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using & caring for silver every day

A couple of years ago, I decided I wasn't going to keep my pretty things hidden in cabinets and drawers.  I was going to either use them or let them go.  Since I didn't want to get rid of it, I decided I would use the silver pattern I inherited from my mom, Oma, and both great-grandmothers as our everyday flatware. There are moments when I cringe at how expensive each piece is, but then I  (read more …)

upholstering a broken cane-backed chair…

...because you know you wanted to do that at some point in time, right?  Top Google search -"How do I upholster a broken cane-backed chair?"  Well, here is your answer! So, the chair itself isn't broken, but the cane back is.  It's actually missing entirely, but that qualifies as broken in my book. I bought this chair quite a while ago and Kriste commandeered it from the stash to use as her  (read more …)

be the artist you are

At the end of my post on Friday I shared, "I feel like I’m finding my legs a bit as an artist…trying to embrace the artist I am, not what I wish I was (if that makes sense.)" Well, it did make sense to several of you and I've been thinking about that statement and your responses a lot. I'm realizing how much I limit myself when, instead of working developing my artistic voice, I focus on other  (read more …)

studio happenings

With freelance design work and a book deadline looming, I have been pinned down in my new workspace to get things done and turned in on time.  I feel like I'm learning and growing each day and I'm really proud of what I've been creating, but I am ready to hit an antique store, work on some furniture and just get away from my desk! Just a few days more... While I've been working on those  (read more …)

$100 craigslist drafting table

I have realized that as my work changes, my work space needs to change, too.  When I work on furniture and photoshoots, I rarely sit at a desk or work table.  I'm usually crawling around on the floor or scooting around on one of our wheely stools.  I'm in a season right now, though, where a lot of my work involves sitting, painting, sketching, and writing. I've been spread out over one of our  (read more …)

Which comes first | how to avoid decorating regret

One of the projects I've been working on lately has me thinking a lot about the design process, specifically as it relates to putting a room together.  I've been pondering the order in which choices and purchases should be made and I've realized that most people, including myself at times, go about putting a room together entirely backwards. Think about it with me...  You've been browsing the  (read more …)

personal shopping | quilts & coverlets

I hope you had a great weekend!  For the most part, I stepped away from work, so I could rest up for the busy week ahead. Anyway, I browse for cool things online pretty regularly.  I particularly like Etsy, eBay, and craigslist.  I sometimes trip across really great buys that I snap right up, but I'll also find pieces that are a good price, but not a good enough price for me to resell and I don't  (read more …)

Dear Reader | to the one who feels like it’s too late

I recently received this e-mail entitled "The turning of the tide?"... "Dear Marian, I wanted to pick your wonderful, creative brain for a moment and not as a reply on your webpage.  I began painting furniture not too long ago, my style is what I would call French farmhouse with an English twist.  Recently I have noticed that things have slowed down a bit for painted furniture and wonder where  (read more …)