Paid Time Off

Is there anything greater?  I have been off since last Wednesday.  I found out that I would be taking this little vacation a little too late to plan anything, so I have been hanging out with Mr. Hughes (who runs his business from home) and baby hughes (who runs his bookie business from the house... he specializes in horses.)

 I have been busy creating new items for the booth and for my etsy shop and for baby hughes upcoming 2nd birthday party.  This is one of my favorite things about being a mom... little kid birthday parties.  Now this year, we won't as big as we did last year for his 1st birthday, but I still want it to be special.  I will tell you the theme is owls (of course) and I will also let you know that it is against Tennessee State Law to bring a live owl to a birthday party. Just so you know.

Here are a few of the things I have been working on....

I had a couple of these antique mahogany side chairs that we bought years ago as part of a lot.  They had seen better days so I have worked this weekend on giving them a little perky makeover....

I used a pretty blue paint and sweet birdie damask, added new trim and the pair looks fantastic, if I do say so myself.  They ( the Holly Chairs... I played around with Bertie, but it felt too obvious) will be going to the booth along with a table this week... I am not ready to say goodbye to Tara yet.  I got them finished just in time as I sold the Jacqueline chest today.  So I will be headed over there on Wednesday to do a major overhaul of my little space.

I have had some requests for some burlap lampshades, so I have added a few styles to my etsy shop.  I am using vintage frames, so I will make them as I find interesting shapes and styles.  

I also have added some screen printed flour sack towels.  Mr. Hughes had a screen burned for this ages ago, and we finally got around to making them when I opened the booth.  

And, here is something that I found that I adore, but I went ahead and decided to list it... just because you can't keep everything and because I like to share the vintage love *wink*

oooh, how I love vintage birdcages... especially in blue.  I figured if the Tara chest is staying with us for awhile longer, I could stand to part with this blue beauty!

Well, I hope each and every one of you Americans had a great Fourth.  And, I hope all of my International friends had a wonderful weekend.  I hope to be back later this week with a booth update and maybe some photos of an updated bedroom.... I have one more day off and a whole house to clean... but I am hoping that I can get our bedroom to a finished for now state


  1. Michelle, the new things you added to your shop are so cute! I love those new towels and the lampshades.

  2. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I have a love affair with burlap, too.

    Do you read Tatertots and Jello? Cute stuff.....burlap lovah, as well.

    Happy 4th of July!

  3. I love the blue chairs and the birdie fabric - perfect fit!!! I don't know if i would be able to part with them but your right you can't keep everything. Is the blue cage going in your etsy shop... i'm going to go look right now!!! Good job again!

  4. ilove all thses things. I got a feeling we have similar taste. Great job. XX

  5. I love the chair - it is gorgeous!!!!

    Kerry xxxx

  6. Love all your stuff. Checked out your booth pics, and would I love to be there in person!!! I'm a TN vintage junkie too!

  7. love, love, love the lampshades
    also, the blue you use is so relaxing

  8. Okay, I'm going to have to head over to your etsy shop. Darn you!!

    Staycations are the best. Happy 4th my friend!!

  9. I simply love your sense of style!

  10. Love the chair, friend and you can go ahead and just send me the birdcage...LOL! ;) Enjoy your time off!


  11. I am a teacher.. So I have had the past month off.. And I STILL have not even done as much as you have done in just a few days!

    My hat is tipped to you, girl!

  12. Hi! I was just clicking away and came across your lovely blog - what a fun time I've had reading through it all. You are one talented and creative gal!
    I look forward to following along ~


    p.s. I love Tara!

  13. Glad I found you and can't wait to read more of your fantastic projects!

  14. Oh girl, if we hadn't just bought a new house, I would've ordered that dreamy blue birdcage.
    Which would, by the way, make a *lovely* housewarming gift. ;-)

    Love ya!

  15. i LOVE THE NEW CHAIRS, AND i NOTICED i AM TYPING IN CAPITALS AND AM TOO LAZY TO GO BACK AND START OVER, SO PLEASE DON'T THINK i AM YELLING, OK WAIT THAT IS BUGGING ME, oh the chairs and the lampshades *wink* and well the birdcage *wink*, you are so creative and talented and if you lived closer I would probably be caught stealing from your garage...after I left a note letting you know what I you think we would still be friends after that episode?

  16. Where did you find that fabric? I LOVE it!

  17. That chair is awesome...and the birdcage, and those fun burlap lamp shades!! You do such a great job, gal!
    Have a wonderful week!

  18. You do such a good job! Love all of it.

  19. I don't think you could have found a better fabric for those chairs! Beautiful job, I am in love with them!


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