I was invited by Lori from Vintage Charm Restored to jump on the Blogland Tour bandwagon and well, here I am! I’ve been a fan of Lori’s for a long time and have always loved her style. Motivated by the desire to show her children that through God, all things are possible, this awesome Texan has turned her passion for restoring vintage finds, into a thriving blog and business. Check out this bit of eye candy! Click here for more details on this gorgeous armoire!
Check out this French Provincial beauty.
…and one last one because let’s face it, most of us love anything pink and shimmery! Here’s the link to Miss hotness!
See, I told ya! She’s the bomb dot com. Make sure you pop over and show her some love!
Okay, now it’s my turn to take the hot seat. I was asked to answer a few questions, so here goes nothin’!
#1. What are you working on right now?
Normally, this is where I would tell you about some cool custom job I was working on, maybe brag a little about the awesome clients I get to paint for. Today’s not that day though. Nope, custom projects have been put on hold for a bit because there is just so much else happening right now. I find myself in new and unfamiliar territory. A bit more on that in a few…you know, in the spirit of saving the best for last and all!
Aside from the aforementioned, here’s what’s been goin’ down.
It’s been a hot, steamy summer here in NC. We were lucky enough to get a little break from the heat and took the very loooong drive to the place where I spent most of my childhood summers, Cape Cod. We visited primarily to celebrate the life of my wonderful Uncle David and paid tribute to his life on my birthday. Such an honor. He was an incredible man indeed, loved by all and generous beyond measure. He introduced me to the finer things in life…my very first limo ride, table manners, how to play craps like a boss, Lilly Pulitzer (I think he owned at least one of everything from her men’s collection!) and one of my most favorite furniture painting, folk artists, Peter Hunt.
While we were there, I took some time to poke around and photograph the items I had a personal attachment to, most of which inspire me in my painting today.
This gilded mirror belonged to my grandmother. It’s not an antique or of any real value, but seeing it reminded me of her…it reminded me of how much I loved her and how terribly I miss her. You just can’t put a value on that.
This is the cabinet front on one of the pieces in Uncle’s collection of Peter Hunt.
The two littlest littles aren’t in school yet and the eldest doesn’t start back for a while yet, so they’ve been keeping me company at home. They’ve been incredibly patient with their sometimes crazed mama. Some pool time and a few visits to the ice cream shop are definitely in order this week!
In other news, the blog has been undergoing a redesign. You can read about my decision to redesign here. I’m absolutely in love with the new look and can’t wait for it to go live. We were hoping to have it almost completed by today, but in case it’s not, here’s a sneak peek!
On the topic of redesign, I’m also in the process of compiling a list of projects that need to be completed around our house. The length of said list resembles something similar to what I’d imagine Santa Claus’ naughty and nice list looks like. No joke. That sucker is LONG! There’s absolutely noting wrong with our house. It’s only two years old and we’re so lucky to have a home we love.
What I’m talking about is creating our home’s identity. Finding the right balance of function and fabulous…filling it with stuff that we love and not just filling spaces with random meaningless decor. Anyone can go out and buy things to fill up a room, but to fill it with defining decor and giving it personality that encompasses all of it’s occupants is an entirely different challenge.
In other news. I’m getting rid of our dining room set and am in the process of building a farmhouse table to put in it’s place.
I’ve also made some other minor changes, like painting our pantry door…you can read more about that here.
The biggest news is, I’ve been contracted by an incredible company to be a blog contributor, product tester and educator!!! Yup, that’s my big news! This is literally a dream come true for me. Having used every paint under the sun, I can say with confidence, you’re going to love this line. I’ve been busy, busy, busy testing out their products and writing blog posts. Homestead house has been established for over 25 years and is very well known for being the manufacturer of a very popular milk paint brand. They have come out with an incredible new product line called Fusion Mineral Paint that includes everything from paint, to transfer gel, all natural gilding pastes, metallic tints and loads more. Please head over to their website and check them out and make sure you show them some love on Facebook!
#2. How does my work differ from others?
