Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Distressing and Antiquing a Mirror

After my last post, I immediately got emails asking how I distressed my mirrored tray.

I thought to myself, "Didn't they see my post on ..........?"  Sorry, sometimes I forget that quite a few of you are new readers, and, that it's been nearly two years since I shared how I used bleach to distress a mirror. You can refer to that post by clicking HERE.

HOWEVER, I've used a multitude of chemicals to get various effects on the silvering.

I gave this next mirror a crackle look.  I WON'T be sharing THIS particular technique, because, it's one of my unorthodox methods that's not for the inexperienced. You can do serious damage to yourself, if you're not careful.  

I don't want to get into a bunch of disclaimers, precautions, warnings, etc., and, still hear that someone set their hair on fire, or passed out.

I was also asked what type of paper I used, and, where I decoupaged the paper.

Okay, the rose paper is vintage craft paper.  You can use pretty much any craft paper, wallpaper, book page, thin fabric, decorative tissue, etc.  After you distress the mirror, the paper is decoupaged, face up, directly to the underside of the mirror.

I did the same thing with script paper on this little mirror.

I hope that answered some of your questions.

The Villabarnes SPECIAL DISCOUNT on the Farragoz Online Painting Course ends Friday, May 30, 2014. Click HERE for info, or, click on the Farragoz banner on my sidebar.  BTW, Farragoz has several methods for antiquing a mirror included in the course.

I'm off to work like crazy.  Getting ready for my upcoming shows.

I'll be packing a great load for the Hunt and Gather Market next week.  For more on this market, click HERE.

See ya soon.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Mirrored Tray Transformation

I pick up mirrored trays all the time.

You know the ones.

I've had so many over the years.  I usually end up transforming them in some way.  Well, that's what I did to this one.

After distressing the silvering on the mirror, I decoupaged vintage rose paper to the back, and, painted the frame.

I think I'll do a few variations on some of the other ones I have.

See ya soon.

Sharing With:
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Weathered Wood Angel

I spotted it at an estate sale,

thought it was composition, got a little closer, and, realized it was beautifully weathered wood.

Beautiful as-is.

See ya soon.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Shopping Cart Love

My latest find.

A vintage metal shopping cart with original paint, and, fabulous patina.  Love it.

It was one of those giddy moments I tried to contain, when I spotted this beauty.

Garage, estate, and, citywide sales are in full swing around here.

I love the thrill of the hunt.  So, I'm raring to go.

See ya soon.

Sharing With:
French Country Cottage: Feathered Nest Friday

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

FARRAGOZ Project Addition and Discount

As most of you know, I've been transforming with paint for decades.  When I became an affiliate of Farragoz last year, I knew I'd found a kindred spirit.

Photo Courtesy of Farragoz

So, I was excited to find out that my friends have added an additional project to their online course.

If you're enrolled in the course, you know what that addition is.  That's right, in addition to the other five projects pictured above, you'll also learn how to make this stunning mirror.  LUV.  Can't wait to tackle this one.

Photo Courtesy of Farragoz

Most of you know, I've been reviewing the Farragoz course.  You've seen me complete projects from the course, like the clock face,

and utilize the homemade paint recipes on my own projects.

Although I haven't completed the course, I can honestly say that, what you will learn in just the first three modules will justify the cost of the course.

So, as an affiliate of Farragoz, I want to remind my readers of the SPECIAL DISCOUNT I have available.

You can still take advantage of the one time payment of $99 for the 12 month course until May 30, 2014. The current discounted one time payment is $150. That's an additional $51 savings for you. There are also two additional discounted easy payment options.

Click HERE,  and you will be taken to the Villabarnes Special Discount page, for all the details. You can also click on the FARRAGOZ banner on my sidebar.

If you're new to my site, you can read all about my decision to partner with Farragoz HERE.

You can also take a look at just a few of my personal projects I've completed using the homemade paint recipes from the course, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

This is not a paid post.  FARRAGOZ has enrolled me in their course to give an honest review.  All opinions are my own.  My decision to become a FARRAGOZ affiliate, and extend this discounted offer, was based on my impression of the course.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Cheese Box Redo and Friends/Customers

If you're a cheese box purist, close your eyes.

Yes, the box above is a cheese box I transformed with clay appliques I made,

and layers of paint.

Now, it's a decorative box that can be used for a multitude of things.

After picking up a bag full of clothespins, I put them in the box to count, and, to organize them.  An idea I got from my friend Sharon, who sells cheese boxes stuffed with clothespins.

Anyway, I liked the way they looked in my newly redesigned box.

My intention was to take it to my next show.  However, my friend Joy, aka Savvy City Farmer, stopped by, and............well, I have to make another one now.

I always love seeing my busy friend. She's also a great customer.

Hmmmmm, after my last sale, with friends/customers like Yolanda of The Junk Fairy

loading up,

and, Joy, I think I need to get back to work on the load for my next show.

Because, most of what you see here, is gone.

The abyss is looking kinda sparse too.

I don't mind. Actually, I'm thrilled. I'm grateful for my friends/customers.  They're confidants, and, they keep me on the hunt.

See ya soon.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Two Upcoming Markets

Remember when I said I have a lot coming up?  Well, here are a couple things that will be keeping me busy.

Firstly,  I'll be returning to the Hunt and Gather Market in Crown Point, IN next month. It's always a blast.  You can get more info HERE.

Next up, Three French Hens French Country Market.  Not only will I be one of the vendors in July,

but, my friend Traci of Whimsy, has asked me to do a mini workshop at her luncheon.

The cost you see is for the luncheon.  There is no cost to attend the market. You can get more info on the Three French Hens Market HERE.

Busy, busy, busy.

Some of you have already informed me that you will be at one, or, both events.  I'm always excited to see my old friends, and, meet new ones.

See ya soon.

Friday, May 9, 2014

More Pink Milk Glass?

What are the odds????

Remember the somewhat rare Jeannette Shell Pink Milk Glass Butterfly set I found recently?

Well, today, while hubby and I were out cruising for sales, I found a Jeannette Shell Pink Milk Glass Punch Bowl Set.  Happy Dance.

Remember, I rarely buy glass.  However, I couldn't hand the lady my money fast enough for this set.

There's a punch bowl, with stand, 12 cups, and, ladle. Whoop Whoop. It's also in fabulous condition.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Paint, Rust, and Events

I've been playing with paint and rust.

Remember the white iron urn I asked you about recently?

I added a bit more texture, and, color.

I used layers of my homemade paint from the Farragoz course, along with a few tricks of my own. Note the rusty spots.

I gave this birdbath a slightly different look.

Things are getting real busy around here.  I have several events on the horizon.  I'll post all the details soon.

Here are a few of the things that'll be keeping me busy.
  1. I'm teaching a painting workshop later this month.
  2. I'll be a vendor at the fabulous "Hunt and Gather" market this June, in Crown Point, IN.
  3. I'll be selling at my friend Traci's "Three French Hens" market in July.  I'll be teaching a mini workshop at the luncheon that day as well.
Oh, yes.  I'm having a sale this Saturday.

See ya soon.