I am headed in a country French theme so far with the unusual and uncommon elements thrown in. A little bit of cottage, gilded Paris, country farmhouse, shabby, industrial chic and I think I need to be on the lookout for an old truck too. :) Found this one at the auction I went to just yesterday. Now, I like rust but somehow as much as Bobby G. loves me, I don't think he's going to fix this baby up just so I can tool around the country side in a cool old truck.
SEEDS THAT REALLY GROW .......don't you just love that saying? (especially since it seems half the grass seed we plant doesn't come up!). This is a project I just completed (one of those that will be too hard to ship so it goes in my new brick and mortar place) I found some fabulous old grain and feed sacks and then pondered on what to do with them. After washing them in the most awesome French laundry detergent I gifted myself with, I hung them to dry and put away. Two days later...voila.... I found a sweet old antique farm stool and just loved the simplicity of it. It was made by some old farmer's hand and it's quite heavy. I decided to paint it just a simple black. I removed the old cover which was a wonderful old bark cloth scene but very very worn. Underneath was the old straw, padding and burlap from years and years ago. After some research I found several resources that recommended replacing the straw but mine was in good shape and wanting to keep the integrity of the old stool, I decided to keep it. I also kept and reused as many of the original old tacks as I could because I loved the color of them. And, I am so proud of myself, that I remembered to actually use my gloves this time. I found some wonderful old cotton gloves for .25 at a consignment shop. woohoo! And another tip that probably everybody else in the world knows about but me. I use a combo of hand painting and spray painting. Spray painting is really hard on the hand and fingers if you have a lot to do. I had no idea they made these wonderful thingies that slip over the can nozzle. Sherry, over at No Minimalist Here, told me about this handy dandy gadget. Can you say LOVE IT?! Anyway, let's look at the photos of the before, during and after. :)
I am excited to be joining Linda over at Coastal Charm for her Nifty Thrifty Tuesday challenge and Tiffany at Making the World Cuter blog. And Christine at Crafty Geordi has a fun new party too.... Show and Share Sunday. I hope you will check each of these wonderful parties out for oodles of inspiration.
I will be painting my heart out this week among other things. You all have a wonderful week and I hope you are blessed with wee bits of Spring. And amidst the chaos I will be throwing a tea party right here on Wednesday in honor of a certain young British couple getting married soon. . xoxo