Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Little Frenchy Chairs, and a Cool Color Website...

I Finally found some dining chairs that I love, love, love...

they are so sweet 
and their little backs curve so that they work perfectly with my round table 

It's like they hug the table

I posed one with some sweet little white flowers

I bought these flowers at Whole Foods and I love them too!

I don't know the name of the flower though...
do you?

 Here is the chair before i painted it

If i could have,  i would have left the cane brown
and painted the rest white...

But it was impossible because there is double caning
 on the front and the back!

so i just sprayed away

There is only one problem with them though...

they are fragile
and creaky

and there are some little cracks at the joints
 I can tell that if you sat in them and leaned back
they might just fall apart!

Here is a seam, and if i wiggle it, the cracks gets more open
 does that make sense?

Of course now i'm a little obsessed about it
and always wiggling them to see if they are ok
which of course, is probably making them worse!
  anyway, i drizzled some wood glue down in there... 
but it's still pretty iffy

I was thinking of getting some thin plywood made for the seats and gluing or tacking it down to support those joints
and then having little white linen seat cushions with ruffles made for it

Is that a crazy idea?

Anyone know how to make a chair like this more solid and sturdy?

Any suggestions welcome!

I don't want to have chairs we're so worried about breaking that we don't even want to sit on them!


Ok, now I want to show you guys this cool site i found

We are working on upgrading our webpage at work
and the guy who is doing it asked me to go to this site to get color ideas

i was in color heaven

I couldn't stop

If you like playing with color you will have a ball in here

Here is an example of what i did with one of my paintings

You can upload a photo and it will show you all the colors in the photo
It will show a color sample version
in bright
and dark
and muted colors

...all kinds of ways...

this is the site

You can go in and play without having to log in or create an account

I can think of so many ways to use this...
Like picking out a certain fabric or wallpaper or whatever
and separating out the color options
It will even show opposite colors and complementary colors
It's awesome!

So go check it out and have fun

beware... it is addictive!

...the end... 



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pillows, Sofas, Little Birds, Makeovers, You Name it...

So my finger slipped and somehow i accidentally published a post with nothing in it...   and i was like, holy crap, how do i unpublish it... !!  Of course, with the new format i couldn't even figure out how to get to posts for 5 minutes... Geeeeshhh...!
I don't even know if ya'll saw the accidental post...

Anyway, here we go with some glorious randomness...  well, not really so glorious, but definitely randomness...

I'm also gonna ramble as i go along, i haven't talked to you guys in a while...

check out this cute pillow i found at the Thrift Shop the other day

I was a little iffy on the color, thinking it was maybe too apricot
but when i got it home 
I LOVED it  

It helps with my new green sofa

i don't actually want to have a green sofa...

I actually want to have a white slipcovered sofa

and what's even crazier than that is....

That i HAD a white slipcovered sofa

which i have now put up for sale!

and it was cute, oh yes it was!

soooo you ask, why fix it if it ain't broke!!!???

  I know, i know, i've got some splaining to do!

Well, it might look really cottagy and cute...
but it was not comfortable for two people to sit on

with those two big back pillows, and it was not very deep

so if mr. fractured and i try to sit on it together, parts of our body would dangle off the edge, or sink between the two middle cushions

also the Mr. has insomnia
and ends up on the sofa half of the night with the light on reading because he dosen't want to wake me
and it was sooo not a good sleeping sofa for a 6 foot tall man

Plus the pillows would get all wonkified and messy, and it got on my nerves
 a touch OCD ya know...

Sooo, one day i found this girl...

She has one big seat cushion
and she's a little longer

 i like her curves
and she's deeper, so you can get all scooched up in there and be comfy
No back pillows to get all messy and crooked, just a plain back 

I know she's not nearly as cute right now

but once she's slipcovered with a big ruffly skirt
I think she'll be wonderful

now i just have to wait for my fabric

I consider it an investment in having the just right sofa


but i have to be patient

and i am sooooooo completely, utterly NOT patient, ever!
I hate being patient! 

here is little Daisy having a good sleep on the sofa,

can you even see her?
she loves the furry throw

and deeply approves of the sofa...

now we all three fit on there nicely!

 for now, anything that 'cuts' the green and keeps it all from being too muddy looking is great

and the pink pillow does just that!
actually it's not a bad green
my sister calls this "pond scum" green
and "pond scum" green can work with alot of colors! 

Anyway, speaking of pillows...
at least i think i was speaking of pillows...
i have made a new blog friend!

her name is Teresa
and she has a great blog...
it is called:

 She's amazing...
She has taken a double wide mobile home and made it look like it should be in a romantic country magazine!

You should visit and scroll down a few posts and see the authentic looking farmhouse table she and her husband just finished!!

Anyway, she made me the cutest pillow ever for a surprise
and i LOVE it

isn't it sweet and just perfect for my house!

check out the pretty details

little mother of pearl buttons
...raw edged ruffles

 precious little rosette in the center!

I have tried it in every room in my house!

it's perfect everywhere
but for now, it has ended up in the bedroom... 

 thank you Teresa!

 Ok... lets go to subject #92

 Check out the cute little birdie i found at TJ Maxx the other day

Now is the time to start watching for fun spring items before they get picked over!

and since i've now moved from sofas to pillows and now birds...
all these transitions actually make sense to me 

remember the painting from my last post with the white blossoms and little bird in it

well i repainted it with a darker, more gray background, 

 basically the same painting, just a little different!


Ok, one last subject, i promise

You may know i sell my paintings at this adorable shop in Hillsborough, NC.
My friend and her two partners run the shop
they are so talented
Anyway, they do makeovers, room redos... etc.

check out this room they just finished...



using panorama on my iphone.. 

I died over these window treatments
the little blinds were like a sea grass linen combo, and look like gauze... oh my gosh

 isn't that amazing!

I'm gonna post more details about it on her blog soon

I also just want to let you guys know, i'm having a hard time keeping up with everyone's posts these days...

I've also been trying  to be more present in the world around me  
and attempting to be less of an obsessive compulsive computer geek 

I mean, there is -


i'm sure i've missed something!

how in the name of heaven does one keep up with it all!!??   

The problem is, if i don't keep up with everyone
i feel like i'm missing something 

I'm guessing you know how that feels...

There has to be balance in here somewhere...


So anyway, i'm workin on it

the balance part that is..

...the end...