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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I had a plan to post this week...
I was going to show you some of the projects that I have completed.
I was going to add a tutorial or two.
I even completed the bedroom makeover that I have been hinting about for months,
and I was going to show it to you.

Then tragedy struck
and none of it really seemed important anymore.

You see, my son has a friend and the friend has been through a lot in his young life.  Last night he lost his sister
to a tragic car accident.
She was only 5 years old.

I cannot even begin to imagine the pain.

 May I ask you to pray for this grieving family?
That God will wrap them in His loving arms and fill them with His peace?

There is also a fundraiser to help pay for funeral expenses and medical bills.
Please pray about it and if you feel led to do so, you may donate to the family here.  

You may also click on the link on my sidebar.

Above all else though, prayers are needed.

Thank you all.

Friday, March 21, 2014

A French Style Easter




I've been busy in my studio this week creating all sorts of fabulous Easter goodies
 - all French inspired of course -


Beautiful Easter eggs


painted in the palest shades of blue, gray, and pink, adorned with French crowns and glitter.


I've been painting baskets in weathered gray tones


and making these handsome Easter rabbits!



They're available in both weathered gray and white



and they look quite "at home" all nestled in these beautiful baskets!

The French Marketplace has been re-stocked and more new items will be arriving soon.  There will be lovely wooden chunky candlesticks and more baskets too.  Be sure to stop by!

I've also re-stocked the French Flashcards.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
xo and God Bless,
Kathleen








Thursday, March 13, 2014

Painted Books to add French Style


Before I even begin this post, I want to thank all of you who came over from Junk Chic Cottage to visit!  You guys are awesome!!  Thank you Kris for featuring me Saturday.  I was so honored to have been your Saturday Spotlight.  All of you - my readers and followers, lots of new friends - you guys are amazing and you made my weekend.  I even sold a lot of items in my shop, so I thank you, from the bottom of my heart!



Old, timeworn, French books.  I love them but I don't have any.  I did however, find on Pinterest, a cool idea that I'm sure you all have either seen or maybe even tried yourselves - painting books!

Okay, so I started adding of few Easter touches around the house.  It's been so cold, I think I'm trying to coax spring to arrive a little sooner than later!
I have this pretty silver dish that I found at a flea market so I filled it with some moss and added Easter eggs and a faux chocolate bunny.  I put it on the coffee table but it needed some height.  Here is where the books come in.  I like to stack books to create height in some of my vignettes.  It's pretty and it's functional but this dish required larger books.
On Pinterest, I saw people painting old encyclopedia sets.  About a year ago, I found a set of books called "The Young Students Learning Library."  They're basically a childrens encyclopedia set.  I bought them and have been holding on to them to paint "one day"


I painted each of the books with Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint in Robins Egg Blue.
Then I hand stamped the painted books on the covers and spines.  I used StazOn ink by Tsukineko
  so that it wouldn't smear when I antiqued them.
{I'm not paid to endorse either of these companies...I just happen to like these products}








After everything was dry, I just rubbed some walnut ink around the edges and in some of the stamped places to age them a bit.


It was a fairly quick project and I'm happy with the way they turned out.



I think they add just the right height to my flea market dish!

I hope you get a chance to try this!  It was a fun project and you can use these pretty much anywhere in your decor.  They look great on book shelves too!
 {plus, the information inside the books is interesting and fun to read for the little ones}

xo and God Bless,
Kathleen

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

A French Mannequin/Dress Form Tag Tutorial




Our homes and the way that we choose to decorate them are a reflection of who we are.  But what about the little touches, the smallest of details.  They should be a refection of us too.  The little things that we do whether it's decor for a party that we're hosting or a special gift for a friend.


That is why I came up with these fun little tags.  Our youngest just had a birthday party last weekend and I wanted to make her thank-you notes.  I wanted them to be special.


I made these to attach to the cards


and once I started, I just couldn't stop!


I thought it would be fun to share them with you and tell you how I made them.




Okay, here is a list of the supplies that I used...

