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Announcement    🎨HANDPAINTED. HANDLETTERED. HANDMADE PATINA. HANDCUT. NO STENCILS. NO VINYL TEMPLATES. NO PRINTING. NON FADING. ORIGINAL DESIGNS FOR YOUR ONE OF A KIND HOME!! 🎨
💕9/24-THE GRAPHICS FAIRY FEATURE- French Handpainted Queen Bee!!
5/16- COWGIRL.COM MAGAZINE FAUX COW HEAD FEATURE!
1/16 LITTLETHINGS.COM FRENCH MILK CAN FEATURE!
1/16- VALENTINES GRAPHICS FAIRY FEATURE!
6/15-HOOKER FURNITURE CORPORATION BLOG FEATURE!
7/15- THE GRAPHCS FAIRY FEATURE X2! VINTAGE WALL DECOR!
2/15- GRAPHICS FAIRY FEATURE! French Queen Bee!
1/15-GRAPHICS FAIRY FEATURE! French APOTHICAIRE" signs featured!
10/14- GRAPHICS FAIRY FEATURE!
9/14-GRAPHICS FAIRY FEATURE! French Sheep sign & Milk Can Feature!

💕FACEBOOK &. INSTAGRAM- direct link in "ABOUT" section! LIKE my FB page and be sure to click "get notifications" for updates, new signs, upcoming giveaways, photos etc!" ~ Merci!

💕Creating Interiors Filled with Passion & Spirit ! ~Welcome !!~You can find us on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST, & TWITTER (@RunVelvetHorses)

>>>NEW TREASURY ITEMS: LOVE IS THE GREATEST SIGN featured in the new treasury: https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MzU4NTkxODN8MjcyNDEwMDE0OQ/love-is-the-greatest
>>>LA RUE MARCHE' sign featured in the Etsy Treasury: Wave Tossed Ocean Garden!
https://www.etsy.com/treasury/NDIyNTkwMjl8MjcyNDAyMzMzNQ/wave-tossed-ocean-garden-august-gifts?index=0&ref=pr_favetreasuries&atr_uid=
>>> BARN SWALLOW BAKERY sign just Featured in the Etsy Treasury : Chalk It Up!
https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTkwNjc1OTF8MjcyMzg3NDE0Mw/chalk-it-up
>>>MY HOPE REMAINS sign just Featured in the Etsy Treasury: Hope After The Storm
https://www.etsy.com/treasury/OTcwNjAyOHwyNzIzOTM1Mjc5/hope-after-the-storm
>>>BLACK BUNNY BED & BREAKFAST sign Featured in ETsy Treasury :
https://www.etsy.com/treasury/NDAyOTQwNTd8MjcyMzk4NzI4NQ/black-bunny-bam-a-lam

Hello! Welcome to French Velvet Horses original handpainted sign shop opened 6/23/14! Stay awhile and look around. So much more to come so stay tuned and check back often for new listings!

I do ship outside the US! Convo me with your details and I will obtain a shipping quote for you!

Want to know more about the artist behind French Velvet Horses? Check out the ABOUT section here! And for links to My Facebook Artist page! Xo

Announcement

Last updated on Jun 16, 2018

🎨HANDPAINTED. HANDLETTERED. HANDMADE PATINA. HANDCUT. NO STENCILS. NO VINYL TEMPLATES. NO PRINTING. NON FADING. ORIGINAL DESIGNS FOR YOUR ONE OF A KIND HOME!! 🎨
💕9/24-THE GRAPHICS FAIRY FEATURE- French Handpainted Queen Bee!!
5/16- COWGIRL.COM MAGAZINE FAUX COW HEAD FEATURE!
1/16 LITTLETHINGS.COM FRENCH MILK CAN FEATURE!
1/16- VALENTINES GRAPHICS FAIRY FEATURE!
6/15-HOOKER FURNITURE CORPORATION BLOG FEATURE!
7/15- THE GRAPHCS FAIRY FEATURE X2! VINTAGE WALL DECOR!
2/15- GRAPHICS FAIRY FEATURE! French Queen Bee!
1/15-GRAPHICS FAIRY FEATURE! French APOTHICAIRE" signs featured!
10/14- GRAPHICS FAIRY FEATURE!
9/14-GRAPHICS FAIRY FEATURE! French Sheep sign & Milk Can Feature!

