Wednesday, March 6, 2013

~ Goodbye Winter...Hello Spring at The Empty Nest ~

Hello friends...
In my mind, I am so ready for 

Gorgeous roses courtesy of Connie at Hartwood Roses blog
But in reality, I woke up to ...

Oh well...despite all the white stuff still falling very hard, I am busy filling 
The Empty Nest
with lovely Spring treasures.
Come take a look at some of our pretties...

Lovely feather trees and Spring chick bunting will make you smile...many thanks to Cheryl for creating such pretty vignettes...girl, you never disappoint!

I have been happily sewing up some pillows using Annie Sloan's lovely imported fabric. The two pillows on the left are Annie's Faded Roses, Charcoal Pastorale Toile and Monaco pretty.
The pillow in the middle is a combination of Annie Sloan's Charcoal Pastorale and Barry Dixon's Warrenton Toile. I bought a remnant of Warrenton Toile last year and have been saving it for something special. I love how it looks so great with Annie's toile!
The pillow on the right might look familiar to you if you follow Miss Mustard is the same fabric as in her living room, but to punch it up a bit, I backed it with a nice green and blue Ikat pattern. All my pillows have down inserts for added plushness. 
Want to create your own pillows...The Empty Nest now stocks down inserts in 3 sizes.
Don't know where to even begin to create an easy pillow...come to my
 Pillows Annie's Way Workshop!
See the schedule above under WORKSHOPS.

My long awaited full Mora clock finally arrived....have I told you how much I love these beautifully shaped clocks??

Love these little elegant trees set in small Mercury glass cups. Great for little tabletop vignettes.

Yes...I am still creating aprons when I get the chance and creating vintage bunting from beautiful hankies.

beautiful Emile Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan on the antique door
My ladies and I have been stringing yards of lovely lighted fabric scrap garland all around the shop. These lighted garlands are so easy to create and give the shop a great festive air.
Carol and Sue, my talented shop assistants worked on a 40 ft long garland for the Spring window display. Thank you ladies!
Here are a few sneak peak photos of my 'work in progress' 
Spring Display Window

What's the theme you ask....think 
Marie Antoinette
complete with a gorgeous French bed who is sporting her very own gilded crown.

Tattered decoupaged doors

I waxed and distressed her right in the window on a Sunday afternoon...drew lots of attention.

Fabric backed antique windows...roses, roses everywhere

This is how she looks so far..still evolving with more roses, jumbo flowers and a few Mother Nature elements......
You will have to stay tunes for the final reveal.
She is going to be

Interested in learning all about 
painting your world with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan?
My March Workshops are posted and there are still a few seats left in selected classes.
To find a Certified and Trained Chalk Paint® Stockist near you

Until next kind and stay creative.



deborah@confessions of a craigslist junkie said...

LOVE the Mora clock Janet! I'll have to make the trek up to your store to see all the spring loveliness!

Cheryl said...

I Love those flowers. I hope we get lots of visitors to see all of the pretties you have filled the shop with!

Cheryl said...

I Love those flowers. I hope we get lots of visitors to see all of the pretties you have filled the shop with!

Hartwood Roses said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty!!

Aprons and More said...

This shop was so good for you!! I love how has everything turned out... So pretty and lovely! Just wished I lived closer!!

Katy :)

Susan H said...

I would love to be able to visit your store sometime! I used to visit DC and VA area a lot in my former life!

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Jennifer Juniper said...

The lights in the fabric scrap garland is genius!
Love. That. Clock.

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

That snow was something! And now, three days later, it is sunny and sixty degrees. Gotta love our Northern Virginia weather.

The shop looks filled with fabulousness and lovelies. The fabric scrap light garland is intriguing. I think a road trip to Warrenton and The Empty Nest is in order for the Spring!

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Marian said...

Looks so bright and happy Janet! And I think having a pillow workshop is brilliant!

BTW I signed on to be a vendor at the spring Luckett's fair. I may steal your decoupaged door idea for my booth background.

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