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  • On Vacation in Chicago
    on Sep 4, 2010
    Won't be posting for a bit. I'm in the lovely Chicago area.  This area is so full of culture I can't wait to get out there and see it all!  Billygoats, Andys, and possibly the architectural boat ride today. Miracle Mile tomorrow. I love it...
  • Lesson 1 - Part 2: Paint a Kitchen Table Vintage Flamingo
    on Sep 1, 2010
    Finally got the table top home to paint. First I sanded it to knock off all blemishes and make it smooth. I also like the shabby look so I exposed some of the wood beneath. Then I washed it down with soap and water and a good scrubbing. I'm not afrai...
  • Project 1: Follow up
    on Sep 1, 2010
    I was really trying to come up with a little vinette to match those cute little pillows and lamp I found that reminds me of the 60's and I came up with a little dresser so I decided to paint the drawers to match.  I also found a good sturdy whit...
  • Don't forget the Open House Tomorrow
    on Sep 1, 2010
    My fave Antique Shop, Mixon's, Open House is tomorrow from 4pm to 8pm. Lot's of sales.  I dropped by this afternoon and it looks so nice in there. There is something for everyone. Very unique stuff and very good prices!  The sales will cont...
  • What says Vintage like Wicker
    on Sep 1, 2010
    This really isn't a project like the others but a repurpose. I found this great wicher rocker and ottomon and loved the lines and the color.  I had some floral pillow shams at home that worked well with the striped pillow I found at the flea mar...
  • Virgin Mary
    on Aug 29, 2010
    Among other things I love collecting statues of the Virgin Mary. She is truly a beauty to behold. I found her this weekend at a thrift store. She is old but I don't know how old. I love her colors. To me the vintage pastels are the prettiest!
  • Golden Books
    on Aug 29, 2010
    I found this little golden book at the mission. I just love the old pictures of these kids and nature.I plan to paint these on an antique bed I just bought. I will post the how to in a later post.
  • Vintage Gnomes
    on Aug 29, 2010
    These cute little creatures are from a retired vintage mold. I've painted them in true garden colors. These are my garden gnomes. They protect my garden from all that lurks in the shadows. They tend to my plants to keep them heathly and green. I hope...
  • Rain, Rain, Go Away...
    on Aug 29, 2010
    It's been raining for three days now so have not been able to paint anything. Then a power outage last night so gave up and went to bed. Perhaps today I will at least get my living room clean!  I did get some real good buys yesterday inlcuding t...
  • Open House at Mixon's Antique/FleaMarket shop
    on Aug 26, 2010
    Don't miss this open house on September 2nd from 4pm to 8pm at Mixon's Antiques and FleaMarket. Sales start then and go on through Labor Day! Great fun and great deals for everyone. They have the friendliest staff and the most uniques items - it's my...
  • Project 3: By the Sea Gnome
    on Aug 23, 2010
    I just love this gnome. He is listening to the ocean in the conch. I decided to use the same soft pastels of greys and beige and of course pink for the shell.
  • Project 1: Folding Wood Table
    on Aug 23, 2010
    Great flea market finds yesterday! A cute little white shabby folding wood table which I painted one shear coat of alternating pink and sage green, two small pillows and matching lamp shade on opposite ends of the store no less! and a great litt...
  • Lesson 1 - Part 1: Paint a Kitchen Table Vintage Flamingo
    on Aug 23, 2010
    I started a new project tonight. I had this great solid wood kitchen table that is white on pine. A bit shabby from years of use and abuse but very good solid wood piece.  The legs have lots of grooves and great shapes for painting. I was inspir...
  • Project 2: Shell Mask
    on Aug 23, 2010
    Since I'm on the beach theme right now, I thought I'd share two more projects I recently completed for my home. I recently started painting bisque for the first time. What a fun project that is to paint items and not know exactly how the colors will...
  • Welcome to my blog!
    on Aug 22, 2010
    I'm very excited to be starting this new project.  I have so many people who ask me "How did you do that?" so I thought it best to put it out there so every one could learn at once!  I have so many projects that I've done in the past and lo...