Monday, June 28, 2010

I’m back

Home from our family vacation to southern California.  We had an amazing time visiting with family,  taking in the sites and of course, no vacation would be complete for me without a little bit of shopping.  I have loads of pictures I need to sort through, but to get you started, I’ll show you what you really want to see.  The stuff.

My girl and I hit a few thrifts stores,  my dad and I went to the the uber fabulous Urban Barn in Escondito, I made a visit to a couple of my favorite shops in Temecula and also checked out a couple garage sales as well. Here are just some of the goodies I found to bring home.


These are my finds at the Urban Barn.  They were having a “street faire” the day I was there.  So much fun!  I met some adorable ladies and got to visit with some of my old friends too.  I’ll share more about the Urban Barn on a future post.


Vintage bling and doo dads found at Grandma’s Antique Mall in Temecula.  But the best thing I found there was this


Little doll cabinet. I sold two doll cabinets at Farm Chicks so I was really happy to find this one.  Not too excited about the gold paint, but that is an easy fix and the price was too good to pass up.


Everything in this picture except the silver napkin rings was found at a garage sale.  I also got a cute glass jar and some vintage shot gun cleaning kits for my hubby (not pictured). I found the napkin rings at a thrift store along with a few vintage slips (also not pictured).

I know it may not seem like a lot, but remember, I had to bring everything home on the airplane.  I did pass up an adorable white medicine cabinet for a great price, because I knew I wouldn’t be able to get it home in one piece.  Now I’m wishing I had tried.  Oh well.

I have a few more posts to share about my trip coming up.  It’s good to be home, but now I need to get busy cleaning and working on projects for my next show, Barn House Flea Market, July 31st.  Be back soon!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

White Wednesday~Vintage Finds

Last weekend I took my favorite girl with me to pick up a craigslist find and to dig through the bins (Goodwill Outlet). Seems I’ve gotten her hooked on thrifting which I couldn’t be happier about. While I look for neat and unique vintage goodies, she looks for funky and interesting clothes, shoes and accessories. On that particular day I found a lot of good stuff and managed to fill my cart for a mere $24.00. Did I mention that I love the bins? Here are just a few of my White Wednesday finds.


Adorable cast iron doll chair.


Eight lace pillowcase edges.


Pinafore and bloomers were found at the bins in separate bins. I think they were part of a Raggedy Ann costume. The creamy white fluffy crinoline was found at the flea market by Mitzi’s husband, John. What a great guy!


Project dresser found on craigslist. Still needs work on the drawers, but this one will soon be going to my Stars & Splendid mall space.

And finally, a little project I worked on at Leah’s house last week. Inspired by this gal, I made a few of these cute wristlets or wrist cuffs, using vintage lace, trim and buttons. Love these!


I know I have more white finds to show you, just can’t figure out where they are. I did find lots of great pillow forms and will be making some lovely pillows to put in my mall spaces and to take to my next show, the Barn House flea market. But before that, it’s family vacation time, so I will be taking a little break on my blog. TTFN dear friends!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Farm Chicks~Day 2 Booth Pics and My Finds

Sunday morning at Farm Chicks we had a little time to completely rearrange my booth.  It really needed it as I sold so much on Saturday.  Here are a few pictures of the changes we made.


Hey, there’s Mitzi! I did get a picture of her after all.



As you can see, it looks a lot more empty which is always good.  Now for the goodies I found.


Adorable pink buffet cabinet, cute vintage garden gate and lovely pink roses painting.


Close up of the painting which I bought from Kay who is a fellow dealer at Monticello.  She gave me a great price and I can’t wait to hang this with another similar one I have in my living room.


Cute little wicker purse (thanks Joy!), pink rose millinery flower, rhinestone buttons, some I bought from Mitzi, and a cute rhinestone necklace I got from Lulu.


I also got this adorable chenille spread which I’m  currently using as a slipcover on my new sofa.


On our way home we stopped at a couple thrift stores where I found these pretty hangers.

That’s it.  I didn’t have time to go out and buy more.  I’m sure if I had, I could have found lots more goodies as there is always so much good stuff at this show.   Can’t wait to do it again next year!

The kids are getting out of school next week and we will be going on a little family vacation to Southern CA. Then, I’ll be getting ready for the Barn House flea market, July 31st. If you are in the area, it is one not to miss.  So many great vendors and awesome vintage goods.  TTFN!

