Sunday, November 27, 2011

Vintage Glider

I'm so pleased with how this turned out, I just have to share :)

I have had this old glider sitting on the porch at Abigail's all summer. I found it at an estate sale a while ago, and have been using it for summer days on the porch.

Yesterday, I decided to paint it. I didn't have many good colors in my paint stash, so I made my own color.  I had a pretty ugly light moss green.  You know, the color that was hot about 10 years ago, but now, not so much.  I also found a really painfully bright turquoise.  I mixed the two....using the lighter green as a base, and added the turquoise a bit at a time.

  At first, it looked a little brown....I kept adding and it turned out so pretty.

The pictures don't capture the color as well as I had hoped, it is gorgeous in person.
Check out a sneek peek of a new project I'm working on here.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


"That's a neat idea.."
"I like that one.."
"Me too!"

"I digg that one."
"I'll tweet that."
"Hmm.. where did I find that website?"
"Gosh..I wish I knew..."

These are all comments that many of us have had made a million times. Now, thanks to the wonderful world of PINTEREST we are all having {endless-gasps} of pinning our finds and sharing our ideas while we log everything!

I'm sure you've seen it, but if you haven't, you don't know what you're missing. Come follow me :)

Some of my favorite pins:

Saturday, July 9, 2011

My favorite find of the summer...

This carved wood face which is a fragment off of something, a mirror? a column?
I'm not sure, but I found her at a yard sale this summer for $2
It's my favorite find of the summer :) And I'm going to keep it for a while, at least.

Friday, July 1, 2011

New Furniture at the Shop

SOLD Cute 4 Drawer Desk with Lion Head pulls
This sofa table is beautiful, the picture doesn't do it justice :)

 SOLD Black painted drop-leaf vintage table

Three different vintage nightstands: The cream/gold one is on hold.

Seven metal outdoor chairs. Rustic, chippy paint.

I priced over 100 new items today, this table was FULL by the end of the day!
These blue chairs are back.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Uptown Photography

So, I've been needing a new photo of myself.
Taking pictures isn't my favorite thing, but I needed one for the Idaho State Journal "At Home" column that I write.  I asked Jessamyn from Uptown Photography
to help me out.

I've been using a picture from about 5 years and 2 babies ago :) Lots can change between 5 years and 2 babies. You know what I mean, right?
So, I just wanted to say how much I love how the photo shoot turned out.
I don't know how she made extra chins and wrinkles disappear....magic? Possibly...

And I wanted to give you all a heads up about her work <3 .

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Trailer Trash...

Some regular customers of mine belong to Sisters on the Fly.

I've read about the Sisters in Mary Jane's Farm magazine, on their website, and other blogs.

I've been wanting a vintage trailer for so long. I have lusted and hunted and finally, one practically fell into my lap.

I love her.

So, I'm thinking she needs a name. I need some ideas...

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Memphis County Jail Blues...

I just finished this mixed media canvas and hung it in my bedroom.
It is so good to be out of school :)

This canvas started out as an ugly painting.  I pick them up when I see them for cheap. If I can buy it for $1 or $2 it's cheaper than buying a new canvas. Plus it's recycling.

I used yellowed vintage sheet music, old book pages, ledger paper, and a cancelled 1950s check from the Idaho-Utah Sugar Co. Any ephemera would do, as long as it looks old.

I was going for a theme, so I chose sheet music with songs like "Memphis County Jail Blues" and other related songs. Although it is subtle, and most people probably wouldn't notice, I like adding details like that.

I used Mod Podge with a matte finish to cover the canvas with the vintage ephemera. I did this a few weeks ago.  I printed a bird photo from The Graphics Fairy (you didn't know about the Graphics Fairy??)

Here's where things got a little tricky.
I drew a freehand birdcage with a Sharpie.
I hated it. I was sad. I thought I would have to throw this away. See?
The lines were too dark, too bold, (not to mention shiny) and every flaw stood out in my drawing.
So I set it aside for a couple days, and last night I dreamed about it.
I took a fine grit sandpaper and sanded the Sharpie lines. Because they were drawn on top of Mod Podge, it didn't mess up the paper.  Then, I used acrylic paint and float (mixed a little brown and a little white) and glazed over the whole canvas to give it a faded out look.
I'm in love with it now! It's hanging in my bedroom.

New Stuff Thursday, May 11th 2011

Metal/wire wall pocket $22 painted white 18" long, 9" deep, 11" wide.
Vintage embroidery on 100% linen. $8 slightly yellowed with age, but good condition.

Vintage Owl figurine. $4 Excellent conditon, no chips or cracks. About 5" tall.

Vintage green homestead plate $4. Measures

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Junkalicious finds, pricing and putting in the shop...

I found some of the coolest things yesterday when I was out and about...

I can't wait to put them in the shop. If you can't wait until the weekend, let me know and we'll work something out. 
Click on the pictures for a closer look.

Skeleton keys, reproduction, but still so perfect $12.
7 1/2 inches total length from top of ring to bottom of longest key.
Chippy French hanging enamel ware planter with 3 removable pots $18. UPDATE: THIS IS SOLD.
15 1/2" long at the longest. Pots are 4" diameter at the top.
MidCentury Suitcase Organizer $14I'm thinking photo prop or in your mod office as an organizer. Constructed of wood and silvery paper/linen. Great vintage condition, a few small scuffs & tears in the paper. 16" x 10" x 13"

Vintage Globe $18
I've been spotting these all over Etsy and blog-land, they look perfect by themselves or even better grouped up. I've got one more (different color) already priced over at the shop. Measures about 18" high from base to top.

SOLD Delicious Cotton lace tablecloth. $16 This tablecloth is vintage, yellowed, with no holes.  There are a few faded stains (nothing noticable). I love to use these to hang up as curtains. They also look great repurposed as a layer of bedding on top of a comforter. Oh yeah, I guess you could use it as a tablecloth too. But repurposing is so much fun...
eek, this isn't stained, just how it photographed with the shadow.
This tablecloth measures 70" x 88". An instant heirloom, on the cheap.

I have a bunch more things that I found, some I'm tinkering with or painting, some I still need to photograph :)

Oh. And my little blue cupboard isn't for sale, just using it as a photo prop, sorry.
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