Saturday, August 4, 2012

Letting The Cat Out Of The Bag

I was super excited yesterday when this box arrived on our porch!
I couldn't wait to open it and see what all was inside. 
Oldest & Littliest were excited as well and wanted to help. What on earth was so surprising to Oldest? 
He saw the stamping on the back of some of the pillows and thought that I would be upset because they were "ruined". Ha!:) I had to explain to him that that was just how the pillows were suppose to be and that some had them and some didn't. They had fun helping me inventory it all.

So what on earth is that box for? I figured I would go ahead and let the cat out of the bag and tell y'all... 
After months of saving up I decided I am opening my very own online shop!! I have had so many inquiries from my Facebook and bloggy pals about wanting to purchase things from my space out at the cottage that I decided that I wanted to be able to bring some of those items to y'all! Of course ya won't be able to purchase larger items such as my furniture but there will be plenty of other items. My shop will have custom made items, vintage finds, and market items. I spent weeks of researching just the right products form market to bring to y'all that I knew you would just love.

My shop is called Finch & Co. Designs. Now some of you may be wondering why on earth I didn't call it From My Front Porch To Yours and honestly I did think about the possible confusion it may cause having my blog and Facebook page called one thing and my shop another but I did have a reason behind it. I was thinking about the future and one day I may not blog anymore...gasp... and wanted a name that would stand the test of time. A name that would encompass my boys. The name of the shop is a family name. I also thought about changing my blog name but then again one day I may not want to have my online shop anymore and then my blog name would no longer make sense. So to me the best thing was to just keep the two separate at least for now. 

My inventory line at first will be light but as business grows...if it grows...I will be adding more and more items. If there is something you have been looking for and just cant seem to find it let me know. I may be able to find it for you! If you have ideas for products let me know that too!:)

Over the next week or two I will be working on finishing up the site and getting some more inventory in. 


Once I get everything squared away and in the shop I will be having a Grand Opening Day post with a giveaway so stay tuned!:)

Thank you for coming along with me on this journey! I have no idea where it will go but I do know we will have a lot of fun along the way!


Friday, August 3, 2012

All Stocked Up!

I headed out to The Old Oak Cottage this week to fluff my nest out there. While I was there I took a few pics to share with y'all.
I am in love with the old green jars and this scale is awesome. It even works!

I love the display that Pam made with the decorative papers that they carry. I keep trying to figure out what I could do with a roll.
The twins made their debut out at the cottage. Only one would fit in my space but Pam said she would find a spot for the other one.
I spent about 3 hours the other afternoon making some more canvas artwork to help fill up my space. I really enjoy making them and think I will be making some Christmas ones soon.
If you are local and having been eyeing "Jennie" the cane back chair she was reduced so head on out and snatch her up!:) -Update: Jennie has since been sold!:)


Hope everybody has a fabulous Friday! Thank you for all your wonderful comments on the twins! Y'all warm my heart with your kind words.

Don't forget that Treasure Hunt Thursday is still going on!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Treasure Hunt Thursday #67 & Highlights

Since last week there was no Treasure Hunt Thursday due to Christmas In July series I thought that I would put THT up early this week!:) 
Thank you to all who joined the previous week. I didn't want you to think just because we skipped last week that I would skip high lights from the last party so here they are. 

Oh my is all I have to say about this fabulous chair Ashley from The Vanceville House shared with us! Head on over and check it out if you haven't already!

Freddy & Petunia shared with us how to make this awesome patriotic dresser!

The Burlap Cottage shared with us her plans for her daughters room which includes this beautifully stenciled wall! Hop on over to see why type of paint she used!

Alderberry Hill shared this amazing house number sign which I am just drooling over!

Last but NOT least Pressing On shared with us a tutorial on how to make your own industrial light fixture!

As always thank you to all who partied last week! I am so truly honored to have such talent partying at my place! If you were featured please feel free to grab the "I've Been Featured" button!:) I have the newly updated button with html code on my sidebar! 

 What would be a HUGE help and encourage more comments not just from me but others as well would be for everybody to take off their required verification codes for leaving a comment. This seems to take just a few seconds of time but when you have to do it on 30 or more blogs it takes up a TON of time. Last week most everybody had turned off their Word Verification which made it so much easier for me to stop by everybody's links! Thank you!

