About me

I just finally got around to adding a little About me.

In addition here are some other things about me.

* I have a degree in education

* I live in a small town where my husband is from originally

* I grew up in a city

* I have celiacs and eat gluten-free

*We have moved several times since hubby and I have been married ( he is a teacher and football coach)

* We have 2 girls and 2 boys, ages 1, 3, 7 & 9

* we live in a 1920 something bungalow loaded with orignal charm and the most wonderful neighbors (including my bother in law)

Here are few snapshots of my family a friend took .

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xoxo, Becky

Milk Paint Chairs & Local Finds

A few weeks ago I painted this table for a customer.

They loved their table so much they brought me 4 chairs to do in same color as the legs of table. The color for legs was a custom mix of milk paint I made. I had happen to make more than enough to do 4 chairs. I first gave the chairs a light sanding with a sanding sponge from my local True Value Hardware store. And then gave them 2 light coats milk paint and sanded very lightly in between coats.

IMG_3185I then wax each chair, I used a clear soft wax for these. You need just a little wax, it goes a long way. See how little in on my brush 😉

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I then sanded each chair right after I applied the wax and then immediately buffed with a old pair of pantyhose (old tees work great too) . This will give a smooth hard fished. Be sure to follow instructions on your wax can. each vary a little and you may want to do two coats wax for added durability.

For this project I used good quality sanding sponges in different shapes and sizes

For this project I used good quality sanding sponges in different shapes and sizes

Please excuse the manicured nails, they badly need one though. But I want you to see a little of how I distress a piece. I paint a story in my head , its not well thought out I let it naturally evolve as I go. Thinking of where a piece naturally wears and scuffs will help it look more authentic .

IMG_3198 And here is one finished, each chair varies slightly in tone and color with milk paint some people don’t care for it but I love it and how it all works together. Its truly your own work of art.

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As the snow starts to fall here and I finished up some dresses I had on order.

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I had a chance to hit some local stores Holiday Open Houses and turn my attention back to decorating and tidying up my work space. But for now here are some of my finds.

Country Wicks in Lisbon, OH is one of the very first places I started selling my clothing and bows. The owner Chris is a dear friend and really helped me along the way. I scored this table runner, wreath & battery operated candle, so I can have in reach of the kiddos . I put it with this lantern my mother had handy.

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 My husbands Aunt dropped off some goodies this weekend she had pulled for me from her own home. Here is one, this stool, I love it and is perfect for my dinning room. Paired with some berries and a candle.

IMG_3242and lastly wanted to share this great find at another local store Simply French in Unity, OH. I love this rustic light and its perfect for above the sink in my kitchen.

IMG_3244I love these little finds and inspires me to keep sewing , painting and decorating.

I love your emails and feedback, keep them coming 🙂

xoxo, Becky

{recap} & wrapping up projects

As the season is changing fall and football season is breezing to a end, I am reflecting.

Cheering on the Beavers and a great example of trying to capture all 4 kiddos at once .

Cheering on the Beavers and a great example of trying to capture all 4 kiddos at once .

Many projects started in my pre blogging days this past year that still need to be wrapped up.

Dining room set makeover for my sister and brother in law.

summer 2013 424Many rooms started to be decorated (and in some cases re decorated 😉 ) and changing kiddos rooms that have yet to be completed.

My girls room …

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Wall decor for the boys room….

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even a photo bomber during the dinning room makeover ..

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A few burnt chickens on the grill …. yep I was sanding dressers to paint and cooking dinner at the same time not a good idea. lesson learned .

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So as I clean, purge tidy up, finish these rooms and projects; I hope you will follow along for the adventure.

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I will be sure to share my experiences, tips, tricks, tutorials and finished projects. But thought a recap would be good for when I pick up where I left off. I even have a few kitchen makeovers for friends and customers  in store to share this winter. Some slipcovers , custom pillows and cushions have also been requested. My customers and family sure do know how to keep me busy, in a very good kind of way 🙂

So as I try to capture that perfectly imperfect holiday card photo for this year … I will be sure to share these vintage finds and room makeovers with you. As I ship my last dress today from PinkLemonade (my clothing line) I am embracing the season and its change its brings to our home and my little new business adventure.

Our holiday card from last year ;)

Our holiday card from last year 😉

xoxo Becky

So you want to be creative!?!

What makes what you create special is you, your mark , your style, what you love. No magic recipe and secret ingredient, it’s you. But the problem ? you are just getting started at your creative juices flowing and you need some inspiration. You have this idea and you are ready to tackle it but you hit a roadblock or two. I am not going to lie, I used to be hurt when someone else wanted to make what I made , exactly like it….. fast forward a few years and I am totally flattered. In fact I give you permission to copy me!!!! Shut the front door, I said copy it!!!! 🙂 Thats right I don’t mean copy it in a steal my pictures and use copyrighted things. I mean if a certain clothing design or fabric or paint color inspires you , use it as your jumping point, yours will turn out different in the end, resulting in your own style. So find what inspires you then try to “recreate” it.  I started creating in a pre pinterest era, before blogs, tutorials and youtube resulting in many trials. So search the blogs, pinterest and magazines. Find what inspires you , what look you want , what you want to recreate in your own way. And then watch out those creative juices start to flow, once that happens don’t let your husbands send me hate mail (lol) 😉

My top “copied” outfit design from pink lemonade

https://www.facebook.com/PinkLemonadeBoutique

232323232fp635_3_nu=32_8_37__598_WSNRCG=37_4578646336nu0mrjI cannot count how many emails I got about my limited pink lemonade summer set and I was flattered fellow seamstresses were inspired to create on like it , with their own twist. Photo credit is courtesy of Teri  ; Hopefully someday soon she will have her own photography page so I can link you all 😉

At some point though you need to stop looking at what’s hot and trendy for anything you create and start creating what’s you …. .thats where I am today and why I created this blog.

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Photo Credit : https://www.facebook.com/crystalinglephotography

A long time I ago I stopped searching what’s trendy, going to be trendy and other sites and started do what I love , using fabrics I am drawn to , painting with colors I love.  Maybe its trendy maybe its not, it just what I love. I simply just LOVE bringing a little of that to you.

Taking someone “junque” and making it my special treasure weather its for my home or yours.

This dresser was found while cleaning out my husbands grandparents house , it was going to be trash , this is mid project , love the sunny yellow.

This dresser was found while cleaning out my husbands grandparents house , it was going to be trash , still mid project , love the sunny yellow.

I am not worried about my # or readers or how many likes I have on facebook. I am doing my own thing and throwing any sewing or design rules out the door ( not that I ever studied or followed them before). But I learned a long time ago through epic fails of trial after trial that I do things in a *unconventional * not the proper *totally off the wall kind of way….. and thats ok. Thats who I am. I am Pink Lemonade , I am Junque in the trunk , I am me….

What creative projects do you want to tackle? What inspires you?

xoxo

Becky

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