Friday, June 28, 2013

Selling This Weekend

This weekend, I'll be selling from my studio, and garage.

I may have things out on the lawn, during dry periods.

If you're local (Illinois/Indiana) and you want to drop by, send me an email.  If you're not, I wish I could fly you in.

I only had time for a few quick shots.  I'm still digging things out.

From pretty and shiny, to rustic and chippy.

I have lots of organizing to do tonight.

For those of you already planning to drop by, see you tomorrow.

Again, if you need info, send me a regular email.  During one of my last sales, I had an inquiry in my comment section from a local reader.  However, I couldn't respond to it, because, it was a No-Reply Comment.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Inspirational Plaques and Unexpected Easel

I've been designing inspirational plaques.  Here's one, created with one of my vintage floral images.

I added the words in script.  It's applied to salvaged wood, and distressed around the edges.

After finishing it, I began working on a small rack, using salvaged wood, a copy of vintage fleur-de-lis paper, and vintage screw-in hooks.

Looking at the rack lying on it's back, I thought it made the perfect easel for my plaque.

So, now, it has a dual purpose.

I designed this next plaque for my friend Nancy.  She asked me to make an inspirational plaque for her, using one of my favorite verses.

I created this piece with paper mache, paint, plaster, and a dimensional design.  It has a peaceful feel, and, it's a lot lighter than the concrete I've been applying this verse to.

See ya soon.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Brocante and Cones

It's been hot and humid here the past few days.  I've been hanging out inside, making pretty little things.

I created this little sign/door hanger with wood, wire,

 vintage paper, ink, and vintage millinery pieces.

The back has been scripted.

I picked up some vintage cones at an estate sale recently.  They were originally intended to hold twine.  I envisioned script.  I'll probably add a few faux blossoms.

Before and after.

I going to play with more millinery pieces.

See ya soon.

Friday, June 21, 2013

It Started With Beads

My latest redesign started with a bunch of vintage wooden beads I picked up at an estate sale.

Bags, and bags of vintage beads in various shapes, and sizes.  I love the muted colors.

While making tags for a client, I had an idea.

Cut pieces of wood, drill a hole, gather the beads,

apply, and varnish the image.  Next, I strung the beads with hemp twine.

You can still see hints of the imperfections in the wood.  That was intentional.  So was the distressing.

What do you think?  It's a good size.  About 5-1/2" x 3-1/4".  With the beads, it's about 20" long.

I've already sold one of these designs on my Etsy. I'm working on various bead configurations, and different images.

Hey, thanks to my newest digital download customers.  I sincerely appreciate every order, and the generous feedback.  I'll do my best to get new images listed over the weekend.

Back to work.  See ya soon.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Scripted Wood Rack

Here's a cute redesign using scrap wood.

I'm not sure what this was originally.  It had been lying around the garage for a while.

After a little paint, script, and a glass knob, it became a rack.  I even scripted the screw.

I have more scrap to go through.  See ya soon.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Back To Normal

So far, anyway. I've calmed down after my hacking issue last night.  I did a security check, and changed  my passwords.  It was one of my email accounts that was hacked.  So, some of you may have received spam from someone claiming to be me.  Most of you knew it wasn't my doing.  For those of you who sent me a heads up, Thank You.

I know I'm not the only one this has happened to.  I've received these types of emails, and knew to delete them.

If you're on FB, and you receive a friends request from someone who is already a friend, BEWARE.  If you're a blogger, and you receive a suspicious email requesting info, be careful as well.

If this happens to you.  Change your passwords immediately, do a security check, check your account activity, alert your email provider, etc.  I checked my activity, and found out my evil twin was in Brazil.

Anyway, things seem to be back to normal today.  If anyone receives spam from someone claiming to be me from this point on, let me know.  Thanks.

I'm working on projects today, AND, keeping an eye on my email.

The REAL Rosemary

Monday, June 17, 2013


If anyone receives an email from "villabarnes" that looks suspect, it's NOT me.  It looks as though my account was hacked.   SERIOUSLY, I have enough going on this week without this extra aggravation.  I'm working on getting this all fixed.  Pray for me, and, I'll continue to cling to my favorite verse.


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Recent Designs and Still Organizing

I saw "Man Of Steel" last night.  Which, has nothing to do with this post. LOL  I loved the movie though.

How do you like my script on stone?  Something I'm playing with right now.

I'm also working with some of the salvaged wood and metal I have lying around.

I applied one of my vintage images to a salvaged  piece of fencing I painted.  After distressing it, I topped it off with a metal fleur-de-lis.

She sold very quickly to my friend Nancy.

I just finished this next one.  The same idea here, with a little more embellishment,

and function.

I'm still organizing, and going through containers in the garage (a.k.a. The Abyss).  Thus, I have quite a few projects in various stages of completion.

I'm planning to redesign this chandelier, and,

I added the ornate metal to this shapely piece of wood.  Layers of paint unified it.  Now, I have to decide what I want it to become.  Sign?  Rack?

I'm not finished with this shelf either.  It was pretty plain to begin with.  I added the embellishment in the middle, and the columns on the sides before painting it.  It's still blah to me, and so is the little table.  I'll let you know how I finish them off.

Yes, lots to do.  In the meantime, I'll be

See ya soon.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Box Transformation Ideas, Part II, Open Boxes

I'm continuing on with my list of box ideas.  Today, I'm doing open boxes.  You can call them corrals, crates, bins, or whatever.

This is one of my all time favorite box redesigns.  I've been adding horseshoes to boxes for years.  With this one, I also added a fragment from a curtain rod for decoration, and vintage book pages to the interior.  I also antiqued the entire thing.  You can view the original post HERE.

This was the first horseshoe handled box I shared with you.  A little self-promotion.

A simple box, stenciled, and given metal ornamentation.  Original post HERE.

Sewing boxes are perfect candidates for redesigns.

Here are a few of my transformations.

The applique was already there on this next one.  I added the handles, and an old world finish.

Paint, stenciling, and a dimensional design tricked out this one.  Original post HERE.

I added the ornate applique to this one, and painted it for unification.

I added faux oxidation, and wine labels to these metal boxes.  Check out the before, and my faux oxidation tutorial HERE.

How about an applique and number for a carrier.

Of course you've seen what I've been doing with small drawers lately.

I could go on an on.  Seriously, I could.  However, I'll save more for another post.