Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Prayer

Well hello groovy people!!  I'm so terribly sorry I haven't posted in so long! Shortly after my last post I jumped into finishing some client projects so that I could start on inventory for the Eastern Shore Outdoor Show that is held in conjunction with the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Arts and Crafts Festival in Fairhope every year.  I'll post more on this later, just mentioning it now because it is the reason I haven't posted in so long.  I have been trying to catch up ever since the show!

My son is on spring break and today I am chaperoning a bunch of teenage boys. Since the weather is so bad today we are all stuck inside sooooooo that means I have time to post. Lucky you!! You might even get more than one post!  I know, you're thrilled aren't you?!  haha  

Here is a sweet project I did a while back that I have really been wanting to share. My client recently built a house and everyday she would visit the site and say this prayer:

And every morning since they moved in she says this prayer

So she asked me to paint it for her and now it hangs in the kitchen of her new home.  How sweet is that?!

Hoping your home is filled with love, laughter, birthdays and anniversaries!!


Saturday, February 1, 2014

What's Your Fave Color?

Y'all will be surprised when you figure out that this post is not about painting.  Not about furniture. Not about art.  Nope, it is about football.  Those who know me personally know that the extent of my knowledge regarding the game of football includes touch downs and field goals, and sadly that's about it.  When my son played I had to pretend I knew what was going on.  One game when Mr. Flower Child wasn't there to explain everything to me I completely missed Flower Bud playing altogether.  At the end of the game I was trying to comfort him because he didn't get to play when he says "Mom, I played the whole second half, I played nose guard!"  Oops!  I tried to cover my you-know-what and immediately responded "Oh!  Well, that's why I didn't see you because you always play in that other position."  Secretly I'm thinking "Oh crap!"  and then I was thinking "What the heck is a nose guard? and what is that other position he normally plays?  crap, crap, crap, totally messed up on this one."  I tried to tell him that I had missed seeing him go in because I was giving play-by-plays via text to his daddy.  Pretty sure he didn't fall for it, but hey, what else are you supposed to say to your child when you've already admitted that you didn't even know he was in the game????  That was the night I knew I had to get my act together and learn about this game that my son enjoyed playing so much.

But, then I was saved because he started high school the next year and while he had planned to play football AND do band AND do the IB program, the high school told him differently so he had to make a choice.  He agonized for weeks, but then he finally chose band.  Secretly I was glad.  Mainly because I no longer had to worry about him getting hurt, but selfishly I was relieved that I didn't have to actually learn all those dang rules.  I could stick with my normal plan of action.  Pick the team with the colors I liked best, or the cutest quarterback.  Seriously, that's what I do.  I mean other than the Auburn Tigers and the Fairhope Pirates, I could care less. 

I love going to the games.  I love the atmosphere and the socialization.  I like going to the parties  and tailgating because there is always yummy food.  But the only time I have ever really paid attention to what was happening on the field was when my son was on it, and then only so I could make sure he didn't get hurt and so I could take pictures.  (In the pic below he is #73)

So tonight at the dinner table the subject of "the" game comes up.  Mr. Flower Child and Flower Bud are discussing logistics and what-not when I pipe in and say that I just didn't know who I was going to pull for.  They kindly stop and look at me so I continue.  I explained that I thought that I had it all figured out because you know the Broncos had my favorite colors of orange and blue AND that yummy Peyton Manning.

But then I found out that the Seahawks had Derrick Coleman on their team and I so admired his determination and the fact that he never gave up even when they told him he couldn't play football because he was deaf.  And, although their colors aren't blue and gold, they are blue and lime green and lime green is like my all time fave color.  

Mr. Flower Child politely says, well now, that is a good reason to pull for a team, and then continues his conversation with Flower Bud.

Yep, they love me.

So which team has your favorite colors?


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

New Booth

I mentioned a while back that my family and I opened a new booth at a local antique mall.  I was going to wait to share photos because we have a little more work to do on it, but since we are "snowed in" (never thought I'd use that term! and, no we aren't really snowed in, more like sleeted (?) in) and I'm fighting a horrible cold and don't feel creative so I thought I'd go ahead and share a few pics with y'all.  This is something I will be doing with my husband and my son, so instead of Flower Child Designs it will be called "Serenity."  We have a few ideas in the works that I hope to share later, but for now I'll share what we have done so far.

