Monday, April 21, 2014

By Golly, You CAN Paint Fabric With Annie Sloan Paint!

Check it out, it works!

I bought this chair this weekend for a really great price... 
I thought it had potential, i liked the shape of it, and it was good and sturdy

but I wasn't thrilled with the dark wood, and fake looking frenchy fabric

this is the before...

I was in such a rush to mess with it, that i started painting and almost forgot to take a "Before" picture!

I had to force myself to stop what i was doing to take the photos

Instant gratification always gets in the way of my 'before' photos!

Anyway, i painted the frame with some Annie Sloan "Old White" thinking maybe i could get the chair recovered,  all the while mulling if i was going to attempt recovering it myself

I was also thinking ... himmmmm,  Amy at Maison Decor says you can paint fabric with Annie Sloan chalk paint.

In fact, she just recently did a facebook post about some chairs she painted over a year ago!

I was hesitant to try it, but by the time the frame had it's second coat, I said 'the hell with it' what do i have to lose !

I added a little water to some Annie Sloan and just started painting it on!

and it works!

It took about 3 coats to get to this point, and shape of the pattern does still show through the paint a little

I probably could've added another coat or two

but instead i decided to paint a stripe on it to detract the eye

I just taped it off with that blue painters tape and painted some Anne Sloan "Cocoa" on it

you can kind of see the pattern showing through in this closeup

 After it dried, i sat on it, and i poked and proded it with my finger.
I mean the paint totally stays on and doesn't get on your clothes or crack or anything!  

It's cool!  It feels a little like stiff chalky vinyl.  

I need to wax it to give it a softer texture per Amy. 
 I just don't have any Annie Sloan wax yet, so it will have to wait...


Aren't ya'll glad it's finally Springlike outside! 

We've had the worst, cold, rainy, looooong winter!!!

I was so totally over it, and completely getting seasonal affective disorder to the max

but finally the sun is coming out!

and things are starting to burst into bloom here at Rosebud cottage!

 It was my daughter Ellie's 24th birthday, so i made the yearly lemon pansy cake!  

Always easy and so pretty with the fresh edible pansies

and i planted something new in the garden

 I found a bouquet with this 'cafe au lait' in it last year at a garden center, and knew i had to try them out...

Just look at this dahlia!

I've seen this flower in person, and it is really that pretty! 
Best shade of pink ever!

This is the color i want my car to be...

Anyway... sorry to blather on

I always think i have nothing interesting to blog about, 
and then when i finally do a blogpost, i have like 10 different things to talk about!

Ok, one more photo of 'Cafe Au Lait' and I'll leave ya'll alone and go catch up on some of you while it's quiet here at work...

beautiful flowers and photos!

oh yeah, and if you want to read all about growing dahlias and other flowers, you should go check out this ladies website 
She is so totally charming and gracious. They grow all their flowers without chemicals, it's a small but growing family business, there are gorgeous photos of flowers, and she tells you all about her tried and true remedies for growing flowers of all kinds!
(was that the longest sentence with the most adjectives ever?)

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Pretty Darn Good Rug !

I just wanted to drop a quick post and say


Hi, everyone!  I'm surprised you'll even talk to me, i've been so absent... 
 i miss the luxury of perusing your blog posts. 

Instead lately i have been forced to  frantically try to catch up on your posts and read like five posts at once until i  look like a stalker...

In fact i'm at work right now and trying to sneak a quick post in...

I just wanted to show you this Dash and Albert indoor outdoor rug I purchased for the dining room... 

I really kinda like it!

 I had a sisal rug here, and was feeling it was kind of dark...

Anyway, this new rug totally brightened up the room!
I've had one little spill of coffee or soda or something on it, and i was like... ok... let's see if this cleans up well...
And yes mam it did!  

Just blotted it up with a clean damp cloth and you couldn't even tell it was ever there - so that's cool...

None of the dogs have thrown up on it yet, as they usually do within 15 minutes of getting a new rug... 
so i'll keep you up to date on how easily it cleans when that happens!

here's the link to it... got it from RugStudio, and shipping was free

Also i saw these outdoor cushions at TJ Maxx the other day
they were great colors - 

so  keep a look out for them if you like the look

usually outdoor cushions are awful colors, but I thought these were nice!

they had some blue ones with shells on them too

Ok, gotta go before i get busted doing blog posts at work! 

Geesh - I kinda thought when i was 60 years old that i would be 

living happily ever after
with normal grown up children ( oh lord help me)
maybe working part time just for fun
doing yoga and meditating
getting manicures
drinking wine
driving my pink caddie to my beach cottage
and having fun luncheons with all my friends

not sneaking blog posts from work at a job i have to have to pay my bills and buy my vodka and my vegan chocolate chip cookies from Whole Foods
(ok, i know vegan chocolate chips from Whole Foods is a luxury, i'm a brat)
oh well, whatever...
...i'm thankful for the job 
definitely for the cookies
but most of all for the vodka...

Big hugs to you guys

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New Chandy and a Little Leaf Bomb...

