Friday, September 30, 2011

Building Character

Yes, Froggers. I have taken the plunge. I now rent some space in a funky warehouse in Lancaster, PA, called Building Character. It's a great place with unique items, and was recently voted the second best place to buy antiques in Lancaster. Pretty cool.
I'm very excited to start this new adventure. The name of my business is Howsewears and the tag line is "Wearable Art for your Home". I'm specializing in painted furniture with a twist, and custom signs (including subway art). I've slightly nervous, but if I wasn't, that would be a warning sign.
I also have a Facebook page, obviously called Howsewears. I've been so busy with my inventory that I haven't had time to work on my web site (, or the Facebook page, but they'll both be up and running, hopefully by the end of the month. So, feel free to "like" my Howsewears page.
Building Character also participates in the First Friday events in downtown Lancaster, with live music, etc. So if you're in the area, I'd love to see you! Stop in and say, "Hi". 
Here are a couple of pics to give you an idea what my space looks like. I need to do some painting, etc. but it will come along. It looks somewhat sparse because the photographer, who is doing some advertising, has some items at another location.

It's amazing what you can do with chalk paint. These gourds turned out so cute! I wanted to keep them, but alas, I can't keep everything I do.

Here they are with the bureau I did. I like the combo.

And here is my tiny space. I'll get there. I'm pretty stoked, though. I have a zillion and one ideas for things to make, ways to decorate the space. Can you say, "drop cloth curtains???" But, this will do for now.

So, there you have it. I'll let you know how things go.
Fondly, Tami

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Oak Chest

Hey, Froggers. I've been busy getting more stuff ready for my NEW SPACE!!! Yup, I've taken the plunge. I've taken over some space in Lancaster, PA called Building Character. I am uber excited about it. My new business is called Howsewears- Wearable Art for your Home. I'll have pics of my space in a future post. Here's the newest item that will be placed in this funky warehouse:

She started out like this:

All in all, she wasn't bad looking.

She was a little roughed up.

She was missing the top key medallion, but never fear. I had a plan.

She needed some filling and sanding.

I started using some graphite chalk paint, having some idea of what I wanted, but I wasn't quite sure.

After much contemplation, a few sketches, several prayers, and some raw nerve, I started painting, using a dry brush technique and some old white chalk paint.

This was a lot of fun to do.

The key medallion was refashioned. I was going to just leave them off, but they added some character.

When I chipped off the existing 2 medallions, one of them was intact, so I used some mold n pour to make a mold, then I made 2 more out of Fimo clay. You can bake the clay in these molds, so that was incredibly useful. To unmold the clay would have distorted it too much.

Since the top didn't look too bad, I sanded her down, added several coats of mahogany Briwax, and buffed to a lovely luster. The top turned out so gorgeous, if I do say so myself.

The flaming is so lucious.

And here she is in her full glory. I'm kinda likin' her. But alas, she must take a trip to Building Character to find a new home. Do you like her?

Fondly, Tami
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