Friday

OUR HOME AND MY WORK FEATURED - redoux and mobile home living


 Today Karen AKA Good Time Charlie from
Redoux
is featuring the french pair I did last week.

AND
Plz stop in to read the gracious comments Crystal from Mobile Home Living 
wrote while featuring OUR MOBILE HOME tour.
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Thursday

MAGICAL TOUR - the urban gypsy

I'll give some insight into the photos you are looking at shortly.


Yesterday was quite the day.
We had a deliver to make to North Van,
(those who don't know that's a good hour away from home)


then to pick up several pieces of my finished work on Kingsway to bring back home.


I did some pedaling of my wares on the street corner.


Okay it wasn't totally like that but we did have 2 customers pick up pieces
as we were loading the van. 


And I want to thank those customers for saving us a bit of time, energy, and space.


But my favorite part of yesterday was dropping the Jack Dining Set off
at another store on our way back. (all these photos were taken there)


Jason, the store's proprietor and I have conversed via email for some time
and just before we left the house for the days adventures


He emailed asking if I wanted to bring the dining set in to display at his store.


Truth be told I didn't have to think on it too long,
the set was never going to get top billing in our small space,
and I welcomed the prospect of finally meeting Jason.


I didn't realize what I was getting myself into! (in a good way)
I was overwhelmed at how wonderfully welcoming he was to us
and complementary of my work.
After pulling me behind the counter to show me photos of a painting project he had done,
(in ASCP) he took us on the tour.
And what a tour it was!
He's incredibly knowledgeable about his inventory,
all of which is beautiful solid wood furniture hand carved and imported from India and Asia.


The first time around I didn't even think to take my camera out, I had to go back around a second
time to do that. No skin off my back I was thoughly enjoying the view everywhere I looked.
Admittedly I'm not a huge fan of Indian decor but the WOOD is so beautiful.


Jason also showed us a Tibetan Singing Bowl
(i think that's what it was called, he'll correct me if I'm wrong)
And it really does sing in a matter of speaking.
Unfortunately I did not get a photo of it because I was so memorized.
I think I might want one!


Needless to say the Union Jack Dining Set is available and on display at:


The Urban Gypsy
614 Columbia St
New West
604-520-7725
www.theurbangypsy.com

There are more detailed photos to look at on the URBAN GYPSY web site
but if you are in the area plz stop in to see Jason and everything he has to offer.
It really is magical!

Make sure to ask to see the singing bowls.
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Sunday

MERRY CHRISTMAS - snow pictures

For everyone without a white Christmas.





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Thursday

A PROVINCIAL PAIR - nightstand and hiboy


Right now George is working countless hours running his business and doing deliveries,
which intern giving me extra time to work on painting guilt free.
This hiboy and nightstand are one of the latest projects that have been completed.


I'd like to say it was a simple redo, and in simple terms it was.
No repairs were needed.


However it did take countless hours to pianted both pieces in Old White


Then wax both pieces, removing the excess as I went along.


Then washed them in thinned out Graphite chalk paint and remove the excess.


Wax and polish every inch of the dresser and table again.


Once all that was done,
I hand painted each handle with Graphite chalk paint highlighting the girly curves.


The final step was to prep the arborite tops with a primer.


Wrap the body in plastic and get them outside before spraying the top in a glossy black.


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Wednesday

RED BERRY DECOR - christmas decorating

 
Our front door was adorned with a cute pair of decorative skates, I found at the grocery store!


Hanging inside a bright holiday berry wreath with a hand painted sign to welcome you.


In the kitchen I put together some candles and cranberries in glass.

 

Simple glassware found in the cupboards, an assortment of candles, and
some cinnamon sticks.


The sun was out and strong when I got these fun photos
of some mini trees on the front porch. 



Merry Christmas Everyone!




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Monday

MARBLE MASTERPIECE - george's old dresser


The OLD WORLD style dresser is complete.

We'll I'm still going to lay a few more coats of poly on the top as long as it is here.
It has at least seven coats now but a few more won't hurt as
I want a nice glassy finished look to the faux marble top.

BEFORE               and                    AFTER
George and I got this dresser several years ago when we first started playing house,
and yes it was bright teal when we got it!

It now looks luscious but this makeover also has an in between photo.

At the time I had a full time job and a can of brown AURA paint by Benjamin Moore.
I put the embellishment on it and paired it with a mirror I found, painted it all and it served us well.

Since we redid our dressing room last year it really has not had a place here any more.
So it was time to move on and let it go to a home where it can be used again.



The Georgian style hardware I used was sprayed with OIL RUBBED BRONZE
from Rustoleum. It's a delicious metallic chocolate color.


And the part most of you are waiting to see ...
The faux painted marble top.
Long ago I learned to do this and did it very successfully
on my bathtub surround.
If I ever come across photos of it I will be sure to share.


One more surprise ...
The bright teal is also inside and still lining all the drawers.
How fun is that?
Traditional outside with a bit of fun inside.


The body color is ASCP old white with Minwax dark wax over top.

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