Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"Ugly Blue" kinda day

Okay, I have to admit that I've really been blue today, and I don't mean that Annie Sloan "pretty blue" either.  I mean a real feel sorry for me, down in the dumps, just want to cry kinda day.  A real "ugly blue" kinda day. I'm sure those of you who know me are wondering what the heck is going on 'cause I don't normally "allow" myself to feel this way.  I have no reason to feel sorry for myself, I have a wonderful husband, a beautiful, caring son who is a tremendous blessing to me, a beautiful home (and I'm not talking about what it looks like, although I do think its pretty), I'm healthy and so is my family and those close to me.  I know I have several people who love and care about me, so what reason do I have to be "ugly blue?"  Well, I did it to myself.  First, I got my feelings hurt by something somone else did.  Then, I made the huge mistake of comparing myself to others.  While taking a little break I was scoping out FB on my Flower Child Design page and saw a new page that looked interesting.  So I hop on over there and check out all this cool furniture.  Luvin' what I see so I hop on over to her blog.  That's when I did it.  I noticed that she's a new blogger like me, but unlike me she has like a gazillion followers.  I have two very loyal followers.  She's been featured on like a trillion blogs.  I've only been featured on one.  She has like thousands of fans on FB, I can't keep the ones I have much less build it up.  So after I get myself in a good snit I make myself get up and get back to work.  The whole time I'm working I'm questioning why I'm wasting my time.  No one (no offense Lucy and Marni) is following my blog and no one's really buying my stuff.  They order it then they don't come pick it up.  As I sit out in my "work shop" with an abundance of very pretty ribbon (that normally makes me smile) that I have spent a small fortune on, I question God.  Why did He give me this gift if I'm not supposed to use it!  I've put my trust and my faith in Him and He is letting me down! Oh yeah, I'm in a real snit alright.  I have no friends or at least none that invite me to do anything, no one likes my stuff, no one follows my blog, I can't get my fan base up on my FB page, no one ever comments on my FB page, I can't get other business page owners to share or like my page even though I share and like theirs. I'm working like 14 hour days everyday, I'm covered in paint, sweat and sawdust and I smell to high heaven.  Yep, God is really letting me down.  Yep, a VERY "ugly blue" kinda day.  And then my phone beeped to let me know someone had tagged me in photo on FB.  When I looked this is what I saw:



Remember that trunk I painted for Baby Maddox?  Well his mamma used it in his first official portrait.  Wow!!  how special is that?  something I created was used for something so special.  Guess that teaches me to question God. 


So I'm gonna put on my big girl panties, put a smile on my face and get back to work!  Life is too short and too precious to wallow in self-pity.  Each day is a blessing from God and I don't intend to waste any more of this one with a frown on my face.  So will anyone read this besides my two loyal followers?  Who knows, doesn't matter 'cause I'm over feeling sorry for myself. If I never get more than two followers on this blog, well that's okay with me as long as they are happy with what they see.  Same goes for my FB page.  As long as the people who are following it are happy with what they see then that's all that matters to me.  My goal is to put a smile on your face.  When I quit my job to pursue this I wasn't nervous at all because I had faith!  Whenever I question that decision God usually puts me back on track, I just have to listen.  Sometimes He really has to yank my chain, but He's always there for me, and this knowledge makes me:


Peace-N-Luv!
Debbie
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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Oven Grate Message Board

The other day I was at my local Goodwill (also a daily haunt of mine) and saw these oven grates.  I was needing something in the retail space I rented to display my business license and perhaps other postings.  So when I got home I pulled a couple rolls of ribbon (yes, black and white and chartreuse are my fave color combos, can you tell?)


I cut a couple strips of the ribbon.  I didn't measure, just kind of eyeballed it.


Then I put the ribbons together and tied the two grates together like this. 


I tied a couple more strips of ribbon at the top just to cutsify it a little. I started to add more, then I told myself to step.away.from.the.ribbon... 

You can either use those alligator clips or clothes pins to attach whatever you wish.


I think it turned out pretty cute!


Peace-N-Luv!
Debbie
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Fall Wreath with Birdnest

While I was playing with my new ribbon I also made this fall wreath.  I love that brown plaid silk ribbon!!  and that pine branch with the birdnest is too sweet!  Sometimes I really I wish I didn't have to sell the things I make...








