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September 28, 2011

Mosaic Utility Cart and What Would YOU Do?


I have had this metal vintage 40's utility cart for years....
I originally just painted it white and let it "roll"....
no pun intended :)

Needless to say, no one came along and just had to have it.
Being the type that never, ever gives up on anything,
knowing that if I originally loved the piece, that
I would always love the piece, and
Eventually someone else would as well....it's all about patience.

That doesn't, however, keep me from reinventing it to
Help that process along.....

Now, I'm not sure who took the simple task of
Hitting old china with a hammer and just gluing it in place to a place making me actually think,
BUT someone did, making it a true art form....
And a much more time consuming task.

Still, I can hang with the best of 'em, so that's what I do.

It has a top and bottom shelf, and
Of course, both had to be done.

I always tell customers they are taking a bit of my DNA
home with my projects, as I refuse to wear gloves....
and always have a few cuts along the way,
not to mention really bad nails.

Then there is this piece.....
A wonderfully old wooden framed mirror
which is broken and must be removed.

It is old, however, with the mirror inside
I think it looks like a Hobby Lobby piece....
and I don't like that.
I want to take it to a different place, but am
not sure where that is.

Do I do a majestic mosaic inside....
Do I paint a wonderful French chocolate sign....
Do I just do another mirror knowing someone will like Hobby Lobby....

What do you think?  What should I do?
Can't get a real handle on this one.

Thanks for stopping by today,
You know I love it when you come.

This week I'm linking to the following parties....
There's always a lot going on so check them out.

Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Potpourri Friday at Honey 2805
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
French Country Cottage Feathered Nest Friday

September 16, 2011

Simple But Sweet Footstool

As I continue to stockpile  inventory for the
upcoming Le' Pre'miere Quarterly next
Saturday, September 24th,
I remind myself that not all projects have to be difficult
or time consuming.

This sweet little footstool went together in a flash.
I simply used part of an old Rachel Ashwell duvet
for the covering of the shabby little wooden piece.

 Made for a nice little piece and makes up for the hours spent on other more time
consuming projects I've done......
I need more like this :)
 Thanks for stopping by today,
You know I love it when you come.

I'm linking to Beverly's Pink Saturday so be sure to check it out.....
It's definitely pinkalicious

September 15, 2011

Can I Get a What`What

I talked about this chair in my previous post.....
Lots of history....lots of problems....but I had a vision.

I used tea stained antique crochet doilies and scarves to cover the entire back of the chair,
and to embellish the front and seat....
and to embellish the front and seat as well.
The lace pieces were sewn on where applicable and
an intense fabric glue was used on others, depending on what worked best.
I really like how this looks from the back....
The top back of the chair is still under construction....
as a row of these hand made muslin roses will be applied down the arms and around the back.
but will be tea stained before attached to the chair permanently.
The good thing about this piece is that it is still very usable.....
Tomorrow I start on this monster.....
But for tonight, I'm off to make roses.
I'm determined it will be finished in the morning :) 

Today I'm linking to
honey at 2805
Feather Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

September 14, 2011

My Chair Vision and amibad?.....

I had a vision for this chair ever since it came into my life.
BUT my daughter used it for several years until the bottom
Springs were completely busted to the ground.
Still, I had a vision so it came to the Shoppe.

It sat around here for almost a year.....
I did a faux gold finish on the wood one day....

Still, I couldn't get a grip on what I wanted it to be.
The fabric was in wonderful condition.....
However, it was an aged white.....
That no one would want.
So it got a coffee bath that took a week to dry...
And sat around several more months.
I finally sent it out to have the springs retied,
and figured if I made clothing out of old crochet,
as well as purses and lamp shades,
Then surely I could cover a chair.

 And so it began......
 Working my way around with a base coat of crochet pieces...

 Overlapping them for dimension..
 And still playing around with the front and seat.

 Hope to have the final product this week to share......
But I like the way it's coming along....
 I am truly, truly bad......
Didn't even realize I had not announced the winner of my 300th follower giveaway,
Until I stumbled over the prize sitting right on my studio floor......
I promise I won't take as long to mail it as I took to announce it......

Life does get crazy.....and sometimes it's just me :)

September 12, 2011

sHabBy and elegant lamp shades

I've been working on some various
.lampshades for Le' Pre'miere
and some are made from lace doilies

 While others are from remnants of clothing...
 All in various stages of completion

 Needing just the final touches of added vintage jewelry
and such...
 But all promising to be ready by September 24th....
Back to work!

September 10, 2011

Do You Remember

It's not often in life that you are able to recall to the minute what you where doing in previous years.......but today I do. 

This time ten years ago I was on an American Airlines airplane in route to Nashville.....wearing a flight attendant uniform, praying to God I wasn't going to die.
  I still have uncontrollable tears on this day each year....
for the friends I lost and for what it did to our country.
  So today, especially today...
.pray for those who hate
             pray for peace...........

September 9, 2011

mixed marriages do work....

Does anyone dislike maple furniture as much as I do?
Maybe because that's all we had growing up...
Maybe because it just looks orange....
But it is still very good wood.

This is a consignment piece I have had in the Shoppe
The owner told me to do whatever I wanted to it to sell it.
And that was all I needed to hear :)

Not only was it married with a considerably older mirror,
But it was painted the palest shade of pink.....

Distressed, adorned with roses..                        
 And a quick coat of dark brown wax...

 One of my very, very dear flight attendant friends also dropped by
Today with several of her handmade tutus for Tatsey....
(Hmmmmm, I like the way that sounds....tutus for tatsey :)
Sounds like a song.

I just had to keep one in the Shoppe to remind me of Penny,
So it went on the lamp shade on the newly painted dresser.

 Thanks for stopping by today,
You know I love it when you come.

I am joining Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for
her infamous Pink Saturday

September 8, 2011

from this to that

 This is how it all started...
Two balloon back antique chairs with
tattered needlepoints....
In fact, they are identical chairs,
Just different colored seats.

I love the chairs, but they were dark and dated
and frankly, worn out.
 Each chair seat needlepoint was removed for a project later on.

 One was painted Tiffany Blue and
a topcoat of dark Briwax was used on the
Wood after it was distressed.....
 The seat was covered in an antique English flour sack
I found at the bottom of an auction box I won several
Weeks ago....
 While the other chair was painted my new favorite color....
Peanut Butter.
It was also treated with a coat of wax to darken the
Paint and show off the detailing of the wood.

It was given a new seat of old pillow ticking.....

And this would be my next project for Le' Pre'miere
Oh my.
I'm joining the following parties this week....
Check them out!
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday,
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday,
My Repurposed Life for Catch as Catch Can,
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday,
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday and
 Thanks for stopping by today...
You know I love it when you come :)
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