Thursday, April 26, 2018


I've been laying low.  I've been getting a bit of rest, selling on Etsy, waiting for "Spring" to actually start here in the midwest, etc.  However, show season has arrived, so it's time to get going.

I'm getting ready for the "indoor" Vintage Faire in Minooka,IL this Sunday, April 29th.  You can get more info by clicking HERE.

This is just a small sampling of what I'll have.  Looking forward to seeing my locals.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Alright, so, I've been getting emails about some of my older posts.  Questions regarding my painting techniques, etc.  I can't tell you how many questions I've been asked about this stand I painted nearly 6 years ago.

If you've been following me for awhile, you know that my painting is more of an artistic approach.  I rarely do things exactly the same way twice.  I experiment a lot.  I layer until I get the look I want, and on and on.  Such was the case with this stand.  I don't always use the same paint.  The base color was a grey primer, but, I don't recall what brand.  This was followed with layers of paint in various shades of white and grey.  I highlighted the details with white.

If you want to know the basics, you can check out  my OLD WORLD FINISH tutorial by clicking HERE

I've used this basic technique many times as a finish, and, as a starter before going nuts with more layers.  Although it focuses on gesso, you can use watered down paint for a similar look.  One thing I always suggest is that you practice on a scrap piece of wood before tackling a big project.

I'm also a FARRAGOZ affiliate.  A great course on creating weathered finishes, like these projects I had fun transforming.

You can also learn how to mix your own gesso.

DISCLAIMER:  I get a commission if you decide to take the FARRAGOZ course HERE.  However, I honestly think this is one of the best courses for learning aged painting techniques.

On another note, I've decided to continue my ETSY discount of 15% off on orders of $20 or more.  It may be a permanent thing.

I'm very grateful for everyone who supports my shop.  I'm continually adding new items.

Visit my shop HERE.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


I just wanted to take the time to thank all of my Etsy customers for their support.  I'm continuing to add items until my show seasons goes into full swing.  The %15 off any order of $20 or more still applies.

Visit my shop HERE.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

ETSY Discount

For all my blog and Etsy supporters, I'm offering a 15% discount to any orders of $20 or more. The discount will be automatic at checkout thru March 20, 2018.

You can visit my shop by clicking HERE.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

First Show in 2018

Okay, I know this isn't much notice, but, my first show of the year will be The Vintage Faire in Minooka, IL.

That's this Sunday, February 25th.

Like I said, not much notice.  It was kinda last minute, but, I'll be ready.  I'm so ready for shows, flea markets, garage sales............This is a welcome start.

You can get more info on this market by clicking HERE.

Okay, gotta get back to work.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Drab to Fab Frames

If you saw my last post, you know it's been snowing like crazy in my area.  While waiting for the snow to melt (hopefully soon), I've started going through some of my plain frames, and, giving them a bit more character with paint and appliques.

Sorry, I don't have the before photos.  I was too busy diving into the transformations.

I created these appliques using castings from some of my salvaged findings.  If you've been following me for any length of time, you know I have an enormous stash of metal bits and pieces.

This pair sold quickly on my Etsy shop to one of my favorite customers.  Thanks Mary.

This frame was quite plain.  I added the cherub and ornate bits.  I used it to frame a piece of board I painted and transferred a Paris print onto.

I've always loved the shape of this old frame.  It was lying in the back of my garage.  But, again, it was a plain jane.  Not anymore.

I have more plain janes to pull out.  Some will be available in my Etsy shop.  You can visit by clicking HERE.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Working While It SNOWS

In my last post, I said I was ready for Spring.  I'm still ready. Quite ready.  It's snowing like crazy here.  While waiting for Spring, I've been working on my Etsy shop.

So, while it's doing this,

I'll be working on my Etsy shop.  You can visit HERE.

Monday, January 15, 2018


Yes, I'm still here, and, I'm already over winter.  Must be my age.  I'm slowly coming out of hibernation after a very busy year.  I need to get a jump on the many projects I have swirling around in my head.  Show season will be here before I know it.

I've been going through some of my past projects during my down time. It's funny how some of my favorite projects are some of simplest.  Like this galvanized pail.  An easy decoupage project that took a few minutes to do.  The beauty is in the image and the weathered pail.  You can find the image in my Etsy shop by clicking HERE.

I'm ready to dress up more pails, and, fill them with flowers.  I'm ready for spring.