Friday, May 2, 2014

It's Derby Time!

May is upon us and that only means one thing...The Kentucky Derby!

No Derby Party would be complete without women in beautiful hats and men in bow ties sipping Mint Juleps!

Here is a recipe for a classic Mint Julep for you to enjoy come Derby Day!

Are you hosting or attending a Derby party this year? Let me know in the comments section your favorite way to celebrate!


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Friday, April 18, 2014

Chalk Paint® On Metal

I've done a lot of painting using Chalk Paint on wood furniture lately so it was refreshing when a client requested that I paint a pair of heavy metal candle sconces she had. She was tired of the verdigris green finish they sported.

I suggested we leave the 90's behind and lighten them up a bit! She was excited at the prospect and gave me full creative license to do what I wanted with them! 

Chalk Paint is so versatile in that it can be used on just about any surface to create a one of a kind piece and in this case, with very little effort.

What I love most about painting over metal is what happens when you wipe the wet paint with a rag. The wet paint settles in the low spots and the rag removes the paint from any high spots, creating a beautifully aged finish.

The above is with one coat of slightly watered Old White. Once dry, I applied a coat of Paris Grey. Again, watered down a bit. I played around, going back and forth between the two colors, painting and wiping, letting a little of the original green show through until I was satisfied. 

Here is the before and after.

Lovely...don't you think?

The point being, don't limit yourself to painting just wood with this beautiful paint. 

The possibilities are endless!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mission Gallery Wall Complete!

A  few years ago, I had created a gallery wall in my family room that you can see here and here. I have always enjoyed it, but there were two empty spaces that I had trouble filling. I didn't know whether to add more pictures or did it need something else? I wasn't sure what I wanted to do so I just ignored it!

Every time I looked at it, which was daily, I could hear the wall whisper, "Psst! Hey...YOU! Notice anything wrong with me? I'm not fully dressed!"

I even ignored the wall talking to me!

I'm pathetic!

For 2 years it has had two spots missing teeth.

Well two weeks ago, I remembered a star burst mirror I had bought at Target that originally had a dark brown finish that I transformed to an antique gold with a little Rub N Buff. I ran upstairs grabbed it and tried it out on the gallery wall. It fit perfectly and I liked it! For the other empty spot, I borrowed our family initial that was in the kitchen and voila! In less then 10 minutes I had finally finished the gallery wall! It only took me two years! I told you I was pathetic!

Here she is!!!

I also replaced the giant hurricane candle holders on either side with these lamps. I like it so much better!

The lamps add much needed light to this end of the room and it feels a little cozier when they are on.

It even forced me to remove the plaid wool blankets and plaid pillows I had in the basket under the table. Bring on Spring!

It feels good to check something off my list!

What have you been procrastinating with?

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring At The Front Door, Take Two!

About a month ago, in this post, I showed you my beautiful french wall basket stuffed with forsythia that I have hanging on my front door. We don't use the front door very much. Only to retrieve a package left by UPS. My oldest man child was home for a weekend visit and remarked that he thought a bird was building a nest in my forsythia so I decided to check it out!

Last Sunday, April 6th, this is what I found tucked inside...

Spring is definitely in the air!



I checked on the chicks after I had been out of town for Easter and this is what I saw:

Like all little birdies they had grown!

As of the writing of this update, 5/2/2014 they are...gone! Sad, but I'm so happy they made it safely and that I was able to provide them shelter and warmth until they were able to make it on their own.

Hope you enjoyed my little Spring nature piece!

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