Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hi all,
I have opened an ebay store... it has many of the same items that I have on etsy.  I know some of you are more comfortable with ebay and others with Etsy.  So... I am offering most of the items on both.

Come check it out!  Just click on the picture below.

What do ya think?

Friday, September 2, 2011

Directions for Making a Grocery Tote

I'm not sure if it's the cooler weather or what... but the sewing fever has offically hit again.  I entered the sewing room this morning - with another plan... but hey the best laid plans get changed.  Seeing this sage green burlap all rolled up looked like it was time for using.  I began by thinking that I might use this fabric for placemats.  Already cut to size - I changed my mind. 

Headed for the stencils - and DAILY BREAD came forth.   This reminds me that God's Word  strengthens your faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Now for the directions:
  • cut the fabric into a rectangle or what ever shape or size you think you might use - I just used the size of a common placemat :)
  • stitch around the outside about 5/8 of an inch to the inside on each piece stitch two pieces wrong sides - wrong sides together - if you have a wrong side (burlap does not)- on 3 sides - leaving one completely open
  • cut your straps or handles - I just doubled the fabric - any length you want -  stitched together - and let them fray to match the tote


  • stitch the handles to the top of the bag - no exact science here - just where you think they should be will be fine
There you have it.  I made three in about 45 minutes... including letting the paint from the stencils dry.

One could have fun and use lots of cute prints; or just use what you have!  Now - enjoy shopping with your new totes.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

French Cabinet ~ white / blue

I purchased this china cabinet at one of my favorite 'treasure' places in Charleston, TN along with the matching buffet.  I loved the French design, the curves, and the gorgeous crown. 

At first sight ~ I knew I wanted to paint the china cabinet... This piece would be my first china cabinet, although, I have been painting furniture for sometime.  I really didn't want to have to sand that finish. I then heard about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ~~~  "Praise the Lord - God is good!  All the time"!  ~~~  makes me want to dance!!   So now that I found a way to paint this baby...

Now... I REALLY started looking at it.  I wanted to paint the inside as well as the outside.  I realized that I couldn't get to the inside with those fixed side panels - that's when I decided I would remove them and have open shelving (which I love anyway).  Removing them became a little more difficult than I imagined - as some projects seem to do - LOL. I had to remove the entire top to get the fixed panels out... away went the panels and away when the glass door.

This is the before picture... I'm sorry - but I got to carried away taking this thing apart to get in-between pictures. :) 

I used ASCP in Old White for the entire first coat.  Then I mixed just a little Paris Blue with
watered-down Old White - created such a nice icy blue to use for the back panel.  I then applied another coat of Old White and followed with a  clear wax.  I used the dark wax in the recessed places in the doors and the carving on the crown.  It's one of my favorite pieces!

I headed out to the garage - found a piece of wood ... and made the sign -
It's painted with Old White and Paris Blue for the base... and some 'uniform blue' from
Hobby Lobby for the lettering. 

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Farm Table and Chairs

Hi Y'all!

I have been away from my blog for a little while now... tending to family matters. :)  But, I wanted to show you a farm table and chairs that I recently painted in AQUA!  I love that color...  I know that others have been using it for a long time (I'm a little slow), but I decided to give her a try. 


I love how they turned out. 

What have you been up to this week?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spring has Sprung

The azaleas are blooming along with the daffodils, tulips and hyacinths; and the dogwood blooms are beautiful.  The pictures are blooms from my yard.


Thank you to Lesley Weidenbener  (The Design File) for featuring a set of my chairs on her blog today - Please pay her a visit and let her know that Connie of The Shabby Home sent you.  Lesley purchased a set of chairs - that were very simular to a set that I had remade... so had three other very talented ladies. 
The title of the blog: Four amazing chair remakes to inspire mine.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Just prettier!

I have this little chair that probably went to a desk or vanity.  The chairs has the typical French styling that we seem to like so well.  She needed a little make up job... so here is what I did.

First, I cleaned and vacuumed the dust and loose particles. 

Then, I removed the seat and began to lightly sand the painted surface to dull the shine.

She was given a coat of primer and then paint.  I just sanded around the edges to give her a little bit of time worn look.  I will add a good coat of wax to protect her.  Now, on to the upholstery of the seat.  Natural burlap is my choice here.  It has such a nice texture and color.

TA.. DA..  the finished chair.  Hopefully, she will become one of a set of four mismatched dining chairs.  There are three more waiting for their make over.  Smiles.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Faith working here.

I usually post about furniture... but spring is all around me.  I have been in the garden and planting seeds in doors.  It's truly amazing to watch the tiny seeds pop their little heads out of the ground.  I have so enjoyed it the past week.  I have potatoes popping up and the indoor seeds, too.

Since faith is the substance of things hoped for... Planting seeds is a work of faith!  You plant, water, and hope for the best...   I like to garden and I at least try to plant a space for vegetables each year. Sometimes I am able to keep up with it and sometimes I'm not. It depends on a lot of factors - weather - time - and just how many weeds that I need to physically keep pulled up.   Now with spring only a couple days away... it's really time.  I haven't started plants from seeds before... so this will be my first attempt. 

 After research - I decided to purchase a seed heating mat, a thermostat, and a timer.  Also, two shop lights, trays and a soiless seed starting mixture were purchased.  For all you REAL gardeners... I realize that it could be a little late for some seeds, but not others. Besides, I'll be doing this with my precious 5 year old and he is so excited!

I needed a place to hang the lights... so the distance from the plants could be adjusted as the plants began to grow. Faith working here.  I remembered a planter that I purchased last fall and had not used ... yet. It's solid iron with a copper planting area and some tile and iron-like shelving. It's heavy.  Almost like a potting bench - but shorter.

As I began to look at the planter, I realized that might be just the thing for my seeding area.  I painted an old coffee table top and added it to the shelving at the bottom.  It needed some width and something solid to sit the heating mat and trays upon.
With that portion done... it was on to the lights.  I simply hung them from the 'rails' on the planter with the included chains. 

Not so pretty... but hopefully it will add lots of beauty to the outside with flowers and veggies.

As you can see... tiny little plants coming through the ground.

These are marigolds.  My little ones love the babies. 

 Enjoy your spring!