Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A New Day

 I've left this little ol' blog on the shelf gathering cobwebs for the last several years.  In the meantime,  I have been enjoying being a Mom and watching my kiddos grow up.  And now with all but one in school, I can possibly start blogging again.  
So much has changed in the last several years, that I am writing this with more humility and wisdom today than before and for that I am very grateful. 

Now just because I haven't been blogging doesn't mean I haven't been busy, and I can't wait to show you some of my favorite past projects with many more to come. 

I will begin with my personal addiction...chairs.  I just can't pass up a good looking chair or pair of chairs. I see them and my heart starts pounding.   My palms start to sweat and I debate if I need them, and whether or not I can make them over.  

Sometimes I purchase them hoping that magically I will know what to do with them. Well, recently I made over a couple of chairs that I had blogged about and then quickly put into storage where they have been sitting, until I pulled them out a few weeks ago.  
It was quite a process... but here is the after...

The frames were painted in Old Fashioned milk paint Snow white followed by clear then dark wax...
The before if you remember was this... gold cane backed chairs with hole in the backs.  And recently one of them had a hole in the seat from one of my kids standing on them...

I have a few photos from the process... we replaced one of the cane seats using supplies ftom Woodcraft and watching a Youtube tutorial.

Then painted, sealed and began the upholstery using some ideas ftom Miss Mustard Seed.

I love how they turned out.  Happy trails...


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

From Interestosity to Cottage Frameworks and a wedding

UPDATE!!  In case you missed it, we changed our name from Interestosity to Cottage Frameworks.  I loved the way that Interestosity looked but it was too hard to pronounce.  We also have a Facebook page now at https://www.facebook.com/CottageFrameworks. It will be updated with all of our latest frames.

Some updates... one of our new favorite gallery/collages is for weddings.  These are from a pink and yellow themed wedding. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Contoured Reclaimed Wood Frames

If you have been reading my blog you know that we recently started building frames as a business.  It has been a great experience.  We are still SUPER small and sell mostly to locals or customers who have found us through Oh Sweet Sadie Boutique.  We build every frame ourselves and I hand paint each frame myself.  And I love it! 

During our first show my husband stumbled upon some wood that was being thrown away in a job site dumpster.  He realized that the contoured wood was perfect to make our unique frames.  And since then we have been making both our regular 1x4 in., 1x6 in. frames and contoured frames. 

The contoured wood frames are very rustic.  The pieces don't always meet exactly and some have knots or uneven edges.  I love naturalness of the wood.

The striped frame is contoured and the lemon print is 1x4in wood.

Another close up.
That is just a few of the pictures of our contoured wood frames.  It is difficult to see in the picture.  But it is Gorgeous in person.  We can build these in any size picture frame up to a size 11x14.  We can design frames to match any color, fabric, or color combinations you would like and will be accepting orders through Etsy soon.