Friday, September 28, 2012

This is embarrassing~

 
 The chandi best known as The Octopus.  Thanks Dad for naming it~


 Oh!  What is that ginormous thing? 

 

 Can you say dorm desk?


No, those blinds aren't wood...and they aren't yellow either. They just look that way.
 
Notice this hutch?  See it's make over here!

MANY of my customers often say "Your home must be beautiful!"  or "I bet you have the best designed house!"  or even "I'd pay just to stay for one day in your house".  No, no you wouldn't.  And this is embarrassing!

Believe it or not, I am a designer.  I am talented and have worked with several prestigious businesses and custom home builders.  I design and create what others want, but can't visualize.  I inspire others to live in beautiful spaces, affordable spaces.  I laugh in the face of color! I can do all of these things for anyone, everyone....except for myself...

So why am I throwing myself out there like this.  Possibly ruining my reputation and sending my customers headed into the arms of other equally talented designers?  To make a change.  To inspire change.  To inspire YOU.  To show you my design dilemmas.  I am human, and only perfect in my fairy tale imagination. To force me to create a space I will love, and love to use.

So.  There's  the office.  Thank goodness I didn't show you the bedroom! lol~

Monday, September 24, 2012

My Monday Muse VI & GIVE-A-WAY!

Welcome to My Monday Muse!  Today marks the last Monday of the month and to celebrate it I will add a very special GIVE-A-WAY to the featured linky guest next week!

What pray tell is the GIVE-A-WAY?  Well, it's one of my favorite things & it makes finishing my pieces a breeze!

An Ultimate Waxing Brush & an entire roll of Ripple Cloth!


This combo makes waxing large pieces, and heavily detailed pieces so easy!  The Ultimate Waxing Brush is such a great way to apply wax.  It allows me to cover a large piece in a short amount of time.  Once I get the wax applied, I move to the ripple cloth to massage the wax into Chalk Paint.  When I have the entire piece waxed, I ALWAYS make sure I go back to wipe off any excess wax with ripple cloth.

A little trick to waxing is to give a "greasy finger" test.  I've mentioned it before, and I'll say it again :)  At the 8-12 hour mark, run your finger across the wax.  If you get a "greasy finger" mark, then too much wax has been left on the finish.  Wipe again to remove excess wax.  8-12 Hours later, buff with the ripple cloth for great sheen!  I have a love affair with Ripple Cloth~ ;)

Here's what I found inspiring to me from last week!

Restoration Redoux
 Isn't it great being able to check off that huge project that you just don't know where to begin?  Shanna over at Restoration Redoux did an amazing job checking this project off her list!

Vintage Street Designs

Judy over at Vintage Street Designs pull inspiration from Pier 1 to complete this sweet little chest!


Homespun Happenings

I have never tried this, and am THRILLED that Tammy did!  Tammy painted 10 things with one can of Duck Egg!!!  WOW!  Now if that isn't inspiring I'm not sure what is :)

Thanks everyone for participating and hope you link up this week for a chance to win!
Here are the rules for My Monday Muse…

1.) Please feel free to share about a piece you have completed, restored, renewed, recycled, re-purposed, or anything that inspires you!  A dresser, a sign, a cloud, a picture, restaurant, house, or a person.

2.) Post a permalink (the link to the post), not the link to your blog or Pintrest.

3.) This party will close Sunday at midnight CST and I will choose my favorite and feature their piece on next week’s My Monday Muse.

4.) Please link back to My Monday Muse and visit others sharing their inspirations!

On to the party!
Christie

Friday, September 21, 2012

Pumpkins :)

Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year.  I have 3 other favorite seasons as well and about the time I'm bored with one season, luckily it's time for a change.

Pumpkins are a must for fall along with corn stalks, beautiful crimson and gold leaves, and acorns.  Though I'm sure there are some great patterns for corn, leaves, and acorns, I haven't had a chance to find one nor make one :)  My motto lately is go with what ya know and are good at.  These cute little pumpkins are a breeze to whip up and I LOVE their simple elegance.  So I just keep turning them out!


To add to their charm, and why I love them so much, I used left over upholstery fabric and trimmings.  Talk about making your dollar stretch, I even made mini ones!  They sold before I could even get a pic snapped!  That's how it goes sometimes :)

Have a great weekend!
Christie

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Meet Flo & Her Finish


Meet Flo, short for Florence:)  Some of the best things in life are shortened.  Burgers & Fries, X&O, vacations! lol~  It seems like there should be more coming to mind, but I'm drawing a blank on what they are.

This dresser had a hand written note dating it to 1894.  I just love little notes like that.  Pieces of history etched into simple things.  This little dresser was probably a prized possession for the lovely young lady who first owned her.  The simple name and date is such a prized treasure.  It's hard to let Flo go.

This is a new distressing technique I've been working on. and I really love how EASY it is!  I'm always looking for other ways to distress Annie's paint.  This technique just happens to be my new fav!  So, I'll share how I acheived it.
You will need:
Chalk Paint®, Decorative furniture paint
Soft wax in clear and dark
Fresh water
Scotch Brite sponge
Paper Towels

1.  Using a brush, paint one coat.  Allow to dry.
2.  Paint a second coat, slightly watered down and allow to dry.
Now for the fun!  Grab your H2O and sponge!

