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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Monday, October 29, 2012

It's Enough.......

Thank you Oprah for allowing us to recognize the "AHA" moments in our lives.
As I worked frantically over the weekend to pack for a return trip to Tennessee, reclaim the home so the Realtors could show it when I wasn’t in Georgia, feed pets and husband, and work on final items for the Nashville Christmas Show, I truly felt like I was spinning my wheels.  The past year I have been diagnosed with cancer, two surgeries, and radiation treatment plus meds I am on every day.  We also purchased and redid the home in Georgia that we are now looking to sell due to job changes for my husband.  I have the opportunity to be in Tennessee for less than a week, during which time, I need to schedule a trip to Knoxville to have the current car serviced, two hours each way, and then a trip to Cookeville to pick up the new vehicle.  I also have several people we have invited for Thanksgiving in a few weeks.  There may be overnight lodging involved in this event.  Did I mention, we redid the home in Tennessee also this year, and it’s not completely company ready?  At 9 a.m. it occurred to me that perhaps this was all just an exercise in insanity, and I needed to stop the bus or just get off the bus.  When I talked to the lady doing the show and she had such a short window for me to drop off items for the show and it would be a Nashville drop off when I would be in Georgia, I just realized that this is totally impossible and just completely nuts!  The world is not going to stop because I don’t have twenty items at the Nashville Christmas Show this year.  We, thank God, are not going to go hungry if I don't sell one thing.  Hopefully, there will be plenty of other holidays in my future and my loved ones.  Why should I make another weekend, day or hour such a forced march?  I looked around and there was nobody with a gun to my head.  Everything I was feeling was another way for the perfectionist in me, the performer, the creator, to beat me up with.  I feel that I have been on a journey to work minimalism into my life, and where was I failing?  You have to get it straight in your head first.
People don’t really need more things, even my lovely (LOL) items, and if they do, why can’t I sell this on my website, etsy, or in one of the several daily retail locations I have access to?  I was still able to provide forty handmade ornaments for Catherine, along with my studio information for inclusion in her boutique bags. I also worked on an ornament for the Tennessee Governor's Holiday Christmas Tree for our county.   Maybe for this year, this will be enough.  This reality has given me such a feeling of peace, I can’t explain it.  I know I will still finish my items and market them thru different channels.  I know we will still open our home and our hearts on Thanksgiving to our friends and family.  I know that this time next week I will be driving a new car back to Georgia, and you know what?  I know that tomorrow if it is God's plan, I will wake up healthy and full of optimism and hope.  And you know what?  It’s enough..

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Shabby Chic Flower Seller's Hand Painted Table

French Flower Seller's Table
This table is show on it's side.  It is a little higher than a coffee table.  It could have been a bench at one time.  You can't see the brass tips on the legs until the finished project photo, but it seemed like a sturdy piece of furniture, that could do with a little love and creativity.  Did I mention a little work, also?  I took it outside and gave it a really good cleaning and then I taped the inside of it with painters blue tape as I did not think it needed the storage part painted.  I gave it one dry brushed to fairly thick coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Versailles.  Love that color!  Once again my friends at Jennie Leigh Design were my go to for my paint that I used.  You can find them here to order your colors:www.jennieleighdesign.com

After distressing the outside by lightly sanding wear marks into the chalk painted finish, I went to Karen's website at The Graphics Fairy.  Her link is www.thegraphicsfairy.com.  I found exactly what I was looking for in typography.  I used the image below and enlarged it to fit the dimensions of the

I used an acrylic paint in a pewter color.  It is the Lumiere Acrylic Paint by Jacquard. It was neither too dark or too shiny metallic for what I wanted. I hand painted the lettering with two coats of this paint.  I was pleased that this gave the typography the look of an old sign!

That done, I needed to decide how to finish the inside. I had purchased several years ago a roll of contact paper that had a rich mahogany colored suede fabric as the lining, and that was what I decided to use. I purchased it at the Container Store and had kept it back for that exactly right project. This gave a nice finished look to the inside, and you can see for yourself how great this little piece is for storage!

Here is a final closeup of the finished table top.  I was pleased with the end results, and even more pleased that it has already found a new home. 


I am thinking the next time I use this graphic, I will maybe do a sign.  How cute would that look on a garden building outside?

Monday, October 15, 2012

Milk Paint Tutorial

This week finds me busy in Georgia working on our new space in Tallulah Falls at the Depot.  If your travels involve this part of the state this is a wonderful area and North for about 20 miles of shops, restaurants, antique stores and malls and flea markets!  I am including a direct link for a tutorial on the bonding agent you might be interested in with the milk paints.  You can find it at


I will have a new project to share with you next week that I am working on using chalk paint and a Graphic Fairy image.  I am also finishing an ornament for the official Christmas Tree in Nashville representing my home county, Jackson, IN Tennessee!  I will share all of this and more in another post.  Have a great and blessed week!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Paris Bench

First, Let me apologize for the extremely poor "before" shot of the bench.  Still learning how to use all the settings on the camera!  This little bench was left by my daughter in law and son on a past visit.  So...the cost was perfect ......  However, this little guy languished in the garage for several years before I finally had the opportunity to work with it.  As you can see, I basecoated this with Annie Sloan Soft White Chalk Paint.  I then chose a great French graphic from the Graphics Fairy www.graphicsfairy.blogspot.com.  I transferred the design using a graphite paper and then handpainted everything in a very soft blue grey with taupe accents to darken the leaves etc.  Below is a close up of the original motif from the Graphics Fairy.
 I found the pretty striped canvas fabric at our local Walmart fabric department for under $7.00 a yard.  The tricky part was deciding how to upholster the bench as there was an area that needed filling to bring the cushion up to the top of the seat.  We took a large welt cording, covered it and applied it to the wooden edges both front and back.  Then cleaned up inside with a gimp and the cushion is actually removable and finished with a knife edge.  The photo does not show the work, but the back of the bench is upholstered with the stripe fabric so this could be used away from a wall as a free standing little bench.  This is now done and waiting for a new home at Carol's Corner in Gainesboro, Tennessee.  Email me if you need measurements or more information.

Last week was our first give a way and the lucky winners are:

Joy Logan Biggs
Michelle Meyer Studio
Lisa Simpson
Kathy at A Delightsome Life.

Ladies, I will be emailing you soon for an address to send the magazines!  Fix a cup of tea and sit back and enjoy all the great articles for the holidays.  If you did not win, you can still order a magazine on my website at www.theblueheronstudio.com


Monday, October 1, 2012

Shabby Chic's Shabby Lane Magazine Give A Way!

My First Give A Way!
All You Have to Do to Enter to Win One of Five Holiday Issues of Shabby Lane Shops Magazine is to Friend the Blue Heron Studio on its Facebook Page! http://www.facebook.com/#!/blueheronpainting
and also Sign up as Follower for the Shabby Chic Blog and Leave a Comment
This is the 2012 4th quarter holiday issue. This is a lovely newsstand publication and probably the best issue yet!  You can find this in select Barnes & Noble, Bookworld "select" Target stores & every Hancock Fabric Store. This issue hits the newsstands 10-2-12.

      In this 56 page issue you will find wonderful holiday recipes, fun holiday craft DIY projects, great articles, and brand new with this issue "Holiday & Tea Poetry"
Start your Holidays Early with this Great Give A Way valued at $7.45 Each with Shipping Free!
in the meantime.... I will be.....
I 'll be working on more projects to share with you the rest of October....
Adding More Items to my Stores and website,www.theblueheronstudio.com
using some of the cool graphics from the Graphic Fairy's Blogspot!