Peace-N-Luv!
Debbie
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Fall Wreath

I got some new ribbon in the other day and I've been dying to find time to play with it.  Yesterday I decided I wasn't going to paint anything, I spent the whole day making wreaths and bows!  I had to get my girly girl on.  So I made a couple of fall wreaths.  Here is one.  I luv, luv, luv this color combo!  I wish I had taken a better close-up of the plaid ribbon so you could see that tiny strip of chartreuse running through it, then you would see there is a reason I put that bright chartreuse ribbon with that olive green ribbon - lol! (Although I might have done that anyway even without that little touch of chartreuse in the plaid ribbon - lol!  I like odd color combos). 






Happy fall y'all!

Peace-N-Luv!
Debbie

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Burlap Action

You don't have to live in Alabama to know that you have to make THE choice, and I think you all know what I'm talking about. 


But let me just say...



regardless of THE choice, every southern girl loves a little burlap action!


Peace-N-Luv!
Debbie
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Susie

This is Susie.  Susie begged me to help her out and give her a makeover.  She said she wanted to look pretty.  I immediately thought of that "pretty blue" (and no people, I promise I don't paint EVERYTHING that "pretty blue"). 


So I very lovingly painted her with that "pretty blue."


And then I distressed her and let some of her inner beauty shine through!






Peace-N-Luv!
Debbie
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Baby Blue

I found this wooden high chair and thought it would look really cute painted and distressed, so I brought it home.  The other day I was painting several things with that "pretty blue" color and I thought this high chair would look good in that color, especially since I'm getting the feeling that its a boy!  lol!  I seem to go through spells - either all my furniture is female or its all male.



Here he is all painted before distressing.


And here he is all distressed and waxed.  Isn't he sweet!







Peace-N-Luv!
Debbie
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Henry

Here is Henry. Yes, another MIA before picture, sorry. Henry reminds me of a butler. Don't know why, just the image I get in my head. He's very stately. And while, I picture black, white and gray when I think of butlers, I didn't want to paint Henry black, white or gray. I chose a yellow and gray color scheme that is so popular now.



I wasn't real sure about this color scheme in the beginning, but it’s starting to grow on me.




and I luv, luv, luv Henry's legs!

Peace-N-Luv!
Debbie

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Dave

Here's Dave.  Sorry, no before photo, this is one of those MIA pics, but let's just say he was a little rough around the edges.  No paint, no stain, but good structure and really groovy legs! Someone asked me one time how I know if something is male or female. Well, I just feel it.  This piece struck me as a male. Reminds me of some fisherman hanging out at one of those waterfront bars like in Maryland or someplace like that.   Its kind of the same with their name.  While I'm working on the piece I usually talk to it (yeah, I'm freaky that way) and a name usually just comes to me.  But I digress (happens a lot with me).  So here's Dave.


He has really groovy feet too!



Just check out those legs!  Dave has it goin' on!



Peace-N-Luv!
Debbie
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Bianca's Bench

The other day on one of my daily trips to Hobby Lobby (I swear it feels that way!) I run into Bianca and she says "hey, how much would you charge me to paint a small bench."  Well, I look at her like she has three eyes because hellooooo she's The Sign Lady!  That's right, Bianca is the lady who paints all those cuuuuuute signs and she's asking ME to paint HER bench.  So I give her a price and she drops it off later that day.  I discover it when I go outside and see something new among all my "treasures" under my carport.  (I'm sure my neighbors are loving this new venture of mine)  Anyway, here's this super cute bench waiting for me to doll her up.  She's nothing like what I expcted.  I was expecting, well, you know, a bench, not this cute setee (that has lots of spindles - you know I tell everyone that chairs are the spawn of Satan, because of all those spindles - lol!)

 

Well, luckily for Bianca, I have some other things to paint the same color she has chosen for her bench (plus add in the factor that its super cute and I'm super excited to see the end result, so I get started).  I paint her in that pretty blue/turquoise/aqua color - I really don't know what to call it - Annie Sloan calls it Provence, but you people aren't going to know what "Provence" is if you dont paint with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, so I'm going with "pretty blue" because that's what everyone asks for when they ask me to paint something for them with that color.


After I paint her with that "pretty blue" paint, then I distress her and wax her and here she is now.  Super cute!!



Here are some close-ups:






Look, I even put hiney spots (ya know those places where the paint wears off where your hiney lands)


And this is where my story ends (get it ends, like your rear-end???  I know I crack me up too!)
Peace-N-Luv!
Debbie