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Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Match Made in Heaven - Windsor Blue & Destin Gulf Green Accented with Carolina Sun Yellow

"Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living."

~Dr. Seuss

What is it about blue that just "gets me?" They say blue should evoke a sense calm and relaxation.  Is that it? Is my mind and body in such chaos that I actually "need" blue in my life to create, to dream, to fantasize? There is the old adage that says, "Are you feeling blue?" As if feeling blue means your sad or lonely. I don't get that. Do you? It energizes me and calms me all at once. I'm thankful for blue.

I used CeCe Caldwell's Paint in the colors Destin Gulf Green, Windsor Blue and Carolina Sun Yellow. I think these colors compliment one another so beautifully. 

This client was very trusting of me with this one.  She basically told me to run with it and do what I think is best.  So fun, right?  So, I did, thank you very much!

While this piece has reached over 10,000 people on my Facebook page, The Turquoise Iris and blowing up my feed, I've been scheduling shipments. This piece left for Texas last night. Two more are headed to Phoenix and then two are going to Pennsylvania.  I can't explain how wonderful it is to finally found a delivery person that is honest, dependable and easily accessible. 

If you liked this makeover, please check out my other similar makeovers HEREHERE, and HERE.

Coming up next...

Blessings to all of you,


Friday, August 19, 2016

Before & After Mexican Otomi Print Buffet & A Wall of Flowers

Is anyone else suffering from empty house syndrome today?!?!
My boys went back to school today. My oldest started high school at the same one my husband and I went to and my youngest is in sixth grade. On this day, every year, my memory takes me back to the many "first days of school" and coordinating outfits, worrying about getting lost and whether I'd have any friends in my classes.  I have to say, these two boys of mine handled their first day much better than I remember it going for me.  My nerves always kept me up late and my stomach was always a mess. I'm looking forward to them having a great year and watching them grow is more fun than I imagined. 

I. Am. So. Proud. 

I hope you and yours are all adjusting well and have a fun school year!

Now, back to business... 

This is the third piece my client has purchased from me and I'm doing one more for her next week.  It will also be in the Otomi print but multi colored...I am so excited!

This is the second piece I've painted using this fab paper from Spoonflower. Check out the before photo below. 

I used the Aurora Staining Gel in Boy Blue from Heirloom Traditions Paint to create this drip technique.  This product is exactly what I needed, made my job so easy. They have more colors to choose from including metallics. 

Am I the only person crazy enough to hang flowers on the wall using painters tape? Don't answer that, actually. My son had a friend over while I created this staging wall. He walked by, stopped and stared. He asked, "Is that tape supposed to be on the wall?" I laughed, and said, "Absolutely, you just wait. It's going to look amazing!" I was hoping, at least. 

Etsy offers all kinds of business advice that I love to read and absorb.  One of the latest posts was about creating conversation about your shop, get people talking. They said one way to do this is to share comments and questions posted on social media to you or about your shop. I love reading the comments my amazing followers post and always feel so energized by their kind words. Let me share a few of my favorites and you'll see what I mean. I wouldn't be where I am right now without my clients and followers who graciously share my work with friends and family.

Patty writes, " Stop it...No, really stop it.  This is G O R G E O U S! This is a show stopper. I love seeing your pieces. Your client is going to cry. I can't wait to see what's next."

Kathryn says, "Is there any item you complete that I don't like? I don't think so. I watched your blog and now your Facebook page, you amaze me. Plus, your staging is so unique, instantly recognized."

Patricia writes, "That's it...I GIVE UP...I LOVE YOU!"

Susanne says, "you are so talented...each one of your pieces has a unique vibe. Love them all."

Ashley writes, " If I could marry a piece of furniture, this would be it!"

Barb says, "I think you've outdone yourself! Just when I think I love a piece the most, you paint one better than ever! This should be one happy client!"

Chris writes, "SWEET MAMA LOVE!! Ahhh dying here - Am I right everyone?"

Carmen says, "Incredibly talented, Chica! You make blue scotch taped flowers on the wall look good, I mean, who else can get away with that?"

Carissa writes, "I swear, it looks like you blow those colors on with kisses!!! Such skill!!!"

Well, you can see why I have the 
BEST followers, right?

