The Studio on the Lake in Tennessee

The Studio on the Lake in Tennessee
The Studio on the Lake in Tennessee


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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Blue Heron Studio Travel Accomodations

Day Breaking

It's no secret that we enjoy waking up every morning to a new and eventful day.  Having acreage in the Upper Cumberland area of Tennessee gives us pause to reflect on what is important and meaningful.  In 2005, we started the Blue Heron Studio with the intentions of bringing the best in art instruction to groups of students that could stay and enjoy what we have found here.  That lead us to the building of "The Barn" on the property.  We now rent the barn thru our website,,flipkey or airbnb.

This summer has proved to be a busy season with lots of guests taking advantage of this very serene rental.  We have been so fortunate to make many new friends.  We like to say that "They come as guests, and leave as friends."  So if you are in the market for a late summer get a way or a chance to enjoy the Fall Foliage season of the Upper Cumberland, just check out our listing on either of the two sites.  We would love to have you come and visit!

Hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Happy Birthday, America!

Happy Fourth of July, America!

It is so easy to get caught up in the plans for the Fourth, that to truly realize what the day means gets lost!  I like to remember all the men and women who fought to make and keep our country free thru the years.  I also like to remember all the troops and individuals who are standing firm to keep our country safe on this very day and every other day as well.  This holiday is so much more than potato salad and fireworks, and yet those are the very things that can bring us cause to reflect on the possibilities of the day and connect us to our family members.  Even though this post is past the holiday on July 6th, I wanted to share some photos of our fun day and a favorite family recipe that has been passed down the years.  For a long time my parents enjoyed boating on Kentucky Lake,  LeaAnn and Charlie Dowd were some of their best friends and they had a boat there as well.  This recipe was given to my Mother by LeaAnn.  It became a contest between the two, who could make the best version on holidays such as the Fourth of July.  In honor of these two wonderful women and the little competition it sparked, here is the famous recipe.  Please enjoy.  And remember, you don't have to wait until the Fourth to enjoy it!

German Potato Salad

6 Potatoes, Cooked and Diced
3 Hard Boiled Eggs
1 Onion, Chopped
1 Green Pepper, Chopped
1 Jar Pimentos
9 Slices Bacon, Cut into Small Pieces

Fry Bacon until Crisp.  Remove from Pan.  Reserve Drippings and Make Sauce:

Bacon Sauce

1 Tablespoon Flour
1/2 Cup Vinegar
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Water

Brown Flour in Bacon Grease.  Add all Ingredients, Plus Salt and Pepper to Taste.  Add this to Potato Mixture!  This Recipe can be Easily Doubled for a Larger Crowd!  Enjoy!

Also in keeping with family traditions, we spent the day on the boat at Willow Grove Marina on Dale Hollow Lake in Tennessee.  

Happy 239th Birthday!!

or  1,673 in Dog Years!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Time and Again!


Being a pro active sort of person, it is so difficult to let time pass without trying to rearrange the hours on the clock or allow God to take charge!  I am learning that it is possible, and quite a character building process to just follow the road and see what is in store for your around the next corner.  Case in point, our newest location, ReLove, in Cookeville, Tennessee.  I have just about decided that ReLove is a frame of mind rather than a location on the map.  Right now, it is both.  We are located at 4628 West Broad, which is also Highway 70 going out of Cookevllle towards Baxter.  It has been my delight to have been under the same umbrella at this location with the very talented Jean Ann Mayberry.  Her European floral designs are to die for.  She has chaired the Rose Parade in California and done floral arrangements for presidential inagurations.  She has taught floral design extensively as well.  So it is to her credit, that a local company offered her a position with their firm.  While being so very happy for my dear friend, this brings me to another crossroads in life.  Isn't life full of these??   I need to decide whether to continue at this location or to limit my work to our studio on the hill on the lake in Gainesboro.  I am trying to let the few weeks and God's presence show me the way.  At the very least, I am open to Godly suggestions!  Reworking our website and it should be up and running with a great new look, courtesy of Victoria at Shabby Lanes Hosting.  I continue to make to do lists and continue to not get it all done!

