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We Believe In 2nd Chances

Posted on November 12, 2015 by 53989290 | 9 comments
Hi everyone! Was your day beautiful? Each day I think about you and ponder what to write that may be of interest or entertaining to you. You more than likely have posted a few "Throwback Thursday" pictures on social media. I always find them entertaining. Keeping with the tradition, I scrolled back to my very first blog since opening the Studio.  Thinking it may be fun to revisit and add a bit more to keep it fresh. May 2015 Blog Post: Securing a storefront not far from our home, because it is important to us to be an active part of our community, while establishing an environment that is peaceful and calm was high on the list.  A place to come visit, chat about life and share a few laughs. We want to be your local go to place for gifts, and your handcrafted bubbly body treats. A destination that is inviting, where you can embrace your own creativity via our classes and fun events.  Settling in and adding special touches to the Studio has been exhausting, exciting, and exhausting. Oh, I said that already. ;)  We believe in second chances and want our fixtures to be unique, those that have been repurposed, reused, and reloved. Scouting for family loved furniture pieces, and the stories that go with them has become a passion. Seeking from estate sales, garage sales, and The Coat of Many Colors, our neighbor store that serves Mission Central for the homeless, has allowed us to create just that  a warm environment. Wandering_Thistle_Studio_Cash_Wrap_2_3095x3097_large For instance, our cash wrap/check-out counter is at least 100 years old. A well loved piece from an Italian family in Jersey. A wedding gift to the Bride from her Groom. Her son shared his memories with me, stating it was where his Mother kept her dough bowl and roller for making pasta for their family. Ha... maybe a little subliminal that I chose it for our checkout station. After refinishing the top, we added castors for ease of moving it as needed, otherwise the years of love and memories remain across the grain. I love knowing the history of a piece and enjoy honoring it in our studio.  Every piece in the studio has a story, some more interesting than others, but loved just the same. :) (I see I need to stain the kick front used to reinforce the castors.) Since writing the above post, we have met so many wonderful people in our community. I posted a blog earlier in this 30 day challenge about this and feeling grateful for my community and the little things in life. And of course as an avid creative soul,  several other wonderful pieces have come to life. I will post a few before and after pictures. [caption id="attachment_373" align="aligncenter" width="373"]This cute little castaway was on it's way to someone's curb. It reminds me of the huge taco critter on Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. This cute little castaway was on it's way to someone's curb. It reminds me of the huge taco critter on Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_374" align="aligncenter" width="385"]A little paint and refinishing the top, was just what this little jewel needed. A little paint and refinishing the top, was just what this little jewel needed.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_375" align="aligncenter" width="324"]Using some vintage graphics from the Graphics Fairy and some help from Alex.  My friend Celeste popped over and finished when Alex  needed a break.  So blessed! Using some vintage graphics from the Graphics Fairy and some help from Alex. My friend Celeste popped over and finished when Alex needed a break. So blessed![/caption] [caption id="attachment_377" align="aligncenter" width="387"]She is a lovely piece. All she needed was to be reloved. She is a lovely piece. All she needed was to be reloved.[/caption] Do you enjoy reloving furniture pieces? I would love to hear about them. As always... Wander. Explore. Create. Enjoy. ~ Theresa
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  • twobloomsMichelle

    Wow, I loved hearing about these pieces you have. They are so beautiful. Years ago we have beautiful antique pieces when we lived in Toronto. It broke my heart when we had to sell them to move to Hawaii at the time. Your pieces are amazing.

  • Marilyn

    Beautiful piece- well loved!

  • Ann S.

    I love old furniture, as well. I would have had a very hard time painting that second piece you showed. The wood grain is fantastic! But your finished piece is beautiful.

  • Theresa

    Thank you! I love them. And Thank you for reading and taking time to comment. =)

  • Roberta

    Wonderful memories. Beautiful furniture

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  • Theresa

    Thank you Marilyn!

  • Theresa

    Oh Michelle, I can understand your heartache. I get really attached to these pieces. Thank you reading and sharing your experience.

 

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