Nov 10, 2015

Rustic Thanksgiving Mantel

Fall has finally come in full form to Oregon, and I had a great time this weekend, cozy inside our home, decorating.

Jon and Hannah had some dad / daughter time together, and I was busy on a couple different projects.

I enjoyed tweaking our mantel just a little for Thanksgiving.

It's one of my favorite times of year!
I love what this month represents- being thankful for so many blessings in our lives, and for our biggest blessing, Hannah.
It's her birthday month, and this year it is on Thanksgiving!

I also get a little ridiculously excited for all the cooking shows on Food Network.

I'm finding that the busier I get with family duties and my business, it's hard to want to go to crazy with seasonal decor.  

Just a couple tweaks to change it for the month.

I made 3 of the Give Thanks signs last month, and the other two sold pretty quickly.

I painted them on some great salvaged cupboard doors that had a flat brown finish to them.
 They were already chipped up and a great backdrop for painting.

Normally I don't keep my own stuff because I get tired of looking at them
but this was a keeper.

A few of the pumpkins stayed, I added in the wheat bundle, and put pheasant feathers in a couple of the silver trophies.
Is there anything that doesn't instantly look more glamorous when it's in silver??

When I posted our fall mantel, this bucket was filled with Hawthorne branches.

I was able to get some bittersweet from our florist at Aunt Bee's House.
(Molly is the best. She can always get seasonal branches for me when I put a request in!)

Besides the mantel, I've been working on some pretty big changes to our dining room!

I wasn't really planning on it, but I was starting to get bored with how things were looking in there, and I found a great rustic piece to replace our hutch.
I'm still working on it, but I will show you the new look soon.

Have a great day!

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Nov 4, 2015

The Farmhouse Show -Fall 2015

It's so crazy to think that another Farmhouse Show is already done!
And, I am about to have my four (?) year anniversary at Aunt Bee's House.

It's still so much fun, and I think the nicest thing I heard all weekend was from Jon.  
We were laying in bed, and he hugged me and said, "this sure was a fun weekend."

After all the furniture moving- take down was on Halloween, and literally poured buckets of rain on us- it's pretty special to hear that.
I could not do any of this without him, and it brings me so much joy to hear that he loves doing this with me.
One of these days I really need to get a photo of the two of us at my booth!

This was the entrance to my booth this year.
I'm still using the French doors and awnings, and am really happy with how it works for markets.

I found this life size photo at an estate sale earlier this fall, and thought it was just adorable.
As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to use it in my display for Farmhouse.

Our customers braved the rain for opening night, and stood outside for about a half an hour before we opened the doors!

I posted a photo of this bench on Instagram before I took it to Farmhouse.

I really wasn't too sure I wanted to sell it, but I ended up bringing it with me anyway.
It did sell, and I seriously almost shed a tear because I loved it so much and had been considering a furniture swap at home.

But Kathleen (Faded Charm) found me at the show, and told me she was buying it, so that made it a little more bearable to let go of.
It's so her, and I can't wait to see what she does with it!

I love this farmhouse hutch.
It's super crackly / chippy / rustic, and was so fun to stage.

I gave it a fresh coat of milk paint, and rebuilt the base top in wood panels, stained it in a rich maple color, and now it's waiting for it's forever home.
I also added fun red faucet knobs to all the doors.

I love this industrial rolling rack!
I bought it from another vendor at the end of last year's spring show.
She didn't have room to bring it home, so we bought it.

Jon just loves it for the garage.
It's easy to move around and holds all my tubs of smalls.
It was a great display piece!

My favorite vignette in my space.....
Sort of a cabin / woodsy theme.
The US Forestry plates were a real find!
They aren't vintage, but I had a heck of a time finding out any info on them to know the value or history.
As far as I can tell, there's only one other store that sells them- online.
They were pretty pricey even as a new set, so I priced them slightly less than what I saw on the website.

As a new set, they go for $160, and I had them priced at $125.  (It's a 10 piece set)
They are in great condition, and like I said, hard to find!
I think they would be so fun in a vacation home in the mountains.

I made these pillows, along with a few others.
Green velveteen on one side, and a modern gold and white print on the other.

Lots of vintage clocks in an old glass display case.

I kept saying it was drawer-palooza in my booth.
This was the bulk of all the drawers I had with me, but I did have a couple other smaller ones in my space!

All of my Christmas themed sheet music sold.

