The Ironstone Nest

I can’t believe it’s been over a week already since we got home from our vacation!  And I’ve hardly shared any of it with you!  Can’t say that life is boring by any means!  I hit the ground running when we got home and I’ve not stopped.  I’m going to need another vacation soon at this pace!

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So many things I want to share with you I don’t know where to start.  So I guess I’ll just edit photos and share as I get to it.  Today I’m sharing about the shop that instigated our trip.  I met Laura from The Ironstone Nest over a year ago through her blog and I’ve followed her ever since.  She offered to do a giveaway on her blog to help highlight my fledgling little Esty shop, I made a couple of Union Jack Pillows – one for her and one for her to give away.  We kept in touch.  She started selling MMS Milk Paint and doing workshops.  I love Milk Paint and wanted to learn more.  She wanted a couple of slipcovers made for a bench.  I was going to attempt to make the covers by using measurements and creating a pattern without the bench in hand.

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And then inspiration struck and a plan began to emerge.  Laura didn’t live that far from me, I was sure.  I wanted to take a Milk Paint class.  I prefered to make slip covers with the piece on hand to use as my pattern.  I wanted to take my family on a vacation.  Mapquest confirmed that there were only about 8 hours between me and the bench that needed slipcovered – and the Milk Paint class – and Laura!!  Seriously – what a win-win situation!!  Meet a blog friend, take a paint class, make some slip covers, go on a vacation – all at one time!!!  So I asked Laura what she thought and  she agreed with me.  Then I asked my hubby.
WHAT?  You think I should have asked my hubby first?  Well, maybe that would have been a wise decision but it all worked out – he agreed – and the plans were set into motion.

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It was so amazing to walk into this shop.  Seeing it on Laura’s blog and then actually being able to go there in person – see it for myself – was so wonderful!  I loved it and if it were possible I’d have packed it up in my suitcase and brought it home with me :D  It is a dream of a shop.  Huge windows, tons of sunlight, painted white, and decorated in the best style ever.  I could have happily spent the next month or two there creating all kinds of wonderful things.

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Here is Laura, demonstrating the proper way to stir up the Milk Paint.  I learned that it works best to always put the water in first – no matter what the package says.  And I learned that I need to stir stir stir – longer than I have been.  And I’ve used too much paint.  Very worthwhile class.

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Stir, stir, and stir some more!

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Working with layering paint.

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And here is the lovely chippiness on one of my practice boards.

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You can rub the chipping paint off with your fingers.

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Another perk of this vacation/working trip was meeting Goedele  from Belgium!  She was there for retail training – she sells MMSMP in her shop in Belgium and teaches classes too.  She was so fun and her accent was just adorable.  So was her family.  I’m thinking a family vacation to Belgium might be next on my list!!!

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Here we are!  Goedele and I with our finished signs!  Yeah I know, that wonderful sunshine sort of washed them out – I forgot to change my light settings before having Laura take the pic.  But you get the point and I loved all that lovely sunshine!

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My finished projects from the class.

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Next up will be the sewing part of the trip!  We painted on Sunday afternoon, and on Monday I made 2 slipcovers for this bench.  I knew you’d love seeing the ‘before’ now :D – come back tomorrow and hopefully I’ll have the ‘during’ and ‘after’ post up.  And go over and say ‘Hi’ toLaura at The Ironstone Nest too!


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  1. That looks like SO much fun, Jill! You might want to check with your husband before planning the Belgium trip! :) Can’t wait to see the slipcovers!
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  2. Oh you are so amazing. Your pictures make the space look dreamy! Thank you so much for visiting us and for making beautiful slip covers! You have a friend for life here in Wisconsin and your family is ALWAYS welcome!! Hugs from Madison, Laura
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  3. Looks like you had an amazing trip! Love your sign and Laura’s shop is gorgeous!
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  4. This is a lovely post, Laura’s shop has always looked so dreamy and your pictures are beautiful. I would love to visit sometime as well, I love your blog posts and your works, just stunning. Glad you had a nice vacation! Cheers from Atlantic Canada Wendy
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  5. Jill, you’re right…that shop looks dreamy!! How fun that you could incorporate your vacation with meeting Laura and taking classes! :)
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