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La joie c'est le partage
{ the joy is in the sharing }

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Vintage Breadbox Transformation!



While at the thrift store a few weeks ago, I came across an old breadbox. It came home with me and was transformed into a charging station for our phones and other electronics.

I recently became a design team member for Iron Orchid Designs and used their amazing Vintage Decor Moulds for this project.

Head on over to the Iron Orchid Designs website for a step-by-step tutorial on how it was done!


Have a fabulous day everyone!

xo and God Bless,
Kathleen

Friday, April 22, 2016

The New and Improved Coffee Bar


It's Friday!!
I wanted to share with you, the newest addition to our kitchen.
We have had a coffee bar set up here for several years now and I love having it here. It's central to the whole kitchen and it's really nice having the coffee pot here because I can't stand having lots of appliances out on my counter tops.

The problem though, was that the table I had was just too small. I've been on the hunt for the perfect farm style table to use and I finally found it while out thrifting.


Here it is just as I found it. Perfect for the space and exactly what I had envisioned.
Not very pretty - I know, but this table has loads of character and is a good, solid piece


I really loved the hardware too.


So here she is mid-makeover. I gave her a quick coat of paint. Just one coat and I really wasn't worried about neatness because I was going to sand the whole piece anyway. 





I painted on stripes to resemble an old grain sack and when I was finished, I sanded the whole thing to give it a nice, chippy look.


I left the original hardware just as I found it.


Even the lamp was found on the same thrifting trip. I painted it too, but I'll show you that in another post.
As you can see, this table also hides that awful return vent for the heating and air conditioning.


My French bottle drying rack and some of my Rae Dunn collection.


My tins that I painted to resemble old hat boxes. I store extra coffee pods in them.


and last but not least, this old soup tureen. It was missing it's lid but it made the perfect planter to hold a bit of boxwood.


And there she is! Our new and improved coffee bar.

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.


xo and God Bless,
Kathleen





Monday, March 21, 2016

It's Spring Again!

It's hard to believe that a whole year has come and gone since I last posted. I've decided to get back in the saddle and re-visit this blog of mine. I got so caught up in Instagram a year ago and discovered that it took a lot less time to post there than it did here. I guess I became a bit - dare I say, lazy. There, I said it. That awful "L" word. Well actually, lazy isn't quite the right word. Maybe "easier" is better. As the kids get older, we get busier, and I went for quick and easy. It took a lot less time to create a quick post for Instagram or Facebook and I just went for it. The truth is though, I have missed blogging. So here I am and I'm hoping that you all will discover this little blog again. That you'll pop in and say hello. I'll still be regularly posting on Instagram and Facebook too, so if you don't already follow me there, come on over, I'd love to see you!

Instagram - @thefrenchmarketplace
Facebook - The French Marketplace

So, In the time since my last update, I've painted a lot of furniture, I've re-done our kitchen, and most recently {like, three days ago}, I have decided to start selling my furniture and other painted goodies in an antique mall. My sister-in-law and I will be opening a space together and I am so excited!!





Happy Spring!


xo and God Bless,
Kathleen


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Air Mail



Airmail
There is just something about a stack of old airmail letters that I love.
They speak of romance, hard times, the war.
They tell a story - 
of someone's life,
of an era.

Several years ago, I came across an old collection of these beautiful letters. I cannot imagine who could have parted with them, but I took them home with me and enjoyed reading them. They were written by a man who has been assigned to Le Havre as Assistant to the Regional Executive of the American Red Cross. He writes to his sister and his aunt.
 It's 1945 and he is in Rouen, France.  He talks about the city and his travels around Normandy. He writes about the destruction that surrounds him from the bombings. In one of the stories he writes home about, he talks about a French pastor and his family - food supply is scarce and the prices are highly inflated. The pastor's children have never tasted oranges before. They next day, the soldier is able to get oranges from the Army mess hall and he takes them to the children.
They are absolutely delighted by the oranges.

Reading these letters will transport you to another time, put you right in the middle of the action.
Maybe that's why I love them so.

Anyway, this little stack of airmail history that I found, inspired me to create a few note cards of my own.


I bring to you...Handmade Airmail Inspired Note Cards.




Send a little note to someone you love and create a bit of your own history!


Enjoy your weekend.
xo and God Bless!




Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Painted Chair - A Thrift Store Makeover


When you find "the perfect" chair at the thrift store but you just don't have the time to completely reupholster it.



Yes, that's what I was thinking when I spotted this chair.
It was $15 and it was perfect.
 Well, okay, maybe not perfect, but would you look at those lines?
I knew exactly where I wanted to put it and so it came home with me.


I did reupholster the sides and back with burlap...but I painted the rest of it. Yes, painted it! No sewing, no zippers, no pinning. Just me and my paintbrush, a can of paint, and of course the chair. She was begging me to paint her. 

So of course, I obliged.


What do you think of her now?
She's lovely, I think.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen for the frame and chair - Graphite for the stripes.
Clear wax on the whole chair and a bit of dark wax to bring out the wood details.

xo and God Bless!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Pretty Painted Tins for Storage


As many of you with small children know, toy storage always seems to be an issue.
My youngest has lots of little toys that can become scattered about pretty quickly!
Legos, Lalaloopsy Minis, and of course her beloved Paw Patrol figurines.


We decided to see what we could do with some leftover cookie tins. She picked out the color she wanted {Annie Sloan's Duck Egg} and the stamps she liked.
Then we went to work.
She even helped paint and stamp!



Now she has some pretty storage for all of her tiny toys...and I'm no longer stepping on Legos.
It's a win win!

Enjoy your day and stay warm.

xo and God Bless!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Needle Felted Hearts


New in the shop!


Needle felted hearts.


A fun little craft that I have learned.


Enjoy!

xo and God Bless