Sunday, June 30, 2013

GOOGLE READER GOES WITH THE DINOSAURS


I don't usually post on Sunday's but this is important.


Last reminder to hit the follow with bloglovin' button in my sidebar so you stay connected.

I love having you along for the ride and look forward to many more good times ahead.


It is especially important so you can keep reading your blogs as that list is going buh bye and I am sure Google Friend Connect is not far behind.

They are pushing to use Googe+ but so far I am not really a fan of that program and bloglovin is pretty easy to use.

I am hitting both buttons (GFC and Bloglovin) on any new blogs to follow just in case.


Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Meg

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Ironstone heaven high


It is the long weekend here in Canada and what does that mean?

It means the boys are golfing and the women are shopping/painting lol

My mom and I plan road trips every Canada Day weekend to get our vintage shopping on. We are not mall/clothes shopping people but we can hit a thrift store harder than Macklemore.
So we headed out to the Haldimand county area and hit up some of our favourite haunts.

Our day yesterday started out slow with respect to goodies and it rained the entire day. It got progressively better until after getting lost and driving in circles BAM! we hit the honey hole as Mike Wolfe from Pickers would say.

I have never seen so many pieces of ironstone in one place and for a pickable price for me and my shop

I swear I was on sensory overload and it felt like I was getting an anxiety attack with my mom walking behind me laughing at me.

I love to antique shop and this anxiety stress only hits me in the best stores.
I ended up with a headache I was so excited.


Here is the load from yesterday. not including the table. it is just a work in progress in my garage and looked nice for display 

90% of this stuff is for sale (i was a good girl shopping for myself. my husband will be proud)
but, I am stashing a good 50% of it for the show in September











7 freakin' platters. oh my word. and that covered dish in front is a toothbrush holder. seriously dying all over again. 


Have a lovely weekend



Meg 
 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

An early summer walk in the garden


Good morning my friends.

First things first: 
 I am adding a reminder again here in case you haven't heard via all the other blogs. I would love for you all to still follow me once Google Reader is extinct next Monday.

You can choose to subscribe with the RSS feed, sign up for Bloglovin' (which I really like and it is quite easy to use and import your reading list) and or the myriad of others out there.  I am also on Linky Followers, I will be honest I don't update the post info as often as I should but at least you can still find me.

Looking forward to you staying with me. 

We are getting into our summer heat here in southern Ontario and I am loving it. We wait all winter and this year a long cold spring for it to be this beautiful. Humidity be damned, I am going to enjoy it while it lasts.

Our garden goes through many changes throughout the season and I love seeing all the different flowers and foliage as they change.

Let's go for a meander shall we....

We'll start at the front door and work our way around to the back garden.

So take off your shoes and let the grass squish between your toes.















































That was a good walk.

Time to take a seat and enjoy the view
Pretty soon it will be a great pile of daisies and lillies.


Have a great one,

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

WE ARE ON HOUZZ

Well I knew it would be this week but I was cruising through HOUZZ last night and there we were.

It is quite exciting to see our home featured on another website. It was a great experience and we would do it again.

Some of the description info is a little off but, we are overall quite happy with how it turned out. Thank you to the Houzz people for asking us to be a part of their website and tours.

Click here or on the photo to take you there







I am adding a reminder here in case you haven't heard via all the other blogs. I would love for you all to still follow me once Google Reader is extinct next Monday.

You can choose to subscribe with the RSS feed, sign up for Bloglovin' (which I really like and it is quite easy to use and import your reading list) and or the myriad of others out there.  I am also on Linky Followers, I will be honest I don't update the post info as often as I should but at least you can still find me.

Looking forward to you staying with me. 


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Monday, June 24, 2013

A great night followed by lots of sleep


Trevor and I have been super busy as of late and thought we had a free night this past weekend so why not invite a bunch of friends over for a bonfire and lots of laughter.

We find it so hard to get together with people in the summer as everyone has so many things going on so this worked out perfect and we only got 5 minutes of rain. not too shabby.

We set up a central bar in between the patio and firepit so everyone could serve themselves and munch throughout the night (also keeps a handle on the alcohol content lol)

I strung up some extra light bulb strings to make it festive and I have to say I am debating taking them down as they are pretty at night. They run right over our back garden and are attached to the giant orchard ladder I have back there.



my brother had a line on some wine barrels that i was hunting for as a checkout area for a future sale but they functioned excellent as a bar for the night with a left over wood table top


 

 i shoved my furniture painting cart outside and loaded some galvanized bins with ice and lots of refreshments to be enjoyed



 nothing too fancy food wise. fruit platters, veggie piles in vintage containers, some desserts and later a pile of pizzas

but there was a huge dispenser of sangria for everyone to enjoy and it went over very well *wink wink*







and a toolbox full of drink garnishes

With the last guest leaving at 3:45am, the night was a success followed by a day of rest. 
Have a great Monday everyone.


Meg

Friday, June 21, 2013

Paris Grey comparison tables


We are prepping for a bit of a bonfire soiree this weekend at our home so we cleaned up the garage a bit and got my pile of furniture into a much neater straight line instead of the spread out disaster I was working with.

I scooped out 2 of the smaller tables in my pile to work on this week and ended up doing them both in Paris Grey. I love the colour and the vision for both of these tables was telling me grey.

I put these tables into one (multiple views) photo op so the difference although subtle can be seen between the colour the paint comes out of the can and a dark wax altered one.



the table on the right had been dark waxed and rubbed and buffed so has a more aged appearance. the tea table on the left is just paris grey with very slight distressing and clear wax only.

 


i am definitely on the more full coverage side of painting furniture. i like to be able to decide where the piece is going to go and work with the lines and curves. by using less paint you are much more dependant on the colour of wood underneath and your waxing technique.

 





the wicker demijohn was just found at my favourite antique store. it is unfortunately not going in the for sale pile. i have been hunting for one with a handle for about a year that didn't cost over a hundred bucks.

 

you can see the darker tone grey in the wood details. the handle on this table is fantastic now. it was an ugly 70's brass not a good tarnished brass before.

 








the befores: as you can see i almost did it again and forgot the before photos. geez, summer brain is taking over blog brain


It has finally stopped raining enough here that I could get the grass cut and take photos of the gardens. I am excited to share them with you in the coming days. Everything is so green from the water.


Have a great summer solstice,



Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A sweet little end table


I was bad and returned to my old habits with this little table. 
I accidentally finished this little guy up and realized I forgot the before photo.

I hope you will forgive me.

It was a sprayed white piece before with a boring knob on the drawer.

I did this little one in a custom mixed chalk paint.  I mixed up some Annie Sloan's and recorded my way through it to get just what I wanted. It is a lovely light brown/grey that has the perfect tone for so many settings.

It is going to become one of my frequent colours so I am being selfish and not sharing the exact formula I used but Coco was involved in this one.

I really like the white coming through on the distressing, keeps the table even lighter.

Enjoy!




















This one is going in the stockpile for my September show. (more details on that to come soon, once I get more of the planning hammered out)


Have a great day,



Meg


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