting onto the bridge.
 That's a Blue Heron on the branch, patiently waiting for his next meal.

What is your favorite spot on the Wissahickon? I know there is so much more of it to explore. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Market East Pillow Collection

I've been selling them at my pop-up shop and at clover market, and posting about them on instragram and facebook, but haven't dedicated a post to them yet.

So here they are, the Market East Pillows!!

I designed the fabric and it printed through Spoonflower. Spoonflower is the greatest invention. You upload your design and pick the repeat type and voila, they print it for you. It's the coolest thing ever.

I used a photo that I took of the Market East train station in Philadelphia. Currently the station name is actually Jefferson station, but I seriously hate when buildings are renamed, so I will forever call it Market East. Anyway, the station has a two huge walls of tiles that from far away you can tell are trees, but from most vantage points they just look like random angled subway tiles. I took a photo and did a mirror repeat to make a this cool design.

This pillow was made with a full piece of the fabric on the front. The rest are a patchwork style. 

The quilting lines follow the lines of the tile at some points, then veer off at others.

Here is a little summary of the process. Not included is me struggling and struggling to sew invisible zippers! Sometimes they are really easy, and other times they are very, very hard.

First I chose some fabrics from my stash that coordinated with the fabric. A personal favorite is the shot cotton. It is a woven blend of two very similar shades of the same color, which gives it depth.

 The first cut. 

In the middle of this I had to move the sewing area to our living room while we were re-doing the flooring. The flooring needs it's own blog post, which I will do as soon as I get some decent photos of the room. Anyway, having the whole dining room to myself was great! It has giant windows on each end, which was lovely.

I started out making a big square. As you can see, this was in the spring :-) My method is to just work by adding rectangular pieces of fabric. It's an organic process and I don't use any patterns or have a real plan besides try to balance out the colors. Little bit of this, little bit of that and then it's complete. 

Then I cut the large shape into separate squares and added fabric as needed to make each the correct size for the pillow form. This gave each of them a different and distinct look, as compared to the modified log pattern that I started with. 

Then each was made into a pillow. I still have two left in the shop, so grab them while they last! I have a smidge more fabric left so there may be a few more in the future. But each one will be unique. 


Saturday, September 10, 2016

brand*eye home will be at CLOVER MARKET

Hey everyone, I have some great news that I should have shared with you sooner. It's so hard to stay up to date on all of the various social media platforms. If you're not following me on facebook or instagram, then stop on over there to find me. I'm @brandeyehome on instagram and

So tomorrow from 10am - 5pm the first Clover Market of the fall season will happen in Chestnut Hill and I will be there. I am actually doing a trial run right now and seeing what will fit into my 10' space. Let's say that not as much as I expected. But I will pack it as full as I can and hope to see there!

I have some great furniture this time around.

This is a super cool chair that I just had reupholstered with some funky fabric.

I'll have lots of Milk Glass, as well as glassware and barware. 

I picked up these super beautiful baskets in Maine. They would look great hung on a wall.

And my favorite items are these two orange vintage chairs. They will be sold as is, or I can have them upholstered for you. I also made the pillows you see below. I designed the fabric on the left. It was made with photos that I took at Market East train station in Philadelphia (or as it is currently called, Jefferson station). You know the big, huge, beautiful tiled walls lining the train platforms? Well this is it! Made into fabric form, then made into pillows. 

If you can't make it, but see something that you like that is not already in my shop, just contact me. brandeyehome{at}gmail{dot}com

How to Make Terrariums

Have you ever wanted to make a terrarium?  I have, and finally made a few this week! It is much easier than you think.

Click on for the instructions to learn how to DIY.

Monday, August 29, 2016

hello maine

Last week we went on a last minute vacation to Maine and it was awesome! It had been on our list of places to go for some time, and we finally made it work. We booked a super rad house rental and spent a few days exploring the beautiful state.

We started out in Portland. The architecture was pretty, pretty, pretty cool.

I didn't know it was here, but am very glad that I stumbled upon the Angela Adams store in Portland, ME. The design studio is based out of Portland and their showroom was divine. The rugs and furniture were beautiful. I even dug the taxidermy hawk that you can see in the background.