Simply said, I see every piece of furniture as a blank canvas. I view each item I work on, as an opportunity to make someone fall in love with their furniture all over again, or in many cases, for the very first time. There’s no greater feeling of satisfaction than hearing someone’s vision, finding inspiration, translating it to a great piece of furniture and ultimately seeing the look of excitement on it’s owners face when they first lay eyes on their new addition.
I’m constantly researching products and testing out new methods of painting. The truth is, for me anyway, there is no cookie cutter paint. I love different mediums for different reasons.
I’m not a furniture flipper looking to make a few bucks. I work hard to create long lasting finishes. I always try to think outside the box and create looks that haven’t been seen, but most importantly, I strive to create pieces that will be loved by their owners for years to come.
#3. Why do I write/create what I do?
“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
― Vincent van Gogh
After the birth of our last son, we decided it was best for me to stay home instead of returning to work. That was a tough pill to swallow, since I had always been a financial contributor to our household. I was happy to be able to stay home with my little ones, but I really did struggle with feeling as though I’d lost part of myself.
Shortly after having Jack, we moved and it was there in our new home, that I picked up a paint brush to start creating our new reality. I’d painted on and off for 15 years of my adult life, but this time it was different and quite unintentionally.
I had posted a picture of one of my projects which was, consequently shared with someone else. It lead to an inquiry for a custom job and the rest is history!
One thing led to another and well, here we are! Painting and writing has allowed me to take back that little piece of me that decided to take a vacation. It’s my quiet place and my calm away from the chaos….a cozy little nook where I can create and inspire.
#4. How does your writing/creative process work?
This question made me laugh. There is no method to this madness. I really need to buckle down and get some sort of schedule going (or hire a personal assistant!!). I’m navigating the newness of writing for a company and definitely learning, sometimes struggling to balance life, family and paint.
As for my creative process with painting. It sounds silly, but I listen to the furniture. Just call me the furniture whisperer! I really can start out with one idea in mind and find myself taking the project in a completely different direction once I get to working. I’m very visual so I tend to work at things one step at a time, making my next best decisions as I go. I usually have and end result in mind, but I also have no problem with changing course.
Any who!! Enough about me! Now it’s time to introduce you to a few fabulous ladies!
First up, Jennifer from The Magic Brush!
If you haven’t come across her page, run, don’t walk!! She is an incredibly talented woman of faith with a passion for all things faux (and glitter, lots and lots of glitter!) She’s created a series of awesome DIY videos that are must haves for anyone looking to tackle projects around the house or if your thinking about taking your painting career to the next level. Jen can rock out a faux finish like a boss, but she’s also an inspiration, providing daily doses of insight and encouragement. She’s committed to helping women live courageously in both their hearts and in their homes. Please show her some love at www.themagicbrushinc.com
You’ve also got to meet this sweetie pie, Stephanie, from Sandpaper and Glue…
I’ve only recently stumbled upon her page, but I was hooked when I saw this project.
That’s a painted tile back splash y’all!!!
Stephanie is focused on fixing up her first home knowing that they’re going to move in a few years. She shares lots of great cosmetic updates and budget friendly ideas, as well as some crafty projects and recipes. Please make sure you go show her some love over at www.sandpaperandglue.com
Finally, it’s Amy from Atta Girl Says!
She grew up going to yard sales with her mom and thinks that might be what kindled her love of all things vintage, repurposed and previously loved. She started painting furniture when she moved into a bigger house three years ago and needed an affordable way to furnish…makeover madness got a bit out of hand. She kept finding wonderful pieces to paint so she opened a booth at an antique store and started doing custom work. She began blogging around that time, as well, as an outlet for her creativity, and of because she loves sharing ideas to make your home brighter and your heart lighter. You’ll find lots of great info on her page. Make sure you check out some of her home tours too! Her place is so pretty! Please show her come love at www.attagirlsays.com
This concludes my part of the Blogland tour. Make sure you check back with Jennifer and Stephanie next Monday when it’s their turn to spill the beans and introduce you to a few of their favorite bloggers.