Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A New Settee


Hi Guys!

Can you even believe summer is coming to a close!??!

The older I get the faster everything goes.  I mean really fast. Like a year seems more like 4 months fast.
 Before you know it I will be dead.  So that being said, I think it's ok to eat chocolate any time i want... right?

Anyway, Mr. Fractured and I finally took a little vacation and went to the beach.  Other than the drive down which involved apocalyptic thunderstorms that looked like F5 tornadoes were going to drop out of them,  and having to pull off the road 3 times, which made Mr. Fractured go into his "I'm being patient" mode... which really means, she's completely out of her mind... 
it turned out to be so relaxing and just beachy wonderfulness as the beach always is.  

One of the best parts of Oak Island, NC is that it is near Southport which is this little port town with boats and shops and benches and cute old houses and cottages.  

 check out what i found on the front porch of one of the little shops

This pink tattered and torn settee!


Here it is on the front porch of the little shop - that box covers up a hole in it, but i didn't care
It was love at first site...

Just look at those adorable rolled arms, and the pretty little legs




I really want it at my dining room table... but it's too short.  Soooooooo, here we go with the change one thing and completely redo everything else deal.  

I am going to have to make it taller or the table shorter or both... I know i can take at least an inch maybe two off the table base, but how to raise the settee... hmmmmm - do ya'll have any ideas on how to do that?

Plus my dining table is really too big for the room, and now the chandy doesn't hang over the center anymore 
aaannnd ... if i lower the table I may need to cut off the little apron around the round part of the table so your legs don't bang into it... and i need to move the little desk out of the way

all of that and more to infinity...

Moving stuff around did inspire me to move my "Miss Daisy" print to over my mantel and i really do like her there better than the rose that was up there
i just propped her up in front of the other painting



oh yeah, I didn't want to forget to show you guys this little cottage in Southport
How cute is that!
I could so totally live in that little pink house right near the seaport...



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hmmmm...What else has been going on...

Well, i've been growing my first dahlias and it's been an interesting experience.

I had no idea the stems could get as thick around as a quarter at the bottom... so some of them have fallen right over from the weight.  
And I was thinking I'd only get a few blooms, but they are just now coming to fruition and i'm getting lots of the amazing big flowers, and some of the stems and blooms are already up past my waist!...
so i'm pretty sure I love them!





In the spring the garden was so tidy, and i planted lots of tomatoes and some hot peppers and squash ...

By July the tomatoes had gone crazy...
like, what the heck crazy!

they are growing up all over the place, as tall as me, covering up the peppers and sage and lavender
falling over the fence

everything is now totally overgrown and messy

kinda like a cottage garden, but not in a good way !

It's like a jungle!

plus there is the occasional poison ivy in the mix

I did pick this bouquet of roses just last week
i couldn't even believe something that wonderful came out of my very own garden






So anyway, i was out weeding and cutting back stuff, and had been all up near the poison ivy with my bare hands, 
and you know how it is in the garden, you go to do one little thing, and don't put on your gloves, and end up sticking your hand in places where you just really really hope a snake doesn't bite you

and i had a skirt on because i always wear dresses or skirts because i can't really stand the way pants feel all up on my legs
 i know, weird huh...
ok and i know this is TMI but 99.9% of my life i wear undies, but for some reason didn't have any on in that moment
probably just threw on a skirt to go water the window box or something

anyway a branch of a flower or something went up under my skirt and BAM something bit me right on my ass!  and it wasn't a small little bite either!  

i was like GAAAHHHH!  

I didn't want to touch anything because i had poison ivy on my hands, but i didn't even want whatever thing that was to bite me again!!!

And of course i didn't have my undies on!  Really???!! 

I froze for about a millisecond  and  then just dropped my skirt down around my ankles with my bare bottom and everything else showing... 

I mean i didn't know what the heck horrible thing was up under there 
EWWWWWWWWW!!!

 i  didn't really have good choices here

It could've been a hornet, or even worse, a spider 
or maybe even a mutant hornet black widow spider poisonous snake for all i knew.... 

anyway, i live on a corner of a neighborhood, where cars do go by and people walk by all the time, and i had to make it into the house with the skirt around my knees without being seen... 

It was a great look

I walked in and Mr. Fractured just stood there... like uhhhhhh
and he is very polite
so he wouldn't laugh at a lady in distress
but i could tell he was holding his lips together to keep from laughing
and as i was escaping from my skirt i just said 
"don't look at me"!!!
because seriously, my bottom half is not my best half especially in broad daylight...


and that is most of the latest from cindysfracturedfairytale and fractured cottage garden 

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I Met Miss Mustard Seed !



