Rarely do I ever seem to find a new inspiring, exciting, mind-blowing junkin’ event these days, at least near home in North Carolina. Surely, I have seen them all within driving distance. However, my junkin’ partner Gloria and I were truly awestruck today, just minutes from our homes, after entering the French Farmer’s Wife!
Open just one weekend per month, from Thursday thru Saturday, The French Farmer’s Wife features curated vignette after stunning vignette of must-have items, a feast for our eyes. Who were the masterminds behind this gorgeous treasure trove of rusty gold, of French goodies, amassed all in one bucolic location?
After my first lingering pass through, I had to find them and gush compliments! Kathee Zurian (right), barn owner, and her partner Gail Cetuka, are just beyond amazing. They are most talented pickers, passionate about French antiques, who were willing to totally convert a 2,500 square foot working horse barn into a magical oasis for junkers and antiques lovers like me.
(Photo courtesy of Seasons Style & Design magazine.)
I have been a passionate reader of Where Women Create magazine since it was first launched. As a lifetime artist – illustrator first, then faux finisher and DIY project blogger – I have always had a studio. Some tiny, one even in an 1890s flannel mill.
No matter where I created my own magic, I was curious about other women artists, their studios, and their personal stories about how they made art for a living like I do.
I was so pleased to be featured in the current issue, photographed by my friend and fabulous stylist and magazine guru, Matthew Mead! Many folks over the years have asked me how I began my journey, and to share some of my secrets. In this issue, find out my story as I have never told it before.
And savor every word by so many other accomplished artists!
Where Women Create has given me a copy of this issue to give away, and even if you already have your coveted issue, you may want to receive this one to share with a friend.
Just hop over to the post on my Facebook page, until midnight Tuesday, December 13, leave a brief comment about your life as an artist, or ask a question about creating a studio, or selling your art. One winner will be selected randomly and notified after December 13th. Where Women Create will send the winning copy direct. (Sorry, but only to USA addresses.)
I just received my copy, and couldn’t wait to sit down with Lacey Jane kitty and a cup of Joe to savor every lovely, super-styled photo, idea, and word.
And yes, how cool is it that Matthew has included several of my favorite blog projects and home vignettes in his magazine. Along with one of my design idols and authors, Mary Emmerling, and new-found designers that I am now loving too.
Pinch me! I am a passionate DIYer around our home, and for several DIY brands of paint, products, and patterns. Though I have been so fortunate to have many long-term followers over the years, rarely does my blog sort of blow up with high readership numbers.
Especially on a 2-year-old post that was a very simple project for me and my handyman hubby Steve!
I must shout out thanks to sites that shared this little post, and my similar Hometalk post, which has recently garnered over 235,000 views and 17,000 pins.
If you are a lover of rustic DIY ideas, you will be in eye candy heaven after clicking on these links!
Do you ever have to pinch yourself sometimes when something wonderful and unexpected occurs?
I was so thrilled to host stylist, paint guru, photographer and magazine master at our home recently! I bet you already follow Matthew Mead and are as big a fan of him as I am. His talent, enthusiasm, and ideas are limitless, and he’s a blast to hang out with.
My hubby Steve built a giant party deck on our home years ago, and every couple of years we need to give it a good power wash and paint it. Then, magically, I discovered the Wagner Flexio 890 sprayer and suddenly painting the deck was no longer a dreaded chore.
Get the details on how I did it, and see how Matthew and I styled the deck for fall in the new issue of FINISH, Wagner’s online DIY home design magazine here. Be sure to share the link with your friends, too.
There are are so many fun, creative, and easy painting projects in FINISH, you will come back to it again and again. And the heat gun pumpkins ( AND heat gun popcorn)… brilliant. Not to mention Cari Cucksey’s baby room!
While you’re there, check out photos of my studio, with a few words of painting wisdom from me while you’re there in Shop Talk.
You may think I paint all of the time. Surprise! Sometimes I hammer, drill and slice after schlepping through tons of scrap metal at the junkyard!
It’s a dirty job. One that I love. I used to create copper art all the time, but one of my faux finishing clients bought every piece I had recently made for his man cave. Now, ages later, I’m rediscovering a passion, and, this is a great way to work out my new bionic shoulder and have a blast too.
Check out my newest junk art series, “Recycle The City” in my Etsy shop today!
Custom sizes and designs are available – think man or lady caves, bars, restaurants, art studios. You get the idea!
Here in North Carolina, winter can be a new experience every time you wake up. So heading over to the Chartreuse barn sale is perfect rain, snow or shine. Find this cool classy barn in Thomasville, NC, in a gorgeous setting in the country – but not too far out.
Many thanks to Melanie Royals and the team at Royal Design Studio, who publishes the online design magazine PaintAndPattern.com, for including my tutorials for a second year in 2015! Clearly, I am nuts about stenciling and all sorts of patterns, from contemporary, to Moroccan, and everything in between.
Thanks as well for sending so many stencils and modellos for me to use in my workshops at ArtFusion in Santa Fe. They are always a huge hit.
Yes, our home is very Boho, with lots of color and pattern in stenciled furniture, accessories, and artwork. Just when I think I can’t imagine one more stenciling project, I get inspired again, often by fellow P+P bloggers like Deb Trombley, of NomadicDecorator.com and so many more.
I’m looking forward to many new project adventures using Royal Design Studio stencils, modellos, Stencil Cremes and who knows what else in 2016. See you there!
2015 was an exciting year for me, getting to explore even more of Modern Masters product line, particularly Metal Effects, to create rust and fabulous patina. I think these products have exploded in DIY popularity due to their ease of use, and wondrous unpredictability.
Thanks too, for supporting my workshops this year at ArtFusion in Santa Fe, and also at The New Leaf, in Albuquerque!
As a creative, tutorial-focused blogger, I am ever grateful for opportunities to work with companies like Modern Masters, who appreciate the power of letting artists like me take off and explore new possibilities with their materials.
So looking forward to working with you again in 2016 – and Periscope!