Jan 22, 2015

Artissimo writing desk


All kinds of projects are going on fast and furious around here!
Lots of painting on both small pieces, and furniture. 

I have just two weeks until Junk Salvation, and so I have several to do lists to keep me half way organized, and days dedicated to just sewing, just pricing and packing, and just painting.

I've also had some spots needing to be filled at Aunt Bee's House, and this is one that I delivered this morning.


Once again, the photo dilemma strikes again, but this time it's not as much the lighting as it is the background.
I gotta figure out a quick and easy backdrop for this spot! 
:(

Anyway....
this gorgeous desk was a piece I was able to buy from someone whose style I have admired for a long time.
I met up with Jill from The Forever Cottage a couple weeks ago.
I was so excited to get this, and have her blessing to paint it.

It was coral, and looked stunning in her office.  
I decided to leave some of that peeking through and painted the body in Miss Mustard Seed's Artissimo.

I added new glass knobs that I purchased from Hobby Lobby.


So many gorgeous details!
The little scrolls were painted over in the Artissimo, and then I rubbed off the paint with a wet rag.
There's still bits of blue on the coral, but the color on the scrolls is a fun pop.
I also distressed the details and edges just slightly to bring out a little more of the underlying color.


The vintage glass lamp was a piece I picked up at a flea market a couple weeks ago.  It didn't have a shade, so I got one from a friend and added some fun trim to embellish it.


There's two layers- one ruffle, and then I glued a little crochet trim over it.

It was fun to pull together a few pieces for this desk.  I have several sheets of vintage ledger paper that my friend Martha gave me a couple years ago.  I absolutely love it.
The gorgeous penmanship is captivating.
If you look closely, you will see it's a butcher's ledger.  
Someone bought a pork roast for 50 cents.
Wouldn't that be nice?!


I also added in this set of vintage books- four volumes, and in excellent condition.
I have a thing for old books, and these are gorgeous.


The bust is only 6" tall, but weighs a ton since it is cast iron!  
I wonder where she came from?


This was such a fun desk to acquire and transform.
I really wish I had the space to keep it!

I'm off to work on some more stuff.
Have a lovely weekend!

xo Denise


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Jan 8, 2015

Trophy Gray cabinet

Finding a good spot to photograph furniture in my house is a huge challenge.  
I'm telling you this, because you will see what I mean in a second.
I really only have one spot to photograph new pieces.  
It's the easiest spot for me to move stuff out of the way, and have half way decent lighting most of the time.
Except for today.  
*sigh*

We have an east / west facing house, so the lighting can get pretty harsh if I don't time it right, and today is one of those days.

So blah blah blah, excuses, excuses....that's what I'm dealing with today!
I have to get this down to Aunt Bee's House while we have dry weather and before a large piece that sold gets taken home this weekend!


I love the shape of this little cabinet / buffet.
It's such a nice compact size and has curved sides.

When I first found it, I expected to open it up and find the skeleton of a record player unit.


It was great to see that it had real, useable storage!


A removable shelf, and two drawers that have a nice glide.
Perfect for an entryway or small dining area.

This was my first time trying out Trophy in Miss Mustard Seed's paint line.  
I really like it.  A nice deep gray color, and I can't wait to play around with it more!


To top it off, I am highlighting a few smaller pieces that I will be taking to Junk Salvation with me.
Lots of beautiful ironstone (thanks in part to Jill!  Thank you again!!)

Vintage frames, cloches, and several vintage ball jars. 
I will have to say though, that the ones I am taking are nicer than the one here.
I happened to have this little bouquet of flowers near my sink, and I borrowed it for the photo shoot.
:)

That's all for today!
We're off to deliver this piece to the shop!

xo Denise

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Jan 5, 2015

vintage Valentine mantel

Over the weekend, I put together several Valentine banners for my spaces at Aunt Bee's House!

Normally, I don't really decorate for Valentine's Day.
It feels too soon to be putting up another holiday after I've just put away Christmas.
Usually just some tulips, and a nice table setting for us to enjoy together as a family.

But after making the buntings, I decided to put together a quick Valentine mantel to highlight my project.


Simple and sweet, with some unique handmade and vintage pieces.
Hobnail milk glass makes me think of Valentines....


I picked up this cute little Marx truck yesterday!  
A vintage Valentine tucked into the truck bed.


I haven't taken down the old fence or wreath from Christmas yet, but it was the perfect transition into Valentine decor.  I used the rusty wings that I had in the dining room for Christmas - now more like cupid's wings!
These were made by my friend Janet of Whatevers Handmades.  
(You can see her Etsy shop by clicking on her name.)

She is super talented, and these are so versatile.  
One side is corrugated metal, and rusty on the side you see here.  
Multi seasonal, double sided....love it!


A stack of vintage red books and another vintage valentine.
Candles for a little romance, and who can resist a jar of white buttons?
Not me!

I decided to show you one of the other options I made in my buntings:


A little more traditional in pink and red.
I also added some glittery red hearts to the middle flags.

