What's new....

Hello all!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We have been busy with family in town and just working which is always good... and I do mean that!  I guess the most exciting thing that is new is this:

Yes, that is my Mr.  He went to the BBC headquarters in NYC and chalked up 2 huge chalkboards for their kitchen area.  He had a great time and was able to do a little sightseeing.  For some odd reason, he forgot to put in the contract that his wife would get to travel to the real Downton Abbey... or at least get Season 3 before it was released here.  Oh well... he did bring me back a sweet gift and some macarons.  

Anyhoo.... while the Mr was away, the baby and I stayed busy, but I managed to take off a whole day to take him to some appointments and we had a movie date as well.  I also managed to finish a few small at home projects.  

I have been making shades in linen and burlap for awhile now, but I decided to add a little more to this one, so I made some little rosettes.  Some of these will be in the shoppe very, very soon!

I also made a new pillow for the sofa... just something simple that I worked on while cursing the thunderstorm that made the Mr. get home 2 hours later than he was supposed to... I may have missed him a little *wink*

Before he left, he found me this HUGE vintage McCoy pot in this great color!  I have never seen a McCoy this big!  I like smelling gardenias when I walk in and out of the house, so I found this *perfect* specimen at our Home Depot.  Seriously.... it is pretty dinky.  Then, I went to another Home Depot and found a different species, but it still had a great heavenly smell 

That's more like it! We took the day off Thursday to have a little family time and ended up treasure hunting and came home with this little number...

...in original, perfectly chippy yellow paint.  And, some lucky girl is taking this sweetie home with her this week!  

I hope to have new shoppe photos this week... I have been really slacking in taking photos lately.  I seriously have been painting like crazy for clients and a new little venture that I will spill more about later.  Plus, I have been making nap mats and getting stuff ready for baby hughes to go to preschool next week *sniff, sniff*  I am not sure what I will do without my sidekick for a couple of days a week.

Anyhow, what's new with you?!?

off to buy more paint!

bye for now~

oh, I almost forgot... those of you who read my Facebook feeds may have already seen this, but Country Living asked me where I wanted to go in my home state this summer (slide 42)


  1. Love those lampshades; you are so talented girl....

  2. Great Stuff! Love the Chalk Art your Hubs does and I am so in love with that lamp shade!
    Side note - So, I will be driving through on my way to Illinois in a few weeks and really want to stop in to see your shop (and shop of course)! Will probably be on a Thursday or Friday (21 or 22 of June) and want to make sure your shop is open. I will have my dog with me and will be convoying with my sister and 3 (almost 4) year old niece, so time will tight as I am sure the crew will be eager to get up north. What are you hours and will the shop be open on those 2 days?

    1. Hi Mary~

      We will be open those days! We are open Thursday- Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. Can't wait to meet you!!

  3. The Mr. is amazing....I love chalkboards so much and collect vintage ones and make them out of whatever I can. His work is awesome.

    Your were a busy bee and love the planters...nice color.

    Great finds, can't wait to see where they end up.


  4. Awesome!!! How stinkin' cool for the Mr :)
    Ok, I need to pre-order one of your shades! I was in love with them when you had them in the shoppe a while back, and I know Tara snagged one!! I love the raw seams that are exposed *sigh*.....

    Gardenias....heavenly :)


  5. That's so cool about your Mr., he sure it talented. I just love your lampshades...you have some crazy good talent girl ;o)

  6. The chalkboard art is very exciting! (I never knew there was such a profession.) The yellow "chippy" table is precious. No wonder it spent so little time in the shop. We've been busy creating character out of some castaways. So fulfilling!

  7. Loved the video! He is so talented. Looking forward to seeing pics of the shop.

  8. that's so awesome they commissioned artwork from your hubby! he did a great job! Love the lampshade. do you have a tutorial on how to make them?

  9. Michelle,

    You and your Mister are so creative and talented. It's no wonder BBC & Country Living are taking notice! I adore the lampshade and want one for the Fairfield House! When you and Mr Hughes take that trip to Manhattan together we could meet up. {Only we will do little Italy and you will take home cannoli!}

    Your Friend,

  10. Goodness that looks like a lot of work! wow, it looks amazing! he better get comissioned down her asap! love all the new touches and the yellow desk! swoon! xo

  11. Love all you new creations, and pretty treasures!! Lovin' the aqua vintage McCoy pot!! That is a great yellow desk!! What a lucky girl indeed!! Have a lovely weekend! xo Heather

  12. I love the pillow & lampshade. I can't figure out where I know you from,but I swear your name sounds familiar....of course,there are other Michelle Hughes' out here in Tennessee,I'm sure. By the way,I'm from Bon Aqua (near Fairview/Williamson Co.,TN) so hello! :)

  13. Well, I enjoyed that video...I have been wondering how on earth
    people do those. I LOVE it too.
    Pouncing, huh?
    Love the lampshade!!


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