Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

It is a beautiful day here in California. It is a blessing to be a father and I hope that every father enjoys their day today. Happy Father's Day, the end!

Friday, June 10, 2011

A New Change for The Green Pea

Well, I have been very busy selling my treasures for the last 5 months, trying to make some room for a few friends that will be renting booths in the Pea. I am really looking forward to having some real fun and a little more time off. This week we are adding some more lighting. My computer program has arrived and I will be learning how to use it! Oh, goody! Hopefully, it will make the bookkeeping easy. I have 27 people on the waiting list. I am going to start off with the larger booths first and as my things clear out, I will add some smaller spaces.

I am so happy to have sold this rustic, hand made piece above (lesson learned). I sold it three times. It was so big that it did not fit in two of the houses. After I sold it the third time, I asked the couple if it looked nice in their home. They said, it was in storage because they were remodeling their home....I sure hope it fits in when they are finished remodeling.

How do you like the color of this old cream can? It sure does POP!

These old doors with their wavy glass, are going to be used on the wall at the head of the bed. The doors were a pretty old shabby blue and they had all their original hardware on them. The old hinges were a shell shape. I think it is a great idea.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Handmade Boy Nursery

My mom wanted me to share my baby boy nursery with you. We are due July 15, and here in hot Texas, that date cannot come soon enough!


This is what my room looked like back in January:

My goal was to transform this room into a sophisticated "Out of Africa" room, with new paint, drapes, and papier mache animal trophy heads.

After pinning lots of samples all over my walls, I bought up over 45 yards of fabric and supplies from the Dallas Fabric District, to make lined drapes, a crib skirt, bumpers, and pillow for my rocking chair.

I did some late-night sewing with my little helper.

And during the day I worked on my papier mache trophy heads. Here I am making the plaque and attaching the light framework to build the newspaper off of:

This is the making of my giraffe:

Once the heads were papier mache-d, I painted them with oils and stained their plaques.


This is the final result:

The vintage binoculars were gifted to me from my mom a couple of years ago and came from her store. One pair even came with its original case and had "Paris" stamped on it. I know Mom had a hard time parting with these then, but I think now she's pretty tickled to see them featured in her new grandson's room.

Mom gave me the cool pith helmet at the same time. It had belonged to one of our neighbors and so it carries a bit of sentiment. The old picture frames I picked up at a local antique mall, and I just primed and painted over their gold gaudiness.

I'm using an old chest of drawers as my changing table, and I tossed a mirror over it to reflect light from the windows into the room. Both of these items I also picked up from my local antique mall.

Before I stitched my bumpers together, I had one side of the panels printed with a Bible verse that goes around the inside of the crib.

11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
Jeremiah 29: 11, 12

Thanks for peeking!! I'm off to go kick my swollen feet up!!

--Brandy O