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Friday, October 21, 2011

Thank You Party!

Having blogger friends that read and comment on my posts are so important to having a good blog! I try my best to thank everyone that has commented or featured my blog at one time or another. It NEVER seems enough. I don't have a linky party on my site so I decided in order to truly thank them I would have a Thank You Party!


What is a Thank You Party?
It is my way of giving back! I do this by Showcasing YOU! You read and comment the most!
All I ask is that you read this and GO VISIT the person. If you like them please follow them but that is up to you. If you do, you will be glad you did because they are truly sincere in what they write on your posts and who knows, you might want them to follow you too!


You might be next! I like comments so I am going to start doing this hopefully every week!


The first person I would like to showcase is Lesley Litrento from The Homeless Finch!
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When Deneen approached me about guest posting on dreamingincolor, I was dumbfounded.  I mean, what does someone write about in one post aimed to razzle dazzle?  Such pressure!  I've never written a guest blog post, so what's a gal to do? Ya know?!  In the end, I decided just to introduce myself, show a few post projects and yak about what's going on in my studio.  So here goes...
I'm Lesley, a studio artist from sunny South Florida who writes a blog name The Homeless Finch.  If you really want to hear more about me and why I am writing a blog, you can go read my first (and probably my best written) blog post from back in March right here.  If you really don't give a darn who I am and only want to see some of the projects I have completed, then skip that and read on.  (Don't worry, I will never know if you read it or not!)
I am a rescuer. I trash pick, shop yard sales and thrift shops in an effort to find treasures waiting to be discovered and made new again.   I love taking furniture that is tired and giving it new life. My home is in a constant state of renovation and redecoration. I get my hands dirty in my gardens and I like to share the occasional image and idea.  I am also a studio artist. 
So, what makes me different, because that sounds pretty much like all the other bloggers in the home dec world.  I'll tell you what is different. I love color and I use it, even on furniture. I also share life lessons I have learned along way from wise people and the school of hard knocks!
So first we will talk color. Yep, I said it. Color, color, color.  Here are some examples.
Secretary Desk
I went from this...
To this...
and finished and placed here...
If you are interested in seeing a step by step process post of this secretary desk go HERE.
Small Console Table Goes Tropical
It started here...
and went to here...
detail...
I also show the entire process of painting this small console table in my blog post HERE if you are interested in reading more.  I have many more past projects on my blog that are colorful.  I think this is a good taste of what I meant by color.
The other thing about my blog is that I try to keep it real and write from the heart.  I have the tendency to focus heavily on life lessons. I pepper them into my project posts when they relate.  Sometime, I just write about my thoughts at the moment.  I call these posts Ponderings from the Finch.
With many of my projects, there are usually stories behind many of my decisions. A good example is My Mother's Cherish Chest of Drawers.  I not only share the project before, after and all the inbetweens, I share the story behind this piece of furniture and why I made the decisions along the way.  Better put...The Homeless Finch is more than project and furniture reveals and stories of my junking trips, its a diary of my thoughts and I share them with my readers.
Mother's Cherished Chest of Drawers 
Before
After
Detail
I have many other projects and such for you to take a look at for inspiration.  Everything from my
Master Bedroom Reveal

http://thehomelessfinch.blogspot.com/2011/06/master-bedroom-reveal-part-2.html

to a quirky little junk find turned toliet roll holder...
or sad little jewelry box renovation...
or a tutorial on a little 'welcome' pennant banner...
or the multiple times I have updated the seasonal decorations on my chandelier...
or around my home....


I also share and show my artwork...
Hopefully you enjoyed a sneak peek at The Homeless Finch.  I want to most importantly THANK DENEEN for having me over here at dreamingincolor.  The camaraderie that her and I have discovered through blogging is the biggest and most delightful surprise that I have received since starting on this road.  After all, it's the discoveries along the path of life that make traveling it so sweet!  Don't ya think?!!
-The End-

Isn't she awesome? Please go visit The Homeless Finch!

11 comments:

Lesley said...

Fun! Thanks Deneen!! So strange to see my stuff somewhere other than my page!!! lol :)

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Deneen,
Lesley is a wonderful choice. She was one of my earlier blogland friends, and a very talented lady. Love her!
xoxoRosemary

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

Wow! I am blown away by these furniture transformations! The secretary desk is definitely my favorite. I just love the pop of red when you open the desk!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Great feature Deneen - and wow - truly impressed by Lesley's wonderfully colorful style....I can clearly see how you two are like two peas in a pod! Fun, fun, stuff!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Stacey said...

Great Stuff !

Stacey@Three French Hens said...

I love the idea of a thank you party

debbie--http://refreshrestyle.com/ said...

I love Lesley's transformations! Thanks for sharing!
debbie

Catherine Denton said...

I popped over from The Homeless Finch. Enjoyed your guest post (and I love the idea of spotlighting people as a thank you!).
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Grammy Goodwill said...

This was so interesting to find out more about you, Lesley.

Lynn Stevens said...

Awesome art!

WrightStuff said...

I've visited Lesley a few times and I know she visits me but hadn't really got to know her yet. Now I am totally in awe! This lady's got talent!! If I didn't live across a very large ocean I'd be shoving untold bits of furniture her way to work her magic on!

Nice to find this blog too - must have a longer browse around. I'm intrigued...