Thursday, December 4, 2014

A teeny bit of Christmas decorating.....

A new-to-me vintage 3-D advent calendar....you know, the beautiful old ones that were made in Germany? These are the type I grew up with and I've decided to start collecting a few of them. This year it will be all vintage for me! (Well, mostly vintage!)

I purchased the gorgeous doily keeper from a wonderful Etsy seller....there's a smaller one that is identical . The old fabric with the blue flowers and birds is just incredible....love them both! This vignette is in a corner of my dining room.

Pretty gold glittery bird holding a very old gospel card....he greets you as you come through the front door.

I've been so lucky to find some amazing old Polish ornaments (mostly at Vintage Industry) and they look so pretty all together in a bowl.....love all the pinks and the wee bit of glitter that is still barely hanging on......:).

Another advent calendar from Germany....adore this one with the trees that 'stand out' in the front.

More fun Polish ornaments. They're like miniature works of art to me!
How is your Christmas decorating going? Have you started yet?

(Please excuse my less than stellar photos, it's a VERY dark and rainy morning here in Oregon and I took these with my iPhone!)

Friday, November 21, 2014

What's on your work table right now?

I've been creating, how 'bout you?
A wintery angel house.....

Tart tin ornaments (with angels of course).
Crocheted ornaments (with angels of course).
Seeing a pattern yet?

Went shopping at the Vintage Industry yesterday and came home with some wonderful goodies, including the box of shiny brites above....I mixed and matched them with some of my own personal favorites and will set these two boxes out as part of my vintage Christmas decor this year....

I love creating at this time of year....it does the soul good!
I hope you find a bit of time just for yourself to make something that makes your heart sing.
All of the above creations are currently in my Etsy shop awaiting their new homes...!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Braggin' on my sister......she has a natural vintage shabby eye for the best.....

My sister came out yesterday to help 'foof' the booth with some of her new finds, a lot of wonderful Christmas!! She brought some awesome quilts, baby clothes and shoes, books, vintage Shiny Brites, Victorian celluloid albums and boxes, etc. Really great stuff! I'm so proud of her and amazed at how quickly she's caught on to "picking" the best!

We were able to score the MOST wonderful old chippy cabinet at another nearby mall at a great price that just barely fit into our space....whew! It's the extra bit that we needed as far as display space goes....it's in the pic above with the baby clothes hanging on it....you can see it, right? LOL! Well, we did get carried away with adding things but hey, we all know the old retail saying "Stack 'em high and let 'em fly"! That's our motto these days.
Our booth is stuffed.

There's lots of variety and it's such a kick to be in there while people are shopping your booth and they don't know that you're listening.....:).

I'm continuing to work very hard on my Etsy shop as well and since we just got back from the flea I'll be adding some wonderful treasures to that shop very soon....stay tuned!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Selling what you wish you.....hadn't.......!

Let's face it, if you've been in the business of buying and selling antiques for enough years you'll eventually run into this situation.

Selling an item that-after the fact-you wish you hadn't.
It's just a given that this will happen at some point.
Case in point for me is this fabulous antique butterfly sewing basket from the victorian era. Why I let this one go I'll never know......the fact remains that I did. Probably won't find another one of these beauties....lesson learned.

Lucky for me I was shopping and found a lovely "replacement" in this heart shaped beauty............!!!!!!

It had the perfect amount of shabby...actually quite a bit of "shabby".

Of course I've added many of my own items even though this came with a lot of it's own items....my favorite are the pretty reddish buttons on the card above in the upper left..so pretty!

So yes, this one is a keeper for me.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My latest conundrum.....to keep or not to keep, that is the question.

I daresay that one of the hardest decisions for any collector is whether to keep or to sell...I run into this problem frequently.
I found this wonderful rustic box at my thrift and knew it could be spectacular and I adore it's size...not too big, not too small. I also love the chains on the side of the lid that help keep it open for display.....absolutely perfect. Also the leather corners and handle. Perfection!

Do you like my linen stash I found today? I was in heaven with these gorgeous pieces....again, keep or sell? Sigh, it's so hard to know.

Do you notice the wonderful little 'cubby' areas behind the big center area? So very perfect for storing so many things.


Found this astounding wallpaper on Etsy, wish I had 50 rolls of it! Hmmmm, wonder how many times I've said that in my life.

Well, happily at the moment we don't have room in our booth to display this awesome piece so I guess I'll have to live with it for awhile......such a sacrifice. Although I guess I could sell it on Etsy. What to do, what to do.

I painted the outside with a chalky blue paint and then distressed it......trust me it's better off than it was.....!
For now I love this great little trunk/box and will fill it with some of my favorite things.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Our photo wall is up thanks to my dh!!!!!!!

Went to the booth today with my dh and dd. He helped me fix my wall for prints and frames.....what a sweetie! The booth is set up, we're selling well every day so far.....and looking for a bigger space!
Fingers crossed that it will happen soon!
Did I forget to mention that we have a lot of stuff to sell?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

We're open for business~~~~!!!!!

A small sneaky peek into our new tiny space! This is the space on the right that we'll use for mostly holidays and some other items.

The center (and largest area) which will be for all miscellaneous and wonderful things.....

The doll dresser sold today (yay!). Had it in my Etsy for quite some time but surprisingly it didn't sell. Three days in the booth and it found a new home. Happy, happy!

This blank wall gave me grief today...I couldn't drive a nail in that wall as hard as I tried....wanted to make it our "print" wall.
Hopefully dh can help me out and make that work.
You can see our limitations.....a rest room on one side and an office room on another. Oh well, so far we've had three decent sales in as many days so that's a good sign.....right?
What matters is we're having fun. I think with the holidays coming up we'll have a blast finding fun items for the booth and with me making some fun things (from my lips to God's ears!)

And I have totally left out my photos of our "ledge" space above that has some fun suitcases, umbrellas, and other fun things.

Please excuse my less than stellar photos, I took these with my phone today because I forgot my camera.

Please come visit us at The Vintage Industry!
Kathy Colby has done wonders transforming it.
I'm looking forward to 'vegging' tonight and reading my Fall edition of Jeanne D' Arc Living....purchased at The Vintage Industry! So cool to find this gorgeous magazine locally.

Hope you're all enjoying a wonderful Fall season so far!!