I hope this inspires you to make a simple and sweet, vintage-inspired look!

xo Denise

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Jan 3, 2015

a look back at 2014- favorite posts

Happy New Year!
I can't believe I am writing a "look back" post again!  
Time just goes by faster and faster.  

2014 was an incredible year of growth for my business.
Some of my favorite highlights this year were:

*increased sales
*a magazine feature in American Farmhouse Style 
*having a photography team come to our house to shoot for another magazine 
*figuring out my style and what is selling best for me
*my best year of shows ever!
...just to name a few!

Our house is finally starting to feel "right" to me, but I still have a fantasy of having an on-site shop space so I can store my items better and have a work area for repairs and building items.

It's tempting to look at other properties now and then to see if something else might be a good fit, but we're just praying about it, and seeing if God will open doors at the right time.
We love our house, our neighbors, and the area we live in, so it would have to be a pretty amazing  place to get us to move.
It's not terrible having everything in our garage, and working in the driveway.
I've had some great opportunities to meet neighbors and have people ask about what I do.

One question that was asked more often this year was "do you do custom work?"
My standard answer right now is, no.
It's probably not very business savvy to turn people away, but I've learned that I put too much pressure on myself, and I just don't enjoy having project deadlines hanging over me.
It also scares me to have some one else's pieces in my possession and the possibility of something happening to it!
My answer may change over time, but for now, I like working on pieces that inspire my creativity.

Etsy has been a great, but small part of my business.  
It takes quite a bit of time to set up, photograph, list, and package items.
I'm considering several things in that arena for 2015.  
One of those options would be putting my shop on hold for a while until I can figure out a manageable schedule for everything.
Or, hiring someone to do a lot of the leg work for me.
I'll keep you posted on that!

With that little bit of info, here were my top 5 posts of 2014, based on the numbers:
(click on the titles for links to the posts)


#1
What You Need To Know Before Doing a Vintage Market





#4
Adding Farmhouse Style to our Family Room


#5
A Trumeau mirror and French style chair



Those were the most viewed posts of 2014.

I also want to share my favorite posts with you from this past year...in no particular order:

Chippy Milk Paint Dresser in Linen



This was purchased by a dear friend of mine straight from my house to hers!
I think it might be my all time favorite furniture makeover piece that I've done.

Christmas House Tour



I love Christmas in this house. It is so cozy and full of warmth and memories.
I also love being able to put up a huge tree and having a fun porch to decorate.

Vintage Simmons Steel Dresser and Some Oregon History
photo here has been updated since original posting



This was one of my major scores of the year, and I still love this piece and the history behind it.



Another one of my all time favorite pieces that I've done.
This one was professionally repaired, and such a gorgeous dresser.
I knew almost from the moment I bought it that it would be painted in Artissimo.

The guy who repaired it for me was pretty grumpy that I had painted it, but I felt really good about highlighting the details on this one.
I think it was the biggest price tag I ever put on a dresser, and it sold pretty quickly, which felt great!

Vintage Beach Home Office Makeover



This was my first big project of 2014, and it is nice to have the office looking good, and functional.
I still have one spot I'd like to tweak, but for now, we're loving it!

Mostly, I am so thankful for all the things that have happened this year, and for the direction I am headed.  I'm hoping to be more faithful and dedicated to my blog and not so sporadic, but time will tell!
*wink*
Thank you for your visits, and I look forward to what 2015 has in store!

xo Denise

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Dec 11, 2014

DIY: update a Christmas village to a snow village

When we were first married, one of the first Christmas decorations I bought was a ceramic light up house that I bought at a discount retailer.

Over the years I picked up a few more, and it became one of Jon's favorite Christmas traditions- seeing the village all set up and lit.

But, in the last couple years, as much as I enjoy our wintry little neighborhood, I was ready for a bit of a change.  
I love the old Putz glitter houses, (and even some of the new renditions) but I couldn't justify getting rid of something Jon loved for something different, while still being the same idea.

I made sure he was ok with my plan, and now we both love the update!



On a rare dry day a couple weeks ago, I took the village outside and spray painted it with Rustoleum's  Flat White.



In the past I've just used Rustoleum's primer, but it has a blue cast to it, and this is a nice white tone.
Once it was completely covered, I used a mix of Martha Stewart's White Gold fine glitter, and a white glitter.


With a foam brush, I applied Mod Podge (you can use white glue too) and painted it on the areas where you would see snow collect on a house.
I only did small sections at a time so the glue was wet enough for the glitter to stick to.
Also, if the house had a spot where it had a raised area from where the snow was originally painted on, I used the glue there as well.

There's something about using glitter that is just fun no matter what age you are!

I let these dry for a couple hours, and then set up the village where we've had it the last few years.


With the update, I used white bottle brush trees, and it created the glittery snow village I wanted!
Super easy, and a quick project on something we've had for a long time.


On a final note: I see a lot of these showing up in thrift stores these days, so if you like the look of this and have never had a Christmas village, you can start your own snow village pretty quickly with a weekend shopping trip.

