A selection of my Turquoise Hand Painted Frames. Such a difficult color to describe and paint!
Second Varen Collection – Turquoise. Always a very popular color in my etsy shop – mackenzieframes. The moulding I used there is now no longer made, and for some time I have been thinking of an alternative which I thought I would create myself. So here is version one – a 3D embossed look made with some old wooden Indian print blocks I found at a local craft fair a few years ago – I knew they would come in useful at some time!
The good ladies of Varen, Tarn et Garonne, South West France, yet again asked me to contribute to their regular summer exhibition. This year the theme is ‘Ethnic’. OK, it’s just a small local exhibition, but what I love is the demand it makes on me to come up with some new ideas.
So, I have used some of my rubber stamps with an Indian theme. These are in Black and White.
I’ll show you the other colors in a minute!
Whenever I see the new weekly photo challenge theme from the daily post, it always takes me a couple of days to reflect. This week the theme is Purple. I love color, if I have a special project on the go, I start dreaming in the stuff!
PURPLE – yes – what have we here lying on the studio worktop:
So here is a sneak peak of work in progress for some new Wedding Table Numbers I am working on for next spring. As you can see, purple is one of the dominant colors I am using, along with deep cerise pink and black. Such deep, rich colors. I just love working with them!
Well, still along way to go on these new designs. As soon as they are all finished and ship shape – I will let you see them in all their glory!
My 2012 Wedding Framed Table Numbers are in our Etsy shop if you want to see them.
The summer season of craft shows is upon us, and although I don’t do many of them these days, whenever the ladies of Varen phone me to participate in their annual summer craft show – I usually say yes.
Varen (zip code – 82330) is a very pleasant village near St. Antonin Noble Val, in the Tarn-et-Garonne about 15 minutes drive from where I live here in the Midi-Pyrenees region of South West France. The good ladies of Varen, take it upon themselves to manage ‘La Shoppe’ every summer in the hope of luring tourists and locals alike into their little stone clad den below the ‘mairie’ (the mayor’s office) which is full of hand made delights from local artisans.
The theme this year is ‘Reverie’ – a very subjective word that summons different things to different people. Well, to my mind, in the realm of interior decor, this means ‘The House of my Dreams’ and as Marie-Claude (chief lady in charge) specifically asked me to provide some of my Hand Painted Framed Mirrors, this is what I had in mind.
I hope there are a few people passing through Varen this summer who have the same taste in colors and framed mirrors as I have!
So I thought you would like to see the ‘Work In Progress’ of the hand painted frames at the moment. As you see, my color theme is very neutral – white, taupe and beige. A variety of sizes and styles from my ‘odd box’ of moldings that we seem to collect over the years in our Framing Workshop. Any one who has been following my blog here only has to to go to the DIY Tutorials to see that I love ‘Up-cycling’ old frames to make them into objects of desire once again!
Well, Martin has just cut the individual pieces of mirror for each frame. He still needs to cut the backing boards and then I can finish the transformation of these frames into the mirrors of your dreams.
When they are ready, I’ll give you an update. And if you are on holiday here in our corner of South West France this summer, perhaps you can come and visit Varen and have a little peak into ‘La Shoppe’!
Well creative people – what did you do with your shabby chic up-cycled frames that I hope you made after following my three part blog post last year? My frames were hanging about the workshop for months waitng patiently for me to find the right images. AT LAST – I found the perfect solution!
The images are from a 19th century book of lithographs. The book was too damaged to keep as a whole, and I bought it with wall art in mind – the book may be damaged, but the images were hiding there ready to see the light of day.
My plan is to a grouping of these shabby white frames and their lithographs ready for a wall hanging. What a difference to see these bits of Victoriana in nice light pale frames, such a difference to the thin black narrow frames that you normally see these black and white images in. Up-cycling is the name of the game in today’s modern interior decor.
Here are a few more of my Shabby Chic DIY Frames that have received the same treatment. Now, Which wall to use?
So, is your Mom your Best Friend? Your Dad your Best Buddie? Well, perhaps YES, perhaps NO! Whatever – I am sure they will love to find these tiny little framed custom table names at their place at your Thanksgiving and Christmas table this year.
Hey – and don’t forget Little Brother & Little Sister!
Because of the time of year, I’m thinking of the holiday period that is nearly upon us, but these little place names would be a great way to personalize your table decor for any coming event – perhaps your wedding or an anniversary party and don’t forget they go very well with the table numbers that are also available in my Etsy shop in the Table Numbers and Names Section. No need to go with the names I have illustrated – I’m quite happy to custom print your own name suggestions for your little Table Numbers!
My new range of TABLE NUMBERS are here at last! They are the cutest little frames that will really enhance your table decor. I have used a variety of our Narrow Gold and Silver style frames as well as the very popular Shabby Chic in White and Gold and Black and Gold styles. Well, pictures are better than words, so here are a few photos. Let’s start with the NARROW SILVER BOULES: