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March Workshop {Pallet Art}

Workshop night is next week!!! Pallet Art is on the schedule! 

My handy hubby is creating fabulous wooden signs for us! Each sign will measure 18 x 24. I have selected some designs for you to choose from. No worries…painting experience is NOT necessary! We are not using stencils either, I am looking forward to teaching you a fun transfer technique.

You may choose to paint your pallet or have a stained natural wood background.

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Natural Stained Wood Sample




















Quotes and Sayings to choose from…

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Where: The Charmed Nest
            250 Mill St, Ste. 5C
            Taylors, SC 29687

When: Tuesday, March 5th 2013 at 6:30

Cost: $27 per sign. Payable by Paypal to clara@thecharmednest.com or by check. Mailing address given upon request. **Please note your seat is NOT reserved until payment in made. To be fair to everyone reservations are first come, first serve.**

RSVP directly to our Facebook event page HERE! Please include whether you want a stained or painted background (all stained signs will be pre-stained) as well as which quote you would like! Deadline is Friday March 1st for reservation.

We have 16 seats available for this workshop! Sign up quickly to reserve your spot!!

Nonnie’s Kitchen will be rockin’ the refreshments as usual!!

Beginner’s Sewing Class Supply List

Heeeelllllooooo Ladies!!

Below you will find the list of all the essentials you will need for February’s Sewing Class!

Sewing Class Supply List

  • Sewing machine – cleaned, oiled, and good working order

  • Scissors – sharp for cutting fabric

  • Straight pins and pin cushion or magnetic pin holder

  • Matching thread – all-purpose thread

  • Sewing machine needles – size 12/80

  • Measuring tape

  • Seam ripper (optional)

Fabric for Project

I am recommending Duck Cloth fabric, which comes in a variety of colors and patterns at Hobby Lobby. You will need two pieces of fabric: one for the body of the tote bag and a smaller, coordinating piece for the accent border and handles. This is your opportunity to let to let your creativity go to work as mixing and matching fabrics is a part of the process. In other words, have fun with it! You will need:

1/2 yard of fabric for the body of the tote bag

1/3 yard of fabric for the accent border


Whoop! This is going to be a FUN time!!

February Workshop ~ Jewelry Organization

It’s that time again! February workshop is here! We are organizing our jewelry in a fun and super cute {of course} way recycling old materials and adding a little new. Let’s get to it…

We are starting with this…

Excited yet?!?

And finally we are re-purposing these old shutters to display our baubles and bangles…

The circle can be used for stud earrings or push pins for a variety of things.

These babies can be displayed in your room, bathroom, closet….where ever you like! It is so nice to be able to see all my jewelry and easily grab what I want instead of fishing for the right thing only to find it is a tangled mess. That’s not just me, right?! Been there? Done that?


Where: The Charmed Nest
            250 Mill St, Ste. 5C
            Taylors, SC 29687

When: February 5th at 6:30

Cost: $27 Each organizer comes complete with 3 decorative knobs and 6 additional hooks. The knobs will vary and are chosen first come first serve. 

Payment: Class fee can be paid via Paypal or by check. When you RSVP please do so with your intended payment method. If you intend to pay by Paypal, please include your email address. If by check please let me know as I will promptly send you our mailing address which is NOT the same as our studio address.

RSVP: All reservations and payment must be made by Friday, February 1st. You can RSVP directly to our event page HERE.

What to bring: 1/4 yard of fabric and small scrap fabric to cover 6 in circle.

Supplies are limited for this project so once materials have been reserved I will close registration.

As always we will have yummy treats to much on while we get our craft on with a great group of ladies! 

December Workshop ~ Last Minute Gifts

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and then the season of giving is upon us! I have a couple of fabulous gifts lined up for our December workshop night!

First up…we have monogrammed canvas totes. These babies are perfect gifts for friends, teachers, coworkers. Really…who doesn’t love to receive a personalized gift?!?