💕FACEBOOK &. INSTAGRAM- direct link in "ABOUT" section! LIKE my FB page and be sure to click "get notifications" for updates, new signs, upcoming giveaways, photos etc!" ~ Merci!

💕Creating Interiors Filled with Passion & Spirit ! ~Welcome !!~You can find us on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST, & TWITTER (@RunVelvetHorses)

>>>NEW TREASURY ITEMS: LOVE IS THE GREATEST SIGN featured in the new treasury: https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MzU4NTkxODN8MjcyNDEwMDE0OQ/love-is-the-greatest
>>>LA RUE MARCHE' sign featured in the Etsy Treasury: Wave Tossed Ocean Garden!
https://www.etsy.com/treasury/NDIyNTkwMjl8MjcyNDAyMzMzNQ/wave-tossed-ocean-garden-august-gifts?index=0&ref=pr_favetreasuries&atr_uid=
>>> BARN SWALLOW BAKERY sign just Featured in the Etsy Treasury : Chalk It Up!
https://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTkwNjc1OTF8MjcyMzg3NDE0Mw/chalk-it-up
>>>MY HOPE REMAINS sign just Featured in the Etsy Treasury: Hope After The Storm
https://www.etsy.com/treasury/OTcwNjAyOHwyNzIzOTM1Mjc5/hope-after-the-storm
>>>BLACK BUNNY BED & BREAKFAST sign Featured in ETsy Treasury :
https://www.etsy.com/treasury/NDAyOTQwNTd8MjcyMzk4NzI4NQ/black-bunny-bam-a-lam

Hello! Welcome to French Velvet Horses original handpainted sign shop opened 6/23/14! Stay awhile and look around. So much more to come so stay tuned and check back often for new listings!

I do ship outside the US! Convo me with your details and I will obtain a shipping quote for you!

Want to know more about the artist behind French Velvet Horses? Check out the ABOUT section here! And for links to My Facebook Artist page! Xo

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About FrenchVelvetHorses

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~Painting In The Rain~

It seems so long ago now. Reaching back to a quiet kitchen table of my childhood. Before me a table with papers studying the curve of a horses back with my pencils adjustment to it's flowing angular shape. Horses. It was that simple. I loved the horses. Animals felt like a natural extension of my hand. My connections with them pure and innate. Eventually, I got my own horse and showed at horse shows nationally all over the country. A wonderful experience for a young girl. It taught me to have goals and persevere.
Years later, I found myself in college with chemistry and various science textbooks filling the wall of the stately bookcase. Years of academics took me deeper and deeper into the science world and by 2001 I had a university nursing school acceptance, a Chiropractic College acceptance was working in a hospital OR as a surgical tech, and thought eventually I would end up in medical or veterinary school with a doctorate. I threw in a drawing or art history class here and there, but for the most part I kept my anxious hand away from the paints and pencils so that I could achieve a "culturally responsible" career.
Then my life imploded. Overnight. And with great velocity. Shattered. I was reaching hard for a career when my mother who, my only family, was diagnosed with Alzheimers. At the same time, I found out my husband had been cheating for the past year. My mothers affairs and health problems quickly became life consuming for me alone to manage. I left my job, declined my college acceptances and dropped out, and got divorced. I chose to gut a corner of my house to create a room, a safe room if you will, and moved my mother in to live with me and be her full time caregiver 24/7 with her in a hospital bed and feeding tube, high up in the hills with no family all alone in the country. I know! Crazy, hu?
I was scared to the core. How would I be enough Lord to wrestle this demon called Alzheimers?
Heartbroken, I put one foot in front of the other, walking by faith and not by sight. In this darkness and in my pain and despair, I reached for a paintbrush. I didnt just reach for a brush but rather grabbed it with the desperation that it was my very air being sucked into my lungs. The colors I put on my walls were like a healing warm blanket being wrapped around me. And so I painted. And painted. Walls, furniture, antiques, creating,
remodeling. I have often said Alzheimers is like painting in the rain. You can never have too much paint to throw on a canvas and once you do the rains come and as the paint runs down it morphs into a new and beautiful image if you let yourself see it. And if you do, it will change you. It changed me. In losing myself and all that I loved in my life, I let myself be found. My mother from her hospital bed without the ability to move or speak, had given me back what I had lost along the way. What could not be found in a classroom and that was my paper and pencils on that kitchen table from long ago.
Fourteen years went by. This shop is dedicated to my mother. Through her, I found the answer I had asked God, was I enough? Yes. With Him I was enough. This Etsy shop was conceived in my mind four years ago during the long Wisconsin winters and late nights with one watchful eye on my mother and the other on this computer screen. Etsy has been like one of those paint cans for me filled with air to breathe and unleashing a rainbow of healing colors coming from the kitchen tables from many of you reading this today. ThankYou! . Like galloping hooves through oceans of tears, my mother's passing, and a harsh economy... in my deep faith and fierce persistence, I have found my way here. Finally. It is hard to beat a person that never quits. Beauty for ashes.

