Monday, October 31, 2011

What Should I Do?

While I am waiting for the dark stain to come in so I can finish my hutch, I started working on the French Settee.

Since I have never done an upholstery job of this size before, I am carefully removing each piece of fabric and gimp to use as a pattern when I put it back together.  In the picture above you can see the front of the back has the fabric removed.

I started removing the one gazillion, billion staples with a screw driver and pliers.  It was taking forever.  I thought there must be a "tool" for this, and guess what?  There is!!  So I ordered it and am waiting for it to come in.

Now, I have two projects on hold :-)

In the meantime, I have been looking for inspiration on what fabric to use on the settee.

Should I use a linen like material?

or a toile?

How about a check?

I love the look of the patterned fabrics, but the neutral linen type fabric would go with everything...

If you were doing this, what would you do?

Oh!  I am taking tons of pictures of this, because a few of you have asked for a tutorial.  So when it is finished, I show you step by step how I did it.
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Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Change

I just wanted to let you all know there are some changes going on at Lavender Hill Studio.  I am closing my Lavender Hill Studio website as of October 31. 

I will still be creating, but selling my creations at ETSY for now and hopefully at a booth in the future.  I have my ETSY store on my sidebar.  You can read more about it on my Flea Market Makeovers blog.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011


I have the armoire all painted and I am waiting for my local Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Stockist to get her Dark Wax in stock.  She told me today it would be next Thursday, before it comes in.

Sneak Peek...

In the mean time, I might start working on this....

Can you believe I found this amazing gem at a resale shop?  Well, it is not exactly a gem....more like a diamond in the rough, right now.

I am going to recover it, and paint the fake looking gold and red frame.  I am just not sure what color to paint it or what type of fabric to use.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Working on The Armoire

I started working on the armoire yesterday.  I emptied it, and removed the red toile backing.  I added the appliques.

I started painting it this morning.  I should have the first coat of Louis Blue ASCP on by the end of the day.

I am going to be adding layers of old white, gold highlights and clear and dark wax before it is over.

In the mean time, I have posted the latest makeover on my Flea Market Makeovers blog.  Click on the link on my side bar to see it!
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Better Late Than Never

Saturday, I went to a place called The Pink House.

I had never been there before.  It is about a half hour from my house.  It is a cute vintage cottage filled with painted furniture, vintage china and more.

I had fun wandering through all of the rooms.

One of the owners, Sherry and I spent quite a while talking.  I went to the Pink House for a very special purpose.

Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint.

I was very late jumping on this bandwagon.  I am probably the last person in blog land that paints furniture, to try Chalk Paint.  My reason for holding out, was the price PLUS shipping. 

So I waited and waited and waited until there was a Annie Sloan Stockist here. 

I bought Louis Blue and Old White.

With a little help from the Chalk Paint and these appliques...

I am going to turn this armoire.....

Into something more Frenchy

I am starting it this week. 

What are your projects for this coming week? 
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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Weekend Happenings

I am having a great fall weekend!  Yesterday, I met with one of my favorite bloggers for lunch.  She lives in Georgia and we have been blog buddies for a while.  Last October she came to my blog brunch, and we met in person.

So, who did I have lunch with?  None other than Kim from Savvy Southern Style

If you know Kim, then you know that we both love Country French Decorating.  We had a great time.  We talked about decorating, antiquing and blogging.  Our husbands were with us too.   They met last year at my blogger brunch, so they spent some time catching up as well.  Kim was on a mission to go antiquing and I had dinner guests coming, so our lunch ended.  It was great seeing her again!

Today, I went to a place for a specific reason....I will post on that next.

Hope your weekend is going well.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Postcards From Paris

I went shopping with my friend the other Penny from Lake Lure Cottage Kitchen.  We drove to Greenville, SC about an hour from home.  First we went to a couple of antique malls.  Then Penny mentioned a store she thought I would like in downtown Greenville, SC.

