Saturday, February 28, 2015


A great big thank you to all who entered the FARRAGOZ giveaway.  I sincerely appreciate your participation, and, as always, I wish I could give you all the prize. However, once again, I am extending a special course discount for you at the end of this post.

But, first, here is the winner.

The winner of the 12 month online FARRAGOZ course, is,

Becky McBride Wierzbicki

Congratulations,  Becky.  An email is on the way.

NOW, on to the  SPECIAL DISCOUNT.  FARRAGOZ has, once again, given me the go ahead to extend a fabulous discount offer to my readers.

Through March 31, 2015, the full cost of the course will be reduced to a one time payment of $99 for the 12 month course. 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.  Or, you can click on the FARRAGOZ banner on my sidebar.

Thanks again, everyone.

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.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

First Show of The Year, and, Giveaway Reminder

I'll, once again, be a vendor at the Hunt and Gather Market, in Crown Point, IN.

So, while the temps drop outside, I'm inside creating.

I'm looking forward to seeing all my regular customers, and, meeting new ones.

To my locals, mark your calenders.

ALSO, don't forget about my FARRAGOZ GIVEAWAY, going on now.  Enter for a chance to WIN A 12 MONTH ONLINE PAINTING COURSE, where you'll learn how to make everything you see in the next photo.

Click HERE to find out how to enter.

Monday, February 16, 2015


Here's another chance for you to win a 12 month online painting course from FARRAGOZ.

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.  Would you like to learn how to make all of the projects pictured here?  YOU CAN.

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 personal designs, and, projects.

The paint recipes are very versatile.  I've used the paint recipes on wood,

and, more recently, metal.

So, as an affiliate of Farragoz, I want to give my readers another opportunity to take advantage of the course.


Although the regular price of the course is $150.00, I can honestly say that what you'll learn is worth many times that cost.

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 more of my personal projects I've completed using the homemade paint recipes from the course, HEREHEREHERE, and HERE.

Want more info on the Farragoz course?  Just click HERE, or, on the Farragoz banner on my right sidebar.

So, if you would like to enter?   Just follow the instructions below.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Snow, Creations, and, Questions

I've been inside making these,

because this has been happening outside.

Yep, lots of snow.

So, what better way to spend my days, than creating little pieces of art.

I'm playing around with various weathered, and, rusty paint finishes.

Okay, I want to answer a couple questions I've been asked about my metal creations.

I don't use a machine to cut metal.  I do it all by hand. Sometimes I use tin snips, sometimes I use one of my many vintage industrial scissors.  I always sand the edges smooth.

As far as my finishes go, I experiment, A LOT.  If you're a long time reader, you know I'm a bit of a mad scientist.  Most of my work is artistic, not specific.  I use a little bit of everything, including some of the paint recipes from the Farragoz course.  I may use it alone, or, with some of my own mixtures, and, solutions.

The graphics in this post can be found at The Graphics Fairy.

I transferred the lettering you see, using the blender pen method.  You can find my tutorial HERE.

There are tons of tutorials in cyberspace.  Experiment with a few, and, be a bit of a mad scientist yourself.  Creativity requires some risk, and, the finished product may be a pleasant surprise.

I'll be adding these little creations to my Etsy.