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Blooming Botanicals Art Series

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Art Sneak Peek & A Farmhouse Hutch Makeover


( finally )

What does "Summer Haven" mean to you?

To me, it means relaxing. I don't care where really but the beach always calls my name.

My newest art series is a little bit water, a little bit sky and a whole lot of blue.

I am so excited to show you what I've been working on.

May 6th is the release date!!

My Blooming Botanicals series sold very well and I'm over the moon with excitement. 
Thanks to all of you that continue to support and encourage me. 
You are awesome!

Now, on to this makeover.  
Last week, I showed you a little paint tip on my Facebook page. 

Are you looking at this piece, I mean really seeing the details and uniqueness here?

I used all products from CeCe Caldwell's Paints for this makeover.  They make a beautiful gray but I didn't have one in stock at the time so I made my own by mixing Beckley Coal and Nantucket Spray. I also used Beaufort Blue and Thomasville Teal for the accent colors. 

While I was working on this piece, some clients stopped by to look at a piece I had for sale.  Instead, they bought this hutch before I even had it finished.  I love when that happens!! They promised to send photos, which I will share when I receive them. 

This week should be busy but fun.  I have an armoire I'm getting started on. I'll also be finishing up my art series and creating marketing material.  

I hope you all have a wonderful week!!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

My Story From Eleven Years Ago and These Blooming Botanicals


Hello friends,

I'm here to let you all know my newest art series, Blooming Botanicals,
 is just about ready to launch on my website, The Turquoise Iris.

First, I'd like to share a short story with you. 
This is my story.

Eleven years ago, this month, I turned 30 years old. This was also the year, my baby boy turned one and my big boy turned five. I told my husband that all I wanted for my thirtieth birthday were some paints and an easel. I had always day dreamed of being an artist. Creating beautiful things is all I'd ever wanted to do with my hands. I dabbled in makeup, decorating, fashion and gardening already but, it was time I really tried out this painting idea. I'll get back to that in a minute but I'd first like to tell you about that birthday in particular. 

It was unusually warm and I'd been dying to get my fingers in the dirt so I decided to go to the plant shop and get some red begonias for the front yard. During nap time, I headed out to the front to begin planting.  I'm down on my knees and getting those gorgeous blooms in the ground when my eighty four year old neighbor, Miss Margie, came walking over. We visited and I told her it was my thirtieth birthday. As she reminisced about her thirties, I continued to plant...my baby would only be asleep for so long, you know.  Margie wanted to get me a little gift so she told me she'd be right back. Just as I finished up with the begonias, she came back over with a brown paper bag full of seeds...hollyhock seeds, actually. I didn't know what a hollyhock was at the time but I do now. Those things grew to be gorgeous! I always appreciated Miss Margie's simple yet thoughtful gifts of seeds and flowers. She was amazing. Little did she know how much of an impression she had on me. Her garden was simple but manicured, gorgeous but not extravagant, and I knew someday, I too, would have a garden like Miss Margie.

After my Holden woke from his nap, we headed to the arts and craft store to buy my paints. My husband was afraid he'd buy the wrong ones so he suggested I pick them out myself.  I really didn't know what I was looking for but bought the cheapest started set I could find.

Let me tell you, I found out very quickly that painting is hard. I attempted a few canvases. It was a brief endeavor for me. I realized this wasn't the right season for me to begin painting.  I wanted to leave my mess out and not clean up every time I played with paint, but, guess what? My little stinker also liked to get his hands in my paint. So, I packed up those paints and put them in the attic and decided I'd wait a little while for that adventure.

That thirtieth birthday of mine was the best one to date.  I really couldn't say why but I knew I felt love and excitement about my future. My boys were happy and healthy. My husband and I had been married eight years already and were planning to build a new house.  My mom bought me a gorgeous watercolor painting of blue irises that I will cherish forever. My best friend and photographer secretly took photos of my boys while at my brothers house and surprised me with the prints. My family showered me with love. What else could I ask for really? I spent the day with sunshine, flowers, paint, family and love. Yes, please!

Fast forward ten years to my fortieth birthday. My paints were screaming at me by then.  It was time to try again and I knew it. Only this time, the boys were turning eleven and fifteen and very self sufficient. If you've followed me long enough, you know I've been painting furniture for several years and selling them locally and on my Etsy shop, The Turquoise Iris. 

I've been painting canvases now for over a year and loving every single minute of it. It just feels right, like this was what everything I've ever done has been leading up to. This season of my life represents a blooming season. I've changed and I've grown. The seeds were planted in my youth. The roots dug in and held on waiting for this time in my life. Here I am doing what I always dreamed of and you, my loyal followers, are buying paintings from me. Not only are you choosing one of a kind pieces of furniture for your homes, but now art, art I created with my own two hands.  I am grateful and honored and I cherish every single day I get to do this with you all.

Thank you so much!

This series will be released March 30th, 8:00 a.m. cst. 

Go to The Turquoise Iris to start shopping!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Oh, This Serpentine Dresser Makeover Makes Me Think of the Ocean

Let me be honest.  

If I really try, I can make anything remind me of the ocean. 

The serpentine shape of this antique dresser is the ocean waves.

The blues and greens of the paint colors remind me of the warm salty water.

The yellow drips are the rays of sunlight.

