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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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Best Biscuits in Batesville!

If your travels include a nice leisurely trip on Georgia Route 197 just about halfway between Clarkesville and Lake Burton, you will find yourself at a crossroads that features the most hospitable couple of ladies at Batesville General Store. They claim to serve the "Best Biscuits" around and that is certainly true of their biscuits and anything else on the menu in the quaint country store. Barbara (left) is assisted by Gretchen (right) and you can enjoy a nice shopping experience while your food is being prepared. Gretchen is quite an artist and you can select from many of her unusual offerings including bench chairs and vintage inspired furniture. Barbara can be found preparing delicious desserts and ice creams which change frequently, so be sure to ask for the current best sellers! The trip will take you by many pottery and craft galleries and is part of the new Southern Highlands Trail initiative. You can find out more about the General Store at their Face Book page, http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Batesville-General-Store-Restaurant/210384532320676

Humans are not the only ones who enjoy these legendary biscuits. Just ask "LuLu" and "Buddy" what they think you should order. They each have their favorite! My big purchase of the weekend was a set of double matching vintage French doors, that I will be using for an upcoming "Shabby Chic Weekend" project. Love the white, chippy finish! So.....bring a big appetite, and a way to carry home some of the mountain treasures with you from Batesville General Store and Restaurant.
Glimpses of the Soque River as you travel along this route will also lower your heart rate and hearken back to a time past. Stop at Mark of the Potter Pottery Gallery and enjoy the lovely natural falls of the river and be sure to feed the gigantic trout with fish food you can purchase for just that. http://www.markofthepotter.com/ They have lovely artisan made pottery from many populart artists. Check out their kiln opening schedule on their website. One thing is for sure, you will plenty to do and lots to see along this stretch of route 197.

I am partying at the "Make It Pretty, Monday" the Dedicated House

Monday, August 20, 2012

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and a Vintage Dough Box

Chalk Painted Dough Box

I just wanted to share with you one of the first painted projects I have done with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  This paint is amazing.  It went on smoothly and I was able to distress this piece and give it a very old, well used, well loved appearance.  I received my chalk paint from Jennie Leigh Design Studio in Greenville, South Carolina. You can find her here at www.jennieleighdesign.com.  She will ship any amount of products for a flat rate shipping fee.  The hardest decision will be to choose your colors.  For this project I used the Paris Grey over a medium dark stained piece.  I use a wax taper candle to run over the edges and areas that might be worn from use over time.  This quick step allowed me to distress to just the amount of "old wood" I wanted to show without going past into a lighter color of grain.  The inside color is a Martha Stewart color I had on hand of Enamelware.  I went to our favorite graphic site, graphicsfairy.blogspot.com and selected one of the popular French designs.  I then used the Picassa editing program to "flip" the design.  I chose to use the transfer technique using a Mod Podge sealed card stock and applied the design to the front of the piece. You can also find some wonderful transfer techniques at the Graphic Fairy website as well.  After completing the transfer, I gave the entire piece a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax, and voila, it was on it way to Carol's Corner in Gainesboro, Tennessee.  This little piece sold quickly and will make its way to a new home outside of Chattanooga.  This is a wonderful feeling, to know a piece that was once loved will be again!  Thanks for taking the time to listen to me go on about some great products and wonderful inspiring websites.  I am also partying this week at Feathered Friday at http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/ ,also at Redoux at http://www.redouxinteriors.com/ and Common Ground and the Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest http://shabbynest.blogspot.com/ and of course at Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Friday,