Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Fun Saturday

Instead of working on projects, Isabel and I headed out to the Whimsical Wishes Sale in Camas, WA. This sale was being hosted by Julie and Krista of Kindred Roses. The weather was a little drizzly, but that didn't dampen our spirits or the fun we had shopping. Isabel found lots of cool stuff and I did too, but I really tried to limit myself to just a few neat items.

Here are some pictures of the great vendors boothsJo Dee and Kat from DuchessSue and Isabel shoppingCute Diane

Rosie Rose booth

Michelle's booth

Debbie of Worthy Goods booth

I was so pleased to see Lisa, Carol Lee and Peggy who all came over from Central Oregon. Their booths were wonderful and filled with all kinds of good stuff. You may remember I went to their sale on a recent visit to Redmond. They told me that they were so glad I posted pictures of their sale and they have another one coming up this summer.

Congratulations to Julie and Krista on an excellent sale.

After leaving the sale, we made a stop at the Camas Antique Mall. It was fun to see some of our favorite antiquing buddies (Diane, Martha, Joe and Sue) there as well. Again, trying to be good, I only got a couple tiny things there.

We then headed south towards Monticello where the Spring Home and Garden Sale was in full swing. The cars lined up outside was a good sign of lots of shoppers inside. Here, I wasn't so good. I found several items, all smalls, but good stuff. Isabel found a few cute things too.

Here are some of the pictures I promised to take of my new and improved space. There were a few holes so that was good (people were buying my stuff). I apologize once again for the dark pictures. My camera and photography skills, not the greatest and that window makes it hard to get good shots, but you can get the gist.

So, do you want to see what I bought? Here it is.

Vintage moulding and hooks coat rack, two small platters, roll of vintage wallpaper, blue flower pot, some small bling, old bottle, cute tiny sugar bowl, charm bracelet with heart and some cute vintage drawer pulls.

I want to send a special shout out to Laurie of AView from the Coop. Met her for the first time at the Whimiscal Wishes sale. She will be at Barn House for the Season Opening on May 9th with her buddy Debbie of Worthy Goods. (Love that name!) We ran into Laurie again at Monticello. She is a super nice gal and I'm sure we'll be running into her all the time now.

That's it for me now. Back to project central.

Friday, April 24, 2009

More Projects

It has been a busy week. I've actually been motivated to work on stuff. With only a little over a month left til Farm Chicks, I really need to kick it into high gear. Here are just a couple little projects I've been working on.

This little bed side table was a recent find at Value Village. It was brown, it was ugly, but I could see that it had cute details like the legs and the bottom of the drawer. A couple coats of white paint, some distressing, a cute pink glass knob and some pretty floral wallpaper in the drawer and what was once an ugly duckling is now a beautiful shabby swan.

This is the dresser I got on Craigslist last weekend. If you remember, the top was really beat up with veneer missing, cracked, etc. I spent a few hours with a scraper and a heat gun and after a little sanding and staining, here is the end result. I love it! I love that it is now fresh and clean looking while at the same time rustic. Here is a little project I started at least a couple years ago and just sat in my garage. A little wood and glass candy/gum dispenser that I painted, sanded and added the cute rose wallpaper on the back.

I have a couple other smaller pieces of furniture complete, but haven't taken a picture yet. It's Friday which means garage sales around these parts, but I really should stay home and get some more painting done. I mean, it's not like I don't have enough stuff already. Trust me, I really do. But as you know, the finding is my favorite part.

On Wednesday I went to Monticello with Mitzi who was putting the finishing touches on her space for the sale this weekend. I took a few new things in but when I got to my booth I "lost that lovin feeling" as Mitzi would say. After she finished with her space she came over and totally helped me rearrange everything. Sometimes it is so nice to have that extra set of eyes to see things in a new way. Now, I'm loving my space again and I'm hoping I will sell lots this weekend.

Tomorrow Isabel and I are headed north to the Whimsical Wishes show in Camas and then we'll make a stop at Monticello where I'll try to get some pictures of my new and improved booth. I'm hoping for good weather. Have a great weekend. I'll be back on Monday with more projects to show.

I'll leave you with a shot of a pretty corner in my back yard. My husband took this picture. You may remember this fountain last winter when it was piled high with a ton of snow. I love spring!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Weekend Finds and Projects

We have finally been blessed with some lovely weather. This weekend was gorgeous and more nice weather is on the horizon. For me, that means I can finally work on painting projects and boy have I ever.

Saturday Isabel and I headed over to visit/shop at the Tarte Barn. It was fun seeing everyone including Joe and Jermonne, Diana and Donna and I want to send a special shout out to Florence who was so sweet to introduce herself to me. We also met the sweet girls from Ink & Peat. Definitely have to check out their store someday soon. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures, but you can see a bunch on Isabel's post.

I was really good and only got a few of these cute metal flower/candle holders for my pot. Now I need to find some candles. Where did I put them?

Here are a few more things I found this weekend.

The tiniest rhinestone pin and rhinestone button.

Tin can chair, rose decals, old bottle and another rhinestone pin, love them!

Big bag of vintage quilt pieces, which I already put into little bags, two adorable wire cows(perfect for Farm Chicks), and four flower frogs

I saw this dresser very early Sunday morning on craigslist. It was a steal, but as you can see, the top is in extreme shabby condition. I was going to leave as is, but I've had luck removing the veneer on a dresser before so I am going to give it another try. But, don't you just love the chippy goodness on this one? But wait! It gets even better.This is the mirror that came with the dresser. The bracket is also in sorry shape, but this mirror is to die for. Here's a close of up of the carved flowers. I was so lucky to get this as the seller had lots of calls on it. I guess it was meant to be. Other than the dresser, this has to be the "find of the weekend." I can't believe I found this. I dropped in at my old antique mall and there it was. It will be awesome with the green one I found on my trip to CA in February. Lots of lovely storage.

