…beach pieces & painted hardware

This summer was a bit of a whirl-wind, but I do not believe I posed Diana’s lovely pieces. I was reminded of this when I had the pleasure of seeing her and her wonderful husband yesterday afternoon when she dropped off a few more to be refinished.

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She was placing two dressers in her new beach house. There were a few decisions to be made about the hardware. It was an interesting color and as you know, my rule is if it looks old & cool then keep it. However, if you are after a softer look then you will wan to paint.

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We took a look at the piece without hardware painted and she decided she wanted the hardware in the same French Linen to soften the look.

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I think the hardware still looks interesting with all the crevices.

Her other piece was refinished in Country Grey with the raw hardware. You may recognize this piece from my Clear Wax w/ Rag Tutorial.

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When you are deciding whether or not to leave the hardware as is just be sure you take it all off and paint the entire drawer. If later on you decide you want to change out the hardware and it's a different shape you won't have to touch up your piece. You want to have the freedom to change you mind - which Diana did 🙂

She brought me the hardware to paint as well as some great pieces that I've already started. I joked that this time I was going to deliver the pieces to her beach home myself...and stay a few days 🙂

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A great piece of furniture will elevate any refinishing. Painted hardware or not, if it's a great piece it will always look like a great piece.

PS-I heart working with great people!

 

…blue eggs brown nests

Thank you! You have no idea how much I heart getting pictures from you of this little miracle. It still SHOCKS me how smooth & blue these eggs are and how the nests are perfectly rustic. We actually have a few nests growing under the deck DH recently built. It's been a first hand witness to the miracle of the blue egg to the delicate baby with wide beaks. Amazing.

Here are some of your beautiful images.

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Thank you again & promise me you will never stop sending me pix like this! You all are so wonderful.

 

…it’s a bloggy world: the good & the bad

So, speaking of roaring a bit when I slip up and mis-spell something, I come to the part where I will discuss the good and the bad about blogging. Let's start with the good news.

I always want to encourage you all to paint or to collect or to write because you love to do so. Start there.

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I don't want you to blog because you want exposure, business, money. I want you to write because you need to write. This attitude will come through. I have read some blogs where it just feels like either the person is at a job and has to be writing the post or, even worse, is selling something. Blak! Your readers will be able to tell very quickly whether or not you are enjoying your process.

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As I have said, I love the writing part of my job even more than the painting & decorating. There is freedom in putting down your ideas and sending them out into the world. You will feel energized and inspired. You will gain new friends that want to read what you have to say. They may even want to meet you or buy one of your pieces. They may forward you beautiful post to a friend or neighbor.

You will be able to talk about your process and explain what you are working on. This is important for any creative person. Yes, working in your own, quiet studio is lovely, but I think we all have the need to show what we've done. You can post pictures of the process and the end result. You will feel accomplished and proud.

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Your business will grow and you will gain followers. Your numbers will climb and that can be fun to watch. You may sell more. You may be able to buy more supplies and materials to create more. This will make you feel happier and even more creative! Yahoo!

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Like in life there is always a flip side. If you have read Blue Egg for a while you will know that I don't deal too well with mean people. Helpful pointers are one thing, but when it is delivered with a mean spirit I lose my cool. I know many, many, many, many bloggers that feel the exact same way. We are the ones wearing our heart on our sleeves and we get to reap the beautiful parts, but when we hear something harsh from someone we don't know it, well, it pisses us off.

The information you are providing is free. When people get free things they should appreciate them. Most people do and you will create meaningful relationships with these readers and followers. Like a bad apple in every bunch there are people out there that want to tear others down. We all know it. Just know that it is coming. Even if you were giving out free apple pie every Friday you will have someone complaining about the crust. It's not you, it's them.

The reward that you will feel from talking and writing about what you are working on will be worth anything negative that you come across. At the end of the day this is just little, old you. It is YOU. You and your business. You and your craft. You and your writing. You and your audience. You and your blog. This is a very special time for you and something worth doing for yourself.

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