...the rose-Mary rocking chair...
hello dear readers
today is the reveal of what i did with the
faux grain sack fabric from the previous post.
this is a bit long
has a story to tell.
is my jeanne d'arc living style,
french rose-Mary rocking chair...
back in May,
i stopped by a promising yard sale ~
please understand that where i live,
we are allowed to have a yard sale only twice a year
one in May and one in October
sometimes some really nice stuff is out there ~
...such as this rocker
you must also understand,
seeking a rocking chair ~
want a rocking chair ~
(been there, done that!)
and more importantly,
to put a rocking chair ~
...it found me...
i purchased a few vintage crystals and fabulous lace bit pieces
from the woman at the yard sale
(she revealed that she had once owned a bridal veil shop and made them)
so i felt thrilled with my new
(expensive mind you
as i was walking away with my stash o'lace bits and sparkles,
she asked me if i'd please take this rocking chair.
an awkward silence followed ~
i paused for a moment
she sensed my apprehension and said "it is from France"
"hhhmmmmm, it does have the potential to be lovely" i thought
it reaaaaallly wasn't what i was seeking that day
and the color was way to dark for me
as was the HIDEOUS tapestry on the seat
(wished i had taken a photo of that!!)
WHY was she trying to give it away???
she was persistent ~
i tried to be gracious and suggested
that if it didn't sell by the end of the day,
i'd be happy to give it a home.
"no, i want YOU to have it NOW"
(i'm thinkin' "really?? me?? you don't even know me")
then the little voice inside my head said,
rosemary, this is just for you...
make it beautiful!
i brought it home
above is a picture that began my inspiration thoughts.
i let the colors and image steep awhile
like 6 weeks to be exact!!
then this vision came...
i first painted my chair
with a base coat of the "quiet rain"
(doesn't the sound of that soothe you already??)
then i dry brushed it with "toasted white"
the faux grain sack cloth.
the seats have a horse hair lining
i covered over this twice with muslin before putting on the "grain sack"
can you say S-C-R-A-T-C-H-Y??!
after the front seat and back seat were complete
i had envisioned putting that image of
Mary smelling the roses on the front.
but when i finally got to that step
she quietly said no...
as my heart was really set on using that image ~
the back of the chair then revealed how it wanted to look...
make me into ~ a memory board!
with a ruffled pocket no less,
so my bible would always be within reach..
i love to look at it...
a special place to put inspirational pretties :)
and you know how
i need my ruffles!!
and even Mary liked her surroundings
all i heard from her was...sigh...
a miniature whimsy flower bouquet...
rosemary and lavender
one of my paper clay sacred hearts...
a lovely transformation...
the chair said!!
"you aren't done with me yet!"
it wanted more...
the entire back piece is now Velcro-ed
so that i may pull it back and place my spirit's desires beneath
there are three sections.
i have chosen to put my favorite verses in the first section,
prayer request's in the second,
and the third
is my section for gratefulness
i guess you could say that this chair has really "rocked" my world!!
(oh, that was bad!! lol!)
can you see why i call it the rose-Mary chair
besides the visual carved roses
and the Mary image??
because ~ little touches of me are infused into it,
and that my dears,
is how He inspires me...
all the way to my core!
i hope you are inspired
with how you can transform an object
into something more,
something meaningful and lovely for your home!
i'll just be over here ~
in my rose-Mary rocking chair,
thinking about just WHERE i am going to put it!
but my guess is,
it already knows!!
sharing this over at:
Common Ground's: Vintage Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage's: Feathered Nest Friday
Freckled laundry's: Air your laundry Friday
Miss Mustard Seed's: Furniture Feature Friday
the diy club's: 31-days-of-painting
here's to when things, somehow find ~ YOU!