May 27, 2011

Salvage Inspiration & Announcing A Winner!!

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Before I announce the WINNER! of my PLACE OF SHELTER sign GIVEAWAY!...

I would love to share with you my latest inspired piece hand painted artist signed by me! Dore L. Callaway. In my last posting I shared a French drop leaf table, a perfect thrift shop find that I applied a French flea market style paint finish to it. After finishing the transformation from plain to French flea market chic, I was left with two center leafs that expand the table to a much larger size then needed for,or what it may be used for in our flea market designs. What now do I do with the two leafs, I did not plan to paint and add them to the piece, and did not think the added leafs would make or break the charm of the placement or selling of this piece. Putting the 2 leaf's aside for another use and questioning what to do with them was not far from my minds thought.

I was visiting Kate, a beautiful blogger at and shop space at Country Roads in Southern California, at that moment I was inspired by her older postings, and a French toile accent throw pillow I came across of hers, it was divine in every way possible, this was a purchase Kate made for her personal home, would you have been inspired by its white, gray, and natural tones I sure was, it is exactly the shades I work with in paints and my personal home designs.

This is Kates divine toile pillow at Salvage Dior that inspired my wood header that can accent any place in your home with French flea market charm. If you have not had the pleasure of visiting her space at Country Roads or her blog do so, it is truly inspiring to take in her rustic charm and salvage success with everything she touches.

Kate is located in #31 at Country Roads located in Orange, Ca. and Urban Barn, Escondido, Ca.

I spend little time planning out what to design or create, I let each piece find me with authentic history, and if a find makes it into my studio of creating lacking enough age I will create it. Standing is the 48" x 9" x 1" vintage French table leaf I painted with an aged effect that became the piece Kates French toile pillow inspired, along side it is a 100 plus year old drawer face with a working key hole lock waiting for the next piece that inspires. I know someone out there will inspire this piece as well, maybe it will be you.
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Can you see a piece like this over my guest room iron bed dressed in all white, gray and creams to match the art work. I will have to do one for myself with the second vintage French table leaf, because this leaf will be added to my peaceful etsy! shop. It may even make it into my shop space, or someone out there who inquires about it.

How about over your euro chic sofa or settee, making it a captivating piece of French flea market brocante inviting its way into your rustic French inspired heart. I love gracing my home with unexpected pieces, adding a find that becomes a muse of what inspires a recycled, and up-cycled cottage home. I love taking a well loved, worn and over used under appreciated piece adding something to the piece worthy of boasting a happy new life, while assuring I have done good by it for another chance at life's given journey.

SOLD!! to the beautiful Kim! Thank you Kim for buying this piece $230.00 from my peaceful shop! please visit Kim's beautiful blog at

Thank you Kate for having the piece that inspired. Please visit her beauty at
Now to announce my hand painted SHELTER GiveAway WINNER!
Letting chose the winner...True Random Number Generator Min:1 Max:164 Result: 6 Powered by RANDOM.ORG
CONGRATULATIONS #6 The Beautiful Rosemary at Please go visit her beautiful site, and all that she inspires at her place of shelter. Thanking all my dear friends and new followers for joining in, your beautiful comments are treasured.

This vintage plank leaf Rose art, will soon be included in my etsy!

May 19, 2011

Place Of Shelter & GiveAway!

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A GIVEAWAY for you...
Thanking you all for your love and support, you are the best of friends and you stand out!
In this beautiful journey of artfully blogging with all of you, and the many beautiful comments you have all left me on my perfectly imperfect works of art I thank you from the depths of my soul. I am offering One of my hand painted shelter signs on solid vintage Mahogany signed by me it measures 22" x 5"1/2 x 1" It hangs by an aged foggy gray chain to one winning friend, I wish I could whip one up for each and everyone of you.

That little bird has chosen his shelter. Above it are the stars and the
deep heaven of worlds. Yet he is rocking himself to sleep without
caring for tomorrow's lodging, calmly clinging to his little twig,
and leaving God to think for him.

I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Psalm 61:4

You may post up to 3 random comments for a chance to win, winner will be announced on 5-27-11
All you need to do to enter is leave up to 3 seperate comments...
(1.) Become a follower if you are not one already, and comment that you follow.
(2.)Post my GiveAway button below on your blog site, and for a 3rd entry...
(3.)Comment me as you always do telling me something about your Place Of Shelter.

"Inspiring a soulful place of shelter"