Blessings!

Shop members

  • French Velvet Horses

    Owner, Curator, Designer

  • Mr. Jazmine

    Studio Assistant

Shop policies

Last updated on March 3, 2020
🌹Welcome to my shop, French Vevlet Horses! Here you will find antique inspired handpainted and hand lettered wood signs, fine art paintings, digital instant printables, and antiques which serve as a canvas for my artwork! Please stay awhile and have a look into my shop selections! If you do not see exactly what you are after, please message me and allow me to create that perfect piece you desire! I love custom orders!! Interested in knowing a little more about me? Please click on the "about seller" section. Here you will also find a direct link to my very active Facebook page where I post my work, decorating ideas, and so much more! Feel free to stop in and say hello with a new LIKE! Are you in Instagram? You can FOLLOW there as well! I am blessed to have the BEST customers come through my shop!

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
REFUNDS: Due to the nature of handpainted made to order artwork, I am not able to offer refunds at this time. When your order is placed, materials and sourced and your order is put into the many steps of production.
Payment
PAYMENT: is made at the time you place your order order.

CANCELLATION POLICY: due to the nature of handmade made to order items, I do not cancel orders. When your order is received, materials are sourced and your piece is put into production. Each sign is a very involved process on my end requiring many steps from the cutting of your sign board, layers of paints and distressing techniques for the perfect patina, different sanding steps, and then on to my paint table where your signs are illustrated with pencil and paper and then letters and design are hand transferred to wood and all are carefully hand painted.
Shipping
SHIPPING: All items will ship usps priority with tracking. Larger pieces of artwork may ship usps either with a balloon charge, or may ship with another carrier as per seller discretion.

📪NOTE: When your artwork is finished and ready to ship you will receive a message from me letting you know this. Your item📪 ✈️WILL NOT SHIP 📦📪 until I hear from you. This is because large packages left on your doorstep without you knowing they are coming, are at risk for theft, sitting out in weather, or arriving when you are out of town. 🎁

DEADLINES: If you need an item by a certain deadline, please message me before making your purchase. I do offer a rush charge, but depending on my production schedule at any given time, it may or may not be required. If I can do my best to meet your deadline in a reasonable manner, no rush charge will be needed or added. Otherwise depending on the item and its complexity, a rush charge will be Needed. Please message me first to discuss your deadlines and I will do my best to discuss and meet your requirements!

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING : I do ship international. Customs fees are the responsibility of the buyer. If you do not see your country listed on the item you wish to purchase, please message me and I will be happy to obtain a shipping quote for your country and item of interest which will be added to the listing for you to checkout with!

SPECIFIC SHIPPING ISSUES: Once an item is picked up by usps or another carrier, I cannot be held responsible for items lost or damaged in transit as that is out of my control and therefore not my fault. If you receive your item damaged, or did not receive it, contact me at once so I can report the situation. Pleass do not leave negative feedback with me on a shipping issue (item received as lost, stolen, damaged) as I am not in the shipping business. Thank You.
Additional policies and FAQs
SIGN PROCESS: What goes into a handmade sign? A lot!
Designs are all my own creation and copyright. It is a very involved process which starts with sourcing good straight wood and quality UV fade resistant paints and sealers. Orders are taken and put into production in the order they are purchased and received.

Elaborate original sign shapes I have designed are carefully cut. Several stages of sanding and finishing take place, any natural diverts in the wood are filled and smoothed. Layers of numerous base coats of paint are applied and allowed to dry for the background color and subtle composition of the creation of age old patina. The creation of patina is an involved process utilizing color, substrates, tools, my own unique techniques and tools I have found to work in achieving the old world look I am after. Before any lettering or design is applied, getting a sign board to this stage is a work of art in itself! A Patina texture truly is an art!

