April 15, 2020

Family Life Centers Around a Great Table & Baby Angel Art, Florence



All the baby angels!! In Italy, these angels are called Putti. πŸ‘ΌπŸ» πŸ‘ΌπŸ» πŸ‘ΌπŸ» The ones I shared in the below post are all from larger portraits in the Uffizi - found in Florence, Italy. I love the ones with colored wings. I hope you will friend me on Facebook, so I can see what you like to do, too! 



April 11, 2020

Kickstarter: Agatha, Martyr


“I will not sacrifice,” are the words a 22-year-old Christian girl used, to defy ancient Rome. 
When Agatha refused to sacrifice to Rome’s pagan gods and prove her loyalty to the empire, she was raped, tortured, and killed for her new faith. This is Agatha of Sicily A noble woman whose legacy lives on today. 
I first learned about Saint Agatha on a tour of a live volcano, Mount Etna, situated one hour north of Catania, Sicily. The tour guide stopped at a tiny chapel to explain how lava flow once threatened a nearby town. A priest brought Agatha’s shawl to the lava and plead with heaven to stop the lava flow. It worked, and as a result, the town built this chapel to honor their protector, Saint Agatha. 
A few years later, a new eruption threatened the church. The Priest promised is people that nothing would happen to the village. They were under Saint Agatha’s protection. The lava literally pressed up against the wall of the little church, cracked it, but did not go any further. The Priest’s words held true. 
I couldn’t help but ask myself, “who was Saint Agatha? What was her story? What does it mean to be a Saint?” What I learned shocked and inspired me. So, I shot a short in Italy. And launched a Kickstarter campaign. This is her story. 



Zachary Lovelady


April 9, 2020

Good-Bye, The Handmade Hangout

After 6 fabulous years of parties, Allison and I will be ending ours! Thank you to all of those who have participated over the years! We have had the best time getting to see your work and creativity! I wish it could go on indefinitely, but Zack and I have so many exciting things happening!! 

We are launching several new projects and I can't wait to share them all with you. We have a Kickstarter campaign launching tomorrow for a movie we'd like to make. We got the idea while we were working in Sicily last year - I told you a little about it here. I have also been developing my paint line, straight from Italy! We will be launching that this summer. More to come on both of those fronts, next week! 

I love you guys and will miss hearing from you, the most! Please continue to comment so I can stay up to date on your lives, too. xoxo


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April 8, 2020

Black (Wood) & White Sideboard & Tour of the Dome, Florence


The famous Florence Duomo is frescoed with these EPIC images from Dante’s Inferno and it’s the largest fresco in the world! ⛪️ Definitely take a minute to zoom in, because the detail is unreal!! πŸ˜ The bottom shows all the demons and satan in hell. πŸ”₯ You can see angels proclaiming that Christ is on the judgement seat. πŸ‘‘ Around the dome’s center the apostles look like they’re about to fall off the painted ledge! πŸ˜± INCREDIBLE!



April 1, 2020

Salvaged Pine Coffee Table & The Vecchio Bridge


We were on our way to dinner, but the second we stepped out the amazing sunset demanded to be seen! So we headed to our favorite spot, the Ponte Vecchio bridge, to take in the colors. The bridge was a totally party, as usual!! Enjoy the videos!



Let's get to this awesome project. It's my favorite kind of post! Where usually hard to achieve colors are a piece of cake! This client wanted to match her new farmhouse coffee table to Restoration Harware's "natural" color, on this Salvaged Trestle Table. This look is easy to achieve on pine and it's just a subtle aging.

March 26, 2020

March 25, 2020

Simple 1 Hour DIY & The Brancacci Chapel


This chapel is often referred to as the Sistine Chapel of the Early Renaissance. The fresco interior was done by the artist Brancacci in 1425! The artwork tells the story of Saint Peter- including his time with Christ and his miracles. Michelangelo came here as an art apprentice to learn from these same frescos. You can see the female Satan / snake  in this work is similar to Michelangelo’s own on the real Sistine chapel. Incredible to see where a master drew his inspiration!



Pine is the least expensive and most abundant wood species for most Americans and when you purchase unfinished wood pieces it's often made of pine. So I created the PERFECT stain for it! This little plant stand was made from pine scrap and it's getting a new look!