Mr. Flower Child helped me build this "wall" using some old bed springs and some old columns I put together from bits and pieces.  He wasn't too keen on the idea at first, but I kept telling him it was going to be fabulous.  I could tell he didn't quite believe me, but when we were done, I said "I'd really like to use this in our house" and what does he say?  Well, Mr. Doubting-His-Wife's-Design-Abilities says "Yeah, wouldn't it make a really cool headboard." Told him it was going to be really cool when we were done.  You would think after spending 25+ billion years with me he would know better...

Isn't this lamp so cool?!  We call it the Frankenstein lamp.

I love these marble lamps!  If we end up not selling our house and I start doing a make-over these just might have to come home with me!  (shhhh!!! Don't tell Mr. Flower Child!)

Here's the backside of the "wall."  And, yes, I know I need to write something on my chalkboard, but at this point I have noticed the time and I needed to rush to the paint store before it closed (yes, I made it there 15 minutes before closing, but luckily the paint guy really likes me!)  Do y'all remember Thelma and Louise?  If not you can read about them here.  I just know that someday someone is going to fall in love with them and just have to take them home with them.  They are very unique and will need someone as unique as they are to love them the way I do!

Well that's it for now.  Like I said, we have some ideas we are working on, but I think we are off to a good start.  

Hope you liked what you saw, and most of all I hope it brought you a little serenity.


P.S.  If you are local and would like to see it in person it is located at the Daphne Antique Galleria (the building across the street from Target with the blue roof, next to Rama Imports).  It is kind of in the middle of the store, but you can ask the front desk to show you Booth TAD (T for Tracy A for Alex and D for Debbie). Thanks!

Friday, January 24, 2014

A Little Restoration Hardware Deconstructed Action

Last October when I went to Franklin, Tennessee I picked up a couple of little Victorian chairs.  Originally I planned to do a distressed silver leaf finish.  It was going to be so cool!  But, after stripping them I removed the fabric and look what I found!:

Who would have thought all that coolness was hiding underneath this:

So my original plan went out the window (although I still think they would have looked really cool with that distressed silver leaf finish, but I'll eventually find the right chairs for that particular finish).  I mean people are paying mega bucks for that deconstructed look and here it was practically handed to me. 

I was going to add some gray wash to it, but then decided to leave it alone. 

I mean, why mess with it when it was practically perfect the way it was?

I just love that rustic finish!  

So I just added a couple of coats of clear wax.

And how about all that yummy burlap!!  LOVE!  Here's a back view:

I really love this one with the printed burlap:

I will admit that the seats are a little prickly when you sit on them, but let's be honest, these chairs really aren't for sitting, they're just for looks.  Really awesome looks!  Of course, this look isn't for everyone.  Personally I love it, but I can certainly understand if it isn't for you.  I'll be putting them in our booth, but secretly I'm hoping they don't sell (don't tell Mr. Flower Child!). If you are local be sure to drop by the Daphne Antique Galleria and check them out in person!


Tuesday, January 7, 2014


I'm sorry I have been away so long.  It is well established that I am a horrible blogger.  I don't mean to be neglectful and go so long between posts, but sometimes I get overwhelmed and sadly the blog suffers.  Shortly after my last post I was informed that booth space was available at an antique mall where I had been on a waiting list.  This is something I will be doing with my husband and my son, and I'll share more about that later.  Of course it was Thanksgiving so my husband and I literally threw it together in like a week! Then I went straight into Christmas mode.  I didn't have as many houses this year, but enough to keep me busy starting the week before Thanksgiving and then I went right into Christmas orders.  It was busy, busy, but good!  When Christmas was over I did something I had not done in quite a while, I TOOK A BREAK!  Yep, I did, no blogging, no Facebooking (except personal) and no work.  I spent time with my family and basically taking it easy.  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas as well!

So y'all know I paint furniture and do other crafty things, but few of you know that my first love is painting on canvas.  I only began painting about four years ago and with the exception of several workshops and a few classes at our local art center I am pretty much self-taught.  I had always wanted to paint, but because I am so anal I would never allow myself because I knew I would never be happy with what came out on the canvas, I knew I would never be able to get it to look like what was in my head and that it would drive me crazy.  Then one day a friend called me and said she a group of her friends had been taking a workshop form a local artist in town and asked me to join them.  I was hesitant at first because I knew I'd probably drive myself crazy, but then decided to just go with a good attitude and just have fun.  Well, I had fun alright.  I cannot tell you what it felt like, like it was something I was always supposed to do.  I was so excited that when I got home I cried while telling my husband about it!  And that's how it started and I've been painting ever since! I do have my funny little rules tho, like you'll notice I mainly paint abstracts or in a whimsical nature.  I will NEVER allow myself to paint something that is supposed to look realistic. I.would.drive.myself.bonkers!  No.lie! 

