Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Never judge a book by it’s cover, nor a picture by it’s frame!

I found these cute pictures the other day and fell in love with the simplicity of the picture, not to mention the fact that they’re old. I really love old stuff!

They were 50 cents apiece and although they had pretty banged up frames, I didn’t want to purchase new ones so I decided to paint them a neutral color to go with the pictures inside.

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It may be a little hard to see the picture against my wood table…sorry didn’t think about that before shooting the photo.

I wanted to use a color for the frame that would stay true to the picture, so I went with my Old Ochre from Annie Sloan and gave the frames some light sanding to show the angles and edges of these older frames.  Now I don’t know that there are actually people who will look at these pictures and think “oooooohhh….look at those angles and edges…” but then again you can never be too sure!

Here they are after the first coat:

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And after the sanding:

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And in case you were wondering, those pictures are stitched, not painted. I can really picture these in a nursery because they’re so precious.

Remember, there are TONS of picture frame ideas out there, all of which give old frames much needed facelifts without breaking the bank. So don’t be afraid to paint on your old frames. I promise…they’ll love you for it!

Have a great rest of the week, I know I’ll try too!
Rita

Monday, July 29, 2013

Finally Got This Eyesore Out of the Dining Room!

I hope you enjoyed my post on “trust” yesterday. It was awesome to be a part of that series and getting to talk about my experience and how I learned to trust myself.

Now, before I mentioned how I’d been a little lazy these days and not painting as much as I’d like to or should be doing.  Have I mentioned I’ve been eating lots of chocolate donuts as well?? I figure since I’m confessing here, I might as well give you the whole picture (right?). If you are picturing me in front of a tv with my donut stash in hand, you clearly have a crystal ball!

Well, not this weekend, nope! I finally (FINALLY) finished the chest of drawers. I’m sure Sammy is shouting from the rooftops because it’s finally out of the dining room.

I also, painted a few frames (post coming), painted a side table the same gray as this project…starting to consider calling this blog “50 shades of gray”, as much as I use it on my furniture. I also found a few cool blankets to add to my etsy shop, I’ll post pictures of them soon. OH!! And I hit the jack pot the other day too!!  I was working at Lula B’s and this girl came in and said she was having an estate sale next door and they had lots of stuff that didn’t sell that she did NOT want to lug home. She gave it to me and another girl there, FREE!!  Oh happy day!! I got 4 buckets full of STUFF that I would consider ‘gifts from GOD and Sammy...well …Junk! 

Without further ado, here is the chest of drawers in French Linen, very lightly distressed and with the same (untouched) awesome handles it had before.  So glad I left them alone.

Before:

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And After:

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He’ll be making an appearance in my booth and hopefully not sticking around for too, too long!

What do you think??

I’ll be posting this bad boy to a few parties:

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Have a great week!
Rita

Sunday, July 28, 2013

“Trust”– Follow Michelle Ward and Jessica Swift’s bloglovin’ tour!

Have you ever found someone who just speaks to you? They speak your language and understand what you want in your own life?? Yea, I think we all kind of have that ‘go to’ person, even if they’re not directly related, like a writer, celebrity, poet, or preacher.

For me however, one person whom I owe a lot to, including, my Etsy shop and my booth at Lula’Bs...well at least the courage to get those things started, is Michelle Ward, the “When I Grow Up Coach”. I think what gravitated me to her was her unconsciously enthusiastic perspective of getting a creative business going, not to mention her colorful outlook on the whole process. She makes the world look so easy!!

Recently, Michelle Ward and Jessica Swift, co-wrote and published a book entitled “The Declaration of You”, which I’m happy to say, I was part of their workshop with the same name a couple of years ago. I learned lots and loved meeting people on the same path as myself.  The book, however gives you the tools you need through exercises and prompts to (in her words) kick you in the pants to uncover what it is you are meant to do.  And if any family members of mine read this, it would make an excellent gift *(just thought I’d throw that in).

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Now for those of you following this tour and reading my blog for the first time, I will tell you that while I don’t have my own “creative business”, as in it’s not my primary source of income and I still have a 9-5 job, it doesn’t mean what I do doesn’t mean VERY much to me and I can’t picture my life with out this little creative side.In fact, I’m very proud of what I have accomplished and CAN accomplish around everything else going on in my busy life. And in case you’re wondering what that consists of,  my side business is refurbishing and restyling furniture. Oh and I sell lots of vintage thrifty finds as well (LOVE IT).

