Monday, July 13, 2009

Good Monday Morning Readers

Today Cindy at My Romantic Home Blogspot started the giveaway for my Darling Garden Angel. She is so beautiful hanging on a fence or even your home at your front door. She stands about 18" tall. Her head, wings and beautiful bodice are cut from antique ceiling tin. Her graceful wings are adorned with crystal prisms. She is made out of old bead board and repainted in a shabby creamy white and then lightly rubbed down so she looks a little worn by nature already. Please visit Cindy's blog to enter for the giveaway. Be sure you follow my site too! I will be hosting a wonderful giveaway myself as soon as the followers reach 200. It shouldn't be too long from now. I will be giving away in item from my website catalog that is one of the top sellers.

Please leave a comment for me on this Garden Angel. I will be giving some of my "Heavenly" Crystal Potpourri to a lucky reader for her comment on my Garden Angel. This potpourri is not only beautiful in scent but equally as beautiful to look at. The colors are soft pastels in blue green yellow and pink. The scent is heavenly for sure. It is a light powdery floral scent with a hint of sweetness. I will call the end of this giveaway on July 25. Please enter only once. All you need to do is leave a comment for the Garden Angel or anything on my website at

Good luck!!!

You will be getting a complete set to last you a year. It includes a pound of the crystal potpourri already scented with enough essential oils to go on for 4-5 months. It also comes with a vial of refresher oil for you to add when you want the scent to keep on going. And it all comes in a darling little shabby bag sewn from some beautiful fabric and adorned with a cameo and bow.

I look forward to reading your comments.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Giving away things is so much fun!

Hi Ladies, thanks for entering the Fabulous Fun Finds giveaway for my tray. Keep watching my site for the other blogs that are giving away other fun things from my site. Like this darling Garden Angel.

And this one, my favorite Vintage Frame Earring Hanger.

Also... Here is another one of my ideas... As soon as I get about 200 people following my site I am going to host a big giveaway!!!!! It is going to be awesome!! So be sure to follow me too!!!

Saturday, July 4, 2009


3 different blogsites will be hosting giveaways on items from my website. Be sure to follow me so you will know where to go to enter.
See you there!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Day 3 Brunswick Stereo

I am happy with the way the paint is taking to this piece. I had to do a few minor fill jobs in the wood. Everything is holding very nicely.
I still have to cut the new piece of wood for the the middle shelf.
Then I have to cut the back piece and get it painted and installed.
But I am very pleased with the way it is turning out.
How in the world am I going to be able to sell this? It is quite charming don't you think?
This is not the color it will be in the end. I will put my creamy white paint over top of this taupe color. When I sand the white down, you will see a little of this taupe color through. It will give my new paint a natural worn look. The carved details will remain a little darker as if they are stained from years of handling. It will be quite stunning.
I would love to hear your comments on this.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Day 2 for the Brunswick Stereo

Ok, Kilz oil based primer/sealer Odorless is my best friend. Although to me it kind of smells like "stinky feet cheese" as my grand daughters call it. But seriously ladies, it is the best. I use throw away brushes and please do cover the floor. Because it tends to splatter :) You can pick up Kilz Oil Based primer almost anywhere! It is a little more than the others but by far more worth it.The only reason the middle shelf is not primered yet is because it has to be replaced.

Without primer, this poor piece would take 18 coats of paint. The details are going to be beautiful with all the paint I put on it.

Just look at the details of this beauty. Several shoppers commented on it today. I have heard anything from, "add a glass door". Or Hang fabric in the opening. I even heard one man say, "Can you put the radio back in once you have it painted?" What!!!! OMG. This thing is definitely going to be either my creamy white or even taupe. What is your take on it? Want to give me an idea of what color you would do it if you were Shabby Chic?? I do have plans to put a back in it, and I am just leaving the front open. It will be a beautiful cabinet for the bathroom to put towels in. It is a darling shape and the size is perfect for a bathroom and towels will fit so nicely inside.

I have 2 coats of this sealer on it. It will paint so nicely. I am going to let it dry for a complete 24 hours.

I look forward to hearing your ideas on color for this piece. And what would you use it for?

Tootle loo for now. It is almost quitting time.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

$5 Brunswick radio 5 day project

This old radio was found at a Stockade sale in Schenectady NY. Weighing 75 pounds worth of tubes, wires and tons of other stuff that did not work I just knew what I had in mind for it.

So carefully removing all the screws inside that will allow me to take out the front center piece.

I had to remove a little bit of the front piece so that I could slide it out. I was a little nervous about this but it all went back together just like new.

Now you can kind of see where I am going with this. I do need to replace the inside middle shelf. It got a little too beat up. Boy they sure did make things well back in the day! :) Oh I can't wait to get through another portion of this project to show you progress on it. But my other work is calling my name. Be sure to come back often to see if I have posted the blogs that are hosting my giveaways!!! That is sure to be lots of fun. Happy Father's Day!! Tootle loo for now.
Be sure to follow my blog! I will be posting the blog sites that will be hosting giveaways on items of mine. Be sure to follow me!!!

Vintage Home lifestyle: It's time for another Fabulous BARN SALE...

