Feature Friday at Southern Hospitality Blog & Etiquette with Emily

A couple months ago, darling Rhoda from Southern Hospitality Blog contacted me about featuring my home.  Um, HELLO!  YES!!!!  I have been a follower of hers for quite some time, so I was a little starstruck when she reached out to me.  Her blog is so much fun.  Currently, she and her dad are renovating a foreclosure.  

She does a beautiful job with all the details.  

I think my favorite series she is doing right now is Fashion over Fifty. 

 She knows just how to put an outfit together!!  I am sure all of my dear readers already know about Rhoda, if not, go visit her FEATURE FRIDAY OF ELEVEN GABLES HERE.

On another note, you may have noticed my Etiquette with Emily tab at the top of the blog.  I put that there last July, but never got it started.  NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!  

Email me at ELEVENGABLES@GMAIL.COM any etiquette questions you might have, and it would be my pleasure to answer them for you!  You may be as anonymous as you like... (i.e.  Confused Cathy).  I can't wait to answer your questions!!



Gold Leaf Shell DIY Tutorial

Are you as ready for summer as I am?  Wow!  This has been a LONG winter.  To combat my winter blues, I gathered some shells from our summer beach trip and added a little glam to their already beautiful form.  

Here are the supplies you will need:  
gold leaf metal sheets
 gild adhesive glue
various shells

First, I applied a few drops of the gilding adhesive to the shell

Next, I place some pieces of gold leaf sheets in the shell

Using the paintbrush, tap the gold leaf gently into the shell

 Tap out any bubbles.. 

Allow to dry overnight

And there you have it!  
This is such an easy DIY and adds glam to your shell collection in a matter of minutes!

What are you doing to combat the winter blues?

Stay Warm friends!



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DIY Chinoiserie Chair Makeover

I have hoarding issues. 
One of my many hoards are Chairs. 
I can't ever have too many. 
I love entertaining and having plenty of comfortable seating for all of my guests. I purchased six of these chairs several years ago on Craigslist. 

I didn't love them. I loved the idea of them (and the price) and the thought that I might be able to reproduce an antique chinoiserie chair. 

I knew what I needed to do, but I never found the time.  Well, five years later...

A paint pen. 
Well, color me happy!  
So when a couple littles were home from school recently, I got my markers out and "painted" away! 

I still didn't love that fabric, so I did a little upholstery job with some of my favorite "gold leaf" fabric.  Side note:  Upholstery is not for the light hearted.  I got an estimate of $50/chair to redo them.  That is $300 total that I really didn't want to spend when I could surely do it myself.  Well, the easiest part was the cording.  I followed Miss Mustard Seed's tutorial on piping/cording HERE and they turned out beautifully.  Removing upholstery staples was another story.  Ugh.  My hands hurt for days.
Anyhow, here she is in all her glory.  

I'm in LOVE!! 
Now to tackle the other rest...  

Are you on Instagram?  You really should be!!  I recently started a series on #thingsihoard.

What are you hoarding these days?  Have you found anything fun on Craigslist?