Monday, November 24, 2014

My little Shop for the Day.

I've been having a woohoo moment for the last couple of days. My little sale went swimmingly and I met and went beyond the goals I had set for myself.  We've (hubby and I) had lots to think and talk about over the last couple of days and we are not short on ideas for the future. But I always have ideas and  ideas and reality are two different things. Making sure i's are dotted and t's are crossed is something we need to do before jumping into any of these ideas, which could take a while or they may never happen and that's the reality. So I just want to hang onto my woohoo moment a little longer.

This was my little booth.

I had loads of fun doing it and I've already talked with the organizer ( Ashley my daughter hehe) about doing it again next year.

With Christmas coming full steam ahead I thought I'd share some of the things I made and how I made them.

So in the next couple of days I'm going to show you how this,

                                                                                                    Goes to this,

To this!!:)

Friday, November 7, 2014

A little Detour

As I was painting up a couple things for the sale my mother brought me this little bench. It's little seat that would have been used for a vanity and it's design just happens to be my favourite; a waterfall piece. I always associate it to the 20's and 30's because it seems that any period movie from that time uses this design as a prop. Every time I see this design I always fall madly in like all over again. It's not many peoples favourite in the painting world but it sure is mine.  So I took a little detour from projects and worked on it.
My aunt is moving and as someone who has lived in her house for years and years she has treasures lurking in dark places. Once upon a time my mother, her little brother and her parents also lived in this house, so there is a bit of a time capsule happening in her home.
The story about the bench and where it appeared from was a little foggy. My mother thinks my grandfather (my opa) had found it or possible acquired it as a cast off from someone.

The bench was found in the basement which had doubled as my opa's workshop years ago.  You could see it had been used as a painting bench because you can still see where something had been sprayed and left the mark of a wrench in it's fabric. It has also stood in water because you can see water marks on it's feet.
It caught my mom's eye the other day as they were moving things but as things were happening it got lost in the mix. She mentioned to my cousin that if she saw it could she save it for her. My cousin found it... in the dumpster and rescued it. My mother dropped it off and said "can you do anything with it?" Checking it over there was really nothing wrong with it that a little glue wouldn't fix.

Such lovely curve appeal.

It's a bit of a pet peeve of mine to take something that has lasted for years and may have a few quirks to find it going off to the landfill. So here's a secret, people like me will still buy these things from a thrift or restore. I've put back together a few bits of furniture over the years. This one comes to mind.

Here's what I did to bring  the little bench back to life. I started by giving it a good cleaning and sanding. The water marks in the legs weren't that bad and just a quick sanding evened things out. Then I glued and clamped all the loose joints and painted it with homemade chalk paint, distressed it and sealed it with my homemade beeswax polish. Next it's new seat. Roger cut me a new wood bottom since it's original was super musty. I used some vintage sheets to upholster the seat but reinforced it with some sturdier fabric underneath. Since actually using and sitting on it won't happen all that often I felt I could get away with using the sheet. (Doubled up the fabric is quite sturdy, I may do this again sometime) Its found it's home in front of my vanity.:)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

To Market, to Market to buy a Fat Pig

Well maybe not a pig for certain but for me the past couple of weeks I've been deep into Christmas merry making and its felt odd thinking Christmas with leaves gentle falling and spooky pumpkins aglow. But one can't help but feel festive when preparing for a Christmas Makers Market.
My daughter Ashley is putting together the sale and what I love about a Makers Market vs Craft Show is the variety. Anything hand made or locally grown may be at a Makers Market so meat, coffee, honey, candles, chocolate, and crafty things can be found. One stop shopping! 
So what crafty things have I come up with? Here's a bit of a tease.

 Ugly Sweater stocking!

I've got a few furniture pieces coming along as well. Keep checking my Facebook Page as I add more teasers! :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

A little Help Please.

A couple of years ago I found this huge piece of fabric still on the roll at my local thrift store. I put it away till a project came to light and now is that time. What I want to know is from era do you think its from? I wasn't thinking that is was very old until I watched Bomb Girls ( 1940's)  and the fabric they used for drapes reminded me of this one.  I can't even tell you what I think its made from except that it seems to have great drape ability. So any guesses????  :)