Monday, October 31, 2011

When The Cows Come Home

When the cows come home, it's a beautiful thing.

Last week I was on Etsy and decided to buy myself a little birthday treat.  After seeing all the beautiful cow pictures people are using in their home decorating, I've had a hankering for one myself.

I found these at  These are prints of original paintings, and are on heavy linen paper.  I think I paid $16 for each 8x10.  I LOVE them.  Being the impatient person that I am, I grabbed some frames I had and popped them up on the wall.  I also pulled this table in from the family room to go by my bed.  I plan to paint the table with Annie Sloan Country Grey and find a larger frame for the single cow.  These were in my mailbox this afternoon and I wanted to get an idea of how this area was going to look without waiting to paint.

Okay, I know I broke just about every photography rule in the book with these shadowy pictures.  I promise I'll take better pictures when I get everything painted and finished.

I have glass in these frames but I love how the texture still shows.  The colors are warm and amazing and go great with the creams and browns in my bedroom.  The service and shipping from this etsy seller were    excellent.  I think I will be buying some more prints from her very soon.  I found these by searching "cow prints" under Etsy.

*Edited to add:

I received a sweet email from the artist today.  Here are the links to each picture.  The picture of the 3 cows was actually only $10.  What a bargain!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ball Mason Jar Graphic - One More Reason To Love Graphics Fairy

As if we didn't already love Karen at  The Graphics Fairy.  This image of a Ball Mason jar will make you swoon.  Seriously. I think my heart skipped a beat when I saw this image pop up on my sidebar today.  I have been wanting an image of this jar, and had considered trying to sketch one myself.

I didn't waste any time.  I came home tonight and made this canvas and dish towel using the transfer method described here.  For the canvas I used a piece of drop cloth fabric, using the image here.  After I heat set the image with a hot iron, I gently stretched it over an 8 x 10 canvas.  You don't want to pull the fabric too tight or it will distort the image.  I then stapled the edges on the back of the canvas frame with my staple gun.  I trimmed the edges with some pleated black ribbon left over from the rocker re-do.  I wanted to hot glue the trim, but with all the craziness from the Flea Market, I couldn't find my glue gun.  Or any kind of glue.

I kept the image rather large.  You can adjust it to suite your project before printing.

Monday, October 24, 2011

More Flea Market Pictures

This was our second space.  We really expanded this time.  In the past we have had one 10x10 space, and this time we had two 10 x 13 spaces.  It was quite a bit more work, but we certainly have no regrets.  It made for much easier staging of our pieces.  We were however having difficulty stringing sentences together by Saturday.  And by Sunday, I know at least 2 people asked me questions for which I gave completely unrelated answers.  My apologies if I did this to any of you.  I realized I was off my game a bit last Wednesday when I had blood drawn, and I was surprised how the woman knew I had been painting. I had already forgotten that my arms were covered in black chalkboard paint.  

All of the burlap bottle bags sold right away.  My intentions are to put a some more on etsy in the next few weeks.  Same plans for the dish towels.  

This was a very large and heavy chest.  We did it in the Annie Sloan Paris Grey, trimmed out in Old White with a clear wax.

I loved this old black drop leaf table.  Very, very old but sturdy.

This is slightly smaller chest that we did in a mix of Annie Sloan Paris Grey and Old White, trimmed in Old White with a clear wax.

I definitely liked the "barn" aspect of our spaces this time.

This was our "star" of the booth.  We picked it up in Alabama and gave it the ASCP Old White treatment and some new glass knobs.

We had a wonderful time as usual and met lots of friendly fun folks.  We sold all but a few pieces.  We are going to post those pieces a little later on the blog in case anyone is interested in purchasing them for local pick up in the Nashville or Murfreesboro area.

Our sincere thanks to everyone that stopped by our booths or this blog!  

Saturday, October 22, 2011

At The Flea Market This Weekend

Just wanted to post a quick picture of one of our flea market booths.  We've had a busy 2 days, and 1 more to go.  We've had some wonderful visits from bloggers we've met before, bloggers we met for the first time, and blog readers.  And a special shout out to any new readers we met this weekend!   This is a picture of our black and white booth on Friday.  We added a few new pieces today and will posts lots more pictures later of both booths. 

I was a bit surprised at how many people we met from several other states.  If you plan to visit the Nashville Flea Market before the weekend is over, please stop and say hello.  We are in Shed #5, Booths 77 and 78.  This is as the very back of the flea market.

Thanks for stopping by our little blog!


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Vintage Ticking Rocker

This project was a bit ambitious for me right before Flea Market time.  Typically, Pam is furniture and I'm accessories.  I bought this rocker off Craigs List early in the year, but we didn't have time to get to it before the Flea Market this past June. I really hated to miss it again.  I painted the rocker a vintage white, I think it's called bleached muslin.  I distressed it, then waxed it.  I reupholstered it in black and white ticking, and then trimmed it out with a pleated black grosgrain ribbon.  I can't wait to get everything displayed at the Flea Market.  We will have 2 booths, and plan to do one booth in all black and white.

Here is the "before".  I also replaced the webbing under the seat.  That's the old webbing hanging down in this picture.

Thanks for stopping by!  If you are in or near the Nashville, TN area and plan to come to the Nashville Flea Market, please come by and say Hello!


I'm linking this to Feathered Nest Friday