…building a creative business: eat your vision





Make part of.


What would it mean to you to really take in your vision for your business and yourself and make it a part of you. I get so many nuggets of wisdom from Super Soul Sunday and this was one from Iylania. She challenged a room full of people to take it what they thought their greatest goal would be for themselves – eat it just like a beautiful, fragrant orange.

For a visual person this really made sense to me. It means creating a goal or something that you’ve always aspired to and consuming it into yourself until you are living it. I think this goes for anything we feel is important to us. If we make it part of our identity then we are more apt to believe it. I am a mother. I am a painter. I am a friend. I am a daughter. I am a writer. I am a Jesus-lover. I am a gardener. I am a cook.

What about what we WANT?

We all having something that we want to be or to do. It could be a job or a marriage or a baby or healing, etc. What do we want for our creativity? Do we want to be in a museum? Own a shop? Have lots of clients? A TV show? A book? What if we focused on that desire and made it really intentional. Would we get there?

Let’s practice intention today. I am going to eat my goal. Yea, kinda like that Mister.



…how to give texture with dark wax

There are so many looks that you can give a piece when painting and refinishing. Sometimes it just comes down to taste. I have a client that loves the look of dark wax applyed over the entire surface of a piece. It gives a aged, darker look with texture.

I start by painting the piece in the color of her choosing.


I think clear wax and sand per usual. When I get to the dark wax stage I make sure I have all my necessary tools. I need my dark wax, a small wax brush and fine steel wool.


It is important to go slowly and in one long movement across the surface of the piece. I start at one side with my dark wax, brush held in my fist. I move LIGHTLY. You do not want a heavy hand because it will turn out muddy!


You can see that I have brown lines here, offering a visual texture to the piece. I then go behind myself and buff with my fine steel wool. This will smooth out the dark wax and lighten it.


I process may feel scary when you are working on it, like you may be “messing” up. But, if you follow these steps, especially the buffing part, you will be left with a unique and textured piece.






This process is one more way that you can create something interesting that does not look manufactured.


…favorite things friday: raw pieces

I love when I get in raw pieces that are just my style! I also love when local readers reach out to me to sell their special, well-taken care of vintage pieces.

It’s fun for me to offer clients a chance to choose their own color. If you like one of these pieces I can custom paint it for you. You get to choose your Chalk Paint color. The price below includes the piece and the custom color/labor. I can ship via USHIP or a shipping method you provide. If interested, email me: cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com

Check out these great vintage pieces:


Large Cabinet w/ shelves…$495



Large Vintage Sideboard…$525


Small Vintage Console/Buffet…$395


Vintage Dining Table…$350



6 Vintage Dining Chairs (2 Captains, 4 side chairs)…$85 each

I get lots of inquiries about buying pieces just like these so they may go quickly. I have a first pay, first serve rule. If shipping, we need to figure out that first.




…book giveaway!

I was so giddy getting my copy of Southern Decorating Style in the mail this week! As an English Major, there is nothing more exciting.








My sweet friends at Hoffman Media and I are offering a giveway of a free copy.

1 Entry – Comment on this post

2 Entries – “Like” on Facebook

3 Entries – Forward to a friend and get them to comment or “like” on Facebook.

I will pick the winner next week and mail you your copy.

For a limited time, Hoffman Media is offering free shipping from their online shop. Just plug in this code for free shipping: blueegg


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