If you enjoy this makeover, click HERE to see a similar piece. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and cheers to a empty house, but, I'm still counting down the hours until I see their sweet faces today! #truth


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

FOUR COLORS?!?!? On One Piece of Furniture?!?! Oh Yes, Absolutely! Klein Blue Hutch Furniture Makeover - It Doesn't Get Any Better

After a much needed and greatly anticipated vacation to Chicago, I'm back in my shop slapping paint and making messes everywhere. 

Why Chicago you ask? My boys and husband have a dream of visiting every MLB stadium in the U.S. So, we hit three in six days. It was a great learning experience and so fun to see the look on their faces during the ball games. I will always prefer the beach, any beach, for a vacation, but it was well worth the quality time we shared. Seriously, why is vacation NEVER long enough?!?!

So, back to this makeover... my client saw this piece I posted two weeks ago and fell in love with the colors. She plans to fill this hutch full of her Fiestaware and these colors will compliment her collection perfectly.

So, we recreated this look on her own hutch.  I used paint products by General Finishes in colors, Klein Blue, Persimmon, Patina Green and Sommerset Gold. 

Below is the fabric that my client will be coordinating with this hutch. We really had endless options to choose from as you can see the birds are covered in all of these colors. Her Fiestaware will look amazing in this hutch, don't you think? 

This little gem was a free gift from Drew with http://www.drewnoelmarin.com/ I actually won it on her Instagram account when she offered it to the person who could help her with a title. I called it, Beach Bound, and she chose that as her title. Yay for me!! So much quality in this piece. 

Hope you enjoy this makeover! 

My client just sent me a text that said, "Oh my gosh, I think this is my favorite piece to date. Tears are pouring." 

Well, my day is made.



Friday, August 5, 2016

Before & After Blue Montana Sky Wardrobe ~ Drip, Drip, Drip ~ Coastal Waters Taken To New Heights

Yep, I took this makeover pretty literal with all these drippy drips.  Check it out!

My youngest took this photo of me.  Didn't he do well? He was eager to help and took it very seriously. 

See what I mean about ALL the drips? The gold and turquoise are the Aurora Staining Gels from Heirloom Traditions Paint. I intend on having a good time using these.  They are colorful and easy to use and right up my alley.

You really have to have vision when you see those really U-G-L-Y pieces of furniture there, right?!?!

The base is Blue Montana Sky and the accent blue is Windsor Blue.  I love them both separately but paired together, they're spectacular. 

I posted this big fella on Tuesday and it sold in two days!  Can you believe that craziness? I'm having the BEST time painting this summer and hoping the next season brings me as much joy. 

I have a couple of pieces available on my website if anyone's interested, www.theturquoiseiris.com.

This was my fifth piece in this series, Coastal Waters.  For a look back over the first four, click HereHereHere, and Here

Hat's off to all of you to a wonderful weekend!!


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

SOLD in 10 Minutes!! Destin Gulf Green Rustic Boho Chic Vintage Dresser Hand Painted with CeCe Caldwell Paint

So, our weekend consisted of a whole lot of chillin, a little Jason Bourne and some well needed family time.  July was a huge business month for me, probably the best sales I've ever had so unwinding before August started was completely necessary. 

Monday hit and here I am painting again like it's my job and stuff...oh wait.

UMMMMM...is this the best blue-ish green-ish color ever??? That was a rhetorical...yes, of COURSE it is.

Just LOOK at this hardware! I bought this dresser for these amazing handles and detail on the drawers.  This is #4 in my series, Coastal Waters. I had the blessing of selling this as soon as I posted it.  To top it off, it sold to a friend.  That is the cat's meow, for real. 

I've been trying my hand at some abstract art. I figure one day when I throw out my back from lifting huge pieces of furniture, I'll need to know how to paint on a much smaller scale.  Don't judge, I'm very much a beginner.

I have to point out, in the photo above, I have necklaces from Hawaii given to me, a hat from Mexico from Mom and bookends from India...found those in an antique shop. 

These delicious paint colors are from CeCe Caldwell Paints. The base is Destin Gulf Green and Windsor Blue.  The highlight color is Carolina Sun Yellow.  I also used some of the aging cream ( that I adore ).

Right now, I'm thinking that if we have one more day of over 100 degree weather, I'm going to sit my tail in our little blow up pool
All. Day. Long. Why the extreme temps? Why?

Next up...

HERE is a similar color combination, but I painted it over 3 years ago!

Now, fist bump to all of you and let's get this August started!