3.  Using the scratchy side of the sponge, distress.  The water and friction from the scratchy side of the sponge quickly and aggressively distress the paint.  Wipe gently with the sponge side or a paper towel to gauge the amount of distressing achieved.
4.  This next step is really important!  Allow the paint to dry after the distressing!  If you don't do this, you risk damaging the wonderful distressed finish!  Drying can be as quick as 20 minutes or as long as an hour depending on the humidity.
5.  Apply clear wax, working it into the paint and wiping off the excess.  Use dark wax to further enhance the distressed finish working in small sections at a time.  Be sure to wipe off excess wax!  Sticky wax is no fun to fix!

This technique is perfect for light handed finishers who don't want to work hard achieving a heavy distressed look.  Yet another amazing reason why Chalk Paint® is so easy to use!


I hope you try this technique out!  Be sure to leave me a comment oh how it worked for you!
Enjoy~
Christie

Linking up to:
Restored Interiors
Coastal Charm
Primp
Savvy Southern Style
Shades of Amber
2805
Miss Mustard Seed
From My Front Porch to Yours





Monday, September 17, 2012

My Monday Muse V

It's hard to believe a week has passed!  There have been lot's of things going on all over DeKalb County!  Ladies Night Out on Thursday, A Ruffled Nest sale on Friday, a shopping trip to the Morton, Illinois area, and a quick trip to the big box home improvement store for so much needed supplies.  This week has FLOWN by.  Guess that's why I haven't posted much or participated in any linky parties!  This week should be a little slower and I'm excited for tomorrow, a day off to work on the "to do" list.  And the "to do" list looks like this; Tiffany blue dresser, Olive book case, Espresso chair, French Linen settee, and some more pumpkins!  Whew!  Maybe I need another day to get this list done :)

So on to My Monday Muse!

Oh, and before I forget, the LAST Monday of the month will have a BONUS! There will be a GIVE-A-WAY!  Be sure to link up this week, and next week!  The GIVE-A-WAY will be one of my favorite things!  I have so many, you'll just have to come back and link up for a chance to win!



The Charm of Home Photo credit
 Antlers are all the rage and I love how Sherry at The Charm of Home has a nice pair on her dining room wall.  Can I also just throw out there that the dishes just below the antlers were the one's I grew up eating off of :)  Oh sweet memories of my southern Illinois childhood.


Here are the rules for My Monday Muse…

1.) Please feel free to share about a piece you have completed, restored, renewed, recycled, re-purposed, or anything that inspires you!  A dresser, a sign, a cloud, a picture, restaurant, house, or a person.

2.) Post a permalink (the link to the post), not the link to your blog or Pintrest.

3.) This party will close Sunday at midnight CST and I will choose my favorite and feature their piece on next week’s My Monday Muse.

4.) Please link back to My Monday Muse and visit others sharing their inspirations!

On to the party!
Christie

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Castle Challenge 2012

Castle Bank photo credit
If you have ever been to Carter's Cottage the shop, you know that DeKalb and Sycamore are sister cities.  Having 2 awesome schools nestled next to one another always encourages a little rivalry and a sincere thanks to Castle Bank and Northern Illinois University for continuing a great tradition by hosting the Castle Challenge!  The Castle Challenge is where DeKalb and Sycamore come together for a night filled with community fellowship and FOOTBALL!  A bonus to this event is all proceeds raised by the sale of the tickets and community donations are split evenly to each schools Sports Boosters Fund.  The event this year raised $55,000!  I am so blessed to raise my family in a community that values it's sports programs!

Castle Bank photo credit

This year, as in all the years past, the game was awesome!  Exciting plays, great marching bands, poms and cheer leading, and the National Guard firing the cannon for every touch down!  Nothing like the rumble of a cannon to make the electricity in the air snap with the excitement of a touchdown!  With my son being a sophomore, this was his first experience playing on a college field and wow was he nervous!  Though he played with all his heart, Sycamore loss to DeKalb.  It was still fun watching the game! Sycamore rallied for a WIN for the varsity game!

Fall is probably my most favorite time of the year.  Bon fires, tailgating, football, hayrides, apples and pumpkins are all simple joys that welcome me!  What's your favorite time of the year? And why?  Fall is just starting and I'm so excited for all this fall has in store for me!
Enjoy~
Christie


Monday, September 10, 2012

My Monday Muse IV

Hello Sweet Friends!  Last week there was a lot of new faces linked up!  Welcome!  I hope you found great inspiration for you projects and please link up again!  With new faces and more people joining in, I thought I'd share a few of my favs from last week.

LifeWeLive4 photo credit





There is so much about this piece that is inspiring to me!  The wood grain juxtapose the clean modern white drawers.  Beautiful contrasting color choice with the heaviness of the hardware.  Subtle distressed features on select areas lend added interest and texture which compliments the sleek lines of this mod piece.  Please pop over, if you haven't already, and take a peak at LifeWeLive4!   I'm so in LOVE with this one Laura!

