Demo Day, this Saturday!

By Barbara Bussey | April 21, 2021 |

Hello Gorgeous! I’m hoping your week is going smoothly!  I can’t complain.  I just wish  last week’s orders at market would show up immediately!  Patience never has been easy for me! In the mean time, I’ve spent some time this week, working to remove all things  winter, from the boutique. While not completely finished, it’s progress, just the same.  Sort of like cleaning out and organizing my closet.  An equally daunting task! ________________ But let’s focus on the positive! Demo Day! As you may know, we offer a free Demo Day, about every 6 weeks. From 11-12:00 this Saturday, we’ll feature…

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Shopping at Market!

By Barbara Bussey | April 14, 2021 |

Hello darling! Well, here we are!  Have you ever heard the saying “rode hard and put away wet?  That’s how I felt, at 6:15 on Sunday morning, when I looked in the mirror.  I never sleep well, when traveling the next day.  Well, enough of that! Once there, at the home and gift show, with my list in hand, I came back to life.  My forever friend, Karen, joined me and we had a wonderful time, seeing all of the eye candy! One of my favorite things is seeing the creative displays!  So I snap a picture here and there…

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I have lots to tell you about!

By Barbara Bussey | April 7, 2021 |

Happy Spring! Don’t you just love this time of year?!  Everything is waking up after a long sleep.  Nature is the great optimist.  It just keeps returning, getting bigger and prettier each year.  I think someone slipped this climbing rose some secret sauce, because I can’t remember it going this crazy before with new flowers.  What a treat! Flying the friendly skies… Now that I’m fully vaccinated, I feel sort of extra bulletproof!  So, I’m catching up with friends and family.  A couple of weeks ago, I caught up with my soul sisters in Texas and last week, I finally…

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Happy April Sale! Spring is here!

By Barbara Bussey | March 31, 2021 |

Hello sweet friend, Happy April!  It feels like if I stopped running, May, June and July would slam right into me! April first, thirty-two years ago, I had a sneaking suspicion that I was with child. So, pregnancy test in hand (yes, they had those things back then!), I found out I was correct!  I then reported to the baby-daddy, my ex, that I wasn’t pregnant.  Then I screamed, “April fools!”. Since then, I’ve stumbled my was through motherhood, unprepared for how hard it could be.  I wouldn’t trade it for anything though.  The days my two babies were born will…

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Hello from Texas!

By Barbara Bussey | March 25, 2021 |

Hello Friends!, We’re here, in the heart of Texas!  Perfect weather…high 70’s!  If it stayed like this all year, there’d be no hope for California! Here I am, with my girlfriend’s little sister.  In front of the Alamo, no less!  No, we didn’t go in.  I’ll read up on it one day! We enjoyed lunch on the River Walk.  Lots of tourists, but lunch was delicious. A warm, beautiful day at San Antonio’s market! Changing gears, My future D.I.L repurposed this lamp, using gold spray paint and Fusion’s Ash.  A Stellar job! I know many of you have been waiting…

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News from the shop!

By Barbara Bussey | March 17, 2021 |

Hello gorgeous!   It’s St. Patty’s Day evening.  Papa and I are settling down, after a yummy crock pot, full of ye old corned beef!  Have you done the 23 and me thing? I did and I don’t believe I have any Irish blood in me.  I still love corned beef! Darlene and I spent the day unpacking boxes of Iron Orchid Designs, silk florals and home decor.  She sported a festive green scarf.  I told her my underwear were green.  Sort of 7th grade, but the best I could do.  We enjoy each other’s company and being silly! __________…

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Commonly asked furniture painting questions

By Barbara Bussey | March 14, 2021 |

Greetings!, The folks at asked me and other seasoned furniture painters, to offer their best tips for successful furniture painting. As someone who loves to give advice, to her children and furniture painters (a much more receptive audience), I was happy to chime in! You might find these tips helpful! Furniture Renovation Q&A Painting Edition: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques From The Experts Featured on In this Q&A with the experts, we’ll explore furniture renovation from a painting perspective. We’ve reached out to experts in the area to get their best tips, tricks, and techniques on all things related to painting…

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Guess Who’s Coming to Town?

By Barbara Bussey | March 11, 2021 |

  Hey, friends! If you follow the creative world of Iron Orchid Designs, then you know Lynne Brundage, her husband, JR and daughter, Meghan!  Lynne is the creative force behind Ellen J. Goods, a beautiful shop in a 100 year old storefront, in Medina, New York. They sell wonderful vintage pieces that they’ve restored, beautiful gifts and lots of paint and IOD product! I met Lynne a year and a half ago, at an Iron Orchid Designs training workshop, for retailers and we’ve stayed in touch.   We have just finalized plans for a two day summer workshop, July 24th and…

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