Tuesday, October 21, 2014

So thankful

I have so much to be thankful for...very supportive family, friends and customers have been a big part of the success of my business.  This season, our work and business have appeared in 4 magazine publications! Is this a dream? It has been for a very long time. I had a couple of mentions in magazines in the past but this is a big one. So excited and wanted to share the news!

You can view the articles by clicking on the magazine cover.


http://www.myhydrangeahome.com/article_6/Victorian-Homes-2014-Special-Christmas-Issue.htm
11 pages of our Holiday Decorating tips
Our tip for Holiday Decorating with natural elements


Our work and products are included in a romantic cottage feature.
Our custom sign is found in Lori's porch feature.

All of this press had inspired me to redesign my website to reflect more of our style:

  • farmhouse
  • vintage
  • modern country
  • romantic cottage
  • french
 It took many late nights to complete but I love the new look!



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

beauty-full autumn


A recent ride upstate NY to visit our daughter in college was all the inspiration I needed to do some fall decorating around the house. 

limelight hydrangeas turn the most beautiful color in the fall and they dry perfectly
dried artichokes in a glass display box...simple and natural
easy vignette...more pretty limelights in tarnished silver on an ironstone platter with mini whites and colorful fall oak leaves I picked up while walking the dog
limelights everywhere
more neutral pumpkins for the mantel...put a special one on a pedestal
my favorite pumpkin ever...it was 25 pounds! I love it on this vintage folding chair
just a pumpkin in a bowl...on a farm table:)
just a pumpkin on a book:) found a great bag of these assorted minis at the supermarket ~ $5 - love that!

a special pumpkin should be on display

a baby white on a bed of moss...even more special in a box
baby whites tucked in all over the place
a rustic tray needs flowers and pumpkins...always

love the color and the little girl holding it:) a trader joe's find...I think I will roast this one for dinner tonight

Thursday, October 02, 2014

llama, llama another new momma

Something I haven't shared on my blog before...I love llamas! One day I hope to move to a farm and have a few of our own. For now, we get to spend time with the llamas at the Long Island Livestock Company where my daughter takes lessons.  A new baby was born this weekend and we were able to meet her last night. So sweet!


I don't want to leave anyone out, so here are a few more of the cuties at the farm.




These beauties produce some gorgeous fiber. If you ever need wool, Tabbethia has some gorgeous colors. I wish I knew how to knit. One day! Another thing I would love to do.  I'm definitely asking for a pair of llama socks for Christmas. (Tabbethia sells them in her shop too).

Visit her shop at lilivestockco.com . Great stuff!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

New in the shop this week...

10" preserved boxwood trees
10" preserved boxwood trees in concrete pots

12" preserved boxwoods

preserved hydrangea in bird cone

preserved hydrangea in bird cone with mini handmade clay eggs



angled box in duck egg

Find them in the shop and on Etsy!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Extreme Hutch Makeover


I don't know about you but it takes a party for us to get home projects done around here.  We started this hutch 2 1/2 years ago, then I guess something else took priority and there it sat with 1 coat of paint and no knobs on half the doors. We still used it though. I even decorated it and photographed it at Christmas. In pics it looked great - and was repinned on Pinterest.

So we are having our daughter's grad party at the house soon and I felt the need to finish the piece.

Here it is before:


Typical colonial style. I needed to cover up those details, so my husband added some moulding to cover up the cutouts. By adding the base moulding, we also make the piece go straight to the floor which helps cut down on the dust bunnies from my shedding lab.  Ah, so much better! He also added a piece of lauan (thin plywood) to the back of the piece. He used a router to cut horizontal grooves into the panel.  I was going for the weathered barn wood look for the back.





I painted the entire piece with 2 coats of Annie Sloan Old White. I used sandpaper to lightly distress some of the edges of the piece.  I clear waxed everything. Then I made a mixture of half Coco and half Paris Grey to use as a glaze and give the crevices a little dimension. I added a little water to the mixture and brushed it in and wiped off the excess. A little more clear wax and that was it.

The top of the hutch base had a nice hunk of oak which we sanded down. I wanted to create a weathered oak finish and I love the result. I first applied a coat of Minwax stain in Provincial. Then I brushed on some Old White (thinned with water) and wiped it off. I added a coat of clear wax but it wasn't quite the look I was looking for. It looked too pickled to me. So I added a coat of Annie Sloan antique wax and it was perfect!

I'm loving my "new" finally finished piece of furniture and I'm having fun decorating it with all of my favorite things. Boxwood wreaths hang on each door, and a little vintage monogrammed seafood fork from The White Weathered Barn on the North Fork of Long Island hangs from a knob.  My favorite Sunday morning latte mugs are on display along with one of my preserved floral designs in a vintage silver goblet.





I can't say it was a simple job, it does take a lot of hours and a lot of wax on, wax off! I am hoping to work off some of the ice cream I've been eating too much of this summer!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tent Sale Shoppe!

We have opened up a new store on Etsy...Hydrangea Home Tent Sale Shoppe!


Here is where you can find some of our handmade products or supplies in limited quantities. They are most likely discontinued so when they're gone, they're gone! Since we are only working with preserved florals, we will be listing the remainder of our faux flower supplies and arrangements here as well as other odds and ends as we make it through our supply shelves. So keep checking back!


You can still find our custom and regular stocked products HERE and HERE.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

It's Wedding Season!!

And I do love it!  I really enjoy creating for such special events.  A couple of years ago we made the centerpieces for my brother's wedding ~ 3 foot long rustic boxes filled with preserved hydrangeas. Since then, our popular boxes are now made in more than a dozen styles.

This square one seems to be a popular style this season.  We are currently working on 2 large orders - 1 rehearsal dinner and 1 wedding. They will both be using them as centerpieces.





Brides are telling me they love the styling I do with the various boxes we make - it gives them ideas for their own events. So I'm going to work on an inspiration page (or maybe one of those digital magazines).  Will let you know when it's ready!