Sunday, June 5, 2011

Orton weighs in on 'Animal Print'

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It was my pleasure to introduce to you the newest addition to our family here.  Orton aka Ornery Ortie has been busy finding his place here in the crazy Sminkey household.  He has found a new bestie friend of Stasha our big girl.  She didn't make it easy for him. 

He really enjoys torturing Sassy the cat, loving on the kids and running crazily around and around the yard making us laugh hysterically. 
But Orton's favorite place is anywhere near me, my feet, my arms, or his little pillow next to my chair... his 'assistant' chair.  He always listens intently as I talk and talk to him and ask his opinion of all things crafty!

Recently, Orton and I had a long discussion over animal print.  I luv them...all kinds...all colors...all of them.

Seems Ortie likes them too!
His favorite seems to be 'cheetah' but he likes the grey & white 'cat' one too.
Sassy the cat

After our discussion, and a few minutes of play... We decided to paint this side table. 
 Pardon the fuzzy photos...I really do not know what the heck is wrong with my camera!  It was just a plain old light stained piece that had seen better day.  Originally I had painted it off white and distressed it with a tone on tone harlequin pattern on the top and drawer front.  It wasn't working for me.  So we sanded, well I sanded and the dogs both barked at me... and repainted an off white shade slightly different than the legs and free handed some dark gray stripes. 
I think it so FAB!  Distressed for that authentic safari feel.  Edges and legs were sanded and the whole piece is protected with wax sealer.   This piece is up for sale, as much as I wanna keep it, but Mama needs a new camera (obviously).  Giving a choice of the original wood knob drawer pull painted dark gray (included) or an amber glass door knob drawer pull (nominal extra fee).

So what are your thoughts on animal print in the home?  Orton is waiting to hear what you have to say...
Linking up with some FaB parties this week!

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Honey at 2805 said...

Gr-r-r-reat! It's amazing what you can come up with using a little imagination! Visiting from Creative Bloggers & am a new follower. Hoping you will visit & consider same.

andie jaye said...

i love animal print! i really want a chocolate brown or lime green/white zebra area rug for the living room. hubby totally vetoed it. like, beyond veto. totally adament. some, lose some. glad you've got a new little buddy though :) thoughts on your camera. do they come out like this all the time now, or are they sometimes clear? if it's only sometimes, maybe it's humidity?

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

It appears that Orton (and you) have great taste! I love the table! But I am a little bias since I LOVE zebra print anything.

P.S. this post really made me have a fit of the giggles. Please give your adorable assistant a pat on the head from me.

Honey at 2805 said...

I appreciate your visit and comment & hope that you will be a friend and follower too!

Anonymous said...

This is sooo cooool! I love zebra print :) I haven enjoyed reading through your blog, now following from Homemaker on a Dime's blog hop. I hope you will come visit me at


customteddys said...

You are a very creative person! I do love your table and your critters. Sounds like they are very helpful too! Hugs, Vicki

Chef in Training said...

I love this table! so cute! great style! I found your blog through a link party and i LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! thanks!

very merry vintage style said...

It looks amazing! To freehand that pattern really shows your talent with a paintbrush. Thanks for linking this post to Share the Love Wednesday!

Nancy StylenDecorDeals said...

Lovely project! The stripes add so much character. You and Orton did an amazing job!

I'm a new follower on GFC. Hope you can hop by and visit my project:

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Your pets are all adorable and don't you just love their opinions on your projects?! That table pattern is prety awesome. Nice job:)

Lolly Jane said...

LOVVVVVE this!! So cute- bet the harlequin was cute too but I am diggin' this print :) Great job!

PS: Featuring you tomorrow!

A Few Pennies said...

Love your table re-do. Those are some sweet critters you have!

Mindie Hilton said...

I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

Come strut your stuff.

Screaming Sardine said...

Tres chic! I love animal prints and never thought of doing it on a table! Looks great. :)

Thanks so much for linking up to the Sunburnt Cow Party. I featured you over at the Screaming Sardine.


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