I can hardly believe that Christmas is sneaking up on us again like it or not! I usually decorate like a mad woman and stress myself out trying to make it look like Christmas has spewed red and green decorations all over my house! This year I wanted soft colors and told myself make it fun. I promised myself as soon as I started stressing I was done! It really is silly the pressure we put on ourselves to make everything look fabulous or be the perfect hostess during this holiday season. It is truly more about spending time with your loved ones and family. Making memories to cherish. I look back on some of the years when my boys were younger and we had everyone over to our house and me acting like a lunatic running around trying to perfect everything. I feel bad cause I didn’t take the time to smell the cookies baking,watch the Christmas through the kids eyes or just simply enjoy spending time with loved ones that are no longer here.! Sorry family for the craziness! This year no more!
My motto is this year I will not go overboard and if every room is not decorated that is ok repeat after me….. We do not have to be perfect or have houses that look like the cover of Country living!
So take time this year to absorb it all in and if you walk into a room where you have decorated and it makes you smile then that is good enough! I know some of you may look at my pics and think yeah she went crazy! I promise I did cut way back, I made it fun and so when I step back and look around it gives me that happy satisfied feeling that it is enough! So are you guilty of any holiday craziness?
I was wondering my local flea market last weekend when I found this gorgeous chair! There was no price on it so I ran to the man at the front asking a price. He said he didn’t know if it wasn’t marked. I would have to wait til the lady that supplied that area came in. I asked well can you call her. I was determined! He said nope she doesn’t answer her phone often. By now I was getting irritated! Seriously I thought had he never heard of customer service? He then went on to say it is probably sold. I said well thanks for all your help! As I cursed him walking out. We’ll I went home and thought about it,talked about it til my husbands ears bled and I knew I would not give up that easily! So the next morning I got up and headed right back up there! I went straight to the room the chair was and I was so thrilled to see the lady that had that spot there putting stuff in! I asked her is this chair sold? She said no! I said well what do you want and she replied a price I could totally live with. So I grabbed it and ran to the front! The same guy was in there and I smugly showed him the chair with the tag she had wrote for me. I don’t think he remembered me though. I didn’t care I just wanted the dang chair!
I needed a new queen chair that is what I call my chair at the end of my dining room table? I had redone one a few months ago and decided recently to sell it as I was running low on merchandise at a show I did.
I took it home and set to making it match my decor. I painted the wood with American Chalk paint in Home plate a soft creamy color. Then I ripped off the velvet on the seat which literally disintegrated as I went! It was a mess to clean up! I covered it with the same chevron material as my last queen
Now I need to decide wether to use some dark wax to bring out the gorgeous detail? What do you think? Moral of the story do NOT get in the way of a gal wanting her queen chair!
I have to share my latest obsession! It is a website called HOMETALK! I spend many an hour looking through all the great DIY projects, decorating ideas, repurposing/up cycling ,gardening or looking at questions people ask and get answers too!!! It is an amazing site to check out!! Have you been there yet?
Well I recently joined HOMETALK and I was posting my projects and enjoying seeing everyone else’s when one day I was contacted by the lovely people at HOMETALK they asked me to curate a board for them! I was super excited! That is after I figured out what it meant to curate a board! Being new to a lot of this technical stuff I wasn’t sure what that meant! No worries though because the wonderful gal who had contacted me Alexandra was ever so sweet to show me how to go about it. Thanks!
They wanted me to curate a board on something that is near and dear to my heart as you all know Typography on furniture! You may remember this post it was my very first experience with typography French Buffet
Here is a couple of projects I adored and clipped to my project board.
Check out Nancy at artsy chics rule lovely coastal charm thrift store dresser makeover.
This little springy beauty is adorable! It was created by Sophia at Sophia’s Décor.
So What are you waiting for? Come on over to my board and get some inspiration for your typography projects on HOMETALK!!
I will be sharing at Miss Mustard seed Furniture Feature Party
I went to a new flea market in our neck of the woods a few weeks ago. It was in a beautiful setting on a tree and hill-side farm. I wasn’t sure what I would find being a new market. I managed to find a few treasures! One was this dresser an old man had and he said he really didn’t sell furniture and did NOT want to reload it. I asked with trepidation what he wanted for it? He said make an offer. I don’t like doing that because I like to get my furniture cheap!! So I never want to insult some one. He finally just threw out an unbelievable price! I said SOLD! So I carted the beautiful piece home.
See isn’t it lovely? So mush character! It had a few issues though veneer peeling and missing. It was also missing part of a decorative ball off one of the legs. It didn’t affect it’s stability so it was purely cosmetic. I decided to just leave that alone!
I decided to glue down veneer where I could and used wood fill to repair where it was missing.
I lightly scuffed the top, sides, and drawers.
I chose a milk paint in a color called French Grey by American paint company. It took me three coats of this paint. I lightly sanded it actually using steel wool on it cause I wasn’t sure how much of the milk paint would come off and didn’t want to go to crazy. Once I had shabbied it I decided to use white chalk paint to fill in details on the dresser. That took a bit of time but I felt it was needed for all the beautiful details! I painted the handles with chalk paint also. I was missing one handle. I know right! Geez! I just used two crystal knobs for the top little drawer. Being economical and not changing them all out. I then used a wax finish on it all.
It has been delivered to its new home where I know it is loved!
I will be sharing this at Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Feature party