Next, we are going to be tackling hand stamped mama bird necklaces. Each necklace contains the branch and bird connector and each leaf charm represents one of your children. So for my necklace I will have 3 leaves hanging from my branch each with a hand stamped letter of my kiddos initials. This would also be a great grandparent gift!


You in yet? Come on join us…it will be FUN!

Details…details…

When: Tuesday, December 4th at 6:30 ~ FULL

EDITED to add 2nd workshop date: Tuesday, December 11th @ 6:30
RSVP here by Thursday, December 6th!

Where: OUR NEW LOCATION! …I’m not excited or anything… 🙂
            The Charmed Nest
            250 Mill St, Ste. 5C
            Taylors, SC 29687

Cost: $28, Each necklace will include 3 leaves for stamping, additional leaves may be purchased for $1 each. The necklaces themselves retail anywhere between $30-$40 on Etsy so this is a pretty sweet deal!
Payment: Class fee can be paid via Paypal. As you RSVP I will directly invoice to your email address. Our Paypal email address has changed! The new address is clara@thecharmednest.com. Checks accepted as well with mailing address given upon request. Please note our mailing address is different than address above. 

RSVP: All reservations and payment must be made by Thursday, November 29th. You can RSVP directly to our Facebook page HERE.

**Please note our RSVP deadline. It has always been our policy that payments must be made by deadline in order to reserve your spot. If you have not paid, I do not have materials for you. I can no longer accept payment on workshop night. Each workshop requires lots of preparation on my part to ensure you have all the materials needed for your project. If you have paid and for some reason are not able to make it I will complete your project for you. Thank you so much for your cooperation!**
Seating is limited for this workshop. The majority of our supplies were special ordered and once they are spoken for I will close registration. 

Light refreshments and hot chocolate will be served. Christmas music will fill the air as we create our goodies! See you there!

Oatmeal and Peacock China Hutch Makeover

I love meeting the sweet families bringing me their furniture for a custom look. This couple was no exception! Ann-Marie and Travis are new to the area…and the couth for that matter.

Nursery Collection Up-Do for a New Baby Girl

I am showing off a sweet custom rehab today! My client, Annie, brought me some vintage pieces that had been collecting dust in storage for quite some time. They were way too pretty to be tucked away…well after a bit of TLC they were waaaaay too pretty. 

The name of the game on this rehab was repair, repair, repair. The veneer was rather peeled and wavy. Not so cute. Glue, clamp, putty, sand…repeat if necessary. A week of furniture flipped upside down in my kitchen and they were ready to be sanded down. 

In the midst of the process…

Annie chose SW Watery and the result is soft and lovely!

Baseball Inspired Rocking Chair

I am going to be a better blogger….I am going to be a better blogger…I am going to be a better blogger. Believe me yet? Ok, I am working on it and would really like to keep this updated better. Truly.

We have delivered some really cool pieces since my last post but I thought today I would feature a rocking chair makeover. 

Kelly found this rocking chair in our Facebook album of pieces needing a new look and wanted it for her son’s nursery. She requested an “old dirty baseball” look. So fun!

First up this baby needed some repair.  Fortunately, I am married to my guy who is awesomely handy and he totally fixed it up for me. If only he would read this little blog to see all the props I give him. Love you honey!

Sanded, primer, and white paint later this baby was ready for some baseball stitching. I played around chalking on some stitches and made a real mess actually. I tried making the seat itself look like a baseball and to be honest it look like a perfect place for your rear…ya know? Not cool. Erase.

Just so happens my girl, Amanda, was visiting that week and we put our noggins together and came up with this…

Heavily distressed and glazed for a good ol’ dirty worn look and it’s all ready for lots a baby snugglin’. Congrats Kelly on your new bundle arriving soon! 

Workshop ~ Reversible Burlap Banner


Whoa baby I am squeakin’ this in at the last minute! I assure you it is not for lack of trying. I had a few flops and maybe a brain freeze or two. Nevertheless, we have a really cool project for October just in time to get you in the spirit of the beautiful Fall season. We are making burlap banners that are perfect for a mantle or if you don’t have a mantle like me I use mine on my “faux” mantle. They would be cute across the top of an armoire or even on the wall! Get creative!