I finally met Marian, Miss Mustard Seed !
Three years after doing her first painting "Eulalie"

 She is adorable.... and I have to tell you, it was just like seeing someone I already knew.  I mean from reading her posts and talking in the email...  seeing her in person and talking was so familiar, like being around an old friend.  
It actually kind of blew my mind how a friend from online can be just as real as a friend in "real life"

I was so happy to finally look at her face in person, and give her a big hug... it was awesome, she was awesome...
 good easy energy, a very loving spirit, and cute as hell 

But don't let her adorableness fool you...


This woman is a force of nature...

She not only has moved mountains in her home
She moved mountains in my home

Thanks to her I sell quite a few prints
and i almost, just almost 
could stop working full time and painting more..

(who do you think the car with eyelashes belongs to?)
 
Here is the new painting i did for her

 I was painting this to sell at the shop where i sell my work
.... and i started thinking ... this would look good in Marians house


So I emailed her and asked her if she wanted it, and she was like "Heck yeah"

and that was all she wrote... the painting was officially Marian's before it was even finished.

anyway, all i can say... is thank you Marian
my world is made massively better through knowing you


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Monday, July 21, 2014

I'm In Paint Color Hell .... Again



Hi gang,

I'm sorry ...  don't hate me... I know i've been so absent.  I'm just seriously overwhelmed with the whole social media thing.
 There are just so many options out there now...  
I know I love Pinterest, and then there's Facebook... so I have a personal Facebook page, and a Cindysfracturedfairytales Facebook page... and i follow a bunch of people on both of those.  And THEN, i decided I would stop boycotting Instagram as just another form of social media... and tried it, and I really like Instagram, so there's that... and then the blog, which I've totally neglected because Instagram is instant gratification... and  there is summer and the garden and life and work and trying to paint ....so... Half the time i don't have any idea where to focus my energy with this stuff, and then i get behind on all of it.  I really need to find a rhythm and balance here...
(is rhythm the hardest word in the world to spell or what...)


Anyway, thanks to a lot of you talking about it, i finally caught on and watched a couple of episodes of "Fixer Upper" 
 it is totally home decor porn!

 The season finale almost make my head explode it was so cool

So of course now I've gone completely insane again and did intense online research good enough to qualify me to become part of the the CIA to find out the colors she used  -
 and as you can imagine decided to repaint my living room, dining room, and kitchen which has entailed buying 8 thousand paint samples to try, which look absolutely nothing, nothing at all like the gorgeous wall colors in the episodes.  What the heck is the deal with that!??? 
I mean, I know i know all about how lighting and the computer monitor can change the look of the paint and all that... 

but come on... surely my walls would look something..... even a teeny weeny bit like the walls she painted!!????

Nope

so here we go...

example 1
Sherwin Williams 
 2 parts Mindful Gray to 1 part some other lighter color
now that i see it here on the blog, i like it
but in person it looked so dark



 Example 2
Benjamin Moore
Revere Pewter

see the current wall color on the left and above

Whoa don't like this one - way too dark
and how is it so blue???

Example 3
Martha Stewart
Gray Pearl


Example 2039
my current wall color on top
Mindful Gray at 50% below that
some other color under that
Edgcombe gray at the very bottom

it's becoming pretty clear that at this point that i am starting to lose it right?

lord help me and all who have been around me this weekend

you can see a giclee print of Eulalie on the table, i am proofing it for a buyer - looks good!
 

In addition i then tried each one of these same colors in my living room and it looks like i painted cold gray steel on the walls!!!
 
how is it that Joanna from 'Fixer Upper' can take these exact colors and they are soooooooooo incredibly beautiful

what the heck!


 I need an intervention...

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What else has happened this summer?

Well i made this lemon meringue pie, twice in three weeks

I can't eat dairy products, so i found this recipe with no dairy and it was so darn good

 i literally ate this pie every day for one week
skipped a week
 then made it again
and ate most of that one


I mean Mr. Fractured ate some of it
but He has self control


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I finally started getting the urge to paint again after a 4 month dry spell, and painted this girl by the garden gate...  name suggestions?




I was lucky enough to end up with this insanely fabulous frenchy mirror


but i don't know,... it seems like it may be a little too big and fancy for my lowly little cottagy space

Below is the former mirror
What do ya'll think? 

I know the frenchy mirror is so amazing, but hmmmm...

Plus you can see my current wall color
seems so boring after seeing Fixer Upper... sigh


anyway, i'm gonna try to post more often and write less 
i realize i just blathered on about 4 different topics in this post

...as always, thanks for putting up with me... 
that's all for now

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Are Ya'll Even Still Speaking to Me?



I wouldn't be surprised if all of you just went pffft... the heck with her... she's never around when you need her!

I know i've been so absent.  

Honestly, I think i've just been shut down...  Do you ever get like that where everything you do just seems overwhelming, or pointless, or you feel like everything in your life is just stupid?

