Saturday, December 29, 2012

It was a White Christmas

Well~~~sort of

I took a couple of days off after Christmas to work on some items for my shop.  Here's a look at what I got finished. 

First up is a bench that I've been wanting to get done. I just polished up the frame and left it the way I found it, I had three of these Bakers Economalt bags, I sold two and kept this one for a future project.  I really like how it turned out.


A trio of Angels~~~gold frame, gold angels~~~Oohlala~~~Now they are white!!! 

The smaller ornate frame was made in Holland I just gave it and the large frame a wash of white and a bit of a rub off to show a little gold.  All I had to do to the chalkboard was to tape it off and paint the chalkboard paint on to it and add a couple of hangers to the back.

And again white, white, white. The Lyre magazine/book holder is cast iron and was gold. The little victorian looking vase was much cuter in white. The heart and star box was a maroon red...Much better in romantic white. Two small oil on canvas of Blue Roses, the roses really bloom with these white frames.

And the little bird? Didn't do a thing except give him a bath, found him at the thrift store and he asked me tweetly if I would take him to live at my shop. He's a soft translucent yellow with hand painted roses in a soft peach.

These two lovlies have been hanging out in my living room on the waiting list to be transformed.  They have springs in the seats and I had to figure out how to replace one side.  It was a challenge strength wise but a great skill to learn~~~I'll never pass up one that needs repaired again. I went traditional on the covering and used a harlequin decor fabric that I had. And again I just polished up the frames and left as is, they were in fantastic shape.  And a few darker toned pieces with all that white makes a nice balance.

And finally this adorable little magazine/night stand. I just applied the plaster roses from this post here. And distressed just the tiniest bit.


 This was one of the stars of the Marathon Trilogy series that I only completed two segments of, here is the one where I painted everything white.  I found that I could marathon sand, marathon paint, but not marathon finish all the pieces at once.  You need to concentrate on each individual item...or all the fun is gone out of it. 

~~~Happy Hunting and Gathering~~~

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Joyeux Noel

Wishing all of you a very Joyeux Noel

May your day be filled with love, peace & joy

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hanging the SIGN

WARNING; this is a long post with lots of pictures.
I would like to start by explaining my absence. I've been in the doldrums, I've been creative (you should of seen what I did for Halloween to stock my booth...sorry no pics),I would search my heart and know what I wanted to do...but felt I couldn't or shouldn't, I closed my booth space at Coos Bay Antiques the end of October...Anella, Diana, and Sue~~~I miss you guys so much.

I searched my heart some more and talked with my daughter, Christy about opening another shop~~~she thought it was a most excellent idea.

I talked with Diane and Stacey at Mossy Rose anther vintage shop in the area that is absolutely fantastic (check out there wonderful ETSY store of the same name!!!).  And both of these gals said "DO IT, there's a space available next to where we are moving to. Go check it out". 

So today I'm posting from my newly re-opened shop...
PARIS FLEA MARKET, 769 Virginia Avenue, North Bend, Oregon 97459.  I have even re-opened my ETSY store as well, A Paris Flea Market.Please note that I use an A in front for this shop name. 

It's been a whrilwind month!!! I signed the lease on November 15th and opened for business December 6th. And yes we took time to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. I left my shared booth space at Black Cat just a few days later, and I miss Johnny and "Q" also.
I have been with them since January of 2010.

My wonderful son-in-law, Trae (husband to Christy) of Bayshore Paints, Coos Bay, Oregon, painted the interior for me. The custom color is called Natural Wicker by Benjamin Moore, it's an excellent backdrop for my ever changing displays.

Trae, Christy, Taylor, MaKenna, and Ciara, all pulled together and helped me get moved in and ready for business in record time.I'm a very lucky mother and grandmother!!!

I'm ever so thankful that my sign and merchandise bags didn't sell, remember my post here.

Because I think they look so much nicer in my very own petite shop, my display area is only about 400 square feet. The whole space is only 770 sq. ft.  I have a nice storage area that already had built in shelving. I even have a space to create in. The rent is extremely reasonable and the landlord pays for heat.  I'm so out of the doldrums!!!
Lots of my customers from my old location have found me...all because my sign is very viewable from Virginia Avenue a thoroughfare for the city.

And this is the wall that greets them when they come in.
And here's a quick pictorial tour of my new VINTAGE STUFF & ALTERED ARTIFACTSshop.

The  violin and the mandolin
were a modge podge project!

This white wicker piece folds together and takes up no space at all. I was told when I bought it that it was a Victorian Era sewing chest.

It has the cutest basket and roses swags adorning the front of each drawer!!!

I have two of these display shelves. They sort of remind me of a bird cage.

See the pillow? That is a Belgium tapestry that I worked up into a pillow with a down insert. There is actually two rows of lace the black you see and behind that a cotton crochet border. 

I have a pair of these cute little farm chairs. This one is holding a chicken pillow (with a down insert) and a couple of aqua blue Ball pint canning jars with zinc lids.  I added some jute string and number tags and popped them into the metal carrier!!! 

And finally a foot stool that I used the Crazy Quilt style of piecing on.  I love toile and I have a ton of scraps that I have just don't throw away toile! Later...someday I will do a tutorial on how I did this.  I'll be listing the stool on Etsy.  No, that isn't a scrap of toile~~~it's Lillie, my 10 month old Jack Russell/Rat Terrier mix... I will not be listing least not this week.

Thank you for your time~~~Happy Hunting and Gathering