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La joie c'est le partage
{ the joy is in the sharing }

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Painted Chair - A Thrift Store Makeover

When you find "the perfect" chair at the thrift store but you just don't have the time to completely reupholster it.

Yes, that's what I was thinking when I spotted this chair.
It was $15 and it was perfect.
 Well, okay, maybe not perfect, but would you look at those lines?
I knew exactly where I wanted to put it and so it came home with me.

I did reupholster the sides and back with burlap...but I painted the rest of it. Yes, painted it! No sewing, no zippers, no pinning. Just me and my paintbrush, a can of paint, and of course the chair. She was begging me to paint her. 

So of course, I obliged.

What do you think of her now?
She's lovely, I think.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen for the frame and chair - Graphite for the stripes.
Clear wax on the whole chair and a bit of dark wax to bring out the wood details.

xo and God Bless!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Pretty Painted Tins for Storage

As many of you with small children know, toy storage always seems to be an issue.
My youngest has lots of little toys that can become scattered about pretty quickly!
Legos, Lalaloopsy Minis, and of course her beloved Paw Patrol figurines.

We decided to see what we could do with some leftover cookie tins. She picked out the color she wanted {Annie Sloan's Duck Egg} and the stamps she liked.
Then we went to work.
She even helped paint and stamp!

Now she has some pretty storage for all of her tiny toys...and I'm no longer stepping on Legos.
It's a win win!

Enjoy your day and stay warm.

xo and God Bless!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Needle Felted Hearts

New in the shop!

Needle felted hearts.

A fun little craft that I have learned.


xo and God Bless

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Painted Furniture

Good Morning!
It has been so long and I wanted to pop in and say hello - let you know what I've been up to! 

As many of you know, I started an Etsy shop a year ago - The French Marketplace. From there, I started selling my painted furniture locally {too expensive to ship}. I've been painting furniture for years, but finally having an opportunity to sell it has been wonderful!

I'm so happy to say that it's been going well and I have been really busy!
Thank you to everyone who has supported me in this venture. I sincerely thank you for your business!

I wanted to share a few of the pieces that I have done over the past few months.

Each one of these pieces have been painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Duck Egg and Annie Sloan in Graphite on the tops. Finally, clear wax and then dark wax to bring out the details.

I also completely re-did our dining room. New paint, curtains, and I painted some of the furniture in there too.

Below is one of the tables that I did for the room.

My father-in-law gifted me with this beautiful antique typewriter. Isn't it amazing?!


Thank you so much for visiting and I  hope that each of you are doing well! It's great to "talk" to everyone again!
If you have a free moment, stop by my FB page {The French Marketplace} and say hello. I'd love to see you there!!

xo and God Bless!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day everyone!

It's been a wonderful summer, I'm kind of sad to see it go.
Hope everyone is having a great day.

xo and God Bless,

Friday, August 29, 2014

Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Yes, that's right.  Chocolate chip cookie dough that you can actually eat.  Without worry, without fear!
and it's delicious!!

I've made this stuff way more times than I'd care to admit.
 It's that good.

I found the recipe on Pinterest a little over a year ago and it's one of my most popular pins.

Okay, so here it is:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1tsp vanilla
1cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 TBSP milk
1 cup chocolate chips

Cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy. Add flour and salt stir until combined. Add milk then fold in chocolate chips.
Done and enjoy!!

Find this recipe at Tasty Kitchen!

xo and God Bless,

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Chic on the Cheap - A Table Lamp and Vignette

Good morning everyone!
The kids are back in school now, so I've been doing a bit of cleaning as well as catching up on some neglected projects during the little one's nap time.

I wanted to show you this table that I finished.  There is a corner in our living room that's a bit dark when the sun isn't shining in, but the space just wasn't quite big enough for a regular size table and lamp.

While out thrifting one day, I came across this table/lamp combo.

For just $10, I took it home with me.
I already had a can of Amy Howard paint as well as a burlap lampshade so this turned out to be a very inexpensive project.

Here she is all pretty now, lighting up this little corner.  

Statuary - pulled out of the garden {it's actually one of those things that you hide a spare key in}
Baby Ben Clock - 25 cents
Old Books - already had on hand

Not too bad for a grand total of $10.25 - Chic on a budget!!

Have a great day everyone!
xo and God Bless,