Once the sign board has the perfect look of age, the it reaches my paint table and special lighting so that the letters and design can be transferred directly from my own illustration. This is done by hand, void of chemicals, computers, or printing methods. Each flourish, illustration, and letter is carefully hand lettered and handpainted which is a tedious and delicate process! The lettering paint is superior quality, weatherproof, no brush marks are visible, and requires several days to dry and cure prior to being able to ship. Then a sealer may be applied prior to lettering if the sign will be out in the elements.

Although there is a fine market for your typical craft mall signs that simply get painted, and stenciled, that is not what I produce. Because my signs are so involved, I call them "Art Signs" as they truly are time and labor intensive on my part and a special work of art!! My signs to date have been featured numerous times on The Graphics Fairy, The Hooker Furniture Corporation Blog ("Let the Signs do the Talking", The Horse Mafia Facebook page, and in numerous Etsy Treasury lists! My clientele consists of local, online, and to the trade orders. My production timeline for signage and / or paintings can run typically from 6-10 weeks to ship (sometimes less or more depending on the types of projects in the works. Each order I work on gets whatever time it needs. Sometimes things roll right along, other times changes are made which take more time. This all affects the timeline of production either by shortening or lengthening it. In the end, I want my customer to be 100% satisfied with what I make! Everything is completely hand painted with handcrafted patina. In this world of "instant gratification" , it can be difficult I know, to wait to receive your artwork. However, for heirloom quality paintings & signage, I feel good artwork is truly worth the wait! I hope you do too! Thanks so much for reading about my process! 🌹

CUSTOM ORDERS: Please note a PERSONALIZED item is not the same as a CUSTOM item. Some signs can easily be personalized by adding a name. An example of this may be changing THE FARMSTEAD---> to THE SMITH FARMSTEAD. If space allows, usually there is no extra charge to personalize a sign.

A custom order is one that is designed from scratch whereby taking ideas that are in my customers head, going through numerous discussions, and making them come to life on a painting or sign board. Regular sign listings that you see in my shop are designed once, then sold over and over. They are able to be priced lower because of this v. custom signs /paintings which are designed from scratch and intended to be sold once for my customers specific needs. They are priced accordingly. If I feel a custom sign would also be a good fit to add to my shop as a regular listing, I will take that into consideration when figuring your quote.

HOW TO START THE CUSTOM SIGN PROCESS:
Custom signs start with messaging me here on etsy with your ideas. It is not uncommon emails and photos to be exchanged tossing ideas back and forth until we have variables such as : SIZE, SHAPE, TEXT, FONT, COLORS, ILLUSTRATION, FLOURISHING, PRICE, TIMEFRAME. AND OTHER DETAILS DISCUSSED. When all that is narrowed down, I will ask you if you would like me to set up a custom listing for you? When I set up your own Custom Lisitng in my shop with your name on it, once you go through checkout this reserves your place in my production lineup. Please let me know your timeframe to purchase your special listing. I have had people ask me to set up their custom listing after many messages, only to have it abandoned in my shop with no replies back. For example, your communication to me may be, " Yes, set up a custom listing for me. I will be paid on Friday and will go through checkout this weekend. " As long as I know your plan, it's all good! I am always happy to help discuss your ideas as there is no shortage of my creative imagination. Any rough drafts, sketches, photos that I send are solely the
property of French Velvet Horses. A purchase from my shop does not transfer design copyright.

A note on copyrights, if you source an image for me to include in your artwork, please also check on and know its source as it is important to me to respect the copyrights of others. If you send me photos of someone's else's design as examples of your ideas, i will have an idea what you are after, but will create my own original designs and artwork for you with your specific theme in mind.

In all custom orders, I provide a paper illustration which is photographed and sent to you here on Etsy. If you are happy with the illustration, the painting process will begin. If changes or revisions are required, this is the time to do so and communicate your sished. Another photo will be sent with the changes. No painting takes place in the custom design stage until you are completely happy with the illustration. Then your sign is painted in the form of lettering, flourishes, and any graphics. A final set of photos are taken and sent to you here for your approval prior to shipping so you absolutely will know and anticipate what you will be receiving. 🌹