I happened upon this at a yard sale the other day and have painted it light gray with slightly darker gray on the edges and accent points. It hold six regular plastic tubs for storage and has a drawer for all the other necessary things. Let me know what you think about it. I am just trying to branch out a bit.
New storage cabinet with drawer and shelf.
This is painted pale gray with darker on the trim and accent points, black knobs.
I was just in one of those moods the other day and had this darling metal/wire three tiered garden shelf, so I put it in the corner of the front porch, stuck some plants, birdbouses, pumpkins and threw in a watering can for good measure and there you have 10 minute decorating for fall. What do you think? I like it.
The two trees were from a yard sale I went to. They did not work for their intended purpose but look gret here. The plant in the front is a shamrock from Great Grandmother, had it for 38-39 years now.
This is just a little top heavy with plants, I plan on fixing that today. maybe I can find something to put on or around the door . . . I will have to check the garage stash.
Birdhouse from Joanne's Fabric store, 70% clearance.
This bird house my daughter painted for me.
I just love the wire scallops on each shelf and the curly cue legs on this piece.
This is my trusty watering can, my stand by for decorating when nothing else works. I still need a cute door mat, less plants on to and something around the door. . . . . I will work on that and then the presto chango for Christmas . . .
These beautiful little angels are now sold. They were my very favorite of all my finds. They are only 2" tall and now they are going to live in someone else Christmas Memories for years. I am happy they have gone to a new home . . . but I miss them anyway . . .
To make myself feel better I have placed this darling wire corner stand by my front door and decorated it with plants, birdhouses and pumpkins. It really looks darling and I also placed two done shaped ivy trees in pots at the entrance to the porch. I will post a photo for that tomorrow. It looks nice when people come to pick up furniture now. I feel better . . .
I have finished this five drawer dresser. It has a rose marble top on it and is really just a lovely piece. It is not really large but I like it anyway.
It is about the height of a raised side arm on a sofa. 30" or so. It is so cute I almost had to keep this one. Love the french curves on the legs, well all over the darn place. This one is not yet sold, so I can dream of where in my home it would best fit!
I have found that I love painting furniture and having an antique booth. I go to the booth five days a week for a bit each day. I sell more when I spend a bit of time there. It feeds my soul, just as the designing patterns and working with fabric has. I miss the fabric but you will be the first to know when things are better and I can go back. I am going to have a larger booth soon . . .more painting to be done . . . I am getting painter's elbow . . . ouch! Have a blessed day with what every you choose to do . . .
I have not deserted quilting, just so you know. I am finishing a Presidential Pardon for my sister Darlene and a cute pumpkin table runner for my sister Jennifer and myself. I am a little out of practice but I am trying to get back in the swing of things.
In the meantime . . . this is what I have been up to . . . . . my bill paying job, at the moment . . . some are still for sale, some have sold.
Be sure to go to our website to download your free ornament pattern. Whimsical Ornament block #9 has been posted for your stitching pleasure. Hope you are enjoying the Christmas fun from Grace Jewell. She has lovingly created each one, just for you. I love her talent and willingness to give so freely to others and to share with all of us.
Perhaps you wonder why you see so much furniture being painted and not so much sewing being done. I would wonder if I were you. You see, my first love is sewing and creating things with embroidery and fabric. I have been doing just that for about 22 years. I really love it and the joy it brings to me and those around me. I feel free patterns are a way to give back to all of you who have been so supportive for so many years. I have been so very blessed and now my lovely sister Grace Jewell has joined with me to create even more fun for you.
The truth is, like everywhere else, things are a bit hard and the patterns were producing as they should. I now paint good quality furniture and offer it, so it can have a new life with someone wonderful. It is helping and is still fufilling to my creative side. I have found I quite enjoy the hunt for great pieces that are damaged and just need me to paint them.
I hope to be able to go back to sewing really soon, in fact I am in the process of making five skirts for my grandchildren. They are going to be so cute when done. I will post a photo as soon as I have one.
In the meantime, this is the latest of the fun I am up too!
I want you to know why I choose some pieces, when clearly it would be easier to just pass on by and find something else.
I came across this Ethan Allen hutch from the 1950's that is filthy, beatup, dark and ugly. I bought it anyway . . . as you can see I have a screw loose somewhere. Things are stuck to it, pasted on, spilled on, just yucky . . . (my husband gave me the "are you kidding look").
This is the bottom of the hutch . . . so nice and clean, just ready to be made pretty?????
This is the top, a little cleaner, missing shelves, outdated and dirty . . .
Here is why I choose this piece
1. Ethan Allen
2. Classic Lines
3. Would be so cute painted shabby white
4. I like it so maybe you will too!
5. Original knobs still in good condition
6. Cute shutter cupboard
7. Dovetail corners
8. Lots of drawers
9. Plate shelves on top
10. Great trim
11. Classic Lines
12. I needed a project
13. I needed something to torture myself with
This is a really rough piece but in good condition. As I look at it, I too wonder what was I thinking. In the end, it will be a beautiful Swiss Coffee by Glidden or a bit darker with perhaps Zen from Behr on the back wall. Let me know what you think . . .
I sometimes feel like I am talking to outer space where only aliens here me . . . Please leave a comment . . .
I know this has absolutely nothing to do with quilting or finishing furniture or even our everyday lives. This just is about having fun and not being afraid to have fun. This comedian was on Oprah and said "Control the things you can and let go of things you cannot control." He learned this dance so when he was done speaking to a group of people he could connect with them and show them it is ok to have fun no matter what. Everyone loves to dance but is afraid to make a fool of themselves. I just laughed and laughed as I watched this. Hopefully you will too! Happy Quilting, Nancy
Be sure and go to Chez Fifi and enter for her Fabulous Fifi sparkling giveaway. She is giving away 10 sparkling things that are just beautiful. Ballet slippers, pink pumpkin, wings, ornaments, this picture is a collage of what is in the give a way. Fifi does setups for magazines, she is fun, french, romantic and very creative. In fact, she redid a garage into a guest/studio with just construction help from one man. She painted the floor herself and everything.
Fun is in the works, check out my new blog where you can find just the shabby chic furniture you are looking for. Custom pieces that you will not find anywhere else, that complement you home just like in the magazines.
You will find reasonable prices and lots of choices. Give us a try, you never know what you might find. This is just a hint of things to come.
I believe we can all have the home we dream of with a little work, searching and creativity. I am passionate about finding and redoing furniture and other great items I come across for my home and antique business. Treasures from the past give warmth and character to our lives and homes. I am the creater of Sweet Shabby Sale . . . come along and learn along with me, check out the things I have found that can make your house a home. I have a large booth, #104, in Merchant Square Antique Marketplace, in Chandler, Arizona.