Saturday, October 5, 2013

REMINISCING

On the 21st of this month, hubby Jack and I will celebrate our 65th wedding anniversary. We
sat down last week and talked about how blessed our lives have been. Three children, a wonderful daughter-in-law and son-in-law, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
For over 35 years Jack and I have worked together, doing decorative finishes for Interior Designers and their clients. We opened a school called The American Academy Of Decorative Finishes. We have. taught many times in London, France, Italy and Canada. We also took students with us to do hands on work in a 16th chateau in Chinon in the Lorie Valley in France and an Italian Villa out of Florence Italy.

We have been fortunate we like working together and since retiring from doing walls, ceiling, furniture etc. we are together 24-7, that doesn't mean we don't give each other space. I am  a person who has to be busy doing something painting, decoupage, all the time which sometimes drives Jack crazy but he's smart enough to keep quiet and let me project.

Through the years of working and teaching, we have made many life long friends we both love and value very much. Thank you for letting me share this with you. Enough of this reminiscing, I have some new and exciting announcements to share with you in the near future. Keep tuned for coming attractions !!! God Bless, Vonda

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

REDOING BY BREAKFAST TABLE AND CHAIRS

WHEN WE MOVED LAST YEAR I WANTED TO REDO OUR BREAKFAST ROOM TABLE AND CHAIRS .HOPE THIS GIVES YOU SOME IDEAS YOU CAN USE
 I STRIPPED THE THE CHAIRS, PAINTED THE CHAIRS BLACK PAINTED THE EDGES IN WHITE  ..CUT OUT LITTLE FRENCH SCENES FROM WRAPPING PAPER I BOUGHT IN LONDON THE SCENES WERE IN COLOR BUT I PRINTED THEM IN BLACK AND WHITE. I  DECOUPAGED THEM ON BOTH SIDES OF THE CHAIRS.. EACH SCENE IS DIFFERENT

.FOR THE TOP OF THE TABLE I PHOTO COPIED TWO DIFFERENT SIZE BLACK AND WHITE CHECKED GINGHAMS THEN ADDED A DECORATIVE EDGE.. ON EACH CORNER,OF THE TABLE. I ADDED A SCENE TO MATCH THE BACKS OF THE CHAIRS. FOUR COATS OF WATERBASED VARNISH WAS BRUSED ON TO GIVE IT PERMANENCE.
 A NOTHER SHOT OF THE TABLE AND CHAIRS..THE CUSHIONS WERE COVERED WITH A WASHABLE SMALL BLACK AND WHITE TOILE.. THE EDGE OF THE CUSHIONS WERE  SMALL  BLACK AND WHITE GATHERED GINGHAM



THIS WAS THE PIERRE DEUX FABRIC I HAD AT THE OTHER HOUSE ON THE CHAIRS. I PHOTO COPIED THE FABRIC AND DECOUPAGED THEM ON THE TABLE, MAKING THE CENTER OF THE TABLE A DIFFERENT DESIGN. I PADDED THE BACK AND FRONTS OF THE CHAIRS WITH FABRIC. WHEN I TOOK THESE PICTURES I HAD ALREADY REMOVED THE FABRIC. BELOW IS A CLOSE UP OF THE PRINTS I USED ON THE CHAIRS. HOPE THIS WILL GIVE YOU SOME IDEAS.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Electric fireplace in breakfast room

THE ELECTRIC FIREPLACE IN THE BREAKFAST ROOM

Even though we live in warm Arizona, we have been having quite cold days and nights (lost some plants) We found this cute electric stove at Walmart..it is perfect to take the chill off when we get up in the morning.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Every one in the family got decoupage trays for Christmas


Haidyn's cat looks just like the one in the print I used
 
 
 
 
Prints were arranged.. I added ribbon scrolls I had hand colored at the top and bottom of the prints to add interest. I added large handles from Hobby Lobby
Background was painted black so panda prints would show up better. Handles were from Home Depot
 
 
 
Small tray for a friend. Handles from Home Depot
 
Frame was done in silver leaf craft paint the molding edges touch with black paint. Handles from Home Depot
Yelp, had a ball making the trays for this years Christmas presents. They were so different from each other. Daughter Jorjann likes things from Italy, Granddaughter Haidyn loves cats and Chelsa loves anything with Pandas.  Also two more trays for friends.