Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Put a Rose on it....

I priced some furniture appliques on eBay.  You know the little decorative shabby, frenchy plaster or wood things?  They are expensive.  SOOOOOOO, I purchased this silicone casting putty from Amazon.  It was $16.00 and is the most amazing thing ever (until I find the next amazing thing that is).  I used the corner embellishment on the mirror in my living room as my first mold.

The stuff is really easy to use.  You just take equal amounts and smoosh them together until it's all purple and then squish it onto your object.  (Yes, I SHOULD be a technical writer)  Then you wait 25 minutes (absolute  torture for someone like me, by the way!)  But then you get this!  It is bendy and rubbery and AWESOME. You can use plaster or whatever to make your applique.  I used polymer clay, because I couldn't wait for plaster to set up, are you kidding me?

And I dressed up this sad little broken stand.  I had to putty the cracks and one corner had been chewed on by a rather sharp-toothed creature.  I'd guess puppy.

Primed, painted and PRETTY!

I used three of the appliques with the end leaves snapped off and moved around a bit.

Right?  Can you just imagine the things I can put rose swaggy things on?  SO EXCITING!

Smiles from the farm,

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Gasp...cough...dramatic sigh...I'm still alive...

Remember this?

Well it became this....

And after a ton of wood putty and repair brackets, wood glue, spit, swears, primer and paint...it changed into this.....(stained wood purists-the damage was extensive and would have been impossible to hide.  There were chunks missing-CHUNKS I SAY!)

So like an over-involved stage mother----After tearing the whole thing down...I slowly built it back up.

And here it is....SPARKLE BABY!!!!  (Nope, never watched one single episode of Toddlers and Tiaras--not ONE*)  (*Lies)

Is it not just lovely?  I'm feeling more confidant with the upholstery thing.  Getting better-not great yet, but figuring it all out slowly.

And where is this little gem you ask?  Well I'll tell you.  It is at my new antique booth!  You can find it at The Dream Catcher on Main Street in Ellsworth, Maine!  I have a Facebook page if you wanna look at some other stuff....

So this is what I've been doing for the last month or so.  I'm exhausted and the booth still isn't filled or organized to my liking.  I'll try to update this little old blog more often with all my doings, but if I go missing that is where I will be.  Thanks for stopping by!

Smiles from the farm,

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

What I've been up to....

I lucked out and won a box of 1940's little girls' dresses in almost perfect shape at the auction last week.  Since I have no little girls to wear them, they are going up for sale.  Well, as soon as the weather gets better and my pictures don't look like like crap.  I needed a mannequin or something to show the dresses so while waiting for the sun to shine, I made this little google-eyed girl dress form.  Isn't she cute?  She's kind of Kewpie/Campbell kid inspired.  I think I'll paint the stand a retro-green and maybe add a logo or something.


This violin case has been in my pile for a while.  I dry-brushed it in white, painted a rose on the front and decorated the interior.  

So now, I'm going to go work on this.......

Does anyone have any booth space available at an antique and collectible mall?  I need just a little...or just a lot.

Smiles from the farm,

Friday, April 5, 2013

Before and After

I haven't done one of these in a while.

This is a chair I bought at the auction for the staggering sum of $1.00.

 I didn't see that the little floopy design thing on the back was broken. See the little round part at the tip of what kind of looks like bunny ears?  Yeah, that part.  

 I'd still have bought it though.  'Cause I can fix things like that.  I knew I would have to paint the back though.  I used polymer clay to form a new piece, then I just glued it on and tacked it with a small nail.

Then I painted the design white and distressed it.  I made fun of it's momma and gave it wet willies.  Man, was it distressed.  Then to make it feel better, I added those little decoration thingies.  Oh and new upholstery.


There, there.  Much better little chair.

Smiles from the farm,