Sunday, February 17, 2013

Ready for Change


It's time to change my booth up a bit.  I've painted since the last time I shared pictures.  I've added  more and changed some things around a bit.  

Got rid of most of the pink and added beige and white.  Sorry about the pictures.  I didn't have my camera, just had my phone.  The pictures always come out yellowish, even after playing with it on Picasa.  

Some things have been there quite awhile.  Others move out just as fast as they moved in.  

I keep meaning to bring this tall black display cabinet home and paint it white.  Next time!  

People always want to buy my display pieces.  I'm thinking of going ahead and putting a price on some of them. I figure if they sell then I can bring in something different and "keep it fresh."  What do think about selling display pieces?  

My booth is long and narrow.  It's about 12 feet wide by 22 long.   I shared a picture of the length here.     It's in the front row of the American Classics Marketplace in Colorado Springs, a really good spot.  

  I sell something almost everyday, they use software that sends out an email at the end of the business day to let you know what has sold that day.  That way I know what I need to bring in - soon!   

This white wicker bakers rack is a display piece. 

Someone bought the apron off of my mannequin and left her half naked.  I wrapped a tablecloth around her, for temporary cover!  Silly I know.  She is for sale though. 

Here are a couple of pieces that I posted about recently.  Both are already gone.  I'll have to go rearrange some things so it won't look bare there while my honey and I work on the next couple of projects.  It's hard sometimes because we both work full time and have a family.  But we do enjoy the whole thing.  The louvered closet doors are dividers between me an the booth next to me.  They are great to hang things from. 

My "Welcome Chalk Board"   I got this quote from Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose .


I hope you enjoyed the little tour of my booth.



 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!


I've been busy putting together little gift bags for the Pea Patch Ministry.  (We've been affectionately dubbed the "letter ladies")  You can read about the ministry here.
It's my turn to host this Saturday.  I always pick February so I can get crafty with Valentines!


This is simple really, but it looks great, if I do say so myself!  These are small bags that I have had, and recently found during my craft room declutter/makeover!   I just cut up some paper doilies and glued them to the bags.  I did each one different.

Then I glued magnets to scrabble letters that spelled out the individual names.   

I glued a magnet strip across the front of the bag and stuck the names to the strip.  They can take their names off and put on the "fridge" if they want.  I stuffed the bag with little goodies,  red tissue paper and  tied a raffia bow to the front and ta da!   Cute.  What do you think?


I'm sharing with A Delightsome Life Home and Garden Thursday and Share Your Cup Thursday

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Estate Sale Finds


I didn't get to this estate sale until the 2nd day and I still found some pretty awesome treasures.
Like this beautiful oak washstand.  It was already painted and beautiful when I found it.

Beautiful gold knobs and handles!  The whole thing has kind of a golden glow.  

I also picked up some linens, monogrammed hankies and another Quaker made tablecloth. I also picked up this cute black and white polka dot rooster baking dish.

It is four pieces total.  The lid and base as see you here, a trivet that the base is sitting on and the basket that holds it all together.  


I bought a couple of bags of old wooden thread spools, some children's books from the 40's and 50's, the vintage sifter and two teacups and saucers (like I need more teacups!)

I can't help it.  There's just something about them. The dainty flowers, the delicate handles.  If Teacups could talk what would these say?  Have they been used to share with a friend, to bring comfort to someone who was down, or a cup of  healing to a  sick loved one?    

Or did they sit in a china cabinet somewhere just to show off their beauty?  What would your teacups say?

The washstand definitely shows off next to my 40's painted kitchen cabinet.  "Little Goldie."  

I also found these posters of Scarlett O'hara and Rhett Butler at the Goodwill a couple of weeks ago.  I framed them and they went to my booth in time for Valentine's Day.  I hope some romantic "just has to have 'em".  

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Shabby Candlesticks


I love these shabby candlesticks.  I originally bought them to re-sell but...

They go so well in my living room!  These are not vintage.  They came from Hobby Lobby at the end of a season and were marked 90% off the original price, I guess because they were a little "banged up."   Perfectly "banged up" in my opinion. 

