Shabby Chic Art

Welcome everyone.  I have been very busy with my art and design projects this summer. It’s a good thing that I have this to fill my time because I have been chopping at the bit to repaint some furniture and ready Shabby Lane Cottage for Fall.  I told myself that I had to wait a few weeks. It’s just still too hot outside and I don’t want people in my neighborhood to think I am crazy when I start hanging Fall wreaths on the front door! Alas, I have beautiful neighbors! Hi Susan and Kim! They know I can be little crazy at times.

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Good day everyone! I hope that you are surviving old man winter. We had blue skies for about half the day yesterday and It felt so wonderful. I just sat on the porch and let it all soak in while the grand children played in the sunshine.

I would like to give a special welcome to you that are coming from Vicki’s 2 bags full blog, and her wonderful party “Grow your Blog”. This is exactly the purpose of this great party for us new bloggers to grow. I would love to have you FOLLOW my blog on a full-time basis. This makes blogging worth while. There were days when I would send out a post and I know not a soul read it. Really frustrating right? My blog is growing a little at a time thanks to lovely bloggers like Vicki who are there to help us first timers.

Special thanks again to Vicki and 2 bags full.

On some of the past posts I have been showing you the changes that I have made in my home since Christmas. I totally took everything down from the walls, shelves, tables, cupboards . . . I’m pretty sure you get the picture, so here are some more rooms that I did changing in, I hope that through this post you will get excited and help beat winter doldrums by up doing your home, or some parts of it.

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The bathroom got an up date. I have a sea-side theme going on here. My colors are all neutrals. With dove-gray paint white trim.

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I bought this lovely tin bucket to hold my magazines. Some days this is the only time I get to look through them. LOL The tile is dirty gray with throw rugs to match. The shower curtain looks just like a giant petticoat. I have a vintage hand stitched runner and baskets filled with sea shells on the back of the toilet.

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I love these little pictures with the embroidery on them.

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Lovely lavender sits in a metal bucket with a pink mermaid who is soon to get a face lift. I wish that I could get a face lift that easily. LOL

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Last but not least I added some new lovely towels to freshen up the bathroom.

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This area is where I keep my lovelies, it’s like a small room before you walk into the bathroom. I put anything that I don’t want my three-year old grand-daughter to get into on this shelf. She is really into PRETTIES right now. LOL I tore pages from an old book and then tied them on vases and jars with old string, it gives it a fun feel. The painting in the back ground was my first try of painting a tutu. I just can’t seem to through it out.

BeFunky_15 urn.jpgLavender is divine. Here is a fun little vignette with a cement urn full of pine cones, lovely lavender, and a place for cotton balls. A vintage linen cloth lies on top of the chest.


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This old blue chest is going to get a make over and I was thinking about putting some silver foil on it or a new paint job. What do you think? On top of the shelf is a vintage bag that I keep all of my make up in, nice and safe.

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Here is a fun little tray that you might enjoy making. I took and old picture frame and placed lace in it instead of a picture. It makes a nice place for my little antique Wind Song perfume bottle as well as other perfumes. I have made several other trays in all different sizes. Give it a try.

BeFunky_15 bed.jpgNow for my bedroom. This bed is going to get a very big up date soon, so I will have a big reveal coming up. The bed has a Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic spread and matching pillows on it. I’ve had this for about five years and it washes up so beautifully, and it’s warm and comfy. I really love it. Oh course I trade it in and out with the seasons. So sorry about the pictures in this room it is very dark and I must have all the lights on so they glare some.

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This shelf holds many of my vintage pretties. Can you tell that a man doesn’t live in this room! LOL I love the old romantic pictures in this little cupid is ready to make a match. Maybe he could make one for me! LOL

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At the end of my bed sits my pine cedar lined chest that I refinished in white. Some sheep skin and a white metal urn filled with buckles. The picture tied to the turquoise vase was a Mother’s Day card given to my grand mother. Next to it is a refurbished wine bottle that I did. I’ll have a post on those later on.

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On the other side of the chest top is a great old drawer filled with roses and shabby ribbon. An old metal horse door stop rides on top. The calf trophy was won by my Father in a calf roping event. I painted it white, I wonder what he would say if he were still here? Sorry Dad I just had to! LOL Covering the chest is a white burlap table runner that I made with old cotton sheet ruffles and tulle ruffles. I have more fun with old pieces of fabric.

