Castles and Lochs :: Day 3

Today we took a tour of the highlands (or lowlands should I say…  Scotland is actually quite huge). Our guide was a true Scott – very patriotic about his country and it’s history. I think the passengers on the bus were afraid he was going to run off the road several times with all his pounding on the dash and waving at the map of Scotland pinned onto the ceiling of the bus.

All in all – we saw some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever scene… and I understand it gets better as you go farther north. We visited three castles and saw several lochs (lakes) and mountains. Joey remarked that it’s like people up and moved out leaving everything behind hundreds of years ago – I would agree with that one. It feels totally free and wild 🙂

Vintage Illustrations

Today I was looking online for some vintage animals to add to a centerpiece I’m planning for my sister-in-law’s baby shower.  I wanted to print out some drawings, cut them out, tea-stain them, and glue them to sticks to pop out of the flower arrangements. Sounds cute right? Except I can’t find the right illustrations for what I want. I found these great vintage animals for $50 a piece…

No thanks….

My search led me to some other jems that I thought some people might enjoy.

So good news – I found some animal prints that will work from Vintage – I should have just gone there first!! Oh well – I’ll remember next time.

Till then,


Image Credits: 1) Country Living 2) The Look See 3) Flikr River 4) BellaPuzzles

Sope Creek Photo Day

These are some images I took (well – except for the one with me in it… my mom took that) from this past weekend. My mom, brother, and I always were talking about going out together so I decided we should go to the ruins at Sope Creek for our first “photo outing”. It was a lot of fun and the weather cleared up for the few hours we were out 🙂

Sope Creek Photography
Sope Creek Photography 2

The ruins are near Terrill Mill Rd in Marietta, Georgia. They are some of the larger ruins of creek mills in the area that you can climb in (and still feels like a secret hideaway). During the period from 1850 to 1940, a paper mill, twine plant, flourmill and hydroelectric power plant occupied the area about one mile long. If you haven’t been – I highly recommend a visit 🙂

Anyone else do anything fun over the weekend?

Some Outdoor Living Space Please….

The esposo and I have a great screened in porch off of the kitchen that I love to sit outside in during the Summer. I’ve been tackling other rooms in the house and now my eye is set on this one. Right now – I’m trying to find inspiration b/c I’m a little confused as to what I want to do… My parents gave us some wicker furniture so I’d like to recover/paint it so it looks new… just not sure on the colors. Usually after I’ve gathered research – I can see a color scheme forming.

Domino Mag Outdoors

Domino Mag 2

Most of these images I found are from Domino. I wish daily that that magazine was still in circulation. Sigh….



Beauty in Old Spaces

Ughh! I can’t sleep and I have to work tomorrow… what’s up with that? Anyway, my mind has been a little preoccupied with an old abandoned house that I think they are tearing down (it’s on my way home from work). In case you didn’t know, I have a thing for old houses. I’ve been known to wander onto properties to look in dusty windows and peak into overgrown gardens. Being in Atlanta – mostly we have our share of southern “plantation style” houses. I have a few pictures I’ve taken but most of the time I have to make special trips back at the right time of day.

Candler Mansion

Taken inside the Candler Mansion in Atlanta, GA.

This post features a photograph from one of my favorite Atlanta treasures… the old Candler Mansion. Here’s a bit about the property from Emory University:

“The property, a 42-acre estate, now designated a national historic site, was once home to the elegant Candler Mansion and greenhouses built in 1920 by Asa Candler Jr., son of the Coca-Cola founder. If you close your eyes, you can almost imagine the zoo animals that once roamed the property and eventually became the first occupants of Atlanta’s zoo—an elephant parading by the swimming pool perhaps, a giraffe peering over the long stone wall on Briarcliff Road. In the evening, party-goers frequently danced the night away in the third-floor ballroom.”

How cool is that right? It’s completely boarded up now but I can only imagine it in its glory days.  If you guys want to see some more pictures let me know and I can post a few.

