Greetings from Maureen at Cottage Panache Antiques

So glad you stopped by my blog!
Cottage Panache is currently going through some changes.
Soon, I will be offering items for purchase online. Special event sales will be held occasionally and will be posted here, on facebook and on my website:

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ebony and Ivory Creates Harmony

I love cream and black together. Living together in harmony! I can't resist purchasing the creamy white domino with the black dots! I displayed them in this tall apothecary for sale at Cottage Panache. I have noticed that others are using the apothecary for displaying their treasures like Tiina from Dreamincream with her pretty lace & linens! It inspired me to show you my sales display of vintage domino!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Too hot out to do anything!

Eegads! It's just too hot outside to do anything...good thing there is blogger, my notebook, air conditioning and customers to keep me company! I learn something new everyday from my customers. Sometimes I feel like I am running a Museum full of old relics. And if I don't know what something is I know I can count on a few of my seasoned customers to help me out with a... what is it! I found out today that what I thought was perhaps a salemans sample turns out to be a child's miniature piece. It's one of my treasures that I have at the shop behind the counter that holds my this and that's like paper clips, push pins and price tags, and it is one thing in the shop that I probably would never sell. Although if the Keeno Brothers were to ever drop by HaHa, and told me that it was worth the balance on my house or the balance on our Disney time share I might be singing another song. But seriously I love it and will never tire of it! It's so small and cute that it could never be in the way no matter where I use it. I once used it as a side table next to a chair at home.

Altered croquet cart

This cute little cart has been basking on my back patio for just the right patina.
I decided to add some items to it
to be used as a gardening caddy.
Perfect for someone with a green thumb or just for display!

Altered Additions on Hump Day!

Shag-a-delic Baby! This chair is so comfortable. You must come by and try it out if any of you are in the area. I'm just a hop - skip- and a jump from Golightly's Gallery and Lonestar Antiques. Notice the pile of tea dyed muslin in the background. I bought and dyed the cotton at different times and varied the time in the tea bath. You can bounce a quarter off the seat! I double tied every strip that is tied on!

All tied up continued

This is a close up of the inside of the chair back.
I can't tell you how much muslin that I used for the first chair. Maybe I can figure it out on the next one. Whew - it took the whole weekend, one day of which I didn't even get out of my nightie! I tore the strips from tea-dyed muslin.
The cotton sheeting is actually a better bargain as it is 108" wide!!!

All tied up!! The beginning.

When I saw these chairs I knew right away what I would do with them. I can't believe how comfortable they are to sit on when completed. Well, actually I have only completed one and have three more to go. Of course this is the before of one of the chairs!
Now for that spot of tea!
And a bale of cotton! JK!
Actually a whole pot of tea, brewed nice and dark! I like it strong if you know what I mean.

All tied up!!

Here are some pictures of the first of the four chairs. One down and three more to go!

CAUTION!!! Don't try this at home! All tied up

Almost done. Just a little more to go and the first chair will be finished. Oh my aching hands. I had to ice my hands and wrists when I went to bed at night! ADVISORY: Don't try this unless you have ice pack on hand!!! More picks to come.