Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Workshop News!

Saturday was our first ever paint workshop and it was a HUGE success!!  All of the girls brought wonderful little pieces of furniture.  Each one turned into an individual piece of art as unique as the artist who took it home.  Which was EXACTLY what we wanted.  No cookie cutter looks here!  FUN FUN FUN!!

We had tons of pics. so I went through and created a collage of each persons work.


collage 1 copy

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collage3 copy

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Believe me……these pictures do not do each piece justice.  Everyone took home their very own professional custom painted piece.

We still have spaces left for our March 31st workshop.   Sign up…….Sign up!!!!!

Heather and I will be there (well….mostly Heather) to help you through each each step along the way and answer your questions. 

Hope you are having a wonderful week so far!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Light My World

I love my lamps.  It’s a fact.  I know I’ve blogged about it before.  But, like many of us, my colors have changed to a more neutral palette and my shades needed changing.  I FINALLY found the courage to try a more PROFESSIONAL approach to recovering my lamp shades after reading This Post from Sonya at Beyond The Screen Door.  She did a great post on recovering lamp shades.


Here is my first shade.  I sat it on a bowl to photograph.  It will be going to The Rink with a pretty turquoise lamp base.  As much as I hate it, I’ll be selling this one. 

But……I just had to recover one for myself, so I tore into this lamp shade of mine. 


I was fortunate when I removed the outer fabric and the lining remained intact.


The outer fabric came off in one piece.


I folded it in half and used it as my pattern for the new fabric.  A soft burlap look alike.  Unfortunately, there’s no pulling that trim off. I would have loved to reuse it.

Then I pinned my fabric to the old shade and adjusted my seam allowance as needed.    I sewed my seam down each side and basically made a lamp shade slip cover.  Then pulled it over the shade form like a tight old fashioned girdle!

Good and tiiighhhht…….


“are you sure that isn’t TOO tight”  ouch!

I turned the ends to the inside and glued seam binding on the inside for a pretty professional looking finish.


And here it is!

I finished it off with a cotton lace ruffle and lace trim from Hobby Lobby.


And here’s the before.  I’m bound and determined to save that trim somehow!

Thank you Sonya for your great tutorial.  I’m ready to redesign and redo all of the shades in the house!

I’m joining Savvy Southern Style HERE for Wow Us Wednesdays.  You can also find a direct link on my bottom left side bar.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

It’s A beautiful day !

If you’re Jack the cat!  Laying there on my newly ruffled down-filled cushion in the sunshine.  I would rather he didn’t “lounge” in that chair, but what are you gonna do.  The cats pretty much rule the roost around here.
Also wanted to give you a peek at my newly Chevron painted chest!

I am in love!  Heather and I mixed the paint for the perfect blue.  We started out with Anne Sloan chalk paint Aubusson Blue and Paris Gray.  Heather started painting and said “you know, this looks a little country blue to me.”  EEKK!  I had images of stenciled little houses and ducks with mauve bows around their necks!!   We ended up adding regular interior latex in a pale turquoise that I had.  PERFECTION!  I’m not so into bright colors like a lot of women here in Oklahoma.  I’m amazed how painting this one chest updated my living room and gave it a more modern feel.
And I didn’t have to change a single accessory.  Including the cat. Smile
Thank you thank you, Heather!  Jack says it’s just “puuurrrrrfect!”
Joining Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
find the direct link on my bottom left side bar.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Valentine Day!

A day early, but oh well.  I have had a GREAT early valentine.  I had the most amazing corn chowder last Friday for lunch.  Apparently a Pioneer Woman recipe.  So hubby made it for me this evening. 

corn chowder

Photo  and recipe from The Pioneer Woman web site.  Ours wasn’t in a bread bowl.  But equally as yummy with toasted French bread.  Oh…..and we added two cans of chicken.  Just like we had last Friday.  It really sets off the recipe.  Which you can find HERE.   Yummy yummy…….!

Also hubby bought me a NEW CELL PHONE!  A big deal for me.  Mine was ancient.

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Now I can text and EVERYTHING!  Just like a big girl!  Woohoo!!

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Here’s a Valentine for all of you from me………

Oh….and one more very important thing.

Sweet Carole at Maynard Greenhouse is having a wonderful giveaway.  You can read more about it HERE

Happy happy Valentine Day!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Chevron update

Thought you all might enjoy seeing Heather’s cute turquoise and white chevron chest that I blogged about earlier today in its new home.


So cute!  Heather also painted the candle sticks.  Love that photo with the bright colors above it.  I blurred her little girl’s face since I didn’t have permission to use her pic. 

Photo taken by Caren Mock Photography.


Our current crush


I know, it’s been around awhile now.  And we’ve loved it since we first saw it.  But Heather hadn’t painted chevron on furniture until recently.


On chests.


On dining tables.


On side tables.


And on frames.  We have hubby making the frames for us. 

Her next project will be a chest for me.  It’s soooo awesome to be the Mom of an artist!  I’m a little plain jane though.  Just plain old chevron, no flowers for me.  Can’t WAIT to show you all the finished project!

Currently looking for some chevron fabric for pillow projects.  We may have to order it.  I haven’t seen any locally. 

Hope you’re having a wonderful week.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Chair update

After a couple of years, this is still my all time favorite piece of furniture ever.  I gave my sweet little chair an update this weekend.

Her cushion just seemed to need a little something.

So I disassembled the cushion and added this ruffle.  I’m still hoping those wrinkles will fall out.  May have to steam it though! Smile

I’ve been doing a LOT of sewing lately!  And wait till you see what Heather’s been painting.  Lets just say…….Chevron!

Hoping you had a wonderful weekend!



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