Behind the Red Door photo credit
There's so much you can do with those great ol' boxes and Jessi from Behind the Red Door transformed this one into a definite keeper!

Town and Country Living photo credit
Jen, Town and Country Living, lives just a town or two over from Carter's Cottage the shop and I have met her a handful of times.  Her warm smile always greets me and her projects always inspire me.  I love how Jen took a photo from a magazine and used it for inspiration on her claw foot tub.  Turned  out FABULOUS!

Now on to this weeks links!

Here are the rules for My Monday Muse…

1.) Please feel free to share about a piece you have completed, restored, renewed, recycled, re-purposed, or anything that inspires you!  A dresser, a sign, a cloud, a picture, restaurant, house, or a person.

2.) Post a permalink (the link to the post), not the link to your blog or Pintrest.

3.) This party will close Sunday at midnight CST and I will choose my favorite and feature their piece on next week’s My Monday Muse.

4.) Please link back to My Monday Muse and visit others sharing their inspirations!

On to the party!
Christie


Thursday, September 6, 2012

The story of a little desk


What a story this little desk has!  It was rescued from a garage sale on the last day...such a sad sight with it's little drawer with no pull and MANY layers of paint and weird decoupage comic strips on the top!  What a chore that was to remove.  Sorry for no before pictures.  Sometimes you just have to take my word that it was a hot mess! :)

Once I got it home, I decided to paint it Antibes Green with a Paris Grey top.  I tried it, it sat sadly unnoticed.  I discovered I hate  seriously dislike on this piece, and so did my customers!  Back home it came. 

After months of sitting in the "to do" pile, Mr. Cottage decided to paint it Graphite.  Now please understand I do appreciate his help most of the time...but not this time.  He ran out of paint and then put this very girly, bling-y silver pull on this very primitive, simple line desk....um not his best work.  He reluctantly took it up to the shop where is sadly sat again.

Having to reset the shop for an up coming sale, back home the little desk came.  In a whirl wind attempt to fill holes after said event, I grabbed Emperors Silk, Old White, and Napoleonic Blue and quickly painted this flag.  This is the make over this little desk should of had from day one!  It's so cute and simple!  Now that it's been properly clothed in an USA motif, it sits proudly in the front of my shop where many oooh and awwwe over it!  Yes, all the patriotic holidays have passed, but it is an election year and isn't the USA flag motif suitable all year long?  That's what I thought!  So glad we agree!

Enjoy~
Christie

Linking up to:
A Ruffled Nest
Miss Mustard Seed
Jennifer Rizzo
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
My Romantic Home
The Shabby Nest
Finding Home
Funky Junk Interiors
Mod Vintage Life
 Coastal Charm
Shades of Amber
Primitive and Proper
Savvy Southern Style
The Rooster and The Hen
You're talking too much
diy home sweet home
How to Nest for Less
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia




Monday, September 3, 2012

My Monday Muse No. III

Good Monday Morning!

Last week was soo busy!  I'm so glad several bloggers had time to share in the linky party.  So what's your Muse for the week?  Maybe it's not just for the week, but for a project yet to be un-earthed!  We all have those right...or am I speaking solely for myself ;)

Have you ever been drawn to one type of furniture regardless of the style.  For me it's chairs and secretaries.  Secretaries are so versatile!  What other piece of furniture is 1. cute & stylish 2. functional and 3. transformational.  Yep, a Christie-ism lol~  Meaning, you can have all your paper work out and with the flip of the wrist, it's secretly hidden from that unexpected guest knocking at your door.  It was no surprise I would fall in love over this sweet server/secretary from Leisure Living!

The color choice gives just enough detail to keep it interesting and balanced while not over powering it.  Laura has long been an inspiration of mine and I am so honored she shared her latest piece with us!

Here are the rules for My Monday Muse…

1.) Please feel free to share about a piece you have completed, restored, renewed, recycled, re-purposed, or anything that inspires you!  A dresser, a sign, a cloud, a picture, restaurant, house, or a person.

2.) Post a permalink (the link to the post), not the link to your blog or Pintrest
.
3.) This party will close Sunday at midnight CST and I will choose my favorite and feature their piece on next week’s My Monday Muse.

4.) Please link back to My Monday Muse and visit others sharing their inspirations!

On to the party!
Christie




Sunday, September 2, 2012

Sit a while

Old White over Napoleonic Blue

Time flows to quickly like a babbling brook on a beautiful warm fall day...
 
Ok, let's get real here...time flows like a tidal wave in my life...one event crashing into another.  Truth is, I kinda like it that way.  Always something to do weather it be painting, sewing, cleaning, laundrying, cooking, taxing, or simply living and LOVING my life.  I am blessed beyond measure!

My Monday Muse is my little escape to take a few moments to recharge.  Sit a while....well, since I don't have time to sit a while, I'll paint something and think about relaxing and siting a while! :)

This cute little bench would be perfect for little bottoms when it's time to put little shoes on.  I miss those days....sometimes ;)



Enjoy!
Christie


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