And, the golden glass knobs are the shiny happy smiles on my childrens' faces.

I love using the paint from CeCe Caldwell's. It's very thick and creamy and works so well with my style. I often water down the paints and blend them so the original thickness is a perfect match for my art style. I used three colors on this piece but it also had an aqua all over it from a previous makeover.  The green you see is Alaskan Tundra Green and the blue is Windsor Blue. I love a highlight color ( same for my makeup actually) so I added Carolina Sun Yellow to this one, hence the sunlight reference earlier. This blue and green are both two of my favorites with CeCe's paints. If you haven't tried them yet, I recommend you do.

This little gem is now available on  my website, The Turquoise Iris.

For those of you following my artwork on Instagram, my new 
floral release date is March 30th!!!

I'm so excited to share all of these paintings!

~ Dionne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Blue & White But Not Traditional Furniture Makeovers & New Artwork

Denim Jeans,
Antique China,
Fading Skies,
Blooming Iris,
Salty Waters,
Soaring Blue Jay

These are all my sources for inspiration.
 Blue fading to white is timeless and impressionable.

I used paint from CeCe Caldwell's Paints for the two furniture makeovers I'm sharing today. For this ombre finish, I used Windsor Blue, Antique White and Blue Montana Sky. I think I could use these colors on every single piece I paint! The coverage is amazing and if you're a painter also, you know that shades of blue cover so easily...and I like easy!

Here I am, bringing back this fun Otomi paper again. I paired it with Windsor Blue (again) and highlighted the blue with Sante Fe Turquoise. Look closely and I'm sure you'll see the Carolina Sun Yellow I add to almost every piece I makeover.

I had to add these fun hand painted knobs, also.

You can find both of these pieces in my online shop, www.theturquoiseiris.com

On a new lighter note, I've been having the best time painting canvases 
and guess what, my friends?!?!?? They are selling!!! I've already sold 11 paintings for February. I honestly do a happy dance every time someone purchases a piece of my art.

Here are a few. 

Isn't it amazing that we can keep learning, keep trying new things, begin and begin over and over again? I don't know about you but I still have so many things I'd like to try my hand at. 
If you could learn a new craft or skill, what would that be?

Until next time,


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Frumpy to City Slicker Furniture Makeover

No lie! 
This piece had great bones when I bought it but I honestly NEVER brought a piece of furniture home with so 
much "child like carvings" on it.  
My first thought was, "please, get this child some paper!"

I sanded and sanded and sanded.  

It became a diamond in the rough and now I had a problem.

My plan was to do a all over navy with silver wax but then I saw this gorgeous wood grain and opted to not cover all of it.  

Moving on to Plan B...

I decided to water down the midnight navy paint from General Finishes with a 25 / 75 paint / water ratio. I then applied this to the top,  sides and the drawers. LOVE!! This application allowed the grain to peek through but with a navy tint.  I painted the trim, legs and top drawer in the solid navy. 

This is where the silver wax came in to the picture.  CeCe Caldwell's makes a easy to apply silver wax.  I wanted to use this over the solid paint and maybe add an edge to the stained areas....BUT, that didn't turn out as well as I hoped.  

Plan C? Yes, please.

After help from my Facebook Live followers, I sanded the two drawers back down and started over.  This time, I just used the watered down paint and held off with the wax on these drawers.  

Once I finished completely, I applied a clear coat to to the entire piece, which also helped to bring out the wood grain. 

Frumpy to City Slicker 

Are you checking out these legs?!?!?

This piece is now available on my website, The Turquoise Iris.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Sometimes A Girl Gets Lucky

Yes, sometimes a girl just gets lucky. 
When the timing is right, the place is all set and who you know is more
 important than what you know, luck steps in for the win.
Such was the case when I found these three pieces a few weeks ago. 

Carolina Sun Yellow & Jersey Tomato from CeCe Caldwell's Paints
over a pretty turquoise that was on this piece when I purchased it.

I'd admired them years ago in a local salon owned by some friends of mine, 
Jenny and Jessica. I was online hunting for furniture for sale in our area and stopped on a photo. I immediately recognized this cabinet 
(  solid turquoise before  ) and my heart skipped a beat. 
All I could think was, MINE!!! Back OFF!!!! It's MINE!!!

Then, I noticed who had it for sale. WAIT, I know her!!! I thought, "I've got this" and immediately sent a message to my friend. 

Yay! Still available and waiting for me, yes, me to buy all three cabinets.  SOLD!!

And, the best part was their dad already had them loaded on a trailer and delivered all three right to us. Now, not only am I doing the happy dance, but my husband is as well....no, not really but he was happy, too.

The label on the back says they're imported from Romania.  
They are old, and solid, and so very cool. If you are the type that loved unique and authentic furniture, these are for you.  I'd love to see one of these cupboards used as a coffee or wine bar. 

Windsor Blue & Carolina Sun Yellow from CeCe Caldwell's Paints
with a turquoise blue underneath that was there when I purchased this piece. 


Steamer Trunk by Vintiques from Heirloom Traditions
I used the turquoise Aurora Staining gel and finished with the white wax.

I'm truly smitten with all three of them. 
I don't know what you had in mind, but for a girl always hunting furniture, 
this is
 my kind of lucky!

These primitive cabinets / cupboards are available 
on my website, The Turquoise Iris.