framing memories

November always puts me into nesting mode.  It brings my attention back to my home after a busy summer & fall season in the shop.  This year is no different.  In fact, I got a head start about a week ago when I began moving furniture around late one night.  My living room has been bugging me for a while.  It has never felt finished or quite as inviting as I’d like.  There was one specific corner that was always dark and the massive brown sectional wasn’t helping to lighten it up.  I started by scooting my linen arm-chair into that corner and it instantly feels brighter!  I’ve also finally pulled the trigger on ordering the sofa I’ve been lusting over.  I can’t wait for it to arrive just in time for the holidays.

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In the meantime, CanvasPop offered me a print to review and GIVEAWAY!  I’m over the moon with the quality of this product.  The 16 x 20 art print is framed with a 2.5 inch mat.  It has certainly helped to elevate this corner in our living room.  We had this photo taken a couple of years ago during our “Mess the Dress” session after our wedding.  We worked with wonderful photographers during that time in our life and, to be honest, we haven’t done much with the professional photos yet.  It can be so overwhelming.

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CanvasPop was exactly what I needed to get this memory professionally framed and matted.  They made the process so quick & easy!  My art print arrived neatly packaged in just 10 days.  I love the content of the photo too and how it plays into this evolving space.  Although this was a professional photo, CanvasPop can work with photos of any resolution and you can even import them from Facebook and Instagram.  How is that for convenient?

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Now it is your turn to win a CanvasPop 16 x 20 framed photo paper print with the 2.5″ white mat + free shipping. The winner will have until November 30, 2016 to order their free print. 

Click the CanvasPop banner below to enter and leave a comment here letting me know what you plan to frame if you win! Contest ends November 10, 2015 at 11:59PM PT. The winner will be contacted by email.

CanvasPop Giveaway

Ready to order now?  CanvasPop is offering a 35% discount to Circa Dee readers through the end of November.  Simply use the code CIRCADEE35 on your order at www.canvaspop.com

 

 

merry christmas

And the winner of the Merry Milk Paint Giveaway is… Jena.

Enjoy!!!

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From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

And Happy New Year too.  We’ll see you in 2014, friends!

Thanks for all of the support and friendship in 2013.

merry milk paint giveaway

I want to wish all of my friends, family, loyal blog readers, customers and DIYers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I’d love to give everyone a gift but since that is not practical I thought it would be fun to host a giveaway.

Merry Milk Paint Giveaway from Circa Dee

You’ve most likely been following my journey long enough to know that I love milk paint, specifically Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, so I’d like to offer one lucky recipient a package of one of the newest colors, Trophy, a milk paint brush plus a small wax and a NEW 2 oz. beeswax hand cream for working hands.  Over a $50 value for you, friend!

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Whether you have been thinking about trying out milk paint for the first time or if you are a seasoned milk painter who wants to give Trophy a whirl, now is your chance to do so for FREE!  My gift to you.

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By the way, Trophy is Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint color of the month for January so you’ll be right on trend!

Have you heard about #mmsmilkpaintcolorofthemonth?

Each month a different color is featured around social media sites like Instagram and Facebook using the mentioned hashtag – #mmsmilkpaintcolorofthemonth

The color Trophy was inspired by the beautiful patina of an antique trophy like the one pictured below.  I found this awesome one on my recent trip to Adamstown.

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The countdown is on until Christmas!  Here’s how you can enter to win…

Comment on this post and tell me what is inspiring you this holiday season.  Make sure your comment is not anonymous because I will need your email address to alert you if you win.  You must be located in the US or Canada.  Follow Circa Dee on Facebook or Instagram.  You can enter until 8 am EST on Christmas Eve.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Painting!

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brilliant: flower show tickets

Have you been to the Philadelphia Flower Show yet?  It is the largest in the country, actually the world, I think.  Every year it is more brilliant than the last.  But this year, it really is Brilliant.  That is the theme.

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I will be instagramming my way around the convention center this evening taking in all of the English-themed delights.  I’ll also be paying special attention to the Designer’s Studio as well as the area around it.

Surrounding the Designer’s Studio seating area are themed pods.  The themes are Personality, Heirloom, Eco Chic, Neo-Tropic and Enchanted.  Floral designers have translated these themes into stunning arrangements and flower installations.

I am looking forward to checking out the Enchanted pod as it has been put together by my friend, Renee Tucci of Rhoads Garden and her partner, Darcie Garcia of Rich Mar.

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Renee and Darcie have also been known to compete in the Designer’s Studio along with colleague Heather Towne.  The audience does all of the voting in real-time on a flower show app.  This is totally entertaining to watch.  In fact, there should be a competitive reality show featuring floral designers…  No?

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Anyway, last year Renee won the competition.  And I hear Darcie won earlier this week in another competition.  I can’t wait to see who takes home the gold tonight.  There will be competitions going on all weekend at the Designer’s Studio.

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Let me cut to the chase.  I’ve got free tickets for you to hit the show before it ends on Sunday, March 10th!  Yes, a pair of complimentary tickets which is a $54 value.