Anyway – the point of this post is that I’m kinda giving myself a reminder to go get some pictures of this other property before it’s torn down… sad.

Good night! Going to try to sleep.

— Ashley

Photo taken by Ashley Fleishel

Project Credenza : Repainting An Old Find

Back in October of 2008, I found a credenza on craigslist that I thought would be perfect for our large wall in our new kitchen. I had finished furniture before with my dad so I already had an idea what would work and what wouldn’t. FYI, make sure you take someone with you when you pick up stuff on craigslist! I took a guy friend of mine and I’m so glad I did – the place where we showed up wasn’t in a great part of town and I think I would have driven past and gone home if he hadn’t been with me. We stopped to look at the piece and I made sure all the drawers were in good condition and there was no water damage or loose wood. A good thing to look for in old (and well… new too) furniture is dovetailed joints. Also be sure to completely pull out drawers and look inside and in back of the unit.

drawing of a dovetailed joint.

A dovetailed joint.

Anyway, lucky for me, the piece was sound. So I paid my money and brought my new furniture home with me. The first thing I did was wipe down the piece with a moist cloth to get rid of dirt and dust. I took out the drawers – remembering where they went – and put them aside. Then it was off to my local Home Depot for supplies:

— Kilz Latex Interior/Exterior Water Based Paint – got white b/c I was painting the piece white anyway.

— Several sheets of sandpaper. You can also try the blocks – they work well too and are a little easier to hold. Try buying a medium (around 80 grit), a fine (100 grit) and maybe another fine (120 grit).

— Gloves!! Sandpaper’s awful on your hands.

— A nice paintbrush – the brush makes the difference on how your painted surface will turn out. Try at least a 2inch wide one from the paint section. If your piece is smaller – you know the drill.

— Water or oil based furniture paint. I get mine at Benjamin Moore – they usually have it towards the front of the store. Again, I got white but you can pick whatever you want! Also, I’ve worked with oil and water based… and unless you like dealing with the extra mess oil will get you – I’d go with the water based.

Ok! Supplies bought and I was ready to start. You’ve heard it before – sand in a well ventilated area – preferably outside. Start with the 80 grit and sand with the grain of the wood. Do not sand across it or you’ll have these nice marks later when your paint settles. Trust me! Make sure to sand all surfaces to raise the grain of the wood to give the kilz something to adhere to. Now is the time to make edges rounded if you want or to disguise any chips in the piece by “softening” them with the sand paper. After you’ve sanded down the piece with the 80 grit, run that damp cloth (very very damp – almost dry) again over the sand paper to get rid of the extra dust. Take off your glove and run your hand over the piece to check and make sure you didn’t miss anything. Touch up spots that aren’t quite rough enough and then wipe again.

Yes, then we have a little more sanding. Get your 100 grit and run it over the piece lightly to get rid of any large scratchy areas. Then wipe again.

Ok kids, grab your paintbrush and the Kilz! Start on one section of the wood at a time. The object of the game is to coat one side at a time so you get seamless strokes. Again, follow the grain of the wood when you paint. Once you coat the entire side, run your paintbrush from one side of the grain to the other end – seaming your strokes together. Once your finished with that side, check for any drippy areas and them move on to the next side. I did about two coats of kilz and then three coats of my finishing paint.  Leave plenty of time to dry – don’t get impatient and try painting over again – you’ll actually move the paint you just painted and get globs. Then you’ll have to wait and sand it again later. Also, use your fine 120 grit and sand down the piece after each coat of Kilnz. This ensures you’ll have a smoother finished piece.

Credenza in it's different stages. The bottom left is with 2 coats of Kilnz.

Below you can see the finished product with new hardware I bought at Home Depot Expo (sad they’re going under!) but you can get hardware online and or from other vendors. Some people coat their finished pieces with a clear coat. I haven’t done that yet on any of mine and I’ve had no problems. I’ll give it a go sometime in the future and see if I notice a difference. Thanks all!

Credenza in it’s different stages. The bottom left is with 2 coats of Kilnz.