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


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 and a group of her friends had been taking a workshop from 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!