…how to refinish a needlepoint chair from the perspective of my cat

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AAAAAAAH! A large, scary monster come to hurt me!

Oh, it’s just a chair.

AAAAAAAH! She is going to smush me with that chair! But, no. She is putting it on top of the place where I sunbathe. Why would she put it way up there? Oh, she wants me to lounge on it. It’s a lounging chair for me. Yes, that’s nice. Much better than the end of the couch. Now I am high up and can view the rest of the room from up here. She wanted me to be higher than her because I am like the king in this home. How nice. Maybe I do like her.

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Green string? How stupid. I'm not playing with that and she certainly doesn't need to decorate my chair. It doesn't even match my fur. Maybe if she could just shift it slightly to the left so the sun could reach my belly a bit more.

Oh! I get it. She wants to play! No? She doesn't want to play? What is that deep voice coming from her mouth, snapping my name. If she doesn't want to play then she shouldn't stick that paint brush anywhere near my paws. Duh.

Purrrrr. It's Greta. Okay, Greta put that ugly green string on my throne.

DINNER! I will return.

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Blast. It is my brother Owen. He has always wanted to usurp me. Try as you may, but you will never take me down, Brother.

Oh, thank God. She's taking off the green string. It really wan't working for me. Wha, Wait. Where are you taking my throne? To the family room?

NOOOOOOOO!

And what is that ugly white thing?

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A stuffed lamb? A toy? I've been replaced by a child's toy? She will not be finding me at the end of her bed tonight. No sir. I may even ignore her for a whole day after this. And dinner better be on time.

 

…favorite things friday: architectural doormat

I heart the girls behind Antique Farmhouse and Decor Steals. They now have their very own site, Bits of Vintage, where you can purchase wares that are not a steal of the day, but a steal anytime. (They are not even paying me for this, I just love the products!)

Bits of Vintage has lots of fun decor, but also practical decor that makes a big statement. I know we do not often look at a doormat counting for anything, but what is the first thing that people see when they arrive at your door? I know I look at the door mat! I think sometimes we get distracted by colored mats with fun sayings or logos or we get trapped with thinking that a cheap-0 rubber mat will suffice. Hmm. If the doormat is a precursor to what is inside, don't we want it to look stunning?

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I bought my iron pineapple mat when we moved into our home. It was one of the first things i purchase because i wanted it to reflect the inside. Not only has it lasted 7 years and will probably last 77 more, but it is PRETTY! AND WE LIKE PRETTY, DON'T WE?!

Check out the one that they are selling at Bits of Vintage. Architectural Doormat found here for $49.50.

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Beautiful! Makes me want to rub my shoes on it, ring the doorbell and come in for a cup of tea! xo

 

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“I’ve only been painting furniture for about a year (you’re my main inspiration) however I often feel like a bit of a fraud.” – Melissa

Dear Melissa,

Thank you so much for your vulnerability. I think we all feel like frauds at least a few times every single day. I know that when I lay down my yoga mat and pretend like I am trying to get into Crow pose, I'm really just trying not to fall on my face. Quite literally.

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I think there is something to the phrase " Fake it 'Til you make it." It sounds trite, but I do think it's a way to trick our brains into believing that we go this. When we don't feel confident many times it is based on how we think others will perceive us. We are worried that they will find fault, be disappointed or even turn and run from us. We are scared of the rejection that we could potentially see in someone's face and we don't want to feel that pain. I know I don't.

My advice to you, Melissa, is to practice, practice, practice at what you are trying to become good at. Then when you are ready to show the world what you have been working on, act like you've been doing it your whole life. If you fumble and can't answer a question, it doesn't mean that you are a phoney, it just gives you an opportunity to say "Hmm, I really don't know." And there are many smart, successful people that really don't know everything either.

The good news for you is that art is open to interpretation. When I started out I used lots of dark wax. The past 2 years I have not used dark wax once. But, I look back on those images of those pieces and I love them still. It worked and they carried their own look.

When you are ready to sell I want you to stand confidently next to your work. Make sure the craftsmanship is always the best it can be (this is one place not to leave to chance) and then tie a price tag on it and know that it is worth someone else's money and space.

Namaste.

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