Tuesday, July 7, 2009

I'm Baa-aack!

It seems my blog was abandoned for longer than I care to admit. It's been a crazy-busy summer so far, and I can't type straight when there are so many things knocking around in my head. We've still got plenty on the calendar, but I'm getting more organized. Stop giggling.

My parents were here from Ohio for a visit, so I'll leave you with a photo of my Mom and I at First Monday Trade Days in Canton. It was only 102 that day, so we barely broke a sweat. Got a few treasures in spite of allowing 4 males to go along. Miss you already Mom!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Whew! I made it!

I am a pro at pushing a deadline, but I nearly didn't make this one! It's time for the TDIPT Mercantile's mid month update on May 15th! Be sure to stop by and see all the lovely handmades. Remember, it'a all about Americana this month, so there will be lots of red,white and blue.


Wish I could figure out how to add one of those pretty signatures...

Friday, May 1, 2009

A Patriotic Month of May...

TDIPT Mercantile will be chock full of your favorite Patriotic subjects...whether it's Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty or anything in between.....we'll have Red White and Blue galore, and just in time for all of the fun summer American Holidays! Updates are May 1 and May 15.

My newest offerings will be available on the 15th. I'm working away in my messy little studio.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Hello and a Sneak Peak...

I'm sorry it's been so long between posts. I'm just getting over a cold and sinus infection. I started what was supposed to be a real quick redo of our guest bath before I got sick. It's not quite finished, but I'll give you a sneaky peek at my inspiration...
This is only part of the mess I created for my family to walk around. There's lots more around the corner. Why does it take every tool in the garage to complete the simplest tasks?

Here's a before photo of another little side project I picked up yesterday. I have several old spoons that I'd like to display, so I'm re-vamping this old 70's looking thing. I've got some plans for him...

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Whatcha Working on Wednesday...

It's Wednesday again, and I have a few finished projects to share this week. First is this little red bench. I found it unfinished at the TS for $2, just your basic little pine piece from a craft store. I had a before picture, but it's disappeared from the memory stick. My husband gets delete happy sometimes, though he normally asks. Anyway, I knew it would be perfect to stack on the antique grey stool, so I really beat it up and rounded off the egdes to age it. It's not quite as bright as it appears, but I used two shades of red, so you can see both as well as the wood in the worn places. I found that funky handcarved bunny the same day, and he looks quite at home in this rustic little spot. I also finished up the needlepunch from a few weeks ago. I haven't decided what I will do with it, but for now, it looks fine on Emma's lap.And last, here's a closer shot of the burlap pillow I finished a few days ago. I like the contrast of the rough texture next to the paisley cushions.So that's what's keeping me busy around here, along with all the usual Mom stuff. Be sure to stop by My Country Home and see what Leslie and all her creative friends are up to!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Happy Monday...

Why are Mondays always so wacky? I came down with a horrible cold Friday, so I woke up this morning with my sinuses throbbing. I just needed to get the kids dropped off at their schools, then I could have a little sofa time with some hot tea to ease into my day. We had a busy weekend, which really stinks when you don't feel well. Things were actually running pretty smoothly, only 9 minutes late getting out the door. No big deal-the boys like to get to school early, so technically, we weren't late. One practices his baritone, the other socializes for 30 minutes. We got to the middle school, and as I was getting my younger son's instrument out of the back of the car, I noticed he looked a little funny. As soon as I asked "Are you Okay?", he barfed, right there on the sidewalk. So we get him back in the car, and I finally get my older one dropped off at the high school. That took longer than usual because a light at a major intersection was out. Now we're settled in back at home, and I can tell he's feeling fine and is about to burst in here to tell me how bored he is, so all is normal for the moment...
I'm working on several projects as usual, hopefully those will be done later this week, so I can start on my guest bathroom re-do. My hubby put up new light fixtures in the bathrooms over the weekend, so I've been filling holes and touching up. I did get time to make a monogrammed burlap pillow to go on my bench on the front porch. I just repainted the bench for the last time, and am finally happy with it. It was stained when I got it, then painted burgandy, even though I wanted to paint it black way back then. Last summer I painted it chocolate brown, even though I wanted to paint it black, but didn't because I paint everything black. So now it's just how I want it, but I think I might sand the edges a little. Oh, the pillow, sorry. I'm easily sidetracked. I've been drooling over all the burlap pillow covers I've seen in the high end catalogs. Made with French feed sacks, or printed with birds,crowns and fleur de lis, I love them all, but they're way too spendy for me. So, I figured I could wing it, and make my own. This was less than 5 bucks to make. (Shh..Now don't tell, but I used a real ugly pillow with a cats and ivy print as the insert)Perfect for my bench, which gets some sun. My little bunny will come in at night when I remember. After I took the photo I added a little basket with some eggs, so I guess I've officially started decorationg for Easter. Well, that's it for now. Not exactly the all alone and quiet day I had planned watching HGTV and Forensic Files, but it's not often that I get to snuggle up with a little one anymore. (My baby is 12!) Did you know there are lots of old cartoons on Boomerang? We watched the Smurfs and ate cookies. Not a bad Monday at all!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Spring Break!

I'm sorry I've been so long between posts. I've been getting ready for the TDIPT Mercantile update on the 15th, and packing up for our Spring Break trip to Santa Fe! I spent most of the week shopping for all the ski stuff that was outgrown since last year. The boys will be skiing, and I'll just be shopping,eating,maybe a little sketching and eating some more. It's beautiful there, I love it so much! Below is a photo taken near the condo last year. Gorgeous!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Tale of a Toile Setee...

