Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Holiday Open House Review....

Hi Everyone!  This weekend was the Holiday Open House at my Studio.  It was a great weekend and the weather was wonderful.  A big thank you to all the customers, friends and family that stopped by, to my parents for all their help, to Pam and Stacey for the Christmas cookies and treats, and Lynett for spending two days away from her family to help me out.  Thank-you Everyone!  (Word of warning, it's a long post and picture heavy).
 I made a sign for the Studio using one of the headboards I's not finished but it was done enough for the Open House.
 My mother put this together as a welcome to the Studio.  She did a great job on it!  Thanks Mom!
 Even the front porch is dressed up for Christmas.  I found this bucket out in the garage when I was getting my Christmas decorations out so I got it out and cleaned it up.  I also found a brand new 4' tree in my stash and decided to use it on the porch.
 I made a Sled and Snowflake Wreath for the front door.  But I'm just going to let you look at the pictures and I'll do a follow up on some of the details.

A few masculine decorated Christmas trees...a hunting one, a fishing one and hunting/fishing one (the large one).
And a fishing wreath with a bait bucket on it.

It was a great weekend.  I sold a couple of larger pieces like the rolling cart, the lagoon stool, the black/cream/green footstool, the mantel clock, some signs, a lot of trees (both plain and decorated), ornaments, and a lot of little things.  I'll share more in another post.  Thanks again to all my helpers and everyone that came out to shop or just to say hi.  It was fun!  And as always, thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Painted Armoire...

Hi Everyone!  I'm almost ready for the Holiday Open House this weekend.  I just have a little cleaning to do and then I'll be ready.  One of the things on my to do list for the Open House was to paint the armoire in my studio.
 This is the only picture of it that I could find.  It's a nice big, heavy, pine piece that I use to store supplies in, but I hate that orange color.  I've been meaning to paint it all year and finally got it done.
 I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and Louis Blue.
 I lightly sanded it but didn't want to reveal too much of that orange wood.
The details look great (much better in person).  And now it fits in with the studio so much better than the orange did.  How would you have painted it?

I have so much to share with you of the Studio so look for lots of pictures after this weekend.  The Studio is full and decorated for Christmas.  So if you're in the area this weekend, stop by and say hello! Thanks for stopping by.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Painted buffet....

Hi Everyone!  It's beginning to look like my Studio.  I spent the weekend rearranging the studio to accommodate all the furniture that has been out in the shop in anticipate of my upcoming Open House.  But before I got to far into it, I decided I had better get the buffet painted that I purchased at the auction this summer.  The before picture...
 I loved this piece as soon as I saw it advertised for the auction...but I didn't love the orange color.
 I still can't believe I was the winning bidder on this piece.  I brought it home and it's been sitting in the studio, untouched, ever since.  Until Friday night that is....
 I love the legs!  They are gorgeous!
 And the details are incredible!
 I painted it in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.  I distressed it lightly.
 I love how the paint brought out the details....
 ...and I was able to reuse the hardware...I just cleaned them up a bit.
As soon as it was painted, it just made me smile.  I think it looks so much better this way.  What do you think?  Would you distress it a bit more?...or leave it lightly distressed?  And even though I love it, it will be for sale at my Open House on November 9th and 10th.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Headboards and more headboards....

Hi Everyone!  I'm busy getting ready for the Holiday Open House at my Studio in a couple of weeks.  I have to finish making a few shelves, some wooden ornaments and spindle trees.  I still need to rearrange the furniture in the studio (it's full).  And I need to decorate the Studio for Christmas since it is the Holiday Open House.  My Mom is helping me get ready for it (thanks Mom!).  But in the meantime, I thought I'd show you some headboards that my friend Lynett and my Aunt Barb picked up for me recently.
 I love the large turned posts.  I'm not a fan of the lattice work but I'm thinking that needs to be removed and the center pieces upholstered.
 This one is large.  Not only is it long (it's a king size) but it's tall too.  I'm thinking of just painting it and leaving it as a headboard instead of turning it into a bench.
I like this spindle bed.  The foot board is missing it's finials on the sides of the center piece but I think I can find away to replace them.
I love it when I get matching ones.  These are actually bunk beds.  I love the solid backs.  I can't wait to work on them.
 I love this one.  It didn't have a foot board but I have one that I think will work.
I know it's not a headboard, but it is bed related.  It's a Jenny Lind crib that I can take apart and use in a lot of different projects.  I will be busy this winter working on different projects with the headboards.  What would you do with them?  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fair Recap....

Hi Everyone!  This weekend was the Clarinda Craft Fair and it was a good.  I got to see some friends and family that I haven't seen for a while, and met some new friends and clients.  It was a good day!  The fair was good.  Not as great as last year, but then I took a chance this time by bringing mostly large pieces and saving my smaller items for my open house next month.  I had some good sales but came home with more than I thought I would but that just means less that I have to make for my open house, which is good.  Now on to the fun!
 The black bench that looks like chair backs sold as did the little trees. 
 Two white frames with chicken wire by the dresser sold as did several of the spindle trees.
 I was surprised that the dresser didn't sell, but I got a lot of compliments on it and several ladies are interested in it.
 Several ladies were also interested in the sewing base table but it came home with me.
 I sold the decorated mitten tree and the two small spindle trees as well as all the soap dispensers (in the wooden bowl by the little trees).
 The ladder, both rolling crates, the backless bench and a couple sheet music wreaths sold.
 The headboard shelf (in the corner between the benches) sold but the kid table and chairs came home with me.  I didn't do as well as I did last year, but it was a good day.  Now I will be focusing on getting ready for my Open House on November 9th and 10th.  I have a few things to make for it but the studio is full.  I need to rearrange things to make room for the items I wasn't expecting to bring home with me and decorate it for Christmas!  If you are in the area I would love for you to stop by for the Open House.  I'm really looking forward to it.  Thanks for stopping by.