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The way this bloglovin’ tour works is each week is dedicated to a different topic in the book. I chose to write on the topic of “TRUST” because I find that, that’s what I have to do a lot of.  It’s so easy to second guess yourself in this world already, so in order to sell myself, I have to trust in myself!

As I’ve said before, this creative side of my life is not only my passion or hobby, it’s my outlet and it’s my extra income. In fact,  right now, it’s paying for my daughters college!! So while I get different things out of it, who’s to say it’s what people want? Especially when they can get online or go to an Artisan fair to get something similar? That’s where TRUST comes in.  I have to trust in my uniquity! I have to believe that what I’m making, creating, selling is exactly what someone wants. .

Original Art Painting: Trust Yourself Heart - 4x4 Original Mixed Media Painting, Folk Art Painting, Whimsical Art, Heart Art - blue, pink
via Etsy

Today, you can visit many furniture refurbishers, most of whom I idolize and most of whom do crazy beautiful redo’s!! And yes, there are times when I see furniture someone painted and think “DANG that’s so much better than mine” but the truth of the matter is, it’s not mine. I know what makes me different, whether it’s my prices, my pieces, my color choice, my custom jobs, or my ability to take what you see in your head and bring it to life. I trust that I can do that for you. I trust in the fact that there is someone in this big world that wants EXACTLY what I’ve created.  So when something sits in my booth for a few months, it’s only because it’s waiting for the right person to take it home. 

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from Michelle, it’s to trust that I’m doing exactly what I should be doing. So while I can’t say that I have a thriving creative business, I still have a creative business. One that I believe in and trust wholeheartedly.

I appreciate the opportunity to talk on this subject and lead the week on this topic. Please come back and visit and see some of the furniture redo’s I've done and have in store.

Thanks and have a GREAT DAY!
Rita

Thursday, July 25, 2013

DEADLINES

Everyone has them, is given them, gives them…and hates them! I’m so NOT excluded from any of that.  I did  away with my Tossed and Turned Tuesday and Thrown Away Thursday for that very reason.  Now I kind of miss it (sad face). BUT...don’t get me wrong… being flexible with my dates as in, “I’ll get to that eventually…” has it’s perks.

That being said, I wanted to remind you that while you don’t hear from me often, I’m busy meeting deadlines of my own, including therapy, court dates, sorority deadlines, vet visits, you name it….And yes that list goes on and on.  Sometimes I want to write all about it here on my blog but I’m afraid I’ll lose you all with my Debbie Downer stories.

So staying true to my blog that is all about furniture make overs,  I wanted to show you what I’ve been working on.  I seriously have had this in my dining room for a couple of months now. I hardly even see it anymore:

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So far in that time I’ve tested paint on a part of it…I know, big whoop and big time lazy!!  On the plus side, sales in my booth are going well. Too bad they’re not the bigger furniture pieces but it keeps me afloat and happy!

The moral to this story, not that there really is one, is don’t be too overly concerned with deadlines, have an attainable goal (even if it takes you two months), don’t dismiss the little things (they could be what pays your rent), and just because you don’t hear from your friend in a while, doesn’t mean she’s not up to her ears in crap.

See you later and be GREAT today!
Rita

Thursday, July 18, 2013

He’s Just Big Boned :)

I finally had time to get my side table sanded! 
It’s been raining daily in Texas, which is good considering how hot it’s been, but not so great for going outdoors to work on furniture.  Regardless, I got a minute with no rain and finally sanded and aged this small fellow:

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Do you see the potential? If I told you it was three dollars, do you see it?

This guys is small but REALLY heavy so I decided rather than go all crazy with my paint brush like I always do, I wanted it to be very subtle so I decided to paint it Old Ochre from Anne Sloan.  Then I went and sanded the heck out of it (on a non-rainy day of course;)

Here’s what it looks like now:

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Such great detail right??!!!  Love!! It’s not waxed just yet but will be soon. So let’s say it’s 99.75% done.

Ok, off to your good weekend you old souls!
Love,
Rita

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Be Proud of Yourself!

