Let’s Create A Charming Welcome

A new Series of paintings has been created for you….to welcome your friends, family and neighbors into your home for everday gatherings, seasons, holidays and celebrations…..they will feel Welcome upon entering the front door.

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Being a ‘Shopkeeper’  is probably the best thing for me, or for anyone that loves to shop.  You get to shop ‘be the buyer‘ for what you love, play ‘house’ (aka admire it) with it for a little while, play ‘dress up’ (aka fuss with it) in the shop and then send it to a loving forever home.  It is a win-win-win.  

You see…. buying what I love for the shop fits my purpose (and I get to play in yet another space) ~ selling the ‘look’ or ‘vignette’ vs selling just items.  Playing and coordinating with Vintage, and adding Art……the shop really works when you run out of room at home for found treasures ~ and putting a smile on someone’s face feels pretty awesome too.

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 There is no stopping you ~ you know who you are ~ the passionate creative one with an idea….yep you’re the one.

A sure first sign that a creative idea has popped into my head is ~ you will find me scrambling for something to write it down or sketch it out, and I am pretty sure if you’re around I am not listening to a word your saying, but will be politely nodding as if I am listening….and then I am pretty sure my Studio will become a whirlwind of tools, paint and supplies being scattered.  ~  For my idea is like a ball in a pinball machine, being batted back and forth.

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I have wanted to be a shop keeper for as long as I can remember ~ Wearing the apron, stocking the shelves, makin’ pretties, hosting events, shopping for product, creating ads……well, you get the picture.

So when the opportunity came up and the timing was right (and the journey was taken) ~ I joined 50 other Vendors at Studio 895.  It was my time to be the shop keeper…..this was really happening!

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We have several wonderful places to shop many Vendors in our area such as Vintage 61, The Mint Leaf and now Studio 895 They are all my favorite places to shop with different vendors for every taste and style…..from pickin’ places to antiques, to handmade, to home style, to hand crafted foods….and I could go on. Continue reading

A Classic Curated Vignette ~ A place to Shop, Learn & Discover!

Chalkboard Bunny ~ Classic Curated Vignette

If you missed the first Classic Curated Vignette ~ let me introduce you to the concept.

Ya know those magazine images ~ the pages to droooool over ~ the very page you spot a nice plate, a colorful sofa or a fun idea….and then you quickly go to the ‘shopping guide’ in the back of the magazine to find out where to find the goods?……well this is kinda like that.
A Vignette will be created and shared along with all ‘the goods’ information ~ where to purchase, order, find…with links, recipes and locations! Well, you get the picture…..no pun intended, lol!
The images will have retail, vintage and handmade….maybe even a recipe or two!
This is all about a love for selecting, organizing, merchandising, presenting, photographing, and sharing home and art!
All with cottage style, a little homespun charm with a touch of whimsy.

So let’s discover!


This Chalkboard Bunny was especially fun to create…..using a 12″ x 8″ ‘wood bunny cut out’ available from my good friend Sheila of Tole Painting Designs.  You can find the product (here) ~ to create your very own! Continue reading


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There isn’t much I recall about that day….the day I spotted the ‘red hutch’ at a local antique shop ~ I was immediately drawn to the red hutch sitting at the back of the shop, and simply could not get it out of my thoughts.  The World went about its business and I was fixated on the hutch.

It was at the pop up shop location, I was there to pick out a display piece for my work during the Christmas season…..and all I could think about was this amazing handmade hutch.  I of course ~ instantly claimed it as my display piece during the shop hours and then purchased it afterwards~ and like everything I purchase I thought, oh boy…..where am I going to place it, I will have some explaining to do.

It was the red color and the handmade nature that drew me in.  But with all things ‘blue’ in my home ~ the color had to be changed, but I kept all the handmade details.

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The color is ‘Flow Blue‘ from Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.  Adding Bonding Agent to be sure the red enamel paint would cover.  It took 2 nice layers of paint and then finished with Tough Coat once it dried.

Read more about Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint (here).

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