Well, i sure do.
I worry about my kids, money, the future, storms, asteroids hitting the earth
pretty much anything you can think of
and sometimes all of it just saps the life force right out of me


I haven't even really been able to paint in like 2 months!  Just couldn't do it... well except for one painting that i worked on intermittantly. Just today, for the first time in 2 months i felt like i could pick up the paint brush, and get it close to finished

Marian, "Miss Mustard Seed" might want it if she has a place for it, if not it will be for sale...

I'm really lucky that she likes my paintings, because people notice everything she does, and lots of people have bought my prints   because of her!  Especially "Eulalie"

Thank you Marian for making my paintings look so good with all your beautiful things !



anyway, here it is...
I don't have a name yet
but dosen't it seem like two old friends have a peaceful graze together




I had 10 days off of work, and had a list 80 miles long of all this stuff i was going to get done, and mostly i just started too many projects and made big chaotic messes everywhere, let the dogs in and out of the house 90 thousand times a day and wore myself out. 

So the dogs..............  
First one of the dogs wants out, so after a minute the other dog realizes that the first one is out, and decides she wants to go out too, but when i let her out the first dog decides to come in while the door is open -  so when i let her back in, the other one messes around in the yard a few minutes and is like crap, now i want back in too... and so it goes 90 thousand times a day...

Anyway, it is very very clear to me that  I need structure, or I will stay up until 2:00 in the morning drinking vodka and watching movies like Armageddon two nights in a row... seriously , i did that... 
Honestly, the way i talk about drinking vodka, i guess ya'll think i'm a terrible alcoholic
but i'm not a terrible alcoholic,
i'm a  perfectly good, very controlled, measured, and systematic alcoholic
i never drink before 8:00 pm
and i never get actually too very drunk... 
just perfectly buzzed
 i don't drink at parties because it makes me feel flushed and weird and stupid
In fact, i don't feel bad about drinking at all
I don't know how in the world anyone goes through life without drinking
That's insane


Ok... to change the subject to something that makes me appear more normal... and less of a substance abuser 

 the garden has been unbelievable this year. 

The snowball bush was humongous and slam full of big fluffy white balls, and roses are tumbling around the yard everywhere!  







dusk in the front yard





Rosebud cottage in the morning, a quick photo right before I leave for work...



Found a darlin little birds nest tucked into the branches of an Eden rose next to the house
see it in there?





and i finally got the window boxes planted.  It is always so fun to see them  full of pink geraniums




And i discovered an Iris i just LOVE 
It's called Champagne Elegance

Get one, you will adore it

the soft yellow and creamy white are so pretty with everything else in the garden

It's my new favorite thing....


and just look at this precious pink impatients




This little vintage cherub sits in the back yard in an old birdbath top



I hung a chandy from a tree in the front yard
it was a bargain chandy,
but it's still cute, and  i love to plug it in at night and sit outside under the tree, and have a nice little drink, watch the lightening bugs, and smell the honeysuckle
come on... what could be better than that




...and the rose i showed in the very first photo

here it is again...

it is wonderful! 
 I think it is called Peach Drift 
It has a smallish bloom and the colors are divine
all those colors are on two little rose clusters!



I did find this little desk at the thrift shop and painted it grayish with a mix of Annie Sloan paint colors, and then painted the inside pink

i love the shabby old mirror on top

I want to use it for my computer so it isn't sitting on the kitchen counter... but i need my friend Missy from "My Cottage Charm" to come over with her tools and help drill some holes in the back for computer cords!




My Friend  Karan of "Fetch Antiques" found me a an old chippy frame and it fit my print of "Good Morning Miss Daisy" perfectly!

She is 24 x 36 which is a standard size so it is not too hard to find old frames in that size at thrift shops and flea markets

I saw this print hanging  on a pink wall once at another friends shop -  Uniquitiques  - she purchased the print for herself and we tacked it up in her shop on the pink walls just to take a look at her 
she looked so damn pretty on those pink walls
that i decided to paint the inside of the frame pink

If you have a pink wall and you love shabby, cottagy stuff, and well, cows...
you should buy her -  and i'm not just saying that to make a sale
not even remotely 
she just looks so stunning on soft pink walls
in fact, if you want her, and you let me know you read about her in this blog post, i'll give you 20% off the price
cindyaustinpaintings.com

I was really tickled that she tucked right in the frame
 i secured her in there with a little duct tape since i didn't have the right canvas securing equipment thingys

Mr. Fractured would be proud, he uses duct tape for everything
but i bet his duct tape isn't pink with white polka dots like mine is


So anyway... just want to say thanks to all of you for being there, i'm not kidding... even when i miss your posts, things happen to me all the time that make me think of each and every one of you -  and i plan to spend the next week catching up on you guys...
I feel like you are not only my friends, but my social life, my support group, the people who make me laugh, and touch my heart... and let me share myself even in all my ADHD, vodka drinking, anxiety attack weirdo dysfunction
you're still there 
I tell you guys stuff that alot of people around me every day don't even know

how crazy is that

big hugs

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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...

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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

Dahlias!
 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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