Thursday, May 26, 2011

Frenchy chair

I was soooo excited to have found this chair at a second hand store the other day, usually the only things that I find are plain square, cheap laminated furniture which I don't like and to see this chair sitting there waiting for me, I heard angels singing.

I haven't had the time to re-do it yet, but I'm planning to refinish it " a la Miss Mustard Seed" 

I really don't want to rush, will take my time to chose the right paint and fabric for the seat cushion.

It has some damage on the back that I don't know how to repair, will have to come up with something.

Stay tuned for the reveal!

I will be taking a few days off in Aspen, CO I'm hoping to find a few yard sales there this Saturday, is there such thing in Aspen? we'll see, or at least find me an antique mall.  Promise to take a lot of pictures.
Thanks for reading, wishing you a great weekend and Memorial Day.
Linking to Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
See you next week


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A few finished white pieces

Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday. After seeing U2 in concert last night (yes I'm a show off) and going to bed at almost 1:00 a.m. and getting up at 5:00 I am very tired but I didn't want to miss posting for White Wednesday.

These are some pieces that I just finished transforming
This was a pink mirror with a cream greenish ribbon, I think it looks better now after some white paint, brown stain and clear matte sealer.

My birdie frame, before it was a black and gold frame with nothing in the middle.

Sewing box that was just plain brown stained, transformed it with white paint, brown stain and some lace and embellishments. 

All the graphics are from the Graphics Fairy.

Decoupaged scissors and lace

I had two pieces of MDF laying around, I took some old dictionary pages, glued them to the MDF, then decoupaged the tea pots, stenciled the word and added some brown stain to make it look old.

Same for the one below. Thanks for visiting, see you next time!
Linking to Faded Charm for White Wednesday # 101!

Monday, May 23, 2011


Hope everyone is having a good Monday, today I want to show you some things that I just finished.
I found this frame and loved it even that it was all gold, I just painted it white and decoupaged some old book pages and some images from The Graphics Fairy

That's what I call easy art.

Made this altered bottle, love the Shakespearean lady, image also from The Graphics Fairy, coffee dyed fabric, old earrings and lace.

Poem inside and some lavender buds.

Altered salt & pepper shakers with lavender buds inside... some old buttons, fabric and earrings.  I don't know what is wrong with my blog today, couldn't move up the image below. 
Wishing everybody a great day.  Until next time!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Got my Romantic Prairie Style book

Don't you love giveaways?
I was about to order Fifi's Romantic Prairie Style book because I really wanted it.  I didn't have to.
I won the giveaway from My Lovely Little Lulu 
and couldn't be more excited.

Liz Bradley, the owner of the blog is such a nice girl, she sent me the book and lots and lots of chocolates, yum!  Her blog is very inspiring, stop by and say hello, you won't be disappointed.

Thank you Liz!  I love the book and can't even tell you about the chocolat!


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mora Clocks

Hello everyone!
I've been in the search for a Mora Clock for some time now, can't find one, or at lease not one cheap enough to buy it.  I'm gonna leave you now with some pictures of my favorites while I keep dreaming of one in my living room or.... somewhere else in the house:

Pictures from The Swedish Furniture

Pictures from the Swedish Interior Design

This one is from Antiquaire on line

This if from Alives Design

Picture from Swedish Antiques

Pictures from Swedish Antiques

Aren't they gorgeous! They cost thousands of dollars due to their history, they were invented in the town of Mora, Stockholm in the 1700s, some of them are very old and cost a lot, some others are reproductions, but still very expensive.  If I can't afford one, I'm making my own or I will change my name to Mora LOL!

Linking to Faded Charm White Wednesday 
Remember, today is 100th post celebration!!!!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Coffee filter topiary tutorial

Hello everyone.  I finally had some time to post a tutorial of the coffee filter topiaries I made for a show that I had last week.

First of all, you're gonna need a pot, depending on the size of the pot, you will need a Styrofoam ball, the coffee filters add 3 more inches around to the ball, so make sure you get the right size.
You're gonna need hot glue sticks and a tree branch cut to the desired size.
In order for the tree branch to stay in place, I used a little bit of plaster of paris mixed with water, place your branch in the pot and add the plaster of paris, it only takes a minute to set if you don't add too much water.
Okay, too much chitty-chat, now let's get to the pictures.
When I bought this pot it was green, I painted it white and antiqued it with water based stain.

Here's the Styrofoam ball, make sure you make a hole for the tree branch

Here's how you need to fold the coffee filters, they need to be folded 4 times

Once folded 4 times, bend the tip of the filter and add the hot glue so it can stick to the styrofoam ball

Once applied the hot glue, hold the filter with your finger, pressing to the ball for a few seconds until it stays by itself

Continue adding filters one by one

Keep adding filters all around

Add more and more, this takes patience let me tell you.

These are used coffee filters, I rinse them everyday, let them dry and store them.

These are new coffee filters, the look of the topiary reminds me of a carnation

Almost there

Here it is finished, now put some hot glue in the hole you made to the styrofoam ball before gluing the filters and stick your tree branch
Mix your plaster of paris, put it in your pot with your finished topiary and ta-da!
I almost forgot to tell you, I filled the urn with shreded book pages.

I'm sorry, but this is the only picture I have of the finished white topiary.

This is the one I made with the used coffee filters

The look of the used coffee filters reminds me of a rose.
There you have it, I hope it isn't too confusing, I mixed the pictures of both so you can see how different the looks are with the new and old filters. Which version do you prefer, "the used" or "the new"?

If you have any questions please let me know.  I hope you like the "tutorial" 

Until next time mes amies.

Linking today to Faded Charm for White Wednesday &
Summer block party 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

I love surprises!

And who doesnt?
I came back from work on Friday and there was a package by my front door,  I'm expecting a package but this wasn't it.  To my surprise it was from Annie of Plum Sienna
She sent me this beautiful book

Isn't it amazing how people that you don't even know in person knows you so well?

Annie sent a beautiful card with the book.

Doesn't it look fantastic on this table?

Thank you Annie you are the best!

Have a wonderful mother's day everyone!