Sunday, March 24, 2013

Studio Kitchen - finished!

The latest project at the STUDIO is complete.  All done on a shoe string!   Heres what we did and where things came from if you are interested: The indoor/outdoor (hose them down) black and white polka dot rugs can be found online at Ballard Designs.  I got the 2 chairs as a Christmas Gift again online at Amazon.  They come in a box and you have to put them together but well worth the $65- for 2.  The table I bought for $8- at the Goodwill outlet.  I have had the red and white gingham fabric for years (made 3 curtains with it) The No Swimming sign was found at an old friends farm (ie-ditch at the back of the property-a farmers junk yard:) The red pendant lamp came from LOWES.  Everything was painted from floor to ceiling (trust me it was bad before...smoking does the worst things to your house)  The little untensil clock was a gift years ago from my Mom, (I think she bought it at the Cracker Barrel) it goes great in here.  Im really happy with how it turned out.  Again, it took a village to complete this! 

you can take the GIRL out of the country but, you can't take the country out of the GIRL

 Not that I was raised on a farm, we had a acre.  But, my Grandparents lived on 5 acres and my Dad plowed, disked and grew lots of vegetables on those acres.  He was the guy you would see driving around on his FORD tractor in our neighborhood plowing gardens for everyone in the spring.  I always LOVED seing him ride in on that Tractor.  SPRING always makes me think of him. We had cats, rabbits and ducks growing up.  My Mom had chickens, sheep and even a mule.  I tease Ed all the time about getting a goat and chickens.  If I had a different husband you betcha I would have these little critters.  I tend to gravitate to the country still when I am out and about looking for merch to re-sale.  Love these little Chicken baskets.  Made of Bamboo, wicker and even a button eye.
Currently for SALE at
SPRING is coming! (after we get one more snow storm:)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

the little the studio

 Today I put the finishing touch on the little tiny studio bathroom.  It has been painted, painted and painted some more.  The little old lady that lived here before must of spent many hours each day smoking on the "john".  The nicotine on the ceiling was so bad that it was sanded with an electric sander, painted with Kilz primer, painted with 2 coats of white paint and then finally we had to give in and paint it turquoise due to the nicotine still coming through.  Another reason not to smoke, it is horrible for your house. I hung the print I bought from the wonderfully talented Jenny and Aaron over at
Her name is Penny and she fits in perfectly with the nylons hanging below and the turquoise on the ceiling.  Her frame is from Hobby Lobby (40% off coupon)I told Jenny that I will think of them when I am in this room!  HA! I think turquoise is quickly becoming my favorite color. 
 Again, so thankful fro my brother Roger.  He did everything in here including putting in this lovely affordable faucet.  Under $35- at the Home Depot.  It is possible to make things look good on a budget.   
 I picked this up at Salvage Sisters in Franklin, Indiana awhile back and knew I couldn't leave the shop without it.  Who knew the focus of Speedway Indiana was once Beauty Culture.  :)  I'm going to have to look into this.
 Old fixture, painted ceiling.
 I have had this wire head since I had my store so about 14 years or more ago.  It has hung everywhere in my homes or shop through the years.  I have tried to get rid of it a few times but, it keeps finding a reason to stay.  I love this polka dot dress. It isn't vintage but, I love it anyway. (hanging over the toilet)
 The Scrabble board waste basket that my Mom and I made fits in real good here.
 The fixture came out of my store.  It is really an outdoor light but, I love it here.  Tri-fold mirror is original to the house.  I bought the shower curtain at is so sweet white lace over soft gray.  Perfect for this room.  Still lets some daylight through.
 Sweet Penny print by Jenny and Aaron.  Check their blog out too 
I wish the room wasn't so very small.  It's hard to photograph.  But, I am so happy to have the floor replaced, the lights up, new faucet, the door working, the drain fixed in the tub, smell removed and a new shower head.  The bathtub is full of shipping boxes right now but, I like knowing that everything is in good working order.  The place is nearly finished....more to come!

Friday, March 8, 2013

What's OLD is NEW again!

 I am so lucky to have a very successful brother who is currently unemployed. (not so good for him and the fact is he has been interviewing like crazy and will be gainfully employed real soon)  He has been without a job since January 1st and I have been so lucky to have him available to do all the things that needs done in my house and studio.  I have crossed 26 items off a long list and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It has been so nice to have all this done. (can you tell how happy I am that this is done!!!!) So, we live in a old traditional 4 square.  Basically 4 rooms on each floor.  It was build in the early 1920's.  Even though we bought it 3 years ago from a realtor that flipped it we havent really put "my" spin on things until now.   The house painted beige throughout and there were many details that needed upgraded.  So....
 this is the bathroom on the second floor.  It is big and we would love to put in a nice tiled shower but, getting this beautiful claw foot tub out of here is not all that easy.  So on the list is replacing the faucet.  No shower here just tub.  The wall is painted cracked pepper which I love so much.  I hung 3 original prints by Indiana artists above the tub.
 The striped curtains came from the bedroom of the last house we lived in and I have had this great old wooden first aid kit for years.  We also replaced a faucet and replaced the overhead light with a school house light from Home Depot.
 This outdoor light from Lowes was painted with the new Rust-oleum Metallic Paint and Primer in one - Oil Rubbed Bronze I saw this color on PINterest.  This light replaces the most horrible of lights.  It was a white base with 4 tulip was way over due to be replaced.  I would love to put a nice wood frame over the mirror but, that is down the road.  The horrible oak cabinet from the early 1990's was also painted black.
I should buy a plant or something for the tub.  We aren't big claw foot tub folks.  They look good and have a romantic notion about them but, the truth is they aren't that wide nor that deep. You have to really step into them and when you have a shower curtain on them the curtain sticks to you.  There is a reason why people have different tubs today.  I hope you have enjoyed my bathroom tour.  There is more I will show you in the future!  

Friday, March 1, 2013

My new Favortie Magazine Flea Market Style

 Im not a fan of the $10.99 and up magazine but, this one I buy.  They aren't kidding when they say 345 fresh ideas.  I have been thrifting and upcycling and being an artist for years and there is stuff in this magazine I have never seen before.
 Inside is filled with great colors, great projects and eye candy! 

They have a great section of nothing but ideas using paint by numbers and who doesn't love that!!!
Go out and get yourself some Flea Market LOVE!!!!!