If you do find these at thrift stores, please be aware that most will not have the electrical cord and bulb anymore, but you can always add a battery operated tea light if the bottom is big enough to allow it, or just use a small string of white twinkle lights to poke in the bottom where the bulb would go.
Also, I was not asked by any company to endorse their products here, these are all items I love to use on a regular basis.

Have fun crafting!

xo Denise

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Dec 5, 2014

christmas house tour

Welcome to our home this Christmas!
I want to thank you for coming by!
I love Christmas in our house.  
I love opening boxes full of memories and treasures each year.  
I love our traditions that we each have, and that it's one of our favorite times of the year.


I love traditional colors for Christmas, and since we've got softer colors in our home, I've moved away from a red and green Christmas palette to red, white, and silver.
I'm not really sure what you would call our style...it's sort of a mix of vintage, sparkle, and rustic woodland.




 The little sleigh you see here was my grandma's.  
When I was little, I remember it sitting on top of her TV console with a set of deer candles.  
Even the packages are part of the original pieces.


Our staircase has silver garland, red bows, and these vintage linen stockings that I made last year.


 With such a tall ceiling in our living room, it's hard for me to not want to get a giant tree.
It took us 2 hours to put up and get half the lights on.
Even though we all love how it looks when it's decorated, I think Jon would be super happy if next year we had a 6 foot tree.  
;)
 This year I swapped out our red bead garland for some white pom pom trim.  Believe it or not, it's about 14 yards! But for a 13 foot tree, that's what it takes!


I add a few new ornaments every year, and this dove on a sparkly pine cone nest is one of my new favorites.  It was made by my friend Sarah of Roost Reimagined.  
She is super creative and constantly inspires me!




The reindeer, mini wreath and sleigh are all new for me this year.


I added in some rusty jingle bells and vintage air mail envelopes to the sleigh.


I bought our vintage Simmons steel dresser after Christmas last year, so it was fun to work with it this year.



I also bought a few more vintage ornaments from Sarah.  
Aren't the crowns adorable?  
When I was buying them from her, Sarah said she thought of me. 
She knows my style!


In our dining room, I added in several rustic pieces. 
I have lots of old barn wood that I've picked up over the last few months to make signs with, but lately I've been using them as centerpieces in here!


 I also make these table runners for my Etsy shop.
It's funny that even though I've been selling them for a few years now, I rarely make any to keep for myself!
I've always loved this particular one, so I finally made one for our dining room.
I layered a rustic piece of barn wood and a chicken feeder on top.  

It's filled with chartreuse green moss and lots of votives for a farmhouse-feel centerpiece. 
A few silver ornaments for a little sparkle, and some pinecones and walnuts.


In another week, we will be having our annual progressive dinner.
This is a little bit of what our table will look like.  I'm still working on what I will be serving at our stop, so it will get tweaked as I figure out our menu.


In the corner of our dining room, I was able to finally put to use a ladder that I bought this summer  that I just couldn't let go of.  I'd planned to sell it, but it's so darn cute, I just couldn't.
I had our Fiddle Leaf Fig here, and it bit the dust recently after I repotted it.  I went too big, too soon, and it didn't last long after that.  
I might try again after the holidays.....but for now, I love this.

Some corrugated metal wings I bought from Janet of Whatevers...
(seriously!  Go check out her awesome creations on Etsy!! She is amazing.) and the vintage linen is from my friend Alex of Attic Antics.  
I had to have it since it is Jon's initials.


I love having little wreaths in our windows.  
Last year I had fresh, this year I went with faux.
I like the wispy, frosty needles.


One element we've recently added to our house were these vintage wood corbels between our dining room and living room.  I've been looking for the right ones for months now, and one of my favorite vendors at Aunt Bee's House had them!
It's the same vendor that I bought our 'Union Jack' window frame from in our living room.  
She finds amazing stuff.



I updated our snow village this year!
Look for a tutorial next week!
:)


Our family room mantel didn't change a lot from last year- just a couple new pieces.


I added the rolls of vintage sheet music into our linen stockings because it keeps them straight during the holidays.  


The vintage mason jars on the white shutters have a few fresh greens and some red and white French stripe ribbon.  
I used the 2 and 5 from my Ikea tags on the jars too.



Our nook and kitchen have a few vintage pieces that spruce up our space.



The paperwhites are growing... hopefully they will be in bloom Christmas week!





Finally, I always want to add in a bit of Christmas to our bedroom, but I'm usually pooped from doing the main living area.  
Hannah has her own tree in her bedroom that she decorates with all of the ornaments she's gotten over the years.

This year, I kept it very simple but still added just a tiny bit of Christmas.
A few fresh greens that I clipped from our wax leaf privets to make little green swags on our window frames, and a small bunch of mistletoe hanging from the bed crown.





Romantic and cute.
Jon's comment was, "lets put that to good use!"
ha ha!
Sorry.  TMI.
:)

Thank you so much for coming to our home today!

It's the best time of the year.  
Especially because of the celebration of Jesus' birth.  
The miracle of God reaching out to us in a relatable way.
I hope you have a wonderful, peaceful season.

xo Denise
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