FOR THE TAGS:
cream colored and patterned cardstock
various rubber stamps of your choosing
ink pads in your choice of colors
Tim Holtz Walnut Stain distress ink
a dress form die to be used with a die cutting machine
hole punch {I used 1/8 inch)
hemp twine {or any type of string}

FOR THE EMBELLISHMENTS:
1 1/2 inch scalloped circle punch
glass pearl beads
glue
crepe paper cut into strips or crepe paper streamers
French script stamp
gossamer ribbon


First, I cut out the tags with my die cutting machine and then I used the distress ink to "age" the edges of the tag.
Now comes the fun part, dressing them up!
You can embellish any way you want.  For mine, I stamped them with different stamps that I had on hand.  I used black ink for some and pale aqua chalk ink for others.

I made some paper flowers to embellish some of the tags by punching several scalloped circles and then stacking them to create the flower.  I added a glass pearl bead in the center to finish it off.

For the ballerina dress forms, I stamped some crepe paper and then ruffled and glued them along the waistline.  I tied a pretty pink gossamer ribbon around her waist to make her lovely!
{These will go on our thank-you notes}

You can also use pretty patterned papers and just leave them as is.  Once you're happy with your tags, punch a hole in the tops, string them and you're done.






Hope you have fun making them!
If you don't have the cutting die/machine but you still want some, I've made lots of these and they're available in my Etsy shop.
If you have something special in mind that you don't see here, let me know because I may have just what you're looking for and I'd be happy to do a custom order!

Happy Thursday!

xo and God Bless,
Kathleen

Monday, February 10, 2014

Chalkboards and a Pretty Planter


I love old picture frames...



...and I found these oldies but goodies last week.  Right away I knew they would be perfect for mini chalkboards!
I totally forgot to take before photos - sorry!
I painted them with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Louis Blue and then I washed over them with a pretty antiquing gel.


I love how they turned out!
I thought they'd be so pretty on a desktop.  You know, instead of  unruly pieces of  sticky notes everywhere.   That's what I use mine for and it really dresses up the desk quite a bit.
I write little notes and reminders on it.

They'd be cute as wedding table decor too!


or a sweet little Valentine note!


I also got this cool old Syroco planter/wall pocket.
Is it just me or does anyone else love that old Syroco decor?
I'm not always crazy about the original color of it though, so I painted this one.
It got the same treatment as the chalkboard picture frames.


as well as a wee bit of distressing.
Pretty cool huh?



These are all available for sale right now in my Etsy!!

Have a great day everyone!!

xo and God Bless,
Kathleen

Friday, January 24, 2014

I've Opened an Etsy Shop!!



Guess what?
  I've opened an Etsy Shop!
and it's called



Yes, it's true.  I've finally done it...



 ...and I couldn't be more excited!



I have such fun creating and exploring in my craft room and now I'm thrilled to be able to offer some of that goodness to you!


Come and take a look.
  Everything you see here is hand made by me and is currently available in my new shop.
is officially open for business!




Hope to see you there!

xo and God Bless,
Kathleen


Friday, January 17, 2014

The Laundry Room and a Chalkboard Wall


One of the projects that I completed several months ago {but never posted about} was our laundry room.  


My favorite feature in this room is the chalkboard wall above the washer and dryer.
And the wood crates too.


I found a rolling cart that fits perfectly in the space between the washing machine and the far wall, so that is where all of the detergents and other laundry essentials are stored.
It allowed me to use the shelf above the washer and dryer to stack these old crates.  I store some of my glassware up there as well as an old wire basket and metal cloche.


An old seltzer bottle and some clothes pins


a basket for laundry


the sink
with a pretty mirror above 


it was your basic, builder grade utility sink so I made a pretty toile skirt for it with black trim along the bottom.


hangers with faux grain sack covers


and finally, the chalkboard.  I love the chalkboard!!
Thanks for stopping by and
I hope everyone has a great weekend!

xo and God Bless,
Kathleen

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