Announcement and Painting Progress

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  It seems appropriate on this day that celebrates the Irish and all things green, to tell you all about a fantastic green company.  Please let me introduce to you Wholemade by Jen, an organic, all-natural line of personal skin care products, and also Lost & Found’s first sponsor!


Wholemade by Jen was founded by my friend, Jennifer, and is a growing home-based company in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.  All of the products that Wholemade sells are hand-made by Jennifer herself, with environmentally friendly ingredients and zero preservatives.  I have had the privilege of knowing Jennifer and her family for a few years now, and not only is she a wealth of knowledge about all-natural home care products, she is also a beautiful mother and talented singer.

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Here is Jennifer telling a little bit more about her vision for Wholemade, in her own words:

“I started Wholemade by Jen with an eye on quality, organic, healthy ingredients.  Healthy living and environmental stewardship are two of my passions, and creating all-natural personal care products for like-minded people has been a dream come true for me.

 As a mother of two young girls, I’m incredibly aware of what I use on my body – and on theirs.  Every time I work on a new formula, I ask myself:  do I want my daughters to be using this when they’re older?  Or even now, on their sensitive young skins?  If I won’t put it on myself or my daughters, I won’t sell it to you.  Likewise, I won’t come up with unnecessary products that don’t work, just to sell “new” things. 

 I am committed to small-batch production and make my lotions and lip balms one recipe at a time, when you ask for it, because I refuse to use synthetic preservatives or chemicals in my products. I love hearing from my clients and coming up with new ideas.  For instance, when my face cream and serum came out I received several requests from men for a version especially for their skin, and the men’s line was born!

 Wholemade by Jen will always use ethically sourced ingredients, and organic as much as possible.  The result?  Handmade, one-of-a-kind recipes that feed your skin and hopefully bring a little joy to your life in a natural, nurturing way.”

Please click on the sponsor link for Wholemade by Jen on my sidebar and check out her fantastic line of products.  You can order directly from her by visiting her Facebook page.

And I’m SUPER excited to tell you all that this coming Friday I will be hosting my first giveaway, and the prize will be a package of products from Wholemade by Jen! So please, tell your friends, and be sure to stop back by on Friday to enter the Wholemade giveaway.

Now onto some furniture painting . . . I made some significant progress with my custom paint job–remember that fantastic full French Provincial bedroom set?  I have one coat of ASCP Old White on the dresser,


and am completely finished with the bed and nightstands.  My friend Holly went ahead and picked up the finished pieces, and she was super pleased with them.  Yay 🙂  It’s so fun to be able to do something that brings some beauty and joy into someone’s life.


Just like she asked . . . creamy white with some very light distressing.



Here is a quick tip for you furniture painters–since this set had about 5 billion drawers, I decided to take the few extra minutes and number each drawer and hardware piece as I took them apart.



If you’ve painted any amount of furniture, you know how much extra time you can spend trying to get the drawers back in the right order and the hardware to fit back in place.  Those things are supposed to have a universal fit, but rarely are they that simple.

And I told you in my last post about finally finding my own French Provincial set to work on?


Here it is!  The rain finally went away, so my husband picked it up yesterday afternoon in his truck.  It is a nice, solid Basset set: headboard, footboard, rails, dresser, and 2 nightstands, and it was a steal.  I’ve been looking through Pinterest trying to get some inspiration for where to take it.  The added floral decals on the dresser and nightstands are going to awesome details when painted.

So don’t forget . . . this Friday the 21st my first giveaway sponsored by Wholemade by Jen.  Please don’t leave me hanging!  Come back and enter!  Everybody have a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day.

Linking up to:

Make It Pretty Monday,  Be Inspired @ Elizabeth & Co.,

Thursday Sweet Haute Share

Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

Wednesday 19th of March 2014

That's a good tip about the hardware. Congrats on getting your first sponsor, that's so exciting! And congrats on the great find on that set, too. Thanks for sharing at my History & Home link party, take care -Dawn @ We Call It

Tracy Freund

Tuesday 18th of March 2014

Good point about the hardware. I have a similar piece and could not get the hardware back on! Will have to try the AS chalk paint. Looks beautiful. Do you order online?


Wednesday 19th of March 2014

Yes Tracy, I can't tell you how much time I've wasted fighting to get hardware back on drawers, I honestly don't know why I didn't think of marking them sooner! The AS paint is great, I actually have a dealer in my mall that sells it, so it's quite convenient.

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