These French clogs were a little hidden gem.
I don't think many people noticed them, even though they were pretty easy to find.
These date back to the World War I era, and the lady that I bought them said her grandpa brought them back from the war.
She used to wear them to school as a little girl.
Isn't that sweet?

They are leather, and as hard as wood clogs.
I'm going to try and get them listed in my Etsy shop soon.

My mannequin below also came from the same lady!
I had her decked out in a cream petticoat, and a lambswool scarf.

I kept hoping to feature this cute vanity on my blog before the show, but it got too busy for me to do that.
This was a great find- the only thing I did to it was switch out the knobs and the seat cover!!
woo hoo!
It's so cute, and is still available in my space at Aunt Bee's House.

This was another item I wanted to share on the blog before the show, and just didn't have time.

This cute little shelf got a makeover in Miss Mustard Seed's Bergere.
It's a great European blue, and I painted a little flourish at the top.
Most everything in this vignette sold.

I've had the disco ball since last spring, and I loved hanging it from the top of this metal shelf.
It's very shabby, and super fun.
I plan on using it again soon.

It was a great show, and I was so grateful for the help and mentoring that I got from my friend Martha of Vintage Trifles.

She was so wonderful and worked with me most of the first day of set up and showed me some of her tricks for staging.  She's one of the most creative people I know.
If you ever get a chance to go to one of her shows, it is so worth it.

Her next vintage market is November 20 and 21 and is called the 3 Friends Holiday Treasures Show.  
You can find more details on Facebook!
Thanks again Martha!!

I hope you enjoyed the virtual tour of my space at The Farmhouse Show.
I'm done with vintage markets for the year, but I will be gearing up for several more at the beginning of 2016!
Thank you to all of you who came and shopped.
I got to see several friends while I was there (either when I was working, or after restocking my space).
It was also fun to get text messages showing me the purchases from my booth!
Thank you so much.

I'm now gearing up for Thanksgiving and Christmas, so I hope to share some fun stuff soon.

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Oct 20, 2015

DIY, simple, no sew walls for vintage markets

Now that I have several shows under my belt, and I can see how we work with the set up and take down process, we are trying to make things simpler and more efficient.
Working smarter, not harder.

The challenge is, having "walls" for your booth space that are small and compact for storing at home, lightweight for the set up and take down process, and still cute.

I see lots of amazing spaces at vintage markets with chippy old doors used as walls, but you know what?  Old doors are super heavy.
And they take up a lot of space when you have a small two car garage for storing inventory.
Like me.

So, if you're also looking for an idea that will make life easier at shows, here's what I came up with:

Screens are not something you see a lot of any more, but I've come across about 4 this past year.
I really liked this one because it was in good condition, and it had these funky leather straps for the hinges.
I figured it would be easy to make some new fabric panels and we'd be on our way.

Except I wasn't taking into account that the wood dowels that hold the fabric panels aren't removable.  So how do you get your fabric on there?

I thought of a couple ideas initially, but it involved a needle and thread and some tedious work.

Using a cotton fabric, (like the kind you would use for quilting- this makes it easy for the entire project) 
I tore my fabric panels just slightly longer than the inside of the screen area.  

(**Helpful tip on tearing fabric: If you want straight panels and you're using the tear method, use 100% cotton.  Cut a notch starting point at the edge of the fabric.  Tear what will be the top of your panel.  You will see an odd shaped triangular piece, from where the original cut edge is, to where the new torn edge is.  That is squaring up your fabric so you don't have a lop sided panel.  Once your top edge is torn, measure out your length, and cut a notch at the bottom and tear the fabric across.)

I wanted the fabric to have a ruffle on the top and bottom.   I planned for about 6" extra past the bottom of the dowel.
Using a large box of safety pins, I began pinning the side ends of the fabric to hold it in place while I ruched and pinned the rest of the fabric.  I used one medium / large safety pin about every 3 inches, checking my length of the ruffle with each new pin.

Once all my pins were in place on the top, I tore strips of cream cotton (about 3/4" wide, 12 -  15" long) and tied them into bows through the middle of each pinned safety pin.
You can make your strips wider for a fluffier bow if you want.  

With a little fluffing, each bow hides the safety pin that is holding the panel in place.

For the bottom of the fabric panel, I just used the same method, (minus the bows) and made sure that the length was enough to flop over the safety pins.  
Another ruffle at the base!

This project was super easy and I now have a lightweight, pretty, compact wall for my booth.
Plus, the panels are removable if they ever get dirty and I need to wash them.

I have another screen that has shuttered walls, so that one is already good to go.  

