Blogland Tour

If you follow my facebook page, blog, or anything really…You know that I love Jennifer from The Magic Brush. She mentors and encourages over 70,000 people on her facebook page every day but I pretend it is just me.  When she invited me to be a part of the blogland tour I was elated! Jennifer is talented, kind, supportive, and a wonderful follower of Christ.  If you want a daily (or hourly) dose of happiness and reality (she likes to keep it real which I love about her) then you definitely want to check out her facebook page.
Did I mention she has a whole line of DIY videos? If you go to her website you can learn to revamp your own home with a touch of her flair and you won’t regret it!
Here are a few of her awesome projects that you can learn to do yourself!

Her team made over this GORGEOUS KITCHEN!

And look at this stenciled dresser!
She has so many amazing projects!
So part of this blogland tour is that I answer a few questions about myself which you all may be wondering about anyway…

1. What am I working on?

What am I not working on??? We are busily getting ready for St. Louis Vintage Market Days and have tons of information coming on that soon! In addition to all of our secret projects for VMD we are also MOVING! There have been hints surrounding this but here it is….We will be relocating to Lafayette Square and building a show room and expanding our line of DIY classes. So exciting! That move should be happening any time now and we will invite you all to our open house soon!

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

We do a couple of things different. Use the best products and the best techniques we possibly can on all of our pieces is what sets us apart. We want our custom pieces to be A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Not just in looks, but in quality and durability. We have been having people ask us for webinars and while that is distant goal we really love our DIY classes.  Teaching is something we love as well as getting hands on with our clients. We love showing not just how to use a paint brush but all the different things you can do with your pieces and products. One of my favorite types of custom clients are the ones that most people would classify as “difficult”. People that aren’t sure what they want or don’t know how to say it…I love figuring that out and making their vision come to life.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

Writing has always been therapeutic for me.  I write stories and letters and even blog posts all the time and sometimes just delete them. I find so many things out by writing. It helps me organize my thoughts that are flying around at lightening speed in my head. I love to write and will be doing a lot more of it!

4. How does your writing/ creating process work?

Both with writing and with painting sometimes it takes a life of its own. I might have an idea of what I want to do but the writing or creative process of painting will just take over. Maybe that comes from when I was little and would start and end a book in one night…I can’t just leave it alone. It consumes me!
Enough about me!  Now I want to introduce you to a few of my favorite bloggers and creative people.
I started out by sending a total stalker email to Nicole from The Vintage Farmhouse.
I didn’t expect a response but to my delight she did and wanted to be part of this. EEEEEEEK! I love The Vintage Farmhouse.  And I love their sparkly, shiny, silver things….oh, the way to my heart! And the way they display things in cupcake tins….


Nicole feels about bio’s the way I do so this is what a friend had to say about her:
“A one-woman crafting, junking, and treasure-making force, Nicki designs and makes home goods, refurbishes vintage finds, blogs, runs a website, and takes care of her family in a 100 year old farmhouse in Zionsville, Indiana. Nicki blends farmhouse, rustic chic, & French Nordic styles together to create the Vintage Farmhouse look. She believes decorating doesn’t have to be expensive or scary. Re-purpose, re-use, and have fun!”
That pretty much is Nicki in a nutshell. Her displays are gorgeous and her taste is impeccable!

Next up, is a local gal.

I met Rachel from Shades of Blue at the first St. Louis Vintage Market Days.
She had a French Provincial Chest that made me drool. And at the second Vintage Market Days….oh, her chandeliers!
You have to check out her blog…she has amazing tutorials and is so good at photographing every detail.

In Rachel’s own words, here is a little about her:

“I am artist, wife, and mom to 3 children –8 and younger. My priority has been and always will be my family, but a few years ago I started painting my own furniture to make it something I would love– into something that would reflect my creativity. Since then I have opened Shades of Blue Interiors and have been able to create and sell my art in the form of painted and refinished furniture as well as handmade and found vintage items. I strive to find new textures, finishes, color combinations, designs, and even functions– in every piece I work on. I also use my blog to show others how they can make their homes beautiful on a frugal budget just by swallowing fear and getting to work! “

She shared a few pieces with me and this chair happens to be one of my favorites she has ever done!

Look at this chippy dresser! Wouldn’t they look great together?

Go check her out! You won’t regret it.


Last but not least, another local girl!

Linda has become a great friend over the last few months. She owns Hello, I Live Here.  and is truly a jack of all trades. She doesn’t just paint but she can also build! Linda blogs about tons of paints and has so much information and knowledge to share! Also, she is so kind and you won’t find a better person to follow along.

Here is a little bit about her:

“On May 5, 2012 my husband, Curt and I decided to transform our lives from 4,000 square feet of living space to 2,000 square feet.  The result: a challenge to decorate a space that was half the size, and you know what I said, “Bring it on!” As a result, we began to create various home decor solutions including DIY projects, DIY furniture, painted furniture, and other creative decorating projects for our home.  We soon found out reducing your stuff to life’s essentials was key to making our cozier space feel like a warm home.  As a result, I want to share our journey of wood, saws, nails, and paint and how to make creations through our blog,  Hello…I Live Here.”
Linda can help you transform a piece of furniture and she is wonderful to work with!
She built the below coffee table from scratch! Isn’t that awesome?? The china cabinet she built and painted!

So talented!

That about sums it up for me! I hope you follow these lovely ladies and enjoyed learning about a few of my favorite people!