I accidently bought a new chandy for my dining room... oops

ok, so it wasn't exactly an accident.. 
I obsessively shopped for a chandelier that i could even remotely afford that had some bronze on it until i found one, and then i just impulsively bought it... 

filling the void again... lord ....

Anyway... i do really like it better than my previous chandy which i purchased at a very low price from an online lighting shop...  
it was all clear glass and bright silver, and it was ok...

But i really love that dark bronzy look with the crystals, and i thought this new vintage chandy was so more of what i really wanted

Here is the old chandelier... and it's pretty..

but it just wasn't quite "it" if you know what i mean...

I added my pink Annie Sloan dyed lampshades to the new chandy, ..

but haven't added all the crazy drippy ribbon yet... 

I love decorating chandy's with ribbons and feathers, and flowers,  and random crazy stuff, don't you?

you might notice that the "proof" of the "Good Morning Miss Daisy" print is still taped to the wall in the background.  
I finally got a large print of her for myself, and i'm so glad i did.  Damn those prints are expensive! I hate that lady, why are her prints so expensive!? oh...oops, that's me

really there are reasons for it, 
i'll explain more some time about Artificial Brightening Agents (which you don't want)  and Archival canvas and real pigmented inks and stuff

but not now

every single lampshade on this thing is crooked... ok, whatever...

but isn't that dark bronzy brass so frenchy and yummy!



Ok, so my little dog "Daisy"....

What the heck !!!

She goes outside to potty

and finds leaves somehow, even though the whole yard has been raked

and the leaves magnetically adhere to her fur
you can't even pull those leaves off, they're just stuck!

ok, but here's the crazy part

as soon as she walks in the house, POOF! they explode off of her and cover all the floors and rugs in my house in these little crunchy brown leaves!

check it out

whenever she comes in the house covered with leaves like this ... 
i always look at her and say DAISY!!!!

and she's always like "Whut"?


Anyway, i'll leave you guys with a photo of some dresses that i saw at Macy's this weekend...

they were all just fairy fluff
now THAT'S what i call a prom dress!

soooo pretty...


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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

With Flowers and Feathers in His Hair...

I think i showed you guys this horse i painted a few weeks ago.  

I liked him pretty well, but was just itching to do something that was more me...

Sometimes when i paint, i think about what other people would like

and sometimes i just want to paint something the way i would like it...

even if it is a little weird or different

Here he is before the flowers and feathers...

Here is a close up with some flowers... 
and oh yes,  HAD to add some eyelashes too!

 the suggestion of feathers...

 so NEXT "Good Morning Miss Daisy" is going to get the Cindy treatment...

a pink bow!
I bought a print of her for myself, and I don't think i can resist painting a ribbon around her neck, maybe even a ribbon with a big bell

I already have a satin ribbon draped over the print giving it "the eye"to figure out the perfect shade of pink

I'm not quite sure how i'm gonna pull it off yet

doesn't everyone tie ribbons around their pet cow's necks anyway!?
 we'll see if it all works out

Watch out Miss Daisy! here i come with my paint brushes!

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Two of My Favorite Things...

In this post i want to talk about two of my favorite things...

My newest favorite thing is my two cowhide rugs.

I love them...

I have one in my bedroom ...  you can see it below

Also you can see how the settee in the bedroom usually looks, with my furry vest thrown on it, and a nubby throw, and folded blankies and towels that arent' put away...

Anyway, i just love how these cowhides feel under my feet, and how they aren't round or square or rectangle... I love sitting on them because it feels like I'm sitting next to something natural and not synthetic

I'm sorry a sweet cow had to die for me to have the rug, but i imagine millions of cows get slaughtered everyday, and at least a couple of their coats can be appreciated and admired long after they are gone...

the best way i can describe it is that the rugs have "chi" 
 "CHI is the term for the universal energy, or the energy that permeates everything around us."

I know they are in style right now, but i don't think i will get tired of them as if they were just a decor fad...
I think i'll like them for years to come

Here is the cowhide i have in my living room

I sit on the soft cowhide and lean on the back of the chair while Mr. Fractured is sitting in it...

I never used to sit on the floor before i had the cowhide, 

 On the arm of the chair i also have a rabbit fur
it feels like heaven

My kids came over one night and were commenting on how i have all these dead animals everywhere
They pointed out the cowhides, and then the sheepskin, and the rabbit fur... and we were all like holy crap, it looks like vikings live here!

Then i pointed out that they hadn't even notice my deer antlers!
They were like GAAAHHHHH!!!

Anyway, those are all the furry, animaly things i have around
except my two doggies...

who by the way love the furs too!

oh yeah, and check this out...
this is my furry vest

and this is my dog and best nap buddy "Daisy"

My next all time favorite thing is baskets!

I have always loved baskets

I have baskets for everything ...

tucked in corners for storage...

in the laundry room for dirty clothes...

on top of the fridge to store pitchers and stuff...

in the bedroom for dumping clean laundry instead of having to fold it right away, cause who wants to do that!

 in the living room to store cd's and stuff

on the kitchen counter for mail, and glasses and all those random papers i don't know where to put but shouldn't throw away...