We also made a stop at the Holy Donut. They make them out of potatoes, which is interesting and made for a heavier donut, but it tasted great and wasn't as heavy as you would imagine. They only had one flavor left, chocolate sea salt, but it was superb. I'm also very glad that I painted my nails for this picture; I hardly ever paint them.

We also had some killer oysters at Eventide Oyster Company. They had this large rock embedded into the bar to display the oysters. It was so cool and the oysters were delicious.

The weather was perfect for the whole trip. 

The house we rented was located in Wiscasset, ME, which was a super cute tiny town which just so happened to be famous for the most delicious and famous lobster roll. It was the first dinner of the trip and was pretty much the only thing open in Wiscasset for dinner (Red's Eats). Everything closes really early in Maine, at least where we stayed. Anyway, the lobster roll was gigantic and had probably about 2 lobsters worth of meat in it and no filler. It was basically two very delicious lobsters on a roll with butter for $24. We had many, many lobsters on this trip and they were the best.

The view from the town of Wiscasset at night.

Below was the view where I ate yet another lobster. Imagine that. These colorful things that you see everywhere are bouys. Each fisherman has a different color and pattern on his bouy to mark where his lobster traps are located.  Maine is serious about lobster. It is seriously EVERYWHERE. I ate it probably two times a day and greatly miss it.

We took a day trip to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Since it was a pretty far drive (2.5 hours) we didn't have much time to spend there, but we did get to see how beautiful it is. We plan to take another trip to Acadia at some point and will explore more of the park.

Most of the coast of Maine is rocky and picture perfect.

We took a sailing trip on a sail boat. We found a small boat that takes a group of a max of 6 people on an old wooden sail boat. They are called Sail Moscongus and the boat is the Sarah Mead, sailed by Captain Randy. We dodged a bullet when we arrived to the dock and found a family of 4 with two small kids who were crying and were not into being on a boat at all. The boat captain talked them into taking a separate trip after ours, hoping the kids would not be as upset. So we lucked out and had the trip all to ourselves. And the kids were cool (aka, not crying) when we returned, so it worked out for everyone.

This is an awesome lighthouse on an super small island, but I forget what it was called.

I would also like to point out that I felt like the biggest poser while on this boat. I have two sailing themed tattoos and am not a sailor. Ha. Once I realized this, I felt like I had to keep making sure my thighs were 100% covered and not exposed. But this also made me realize that I do need to finally learn how to sail and they have lessons right in Philly. So hopefully that actually happens this fall.

We sailed all around Boothbay Harbor, which was so beautiful. Each town was prettier than the next on the whole trip.

We sailed to their lobster trap and found 3 of them in it. They have to measure each one, and if it is too small you have to throw it back. You also have to throw it back if it is large enough, but carrying eggs, or has ever carried eggs. If a fisherman finds one with eggs, they notch the tail to mark it so that no one can ever take a breeding female. And, uniquely to Maine, you also have to throw it back if it is too large. They figure if it has lived this long, let it live out the rest of his life. One of the three in the trap was just right to keep.

 The coast of Maine is so, so beautiful!. And the water is so, so cold.

Here was our view from spot in town at Boothbay Harbor. The place was not great, so I will not recommend it. But who cares when you are on vacation, and this is the view.

There is a tiny house in the middle of the bay. A walking bridge goes across the bay, and right in the middle is this house. No one lives there now, but they used to. How cute!

And here is the very cool house that we rented. It was located in the middle of nowhere and surrounded by the forest. It was so awesome! It's solar powered and the amount of stars that you can see at night will take your breath away. Here's the rental listing.

This house was a pleasure to stay in. It was perfect for us and had the best views out of all of the windows.

They had a vase in the cabinets, so of course I had to fill it with some wild flowers from the property.

I completely lucked out and on our way out of town Wednesday, there was a flea market that had so much great stuff! I wish I would have bought more things!

But there is always next time. We'll just have to go again and flea market shopping with be at the top of my list.