Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Romantic Rose Wreath

 Hello lovelies!
I am so excited! I just finished my first Romantic Rose Wreath!!!
I made several of these last year and they were so popular.
I will tell you why I am so excited about this wreath...At the end of November (last year) I became ill...I had to close my Etsy store and cut back on my creating.
Slowly, I have worked on getting back into the swing of things!
This wreath is a celebration of hanging on and continuing to do what I love!
 I am pretty sure my heaven is going to be pink!
LOL!
I will be listing this in my Etsy store!

My heart is full of joy and thankfulness! 
I am so blessed to do what I love!

Big squishy hugs,
Olivia

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Shabby Chic Painting Furniture Step by Step


 I love to cruise garage sales and thrift stores for old wooden furniture to paint!
I have painted many of the wood pieces in my home a Shabby or antique white! I also use alot of Shabby Chic furniture items in my flea market booths!
I adore the Shabby Chic look.
Here is a step by step on how I transform my furniture to make it Shabfabulous!

1.Sand down any rough edges on the furniture before starting. Fix any "wobbly" legs or arms with wood glue. I like tPleo use Elmer's wood glue. Clamp and let dry.

2.Remove existing paint, if any. If the surface is already painted, remove any old or flaking paint by scraping or sanding carefully with a fine sandpaper or paint scraper. Wash the surface thoroughly to make sure that it is totally clean before applying the primer and paint layers. An old toothbrush is good to use to get in corners.

3.  Brush on a coat of primer, and allow to dry. I like to use Kilz complete primer. Wait 48 hours before applying your paint. (Sometimes I get excited and just paint the next day ). Not all pieces need primer. I generally only use primer on a piece that the has some of the old varnish left on.

4. I use regular indoor latex paint from Wal-Mart.  I like to use flat white or antique white to get that Shabby old farmhouse look.  Paint in the same direction as the grain of the wood. Use two coats and let dry.

5. Distress the item with a fine sandpaper. Sand lightly around the edges for a lightly distressed look. If you like a Shabbier look you can take a old cloth and rub a medium brown color stain around the edges and then lightly sandpaper over it. Watered down brown acrylic will also work for this look. If you get too much on the piece just sandpaper back over it and you can even dry brush a bit of paint back over the piece.
Painted goodies at my Flea Market Booth!

I adore painting old furniture!
If you have comments or questions let me know!
I will be partying with
My Romantic Home 
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Pink Saturday

Xo
Olivia

Monday, August 13, 2012

A rose surprise!

My darling little sister and my kiddos surprised me with these gorgeous pink roses!
It made my heart smile!
 They fit perfectly in this vase my dad gave me.
 Oh, these pretty roses made me feel like a princess! 
Have a beautiful day!
Sharing with
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Xo
Olivia


Thursday, August 9, 2012

snuggly pinks

Pink makes me feel so "snuggly".
 Snuggly is a term used in my home quite often...
 Did I tell you Connie at Beautiful Living sent me these pretty roses!?
They made my heart feel extra snuggly

 Ummm, I also love kisses,soft sheets, chocolate and comfy jammies
What makes you feel snuggly?

Joining 
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Big snuggly hugs,
xo
Olivia

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Coffee Filter Roses

Hello my lovelies!
I won a darling little care package from the sweet Connie over at "Beautiful Living"
She crafted up some delightful treats!
Fluffy pretty roses from coffee filters!
The sweetest ribbon tree my daughter snapped up for her room!
How cute is this??
I just love blogland! I meet the sweetest people!
Thank you dear Connie!

xo
 Olivia

Friday, August 3, 2012

Vintage Charm Magazine Organizer



Hello my lovelies!
Recently, I have been on an organizing kick!
Imagine my delight when I picked up this magazine organizer for .25 at a tag sale this morning.
 I decided to cute it up for my favorite decorating magazines!
 I used pages from an old Chippendale's furniture design magazine.
Trace and cut the shapes of your page and then apply paper with adhesive spray.
To decorate the end cap of the organizer I used a craft cut out 
from one of my Creating Vintage Charm magazines.
Little vintage cutie all fluffed up!
I think this would make a darling gift for a friend who loves decorating magazines  and vintage charm!
Such a fun inexpensive crafty project!
I will be joining 

and 

xo
Olivia

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