July was crazy! Hubby and I spent over a week in Oregon with friends, attended a wedding, and went to the coast. Amazing. The scenery was beautiful and the visit was perfect. I laughed until I cried, was able to relax, and left a piece of my heart out on that Oregon Coast. I do each time we go there. Our friends make us feel so very welcome, each time we visit.
After a brief time at home, I left on a 2 week trip that would take me from New Hampshire to Tennessee. Picturesque highways and morning stops at Dunkin' Donuts. A rather questionable stop at a KOA, awesome b-b-q at every restaurant, and time with my sister in law, Andrea, that I have never had. (And with Max the AWESOME Rhodesian Ridgeback that traveled better than any person I've met!) Hubby was even able to fly out to Tennessee for a few days to spend time with the family. It was wonderful!
So, now that July is over, I am back at it! I will be filling up the garage with vintage and antique pieces that need a little love! Big things are on the horizon for Hopping Wren, so check back often to see what's happening!
And thank you. Thank you for encouraging me and making my dream become a reality! Thank you for supporting me in doing what I love! I feel so blessed every day <3
Soooo...I have been staring at a grey dresser turned into a wine rack since November. November, people. That was 7 months ago. I have never had a piece hang around that long. It's been in a couple of shops, on my website, and in my living room. I loved it in it's redone state. But no one else has...so I schlepped it out to the garage this morning, sanded the heck out of it, put two coats of mineral paint on it, and voila! It really makes the glass knobs pop! Its kind of shabby chic, farmhouse, romantic all in one. Someone will buy it, put it in their home for a sweet coffee bar or a wine rack, and I will once again have sellers remorse :) It does look sweet, doesn't it? I figure if this has been the one and only piece that hasn't sold out of all of the pieces I have painted in the past 2 years, I'm doing pretty good!
After quite a few days off, I am home. My hubs and I were able to drive down to Missouri and see our son (for a whole 96 hours), who is a United States Marine, OOHRAH! Missouri is beautiful! Have you been to Branson? It was our first time, and instead of doing the whole touristy thing, the three of us had a picnic out of the back of our car at a lake, visited the Veteran's Memorial Museum, and wittnessed a funnel cloud on our way back to the hotel. Needless to say, it was an exciting day! For those of you who know my son, I wish you could see him now. He's changed. All of the good stuff is still in there. His kind heart, his ability to make me laugh when I don't want to, and his goofy smile. But the USMC has changed him. He stands taller, offers his arm to me when we are walking (I LOVE that!) and has become a man in the past 6 months. Its been quite a change! For my husband and I as well. Gone is our little boy with the chubby cheeks and Harry Potter style glasses. We now are the proud parents of a young man who stands taller, holds his head a bit higher, and pays his own phone bill. Seriously, lots of changes :) So OOHRAH and Semper Fi to those who are serving in the USMC. Walking through the Veteran's Memorial, I now have a whole new appreciation for those who served and died for our freedom. I couldn't be more proud of my Ben. Thank a Veteran or an active military man or woman. Whether they serve or have served in any branch of the military. They deserve our thanks.
I finished a dresser today. A piece that I love! When I get a piece of furniture like this, or a buffet, or a piece that is unique, I have a hard time listing and selling them. Believe it or not, I have sellers remorse at LEAST once a week! Sometimes more! But, if I kept every piece that I felt an attachment to, we would have a 10,000 square foot home full of nothing but vintage and antique furniture! Seriously, I would NOT think that to be a negative thing. But, my hubby thinks otherwise!
I love doing what I do. Each piece is done with heartfelt purpose, before you put it in your home. I want you to love your piece of Hopping Wren Furniture as much as I do!
So, with that being said, take a good look at this dresser. It has a serpentine drawer on top, a hidden drawer on the bottom, and a faint clock face stenciled on the front. Oh and that hardware, don't get me started! <3 It goes perfectly in my living room. But, it's for sale.
And if you look really close to the family picture above it, you will see us. Our family of four. At one point or another, my children and hubby have helped, encouraged and supported me in this crazy furniture journey. I love them. They are my peeps. I love this picture. (Every time I look at it, I think of how my SON had the best hair out of everyone that day! LOL!)
I'm taking a few days off next weekend. It's good to recharge the batteries. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!
So this week has been a bit exciting! I have been featured in Grace Interior's Blog as their highlighted Duluth maker of the month! And that's not all....this lovely cabinet in the picture? Its below an Anna Bailey piece of art. I am humbled beyond words! (And planning my next purchase of art for my living room wall...) I have been painting furniture like crazy....and meeting the best people! I'm palnning on furniture drop offs 2 weeks out from now! So thank you. Thank you to my followers, customers and friends! Because of you, I am able to do a job I love!