Postcard from Paris is a wonderful store filled with antiques from France as well as an interior design store.  The lovely lady working on the main level of the store was kind enough to take a picture of Penny and me sitting on a lovely French settee.

I wanted to take every thing home from this store.  Here are some pictures I took, so you can see what I mean.

It is a wonderful store.  If you are ever in the Greenville, SC area and love French furnishings, stop in!

Penny and I went to a few other antique stores and I bought a french style chair and footstool that I need to paint and recover.  Blog post coming soon on those pieces.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Dreaming of Italy

Assisi, 2008
I was really fortunate to go to Italy 3 years ago.  It was so beautiful there and I have always had a dream of going back  one day.

I believe, if you talk small steps towards your dreams, they will become reality.  I would love to go to Italy and stay for a few months.  I know, that is a HUGE dream.

I am taking small steps.  This is what is on my night stand right now....

I figure, if I read these at night before falling asleep, I am one step closer to my "dream" coming true.

Venice, 2008
What are your dreams?  Are you taking steps (no matter how small) to make them come true?
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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fall In The Garden

I spent this wonderful fall afternoon in my garden.

Here in Asheville, NC the weather allows your summer garden to stretch into fall.  Late summer I planted a fall crop of yellow beans and peas.

You can see in the picture below, my yellow beans are starting to produce..teeny tiny beans.  They should be ready to harvest in a week or two.

The peas in the picture below have started flowering, but I haven't seen a pod yet.

I still have left over from the summer, cherry tomatoes...


Leeks and herbs...

And butternut squash.

Today was 81 degrees, which is unusually warm for here.  It should be in the low 70's in the day time.

But the evenings are getting chilly and I can see potato leek soup and roasted butternut squash dinners coming up this week!

Are you able to grow a fall garden where you live?
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Friday, October 14, 2011

A Dreamy Evening

Last night was the Once Upon A Dream, A Prairie Fairy Tale Event, opening night.  It was a dreamy evening for the attendees.

I was a vendor at the event.  A lot of you wanted me to let you know how I did.  This was the first time I ever did a vendor night.  I have never done art shows or craft fairs either.  I usually just sell my mosaics on my website.  So this was a fun challenge for me. 

I didn't sell everything, but I sold some...the rest of the pieces will be added to my website over the weekend for sale.

Here are some pictures from the evening.

Suzanne's table.
Natasha's table.

The views from the venue.

The table settings..

Jenn Hayslip, the event hostess...

Tiffany, Jenn, Me and Natasha...

Some of the gals outfits were amazing!

Jeanne and Me...

After all of the hard work, I am taking the rest of the weekend off to enjoy the fall colors.  See you all on Monday!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Almost Overnight

How does fall arrive in your neck of the woods?

It seems that it happens here almost overnight!

View from my front porch....

View from my back porch...

The colors are beautiful this year.

I am still working in my studio...the vendor night is Thursday!  I am almost ready for it.  Then life goes back to normal and I am going to paint my armoire that I talked about here...

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Friday, October 7, 2011

The Flat Princess

A few weeks back Darla from Bay Side To Mountain had a visit from the Flat Princess.  From what I can tell the Flat Princess started out in Australia from a blog that is still up but not being maintained.  You can read a little about her adventures here, here, here, here, and hereWhen the Flat Princess was ready to travel on, I volunteered to be her hostess.

Since we really don't know everywhere she has traveled, Darla made a tag for her and signed her name as well as the previous Flat Princess host.  I will add my name before I pass her on.

While visiting me here in North Carolina, The Flat Princess has been rather bored.  She has spent most of her time in my studio...

Then she helped me do a little fall decorating...

Next she played with the rooster amongst the rosemary plants...

She checked out my fall crop of yellow beans and showed me the flowers blooming!

And because our weather has been so beautiful lately, she sat under the pergola for a while.

The Flat Princess is ready to move on to another adventure.  The first person that lets me know in their comment that they would like to have The Flat Princess visit them, I will ship her to.

edited to add:  Vee from A Haven For Vee will be hosting the Flat Princess....Thanks Vee!
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