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process of styling

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I've been asked to share my thought process for styling a photo shoot, specifically with a piece of furniture, and this post is in response to those requests.  I think styling is something that is hard to teach, because it is an art in itself and is based so much on personal taste.  As I walk you through my thought process on styling this piece, you might like one of my "rejects" better than the  (read more …)

empire buffet project | white waxing

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I spent some more time today on the empire buffet.  If you missed what this piece looked like before and how it got to this stage, check out PART ONE. So, we last left the piece with the top stripped off the finish and the body painted in one coat of Shutter Gray MMS Milk Paint with the bonding agent added in.  Since milk paint is thinner than most modern paints, the coverage can be streaky in  (read more …)

adding casters to the counter

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A couple of weeks ago, I found this amazing antique counter on Craig's List.  My mom and I cleaned it and then I sealed the paint to prevent further chipping. I want everything in the studio to be very easy to move, so we have a lot of flexibility with the set up and I can scoot things around by myself without shredding the floors.  So, my dad came to the studio yesterday to put casters on the  (read more …)

Mixing Milk Paint Video Tutorial

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I made several videos on using milk paint when I first launched the line, but they could use some updating.  First of all, it was just me in my basement with a camera on a tripod.  While I think there's something approachable and real about those, you can't always clearly see what I'm doing and that's the whole point of a video tutorial!  I was also very loosey-goosey about my instructions.  (read more …)

glass glitter milk bottles

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Before I get into the project, I want to share that Miss Mustard Seed's Glass Glitter (used in this project) is the Decor Steals daily "steal" today!  They are offering Tiara Silver, Fallen Snow and 14 Karat.  I've partnered with them for a long time, so it's fun to see them carrying a product with my brand on it.  As always, it's offered at a discounted rate due to their savvy shopping skills, so  (read more …)

german glass glitter letters & giveaway

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I have been making German glass glitter letters for years.  See the old school watermark? I was so excited when I finally found German glass glitter and some great chipboard letters in amazing fonts.  I made them for myself in the beginning and then started making them to sell in my retail space and it was a staple for several years. Great chipboard letters have become harder and harder to  (read more …)

children’s book bunting

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We launched our line of MMS German Glass Glitter just before Lucketts and, in such a busy time, I didn't get to announce it until after the fair.  Now that I've had the chance to catch my breath and get back into a bit of a routine, I'm ready to start giving you some ideas for how you can use the glitter and showcase the different colors.  Really, it's simple.  You can use it anywhere you want  (read more …)

French Style & a fabric wall

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I received an e-mail a few months ago, asking if I would contribute to a new magazine, French Style.  Well, that sounds right up my alley!  Yesterday, I found the magazine in Target and snapped it up. First of all, it really is a beautiful magazine.  I loved looking through it and I felt so proud that I was a small part of it and I was very pleased with how my article and photographs turned  (read more …)