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This great piece is a family heirloom. I received it from an Aunt and she said that her husbands great-aunt brought it to Utah. If you take the drawers out you can see Victorian news paper that is dated 1865. I wish that I could display the paper but it is pretty stuck to the inside of the chest. At least it gives me some kind of idea how old it is. On top of the dresser I display some old family photos with a lovely linen table-cloth. This little dresser is going to get a make over. Any suggestions what I should do?

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I put my lovely bakers tray in my bedroom. I have always loved the great patina that it has. A top is a manikin she wears a vintage bridal head-piece with a vintage cameo around her neck. In the crown is the head-piece that my Mom wore at her wedding, with the topper of a bride and groom that was on Mom and Dad’s wedding cake. Surrounds the crown a piece of sheep skin. An angel wing adds some softness to the display.

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Here is a little better view of it. I put twinkle lights on some of my vignettes during the winter it helps to perk me up.

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My old jewelry box even got a few ruffles.  As you can see most of my colors are in the French Nordic tradition I really love the look.

French Nordic + Shabby Chic = Romantic Farmhouse.

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I love wicker. Some designers say that it belongs outside, not so for me. It brings in texture and a little of the outdoors. One of my Capodimonte style lamps from Italy sits next to my bedside.

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Above the harp chair are doilies that I made with my Grandmother when I was small. My hands are always busy.

I know that this post got a little lengthy but I really wanted to show you the fun ideas that I have. I hope you enjoyed my little tour today.

Please send shoot me some comments on what you think I should do on refinishing my chests. I would love to get your opinions.

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Until next time . . .

((WARM HUGS))

Jo

2014 in review

Hello dear friends I hope that your Christmas was joyous and full of family and friends. I am taking down Christmas and getting ready for the new year when my yearly report from WordPress came in and I want to share it with you. These are the results of my first 9 months of blogging results. Kind of like having a baby. LOL Thank you dear readers!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 58 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

I love it when you leave comments, let me know what you would like to see more of.

Have a very warm New Year! Jo

Thanx to all my dear friends that have helped me along the way!

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Where do you put your Jewelry?

Hello everyone! I’m so glad that you are here.

I have always been one that has to have everything in its place. When I was a teenager my friends thought that it was just wrong that my room was so clean and that I had a place for everything. But what do expect when both of your parents were the same way. I always lived in a Better Homes & Garden home. That’s just how it was and I assumed that everybody’s else was the same way. LOL I thank my parents for teaching me this great quality.

Do you have a place for your jewelry? I have always been one that has put my jewelry in a jewelry box, I would have to use the hunt and peck method to find what pieces I wanted to wear, this was bugging me. So I made up a system that works for me, and it is not all in one place either. Here it is:

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I rummaged through my house to see what I could use to put my bracelets on, I was really surprised what I found. An antique lamp, hand, several different sizes and colors of vases and one see through box. I put them all on a lovely shelf that I have in my bedroom. I love having my bracelets out because now I can see them and I wear them more often. They are also very fun and colorful and add to the decor in my bedroom.

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This is the other half of the self.

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In this picture I have taken my pearl necklaces and put them the post of my dresser. So LOVERLY!

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I took an old picture frame and padded it with batting and put a pretty piece of fabric over it and it is perfect for hanging necklaces, and earrings. I use straight pins to hold the necklaces on.

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Then I got an even better idea for the frame and thought it would look great to frame some of my jewelry like a picture. Here I have my deer necklace and bracelet on it. It’s so pretty to look at.

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I use a lot of old jewelry to embellish my crafts with.

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This is my most beautiful jewelry hanger. Juliette just had to get into the picture to share her necklace. Love that girl! She’s my ninth grandchild.

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Here is an earring holder that I made out of a vintage frame and wire.

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I love hanging my necklaces on my dress forms,and busts.

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It’s all very simple and fun. The thing that I enjoy the most is having it out so I can remember what pieces I have, kind of like on display in a store you know where it always looks so sparkly and pretty.

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This is a little old piece that I love, it’s probably the least inexpensive piece that I own but it has special memories, and I have it since I was a girl. I have always been a collector and jewelry is one of my favorite to collect.

If you have a drawer or box of tangled up pretties somewhere take the time to go through it and you’ll surprise yourself with what you have. It will be like Christmas!

Have a beautiful over the hump day!

It’s all so LOVERLY!

Jo

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