Crowning Glory

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I love crowns.

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Love adorning statues of all kinds with crowns.

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I’m always searching for them, but for some reason the old ones are hard to find.

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Even new ones are hard to come across.

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In one of our junkin’ adventures, we found a box of old

tin and brass lamp and furniture parts.

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And the light bulb came on.

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Why not design and create our own crowns?!? 

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Using vintage and antique parts and findings,

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embellished with vintage rhinestone jewelry.

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We love the end result!

We think everything looks better with a crown on it.

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Even the farm animals! 

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Have a great holiday weekend!

Blessings,

   Cindy

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Fabulous Flea Market Finds!

Vintage cement garden statue

Vintage cement garden statue

We have some fabulous “flea market finds” just in!

None of them actually came from flea markets though,

they are all from various estate sales and auctions

throughout the South…….

Vintage porcelain bisque candle holder

Vintage porcelain bisque candle holder

my favorite pickin’ area!

Vintage plaster sheep statue from closed church

Vintage plaster sheep statue from closed church

We found two fabulous vintage plaster sheep statues.

The are from a church nativity and are a nice large size!

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We love adorning them with petite crowns!  They have such a

“frenchy” look to them and perfect in the cottage, shabby, country, or french decor!

Vintage plaster sheep statue from closed church

Vintage plaster sheep statue from closed church

These trophies are HUGE and for fox hunting!!

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They even have the dog’s names listed!

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I love decorating with vintage trophies,  but they are getting really hard to find!

These are beauties, perfect to use to display flowers in!

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Of course, I adore vintage religious statues.

They just bring such a sense of calm and peace to a room.

Vintage plaster St. Therese statue, 1920's

Vintage plaster St. Therese statue, 1920’s

This St. Therese statue is lovely, made of plaster, she is a nice large size as well.

And the details of her face are perfect!

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We found some fantastic architectural salvage pieces

perfect for decorating!

Architectural salvage from a closed church.

Architectural salvage from a closed church.

Beautiful French busts are always on my “search list” as well as cherubs.

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So we were excited when we found these lovelies!

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Getting ready to head back to the deep South for an extensive pickin’ trip next week.

It’s my birthday!  No better way to celebrate than treasure hunting!

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As a last note, our prayers and thoughts are with our neighbors in Oklahoma

during this time of devastation.  May the Peace of God be with you all.

Blessings,

             Cindy

Frenchy Grain Sack Dining Chairs

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I have a weakness for chairs…….not shoes, handbags, or dishes……..chairs!

I love frenchy chairs…..you know….. the ones with 

curvy legs, feminine lines, romance. 

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I recently found four dining chairs at a flea market that had all the requirements.

They just needed some updating from their ugliness.

Before

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Which in my world is paint and upholstery.

We painted the wood in Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White,

my favorite “go to” color,

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and waxed it in clear and dark wax after distressing 

to bring out some of the character.

After a good buffing to bring out the silky finish, it was time for the upholstery!

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I love using antique grain sacks, especially the old German

grain sacks with the farmers name and dates stamped on them.

They, however, can be extremely hard to find and pretty pricey.

I had some antique grain sacks that were plain with just a blue stripe,

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so I decided to stencil them to get the look I wanted.

You could also download the image you want  from Graphics Fairy 

and print on transfer paper and iron the image on.

We had stencils cut for us in the German script that we used.

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Stamped the back with a “frenchy number”…..

love numbers!

We did the backs of the chairs in the grain sack and for the bottom,

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we upholstered them in…….you got it……..Lowe’s drop cloths! 

Love them!

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We love how they turned out!  

Two are done……now just two more to go! 

Blessings,

            Cindy