Monday, January 31, 2011

A birdie told me

Original paint on an antique door....
Hand painted 
(by little old me) 
 from a Chinese Proverb 
(proverb used "bough" not tree)
oh and as seen in PB too!

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GIVEAWAY There may be snow--but I am thinking SPRING


So much for us to look forward to with spring...

"Renewing" our love of all buds blooming 
and the smell of the  earth warming.
A galvanized watering can,
perfect for use or display.  
Add moss trim, hemp tie, a galvanized tag 
and some silver charms.  
I see 
pussy willows
sunshine and blossoms.

This and so much more at 
The Cottage 
for the coming months.
Show me your love of spring...become a 
and leave a
an oh-so-springy 
giveaway surprise 
is in store!!!


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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Rustic Cabinet Redo

SO I fell in love with this piece...
It started like this....

I added a decorative key hole cover 
or escutcheon

 It was brass so I painted it as well.
I started with a dry brush 
of a dusty aqua...
Added a coat of white and umber 
in key places...
corners of doors, around key hole.
A French panel mimicked from 
a 17th century design
I then hand painted on the doors.

I used a mix of umber and white 
and a bright white 
to hand paint the panel.

I shaded with a deeper aqua 
and then the chocolate glaze 
to add dimension.
Then a major sanding to let 
the wood come thru.
Next a chocolate glaze over the entire piece 
and rubbed with a damp soft cloth 
to really embed the glaze. 
Lastly, a paste wax for a soft durable finish.

Waaa Laaa...
a rustic French cabinet 
for our next sale at 
Chartreuse & Co.

 (Kitty looks disturbed!)
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Lovely day...

Extra cool barn door...large scale hand painted "SNACKS"
and some little shaker tile signs.

   These little ditties are painted on salvaged shaker tiles
from a Loudoun County farm house

      I found this little note in my mailbox
                                                   after a long hard day...

Hi Molly -

Got to Chartreuse early and I was lucky enough to grab 3 of your hanging valentine heart plaques. Love them...came home and hung them on doors and they are cute-as-can be! Went to The Cottage too and got one of your envelopes. It joined another one you made on a bench in our foyer. Cute!

This non-creative girl is so glad YOU are so creative! Thank you!!!!

Jen Blanche
is why I love my friends and clients....
I came home after a long COLD day at
Chartreuse & Co.
 to find this note in my box.
I have a running shtick
on my "little queer" signs and
everyone elses way cool finds.
I know, I know,
I make these little gems and
I love to make my gems...
with my hands and creative juices
in my own "queer" little way. 
But it is my clients,
their appreciation and
them taking the time to let me know
 that they like all my little creations.
Thank you for inspiring me, friends.


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