Friday, June 18, 2010

Benches, Tuffets and Seats, Oh My!

Here is a little collection of some vanity benches, seats and tuffets that I recently completed. I took them to a show in Leiper's Fork, TN and did not sell any of them, however when I placed them in my antique mall booth I sold them all very quickly! Lesson learned: Shabby, cottage, distressed benches, tuffets and seats sell: They just don't sale at art/craft shows!

The beautiful and lovely white, cottage settte was custom tailored by my sister, Argie (standing behind the settee). It is a beautiful, white, twill with frilly pillows that she created from Rachel Ashwell fabric. This settee is currently in my booth waiting to find the "perfect home!"

All of these required very little preparation (except for my sister's settee, of course). Just a little painting and sanding on the legs and feet for the cottage, distressed look. The finishing touch was some minor upholstery to complete the look!

A few of my other pieces mixed in with the stools: a tea pot & cups,
some framed, shabby fabric and vintage linens.
This is one of my favorite pieces that my sister has ever created! A simply beautiful settee! 
It would be perfect in a sunroom, bedroom, little girl's room or powder room!

This fabric (left) is so shabby! I love the tea-stained look in the background of the mocha and teal floral design.
Shabby little metal bench with
tea-stained fabric of teal and mocha flowers.
This reminds me of the tuffet that Little Miss Muffet must have
sat upon while eating her curds and whey! (below)
The sweet baby quilts are also designed and constructed by my sister Argie.
The quilt in the foreground is made with Rachel Ashwell fabric.
It sold this week in my antique booth!!! A lucky, baby girl gets to enjoy her new treasure!


  1. What wonderful " shabby" makeovers! I love them! And your sister's creations are lovely as well... Arts and craft shows seem to be a tough venue for selling furniture in my neck of the woods as well... hmmmm I'm more and more encouraged to try a booth Lisa!
    Thanks for the inspiration and keep up the great creative recycling projects...


  2. Thanks, Deborah Jean! Yes, craft shows are a "toughy." Some can be really great and some . . . ummm, not so good. Reading ladies' blogs has helped me tremendously to learn about the business aspect of being a craftsman. So . . . read, learn, and inspire others, and in the meantime we, as artists, can learn too! I'll have to post some photos of my booth!

  3. Lisa,
    Thanks for your kind words on my little ole blog! I had a great time designing it! Off to sew, fluff, arrange, and shoot for todays post for Karen's @ My Desert Cottage Where Bloggers Create Party ! I can't wait to see al the great studio spaces out there! (I was probably a little nuts for trying to get ours done in 4 days, but I work better under pressure!
    Have a great day!

  4. This looks really nice, Lisa! Good job!

  5. These are some beautiful pieces!! You and your sister are very talented! :)

  6. Oh that settee is to die for. Absolutely the sweetest! Love that little ruffle! And the tuffets are adorable too. I have a whole book on making "tuffets" and must try one...SOON!


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