There's been a great tour going through the awesome world of bloggers this past summer and I was invited by the sweet and fun Pamela of From My Front Porch to Yours to join in. It's a great way to meet new bloggers and re-visit some old friends too. I am often emailed and asked questions by my wonderful readers, so this also a chance to answer some of those.
So here goes:
So here goes:
What am I currently working on? At present, I am working on several things, first and foremost being a few Halloween fun things for my booth and a small vintage desk that I am painting in my home made chalk paint called French Gray and Old World White. I can't wait to see it finished. These are furniture pieces for a new booth/space I have rented at the most darling shop called The Lazy Daisy. The vintage French chair below is a piece I just finished and took in.
I will blog about that soon. I also have had a website since 2007, The Vintage Nest, where I sell smaller true vintage and antique items, specializing in what you see in the decorating magazines at any given time. Between the website, my booth, and taking care of our country home and family, I stay very busy.
How does my work differ from others of its genre? I really try to put more of the "old world" look to my re-do furniture pieces and add "character" that may not have been there before. For instance, yesterday at auction I picked up some beautiful architectural wood pieces. What they were originally for I have no idea, but I think they will add so much character to a newer piece of vintage furniture. I love the classics and tend to stick to that genre. To me classic means grace and stability and something you will never tire of.
Why do I create what I do? My mother is very artistic, a talented seamstress and needle works artist. Among other things, she painted beautiful oil paintings, a few of which hang in my home now. And my father could draw anything and make anything he put his mind too, as well as fix anything. I can't tell you the times I would find a fixer upper, literally on the side of the road, and bring it home to Daddy to repair. I also have several pieces of furniture he made from walnut and mahogany, such as picture frames, clocks and small tables. He worked as a civil engineer and invented several tools for the government too. So I have been fortunate to inherit their creativity.
How does your creative process work? So many things spark my imagination and inspire; the colors in my flower garden, something I may see in a magazine gets my mind to working overtime, an old pickup truck going down the road to the local dump, loaded down with old rusty stuff, or even broken items no one else wants at my local auction. I just created some charming Autumn wreaths from an old country store new/old stock stove parts. And travel always gets me going. I never fail to come home ready to sit down and create. And all the amazing and wonderful shelter bloggers out there. Their creativity inspires me so much for which I am so grateful.
Thank you for reading through this and I am thrilled you stopped by. I have a fairly new blogger I would like to introduce to you. Her name is Mary and her blog spot is Marlo and Bill. I met Mary through facebook and found out she lives pretty close to me. We have been "junking" together and I have visited her very charming home. She loves ironstone and primitives and weekend camping. She's also a fabulous cook. Scoot over to her blog and check out some of her recipes. I have loved everyone I have tried!!!