Sunday, January 26, 2014

My New Favorite Thing

I have wanted an antique French bottle rack since I first saw one....never thinking that I would ever find one this perfect!  It's old, crusty, rusty and best of all......old oyster white paint!



Winding down from the weekend...blessings to all....

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

My First Slipcover

 I just finished sewing my first slipcover!


From the moment I first saw the 'Renee Chair from Rachel Ashwell', I was smitten; however, at a price point of $585 plus $175 shipping, my bubble definitely burst.


I searched the net and checked Craigslist daily until I finally found a chair with the right shape and style.  It is an older style from Pottery Barn no longer available, and the slipcover on it was quite bright and floral....not for me.  I paid $150 for the chair, and I sold the slipcover on Ebay for $45.  My stash of linens provided the perfect fabric! 




I love the carefree, wrinkled linen....



 Now I think I'd like to find another 'armless' chair for the other end of my farm table.

Here's a picture of another project I just finished:


Thanks for letting me share!
Blessings,
Susie

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

A New Favorite Product To Share!

I think I'm in love......with Primitive Life Organic Milk Paint!

A good friend of mine, Dawn Williams of When Pigs Fly Again  (a most wonderful Antique Primitive Shop located in Mt. Dora, Florida),  gave me a box of Primitive Life Milk Paint to try.  



I have painted for many, many years, but never really painted a large piece of furniture.

Well, it just so happened that I came across this cupboard with good style and at a great price, but
it was painted pretty bad.

Unfortunately, this isn't the true before picture....this is after my husband sanded it.  The paint was a glossy, yellowy color with florals painted on the bottom panels.  I had also painted the top here.

The color of Primitive Life Milk Paint that I used is "Cotton".
If you are a follower of my Blog, you know I love all things white.

I mixed up the Milk Paint according to directions (I used my Magic Bullet for mixing which worked great),
and started painting.

The paint went on beautifully and I love the color, but........
I prefer a more distressed look.
 (Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture of the pure white cupboard)

So, I sanded the top, but this only brought out the 'creamy' color.
Humm, how about some brown glaze?  Nope
Clear wax mixed with brown paint?  Nope

Okay, lets put the cupboard in it's new home and see how it looks.  Looks Good
After a few days, I knew I needed to come up with an idea to distress the cupboard....

Dry brushed with brown acrylic paint.  Love It!




So, I have a new, favorite product with lots of ideas!

Here's the link to the website:  The Primitive Life Milk Paint

I'm linking up with Becky at Timewashed for Blissful Whites Wednesday.

Blessings,
Susie

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Cupcake Sampler

Each December, a group of my antiquing friends and I gather at one of our homes for a time of fellowship, great food and gift exchange.

I wanted to share this most unique dessert made to replicate an antique sampler.


It was presented on a wonderfully aged breadboard covered with vintage linen.


The cupcakes were pumpkin with cream cheese icing.  The adorable letters, numbers and 'x' stitches were pie dough.  They were so yummy!

Is this not the cutest?
Such talent and imagination....I love it.

Blessings,
Susie

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

White Fall with a Touch of Color


I'm excited to join Becky at Timewashed for the first

My Fall living room








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Blessings,
Susie

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Best Estate Sale Find Ever (in the garbage!)


I love garage and estate sales, but it's been so hot here in Florida this summer, that I really haven't had a lot of interest.  I was heading out Friday afternoon to do a few errands, when I saw an 'Estate Sale' sign just up the street.  Now, I usually feel like the only good stuff goes first thing in an estate sale, but I went with my intuition and headed there.  No cars, no lines of people, and no evidence that there was a thing to uncover.

Nothing in the house, but I had a ball in the garage!  Neat old hoes, pics, a rake, old push broom, wooden handled screwdrivers, old rulers, old paint brushes, water can, galvanized bucket, neat old jar, nice wood bread board,  vintage clothes pins, wood box, whisk broom, a crock and an electric drill.......all for $31!

Saturday morning, Michael and I were heading out to the Fair in Mt. Dora, and we decided to stop by again to ask about an old work bench in the garage.  They weren't selling it, but I picked up a couple of old books and another paint brush...$8.  As we were leaving, I noticed what looked like a fabric roll covered in plastic in a large garbage pile.  I quickly checked it out, much to Michael's dismay, and proceeded to take it with me.  He just had to ask if was okay to take it.....yes, help yourself.

Hallelujah, there were two rolls of vintage artist canvas, one primed....great, I've been wanting to paint a floor cloth.  So, the third roll.........beautiful vintage, 100% linen artist cloth!  I'm a happy girl!

So, the moral of the story is.......don't ever overlook a good trash pile!





Free is Good
I think I'll have fun this week with my new stuff!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Living With White - Edited....

As I was looking at my previous post featuring my 'white' living room, I noticed that the pictures were dull and yellowy.  I realized the reason was that all my curtains and shutters were closed.  The windows face west, and we have to keep the blinds and shutters closed to avoid extremely hot sun.  It's hard enough to keep the house cool in our 90 degree weather.

So, this morning I opened the curtains, blinds and shutters and took more pictures.....
Much better!  
 
Before:
 
After:
Big difference, huh?  Sometimes it takes me a while to 'get it'!



I love having all curtains open....this is a nice, bright living room!



This is an antique folk art wall basket which I have added vines, a hornet's nest and feather.


Well, I'm always learning.  Maybe I should start hinting for a fancier camera for my birthday in October....and a few photography classes?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,
Susie

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Living With White

My goal today was to get my living and dining rooms picture ready!
Accomplished....(well, don't look to close).
I've made quite a few changes since I last posted my living room, and I think things will stay this way for a while...well at least until I bring out the summer shells, and I'm likin' some blues lately too.
 
 
 










Here's Bekah on the lookout!


Linkin Up to Faded Charm for White Wednesday.

Blessings,
Susie

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

White Galvanized Garden

~Rainy day pictures of my latest garden project~

White flowers in vintage galvanized containers
The flowers on the right are white sunflowers that I am growing from seed...can't wait til they bloom.
They are being contained by my old metal cart!

Rosemary, parsley and oregano


I love these little white zinnias!

This is very old, heavy iron bulb planter....
Looks like a cross to me!

Heading over to Faded Charm to link up to White Wednesday
Also joining Fishtail Cottage for the Cottage Garden Party

I find myself singing the song from the latest Lowe's commercial,  Have you heard it?
Here's the Link for the commercial...

Got a fresh new start
It's a brand new day
And I got lot's of love to give away
It don't matter if it's raining
Nothing can phase me
I make my own sunshine