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Friday, February 13, 2009

My "New" Old Candle Holder

I decided to take a little break from the chairs to work on a few little projects. I'm so bad - I'm one of those quick results kind of people - meaning when I get started on a project, I want to finish it quick. I'm too impatient sometimes - I can't wait to get it finished, to see the end result of my work. I know, I know - patience is a virtue!! So anyway, I decided to take a break and work on something I've had on the back burner for awhile - something I could complete in a day and have on my mantle by late afternoon - hahah! I found an old candle holder at the flea market a while back and I was drawn to it because I liked the fleur-de-lis that circled the top. I think it was a dollar so I grabbed it up, bought it and took it home with me. Here it is in it's before state:
and here it is all finished and on my mantle!
Here is a close up of those sweet little fleur-de-lis. I painted the whole thing white and then went over it with a pale blue wash.
And.....looky looky what I found...
A wonderful old French postcard
Isn't she fabulous??!!
Enjoy your day everyone!!


Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Oh you are so talented.

And you have that "eye," for seeing how things 'could' be. Which I think is like style. You have it or you don't. :-) You do!!!

Aunt Amelia
"Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale." ~Anon.

Michelle said...

Kathleen they are all just beautiful!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Simply beautiful.. I especially like the postcard. I must keep my eye open for some...
Happy valentine's Day..
hugs ~lynne~

Rosie's Whimsy said...

I like it! I am finally being won over by the "all different shades of white" interiors :-) We are just trying decide on paint colors for my walls and trim. Will it be Swiss coffee or Heavy Cream?

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

I wish I had the eye to see something in a different light! I admire those that do! I do love the fleur-de-lis and what a lucky find with the postcard. Good luck with your chairs....patience my friend! I'm sure your end result will be well worth the wait!

Laura said...

I love it! I don't blame you for wanting to take a break. It must take hours to take all the tacks out of your chairs! They will be beautiful when you finish them too. :)
Have a great weekend!

Cindy J. said...

Kathleen, I have been thinking of you working on those chairs, it is hard work but it will be so worth it. I also understand the need for immediate gratification..your project is simply perfect. I love the addition of the sea shells and twine..really shows an artist's heart. Cindy

Chrissy said...

I just saw the note you left me and I its funny cause I feel the same way about your blog!!!Everytime I visit I feel the urge to change something in my house...kindred spirits I guess! Hope your weekend is a good one, talk to you soon...oh silly me, I love this post, but I want to see the whole mantle...PLEASE!

Helen said...

Oh, yes-yes-yes! The postcard is precious as is your candle holder AND the music I happen to be listening to now as I read your post.

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

Oh, yes, love the postcard.

I must come here more often for beauty and inspiration!

Aprons Gone Wild said...

Oh My Gosh, Kathleen,
Your blog is absolutely beautiful! I adore the faux grain sack pillow.
Thanks for reading my blog and leaving your nice comments. I'll be visiting you often.
All the best,

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Kathleen,

What a difference a little paint can make. The candle holder is a real treasure. Can't wait to see what you do with your chairs - hopefully the hard part is over (pulling out all of those tacks!!!)
Happy Valentine's Day.