Dec 30, 2015

a look back at 2015, and what's ahead

Hello friends!
I know it's been a ridiculously long time since I last posted, but it's been kinda crazy here.  
I had big plans to do several posts for Thanksgiving, and that never happened.

Shortly after my last post, we got a call from someone we've been communicating with off and on over the past year, and to make a long story short, a house we've been looking at was ready to sell, and we have been in whirlwind mode since then, listing our house by owner, showing our house to potential buyers, and somehow squeezing Christmas in between all that.

I didn't get one single Christmas post in.
So sad.

I had a few "Christmas past" photos on Instagram, but the reality is, we barely had our mantel decorated, minimal tree decor, and not much else.  
It really was pretty sad, and it never quite felt like the holidays this year, but we wanted our house to show well, and not have potential buyers distracted by holiday decor.

It worked!  
Within 2 weeks of listing our house, we have an accepted offer, and we are moving forward on our next home!

It is very bittersweet- we have loved this home so much and put a lot into it.  
Hannah has gone through grade school, middle school, and the start of high school in this house.

The opportunities that our next home will provide for my business is something we couldn't pass up.  With our two car garage busting at the seams with all my stuff, I needed some room to expand.
We've (ok, mostly me....) shed a few tears since the offer came in.  We're excited and sad to say goodbye to awesome neighbors and great memories we've made here.

I'm excited about all the fun this next house will provide in terms of work area, blogging opportunities, and a fresh creative outlook on sharing ideas with you.

With that said, I'll share a few of my favorite posts of 2015, and some favorite things I'll miss about this house since we moved in 2008.

One of my all time favorite furniture posts this past year was a dresser and side table set that I split into two posts.

The Schloss dresser and side tables.
The color (Schloss) is one of Miss Mustard Seed's new European inspired colors, and I really love it.  I used it on a few other projects this past year, and loved each one in this beautiful shade of gray.

The customer who bought them was so excited about this set, and it felt great to know that someone is now loving them in their home.

Another great feeling is seeing my business steadily growing.
I was able to really track my sales growth at each vintage market this year, and it was amazing to see each one do better and better from previous sales.
I've devoted more time to Etsy this past year as well, and it's been fun to see more sales there too!
Here's a collage of the markets I did in 2015:

I have to say, looking back on this year's blog posts to choose my favorites was a little sad to see how few I did in 2015.

I'm hoping that with our new house I'll be inspired and take the time to share more.

One of the most exciting things that happened for me this year was to have our house photographed and published in Cottage Style magazine!
It's still surreal to look at.

Such a fun experience!

As much as I love painting furniture and giving new life to found pieces, this year I got some great stuff that didn't need anything done to it but a little soap and water.
(ok, maybe a lot of soap and water in some cases, but still....)

I will always be sad that I didn't have room to keep this awesome industrial cart:

I mean, really.  I loved it so much.

And this super cute antique chippy dresser I found at a nearby farm.

A lot of soap and water.
A lot.

I didn't do very many decor posts this year- mostly on Instagram.
It was easier for me to do a quick post there than set up a blog post.

I'm so excited for our new house and the opportunities it will allow me on all kinds of levels!

But there are several things I will miss about our house on Conner Street- the love and the fun things that we put into this house makes my heart ache just a little bit.

Our garden....

The vintage door arbor:

Our beautiful, mature hydrangea bushes
(seriously going to miss these!!)

The vintage chandelier that I found when I was beginning my business...

Hannah's teen bedroom:

And our front porch.
I'll miss sitting out here as a family, with our friends and neighbors, and enjoying the neighborhood from this spot.

farmhouse fall porch

Fourth of July porch

Christmas porch

It's been one of my favorite spots for seasonal decorating.

There's about a dozen other transformations that we've done over the past 7 1/2 years, but I won't keep this post going on forever!
As I look ahead to the coming year, 2016 is going to be a big in a lot of ways.

This past fall, I took the plunge and signed up for the trip of a lifetime.

In May, I will be going on a group trip to Southwest France where I'll be able to hone my photography skills and experience a French brocante!

It's been a dream of mine to travel overseas and buy antiques to bring home and sell here.
I've always struggled in my photography confidence, and it's been hard to get tips from other people experienced in the same line of work to help me improve in a hands on way.
I will be learning from Heather Bullard, and I could not be more excited!!
I've always admired her work, and it's still kind of unbelievable that I will get to meet her and learn from her expertise.
I started a Go Fund Me account for the trip- I've had other Big Dreamers and Believers of Going After What You Want in Life donate to this next big step of realizing my dream job.
If you'd like to help me in my next steps of that, you can click on the Go Fund Me in my side bar.
My story about why I started the account is also there.

Besides my trip, the next big thing will be our move.
House #5 for the Biggins family.

Didn't plan on that one, and yet, we've prayed about this move for the last year.
The story of how we happened on this property is pretty amazing, and we have prayed for God's guidance in this move at every step along the way.
It seems like the doors are all opening for this to happen, so we are trusting that it is the right decision for my business, and for our family.
Kinda scary and exciting!
We're going from a new construction home on a tenth of an acre, to a 1938 remodeled home on a half acre!  I'd love to share some photos of the new place, but I don't want to jinx anything yet.
Ha ha!

I have hopes of adding in a big show this year to my list of vintage markets, so it could be a busy and exciting time.

Thank you for your continued support of my business, for reading this sporadic blog, and for letting me know you still stop by to read it.

Blessings to you and your families in 2016.
I'm excited for great things to happen!
Are you?

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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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