Did y'all hear that high pitched noise this morning? A kinda shrill sound that went on for about 5 minutes? That was me sqealing with joy at the delivery of my new antique setee... We've had an empty living room right off the foyer in this house since we moved in 4 years ago. We had big plans to enclose the open room and make it an office, but it never happened. I was looking for something cheap and neutral to put in there for the time being, and that's when I stumbled upon this dreamy old thing in a consignment store. I saw that toile and nearly wet my pants right there. It was so perfect I almost didn't even look closer because I knew it would be way out of my price range. But, it was so cute I had to! As it turned out, the rediculous price tag had allowed it to sit there since November, and they were ready to deal. It's about 80 years old, and was recently recovered and retied by an apparent expert in upholstery. But, I struggled with the fact that it was an antique - that kind of furniture needs a different kind of respect. It's not something to just use for a while, then sell at a garage sale. Not very practical either, with two boys, a dog, and a husband who would never sit on a toile sofa. I left the store. Went back the next day. Spent the next two days in every antique mall in the area searching out pieces like it for a price reference. I won't even tell you about the sleep loss or all the donuts,Girl Scout cookies and Mike & Ikes I had to eat before I decided for sure that I wanted it. I know I've dragged this out much longer than necessary, and I already told you it was here. In my house. So, I'll wind it up for now. It's probably not healthy to love a piece of furniture like this. But the seat cushions are down filled.

And it goes so well with all my stuff. Even Boston Terrier.

Now I'm in search of the perfect chairs to go with it. Cheap, perfect chairs. That might be a crisis and another post for another time. I'm gonna go take a nap now, you know where.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Whatcha Working on Wednesday...

Wow! Has another week gone by already? It's Whatcha Working on Wednesday over at My Country Home, and I have just a few things to share. This is my first Needlepunch project. It's coming along okay I think, though I'm not really sure what I'm doing. I just bought a book at Hobby Lobby, and taught myself. It bugs me that I have to stop punching, separate the floss and rethread the needle so often. I'm really impatient with things like that. I bought the hoop recommended in the book, but it still doesn't hold the fabric tight enough, so I have to adjust that often too. I'm enjoying it though, and I should have it done soon, just a few more little areas and then the background will be black with a little charcoal mixed in.

I've also completed several more of these guys. Some are for orders, and the others I'll add to my selling blog in a day or two.

This is what I should be workin' on. I've started this and need to finish. This is my lavendar bed. Well, there are a few other things in there too, but I have 4 kinds of lavendar that grow really well here. See, that little angel is prayin' for me to please get busy and pull out those weeds and ugly dead stuff. Today would be a perfect day to do it. It's 80 degrees out there, almost too hot in the direct Texas sun! I won't even show you my herb bed. It's crazy full of weeds and parsley, and the little gnome that lives there would be embarassed.

So that's it for me this week. Be sure to hop over to Leslie's and see what others have been working on!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Whatcha Workin' On Wednesday

I've long been a fan of Leslie's Whatcha Workin On Wednesday, and this week I actually finished a project!
I found this sampler at the TS awhile back, it was half off, so I think I paid $1.09 or something like that. It's just stitched on aida cloth, but I liked the colonial design, and knew that the pastels would look as if they were faded after a dip in some tea. Here's the before. And no, that's not my neck that's all wrinkly in the reflection on the glass! The mat had gotten wet at some point and buckled. I'm not THAT old, y'all.

First I just stained it, but decided that one of the mauve shades was too hideous, so I picked those stitches out and re-did them with another floss. (sorry JG, whoever you are) Then I changed the 1993 to 1893 with some excess floss from the back. Then I decided that I couldn't stand the horrible seafoam green that I'm sure didn't exist in 1893, so I started picking those stitches out. About 5 minutes into this, I realized how much extra time I was going to have to put into my "quick" makeover, but it was too late to turn back. Anyhow, after 45 minutes and a crick in my neck, I had them all out, and restitched them in a pretty olive shade. I built a simple frame, crackled a little and painted black over moss green, distressed and all that. So now, much better...I think it loves me too.

The little bunny peeking in was a TS find that I painted this week too. He was terra cotta before. So that's what I finished this week. I'm working on several things for the TDIPT Mercantile, and my sellin' blog (currently bare-I'm a slacker). I'll give you a sneaky peak another time. Get on over to My Country Home and see what everyone's workin' on!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Birthday TDIPT Mercantile!

Guess who's turning 2?

It's hard to believe the TDIPT Mercantile is turning 2 yrs old this March, but what a grand 2 years it's been with you!

To celebrate the special occasion, our artisan's are putting their best foot forward during the entire month of March. Stay tuned for some amazing offerings on the Merc.

Join in the fun and festivities and of course, register for some awesome prizes to be given away!

Don't skip a beat - make your way over to the Merc and get registered today!

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Here's another opportunity for you –

Make a purchase anytime during the month of March and you DOUBLE your chances in the drawings!

We want to share the love, so don't miss out on our grand party! Drawings will be held on March 20th!

I'm still here...

Well, here it is mid February, and I'm just getting around to my first post of 2009. It's well established that I never keep my New Year's Resolutions. I still let an occasional naughty word slip, and have a pound or 18 to lose. But my plan to be a better blogger won't go completely out the window if I start now. 2009 did not start out as we had hoped, but we remember our blessings in spite of the lowest points and saddest days.

I'm sewing and painting again, so I'll be sharing some things soon. I'm working on some special things for the Mercantile Birthday month you read about above...