This is a quick giveaway.  It will only be open until 5 pm this evening.  To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite flower.  Include your email.  I will draw a winner and alert you via email this evening so make sure you are checking in as I will need your last name too.  Your pair of tickets will be left at will call for you at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

P.S.  There is almost always some vintage goodies to be found at the show!

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Oh and also be sure to check out the new workshop tab above regarding details for our Milk Paint Workshop Series…

before they were upcycled

So what do these things have in common?

a garden trellis

garden trellis

tree stump

tree stump

yardsticks

yardsticks

leather belt

leather belt

a tablecloth

1970s polyester tablecloth

old drawers

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and this nastiness

club chair before

Any idea?  I can tell you that they all play a part in the room I am designing at the Philadelphia Home Show.  This is just a sample of what will be upcycled and transformed to create a reclaimed bedroom. I can’t wait to share the final results and walk you through the transformations.

I will be installing the room later this week.  Follow me on instagram for sneak peeks!

Would you like to visit the Home Show for free?  View Circa Dee and The Painted Home‘s showrooms plus visit our shared craft room where we’ll being painting and upcycling on the fly.  And you’ll be able to finally see the differences between milk paint and chalk paint in person!  Plus, there are 100s of home exhibitors, speakers and special guests attending the show.

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 Just leave a comment to win a pair of tickets!  I will draw 2 winners on Wednesday who will each receive a pair of tickets to attend the Philly Home Show on any day of their choice from February 2nd through 10th.

guess who’s coming to town

Yes, yes Santa Claus is coming to town!

But just a few days prior to Santa’s arrival we’ll be receiving a visit from…drum roll… Miss Mustard Seed!

Marian Parsons will be joining us at our Brick & Mortar shop for a book signing on

Saturday, December 22nd from 1-3 pm.

Have you read Marian’s new book yet?  Inspired You is filled with tons of gorgeous images, plenty of DIY tutorials and encouragement on how to create a warm home on a budget.

I read this book cover to cover by flashlight when our power was out during the hurricane.  I was hooked and couldn’t put it down!  Her sewing tutorials are very approachable for a non-sewer like me.  The book has me convinced to bite the bullet and learn how to sew – my new year’s resolution.

In addition, there are many inside tips on refinishing & painting furniture and shopping for vintage and antique treasures.  The images show you how to put it all together to create a livable yet stylish home.

Miss Mustard Seed has been a huge inspiration to the blogging & DIY community.  I had the pleasure of first meeting Marian last year.  Her business was growing rapidly and I had the opportunity to source some vintage treasures for her.  I was thrilled to see some of those Circa Dee finds show up in the gorgeous photos in her book!  It’s kind of like 7 degrees of vintage separation or something.

As you probably know, Marian’s business has continued to grow with the development of her milk paint line and now the release of her book.  I am happy to stock her book and milk paint in the shop as she’s been such an encouragement and muse.

You haven’t read the book yet?  You’re in luck because I am giving away a copy of it here on the blog!  All you need to do is leave a comment on this post by Saturday, December 1st at midnight EST.  That’s it!

You want to come to the book signing?  Great!  Bring your friends!  Again, it is on December 22nd from 1-3 pm at our Brick & Mortar shop located at Center Point Pond in Worcester, PA Montgomery county – outside of Philadelphia near Skippack, Collegeville, Lansdale & Blue Bell to name a few!  1814 Valley Forge Road Worcester, PA

Please RSVP for the FREE book signing on the Facebook event page or by email.

freud and antiques at the arden theatre

Good morning!  For the last couple of years, I have been on a committee for “The Scene” at Arden Theatre in the old city section of Philadelphia.  “The Scene” is an event where professionals get together for an hour of networking, mingling, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before select performances at a reduced ticket price.  The party continues with the cast at a local hotspot.

It is really a great time and I’ve decided to share this little extra curricular of mine today because I thought you may have an interest in the current production.

Plus, I’m giving away a FREE pair of tickets!

First let me tell you about the show and why you’ll want to see it…

On the day England enters World War II, Sigmund Freud invites a young C.S. Lewis to his London flat. Here, the father of modern psychology challenges a little known professor on the brink of literary fame. Freud’s Last Session imagines a collision of these two brilliant minds over love, God, and life.

The entire set is filled with artifacts and antiques to replicate Freud’s actual study which is now The Freud Museum in London.  You can read more about how the set evolved on the Arden’s blog.  Here’s a picture of the actual set as it looks today.

 

There are over 200 “artifacts” on the stage of Freud’s Last Session at the Arden. Of those, 18 are from the Penn Museum. The largest bulk of the remaining artifacts were donated by members of the Arden’s Sylvan Society.  However, that still didn’t complete the set so the props team had to do a little antiquing and DIYing of their own.

Is it just me or did you too always wonder how theater sets evolved?  I’ve learned that it can be quite similar to staging the rooms in your own home.  These professionals are creative and on a budget so they start by shopping their own stock.  Chris Haig, the Prop Master at Arden Theatre, shared a few of the behind the scenes secrets on how the set of Freud’s Last Session evolved.   

