Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Back Burner

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I have to say I am sorry for having neglected the blog for so long.  It's never intentional, there was no thought.  Shoot, my brain is so scattered I'm lucky to get shoes on most days.  The Prairie Market was a wonderful success.  So many wonderful, supportive customers that have followed us year after year.  And there were lots of new faces to visit with this year also.  My house is still a disaster though.  I moved right from production for the Market to preparation for Omaha's Junk Stock!  Which is a huge venue with many vendors and many, many shoppers.  I am excited and nervous, and exhausted, but I think I have so fun new things ready to go.  If you visited me at the Prairie Market, don't worry, you won't be just looking at my same old pieces.  Some of those will come to Junk Stock, but I had made and stashed plenty of new pieces to sell at Junk Stock.

I'll also have the American Paint Company paint line with me.  Some paints are being retired so I have stock with special prices on them!  The new colors are gorgeous and I can't wait to start debuting those the end of October.

If you don't follow me on Facebook you should. :-)  I seem to be a more faithful poster on FB.  At least, I post some fast little bits and pieces.  So don't forget...This weekend is Junk Stock!  Come shop, listen to the bands, enjoy a bite from the food trucks and find some peace, love, and junk!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Rescue Me

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I do feel like a Rescue home for poor neglected and abused furniture on many days, and this piece is a great example.  Observe...missing legs and feet, what to do, what to do?!  I actually looked into adding some height back to it by attaching a footed bottom, but my handy man Mr. talked me out of it.  Instead we gave her wheels and then a makeover.

It ended up being nearly the perfect height for several possible uses.

Love the detail work on this piece.  That's Home Plate accenting those.  Inside those little doors was...
lovely wood in really good condition.  It always amazes me how horrible a piece can look on the outside and how untouched the inside appears to be.  I just renewed and sealed the interior drawers.  What use do you see here?  Dresser, Bar Cart, Paper Craft organization?

As bad as the top was it stripped down and refinished beautifully!  The wood is just such a pretty contrast to the paint.  Love this one a lot!!
And when a girl gets wheels she sometimes needs new "jewelry" too.  I love these knobs so much.  It makes me sad that they were being clearances and I might not be able to find more!
A definite improvement!  The main body is painted in Smoke Signal.  Waxed in a 50/50 mix of clear and dark wax.  I can't wait to take her to the Prairie Market or Junk Stock!!

Painting Workshop classes have been updated for the rest of 2014.  Check out the dates by clicking on the button in the top bar!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

It's that time of year again...

Pin It  That time when I disappear for weeks at a time as I frantically try to finish some projects for our upcoming Prairie Market Sale!  It is a crazy, fun, mad dash to the finish line.  I never have much time for posting this time of year, but on the upside I will eventually get all these painted finishes out here for you to see.

Here's a quick little post and some eye candy for you to enjoy.

This ginormous chest of drawers was painted in American Paint Colors, Born on the 4th of July, Peacock and Desert Cactus, blended to give it some movement.  The stencil and pulls are straight Born no the 4th of July.
I can not say enough good things about the rich pigmentation of APC's paints.  They are so rich and have so much depth.  I sealed with clear wax, but I think it would have been cool to have added another color mixed in the clear wax to add another layer.  Soon I will have to try that!
Very light distressing this time.

Some pieces are just so easy to do and easy to love.  This was one of those lucky ones that matched exactly what I saw in my mind before I began.
Wishing you that kind of luck this week with your projects!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


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America, America, God shed his grace on thee...

How fun it was to work on a dresser for a wonderful lady named Willie.  Willie wanted a dresser done for her grandson who shares her love of Country.  She said "Americana" themed and turned me loose.  

In order to keep it more masculine I decided to use the same process as the Subway Art Dressers and substitute  patriotic words and graphics.  What do you think?  Did it work?
I used American Paint Company's 'Fireworks Red' over 'Born on the 4th of July'.  I used my Silhouette to create the stencils and lots of different fonts to add some interest.
The dresser was a fun one and came together quite nicely.  The top was sanded and re-stained, the knobs were cleaned up and polished with dark wax.  The body of the dresser was finished with clear wax and buffed to a nice sheen.  Love my buffing brush!!!
And Crown thy good with Brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.

