In addition to my shop, Vintage Market & Paint Studio…
Three French Hens was the beginning of my journey in the vintage furniture painting business and is the origin of my vision for adults with special needs. Here is how my journey began…
I started a blog in May of 2012 with the name “Three French Hens Vintage” and a mission in mind for my daughter with Down Syndrome, which led to opening a vintage and antique business in a local antique mall with the same name, “Three French Hens Vintage”.
My future goal and my mission is to build an opportunity for adults with special needs by teaching them to paint old furniture, and for them to sell the pieces they paint so that they can earn spending money and not only that, but also gain a feeling of satisfaction from doing something creative and productive that they also enjoy.
Recognizing the potential in adults with special needs is similar to recognizing the potential in a salvaged piece — furniture that was otherwise overlooked — then realizing its charm by giving it a custom painted finish. Similarly, the potential of adults with special needs is realized and appreciated when they may have otherwise been overlooked.
Having a daughter with Down Syndrome is the inspiration behind this God given vision. I know that she has so much to offer society just as others with special needs. Before opening my shop at Vintage Market & Paint Studio on August 31, 2013, THREE FRENCH HENS VINTAGE was the original name of my first antique booth and later, my first shop.
It is the heart and soul of my dream to not only expose the true charm and beauty of vintage pieces, but to also bring to light the capabilities, charm and beauty of individuals with special needs, and for society to discover what these very special “children of God” have to offer with their big hearts and determination with their greatest gift being LOVE.
“These three remain, FAITH, HOPE, LOVE, the greatest of these is LOVE.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
Me and my daughters on my oldest daughters wedding day. Photography by Kim Box.
Olivia & her sister. Photography by Kim Box.
The gifts and talents God has given me are not for me to boast about, but tools for me to put to use for God’s glory alone, just as you read in the parable of the talents in the Gospel of Matthew 25:14-30, and the Gospel of Luke, 19:12-28.
It is my hearts desire to be a good steward of the gifts and talents that God has given me and to not bury them. I thank God for what He has given me and do not take it for granted, therefore I press on to the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Happy Painting and may it bring as much joy to you as it has for me!!!
Much love and God’s blessings to you,
“I look back on my life like a good day’s work, it was done and I feel satisfied with it. I was happy and contented; I knew nothing better and made the best out of what life offered. And life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” Grandma Moses
These sketches are the original drawings that I sketched onto a brown paper bag and colored with colored pencils in June of 2012, after coming up with a name for my blog in May of 2012.