Friday, June 11, 2010

I love me some Farm Chicks!

It’s taken me some time to recuperate from the whirlwind that is Farm Chicks weekend!  (Hard to believe that at this time last week, we were on the road to Spokane.) My third go around was even more fabulous than I expected it to be. Isabel and I, along with my good friend and helper, Mitzi, had a great time and every vendor we talked to said it was the best show ever.

Unfortunately I didn’t get out of my booth much to take pictures, and the few times I did venture out, it was to shop.  I’ll show you what I found on my next post, but first a few pictures of my booth. You can find lots of pictures on everyone else’s Farm Chicks post. Several which can be found on my sidebar.

Isabel and I were lucky to have the same spot we had the last two years, right in the middle of Bay 1.  We were very easy to find in between Sue and Joe, and Joy.

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Picture courtesy of Isabel.  As you can see, like last year, I packed my booth with lots of goodies.

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I took seven shopping carts with liners and sold them all.  I don’t know how many crinolines I brought, but they all sold as well.


I was thrilled with how well received my rack of vintage clothing was.  It was packed and by then end of the show, it was reduced by about 2/3.  It was so fun helping so many vintage loving ladies try on the clothes.


Another shot of my space.  As you can see, I kind of overflowed into the isle a bit.


Mtizi brought along her dress form to used to display the charm necklaces I brought. As you can see, I also brought along  a rounder of bling and things. That dresser it’s sitting on got a lot of attention.  It sold on Sunday and I was a little sad to see it go.  Love it!


Close up of my soldered charm necklaces.


The pink bookcase and cute dresser with decal are two projects I worked on for this show.  I loved having the rolling IV pole to display my vintage slips.


Another project that I worked on for the show was making a bunch of chalkboards out of vintage frames.  My rolling industrial cart was the perfect holder for those and some vintage mirrors.


This picture is a little on the dark side, but here you can see my enormous work bench and the two sets of bed side tables I worked on. 


That cute pink chippy side table was an easy sell and I could have sold that green distressed bench several times over.  Sold all those rolls of vintage wallpaper too. 


This cute gal (sorry I forget her name) was on Timi’s junk bus.  She won my giveaway and got to take her pick of my shopping carts. 


One of the highlights of the show this year was meeting the lovely (and tiny) Jo Packham of Where Women Create.  She was one of the honored guests at Farm Chicks and spent several hours signing her book and magazines.  She was also a very great customer, as she purchased several items from me!


A cute picture of me and Joy right before the show opened.


Me, Timi, Isabel and Amber.

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And finally, me and Isabel in our day 1 Farm Chicks attire.  I want to send out a special thanks to Isabel, without whom I would never even be doing this show, her wonderful supportive husband, Mark, her four adorable children and lastly, Mitzi who was such a huge help.  I can’t believe I didn’t get any pictures of her.  The pictures on this post were a compilation from me, Isabel and Mitzi.

When you do a show, you never know exactly how it is going to go.  There is always a little bit of anxiety about whether you brought the right stuff, if people are going to like your stuff, etc.  I have to say that I was thrilled with the outcome this year.  The vendors are always bringing their “A Game” to this show.  It is so fun to see everyone.  Old and new friends.  I finally got to meet a couple gals that have been blog friends for awhile. Karoline of Cherished Vintage came by and it was so fun to finally meet her.  She ended up buying my industrial cart to use as a laundry cart at the bottom of her laundry shoot.  I just know she will make an awesome liner to put in it.

I also got to meet the lovely Sandra Blanks (no blog, but has lovely pictures on flickr). She and her sweet husband drove all the way from Tennessee!

I want to do a shout out to all the new gals who stopped by my booth.  So many sweet kindred spirits.  I will be going through all my cards this weekend and checking out their blogs too.

This post has gotten a little long, but I’ll be back soon to show you the goodies I found at Farm Chicks.  Until then, I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, June 3, 2010



I had every intention of doing a post to show some of the completed projects I’m taking to Farm Chicks, but unfortunately, I was just too busy (and distracted) to remember to take any pictures.  I got my part of the trailer loaded up yesterday.  I am so excited to get my booth set up tomorrow.  Still have a long drive ahead, but with Isabel and Mitzi for company, I’m sure the trip will be fun!

I promise to take lots of pictures to share with you all.  And for those of you coming to Farm Chicks, I can’t wait to meet you!

Be back soon!