 















Same with this pair.  They were really a good deal.   Funny how we do that.  We always tell each other of our "great deals" don't we?  We don't ever say "it was so expensive!"  Like when you have a new blouse and your friend likes it, usually our answer includes something like "and it was on sale!"
(Just a random thought that popped in my head while I was typing this.)


This candlestick was originally a bronze-y color.  I sprayed it white and really liked it, especially because of its height.  As you can see, I kept it too.


Just some beautiful pink roses.  Please remember to "stop and smell the roses" today.  Life is a treasure and we should treat it as such.   Hug someone.  Share love.  Visit with someone you haven't seen in awhile.

I am joining the following blog parties:
Blissful Whites Wednesday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Lavender GardenCottage Party
Debi's Adorned From Above blog hop


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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tea for One


Know what I love about Teatime blog parties?   I actually take the time to have tea!  

I could stage everything just for the sake of the "blog," but I find I need to take every opportunity to sit down and enjoy the fruits of my labors!  Don't you?  

Ecclesiastes 5:18 Here is what I have seen to be good and fitting: to eat, to drink and enjoy oneself in all one's labor in which he toils under the sun during the few years of his life which God has given him; for this is his reward.  

It seems we all are at a hurried and rushed pace.  We need to take time to smell the roses.  They do smell so wonderful.  How would we know if we didn't stop, and take the time?

Not only do I need to enjoy my labors, I need to enjoy and be thankful for the gifts I have been given.  Like this beautiful tea for one, given to me by a dear friend about 10 years ago.  We haven't seen each other for about that long either, due to the circumstances of life.  That must change.  I hope she sees this and knows that I love her and miss her and one day we will share our "kindred" spirits once again.  

Psalm 128:1 - 2 A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. How joyful are those who fear the LORD--all who follow his ways! You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be! 

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Craft side of the Room - Done!


Warning this post has a lot of pictures!  I hope I don't bore you with it all.  I am just so proud of my new, clean, organized crafting space that I just want to show it off, oops, I meant show you!

This is what it looked like before!  What a sight.  It was no wonder I couldn't get anything done.  And no, this was not a "staged" photo.  I just thought if I posted it like it was for all the world to see then maybe it would light a fire under my bum to get it done!  It worked. The rest of the before and during pics you can see here, here and here


Everything has a home now.  I have labeled most of my boxes and bins.  The hat boxes on the top shelf have hats in them! (What a clever idea!  Little sarcasm there!)
 
I like the clear bins because I can see whats in 'em.  They are still labeled though, glue guns, ribbon, etc.  

The three stacked boxes and the two hat boxes on the shelf are full of lace.  (I do still have lace to put away, or use up, or sell as is) 

Small organizer drawers filled with scrabble letters and boxes and wood "books" waiting for makeovers. 

Buttons, beads, lavender, crystals and other trinkets for getting creative with.

And more buttons and thread!

Patterns and an old sewing machine drawer.  It too is waiting for a little TLC. 

I keep more buttons in the drawer, old and new, what are keeping in yours?


Vintage patterns and lingerie boxes. 

Flowers for using, a couple more sewing machine drawers (these are empty) and a box full of reproduction Victorian ephemera. 

A drawer full of ribbon.

My hoard of Cheese boards with lids and wooden candle holders.  Bet you know what will become of these.  I have labeled the drawers of my cabinets too, I just didn't want to take it over the top and show all those pics too.  You might have closed out of my blog my now!

Here's a view of the corner where my sweet honey hung a peg board for me.  Also have a small ironing board and more thread.  My sewing machine is in the cabinet at the bottom right of picture and above the thread is shadow box of vintage sewing notions that I made a few years ago.  It includes buttons from a coat my mom made for me when I was a little girl.  

This is the corner by the door.  Easy enough to move the stool so I can get into the cabinet if needed.  And one of 3 mannequins that I use.  This one is size adjustable.

The month of  February I will be organizing my paperwork and the other side of this room, my home office.  I can't wait to get started.  The reason I chose to do the craft room first was because it bothered me the most.  It was also the biggest organizing project in the house and the rest will be easy compared to this.  (Except my closet, but that's for another day!)  Thanks for hanging in there through this whole post.  I enjoy your comments!

I'm linking this post to IHeart Organizing monthly challenge.  Go there and really get inspired!



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