Friday, November 09, 2007

Mary's gift

My mom stopped by this week for a short visit this week, and her timing couldn't have been better. For Christmas this year she had my much admired friend Mary paint a table and wall mirror for me. And Mary dropped the pieces off this week. I am so excited to share them with you.

First, the wall mirror, which I had requested that Mary paint with a black & white check border. Quite sharp looking, wouldn't you agree? (sorry about the blurriness of my photo... I was hurrying to get the daylight and my rushing around is reflected in the blurry edges of the picture.)

A close up shot so you can see Mary's attention to detail. I wish I would have taken a 'before' picture. The wood on the mirror was dark and shiny. It was not bad...but this is so much better. I don't know how Mary keeps such a steady hand to paint all of those little squares. I had an opportunity to watch her once, and it really is amazing. She just steadies herself, and then - paint paint paint - out come the little checks from the end of her paint brush. What a gift she has for creating beautiful art!

Next, the round table - the 'fish table'. Previously this was a dark wood piece as well. I have it stationed in a nook at the top of my stairs and since the sun was starting to set, I picked it up and brought it into my bedroom for you to see in the sunlight. Can you see all the detail? Please click to enlarge - it's worth it!

The table's base...more defined now with the gold running vertically down the pedestal. The blue and yellow check was inspired by one of my favorite pieces...this is how they look on the inside of my butter dish. And they look so friendly and right at home on this beautiful table.

A close up of the blue & yellow going around the edge. Can you tell in the photo...the wood is uneven between the top and bottom row. Don't you think what Mary did looks fantastic!

I actually stole this last shot from Mary's own blog. She did a better job of photographing the table in its entirety. I think it looks very pretty in her home as well.

Thank you for sharing in my joy by looking at these pictures. You know me and you know my obsession. So you can imagine that I am in seventh heaven right now!
Have a great weekend!

17 comments:

Rosemary said...

So great!! How lucky for you.
She does great work.
Enjoy,
Rosemary

becky said...

I, too, am a MKC lover...and your Mary is phenomenal! Can she come to Tennessee?
I love all your pieces!!!!!!!!!!

paige said...

you lucky girl!
who needs victoria mckenzie-childs when you have her!!!
looks great!

Meg said...

Paige - I've said the same thing myself. Mary is a top tier talent, no doubt about it! Thank you for your nice comments.

Deb said...

Meg, your table & mirror are gorgeous! Mary does amazing work. Love all your Mckenzie-Childs inspired treasures!

Laurie Anne said...

She does beautiful work. You are one lucky girl :0) I would love to paint some furniture, but it is just such a big step. Everything you have had painted has turned out so pretty, so maybe I'll be brave and take the plunge :0)

Cottage Contessa said...

What a very talented lady Mary is! These are gorgeous. Lucky you!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

tommie said...

That table is so pretty!! I have a piece in my bedroom I have been debating on painting or not.....this little post might send me over the edge to just do it!

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

What an amazingly talented lady and you are one lucky girl!

Hugs,
Dena

Nunnie's Attic said...

The table looks almost mosaic. It's beautiful!

Love,
Julie

hqm said...

GREEN! Green with ENVY!!!!!

Tres Poshe Preppy said...

Wow, very impressed! She is so talented!

Lisa said...

Oh Megan!!! Fabulous! These are better than MKC...truly! Can't wait to see them in person!

Merci-Notes said...

Hello! Yes, I think that the Fish table looks good in my home!!!! Can I have it? hehehe .
Meg, your Mom is so great! I like her energy and how she tells you what she thinks about a question! ( like the sofa table question). She is VERY right about that. She is so smart!!!
Hugs,
Mary
p.s. thanks for showing my work!...you should take a big picture of your home!!!!

Heather at Grace303 said...

Wow, that is amazing detail!

bj said...

OH...MY....GOSH...Now I know why Cindy sent me over. I have an obsession about ANY Mackenzie-Childs . And, of course, I can't touch it with a 10 ft. pole..way too pricy for me. This looks JUST LIKE IT ! I'm having a panic attack....love, love,love it all....I just posted today about my new Mackenzie Childs catalog...(and had to throw Harrison Ford in there, too! Another obsession but only as a fan...I'm old enuf to be his mom! hee hee....)

bj

PINK POPPY said...

Holy Moly! I am a long time collector of MC too....although...it's just not like it use to be :( (good for my purse...bad for my collection! :) HA!HA! ) And I do have to say that Mary's painting is the absolute BEST MC knock off I have ever seen......it looks like she could have been a painter for them! You are sooooo lucky to have found her.....to paint all those unique pieces for you :) I have the beloved floor lamp too...and I do believe if for some awful reason....if I had to vacate my home & I could only take one thing with me....that would be drug out of my home with me! :) LOVE IT soooooo much! (its kinda sick! :) HA!HA! and I think that is so funny that your hubby turned you on to it!!!! Cute!