Thirteen years ago, my ex and I built a log home. When it was finished, we had little bits of stumps left over from the construction phase and when I moved into my new home, I brought one of them with me.
I had used it on my front porch as a table for a decade and it was very weatherbeaten. Naturally I didn't take any before photos of it, but below is a photo of the log house I used to live in and you can see where it used to sit on the front porch right beside the front door.
In my new home, I decided it would be nice to have it indoors so I painted it creamy white to clean it up a bit. It looked better but was too plain for my liking. I'm just not an "all white" kind of girl. Ever since I redecorated my master bedroom, I'm right into a French cottage mode of decorating so guess what I used to embellish my new table? Yup, that old fleur-de-lis pattern that I am now totally in love with.
This time I created a stencil of the printout that I have simply by cutting out the picture with a box cutter. This made the job soooo much easier than trying to trace or free-hand draw the pattern on the bumpy surface. With all the interest in script these days, I opted to write out fleur-de-lis all around the edge as well.
In addition to all of this, I had a nice surprise this week when a package arrived unexpectedly from Hadley Pottery. But I need to backtrack a little here... In January, Hadley offered a free bowl to Nesting Place blog subscribers and all you had to do was pay the shipping costs. I've always wanted a piece of their pottery and when I saw the fleur-de-lis pattern, I had to have it. Unfortunately for me, shipping to Canada wasn't among the options on the website so I emailed Hadley's customer service department to ask if the offer had been limited to US residents. Hadley emailed back with a Kentucky telephone number to call to arrange for my bowl to be shipped but after a game of telephone tag, I gave up the ghost before my long-distance phone charges exceeded the cost of the bowl!! Lo & behold, Hadley generously sent me the bowl of my choice without me having to pay anything at all. What amazing customer service!
Here is my little bowl:
And so my love affair with the fleur-de-lis continues :)
Have a fabulous and creative week!