Thursday, March 29, 2012

that's what friends are for...

What do you do when your friend asks you to help her get her booth ready for a show?
You say yes of course!
Tuesday night after the shop closed, Mary Ellen and I jumped right in and transformed one of her spaces.
The rustic farmhouse look...

Good bye burlap covered walls...

Was transformed into a softer, french inspired space that has a vintage dressing room feel to it...

 We covered some of the walls with a drop cloth to soften the space and brighten it for our At Home With White Show.

Mary Ellen has some great treasures in her three spaces to choose from.  We gathered pieces in blacks, whites and creams and added a bit of golds and metals for some interest.

When it is time to bring in her pieces for the show, this setting should be perfect to showcase her white treasures.
Take a peek in the corner...see the old folding screen?
We staged it to look like an old fashioned dressing room...

It was a lot of work (I have been sore for days) but it was so much fun!
Thanks for asking me to help Mary Ellen!
In her middle space we put together a display with some colors of Spring...

This display will be changed very soon for the show.
Just wait until you see what she is putting together!

Next week she is going to start transforming yet another one of her spaces and giving it a garden theme.
She asked me to help her again and I said yes...because that's what friends are for!

I am joining my friend Debra for Vintage Inspiration Friday.
Thank you all for stopping by ~ have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

one last peek...

Today for White Wednesday at Faded Charm I am going to share one last peek at my treasures headed for our At Home With White Show at the shop.
I am still gathering and painting but am putting some finishing touches on my displays.

Did I mention that I have my tent display set up in my house?
I do...right outside my studio, right next to my painting spot.
I need and like to be organized and ready.
Am I the only one who does this? 

I went out to the hydrangea bush in my yard and picked off the old blooms and tucked them here and there...

I found these wonderful old mill shoe racks while treasure hunting with Jim a few months ago.
I love the way the whites just pop against the aged wood...

Ironing is one task I do not like! 

I even hung the old shutters I painted that I will be using as "walls" in the tent...

Funny, both my kids said the same thing when they walked in the room...
"Mom, why is your booth set up in our house?"

Don't they know me by now?!!

I am also joining the lovely ladies of Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday!
Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, March 26, 2012

busy weekend...

I had a wonderful weekend ~ how about you?
I spent Saturday night with my girlfriends (and husbands) at Toby Keith's restaurant and had a wonderful time!
Thanks girls ~ can't wait 'til opening weekend at the campground!

I spent the rest of the weekend working on more of my "stuff" for the At Home With White Show.
I think I mentioned that I finally bought some AS paint, which I am using on some pieces.
I am still on the fence on whether I like it or not.

Over the weekend I also worked on a new look for the website for the shop, adding a photo of the new sign Mary Ellen had made.
I also updated our "Recent Finds" page with some great items that my fellow shop girls have been bringing in.
I thought I would share some of these with you today...

I really wanted to bring these chairs home with me...

The shop girls are also starting to bring some white pieces into their spaces as well.

I will be back on White Wednesday to share some final sneak peeks of my treasures headed for the show.
You can visit the shop's website for some sneak peeks from the other shop girls.   
Also, take a look at Mary Ellen's blog to see what she has been working on for the show.
Thank you again Mary Ellen for the little shout out you gave me on your blog! 

I want to thank you all for stopping by today and for all the nice comments on my last post for my son Jake!

Have a wonderful week!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

more white show sneak peeks...

White Wednesday is once again being celebrated over at Faded Charm and I am joining in to share with you some more sneak peeks for our upcoming At Home With White Show at the shop.

I picked this painting up a few summers ago at a yard sale and it has been back and forth to my booth a few times...


Here is a little peek at what it looks like now...

I have been painting some new signs on vintage beadboard...

As well as gathering some prairie inspired treasures...

I am loving all the shades of vintage whites I am finding...

Maybe next week I will share with you what all these treasures are nesting on!

I have been recycling some old pieces and giving them a new look...

I removed the door to an old music cabinet to sell on it's own.

The old music cabinet looks great with it's new paint job and would make a great storage piece!

I must admit I am feeling the crunch but it is energizing at the same time!  I want to make sure I put enough time into all the little details for display, something I never got to last year.

Now, I must take a moment to share with you a little exciting news from my family.
My son Jake finally made his decision on where he wants to go to college next year...

We are all so proud of you!
You know, I thought it would be easier the second time around, but the happy/sad tears appeared again.
I am dreading the end of the summer even more now.

Thank you Kathleen for hosting and thank you all for visiting!
Have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

happy spring...

Happy Spring!
Winter left my little home town with the weather near 80 yesterday and this first day of Spring promises us more of the same!!

So, after a quick trip to the shop this morning and in between coats of white paint, I think I will break out my Spring and Easter goodies and do a bit of fluffing later on.

I picked this little cutie up the other day at Marshalls...

A sweet decoupaged bunny...

Looks like someone was not paying attention and put some of the papers upside down...

Good thing I am not a perfectionist...

See you tomorrow for White Wednesday and some more white show sneak peeks!

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

white show sneak peeks...

It sure has been hard for me to get back into blogging for some reason.
Although I did enjoy catching up with you all this past week (but I am sure I still missed a few things).
Heck, it's been hard getting back to reality after 7 fun days in the sun, even though the weather has been beautiful here in New England!

However with our At Home With White Show at the shop just one short month away I have been busy gathering and painting.
Would you like a little peek?
I thought so...

As you can see I still have more painting to do.
One piece I am on the fence about is my dress form. 
I took off the purplish fabric and now she looks like this...

After I dressed her up with some items headed for the show I thought I should leave her as is...

I liked the contrast and then she would be a blank canvas for someone else's vision.
What do you think?
(Are you reading this Michelle?)

Mary Ellen painted one of her dress forms and it looks wonderful.
Take a peek at her blog to see for yourself as well as seeing some more white show sneak peeks.

I still need to find a few more pieces for my outfits but am off to a good start with the beautiful scarf I won from Kate...

Thank you so much Kate ~ I love it!! 

I have a lot more to share, but you will have to wait until next week to see more!
I am sharing with Faded Charm for White Wednesday ~ thank you Kathleen for hosting!

Thank you all for stopping by ~ have a wonderful day!

Friday, March 9, 2012

magical break...

Happy Friday!

I spent my blog break at the happiest place on earth...

It truly was a magical vacation!

I am looking forward to catching up with you all this weekend!
Have a wonderful day!


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