I sure wish I had a barn so I could have barn sales. They look like a ton of fun. I just have to settle for my shop at
Vintage Home lifestyle: It's time for another Fabulous BARN SALE...

For now I will add this - if you are within reasonable driving distance and have a project for me, I would love to work it out for you. I have built things from a glance at a magazine article. This table I built from scratch just by looking at the page in Romantic Homes Magazine.

People bring me their furniture often and allow me to paint for them.
And I am starting a new page on my website to allow people to do things themselves with a little help from me. If they have a door and a screw driver but not the other parts for their own hall tree. They can buy all the "fixings" for it from me and do it themselves.
Check out my site or give me a call and find out if I can help you with your project.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Virtual Yard Sale

I have posted some new items on my virtual yard sale page. Please visit

You can see I have made it a "Name Your Price" sale. Please visit the page and if you see something there you want, please don't hesitate to name your price. What can it hurt!!?? Maybe we can agree on a price.

Here is a little earring hanger I made from an old window. Isn't it sweet? It took about 4 yards of satin ribbon. After painting the window a light pale yellow I epoxy glued on the satin ribbon and then some satin bows over a few of the rows. I think it finished it off nicely.

Then I added a couple clear crystal knobs to the bottom to hang a robe or purse or whatever. It just gave it some added beauty.

Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by! Oh, btw, be watching Miss Sweet Tea Diaries. She will be hosting a giveaway for one of my earring frames!!!! Check her out and watch often!!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Shabby Chic Seashell Setup

Say that three times fast!

I do think this mix of items is so lovely!

So, my friend Donna at kept harping at me "Do your blog already!" So here I am doing my blog. Thanks to her I had the most fun setting up this display. It really makes me want summer to be here.

Trying to decide how to set up my new focal point to sell a few things that haven't normally even been that noticed I wanted to use some of my old white and cream color buttons. So while sorting through them I had one of those lightbulb moments!! :)

I certainly hope you enjoy looking at how I displayed some beautiful shells.

There are some beautiful shabby chippy statues, white candles and gel candles with shells in them.

There are very ornate little hearts with pearls as the hangers.

I have some painted iron things and some painted wood things in the mix.
Please do enjoy. These items can be found on my website for sale.

Have a lovely peacefilled day.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

mantle and black chair

No Comment, just wanted to show you how pretty it is going to be (when I get it done:)

Black Toile & Hot Pink Valentines

So I found this chair at The Goodwill. Oh it was so beautiful!! I could just picture working on it. But they wanted $175!!!! I couldn't believe it. It was beautiful, but it wasn't that beautiful! So I passed on it.
The next weekend I went back and it had been marked down to $75!!! Wow! I still counldn't get it.

Well a dear friend of mine came in my shop one day and told me that everything had been marked down. So we jumped in her son's old Ford Pickup and raced over there. The entire way I was literally praying, "Dear God, you know how much I loved that chair and those other chairs. Please let them still be there. Please Lord, you know I could make them so beautiful." So, Normie and I get there and we rushed in straight to the furniture area and lo and behold, the chairs were still there! And the best part of it all is that the black chair was only $20 now and the beautiful little dining room chairs were only $2.50 each!! I couldn't believe it! Me and Normie drug them all up front to the register as fast as we could. I was so excited to get started on it, I was at The Cherry Pit Fabric Store the next day buying my materials for it. I am replacing the beige woven fabric and green trim with black and cream toile, black lace and hot pink pillows. I think it will be the center attraction at the store (until someone purchases it). I will post it's after pictures soon.

So here they are before:

Friday, January 30, 2009

Finally Friday - on Friday Flea Market!!

Hello all. I don't know how much time I will have to keep up with this. You would think I would have had a blog long ago. I feel I have been on the web forever by now! :)

But the truth of it all is, reading instructions is like reading a different language to me. I just get so confused. I would much rather be working in my "workshop" or moving things around in my store, or even playing house in my own home.

I do love decorating. I do love painting things. And I do love looking at everyone's sites, blogs and ads in magazines.

To start this blog I will try hard to keep a theme going. (yea right, wish me luck on this)

I have my favorite magazines. My most fave is "Romantic Country". I have issue #98 - Dream Rooms" open to page 35 on my coffee table. I can't quit looking at that kitchen!!! I have my Fiance' on the lookout for a table (or old wood so I can make one) for my kitchen. I MUST have that table!!! It is an article on Patti Silverman. She also has been in Country Living and you can visit it online at

Picture 7 shows the table. But in Romantic Country magazine the table is in full view - OMG! Did I mention that I MUST have that table??!!!

Another item I will be working on is this "Garden Conservatory" I built out of old windows and an odd end table. My fiance' calls it a "Garden Santuary". I thought that was so cute. What are your takes on it, what do you think it should be called?

I so long for Spring. I want to force it into existence.

What I plan to do is put a glass shelf in the center and a tiny pendant chandelier hanging inside also. I have to find just the right one.
I think it will be a darling place to start seedlings, or put my most fragile plants and garden statues.
I will be in touch soon. And I will try to take pics of what it is looking like as I make the changes.