Miss MM

Wow, this might be the longest I have gone between blog posts! I think things are going to slow down, and then never do…Warp speed is my new norm I think! So many fun things have been going on with my little business. But I wanted to stop and share this sweet little chair I finished a few weeks ago. It sold at the Chartreuse and Co. Market Days this last weekend. And to be honest I am a little sad to see her go. But alas I can not keep every piece that I remake, but the couple who bought her were so sweet, and I know she will be well taken care of. I think she had a pretty dramatic change from her original outfit. I brought her home on Christmas Eve, and wanted to finish her look over Christmas, but time does have away of getting away from a person so she sat and waiting patiently until two weeks ago. Her new outfit is hungarian linen, but the best part about this fabric is that it had a small monogram on one of the corners. mmchair1Which you can now see is on the arm cover of the chair. In its previous life it was probably used as a household linen and then sent out to be washed. But now it is married to this lovely chair and I hope they have a long happy life together!

Loves

Traer

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New Year, New Beginnings…

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Wow, I just looked at my last blog post and it was from mid-December! Ummm, didn’t seem that long ago…This year is off to a crazy fun start! I have upholstered, slipcovered, and painted so much furniture the last few weeks my hands are paying the price. But I wanted to take some time to share some of my latest projects and additions to my home. I was glancing around my home today and it struck me how much my decor has changed in the last year. It has changed so much I don’t think one of the rooms that I have photographed in my home tour looks anything like the picture now! So I guess I need to take some update photos.

I have so many fun things to show you, but here are some of my favorites. TheUnion Jack pillow was almost too sweet for me to sell at the barn in January. But I told myself I could just make another one if it did sell. I also plan on making a union jack ottoman in the same color pattern and fabric. I have slipcovered three settee this last year, which I have to say I surprised myself. Never did I think I would be able to tackle a project of that size, and feel confidant enough to sell it!

2014 could be a year of big changes for my little business. God has placed people and opportunities in my life that I never thought would be possible. I am also gearing up for the Lucketts fair in May, which hopefully will be as fantastic of experience as the last two years. Hopefully more details to come.

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I wish I would have taken a before pic of the chair. It really needed a make-over. But with a little paint and light blue velvet she is ready for her new life.

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Finally I wanted to share a new addition to my home that I absolutely adore. I have wanted a white slipcovered couch for some time now, and finally I have one to complete my living room. My friend Amanda did a great job with the custom slipcover. You can see her other creations in her Etsy shop too, Ruby Twine.

 

Many blessing to you this New Year!

The Dining Room Table…

table2As I write this I am watching the beautiful snow come down outside my window. I love the snow! And I love this time of the year. Christmas is such a wonderful time full of blessings and love! It can also be a stressful time, but today I am enjoying a relaxing Saturday with my family. Allen took the boys for a walk in the snow and I decided to share a before and after post with you. Last weekend was the final Sweet Clover barn sale of the year. Although it had to be cut short because of the winter storm that came through last weekend, Amanda and I sold quite a few pieces. One of the pieces that sold was this dining room table and chairs. The beautiful tufted bench was Amanda’s creation, so I can not take credit for that. I bought this table set at an auction last spring and I think I shared a pic of it on Facebook or maybe here on the blog.tablebefore I was going to have it finished for the Lucketts fair, but I just didn’t have the time to get it done. The table itself was in a rough state. You notice the top is a bit green from someone glueing a foam covering on it. The table took quite a bit of work to strip and sand. So I kept putting it off all summer. And finally this fall I decided to tackle it. I actually thought very hard about setting it at the curb and letting someone else deal with it. But friends encouraged me to get it done.I forgot to also mention the entire dining room set was a steal at auction, so I really would not have felt too guilty about letting the table go, and just keeping the chairs. But I got it done, and I was very happy with the results! I even made little matching lumbar pillows for the chairs. I hope the person who bought the set enjoys it as much as I do. Someday I will have a dining room set that has upholstered seats! But not until my boys are a little older.

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Here is another one of my pieces that sold. My second slipcovered settee! I really like the high back of this one, although it was a bit more challenging than the last one. I am considering purchasing a industrial sewing machine soon! My little one is having some trouble handling the layers of fabric for the larger slipcover pieces. And it looks like I will continue to tackle larger projects….so….I just need to convince Allen that I NEED one! I hope you are all enjoying this holiday season! More projects in the works for the New Year! And I am going to finish up some ones around my house…finally…!whitesette

 

A Little Giveaway!

A few of my blogger friends have put together a little giveaway just for all you crafty ones! Hope you all enter! And Happy Holidays!

Love,

Traer……A Few of Our Favorite Things : Furniture DIY & Paint Supplies Giveaway

My friends and I teamed up to share some of our favorite supplies that we’ve tested and approved over the countless projects we’ve worked on over the years!

Here’s what you’ll win!

3 Purdy brushes – 1 in, 1.5 in, and 2 in

4 3M sanding blocks – in 60, 150, 220, and 320 grits – perfect for prepping pieces and for all your distressing needs

1 bag of Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint (your choice of color)

1 jar of Miss Mustard Seed’s furniture wax

1 Miss Mustard Seed’s medium paint/wax brush

1 extra large roll of Frog Tape

1 Quick Wood epoxy stick – great for filling larger holes and gashes in furniture

1 Kreg Jig, Jr. – for making pocket holes so you don’t see screw heads on your diy furniture projects

2 bags of Blue Hawk cheesecloths – these are great for applying (and removing excess) wax to your painted furniture

2 plastic tubs – these make measuring the right amount of paint a breeze and double as the perfect place to soak your brushes

$20 Woodcraft gift card

$175 Lowe’s gift card

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The gift cards will help you add to your supplies.

Some suggestions of things we love that you can add to your stash : (we couldn’t include most of these because of shipping restrictions)

Floetrol – great for cleaning paint brushes

Minwax Polycrylic sealer (water based)

Briwax Liming Wax

Minwax Wipe On Poly

Minwax Express Color Stain

General Finishes glaze in Van Dyke Brown

General Finishes gel stain in Java

Be sure to check all of these products out whether you win or not. They’re our favorites for a reason! 😉

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Alright, ready to enter? We’re giving you LOTS of opportunities!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Have fun and good luck!

Giveaway closes at 11:59 pm EST on 11/30/13.