If you are in our area, please top by and check out our great selection of home decor and floral items.  We carry an extensive line of Paint Couture! products and offer classes on how to enhance your projects. We are open from 10 until 5 on Thursday and Friday and until 3 p.m on Saturdays!

Be sure to celebrate the Birthday of our Country on the Fourth of July safely!  

Monday, March 10, 2014

Welcome Spring!

As Spring approaches, we find time and energy to view our surroundings with new eyes.  The grey tones of winter lead into the spring pops of color before summer's greens and hues.  Now is the time to look around and see if you could re purpose or restyle a piece of furniture or home decor.  The Blue Heron Studio is all about reusing and rethinking what we have and what we find.  We like for you to have the ability to put your personal stamp on a "WOW" piece that your friends and family will admire.  We offer Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Products along with the extensive line of Paint Couture! products.  Now, we are pleased to partner with FARRAGOZ to further enhance your painting skills.  Going to the Nashville Antique and Garden Show just confirmed how popular and important the look of many layers of paints can impact a piece.  We just feel we have the best marriage of products and instruction to help you achieve this look with confidence
Every layer of paint tells the story of the piece!

Inspiration comes in many places, such as the beautiful muted colors of the books in the following photo. Touched with accents of gilding, these can be translated into beautiful colors and layers for your home, furniture projects and home decor.


The curve of an arm with it's multi layered painted history can also be carried into other areas of your home. Think neutral pieces with cocoa, russet, and ochre.  The most important thing is to love your home and create a welcoming aura for your family, friends and yourself.  All the beautiful decor in the world can not replace the beauty in the welcoming spirit of hospitality and sharing.  Enjoy your home, your creativity and the newness of the world that Spring brings to us all!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Year, New Opportunities!

After a very busy fall selling season, we took a break after the last show to enjoy our home and family holiday visits.  But now, with the start of a fresh new year, we are looking to new challenges.  January is a good month to plan projects, organize home and studio, and get started with some of the new ideas that we have on our "to do" list.

One of the challenges we have faced early on, was moving our booth space in Gainesboro to Gallatin.  The store we have been in for several years has lost their lease and made the decision to close rather than relocate.  This will be a blow to our downtown area, as our historic square needs every viable business it can.  However, our move to Gallatin will allow us to showcase more of our paint products and painted furniture and home decor. We will still keep the great products we use in our projects in the Studio here in Gainesboro, and of course are willing to work with anyone should they require shipping!

I am looking forward to going to the studio today and starting on several projects I will share with my lovely readers over the next month.  We are working on restoring a drop front secretary which is proving to be a bigger restoration project than we thought.  I am also working on some more small tables in our limited edition color of Citrine.  We still have a very few quarts of that and samples.  Will be totally gone in February.  We are excited to use the new color of the year, 2014, Radiance on a project or two!  Such a pop of color that beckons to Spring.  Of course, we will continue to use lots of neutrals in different combos. New exciting hardware has been located and we will be using that like jewelry to finish our pieces with that one of a kind look.

On a personal level, I will continue the organizational efforts I have started early last year.  I join with so many of you in search of a more simple and fulfilling life.  One to be enjoyed, not endured.  All the changes in our economy and social structures has made me realize that to be able to produce a steady environment, even though it is only in my small circle of friends and family is not an easy task.  To be in a person's life when you are needed is a great honor and blessing.

Almost forgot to post this week, but in the meantime I was able to capture this little sofa table.  I have prepared the surface by cleaning it with TSP and then clear water.  Now it is going to be changed forever with our new color of Radiance.  Come back soon and see the final result!  In the meantime have a simply wonderful week.

Don't forget to visit me on Face Book at https://www.facebook.com/blueheronpainting?ref=hl

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Paint it and They Will Come!

Well, we just got back from our first Fall Show which was thru the amazing Shabby Lane Shops webmall at Cool Springs Galleria.   This show was the creation of a lovely young woman, Catherine Monceaux.  You can check out all the store fronts on line at Shabby Lane Shops.  I love the idea of buying gifts and must haves from other entrepreneurs.  She has other event planned for the rest of the year.  So be sure to check out the mall and sign up to be a vendor if you are looking for events.

