Sunday, April 13, 2014

"Tansy"

She's done - and she's exactly like I pictured her in my mind.

She's named for the lovely mother of the childhood friend who believes in what I do and gave me seed money to see if I can actually make a go of this thing I love to do.

To re-cap:

  • stripped the dead, cracking and lifting veneer
  • base is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White
  • trim is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey
  • the trim was then silver-leafed, as was the detail on back of the princess bench and the drawer handles
  • the princess bench fabric was a white damask tablecloth from Home Goods that was dyed with the ASCP Paris Grey


In other news, I've made an arrangement with Portland Antiques and Collectibles in Portland, PA to have a space in their store.  I'm not sure of my "opening date", but I'm really very excited.


Here's "her" story;


She belonged to a not-quite-a-star ingenue circa 1944.  A small-town beauty queen, she came to Hollywood to "make it" in pictures. 

She never was really more than a "dress extra", but sometimes she'd get some lines and once Howard Hughes took her out to dinner at the Mocambo.  She'd sit in front of the vanity, which came with her furnished apartment near RKO Studios, and wish and hope and dream.  

Many years later, when she was married to that insurance salesman back home in Tallahassee, she'd occasionally think of that vanity and her short time in the shadow of the Hollywood sign - and have a little cry before she set the table for his dinner.



I'm linking up at:

Mod Vintage Life - Mod Mix Monday
Between Naps on the Porch - Metamorphosis Monday
The Dedicated House - Make It Pretty Monday
Dwellings - Amaze Me Monday
Coastal Charm - Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style - Wow Us Wednesdays
Petite Michelle Louise - Grey Dey Thursdey
Miss Mustard Seed - Furniture Feature Friday
My Romantic Home - Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage - Feathered Nest Friday

Saturday, April 12, 2014

What Dreams May Come

The vanity so far:

Then:

And now:




She is turning out exactly as I imagined her.  What I've done thus far:

  • stripped the dead, cracking and lifting veneer
  • base is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White
  • trim is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey
  • the trim was then silver-leafed, as was the detail on back of the princess bench and the drawer handles
  • the princess bench fabric was a white damask tablecloth from Home Goods that was dyed with the ASCP Paris Grey


I'm working on the big round mirror now.

I've also made an arrangement with Portland Antiques and Collectibles in Portland PA to have a space in their store.  I'm not sure of the "opening date", but I'm really very excited.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Vanity, thy name is ...

... mine!

I have always, always, always wanted a vanity.  They have always symbolized beauty and elegance and glamour, and now I have one!

I scored this for $35 on craigslist.  No smells, no wobbles.  The veneer is in awful shape, which is fine because I want to paint her and I wouldn't do that if the finish could be resurrected.

I'm going to let her "talk to me" and tell me what she wants to wear.  My bedroom is Paris grey and white, so I am sure those colors will come into play (along with some silver leafing, perhaps).

Happy  :)




Linking up at:

Mod Vintage Life - Mod Mix Monday
French Country Cottage - Feathered Nest Friday
Miss Mustard Seed - Furniture Feature Friday






Saturday, December 7, 2013

Trying A New Angle

(literally!)

I've written a number of times about the re-do of my bedroom.

I've been (mostly) pleased with the (almost) finished product:


I love the color (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint's "Paris Grey" done up by Lowe's in Behr latex.  I painted the formerly dark green metal bed to match, which makes it appear to "float" in the room.  I want to re-do my draperies (they're too...bridal-y or something).  But I am patient and will find the right ones.

What bugged me is that the room is a really good size - 16 x 15.  But it lacked flow, which made it seem cramped.  Out of view in the photo above is a dresser (to the left of the bed against the wall), a small slipper chair to the left of the dresser, a chest of drawers (in a perfectly sized niche in the wall opposite the foot of the bed; two large closets are on either side of that niche) and a large arm chair that you can just about see under the window to the right.

