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Monday, January 30, 2012

The juices are a-flowin'!

Creative juices, that is!  FINALLY!  I found my mojo!  My inspiration! IT'S BACK!........must've been that episode of Downton Abbey....or the Ooey Gooey Bars........probably the hours of Pinterest drooling!

Yep!  THAT was it!

Ahhh, Pinterest....have you no end?

I digress- let's get back to my motivation.  The first spark to motivate me was a Batchelor's Chest.  "Huh?Why a Batchelor's Chest?" you may ask.  Well, we've been cleaning out Andy's parents' garage since his father passed away and his momma gave me this old, beat up, shambles of a Batchelor's Chest.  You see, I love all things old- particularly furniture.  If I believed in an after-life- I'm quite sure I was present for the turn of the 20th century in England's Yorkshire.  Anywho- so I could see some fabulous potential in this chest so I asked dear Andy if we could pay to have it refinished.  Now, that is a huge splurge for us- we are in the throws of a structurally necessary remodeling project which has sucked up our house painting funds- there really isn't any spare for a piece of furniture.  But here's my argument....Andy's parents never had much.  This chest could be the one beautiful "thing" he could have of theirs.  The one beautiful thing to pass down, if he ever wants to.  So, we had it done and it is gorgeous.  I wish I could get a better photo of it...

After splurging on the Batchelor's Chest, it came to mind that I could try to craft something to sell at our new City Arts Boutique.  The City Arts Boutique is a new shop just a couple of blocks from our house in Woodlawn.  It houses the most wonderful hand-crafted items for sell.  Think Etsy on a local store-front level!  LOVE LOVE LOVE it!  Brooke Fleming is a sweet soul who opened this shop and shares it's space (and charm) in a newly revived urban neighborhood.  It is picture perfect and I've even told Brooke that her shop makes me want to just sit on the couch with a cup of tea and enjoy the sights and neighbors.
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So here we are, delivered to the front door of my inspiration.....I saw this great post on Pinterest and decided I would give it a try.  Most that I have made are 16x20 and I can customize colors for you if you're interested in purchasing one for $30.  I will be trying a few new things in the next couple of days....I'll give you a hint......think "birds"!

Let me know what you think!


Momma said...

I hope you sell tons and tons of these! They are beautiful and I am so proud of you!

Anonymous said...

another way to do these would be of copper or colored tin. thats would give it an interesting look.