When I first set up my painting business, The name Sanctuary Arts seemed so... grand..and sophisticated.
When I started my blog adding At Home seemed natural, but now I wonder if it's just too much or too stuffy. I am thinking about cutting it down to just Sanctuary Arts and that's it. Sometimes I wish I could do a total name change. Something fresh and new.
Then I started thinking about when and if I ever get to open my real brick and mortar store someday... what would I call it? I would sell my own art and furniture, vintage/European inspired items and architectural pieces. I have to admit. I am stuck for names. I went through the dictionary one late, quiet night and found nothing, but, I did come up with some names for other great businesses (there's nothing like a wandering mind to stay on task.).
Flask...high-end liquor store
Foliage.. flower shop
The Red Fig..food specialty shop
Lullaby Hush...baby stuff store
Sweet Felicity..kid's clothing store
Hat Shop.. um...shoes.. just kidding
So if I open any of these stores, I am probably covered..but for now, I am stuck. If you had your own store... what would you sell and what would you name it?
My friend, is having a Tuesday photo challenge. Even though I don't have the best of camera's and I am a terrible photographer, I wanted to give it shot (no pun intended!)!
It's about capturing the image, so I snapped some bits and piece from around my home, and I found a few pictures from last summer that I just love. It was more fun than I thought it would be and I have to say addictive! It's funny how the camera's eye sees thing's so differently than a regular eye does!
Link up with your best make-overs! Please just make sure you link back to this post with yours, and please put the specific post link in, not your blog link(even if it's an old post, please update it so we can get the traffic moving!). I can't wait to see this month what everyone has done! Also, I will leave this post up first through Tuesday so join in at anytime!
I have to confess, I did mine last month in preparation for this month. I love making over with paint! It's so cheap!
The girls have my old dresser set in their bedroom and I wanted to paint it for a while, but never quite got around to it. Finally, I did it.
You know, I've told Barbie a thousand times that the bedroom is not a garage and she should really park her many cars and personal jet somewhere else.. the nerve of some people.
Hi everyone! I am happy to be back! It is the new me sans gallbladder (Who needed that old thing any way?). Everything went great and thank you to everyone who gave me such wonderful words of encouragement. The surgery itself was a breeze. If it weren't for the 3 hour delay (I went in at 6:30 pm instead of 3:30) and the almost 20 hours of fasting, I would say it wasn't that bad at all.
Thank goodness the weather was great here, I sat outside with my sunscreen and hat, read and read, and soaked up that Vitamin D and well.. got pretty bored.
So, what's a high energy girl do do except sew?
I made these fabric pins.
I was making them for myself initially, (I think they are very Anthropologie) but once I got going and had all of the time on my hands, I made more.. and more. I thought they would be cute not only on a t-shirt, but a pillow, a sweater, a purse or even a lamp shade.
I am sew crazy! They are almost 5 inches across with tulle and embellished with a vintage piece of jewelry.
I was going to unveil them and list them in my Etsy shop for the big unveiling today....and
I've already sold 3! So if you want to the contribute to the Jen R Rest and recovery fund (Just kidding! ;) ) they are listed in my Etsy shop.
Thank you all so much again! Now that I am up and running I am going to be gearing up for yard sale season!AND our make over party is still on the 25th of this month! So make sure you join in!
Also, on personal note, I am going to be taking a teeny-weeny bloggy break... I am having what I am referring to as my 37,000 mile tune up and my gallbladder is coming out on Wednesday. I am going to try to have a few posts on auto-post so it doesn't get boring around here, but I may not be responding to comments. I am thinking about a week, maybe less? Has any one else had this surgery? I'll be thinking of you guys.. So I'll see you in a week or so!
This was how it was after it was freshly made-over and before any distressing.
While it was very nice, it was kinda blah. So I used one of those secret tricks that any one could do.
After doing the typical candle rub on the edges and then sanding, I decided it needed more...a real beat up look...And it is so simple to do with such a simple ordinary thing...
After your piece is painted, let it dry for a few hours and put masking tape over the area you would like to "distress." For a more complete reveal , press really hard, for a light lifting, just touch the tape o the paint gently and remove right away. You can even burnish it with a popsicle stick or the back of a spoon for a deep "grab." If you would like a color to show underneath, paint that color a few days before and let it cure. Also, it never hurts to apply a small bit of varnish to make sure the undercoating isn't going to lift.
and let 'er rip!
For the striping, I barely pressed down on the tape.