Because of my limited experience and lack of formal training I do struggle quite a bit getting what I want on the canvas, but I persevere, sometimes repainting a canvas numerous times.  But when it's right and its flowing there is no better feeling!  That's how it was with this painting.  It just happened. Originally I was painting a corn field.  Yep, you read that right, a corn field. But this is what came out:

Nope, that's not a corn field.  Apparently God had something else in mind because this is what he guided my hands to do.  

It isn't often I am totally and completely happy with a painting.  There is always some little something I wish I had done differently.

But this one, well, I'm pretty happy with it.  

So happy, that when I was done, I cried.

I hope you like it too!  I have named it "Watching" because I feel like they are watching over me.

Best wishes for a new year filled with blessings and lots of angels watching over you!


Monday, November 11, 2013

Graduation Gifts

When I go on road trips I like to take little projects with me to work on while I'm in the car.  On a recent road trip I took a project that I had been trying to get to all summer.  Believe it or not it was a couple of graduation gifts.  Yep I said gradation gifts.  I apologize, but since I did this in the car I don't have step-by-step photos, just the finished product, but I think you guys can figure it out.  I got the basic idea from Pinterest, just put my spin on it.  I had already created some art pieces that I will also share with you, but I wanted to do something with the invitations.

The first one is for a local high school graduate. 

I cut the invitation in strips then rolled each strip and inserted it into the ornament.  The invitation also included a senior portrait.  I planned to insert it inside the ornament, but I wanted it to be visible from both sides so I copied it onto vellum then cut it to fit the ornament.

Then I tied ribbon in the school colors of blue and gold on top.  The mascot is a Pirate so I also included some ribbon that had skull and cross-bones.  Cute, huh?  Guess that was a side benefit of not getting it done in the summer as planned because you can only get skull and cross-bone ribbon at Halloween!

The other one was for a college graduate.  I basically followed the same steps, minus the photograph since one wasn't included.

I also gave them each a piece of artwork I created.  I call them graduation crosses.  I wanted to create something that reminded them of the fun times and memories made of their time spent there, but I didn't want it to shout out "Auburn University" or "Fairhope High School." Hopefully it is something they will display because they want to and not because they feel obligated to. They are heavily textured and heavily glazed so that the colors are muted and not "in your face."

On the back I wrote "Let God's love guide the way."  I thought it appropriate. One would need God's love and guidance on her college journey and the other would need His love and guidance on her journey into adulthood.

And if you think about it, don't we all need to let God's love guide the way regardless of what journey we are on?


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sweet Sideboard Update

Remember that gorgeous sideboard I shared with you guys a few weeks ago? Well, after it was pushed back into place and you turned the overhead lights on it was a little too blue, as in baby blue, so I had to go work on it some more.  While we are talking about gray looking blue I'll give you a little lesson on color. Most people think you just mix white and black to get gray, and that is true to a point, but what most people don't know is that you mix blue and brown to make black so that is where the bluish tint comes from.  If it is too blue you can try adding some red or brown, but in this case I was using milk paint so sometimes I would get more blue pigment when mixing it.  Normally that would have been fine, and that's what I like about the milk paint when painting something to look old because it sometimes gives you varying shades, but in this case it was all good 'til you turned the lights on then it was kinda baby blue.  Here it is today (sorry about that shadow, a really good photographer would have noticed that, I'm not a really good photographer... or a really good blogger...):

Here is a pic of the "before" (I tried to do side-by-side for y'all, but it is really a big ol' pain in the you-know-what and as much as I luv y'all after trying for like a friggin' hour I decided you guys could just pretend they are side-by-side. Maybe y'all can print the pictures out and hold them side-by-side???  just kidding!)

I know its kinda hard to see the difference, but I'll share some more up-close pics and then maybe you can tell.  Basically I did a wash with dark gray paint, kinda like white-washing, but with gray.  You can see the bluish tone in the first photo below, and the more gray tone in the second photo.

She also wanted me to tone down the contrast between the white and the gray.

Here are a few more for ya:

I also added an even darker mixture to the top:

I luv it even more now!  Personally, had I been painting it on my own and not under anyone's direction I probably would have done this last step anyway, but I was trying to stay close to the inspiration photo.  So now you know how to change the tone of a color without having to repaint the whole thing.

Hope y'all enjoy it as much on the second go-round as you did the first!


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