Monday, October 21, 2013

Prairie Market 2013 edition

What a fantastic Prairie Market we just experienced!  So much fun, so many old friends stopping to shop and chat, so many new friends we made.  It's always exhausting and exhilarating all in one!  I am so proud of our little group and how we've grown through each sale.  Here are some of the photos, but one that I regret not taking was our Photo Booth!  Laura, the photographer who shot my daughter's senior photos agreed to come and bring some props along with her.  I provided her with a couple of frames to use and we were able to persuade many of our shoppers to stop by and get their photos taken.  It was so fun, and everyone will be able to re pin their photos from her Pinterest page soon.

Here we go, these were cell phone photos, and not heavily edited.

Feeling very blessed right now!
P.S.  The photo booth photos are up on Pinterest
Here is a quick one of the Prairie Market Gals

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


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I am telling the truth when I say that upholstery projects make me sweat.  Even simple chair upholstery is going to require removing 500 million staples that someone else decided needed to be applied to keep a small piece of fabric from vacating the chair.  I'm no better, once I get started putting a new fabric on I then I feel the need to tack down every. last. square. inch of loose fabric.  Then I hope whoever owns that chair next is in no hurry to change the upholstery.  

Then there is the whole "sewn" upholstery fear I have.  Good heavens, this job will require math.  I was always better in the fine arts and humanities than I ever was in math and science.  But, when a seriously dated, but absolutely cool love seat needs some recovering I do it.  I save it for my last project, but I do it!
Da da da daaaaaa!
This one was a family piece, my parents to be exact.  Pretty wood, and pretty orange velvet cushions that needed an update.  It did require math, and about 5 hours of my day, mostly because if I figured it once I must have refigured it 5 times.  And I still had some strange results that had me refiguring things again.  But I got a zipper in, made the gusset fit just right and I'm pretty darn pleased with the end result.  
It's going to the Prairie Market because my Mr. keeps telling me, "you can't keep everything you make".  But I often want to.  I do have a strange attraction to random numbers, you've seen them on several of my painted pieces, so it should not be surprising that I chose this fabric.  The pillows were nice easy finishes with minimal math involvement, thank Heaven!

All in all I am so pleased with how this project turned out, but do not look for me to tackle many new upholstery projects anytime soon.  

Only a few more days until the 2013 Fall Prairie Market!  I'm so excited!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

SOME of the other desks

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As I mentioned in the last post, I ended up with a glut of desks in my stash.  All good, sturdy desks, and I do sell a few desks to clients who need them.  I had a lot though!  So, we began to think of different ways to repurpose some of those desks.  Today I'll show you one of the ways, which is quick and easy to do, and I have seen done on many different blogs.
Here is what we started with.  Love those huge wooden knobs.  An open knee on both sides and 2 
columns of drawers.  This is what we did.
We (and by we I mean the Mr. with my input) unscrewed the top, knocked out the center drawer, patched a few rough spots, re cut the top to fit and routed it to fit the two sets of drawers. A little paint and wax and viola`, side tables/night stands.  Love them.  I have 3 pairs, 2 of which are complete and will be for sale at the Prairie Market next weekend.  Here's what the other set looks like.
Sweet right?  Now those other desks...that's for another post.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Dear Libby

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Hello to all near and far!  In the flurry of finishing and inventorying and packing for the upcoming Prairie Market (squeal), I have been neglecting the blog, the facebook page, and occasionally my family.  JK, I feed them, smile at them all the while covered in a layer of paint dust and sporting many fresh new colors on my elbows.  Today I have a post about a recent custom finish for an awesome customer, Libby.

Libby found me at NJ & Co. soon after it opened and purchased the Nail Head Buffet (one of my all time faves).  She was also fantastic enough to send me a photo of it in her house surrounded by her Christmas decor which really jazzed it up even more!  Love seeing them in their new homes.  Since that time I have been lucky enough to complete 2 more pieces for Libby, and she brought a friend on board who has also turned into a fantastic client!   

Libby loves to decorate with fairly clean lines, she is definitely not afraid to add in color, and most importantly she loves furniture that "tells a story".  Yes!  Me too!  So, here's her latest piece.
This art deco piece is huge, and heavy and so super for storage.  It also had some damage from too many people trying to lift it with their fingertips under the routed edges. 
:-(  That damage had to be removed, smoothed out and then we added a piece of trip up under the top to finish it all up nicely.  We sanded the top down and were able to re-stain it.  Lovely.
See how nicely it all turned out?  The original hardware was worn, but still very usable and it just fit this piece so we cleaned it up, sprayed the wood dowels black and put them back on.  I'd say this art deco piece looks pretty spiffy now!  Although Libby loves color and toyed with several different colors in the end she decided she wanted white.  I used Benjamin Moore Advance on it which I have really learned to love.
I think this buffet will be serving Libby and her family nicely for many years to come.  Oh, and it comes with a whole host of stories to tell.  Shhh, did you hear about the time...
Have a great week!  Don't forget to stop by the Prairie Market on October 19th!!!  We'd love to see you!
Details up above under the Prairie Market button.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Momma's Lipstick

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I had a wonderful lady ask me if I wanted some desks and dressers from a Sorority house last year, and then again this summer.  She probably didn't finish the sentence before I jumped all over that offer.  They have been wonderful and fun pieces to work on.  A while back I featured Lonesome Dove, a rustic bit of neutral colors.  Well, welcome his sister, Faded Rose.
She is blessed with ample storage, good bones, and get a load of those knobs!  I was running out of good light and this picture is a bit hyped up on the pink, but she is a pretty bright flamingo pink.  The paint is from American Paint Company, a relatively new all natural clay and mineral based paint line.  The color is "Momma's Lipstick".  Oh, yeah.
This close up is probably a closer representation of the color.  It was so bright that I decided to play with it to tone it down.  First I added a wash of APC's "Rushmore", a nice taupe color.  Then, because I am insane apparently, I decided she needed bling to go with her hot pink self and added a wash of Modern Masters Metallic Silver.  Which wasn't bad, and it did tone it down.  It just didn't feel right.  So I started sanding it down to go back to the drawing board and I started liking what I was seeing.  
Faded Rose needed to be pretty, but rustic with just a hint of faded areas and a bit of shimmer still hovering about.  It's like an old favorite pair of faded pink jeans!  I love some of the old wood finish showing through.  I love that you can see a bit of the old taupe and silver wash adding depth to this piece.  You know, these dressers have served a lot of young women and held up through it all.  She's not had an easy life, but boy has it been a good one!  

Faded Rose is at NJ & Co. in Omaha where I consign some of my furniture.  She's there because NJ's hosting a Ladies Night Out on Oct. 3rd with a percentage of the profits benefiting 'Project Pink'D'.  I hope you'll come see her, and maybe someone will need a sturdy gal with a lot left to give and take her home.  If you come by, make sure to say hello!

Happy Hump Day!