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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!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

French Themed Lazy Susan, and other Fun Things

Bonjour Mes Amis!
Just thought I'd share with you some of the newest creations that I've made for my Etsy shop.
I love finding lazy Susan's that I can transform with a little paint and tlc!
So I had alot of fun giving this recent find a French twist!

It's been painted with my favorite shade of creamy white chalk paint.
And since you know I love all things French, I thought this stencil advertising a French bakery was quite fitting.
Oooh, la, la!
Another thing I love hunting for are nice wood candlesticks.  There are many I come across that I turn down. But when I am lucky enough to spot nice chunky ones, I quickly snap them up!
I decided to paint these in a pretty light French blue chalk paint.
Then I gave them my special distressing and aging treatment.
Light blue is my absolute favorite color!!
Next up is this nifty wooden tool box/tote. Well, it wasn't very nifty when I discovered it!
It was just plain unfinished wood, and was practically begging me for a makeover!
So, I mixed up several shades of chalk paint to come up with this pretty mossy green.
I thought the French flower market stencil was pretty fitting to add!
Ok, if you aren't sick of seeing my stencils, here is another recent creation of mine!
I've painted and sold quite a few of these wood crates.  
They are so fun to transform with chalk paint and French themed stencils.
I decided to go with a lovely light blue for this one, and creamy taupe lettering.
I can think of so many uses for these crates!
Fill them with books, as I have here.
Or they would be so handy in the bath to hold towels and other supplies in style,
In the living room, store extra throws, pillows, or even board games.
The possibilities are endless!
To each end I stenciled a large fleur de lis, which is quintessentially French!

And since we are on the subject of French flower markets, I couldn't resist sharing a few pics that I snapped of markets around Paris!

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great day!


Susie said...

Donna, You have been busy and boy it all looks so pretty. I love those candle sticks. The crate is adorable. You choices of color are so nice. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I love everything..... everything is beautiful. So many new items for your shop. The colors are good. You have been very busy getting ready for Christmas.
How's Katie? Waldo and Lili said hi.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Hi Donna,
I'm with you chunky candlesticks are great. Boy you've been busy with your artistic transformations. Enjoyed the French flower market photos,, sunflowers make me smile. Oh and I love your combinations of cream with blue.

Rose L said...

Cool ideas! You make such lovely things.


Que preciosos trabajos y que bonitas fotos de flores, besos

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Donna, once again you have used your magic to create gorgeous French style treasures. I love your lazy susan and this one is such a nice design style. The tote is adorable in the color you created and I love your soft blue and cream crate too. Candle sticks are one of my very favorites too and this chunky set is perfect. Love the color. Oh the French Flower Market is dreamy. So nice to look back on beautiful blooms. Love the cabbage.
Have a creative day. xo

Cynthia said...

Donna amazing transformations. Where do you get your French stencils from? I have one place that is an Etsy shop. Was wondering if this may be another choice.


Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love that lazy susan! You are so good with those stencils. Aw, Paris flower markets, nothing prettier!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

These are all so pretty, Donna...my lazy Susan is plain black lol.

NanaDiana said...

Donna---WHAT? No glitter? Are you slipping, girl? lol
LOVE what you have done with all your makeovers. That lazy susan is just gorgeous! Great job all the way around.
I would love to see those flower markets up close and personal! They just amaze me! xo Diana

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

The lazy Susan (sounds like me), the crates, the candlesticks, and the fleurs - ooh la la! Everything captured my heart. Those stencils are amazing, as is your work. :)