Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Victorian Couch Makeover to Beach Cottage Chic!

I had this old Victorian Couch that I got at an Auction 8 years ago and have been lugging it around through my moving. It finally has a home and I have a plan for it! I wanted the Beach Cottage look, not the traditional Victorian style.  First, I attached the stuffing as close a fit as I could. There was plenty of it, but it had to fit in all the right places. I stapled this on.
 Then I began to staple the fabric on in the creases of the couch and around the arms and backing.
I wanted to paint the couch.... The brown was too traditional.

I had some gorgeous rope trim I was dying to use and I wanted that Beach Cottage look...
 I painted the couch white, and then began adding the rope around the edges, which hid the staples and unfinished edges of the couch.

 WOW! Isn't she gorgeous?
 As you can see here, Lil Dog thinks she found a new bed, NOT!
I made a little knotted rose on the ends because they had been broken off and didn't match. This hid the imperfection. I think it looks Beach Cottage Chic!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Art in the Ordinary, The Gypsy Beach

Sometimes you happen upon a place, that is an unexpected oasis of enchantment. The images that are before you were only a small glimpse into the world of an interesting person who lives in a lake front cottage that has created an outdoor art museum of Lost Lures. As creative as I am, this was a rare sight that even took my breath away. I only took a view photos, because it didn't seem possible to even be able to capture what my eyes were seeing in real life. It was a magical moment, when all you can say is Wow. I can't reveal this secret cove, I can only let you peek into this moment.  

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Bedtime Story

Once upon a time, I wanted to build a bed, not a bear, but a bed. I started to sketch on a piece of scrap board and got the idea in my head. I wasn't sure how I was going to go about the bed building, so I just started cutting......

 I wanted a leaf shape that was going to circle around an old mirror that I had. The Krissy Cat took a look to make sure my lay out was ok.
 She gave me the go ahead to start cutting.
 She directed me along the way.

I got one side cut and then I had to lay that piece on the other side and trace it so they would match.
It was a good cutting day, as I was lucky enough to get both sides to match and in the right place circling the mirror!
 I wanted to use these spindles that cam off a rocking chair.
 I cut arches for the bottoms. This was hard to do with a little jig saw and I tried my best to get it all straight.
 The spindles got cut into little spindle pieces.
 Aren't they pretty? Like spindle eggs.
 Then my Mom and I glued the spindle pieces to the bottom of the arches... Ok, now you say, "OOOOOhhhhhh"
 I finally got all the parts of my bed put together and painted white! Then it was time for the mattress and bedding!
 I was so excited about my new bed. I new it was going to be the prettiest bed in the land!
 The bed was so glorious all put together!

 All the animals in the kingdom couldn't wait to come and visit the bed!
Time to go Night Night! Sleep tight and dream about building your bed tonight!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Fandelier with Roses

It all started out as an idea to put roses on my existing light fixture....
 I had this wire candle holder and I really liked the roses and leaves on it, so I started to take it apart...
 I was just going to attach them to the light, but..... I went to the local thrift store and found this mini fan and thought it might be cute to use. It was heavily suggested to me by some peers to have a ceiling fan in my room for air flow and cooling. I really wanted a chandelier...Fan?   Chandelier? Oh, the dilemma!

 introducing the FANDELIER!!!!
 With Roses, & crystals!
It is very charming and cool.