by Diane Henkler

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1 Brandi-Lee Sproat-Tilini May 26, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I love your blog! I think your wonderful style is the closest to what I/we do and are. There are so many things I want to post but so little time. Please come by and check my blog out.



2 Lorrie October 1, 2011 at 6:01 am

I just love your blog!


3 cathy December 19, 2011 at 10:52 am

can’t wait to explore your blog


4 Amanda Padgett January 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Thank you so much for including Everyday Elements! When I read your criteria for making the list, it made me smile! I am definitely my own, quirky person. Glad others like me despite it. LOL


5 Diane January 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Hi Amanda -
I adore your blog and read every single word. You are such a great teacher and I have so much to learn about PSE and photography in general. My hubs had been unemployed for some time and until he is back in the workforce I will not be able to get the DSLR I want. I try to rock my little Canon S95 and I use your actions on most of my photos. They are the best. Hopefully one day I will be as good with PSE as you are.I also have Photoshop CS2, but never could figure it out, so I bought PSE as the learning curve is not so steep. I frequently go to your site when I have down time so I can sift through all you olderr tutorials and let them sink into my brain. :)


6 Funky Junk Interiors January 9, 2012 at 3:26 am

Wow, thanks for having me in your lineup Diane! I had to come search out some blogger stats and there you were. :)

LOVE your blog and all you share back atcha! :)



7 Nova Aida March 9, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Hi Diane!

I’m a new blogger from Sydney. I a following you on Pinterest and to my great delight, you are following me there. You are such an your creation your creativity, your craft and of course..your OWN STYLE


8 sonia October 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Diane winning anyone of those items would be great, I never win anything….lol!! you must be the luckiest lady to get all these items from your vendors…..Take Care!!


9 Lauren April 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Thanks so much for including PC in your reading list, Diane! Since my blog is solely based on my personal style, it’s always nice to hear confirmation that others are enjoying it and inspired by it!


10 Diane Henkler April 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Hi Lauren – I love your style and your blog. Even though I write mostly about DIY decor – my passion is life is living true and authentically – with personal style. I love when I see a blogger or someone even on the street with that great sense about themselves. I used to have a quote in my sidebar from Diana Vreeland about the only way to live is with personal style. I need to put it back up. :) Loved your post today – I am a skincare junkie, too. I used to work in the cosmetic department at Macy’s in NYC in college. Fun job with lots of perks in the way of free products. I even did a stint at Redbook Magazine back in the early 80′s as an assistant to the Beauty Editor. I have to restrain myself when I go into Sephora – I want to try everything! I am a bit older and am starting to need the heavy duty fixes. :) Keep up the good work and stay true to your style! I look forward to your posts.


11 Peggy A April 13, 2013 at 11:24 am

I have a bunch of journals waiting to be filled! The book looks inspirational!


12 Peggy A April 13, 2013 at 11:25 am

I’m following you on Pinterest.


13 Grammavikki April 22, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Diane, I just found your blog. I just entered the world of blogs. I really love your site. I will follow. I love re-using stuff old into something new. I will invite friends to come and visit you. Keep the great inspirations coming.


14 Diane Henkler April 22, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Thanks so much XO. Thanks for taking the time to say hi. Love hearing from readers.


15 Vanessa Seymour January 21, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Hi, I love your site but I live in Australia. I want to paint stained furniture but can’t get the products you mention by brand, can you explain what I should buy here? Is chalk paint water based paint? what paint/stain stripper would I need to paint over stained wood? I have two 6 foot tall bookcases to paint and an old cane armchair.

Many thanks


16 Diane Henkler January 23, 2014 at 9:24 am

Hi Vanessa – Chalk paint is water based. You can make that to use over your stained pieces. You need to add a chalk component to the paint. Gypsum is one, Plaster of Paris, Powdered lime, Calcium carbonate can be added to any water based paint that dies not have a primer in it.

If you can’t find something to make chalk paint with and don’t want to strip the finish off the stained pieces, you will need to sand the surface first with 60 -100 grit sandpaper. Just enough to rough up the surface a bit. You will then need to apply a “stain blocking primer”. Ask at your paint store for a product that will block stain and prime the piece at the same time. After applying the primer, you can use any paint over it. Water based paints are easier to work with. Even if you sand the piece down to the bare wood, it is best to use a stain blocking primer first so the wood tannins and stain do not leach into the paint.


17 Vanessa Seymour January 24, 2014 at 5:25 am

Hi, thank you so much for your prompt and detailed reply. I can’t wait to get started!!


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