Sunday, July 28, 2013

Around the house and a photo bomb...

This is turning out to be a busy weekend. The big kids are here for their 20th high school reunion ... yikes...just saying that makes me feel old. And Sunday is my last day at Relics Antique Mall, so I'll be clearing out whatever is left of the booth and call it done. I've loved the experience of having a space, but for the last several years I've had to do things on my own, and that part isn't fun. Time to move on to new things, and I'm looking forward to having that day each week to catch up on some other projects that need taking care of.

And speaking of flea market shopping, I found this great little "God Bless Our Home" cross stitch recently.

I have a little soft spot for "homestyle" cross stitch pieces; I created my share back in the 80's and 90's. I always admire the amount of time the stitcher put into the piece and when I see them for just a few dollars I always want to rescue them and give them a new home. I found this one a few months ago, but the dark frame didn't work for me, so when I painted my kitchen table it got the ASCP treatment.

The browns and golds and orange on the shutters made me think to put it out here on the sunporch with the other late summer colors. I tried several places but it ended up on the baker's rack.

And while I was digging through some cabinets yesterday, I found a good bunch of tan striped ticking that I bought last year for a table runner....totally had forgotten about it. So now maybe I can get that made since I'll have a little more time.

And just looky what came in the mail this week! The Fall issue of The Cottage Journal, a 4 times a year magazine from Hoffman Publications. It's filled with great decor ideas for Autumn, and we all know that's my favorite season! (this time of the year I start counting down the days)

LOVE this wonderful wreath!

So, while I was out in the sunporch takings pics, 
who shows up for a little nibbling of the greens?

hmmm...which one looks tastier?

I guess we all need our fiber...

joining in on these parties:

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Ranch
Knick of Time
Savvy Southern Style

Hope you're having a good weekend!!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Be Inspired #150: Renewed

Some people have a knack... actually, it's a gift, to be able to look at something and see a transformation in their mind. They can take discarded and forgotten misfits, and then give them new life... Angie from Knick of Time has that gift. Her Etsy Shop, Knick of Time is a testament of her creative ingenuity and hard work, where everyday objects become beautiful and functional vintage decor.

Angie's latest transformation is this amazing Grain Sack Wicker Sofa. She gives us a step-by-step on her transformation process, and makes all of us know that we can salvage wonderful old furniture and objects, if we will just think outside the box.

The "Before"...

Angie used bits and pieces of old lace and fabrics
 to give this old beauty a second chance at life.

and don't you love her wonderful photo styling?

Here are some other great links from last week's party.
Kris from Junk Chic Cottage and her hubby transformed a chaise into this Wonderful Day Bed on the Deck. Honestly, each time I see Kris' amazing outdoor spaces I'm in awe. so lush and beautiful!

Lynn from Fern Avenue transformed a vintage dresser with too many layers of paint into this wonderful Hot Baths Vanity for her daughters' bathroom. She gives us a look at her makeover and stenciling process, too.

Kim from Reposhture showed us How to Make Table Legs with Casters. With an old coop and some salvaged legs and casters, she created a fabulous coffee table. Love the patina on those legs!

Jann at Mrs. Olson's has been Harvesting Lavender from her yard, and she has it all tied up in a wonderful vignette.

Megan from Restoring the Roost  has been busy with her garden this summer, and she shares a yummy recipe for these Spicy Refrigerator Pickles. Love the so fun fabric coverings on top!

And Yvonne at Stone Gable can take a bunch of veggies and elevate them to a work of art in her Summer Salad in a Jar. Doesn't that just make your mouth water?

thanks so much ladies,  for sharing all the inspiration!

Today,  Leslie Janson, is in the Sponsor Spotlight. Leslie creates one-of-a-kind handmade eco-friendly jewelry and pillows made from eclectic vintage elements. Her creations make wonderful gifts for yourself or someone else who loves up-cycled goods and accessories. Hope you'll run by and check out  Leslie's Etsy Shop!

Hope you'll all join in for Be Inspired today, which is open for all your inspiring posts. I'm not a stickler for "rules", but I'd so appreciate you including a link back to Common Ground within your post, not just a multiple party link to another page. I know it takes a minute, but most of us take the time to do it. I've seen so many wonderful posts I'd love to feature, but that's one of the party etiquette guidelines. 99% of readers will not click that link to see where you party. So, please just take a minute more so I can feature your wonderful inspiring posts here at Be Inspired
Thanks everyone, for coming by each week to join in on the party; you vintage-lovin' peeps are the best!!

