So you know I have been working on "lady in red" for my Spring Sale which, by the way, is right around the
corner. I love this fabric by Anna Maria Horner that I chose for her. For furniture pieces I recover for my
own home, I buy whatever type of fabric I want....lace, cotton,satin, burlap, polyester.....whatever I like
lol....I make no qualms about it. I don't take into consideration how long the fabric will last because chances
are, I will be WAY tired of it before it ever has time to wear out.
Well, I can't use that philosophy when doing pieces for others....not everyone gets bored as quickly as I
do so the fabric must be durable....So being my little confident self, I decided to ask Anna Maria Horner how
well her home decor fabrics hold up on furniture. Remind you she has been my idle since I first met her in
1997 in Knoxville Tennessee while at college. Anna Maria owned a little shop called "The Handmaiden," and
I think I spent my life's savings there.....I bought her handmade clothes, painted furniture, jewelry
boxes....you name it, she made it, and I bought it. I still have a stool and a jewelry box she made....I bet I
could get a lot for them on ebay since she is now a world renowned fabric designer.
Back to my original thought....anywhoo, so I got on Anna's website looking for her email address when
suddenly I noticed she had her studio number listed. I said to myself, "I will call and leave her a message."
I dialed the number, NEVER expecting anyone to answer, then I heard, "hello." Well, you would have
thought someone dropped a bomb on my noggin because I suddenly was speechless. I felt myself trying to
work up my most sophisticated accent (that was a disaster........Note To Self: there is no way to rid yourself
of your ridiculous hick accent so don't even bother.) Once I got the lump out of my throat and the rubbish
from the bomb off my head, I proceeded with my questions. About halfway through the conversation, I
decided to ask, "is this Anna Maria?" "Uh, well duuuuu, who do you think this is?" Just kidding, she didn't say
that but I am certain she was wondering which turnip truck I fell off of. She talked with me just like I was her
neighbor....just the way I remember her. She said her velveteen fabrics would hold up nicely on my "lady in
red"....ahhhhemm. I still tremble thinking about her answering that phone.....she is my hero.
A piece I am working on...I start by layering lots of paint. This piece was off white to begin with and then I added lots of color to create a vintage, time-worn piece.
This is the drawer for the above piece. I was in a playful mood and I love the word "nest." Did I tell you I
found another word I will be adding to my mental dictionary and plan to pull it down as needed?
REVERIE-which means daydream. You must check out this facebook page. ....great inspiration for vintage
I love painting frames. My talented handyman built this frame using a modern frame (the inset) I had stashed in a drawer and wood siding off an old house that was torn down in town. This, as well as the piece above, will be available at the Spring Sale (April 28th-30th).
I love the patina on an old chippy piece of furniture. I try to recreate this patina on my pieces. Aren't the
colors on this old chair "candy for the eyes"!!!!
I am thankful for my Stella...she sticks by me wherever I go. She found her a little nest in this picture frame.
I don't know if I have said thank you lately....but, THANK YOU. Thank you for taking the time to read my