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Today I was getting ready for my trip to Toronto.  It suddenly occurred to me yesterday that even though I'm driving about the distance I would to visit family in Raleigh, I am going to another country!  I needed to call my bank and cell phone provider and get everything lined up, so my credit card isn't turned off for suspected fraud and I can call Jeff.  I also tried on outfits, did laundry,  (read more …)

why you always, always ask…

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The other day, I was working at the studio without a car, so I needed my dad to give me a ride home.  We had a bag of trash to drop off at the dumpster and, on the way there, something caught my eye.  It sort of looked like a large, wood box...maybe something on its side?  It was just sitting on the ground next to the building across the street.  Either way, it caught my eye and deserved a closer  (read more …)

chandeliers, margot & toledo

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My dad showed up bright and early (which is around 9:00 in my book) to make sure all my chandeliers were ready to hang.  They all needed a little tweaking and some additional hardware. It took a couple trips to the hardware store, but my dad was able to get two of them hung and they look great.  I needed to order an antique canopy (the thing that covers the ceiling outlet), so we'll have to  (read more …)

antique hose reel

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There are certain things I'm always on the hunt for in antique stores...ironstone, cool scales, French chairs, etc., but the rest of the pieces I buy are ones that speak to me.  It's hard for me to explain it, but I just know when I see a special piece.  It has a character about it, a patina, a color, a style.  Some pieces are kind of close, but don't hit the mark.  Other are spot on.  For me,  (read more …)

french ironstone compote

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I had my second full day in the studio and it was awesome.  I am loving getting up in the morning and heading out of the house to a place of business.  I'm still a little scattered, because there are so many things I want and need to do and I don't know where to start.  I would go into the bathroom to get a trash bag and I'd end up cleaning something, then moving something else and then I'd  (read more …)

sealing the crusty counter

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I shared this crusty counter I bought off Craig's List last week... It is a fabulous piece, but it was shedding paint chips all over the place and it was dirty and had quite a number of cobwebs hanging out in the drawers and corners.  So, if I'm going to make it functional, it needed a good cleaning and needed to be sealed. Many of you ask how I deal with pieces like this, so I thought I would  (read more …)

crusty counter & other finds

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I went shopping with Kriste today and I kept pausing to declare how excited I am about the new studio space.  I got a call while we were shopping, letting me know that I can sign the lease on Friday and move in.  I feel like I've been let out of a box, but even so much more than that.  Oh, to have a place to work that's not my home!  To have a place for boxes to be delivered and furniture to be  (read more …)

empire buffet & something for me

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I have been methodically collecting furniture to makeover for the next MMSMP look book and for the Chapel Market in October.  It seems like a long way away, but I've learned that I shop smarter when I have plenty of time.  So, I've been trolling Craig's List for pieces and scored a third empire piece... ...and it's a beauty!  It's very sturdy and comes with some pretty hardware and the original  (read more …)