Hope you'll check out these other great Friday Parties!

 Have a great weekend,
OK, time to link up what's been inspiring you this week!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Be Inspired Top Visited Links

Hey Everyone...
It's Wednesday and time to check out 
the most visited links from last week's Be Inspired!

Julia from Vintage With Laces shared her wonderful studio from Where Bloggers Create. I just love this frame with hanging hearts. I'm blessed to have one of Julia's wonderful heart creations!

Penny from Penny's Treasures took us on a Thrifty Decorating spree 
where she transformed this coffee table...

and found this adorable birdie pillow.

And Cindy from Dwellings took us through a wonderful tour
of the Mast Farm Inn in North Carolina.

 Love this wonderful split log home on the property.

thanks so much ladies!

Hope you all will come back and join in for tomorrow's
Be Inspired
11am "ish" Central


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Painting a tabletop and grainsacks...

Last Friday at 4 in the afternoon, I got the idea that I would paint my kitchen table top. I'm one of those people who always underestimates the amount of time and trouble a project will be. I think, "Let's see, that should only take a couple of hours, and I'm going to use chalk paint so it should be a piece of cake". I'm also the person who thinks she still looks 40, until I catch a passing glimpse of myself in the mirror... Actually, it wasn't a big deal, just took me longer than I thought since I wanted a more protected finish. And speaking of "finishes", I'd like a new one for that mirror reflection, please.

The table top was a light "Honey" stain manufacturer's finish that had seen lot's of wear and tear over these last eleven years and needed some help in the worst way. No kids or grandkids living here, just us two and the cats, but I DID have a run in with a bottle of scented oil that you use to refresh potpourri a few years ago, and after that the table wasn't the same. lesson learned the hard way.

You can't see all the places where the finish had actually worn off, scratches, dings, and not to mention I'm not a fan of "Honey" stained anything...least of all my table top. I bought this because of the pretty antique white paint finish and the fact that I fell in love with the chair backs.

I had reached my threshold of "blah" with it, and decided that paint was easier than stripping it and re-staining, even though a dark stain would have been beautiful. I used my palm sander for just a little extra help on getting rid of the inconsistencies of the finish.

Here's a pic from last Fall. Covering what I can of the table top has always been my way of dealing with the problem.

So I did 3 coats of ASCP in Old White and then 3 coats of Minwax Liquid Polyurethane, which I love, and is super fast and easy and gives great protection. I just "lightly" distressed it around the edges, it will have enough "distressing" on it's own.

The painted tabletop color is pretty close to the original finish on the rest of the table. Maybe just a hair lighter, but not noticeable. (The liquid poly adds a little depth of color) The chairs still have the stained finish, but I can live with that at the moment.

I'll continue to keep some sort of table runner on it just to ensure a little more protection. Things tend to float over here and land, like cell phones, mail, keys, etc. so I've told hubby, everything has to fit on the runner. Right now I have my antique heavy grainsack runner with the red stripe. This thing is durable and nubby and I love the look. I've ordered another one with a caramel stripe in the center, and it's on it's way from Austria. Christina from Grainsack on Etsy has beautiful antique grainsacks for great prices. You can take out the stitching like I did, and it becomes twice as long and works wonderfully as a tablerunner.

My tool caddy with vintage blue Ball Jars and faux hydrangeas
 is a staple here, year-round.

Wish I'd have done this sooner, because this looks so much better. Now, if the fur girls will just not attempt any crafting on the table top things will be good...

joining in on these great parties:

Inspiration Gallery at Yellow Bliss Road
WOW Us Wednesday at Savvy southern Style
It's a Party at DIY by Design
Homework at Worthing Court
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Blissful Whites at Timewashed
Treasure Hunt at From My Front Porch to Yours
Tips and Tutorials at Stone Gable
House Party at No Minimalist Here
Share Your Cup at Mrs. Olson's
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Redoux Interiors
French Country Cottage
The Charm of Home
Furniture Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Shabby Art Boutique
Blitzed on Pinterest at Debbiedoos
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Funky Junk

hope you're having a great week,

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