Friday, January 30, 2015

FIRST CRAFT NIGHT AT THE GUILD| MANDALA PLATE PAINTING

OUR FIRST CRAFT NIGHT AT THE LITCHFIELD ARTISANS GUILD| MANDALA PLATE REVIEW

Last night was The Litchfield Artisan's Guilds first craft night. We are planning to craft together every fourth thursday of the month from 7-9.


This month we did a mandala painting on a white plate. I love how everyone's plates came out unique to their personalities!

Harmony Tanguay of Dog and Pony Design was our lead instructor and did an amazing job at teaching us the basics of painting on ceramics. We went through step by step together and outlined the design with black paint and went back in to fill with colors of our choice. Afterwards the plates were baked for 30 minutes at 350 degrees to seal the paint.









The paint we used is craftsmart brand all purpose paint purchased from Michaels Arts and Crafts store. It is non-toxic and can be used for virtually any application. The total time for this class was just over 2 hours.

Interested in coming to our next craft night? Check out our workshops tab above and see our upcoming classes and workshops!


Cheerio! Nicole

Sunday, January 18, 2015

CRAFTING | VINTAGE CALENDAR BUNTING

Today's craft is one that requires very limited supplies! Vintage 1950's calendars are cut up and made into string along bunting for our Artisan's Guild!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

WHAT IVE LEARNED AS A BLOGGER--A STEP BACK IN TIME WITH PHOTOS

Over the last five years, I have learned a lot about blogging and running a creative business. I know one thing for sure is that as soon as you reach one goal, your instantly looking for the next. I have experienced owning two antique stores, writing for my blog and now a nail salon and artisan's guild. It's a lot. Many of my emails and questions are about how I do it. 


THE BACK LANDING DESK

For the last few months I have had my eye on this sweet vintage knee hole desk with floral accents. It was sitting on the back landing behind my shop. Yesterday I was asking around and found the owner, he told me to take it, so I huffed it all by myself over to my studio and started to work on it. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

THE LITCHFIELD ARTISANS GUILD


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In November, I had a great opportunity to take over the rent for The Corner Co-op in Litchfield CT. For many years the building was home to a health food store. When we signed the lease I thought about moving my furniture store to the location but decided instead to open an artisans guild.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thankful For-- Holiday Style

Country Living Magazine 

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This year we will be traveling for Thanksgiving. Normally I would have the house decorated, the pumpkins out and a burlap runner on the table, but for 2014, I am leaving that all behind and simply drooling over photos from Pinterest and planning for next season. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Our Episode on Season 3, Flea Market Flip!



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Sorry! Sorry; for not getting this information up sooner! As many of you know last May (2013) my friend Luke Mittaud of (Tri-Corner Estates) and I filmed for season 3 of the hit reality TV show, Flea Market Flip! We waited and waited for the episode to air, and this past Sunday, September 21st it finally did! The episode is Season 3, #12 titled Hooked on Flipping and aired on channel GAC (Great American Country), Yes folks thats right, we are television stars!!! (I can dream right?)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Harescramble & Updated Buffet, Dining Table

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Two weeks ago I decided to make a new dining room table. Nothing fancy, just something thrown together out of left over materials I had in the shop from my office desk. I used table legs off of an old drop leaf I had laying around that needed more repairs than I wanted to give it. But after I made the table, I was in such a rush to get it into the house that it was totally missing something...or a lot of things....