Have a great week!

Monday, August 25, 2014

I shall call her Pumpkin

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A fellow American Paint Company Retailer shared her 'recipe' for making a burnt orange color on our  Facebook page a week or two ago.  I mixed it up last week and brushed it on a dresser.  Tell me what you think of Pumpkin!
I'm rather smitten with her if I dare say so.  I think I am looking forward to those cool Fall nights and the crisp sunny days.  
It is a super rich saturate color!   It kind of made this very simple styled dresser special in my opinion.  Well that and those drawer pulls!
I mean, those are pretty special too, right?  Yes, they are, and I so love it when the original hardware can be kept with a piece.  This dresser, as many of these do, had a lot of texture in the old finish.  I suspect that storage in a hot garage or shed causes much of this.  I wet distressed and took advantage of it to give it a shabbied up look. 

Oh, and in case you are interested in creating your own Pumpkin piece.  You use APC's Orange Grove in a roughly 5:1to 6:1 ratio with Saddle.    It really depends on how light or dark you want it.  I just mixed enough to cover my piece without having to recreate it, but I promise that when I make it again I will let you know an exact measurement.  You can bet I'm looking for new pieces to use it on!

I have both Orange Grove and Saddle currently in stock at The Brass Armadillo in Omaha.  My booth is on Montana Avenue. Booth 208.  There is also a flyer about upcoming paint classes and tips for painting with Chalk/Clay based paints in the booth!  Stop by and check it out!!

Have a fabulous week!

Friday, August 22, 2014

A little Boho

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Getting things photographed when you are working at warp speed presents a challenge, but I am super excited to show you this next piece.  I've been loving me some stencils lately.  I've also been having some fun mixing paints to make some new colors.
Meet the Bohemian Side Table which isn't quite this orange in person.  I think I amped up the saturation a bit in Pic Monkey.  Anyhoo, this is a sweet Thomasville side table that was worn out and needed some oomph!
I mixed some of American Paint Co.'s Orange Grove with A-Maize-Ing and a little bit of Shining Seas and a drop or two of Fireworks Red and ended up with a color I call Marigold.  It is bright and cheery without being neon.
My stencil color is a pretty Pumpkin mix another APC retailer came up with by mixing Orange Grove with a bit of Saddle.  Brilliant!  I had been wanting to mix a Pumpkin color and I love what she came up with.
Don't you think the stencil and color gives this piece a definite Bohemian vibe!  I love it and wish I could talk one of my kids into a Boho Inspired room!  Maybe one of you will need this for yours?

Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

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Well, I must say coming up with titles in the middle of the night is not my superpower.

You know the Prairie Market Gals sale is coming up soon right?  I don't exactly get into a panic, but about this time every year I start looking around and thinking I better kick it into high gear if I'm going to get through the pile of 'want to do for the sale' pieces.  So, you'll either see a bunch of reveals flying at you, or radio silence.  Since I like reveals, that's what I'm going to try to do.

Here's a recent finish for you and she's a Grande Dame!  We found a beautiful heavy oak buffet recently with a tag that had an added "last chance" sticker.  Seriously, would they toss something this gorgeous in the landfill if it didn't sell fast enough?!  It makes me sad.  But fear not, she has a chance to be useful again!
Meet Liberty.  Catchy right since that is the color name for the paint I used?  I used American Paint Company paint in Liberty on this piece after my mother suggested a sagey green when I said something about painting her black.  I am ever an obedient child.

Liberty has oodles of personality and details.  Look at this drawer!  The hardware is the same as "the sorority dressers" and they were stamped by the manufacturer 1940's so I'm going to assume this one came from that same time period.  It has a Creston, IA stamp on the back.
This photo really caught the color well.  What do you think of the the color?  It is really in nice shape for a piece that was sitting on death row.
Oops, look what I found lurking in the flowers during the photo shoot.  It's a cute Lion!  She would correct me and say it's a FIERCE lion lurking in the flowers.  Rally Sunday at church, good times!
At any rate, I am happy to say that Liberty has many more years ahead of her.  She'll be at the Prairie Market sale.  October 3 & 4, see the button at the top of the page for more information.  Come say Hi in person!!

It's going to be a fabulous week!

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