So, with 4 days on my hands at the Thanksgiving holiday, I got a wild hare.  I angled the bed and came the dawn - I have space!  I was able to put my arm chair in a place where I can actually *use* it, instead of banging my shin against it every time I walked on the far side of the bed.  The slipper chair is now more visible and also more useful and I love, love, love having the bed on an angle!  It's now the focal point when you enter the room and it's just beautiful.  I think once I find my elusive perfect draperies, I'll be done in my bedroom.



And a comparison shot:


I am linking up at:

Mod Vintage Life - Mod Mix Monday
Petite Michelle Louise - Grey Day Thursday
French Country Cottage - Feathered Nest Friday
Miss Mustard Seed - Furniture Feature Friday
My Romantic Home - Show and Tell Friday






Saturday, November 30, 2013

Christmas 2013

Some notes:


  • no greenery this year.  It's beyond my budget; last year, I lucked out and got a windfall from a neighbor who lost an evergreen to Hurricane Sandy. 
  • everything is either from the flea market, Good Will or they are items I previously owned
  • the "garland" on the tree is the wire part of some wired ribbon.  I bought a big roll of it at Michael's last year on clearance.  I cut the wired edges off of both sides of the ribbon, cut them into manageable sections and wrapped them around my hand to curl.  I then gently pulled them out - like a Slinky - and draped them on the tree.  They give a delicate sparkle to the tree.

the tree






the mantel







the coffee table



tiny trees in Limoges cups



the piano



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Sunday, November 17, 2013

I'm A Prepper!

No...no!  Not that kind of prepper.  Although I can get that crazed look in my eyes right about this time of year.

I'm a Christmas prepper.  I am a one-woman show (anyone have a brother/cousin/uncle/dad who likes curvy dames with an attitude?) and I work a full-time job so my Christmas decorating time is a bit limited.  I did it all in one fell swoop last Thanksgiving weekend and I will never do that again.

Another reason I have to "prep" is because I have a small living room and I have to re-arrange the furniture to accommodate my Christmas tree.  No big deal, really (love those coasters for moving furniture!) but I also use this as a cleaning opportunity.  I scrub my hardwood floors thoroughly and then make with the Murphy's Oil Soap.  I clean the woodwork, the fireplace accessories and hearth, and vacuum the undersides of the upholstered furniture.

One thing that has to be moved in the process is an ornate reproduction Victorian birdcage.  A find at Sam's Club years ago, I love it and it looks beautiful in the corner where the Christmas tree takes up temporary residence.  In years past, I've disassembled the birdcage and stored it in a closet.  

This is what I did with it this year.







I put it on my little front entryway.  I filled it with all those odds and ends of faux Christmas greenery that is not exactly nice enough to use in any great amounts inside.  I hung a wreath from HomeGoods ($49.99 down to $10 last year) on it, and stacked a couple of bundles of firewood underneath.

I think it looks so pretty and welcoming out there.

In other news, I scored this from GoodWill for $39.99.  It's missing a small piece of trim (I think I can duplicate it) and it has a wobble (which I can definitely fix).  I'm thinking French linen, Old White and silver leafing.  And stripes.  Definitely stripes.




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Saturday, September 7, 2013

When Last We Left Our Blogger


....wow.  It's been 6 months (a bit more) since I wrote here.

A lot has been going on.  I gave my heart to someone, and he stomped that sucker flat.  (Note to self - don't do *that* again)

But I'm back.  And I think I have an incredible opportunity.  An old childhood friend (really - I've known him literally since kindergarten) has been very encouraging about my mad skillz at this stuff I do.  He's asked me to put together a business plan for what it would take for me to get my goods out to a larger audience.  I'm beside myself with verklempt-ness.  I alternate between clueless rapture and utter nausea.

My thoughts are a booth in a local arts/crafts/antique mall, as well as a space at a large flea market near my home.  If anyone has any advice - up to an including "WHAT?!  ARE YOU CRAZY?!  DON'T DO IT!", I would be grateful to listen.


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