Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sleeping Beauty!

Tune in later this week and I will show you how this free Craigslist highboy...

Became "La Belle au Bois Dormant", or "TheBeauty Sleeping in the Wood". 

This is actually the closest representation of the colors! 

*No actual antiques were harmed in this transformation.  The highboy is a reproduction with paperboard dust panels and back. 



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Rainy Day In the Library

Our daughter is reading Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and I am reading a book written by a friend.  
Which reminds me, I hope my dear friend, FreeThinke, will consider putting all his amazing work in book form.  I would really love to spend a lazy day reading it ...



Thursday, May 4, 2017

Hipster Blogger At Last!

It has occurred to me that I have been derelict in my duties as a Blogger. Never once have I photographed my breakfast, nor lunch, nor dinner, nor a midday snack. Not even a midnight raid on the refrigerator. 

Such a glaring oversight in this new age of social interaction. Well friends, that is about to change! A new dawn, if you will. 
No looking back...

Forgive my rudeness for not supplying this image sooner. 

I present to you...Breakfast! In this scientifically advanced era of instant photography filters, I wrestled with the perfect enhancement. I settled with a light "Focal"filter, to highlight my breakfast, then a simple "Light" frame to outline the importance of the first meal of the day. 

Then I added my Divine Theatre watermark to make it all official and binding. See? 

LOL! Honestly, I just thought it was pretty. Mixed fruit with nutmeg and cinnamon. 
Pretty, right?

I will happily remain a member of the Counterculture and keep my breakfast to myself. Unless it is really pretty. 
Like this is.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Golden Cleaning Tip For Silver!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter Sunday!  We had a lovely day with family.  
I just wanted to share a quick tip for polishing silver you may not have tried.  
All this silver was polished in five minutes using common household items!

For comparison, see the silver tray in the center of the table.  All the other silver was equally as tarnished.  

Easy Steps:

Line sink with aluminum foil

Fill sink with hot water

Add one container table salt

Add half box baking soda

Lower silver into sink

Wait five minutes

Remove silver and lightly wipe off any remaining tarnish

Rinse and dry!

That's it!  

No, really!



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Puddle-Free Puddles!

I love the look of puddled drapes but there is a certain cat who lives here who thinks puddled drapes have a different meaning.  I will not name names.  

I had to throw the drapes away, sadly.  

However, I could not keep the new drapes laying over chair backs forever. 

I devised a plot.

Beautifully puddled drapes!

Look closer...I pinned the drapes up so they are about an inch above the floor...I intentionally spaced the pins far apart so they droop between the pinned spots...
and this is where the magic comes in!

18 gauge wire.  I used copper, so it won't rust. I tripled it for more strength, then ran it along the bottom, bent it in toward the back at the ends to secure it, (pinching it closed) then "waved" it to mimic the look of puddled drapes...for my drapes I used four feet of wire, (tripled, just wound three lengths and looped at the ends, so as not to poke drape fabric), so the drapes would be wider at the bottom. Without the wire, the drapes would hang straight down. 
These drapes are lined and interlined, so they have body and fullness.  If yours aren't, just place crumpled tissue paper or paper towels into the "hemmed" area. 

This way I get to keep the drapes and the kitty!  lol  This is also beneficial to those with children or husbands who may accidentally step on puddled drapes. 

The illusion is enough to make me happy. 

I feel like an evil scientist but in a good way.  



Saturday, April 8, 2017

Spring In the Dining Room!

Spent a few days brightening up the joint in preparation for Spring celebrations!  

Tea cups on the buffet! 

I was looking for a place to store them until the tea party but they are too pretty to hide!  The perfect touch of Spring! 

Flowers every color of the rainbow!  

Pussy willow branches adorned with glass eggs, hung by pastel velvet ribbon.

This secretary will never be finished.  lol  
I added birds and garlands.  

I am not very good at photographing in bright light.  This is really very pretty in "real life". lol  

The glass eggs look almost like dewdrops.  

Hallway by the back stairs with topiary bunny resting up for the big day!  

It is a beautiful Spring day!  Soon the gardens will beckon!


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Zebra Settee; Earning My Stripes

This is a beautiful, well made corbeille sofa.  Solid too.  It would work well in a library with an English theme.  However, it needed a French makeover if it wanted to live in our home!  

I kept the upholstery. It was in perfect shape!  
This is two coats of Annie Sloan Old White, followed by Clear Wax, then Waverly Antique Wax. The gold detail is DecoArt Venetian Gold. 
I used over 20 different paint brushes to get at different angles around the upholstery. Good tools are important.  They also make the work a lot easier. 

Step one: No turning back! 

Whiter than white.  

Late at night, the sofa is done, except for clear and dark wax.  

In the light of day! After antique wax is applied. 

Delores approves!  

The Venetian Gold is my new favorite gold tone! 

View from Music Room...

This has to be my favorite project yet!  
Working around the upholstery took a great deal of time, but it is work I enjoy.  

I honestly don't know how I didn't spill paint all over the upholstery!  I kept envisioning that as I worked.  
Every time our new kitty, Delores, walked by, I held on to all my paint and brushes, as if I was in an earthquake.  lol  

I have lots and lots and lots more to share with you!  I counted 60 pieces of furniture that I painted in the house.  I couldn't sleep.  That's what I do when I can't sleep.  I don't count sheep because, frankly, sheep jumping over the fence makes me worried.  lol  Who can sleep if the sheep are all running away from home, I ask you? 





Friday, January 20, 2017

Inauguration Day

Wreath on front door to honor the Inauguration of our Republic's 45th president. Blue velvet ribbon to signify reverence for our fallen police officers. May they rest in peace.



To those who asked about the piano.  The pin board is damaged beyond repair. Well, it can be repaired but we cannot afford to do so. We would like to donate it to a museum if anyone knows of one who would like it.  

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Soul of The Maker

Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul. 
-W. Somerset Maugham

Our beautiful piano has breathed her last. My heart is heavy. 

The soul of the maker is in the wood. Perhaps an immigrant from another country? A man who learned his craft from generations before him? It was built in 1895. I can almost see the craftsman at work, carving the wood, the details, placing the keys, the strings. I wonder what he thought of as he worked? The Old Country? Did he worry about his children? Did he pray? Did he hum to himself to pass the time? His hands, stained and sturdy, deftly creating a masterpiece that would be treasured for over a century. 
When the instrument was complete did he run his hand across the keyboard? 

I yearn to reach across the divide and shake that hand, to thank him for giving his soul so perfectly.

What was the first melody that spilled forth from the soul of the piano's first owner, infused with the soul of the instrument, created by the soul of the maker, joined with the soul of the composer? 




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