Some of my neighbors at the show were Shandra  Holder with her amazing Miche Bags.  Had to get one, and I can't wait until it comes!She was a delight to be next to.  You can find all her information about the bags and her home parties at Miche Bags

Speaking of convertible items, the VeraStyle Jewelry booth was behind mine.  There is no limit to how you can style their jewelry, and it each becomes a statement piece that is both individual and versatile.  Maria and Shelly offer their products at shows and home parties.  You can find them online at Mialisia VersaStyle Jewelry.  Was so pleased that my DH surprised me with a chain that I can wear as a necklace, bracelet or eye glass holder. 

We had spent the last six weeks putting together quite a few pieces of our painted furniture to show the effects you can get with our Paint Couture Line of Project Paints that we offer online at The Blue Heron Studio and at select locations throughout Middle Tennessee.  We are also offering a class in Paint Couture with sample boards and sample products for the students, October 18th in Cookeville, Tennessee at the Cumberland Art Society.  Right now if you bring a friend, you can share the cost of the workshop at $59.00 and still both make all the sample boards and receive the sample paints.  If you are interested in attending, please email me at blueheron05@twlakes.net.  I will be happy to add you to the class roster.  We are going to have a lot of fun that day learning some new techniques to take your furniture painting to a new level. 

I also want to share a piece that sold at the show as well.  It was a china cabinet made by Burns around the 1950's.  We painted the outside in Paint Couture! Madagascar Mocha, and the inside in Italian Ivory.  I then stencilled French lettering on the inside back of the cabinet in Baltic Black.  A finish of Finish Couture! in Satin was applied with two coats.  I thought it turned out very classic, and I am anxious to do this again, perhaps on a bookcase?

 Overall, the show was great and the Brentwood area in Tennessee is a lovely place.  I only wish we could have had a little time exploring the area such as the plantation, Traveler's Rest and other historic sites.
I hope we get invited to return to the show, and now that I know how much there is to do and see, an extra day would certainly be in order. 

Until next time!  Keep painting and enjoy and cherish your homes and families!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Oh My Goodness!

It has been too long since I have shared anything thru this blog.  After promising weekly postings of projects or other creative endeavors, all I can say, is that I am sorry.  Early this summer, I had surgery that involved a great deal of recuperation and right after that I took a tumble down a flight of stairs that did not help the progress.  So.....I would much rather have been working on things or ideas to share, but had to slow down a little to heal.  All is well now, and I have been very busy creating new projects and repurposing items using the new Paint Couture Line we now carry as well as Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint.



Years of dirt was cleaned from the piece using TSP from the hardware and paint store.  I followed directions for the use and after it was done, I rinsed the piece with clear water and allowed it to dry.  I was very lucky that the original hardware was still in good condition.  I painted the hardware and gave it a dry brushed effect that I though went well with the piece.  

Closeup of Applied Molding

I did use some of the resin moldings from Do It Yourself Shabby Chic.  I really like their moldings and they apply easily with wood glue.  They can be painted or stained, depending on what you need to do.  Check out their website at http://doityourselfchic.com/.  They have lots of great designs.  I did also choose a small rose spray that I applied to the front of each drawer. 

I painted the entire piece with Paint Couture in Renewal.  It took two coats for this particular project.  I did follow directions and let 24 hours pass between coats, and another 24 after the last coat before applying Glaze Couture in Champagne.  This color was very subtle, yet the overall effect was to give a "Duck Egg Blue" shading to the piece.  Inside the drawers I used a Martha Stewart Latex Color called Bone Folder.  

The piece was quickly done, and yet had a good look when finished.  It has already found a new home!
I am busy getting ready for a show mid September in Franklin, Tennessee at Cool Springs Galleria.  I will have lots of new projects to share with you.  On a final note, I want to share our new color, created especially for our studio, The Blue Heron, by Paint Couture. 

We carry it in both quart and sample sizes!  Quarts run $29.50 and the samples are $12.00.  You can purchase this and all the paint couture colors on our website at http://www.theblueheronstudio.com

In the meantime, keep painting and making beautiful things happen in your world!