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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Winter Blues

No, not those kind of blues!  I am talking about the color blue!!
Each of us has a color that makes us feel happy, energized, calm, at peace, whatever.  My special color just happens to be blue, and it's sure to help me chase the winter doldrums away!  I love all shades of blue, and thought I would share with you a few projects that I have been up to lately.

I just added this pair of turquoise mirrors to my Etsy shop.  I think they are so bright and cheery looking!  I mixed up a bunch of different colors til I came up with a shade I was happy with.  I just love playing with paint!!

 The mirrors started out life as a boring brown.  So much better now, I think!

I was so excited when I found this cute curvy little vintage corner shelf!  I painted her a pretty aquamarine, another one of my custom blends!
 I am lovin' the curves!  She also resides in my Etsy shop.
 Of course, I am always on the look out for candlesticks that I can transform.  I really love the shape of these.  After painting them a pretty light blue that I mixed up, they were distressed and glazed for a shabbyliscious look that I so love!!

 And you know how much I love mirrors!  I painted this pretty little mirror the same blue as the candlesticks (I call it "French Blue").  I really love the floral design of this piece.

That's it for today ladies!  What do you do to chase away the winter blues?
I've linked up with the following fun parties
Beyond the Picket Fence Under $100 Party
Funky Junk Interiors SNS 
Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday


Erin@likegrandmas said...

Love the french blue and the aquamarine too! I used to make lampshades to chase the summer blues(business is slow then), but I usually sit in my sun room on a sunny day with the heater going and read. Perks me right up!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I love the colors you used. Especially the candle sticks. Oh and your new header is fantastic! Love the flowers from the markets.

mizdarlin said...

I'm astonished..it's too bad all the Heirloom White has been recalled! No?
Just teasing you, sweetie..I happen to love that gray-blue shade as well, the candlesticks and the pretty flowered mirror rock!

Tete said...

You are so losing your touch. I did not see one speck of glitter anywhere!
Love your blues and the candle stick blue is my fav.

June@I will craft said...

You have great ideas and finds once again.

Color and opening up the shades is what I do to try to wash away the winter blues. Nothing like sun shining in through the window when it is below zero outside.

Donna said...

I love blue too....your work has turned out well!!! Bet they really brighten up any room you put them in!!

sissie said...

Hi Donna,
I love the different shades of blues that you have used on your projects. You are also a very good painter.
Those candlesticks would not be leaving my home!


Kim K. said...

Love the blue color. It's very Tiffany's.

NanaDiana said...

Donna- You do such a nice job.but Tete, got it right...WHERE is the glitter???..I can tell you are just a blue-loving gal...and I see it when I look to the side and see you in that lovely blue hat! My favorite Aunt loved blue and I think it always reminds me of her. I always think of blue as being a warm and cozy color (although I know it is considered a "cool" color)..and now I will always associate that color with you too...the color of friendship- True Blue! xxoo Diana

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Fantastic colors and I love the pieces.

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you Donna for your visit to my Soulfully French tray post!

You are such a doll for leaving me such a beautiful comment.

Just love your postings I feel so at home here.

Linda said...

Lovely pieces, Donna! Your etsy shop is looking great!

A Cottage Muse said...

Now having those winter blues would be alright with me ~ very pretty!!

{northern cottage} said...

mmmm beautiful pictures and colors...love the name of your blog too!


T's Daily Treasures said...

I do love blue and that turqouise sure is gorgeous! I need bright sunshine and brilliant blue skies to chase the doldrums away. Living in a desert country and a concrete jungle sure need something to brighten up the day. Best wishes to you, Tammy

{northern cottage} said...

reviewing your blog brought back wonderful childhood memories....I grew up in northern wi/mn and we would travel to southern mi to visit my grandparents. My favorite part of the trip was along the shore and OF COURSE mackinac island and the bridge. So wonderful to have that in your backyard!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh--I love all the blues too, Donna!!! These are all so beautiful!!!
When you get a chance, hop over to my I Owe it All to Him blog...I've got something I want you to see!

Kelly said...

I love all your blue mixes, especially the ones for the long mirrors! Lovely!


Scrappy Girl said...

Sorry it has taken me so long to let you know I got your box of goodies. I absolutely LOVE everything. You are so talented. My teen who is in her first year of French has tried to claim everything! I think I will let her put them in her room while she is day dreaming of a school field trip to Paris! Thank you so much for your generosity. {{hugs}}
Scrappy Girl

MessyMissy said...

Gorgeous. I just love those shades of blue...particularly your french blue. Love the way the candlesticks turned out in particular!

Christine said...

I really love those first mirrors. There is something about those really decorative mirrors when they are all painted up in bright colors. Great job, I can't wait to visit your etsy shop

Chelsea said...

love the color! great job. Found you from funky junk interiors link party.