I’m celebrating my first year of blogging by presenting some of the furniture and accessories that we painstakingly worked on.
My Aunt Marie’s 1953 Lane hope chest marked our first effort using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Royal Design’s stencils.
Bolstered by that modest success, we boldly began work on the Drexel buffet. In retrospect, it was an overly ambitious undertaking. The hand-rubbed gold paint took an eternity, but the finished product was stunning.
And we pushed on. Here’s the Baker Commode and more:
The Serpentine Chest that David restored so it was sturdier than when manufactured:
We moved into Avonlea Antique Mall mid-July with as much furniture as we could fit. Only then did we discover the importance of smalls. I created an splendid menagerie:
Quite a lot happened this year: David retired and a few months later landed in the hospital for several days. An 18-wheeler totaled my car. I developed a nasty kidney stone that demanded attention. My mom made a few trips to the hospital before her final stay. She died in August, and I miss her.
During all those bizarre episodes, however, we continued to build Iris Abbey as best we could. We’ve learned a lot — and know there is much more to learn. We make new friends daily. David and I rediscovered the joy of spending our days together, and that’s a magical gift.
We wish you joy and happiness this holiday season. May next year bring opportunities, discoveries and — always — hope.
Ann Marie and David