Some projects I've been working on include

painting hangers and adding cute little vintage rose decals

painting and spending hours removing some nasty contact paper from this cabinet

I have lots of other small paint projects in the works. What I really need to do this week is get busy on some big ones. I have a vanity, dresser, buffet, curio cabinet and two room dividers that all need painting. I'm sure there's more, that's all I can think of right now.

So, with the exception of going to Monticello on Wednesday, I'll be right here doing you know what. Speaking of Monticello, they are having their spring Home & Garden Sale starting this Friday. There will be lots of great guest vendors setting up in the garden area including Joy, Diane and Martha, Melanie, and my good friend Mitzi (no blog yet, but I'm working on her). I can't wait to see all the neat stuff they all bring. I know a few of them are posting some sneak peaks on their blogs so go check it out and if you can make it to Monticello this weekend, I'm sure you won't be sorry.

Have a fabulous week!

Friday, April 17, 2009

What I've been up to this week

My hubby has been home from work this week. Well, not so much at home as off of work. He's been fishing a little, diddling in the garage a little, going to the gun club, you know, guy stuff. I did manage to get him to fix a few things for me this week which is always greatly appreciated.

Hit a few thrift stores this week on my way to Monticello. Here's what I found.
Worked on some projects for both Monticello and Farm Chicks. Here's one.
I found these sewing cabinet drawers. They were pretty sorry looking. I painted them, gave them a good sanding, added the glass knobs and put in some of my pretty wallpaper scraps left over from previous projects and I'm loving how they turned out. These will be added to my growing pile of goodies that will be heading to Spokane with me for Farm Chicks.

I took a few things to Monticello this week, but unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of them. If they are still there next week, I'll try to remember to take their pictures. I did get a picture of this though.
This was something I sold several years ago. I forget where, maybe a flea market. I had found the folding chair frame and put on the fabric. A simple project. Funny to see it again. That happens sometimes. Someone will buy something of mine and then years later I see it at another sale.

The other day I went grocery shopping at my favorite Fred Meyers and decided I needed a spring fix so I bought some flowers to put in some of my long neglected pots. I am no green thumb, but it did feel good to get my hands dirty and now I have something pretty to look at when I step outside. Trust me though, there is so much more to do in the yard.

I even planted up a mini herb garden to put on my patio table. We'll see how long these survive.

Yesterday I found a great seller on ebay. Her name is Mechelle and she has a blog too. It's called Pink*Daisys. She sells great vintage fabric and other cool stuff. She even has an etsy store as well where she sells some lovely hand crafted items. I was lucky enough to find a couple "bin" items on her ebay listings that were so cute and a great price.

Love this cute little pair of vintage barkcloth era curtain panels.

I also got a long piece of quilted rose covered fabric. This would make an adorable liner for one of my vintage shopping carts, cute pillows or a fun vintage tote. Maybe all three. I hope Mechelle doesn't mind that I borrowed her pictures as I am a really impatient person and can't wait to actually get the fabrics and take my own pictures.

I also went shopping with my Mom yesterday to a little town nearby called Aurora. Lots of cute antique shops there, but again, pretty expensive. I did manage to find a few items which I'll share on my next post.

Well, that's what my week has been looking like. It's suppose to be a really nice weekend here with some sunshine and much warmer temperatures. Good for painting furniture and I have a lot of that to do. Wish me luck!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Road Trip #3

On Saturday, Isabel and I drove up to Centralia, WA to meet up with Timi and her friend Donna for a little girl time and antique shopping. We made it up there in no time and found Timi and Donna at "Catty Wampus" a new antique mall that had lots of great stuff, but unfortunately, pretty high prices. At least I thought so. I had been on a road trip to Centralia by myself several years ago so it was fun to see what had changed.

I have to say, it is really hard for me to shop antique malls sometimes as I am really cheap and used to thrift store/garage sale prices. It was still fun to look at stuff to get ideas and inspiration.

This place was called "Centralia Perk." It was a coffee shop/antique shop. I loved all the cool chandeliers and the tin ceiling was to die for. I remembered it from my last visit and was so happy to see that it was still here.

Here are the girls in front of one of the thrift stores we managed to find.

I think the best part of the day, besides spending time together was the delicious lunch we had at the Centralia Antique Mall. I wish I had taken a picture of it as it was so pretty. Tomato Basil Soup and Sandwich with Turkey, Avocado, Bacon and Lettuce. Yummy!

We did find several antique shops including a neat architectural salvage shop that had lots of cool stuff. Isabel found some neat things there to bring home. You can check it out here.

Finally it was time to drop Timi and Donna off at the train station (they had rode down from Seattle) and head home. It was a really fun day and we are already talking about going back up there to check out the shops in Timi's town of Snohomish.

Here's a picture of the loot I scored on our trip.

Floral hat box, rose covered hat, metal display stand, two lacy slips, bag of lace and misc. beads, green pottery planter, baby spoon, rhinestone buckle, two rhinestone pins, belt buckle and denim jacket with furry inside.

Here's a close up of the little stuff.

And Isabel was sweet enough to share some of this yummy vintage wallpaper with me. I just love it!

Still working on projects for farm chicks. Hopefully I'll be able to show a few completed ones on my next post.
Happy Monday!