The best part is they are reversible! Use one side for your Fall decor and the other for Christmas decor! Sweet, huh?!? 

Check it out…


You will have 8 individual banner pieces to work with so you are welcome to use any wording that suits your fancy or stick with what I have done. I will have all the supplies ready to go for your banner! There will be a variety of ribbons and colors to choose from! 

Details…details…

When: Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:30

Where: Outreach Church
           2414 Wade Hampton Blvd
           Greenville, Sc 29615

Payment: Class fee can be paid via Paypal. As you RSVP I will directly invoice to your email address. Checks accepted as well with mailing address given upon request.

RSVP: All reservations and payment must be made by Friday, September 28th. You can RSVP directly to our Facebook page HERE.

**Please note our RSVP deadline. It has always been our policy that payments must be made by deadline in order to reserve your spot. If you have not paid, I do not have materials for you. I can no longer accept payment on workshop night. Each workshop requires lots of preparation on my part to ensure you have all the materials needed for your project. If you have paid and for some reason are not able to make it I will complete your project for you. Thank you so much for your cooperation!**

Optional: Any extra embellishments if you would like.

Thanks for being patient with me girls! Looking forward to a fun night!

How I Painted My Kitchen Cabinets ~ Annie Sloan Style!

Ummmm K so I am pretty sure I promised this post some months ago….a promise is a promise…right?!?

Remember the before….


The After…



Let me share with you what worked for me in this process. I have worked with Annie Sloan on many projects at this point and really appreciate many qualities about the paint. Of course…the minimal prep work part is a biggie. When it came time to paint the cabinets it was a simple choice to go with the ease of the chalk paint.  Still I tend to like to do things the good ol’ fashioned way…you know where lots of elbow grease is required and anything less than that is cheating. Resisting the urge to go crazy with the sander on my cabinets I choose to wipe them down with a couple coats of liquid deglosser before painting. This may have been an unnecessary step but for me I rationalized it with the thought that these were my cabinets that I was going to be living with for many years to come and durability was key. Also, I wasn’t going for the distressed look either. I really just wanted a smooth satin finish. So liquid deglosser it was. 

Next I filled my spray gun with paint and went to town spraying the doors. I know…I broke the rules again. I rarely use my sprayer but sometimes it is just necessary. Like I said I really wasn’t going for the hand painted look but more sleek and the sprayer seemed like the best option for this look. The paint sprayed beautifully by the way! I did, however, brush on the cabinets themselves and I must say they turned out pretty smooth as well. I diluted the paint slightly and used a nice dense foam brush.

I went back and forth a dozen times about how to seal my lovely new painted cabinets. Annie recommends wax, which typically I use with ease and love, but for my cabinets I was very unsure. Keep in mind I have 3 littles around my house, a dog, and a hubby…there are messes to be dealt with all the time. I needed the sealant I used to be highly durable and cleanable with water. I skipped the wax and chose General Finishes High Performance water based sealant. LOVE this stuff! It went on like a dream and many months later I am very pleased with how everything has held up!


SO that is my cabinet story. If I had it to do all over again I would make all the same choices. I am so pleased with how everything turned out!

Recently, I had a customer walk in my house and comment on how much she loved my modern farmhouse vintage-y kitchen. Ahhhh….mission accomplished. Just what I was shooting for!

College Desk Makeover in Chevron

Landon started her first year of college this year and this Summer was in search of the perfect desk for her new room. Rummaging in her basement she came across the perfect table she already had. Score! After talking with her and finding out her colors were purple, yellow, and white I immediately started envisioning white with some yellow chevron details with maybe a punch of purple. When she brought everything by I was so happy to see a chevron-y white and yellow pillow in her bedding set. I knew I was on the right track!

Before:


After:



Hope you have a great week ahead! As for me I have three three extra ladies with me this week. The bestie is up for a visit with her twin baby girls. Ready for a week of baby snuggles, late nights catching up, and lots of girl time!