Meet Arabelle! Those of you who have been following me on Facebook and Instagram already know a little about this pretty girl. She's a 1930's waterfall dresser made of solid wood, and she was found at our property's dump several months ago. Back then she looked like this.
She was a little rough around the edges, and had definitely seen better days, but all her parts were in good working order, and she still had life left in her. So she came home with me. Ever since, I've been working on and off to give her new life. She now boasts several coats of Benjamin Moore's "Savory Cream," which has been an absolute joy to work with. I'm so in love with this color: a rosy cream with just a hint of lavender in certain light. (In the top photo, the bottom drawer in full light is the actual paint color, and the top two drawers in the dimmer light reveal the lavender sheen.)
Her drawers are now lined with vintage rosy mauve paper with an ivory floral pattern. It goes perfectly with the paint! She's having a new little bit of trouble completely closing her top two drawers, whether from the heat of being outdoors on the patio all summer, or from some other undetermined cause. If you have tips on that, please leave a comment and let me know.
I named her Arabelle because it sounds like a good, vintage, 1930's name, which coincidentally, as I discovered after the fact, is coming back into vogue in the variation "Arabella." I envision Arabelle as a wonderful dresser for a baby girl's room. She's the perfect height for a changing table, and can grow up alongside a girl: first boasting changing pads and cloth diapers, then Barbies and American Girl books, and then a glass lamp and perfume bottles on a vintage mirrored tray.
Just as a dresser can grow up alongside a girl, so can a blog. And just as sometimes a girl has to decide if a piece of furniture still fits in with her life, so a girl sometimes has to decide if a blog still fits. This summer I've realized that this blog no longer fits with my life. I love having an avenue for writing and design, for connecting with those of you who read and comment. I so appreciate each of you! But this past year has made it evident that I can no longer keep up Pretty Little Snippets as I would like.
This year I have launched my own business, Ardent Darcy, while still working a 9-5 job and trying to make time for good things like reading, exercising, cooking, and family time. I wouldn't trade it for the world, but it has been difficult to maintain the pace while still writing posts for this blog. So Pretty Little Snippets is retiring. She'll still be around, but I will no longer be posting. Those of you who follow via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will notice that Twitter and Instagram have changed over to my personal accounts (@BekahGant), and my Facebook account for this blog will no longer exist after this week.
And if you'd like to continue to see what I'm up to professionally, you can follow me as I continue to blog and design for Ardent Darcy on a more regular basis. My business accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (@ArdentDarcy) are more interesting and artistic anyway - I hope! Thank you again for being a part of this journey. It means the world to me.