Saturday, May 14, 2016

Updated: How to participate in a Facebook share party

This is a short little tutorial on how to participate in a FB share party.

1. Go to the share
The share post is usually connected to a photo

 2. Introduce yourself and your page.

You can also post a photo in your comment

 3. You'll  want to hotlink (make a direct connection to another page) your
     page name to make  it easy for others to find you. Notice how holding
     the mouse over the hotlinked page (Wirewood Vintage and Antiques)
     brings up a preview the page and gives the view the opportunity to like
     your page or to visit your page.

    When you hotlink your page, it makes it easy for others to find you.

I got the preview by hovering over the hotlink 

4. To make a hotlink your page, type an @ sign and then your page name
    name of your page with spacing the same way you named it when you set
    up your account.. The text will be blue after you post it indicating to the
    reader that it's hotlinked.

   Example: @heart vintage design.  The spacing needs to be the same as
   the way you set up your page.

   It will look like this when it posts.   Heart Vintage Design

5. Hit the return key to post. You're done.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

Are There Any Original Ideas Under The Sun?

I was at Renningers Antique Extravaganza this weekend and asked a vendor if I could take a photo of a stunning chandelier and share it on my page. When possible I always ask for permission and it usually ends up with a nice conversation and discussion of vintage treasures. 

Well, I didn't get the photo because the vendor was afraid of her ideas being copied and "where I'm from that's called stealing." I promise I didn't get the photo but I have thinking about the conversation we had. It was uncomfortable. I had no plans to copy it. 

I have a few thoughts on this issue. Let me say I have been inspired by others. I have also been copied, which I was unhappy about but I don't own the world of ideas. I put my personality and vision into what I make so no one else can do what I do.  

So where is the line drawn in the sand? In this case the design inspiration is available online. The vendor created a light fixture that used elements of these designs in a beautiful combination. 

Via Shades of Light

Found on Etsy

Via Pottery Barn

My question is this: If someone combines three readily available design inspirations in a charming way is it actually so original that copying it is stealing? Are there any new ideas under the sun?

Sunday, November 29, 2015

It's Advent Calendar Time

One tradition I always enjoyed as a child was the Advent Calendar at Christmas. I was a third grader living in Germany when I learned about them in my Host Country Culture class.

Representing the four Sundays prior to Christmas, Advent calendars start on December 1st and count the days until Christmas Day. They were first made by German Lutherns in the 1800's but now are part of American Christmas culture.

I don't have time to make one this year but I'm showing you two I especially like. Which would you pick?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Industrial Number Roof Tile Tutorial

I picked up some roof tiles from Rehab Vintage Market at the Polka Dot Flea this past weekend. Heather asked me to tell her what I did with them so I wrote this tutorial of sorts. I chose the #3 because Father's Day is coming and that was Earl Earnhardt's racing number. 

The cart of metal roof tiles in Rehab's booth

This won't be your typical tutorial. The finished product is above. I'm just going to give you the steps to recreate this look. It takes a little time but it's worth it.
  1. Wash and dry a metal roof tile or any other metal piece
  2. Using a chip brush, smear a thin layer of white paint over the surface being sure to avoid covering any natural rust
  3. Follow with some aqua green paint 
  4. Wipe the paint off with a paper towel being careful to leave the rust alone
  5. Using a dry brush, create additional rust spots with muted orange paint (I used Canyon Orange) and black paint working until you are satisfied. 
  6. Wipe with a paper towel or rag to blend if necessary
  7. Draw a number in pencil
  8. Paint the number using black paint
  9. Admire your perfect number. 
  10. Cover the tile with clear gesso
  11. While the gesso is still wet, distress the number with a bit of steel wool*
  12. Immediately wash the gesso off with cool water and blot dry- Normally you would leave the gesso on but the removed paint will still be uncured and would cover up your background
  13. Brush a thin coat of Modge Pouge to bring out the color
  14. Dip your finger in the Modge Pouge and run it along the sharp edges LIGHTLY to blunt them
  15. Spray with a clear coat of sealer
*I would normally use tape but the paint adhered so well that even masking tape didn't touch it. 

That's all there is to it.