Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Meet Sandy, the dresser

Meet Sandy.  She was very plain Jane and didn't really feel comfortable in her skin.  I had to do something about that.

After her makeover . . . .

Sandy is a beach girl, always has been.  Summer vacations to the beaches of Cape Cod probably solidified that.  She loves to dip her feet in the ocean and breath in the salty scent of the sea.  And dried up seaweed.  :)

I love creating grain-sack stripes and I knew I needed to keep the colors beachy for this piece.

There is something about that magical mix between sunblock and sand.  Not so magical when it's under your swimsuit, though.

She'll be available at The Robin's Egg later this week.

Have a beachy day,


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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Meet Theodor, the dresser

Meet Theodor.

Kind of a cute little guy, but I thought he could use some sprucing up.  I hope you can see I was inspired by Theodor Geisel, Dr. Seuss himself.

This piece seemed suited for a younger person, so I just went with it.  I've always thought Dr. Seuss was brilliant and of course, timeless.

His work transcends generations and I'm proud to create something that can be enjoyed by another generation.

Of course I had to add a little "peek-a-boo" fun to the inside drawers.

I distressed the edges just a wee bit to show the black from the original piece.  The quote is from one of my favorite books, "Oh, The Places You'll Go".  Such wise words.

I love quotes.  And I love painting furniture.  Just the perfect marriage for me.

Thanks for reading,


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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Pinterest Yea or Nay #1

You have a Pinterest account, right?  Right?!?

Well sista (or brotha), if you don't, get on the bandwagon.  Pinterest is a virtual scrapbook.  You just file (called pinning) pages or photos from the internet that you love into self-created categories (called boards -- here's mine).  It's brilliant.  When I find a great tip, on say, painting furniture, I might put it in my "Wow-Good to Know" board.  Then I can always go back and find it.  Just brilliant.

And, if you're like me, you might have over 1,000 pins.  And what have you done with those 1,000 pins?  Not much, huh?!?  Well, I'm making an effort to actually use them.  Along the way, I am finding some successes . . . . and some fails.  With that, I thought I would create a thread called Pinterest Yea or Nay.     I will be trying out some of the tips, recipes, ideas, etc . . . and blog about their worthiness.

Let's start now.  :)

My first Pinterest Yea or Nay is a nail painting tip.  (here is the pinned webpage)

This is what the pin is about:  When doing your nails, use Elmer's glue around your nails, let it dry, go crazy with the paint, and then peel off the glue.  

I have a 4 year old daughter.  She likes to paint my nails.  Need I say more?!?  The first time it was cute to walk into stores with my flip flops on, my toes screaming, "I can't believe you brought us out in public!!"  But once was enough.  So you can imagine my relief when I saw a solution on Pinterest.  She can still paint my nails and they can look great!

I got out my handy dandy paintbrush and a bottle of Elmer's and got to work.

After painting around my nails with Elmer's, I let the little one do her magic.  You can probably see why my toes were embarrassed.

Where the skin is shiny is the dried Elmer's glue.

It's the moment of truth.

It worked, by golly!  It worked!  You can see that I needed a wider berth of Elmer's glue and also need to do a better job of my glue painting.

Haley can paint my nails anytime.  That's as long as I have some glue.

Happy Painting, nails that is.