Friday, April 26, 2013

Here are my fur babies to honor the memory of Teddy for the Pet Parade on Funky Junk's website! This was after I came home from my cruise last year. They had to make sure that I wasn't going anywhere again and get some "mom" time. From front to back, is Ponce de Leon, Pablo, and Panther.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

I'm doing a special post today for a friend in need. Her husband just lost his father to leukemia and due to his illness they had lots of unexpected expenses and time off work. If you can help Ernie and Christine with their expenses that would be a great help. Any amount would be appreciated and if you can't donate financially, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Please go to this link to donate:

They also have a shop on Etsy and any purchase there would also be appreciated at

I hope to be updating my blog very soon with my latest projects.

Thanks for your support!

Rita @ Rita's Garden

Friday, February 8, 2013

Well, I have been off to a slow start with this blog. I had to get two new booths going at Deja Vu and then once those were up and running, I had a pipe break underneath my bathroom sink two weeks ago and have been dealing with the repair people ever since. I am now taking showers at my parent's house until I can get my new flooring in and my bathroom up and running. Thankfully, I have a working toilet in my second bathroom. 

In the past month, I have refinished a few pieces of furniture and other little accessories. I had painted this particular chair a nice shade of gray prior to Christmas and finally got around to recovering the chair seat. I love how it turned out. The fabric is a Waverly fabric of gray and cream colored hydrangeas with a gorgeous green. The chair was a worn out wooden chair with a very ugly fabric on a very flat seat. I added some batting underneath to plump up the chair seat like it should be. 

One of my other upcycles were two nesting tables that were an ugly brown laminate wood. I painted them with homemade chalk paint that was a color called "Garden Spot" from Behr. Here are the before and after pics. I also did some terra cotta pots since I had extra paint:

I sanded and waxed them and loved how the pigment in the paint comes up in different colors. They are now for sale in my original booth.

I also upcycled a couple of different trays. One was rattan and I spray painted it warm yellow by Rustoleum and then hand stenciled "Bonjour" in the center. I wove black tulle through the lattice on the sides and put a bow on top. You can see it in the center of the pic of my new booth that I share with another vendor named Janet at our Deja Vu. I also upcycled that watering can lamp and little wicker doll sofa. The lamp just sold last week.

The other tray had been a picture frame that had handles added on it to make it a tray. I spray painted it a pretty mossy green and added a bird fabric print underneath the glass. I love how it turned out. 
The silk flower arrangement I also did in a little urn that I got from a neighbor that had a really ugly flower arrangement in it. I took that out, added new foam and added silk peonies, hydrangea and some trailing greens.

My other upcycle was a thrift store find. It was a white and natural farmhouse chair that was worn out and I spray painted it warm yellow. Here it is with another little flower arrangement I upcycled from a pink glittery little purse I also found at a thrift store.

My next post will show pillows that I will have finished by the time I post. Here's a little sneak preview:

See ya next time! Happy creating!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I just planted daffodil, tulip and grape hyacinth bulbs today, January 2, 2013. "What???" you ask, I know...pathetic. I was going to plant them in October and then got so busy with Halloween between my booth and Etsy, that I thought I would plant them in November...then it was raining and the holidays came, more rain. So finally today, it is sunny and not that ungodly cold, so I figured I would give them a chance to grow. Hopefully, they come up and bloom. They have been outside in my carport since I bought them in October, so they've definitely been chilled enough. Luckily where I live, the ground doesn't get that frozen and most I planted in existing pots that I have around the yard. We'll be getting more rain in the coming weeks before spring, so we'll see what happens. If they bloom, I will post pics. Well off to do some laundry, rake more leaves and work on some more projects that I will be posting about soon.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013 - A New Blog to Ring in the New Year!

I've decided to create this new blog to document my projects that I do for my Etsy shop and also for my booths I have at Deja Vu of Paradise, California. I like to take old things and make them new again aka upcycling and repurposing. I also will use this blog to feature Etsy shops and their owners. I love all things Etsy. Truly a great community of artisans and those who sell vintage and art supplies. I have been selling since the end of May 2012 and have loved every minute of it.

Here's a vanity chair that I upcycled recently. It was an ugly shade of gold and the matching seat was even uglier. Unfortunately, I didn't take a before picture, but trust me, it was really horrible. The chair actually was only about 7 years old, but I think because of its ugliness it arrived at the thrift store much earlier than it normally would have. LOL

I spray painted it with a paint by Rust-Oleum called "Oil Rubbed Bronze". It came out really nice and it only took one can. Then I recovered the seat with Michael Miller's "April in Paris" fabric. It has pictures of 50's ladies in Paris shopping with their dogs and Paris landmarks. It's a very cute print. Covering the seat was very easy. I just cut a circle of the fabric out and also a circle of a white muslin lining fabric since the fabric wasn't a decorator weight fabric. I then used a staple gun and pulled it tautly as I stapled around the bottom of the seat. Screwed the seat back on and "Voila!" a lovely vanity chair for someone. It's currently for sale at Deja Vu.