As a final thought, some of you may be thinking, what about bi-fold closet doors as walls?

I have a few of those, but they are also pretty heavy for the most part.  
I use them for the back corners of my booth space, but we have learned that they're a bit cumbersome like the vintage doors we've decided against.

I hope this gives you a fresh idea on an easy use for your booth space!

I'll be adding some chicken wire to the backs of these so I can also flip these around if I want, and be able to hang items from the wire!

The Farmhouse Show is in just 2 weeks, so I'm in last minute go mode for prep!
Have a  great day!

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Oct 12, 2015

Junk Bonanza Portland 2015

We had a very busy and fun weekend!
Lots packed in to three days, and not one day to sleep in.
But that's ok, that's what naps are for, right?

I've been looking forward to Junk Bonanza for quite a while.
Ki Nassauer is the show organizer, and you may recognize her as the editor of Flea Market Style magazine.  This is a national show that originated in Minnesota and is now expanding to other cities.

Jill told me about the show coming to Portland earlier this year, and encouraged me to apply.
I did, and was eventually invited to be a vendor, but I just couldn't pull the trigger to participate yet.
I've told myself early on as a vendor, that I would attend a show that I want to do before I participate in it.  
It's always served me well, so even though I really didn't have anything to lose by jumping in the first year, it was great to check it out and visit with several vendor friends who were involved in it.
Saturday was the day we attended, and we made it a family day.
Hannah invited a friend and we had a blast walking around and checking everything out.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw this photo on Saturday.
I was lucky and won 2 entry tickets through an Instagram giveaway hosted by #oregonbloggers and Junk Bonanza! woo hoo!

It was great to take in all the beautiful displays and talk to vendors whom I've followed on Facebook or Instagram.  I was so excited to see Atelier de Campagne in person here!!!
These guys are amazing.

Junk Bonanza was full of several well known local vintage dealers, and a few out of state dealers who I've long admired.  It was kind of surreal to see Atelier de Campagne's space in person!!
Truly spectacular French antiques and merchandised so well.
(see the first 2 photos above!)

Boulevard Mercantile

Attic Antics
My friend Alex always has such a great booth.  I love seeing her!
  I have several small treasures around our home from her European finds!

This space was so pretty with all of the lavender glassware.
The mannequin was so cute!  I wish I could remember who the vendor was....

My friend Glo, of Farm French had an incredible space.
She is super creative and has a great flair.
P.S. If you ever get the chance to be near her at a show, she is a hoot.  She's the kind of vendor you want to be next to for a weekend!


I always love to see Sue's displays, and I'm sad that I didn't get any super great shots to show off her space.
She has such amazing stuff, and I credit her booth being full of shoppers to my lack of a great photo  showing you how wonderful it looked.

This cute aqua bike was her in her front and center spot, and it was adorable with the little pumpkins in the basket.  She has some better photos on her Facebook and Instagram accounts. 
Click on the link below the photo to see her page.


Roost Reimagined
My friend Sarah of Roost Reimagined also was there, and is super creative.  She has a great eye for transforming pieces.  We had a great time chatting, and I loved seeing her mom (Mama Roost) also!

Once again, I can't recall who's booth this was in, but those wings....Love.
I wish I had a spot for them!

Boots and more boots!  This was a great space full of vintage and newer clothing.
Jon was drooling over the wool zip up jackets.  I think he's regretting not buying one.

I was there mostly to visit and check things out instead of buying anything for myself, but I did come home with one amazing and special treasure.

Komedal Road

It was so fun to finally meet Liz of Komedal Road in person.
I've been a long time admirer of her brand and style.
After I'd done my initial walk through of the show, I had to come back and buy this vintage trophy from her.
(you can also see it on the table above before I purchased it)

What's incredible about this particular piece, is that Liz lives several hundred miles from me.
This trophy originated in a town just a half hour away from where I live!
The trophy is unscripted with:
Grand Prize, Silverton, Window Display, Fall 1950 Main St.

It's great because we've always loved the town of Silverton, and Jon has family that have farmed and lived in the area for many years.
It's so fun to see that it's back in Oregon with some special meaning location-wise to us.
I can't find any relevant info on the web about what exactly the award was for, but it's still fun.

If you get a chance to go to the Minneapolis or San Diego Junk Bonanza, it is definitely worth it!  

I'm considering the Portland show for next year!
Fingers crossed!

In the meantime, I know I've been spotty posting here, but I hope I will be back with a few more updates and projects before The Farmhouse Show in just 2 weeks!

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