Friday, September 28, 2007

~The Tale of 2 Chairs, Twin Sisters :)

Isn't it fascinating when you see twins how they can start out life looking so identical but then as they age, each one takes on a different personality and appearance.

Ah, this is exactly what happen happen to our twins, the Chair Girls. It also could have been titled the "Ugly Duckling" but neither of them wish to be compared to a duck and didn't understand it was really a swan. Oh well.
Wandering into this thrift store is not one of my favorite things. And even though I've complained about such trips, I have to admit I have saved a few forlorn little gems from this place. So through the crowds of women checking out the clothing I go, all the way to the back. I really need a cheap chair.

And what do I see, oh a set of uglies! They were French inspired, but they were "inexpensive" to began with and had truly seen better days. In the first photo up there, you can see there was work to do to even get one in the house!

I only needed one is what I thought at the time. I kindly paid them the price of $20 that they had on all 3 chairs, and told them to just keep the other two and took the best one and put it in the car. Then I thought better of my decision and decided maybe down the road I could fix the second one as well. The third, sorry there was no hope for it.

The first one was painted creamy white with accents of the taupe color that I used in the master bedroom at that time. It was also aged and antiqued with a glaze of raw umber. There was a lot of work with a small artist's brush. It makes a huge difference in your finished piece if you can do this when there is some carving to play with.

The second chair went black, of course. My two different loves, light furniture and black. Both were recovered in medallion toile fabrics and with different kinds of trim. Although I still love them both, the lighter medallion print is not one I'm using anymore in any of the rooms. I guess I'll have to strip it and redo it one day soon.

In the close ups, you can see some of the ways the chairs became transformed. Light sanding on the black one showing the wood along edges.
I always use Krylon Satin spray paint. I've found that it is the best for me.
The one that says dries in 12 mins. or something like that. Great paint.

The lighter colored chair got the opposite treatment of adding the darker colors in the deeper areas for aging, and the taupe color was added to the flat area on the back.

~Wishing you all a Wonderful Weekend!

As always, thanks for coming by and to all who take the time to say hi, it's so nice to "see" you!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

~Let She Who Has Wisdom be the Keeper of the Spells :)

The lovely little one holding the book is Sweet Husband's Grandmother.
When do you decorate for Halloween?
I don't really get things out until Oct 1.
But if I'm making things, I am into it sooner. Which means I'll be doing Christmas in Oct! Oh my....
It's a lovely day to work on art, and get things in the mail. Looks like rain again. Was it me who was complaining about no rain? Not this month.
Have a Great Day!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

~Wednesday, a little Elegance for Halloween

*Sold* Thank You!*

I love decorating for Halloween using the kind of papers and elements that I would chose for decorating in general. So here is a new Banner, Wall or Door Hanging that features some elegance.....Vintage Rhinestone Button, Old Lace, Black and White toile style paper and a Vintage Prism.

Hope you are having a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


Thank You for whatever kindness you gave the world today.

Monday, September 10, 2007

~It's a BOOtiful Day in the Neighborhood

Oh there are many BOOtiful days yet to come! I think it's early for Halloween thinking, but you have to start early if you are making things.


Thank You!

(Clicking on the Picture takes you to Etsy.)

My DD has been a Boo almost since the day she was born. So at Halloween time we love to find Boo things. Here's a cute little Boo Wall/Door Decor with a dangling Ghost. A little holiday preview of things to come in the shop. But it's one of those things that takes way more time than you think it would. So I'm not sure how many different will show up. I still want to do a few black and white without too much orange.

And it's another way to use the Handmade Paper Flowers!