Sunday, October 22, 2017

Are you into the Rae Dunn craze???

Are you into the Rae Dunn craze???  Or, have you been in the dark about the Rae Dunn madness or are you not interested at all???
If you are on Instagram, then I know you have seen it all over the place.  First of all, Rae Dunn is a pottery with words.  Yep, big words. 
Here's how the designer, Rae Dunn describes her designs...
 "Rae's inspiration comes from the earth, and she finds beauty in simple shapes, natural forms and found objects. Her utilitarian approach to designing ceramics is strongly based on the Japanese aesthetic of wabi sabi; the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete" 
Now all that stuff aside, I like it cause it's white and cute!

Do you like it?  Well, if you do then here's the kicker...IT'S VERY, VERY HARD TO FIND!
It first appeared a few years ago on the shelves of  HomeGoods, TJMaxx and Marshall's and no one was buying it!  Then, the rage hit and now, it has become the thrill of the hunt to find it.
My Sister Kim and I started with a few pieces and we have been lucky to find quite a lot!  I think what we love the most is finding it when we least expect to. But, as you can see from my collection, we have been able to get a nice start on our collections.  If I find it and there are two, it's "one for sister and one for the other sister!"    If you are interested in starting a collection or if you have already started,  then here are a few tips that she and I have learned along the way.
1.)  It's mostly found at HomeGoods, TJMaxx and Marshall's, so frequent those shops and go early because if you don't the "Dunn" people are going to beat you to it!  In fact, we have encountered a few NOT SO NICE "Dunn" people who are most likely  greedy sellers that will stop at nothing to get it.  We have had it grabbed right out of our hands and shoved out of the way so they can get it all!
2.) Be nice to the employees.   This is key to finding Rae Dunn.  The employees bring the merchandise out onto the floor, so they know if it's available.  However, I will warn you that we have also encountered not so nice employees at HomeGoods.  My sister and I never,  ever ask them to go in the back and look for it nor do we rush them to get it out to the floor.  We are always polite and sometimes ask if they received any and we always tell them we will return later after they've had time to get it on the floor. This isn't always the case with some . We have heard that the greedy bunch yell at the employees, stand at the back room doors and demand they bring it out immediately.  I'd say that's a real NO NO.
3.) Check on Instagram for sellers and traders.  You can also buy it on Ebay and the maker of Ray Dunn, (Majenta) has a website called Majenta-Inc. 
Here's how I am displaying my collection:

So there you have take on collecting Rae Dunn.  If you are interested and want to start collecting it be sure and check on Instagram and before long you'll be hooked!

Now on another note, my Sister Kim is making these adorable, cuddly "Chunky Hugs" throws and they are selling like crazy!  If you want one, just let me know because she is taking orders.
That's it for now!  Let me know if you collect Rae Dunn and what you think of Kim's "Chunky Hugs."  I'd love to hear your thoughts.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Painting the whole chair. Fabric and All and a Pep Talk....

Let's talk about this chair...this Bergere chair (French Arm Chair) that has given me fits for several weeks.  She, the chair, was determined to stay ugly. And, me the rescuer, was determined to make her pretty or die. trying.  Well she almost won.

Like all my projects I forgot to get a good before photo.  Here you can see the ugly brown and tan striped fabric.
After nearly five coats of paint and several outbursts of, "why did I ever start this darn project and maybe I can take it apart and throw it in the dumpster random thoughts," I decided not to give up.
So here she is and I have to say looking very pretty...

So now that I've inspired you, (probably not) to paint an ugly chair, here's how to do it.
1.) Make sure that you have lots of energy and coffee before starting the projects.
2.) I suggest that you use less expensive paint as your base coats.
3.) Use Chalk paint as your top coat.
4.) Sand in between coats of paint.  
5.) Try not to use curse words.
6.) Keeping repeating over and over again that it will be beautiful, it will be beautiful...
7.) When you are done, finally, give yourself a nice pat on the back for a job well done.

Okay, she there you have it, my ever so encouraging pep talk!   You can thank me later.  Be sure and show me your completed project.  You're welcome.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Thoughts on Blogging and Pumpkins

 Here on the coast of North Carolina we are smack dab in the middle of Hurricane Season and despite the worry, I love Fall and Fall decor.  My heart goes out to those that lost so much in Texas and for those currently facing the devastation from Irma.  I'm sending prayers to all of them. 
I know I haven't posted for awhile and to tell the truth my heart just isn't in it much anymore.  It seems as though so many of the "original" bloggers that I grew up with, have all stopped blogging or have gone to other forms of social media. Some of them are on Facebook or Instagram and I check in on them often.  However, it's just not the same.  I don't have the computer skills or funds to have a professional designed blog page with all the bells and whistles.  Nor, do I have the desire to have affiliates and, or advertisers popping up all over the place.  I guess I'm just an old school blogger that loves the way it used to be. So, I'll blog when I feel like I've got something to show or say and if you are still with me please know that  I truly appreciate you.   Nuff said.

Anyway, here's a few pumpkins I've placed around the house.  It is the season of "Pumpkin Everything!"

Lovin this pink pumpkin with pearls.

Or, silver pumpkins that I've had for a few years.

And who can resist fabric pumpkins all in a row...
So enjoy the "Pumpkin Everything" Season and stay safe wherever you might be nesting for Fall.


My favorite stuff

  • Donuts
  • Iced Vanilla Coffee
  • Finding Junk and making it beautiful
  • Spending Time with my Sister
  • Holidays with my family
  • Poirot movies
  • reading murder mysteries
  • searching shabby chic stuff on ebay
  • writing stories and blogging
  • snuggling with my husband and my kitty kats
  • comfortable pajamas
  • slot machines
  • yard sales
  • hunting through estate sales and thrift shops
  • going to antique shops
  • eating out with my sister
  • having lunch with my husband
  • having lunch with my son
  • vanilla wafer cookies
  • pedicures and pink toenail polish
  • Lavender scented soaps and body wash
  • Good makeup