(isn't this the cutest little silver pitcher)

 brief interlude for photos of this precious little pitcher...

more baskets - 

under the tv table in the living room to store all of Mr. Fractured's tangled guitar cords...

you can see it's pretty scruffed up

under the dresser in my bedroom for miscellaneous "stuff"

in the living room to hold the remote controls... 

lord help me with those! 
I only know how to find like 5 channels on my tv... 
i'm helpless without Mr. Fractured when it comes to the remote controls

ok, and finally, I have a basket that i carry to work everyday with all my papers and bills and my lunch in it.

I LOVE this basket and as you can see it is almost shot

If anyone knows where to find one like it i would love to know!!

I even have stuff on my floor that looks like baskets!

So that's a crazy amount of baskets isn't it!
I haven't even talked about all the baskets filled with towels and napkins and stuff in my closets!

You know... things like shells, and baskets woven from natural fibers, and cowhide rugs, and beautiful wood, and feathers,and wool and cotton ... all those kinds of natural things are always pretty darn wonderful

                           Nature gets it just right every time...

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Hi Guys!

Everytime i come over here to do a blog post, i get distracted by all the stuff you have going on and then i run out of time!

Good golly molly, ya'll are some interesting and talented friends!

Of course then there's Pinterest which can suck me in so bad... 
and Facebook, with kitten and puppy videos and cool decorating ideas
i don't even do instagram or twitter and i'm still overwhelmed
Social media is crazy right now, there are so many things!
i'm not even sure what i think about it at all... 
how do you guys prioritize your social media stuff!!??

Anyway, I've been crazy busy at work, so there is no time to goof off and read blog posts... and then i come home from work, and me little Daisyboo dive into the warm bed for a quick little nap, and then Mr. Fractured gets home from work, and then before i know it, it's the next day and back to work!

Sure would be nice to be a millionaire so i could work a little less

Do ya'll ever fantasize about what you'd do if you won the lottery?  It's a really fun game to play...

Ok, so i'm just gonna chatter on and show some pics since i don't have anything even remotely important or profound to share...

Here is a horse painting i am working on today...
I have to let it dry some before i do more to it

and i'm not exactly sure what i might add to the painting, 
some queen annes lace at the bottom left?
 a pink bridle?
sometimes simple is the best
anyway - just not sure yet... i'll have to live with it a while

now check out this insanely wonderful, shabby, adorable sofa!

It's at one of my favorite shops in the world 
"Salvage Sisters" in Burlington, NC
 it's not really for sale, it's for renting for weddings and stuff... 
I'm so renting this when and if me and Mr. Fractured get married

I know ya'll probably thought we were married, but we're not yet

Every spring i get all gushy and start thinking about planning a small wedding with wildflowers and twinkle lites 
all kind of hippie and fairieish...(new word)
and then it never fails, one of his or my ADULT KIDS will have a crisis (mine) or move back in our house 3 - 9 months for one reason or another ( his)

and then we both end up so emotionally disturbed from the whole experience
that we don't get married

Mr. Fractured's kids are "perfect"
my kids are, how do we say it, uhhhh challenging

 see my face - 
that challenging !
this is probably after a phone call from my daughter
actually could be a call from my son too


Plus i can't even plan something 15 minutes ahead of time

so the whole marriage thing is just too daunting  for me

I have the dress, i have the rings... and that's it so far

 Ok, i told you this was going to be a random bunch of stuff so there's more...

Here's another little painting i just finished

I am calling it "night light"

because white flowers just glow at night

anyway I wasn't sure if it was any good

but my friend liked it 
so now i like it

Isn't that stupid
that i don't know whether to like something unless someone else does
what is that?

It does look pretty in her shop
especially with all the white and gray goin on... 

It's not big, so if anyone wants to buy it, i don't think shipping would cost too much
it's $225.00

Ok, check out these paint colors
aren't they pretty!

I am DYING to paint something in a soft lavender
 I got the idea from 
"Bella's Rose Cottage"

Her house is painted in this heavenly lavender and everytime i see it i want my house to be all in lavender too 

wouldn't one of these colors be gorgeous with a cream stencil on top

kinda like Michele at "Hello Lovely" did in her magical little closet room 
you should go see, it's soooo pretty

Also been busy mailing out prints!
Lots of trips to my printer, proofing prints and then to fedex after work

Now i just have to show you two things from Pinterest

Look at this lantern - oh my gosh - isn't it wonderful!

sorry, i couldn't track the source on this one

and this dresser
love it to death...
love that shabby brick wall behind it too...

So you see, at least half of this blog post is about stuff ya'll are doing!

You're so smart and talented and inspiring!
 I'm serious!

and i know i talked about 50 different things in this blogpost
it's just that I haven't talked to you in so long 
and there are so many things i want to ramble on about

I am really curious though...
How DO you prioritize your social media stuff
there's so much of it!

and now luckily Mr. Fractured just came home and spared you even more random meanderings!

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