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I was approached by a coworker the other day who asked If I go to garage sales. I proudly said “YES!!”, then he told me he thought he saw me at his daughters garage sale the other day. We got to talking about the area and I told him “I’m sure it was me, that’s my favorite area!”. As I walked away, I got to thinking how that could have easily been an awkward situation for someone else(not me).

I told him how I buy furniture, paint, and sell it. Or how I find old vintage items and clean them up and resell them at my shop or on Etsy (my online shop). He seemed pretty intrigued about all of my “after work activities”.

But you know what, I am proud of mine and Brianna’s Saturday mornings together, as well as me and Ashley, fixing up my booth and Etsy shop! Not to mention the extra income I make and can help put Ashley through college. It makes me feel like I’m beneficial in my children’s lives, not in just the “wonderful mom that I am” kind of way.

Going yard saling, and estate sale shopping is not just my hobby, nor an addiction. And it for sure isn’t “lower my head in defeat, I’m poor”, the way I think some may perceive it to be. Heck no, not at all! I mean, look at impact I’m making on my children. They appreciate me and what I do. Granted, I may hear an occasional “oh lord, what are you buying now” from Brianna, but secretly I know she loves it!!

I just wanted to share that in case you ever have self-doubt about something you love to do, especially when the end result is for good! Look at me getting all philosophical this morning. Must have been in my coffee!

Have a good Monday and be proud of yourself today!

Love,  Rita

P.S.

I painted a small table this weekend that I’ve been waiting to sand but it’s been raining daily in Texas so I haven’t gotten to it, but it’s coming

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Blake’s Bike Nursery

I was given another mission from my friend Cindy for a nursery project she needed done. Since she lives in Amarillo, she sent this little chair down with her son and daughter-in-law, Terri (my boss!!) which I picked up last night.  I had three days to finish this chair only (patting myself on the back),  I got it done in one! I impress even myself sometimes!

I actually did a rocking chair for Blake’s big sister a while ago, you can see it here: Rocking Chair
(And YES it was another rush job from Cindy!)

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Cindy sent me pictures of the inspiration nursery. The theme is bicycles and being that the father is a cyclist, I think that little Blake will more than likely follow in his dads footsteps…at least up until training wheels that is.

This is what the chair looked like when I picked it up:

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And this is after:

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I freehanded the bike so you can tell it’s a little off but I plan on fixing it up tonight.  I was just afraid I wouldn’t get to take another photo while the sun was out.

I hope you liked it and since Cindy likes to be the one with the best gift at showers…I hope she prevails!!

Later alligator!!

Rita

Monday, July 08, 2013

Vintage Vogue (kind of)!

Gosh it’s been nice not having to live up to the deadline that is “ Tossed and Turned Tuesday” and “Thrown Away Thursday”. I guess it’s also been a nice (needed) time off for my body to recoup and although I did miss the painting, hauling and all that jazz, with my furniture, part of me is dreading going back to the dreaded deadlines. I’m actually contemplating not doing it anymore and just posting the before and after photos in one post like normal people do it!!  Feel free to weigh in on this before I just call it quits on that part of my blog. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still load up your blog feed with my before and after’s, but if you care one way or the other, I’m all ears!

So, On to Furniture!!

I’ve gotten back into the swing of things with one of my first side tables I’ve done.  This little side table was $2 at a local garage sale and was not so much on the pretty side. It  has wooden legs with laminate tops that were a little beaten up. I decided that since I really couldn’t do much to the tops by way of sanding, painting, etc., I’d decoupage it..  I found the perfect decoupaging paper when I found these old 1970 Vogue patterns at an estate sale for a quarter each.

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I could totally picture this table in someone’s sewing room for extra storage. 

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Cute and vintage, huh? I sure think so! I had a lot of fun with this piece and hopefully my future before and afters are just as fun!

Happy blogging,

Rita

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Happy 4th of July!!

 

Hello all of my Curbside Creators! I hope you’re enjoying the first half of your week and that the second half flies by. Tomorrow’s the 4th of July and we’re headed to the lake to celebrate! I just wanted to wish all of you a happy 4th of July and leave you guys with these fun pics to brighten up your day! Winking smile

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Hope you guys have a great day!

Rita
(With the help of Ashley, her fabulous daughter)