READ THE RULES PLEASE!:)
Now on to this weeks party! 
As with all parties there are the normal rules. You must link back to From My Front Porch To Yours in your THT POST. Just common courtesy. If ya don't link back ya don't get to party. Only link up to your Treasure Hunt Thursday post and NOT your blog homepage. Please No advertising and PLEASE NO MORE than 3 links from the SAME party goer. Also NO MORE linking up to your own link parties. I am seeing more and more link ups of just people promoting their own linky parties. I know it takes time to go back and make a separate post to join the party but it is just the polite thing to do. If you find your post deleted it is not because I am a meany, I just have to make sure the rules are being followed. You can save some of your posts for the following weeks party!Please only link up new posts and not posts that you linked up the week before.Also be sure to visit at least the link before you and after you to just say Hi! It makes partying all the more fun! If you are new around here I would love it if ya become a follower!:)





Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bye-Bye Tangerine Tango...

With the boys getting out of school for the summer, a trip to the beach, a trip to Ga, the hot weather, and an awful onset of what I believe to be carpal tunnel in my left hand or just the something I did to the nerves in my hand it has taken me a little while to finish up my next transformation.
I had shared with y'all these "lovely" Tangerine Tango colored side tables last month.
I also shared with y'all the process it took to strip their tops clean.
It wasn't a fun one but very well worth it. I think you will agree!
Say Hello to frenchy goodness! This is just one of the twins. I figured you could get the gist with just the one. I didn't feel like hauling the other twin in from the garage at that moment!;) They are very heavy.
Yep, definitely worth the effort to strip the tops clean don't ya think!?
I replaced the awful knobs that were on the set. They weren't original to them and I tried to find original but  it was a lost cause. I was thrilled when I found these last week though. The twins needed some bling.
I do not normally paint inside the drawers but they were very orange as well so I decide to go two tone and used La Bonne Terre on the bottom of the drawers and Old White on the sides.
And for some reason I am on a gilding craze! I just could not resist adding some gold gilding.
Some sexy leg action going on! Shield your eyes if you must. I know it could be too much for some people!;)
I did the two tone paint on the inside of the table as well. You can see the contrast a bit better in this picture I think.
I am in love with them! I love all of my pieces but these for some reason tug at my heart a bit more. I take my time with the pieces I do paying close attention to every detail. I hope it shows how much love and passion goes into each and every piece. With my hand issue I am kinda bummed because I cant work on as many at a time as I would like. I am making myself finish up a piece at a time now. Normally I am all over the place!:)

Here is a sneak peek at my secret project I mentioned in my last post! It is giving me something to do since I can't be painting as much right now. Cant wait to share more!:)

Linking up to the following link parties:
Cowgirl Up
Wow Us Wednesdays
Transformation Thursday
Furniture Feature Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
Potpourri Friday

Fabulously Creative Friday

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Inspired

Last week I had so much fun participating in  Christmas In July with the Cowgirl Up gals! They are all so very creative and talented and I thank them for including me. It not only allowed me to meet some wonderful new bloggy pals but it also allowed me time to work on something else coming up that I am very excited about but anxious about at the same time. It will probably be a few more weeks till I have it all ready but stay tuned to find out what I am up to!;)

In between working on my secret project I had a chance to do a little mini project. Have you seen Courtney's Farmhouse Sheep Artwork over at French Country Cottage? I loved it from the minute I saw it and I wanted to purchase one but at this time my funds are tied up in my secret project so I thought to myself "why not make my own?" so the boys and I headed off to HobLob.
I used an 8x10 canvas, ModPodge, and a sheep graphic I purchased off of Etsy though you can find some fabulous graphics over at The Graphic Fairy for free.
I painted the canvas lightly in Old White.
After I applied the graphic onto the canvas with the ModPodge I used my Craqueleur I already had on hand and applied it just over the sheep graphic. This was a two step process.
Because I am impatient I busted out my trusty dryer to help the cracks along.
Next up I coated the entire canvas with clear wax. My favorite is CeCe Caldwells.
Then I applied dark wax over the entire canvas. My favorite for that is Fiddes & Sons.
This is what it will look like but don't panic.  
All you need to do is go back over the canvas with some more clear wax and lighten up the dark wax. 
In the end you will have a piece of rustic Farmhouse Sheep Artwork all your own for a fraction of the cost! 
Here is a sneak peek at something else I finished up over the weekend!

Thanx for stopping by and I hope all is well!:)
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