It's been a while since I last posted. I feel bad that I haven't been able to commit to writing every day, it's been so overwhelming. I used to think this blog was only about furniture, design and DIY but The New England Girl, has become much more about my life encompassing furniture, family and running a creative business.
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Saturday, January 9, 2016
I must have been too quick to congratulate myself on how many days in a row I committed to putting up a blog post (laughs) it was only 4 consecutive days....then I fell off the face of the earth or so it seems because I have been swamped trying to launch our new site www.2makersmarket.com A few posts ago I mentioned that Jay and I were going to become "official" business partners. We started by opening our booth in Ole Carousel Antiques Center, and now we have officially opened up our "e-shop" or online store.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
When I was a kid, I remember my grandmother and I always making construction paper banners. You remember, the ones with the interlocking rings? Here is a little upgrade on paper banners, in this DIY tutorial on how to make string along pom-pom bunting perfect for any room, really!
You want to start by selecting one, two or three different colors of yarn. A year ago, a woman gave me 3 bags full of various yarns, so I don't know exactly what type I used. The white is definitely an acrylic yarn and the beige looked more like cotton. The third color was a very thin strand of glittery string that I mixed with the white pom's.
Saturday, January 2, 2016
At Christmas, my step-mom brought me this adorable antique rocking horse. I am not sure the back story on how her and my step-sister Sam acquired it but it's absolutely darling none the less. It has only been in my shop for a few days and it was actually my first "official" project of the new year! I didn't do much to it, i'm always careful to not change the patina on an older piece that I am unsure of, what I did do was clean it up, name it Charlie and give it a coat of Early American Stain on the base and a thin layer of polyurethane for a protective layer and shine.
Friday, January 1, 2016
I call myself The New England Girl. It's not only my business name but my identity. The truth though; I know a handful of real "New England Girls" that deserve the title just as much as I do. Shelby Barnhart is one of them. Not only is Shelby an amazing welder and metal fabricator, but a real innovator and entrepreneur. Her new brand, Fat Maverick's offer's USA handmade products for any true outdoorsmen. Currently Fat Maverick's retails handmade boot butter and tartan dog collars, in the future they hope to manufacture more items including clothing and a larger pet line.
Thursday, December 31, 2015
With only two hours to go before the infamous ball drops, I can't help but to feel nostalgic about 2015. I've been wanting to write something with more substance and the start of a new year seemed like the perfect opportunity. The title of this post is a word we know all too well after the holidays. It's time to contemplate my personal resolutions as I discover 2016 and what it has in store...
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
It's that time again. Time to ring in a new year! I pulled together some pictures from 2015 that stood out to me as good moments with family and friends. I have to say that after 2014, it's hard to compare anything because we were on HGTV's Flea Market Flip that year. That year took the cake for most achievements in my professional career, but maybe 2015 was intended to be more about family and relationships. So now we will take a photo guided walk down memory lane, 2015.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
" Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow! "
After our weekend in Boston, I couldn't have been more excited to get home and get back to the work grind again! My husband's cousins are visiting from all over the world. Leandro and Lucas are from Brazil and Leo is from London. Luciano lives in Boston and we were so excited to spend time with them over the weekend. Lucas has never been stateside before, and he was eager to witness snow. It wasn't looking like we would get any and then voila! Snow!
Monday, December 28, 2015
I don't have many vices, but Ironstone, Antique needle points and Anthropologie in a nutshell always do me in. Luckily, we don't live near a mall; and the closest store is in West Hartford, about an hour and 20 minutes from where we live. I could shop online but I am one of those people who needs to have item in hand when buying. So over the weekend when we had an opportunity to visit family in Boston, I couldn't resist a trip to the Woburn Mall where I picked up a few beautiful little things.
"In due time, even the newest things will become heirlooms"
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
I've tried having my own shop before. I've tried it twice actually and to be honest I just don't think it's for me. Having your own shop means having to be available 24-7. You wear the hats of many and while you are trying to keep the storefront going, you're also trying to make things to fill it. It's different with retail where you can order from a catalog but when you make most of your items it's extremely difficult to find the time to get things done.
Monday, December 14, 2015
It's no wonder with all of the projects going on in the shop this week I have been really slacking on some of my other work. Taking photos has been one area that's really been tough to keep up on. Our property sits on the west facing side of a mountain--my backyard is literally ledge so finding sunlight any time before 1pm is difficult. I did manage to take some photos of this lamp finished, even though they aren't to the quality I would prefer I have to share! My friend and builder Jay, of Artfull Furniture are finally taking a booth at a new shop. We have been working our tails off to create one of a kind pieces to blend in with the antiques and vintage wares. Here is one of our latest creations....
Saturday, December 5, 2015
You never know what you're capable of until you try. I always had an interest in carving but couldn't find the time to practice. One day I was with a friend browsing through a wood carving magazine. On the cover were all these wooden leaves; but inside there was no template or directions how to do it!