Two items specifically mentioned in the script and picked up by the characters needed to be built from scratch as finding them online or elsewhere proved impossible or too costly according to Chris. They are the Eros statue and the mummy bandages with markings from the Book of the Dead.

The replica Eros statue was modeled out of clay and painted to look like terra cotta.  The leg and hands were broke off just as Freud’s statue had been.

To create the mummy bandage, Chris’s team cut a muslin strip into a 4” width, aged them with a wash of brown paint and distressed them with darker brown tones along the frayed edges. It was also necessary to give them “embalming fluid stains” with watered down yellow paint as this is directly referred to in the script. Chris then copied the hieroglyphs and figures seen on the original using a fine point archival ink pen. After drying, the bandage was wrapped around a stained wooden dowel and placed in the center of a vintage mason jar. Did somebody say mason jar?

As for the antique furniture, there is a unique corner chair next to Freud’s desk that the team was absolutely dedicated to getting just right.  Chris scoured the internet, every prop rental house in the area and reached out to fellow prop masters nationwide with no luck. He came across a close match while antiquing in Lancaster however the chair exceeded the budget.  They wouldn’t settle for just any chair.  Finally, Chris found the correct chair right in Philadelphia from a local dealer’s personal collection!

It took 2-3 months to put the set for Freud’s Last Session together.  It sounds like Chris has an awesome job…antiquing, DIYing, staging!  I can’t wait to personally view the set and performance next Friday.

 I hope you’ll join us for “The Scene” where we’ll view Freud’s Last Session on Friday evening, November 16th. 

  • Leave a comment letting me know that you’d like to win a free pair of tickets to “The Scene” and the performance of Freud’s Last Session ($60 value). 
  • There will be an extra entry for you if you post a link to this giveaway on facebook or twitter. 
  • You have until Sunday, November 11th at midnight EST to enter. 
  • The winner will be announced on Monday, November 12th and your pair of tickets will be held at the Arden’s box office for Friday’s performance.

Good luck!  Who will you take if you win?

P.S. Sorry that this giveaway only pertains to my local friends.  I will make it up to you.  Promise.

(All images borrowed from Arden Theatre.)

the new owl

You know how owls were all the rage? Birds in general actually were quite rage worthy.

Now if you haven’t heard, I am here to tell you that bikes are the new lovebirds. And peacocks are the new owls. Is that confusing since peacocks and owls are both birds? It shouldn’t be. So lovebirds have taken a backseat to bikes and peacocks now trump owls on the trend-o-meter.

Got it?  Good!

Today let’s talk about peacocks.  Specifically their feathers.  200 of them.

My sister-in-law had 200 peacock feathers left over from her wedding last year. What to do? What to do?

When all other ideas fail, make a wreath. That is my craft motto. I saved metal wreath bases from our Christmas Douglas fir wreaths.  Can you see 9 of prongs below?  Good.

All you need to do to have an on trend peacock wreath is divide up the feathers into 9 groups. Work each bunch into a set of prongs and clamp the prongs closed. The ends of the feathers should hang into the next set of prongs. Take another bunch of feathers and fill in a new set of prongs covering the previous feather ends.  Clamp close.  Repeat this for all of the prongs and you will have yourself a gorgeous peacock wreath in less than a half hour.

Fluff and pluck feathers until your heart is content.  You’ve got yourself trendy peacock decor to occupy the space where your macrame owl used to hang.

Add more peacock feathers or other types of feathers. Whatever you want!  Aren’t the colors just gorgeous?

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And since birds of a feather flock together, I’ve got a pretty little peacock giveaway for you today! A friend of mine just launched an etsy shop Sleek & Unique, specializing in decorative items for your home.  She has graciously offered a set of 4 of her very popular Peacock Tile Coasters to one lucky Circa Dee reader. 

Sleek & Unique needs help spreading the word about the new shop so there are 4 ways to enter the giveaway…

  • Follow Sleek & Unique on Twitter
  • Follow Sleek & Unique on Facebook
  • Tweet about the giveaway and link back to this post
  • Facebook about the giveaway and link back to this post

Leave a comment below for each entry.

The giveaway will be open all week – closes Saturday night (2/25) at mid-night EST.  Winner will be drawn at random and announced next week.

So are you loving peacock feathers as much as I am?  Oh and how many times do you think I said peacock in this post?

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happy friday

TGIF! Seriously, thank goodness. Even if it is raining here. I am so ready for the weekend but first I’ve got a couple of winners generated via random.org…

Sally & Rebecca, you’ve won a new car! Come on down! Just kidding. You’ve won yourselves some fab Vintage Rescue Squad 2012 calendars. Enjoy!  Thanks for all of your comments.

So whatcha up to this weekend? I am looking forward to working on a room makeover tomorrow for some good friends. Pics and deets to come but here is a preview of some of the elements we plan to incorporate into their den to transform it into a sophisticated and cozy space.

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The goal is to keep to a tight budget and therefore DIY and repurpose the high style (read: expensive) elements. Obvi. Stay tuned!