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People are always asking me “Does your Home look like this”

…They ask this when they are standing in my shop amidst the furniture and home accessories that are displayed in The Whistling Elk. I usually just shrug off this question because I have never really thought much about it – … Continue reading

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Tea, Honey and Home

I love tea! I love not only the taste of a delicious tea but the whole ritual! In this crazy world there is nothing better than to brew some tea, wait while it steeps,  and then pour it from a pretty teapot … Continue reading

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25th Anniversary – A Walk Down Memory Lane with The Whistling Elk

It’s hard to believe that 25 years ago just about this time I was collecting merchandise in my garage in preparation to taking possession of my first shop location in Chester  on May 1st, 1990.  It has been a wonderful … Continue reading

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Amusing Myself with the Latest Bling

It’s a new year, I have shopped like crazy in Atlanta for new merchandise and now it is just starting to roll into the shop…I  just love it! These magnetic jewels arrived yesterday! I have been walking around the shop and … Continue reading

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Painting Away the Winter Blues

Oh to have some summer warmth! I’m getting to be such a sissy.  I think I used to enjoy the winter….now I only like it if I am skiing… Well, at least it is good for getting those indoor projects … Continue reading

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An Inspiration for Christmas Decorating!

I love decorating for Christmas…its all the little details grouped together that make a pretty vignette! Shake up your decorations this year by grouping them in a different manner… it will all feel new to you!

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Sometimes You Just Have to “Bite the Bullet” and Give It A Try

Or in this case the Acorn….(heehee) You see a customer brought me an old mirror with a top trimmed with lifesize acorns hoping that I could fix it….hmmm!  She brought it all the way from Massachusetts!  There were a couple … Continue reading

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Gorgeous Giclee Artwork Arrives at The Whistling Elk

I love gorgeous artwork…the framed giclee in the background of this picture just arrived at The Whistling Elk. I want to climb into the picture and sit at the table sipping wine… Come see this piece in person – its 48″L … Continue reading

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Pretty Little Accessory Tables

Just painted some pretty little tables…they are great accents for any room where you require a little table to put a glass or book on but don’t have a lot of space. These two will go anywhere! I have always … Continue reading

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I Just Love Gorgeous Patina Finishes on Furniture

You know how you always have a lot of little tiny pieces of gold leaf that are left over from a project…I can just never bear to throw them away… Well I was painting up a finish sample that had … Continue reading

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Don’t Just Paint – Create Unique “Signature Finishes”

I have decided to create “finishes” instead of “paint samples”.  Hmmm, what does that mean you might ask… Well I have a lot of paint samples that I created using paint stirrers…I have posted these at the time that I … Continue reading

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There Are Two Sides To Every Door! Duh!

I have a door in the shop that leads to a little foyer and the back door. The door is in my little “Paris Boudoir” so you can see that it just wasn’t making it in its “silly brown” color… … Continue reading

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Gotta love that little hand sander!

You may remember that I wrote a post on November 12, 2013 called “Mantel Madness with Paint Couture”.   I had a lot of fun painting that mantel and it was beautiful…but I always knew that it would take on a … Continue reading

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Juggling at The Whistling Elk

I have been posting a lot about painting lately!  I guess I am pretty fascinated with Paint Couture™ products so I am really enjoying using them and teaching about them….but don’t be deceived there are always other things going on at … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Gilded Dresser

Inspiration is a wonderful thing…Good design is always based on inspiration…    Sometimes you are on a design path and you take a right or left turn…in that case I know that something along the way changed my inspiration… Painting is … Continue reading

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What Has Happened to My Humility?

Heres a nice frame with a shabby worn finish…it’s O.K. But that is just it – for me its just o.k.   I know I can change it and make it better than just o.k. What has happened to my humility???? I … Continue reading

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Finger Painting With Gilding Wax…it’s bringing back memories!

I always had so much fun Finger Painting when I was a kid and now I get to do it again… with The Couture Collection – they have a great selection of Gilding Waxes which I love to use to accent … Continue reading

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I’m Diggin Van Dyke Brown

I used the Van Dyke Brown Glaze today over Imagine and I’m diggin it! While I was painting the pedestal the other day with IMAGINE  I painted up some paint sample sticks too. Today I glazed/painted them 10 different ways – I … Continue reading

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My Pedestal Has A New Friend

Now I have two beautiful pedestal tables! I don’t know who I love more…here’s the new one… Call me crazy but I have never been a fan of painting with a 14k gold-type color…I always gravitate toward the deeper, more brassy golds…. … Continue reading

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Easy Make Over

This adorable little pedestal/table got a make-over this week at The Whistling Elk. In our Paint Workshops you will learn how easy it is to create beauty where there was none (or little) before!  Not kidding here! This little pedestal table … Continue reading

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