Wednesday, July 31, 2013

My Artsy Crafty Granddaughter

 I had three of my grandchildren spend the weekend, while their parents got away for their 10th anniversary.

Eva, who is five, insisted that she needed to make her mom an anniversary necklace... well she knows I have tons of stock, she loves looking at it .... so that is what we did.

 She chose the color and the star theme, "My mom LOVES stars!" she said.

She was even able to slide the beads onto the wire for the multi element charms herself.

Here she is modeling it, about an hour before her mom and dad got here to pick up her and her siblings. 
Here she is with her brother and sister in my garden.  I am not sure whether or not her mom liked the necklace, but I know Eva will always remember making it for her, and so will I.  Can I just say I love that I have an artsy crafty granddaughter?!  Must be something that skips a generation or something, as my mother was not crafty, nor are my children!

Monday, July 29, 2013

A Junquer's Happy Place

 Oh yes, more 'junquing' and I am in my happy place, especially since my chum Wendy was able to go too. (the blonde)

We are at Jennine's Barn Sale in Riverton, her first in several years!

  And, yes, we made out very well! thank you.

 The cupboard above is amazing, eh?  And of course the Lemonade door that visited flea.o.logy a couple of weeks ago.  This time I was able to get a full length picture, no idea what I would do with it, but I love it never the less.

 More goodness ....

 ... and more.
Love the interior color of this 1920's cupboard. Wouldn't it look awesome filled with white ironstone?

 Junque anyone?  Or how about a great old wing back chair with its original blue roses?

 ... and of course rusty has finally come into its own!

 Above is Jennine's new 'shoppe' sign ... love it!

And of course there were goodies too, not the kind you buy and decorate with, the kind you eat and chug!
How cute is her sign?  Made from tea dyed napkins with letters stenciled in place ... the old tub is perfect, don't you think?
Thanks for coming along and sharing the fun with Wendy and me ... we hit a couple of estate sales later, and ran into Denise of Two Ole Crows and a Coot at the barn sale too ... we will be visiting her store soon.

Friday, July 26, 2013

DIY Bench in French!

 Well, the fun continues.  I got this double chair bench put together for flea.o.logy last weekend, but didn't have a chance to upholster the seat. 

Now that the flea market is behind, me I actually had time to finish it.
 I used a bleached out flour sack I bought at an estate sale last summer.  Then using graphics from graphics from Graphics Fairy and the CitraSolv method, I printed  on it.  With a couple of layers of Warm and Natural cotton quilt batting stapled in place, I added the old flour sack, and viola!!
 This is a display at Treasures Antique Mall where I work.  It was put together by Kathy, one of the dealers there and is getting rave reviews.

 Kathy also carefully covered this mannequin's bodice with lace doilies stitched together.  It is just charming, its been getting a lot of attention as well, in fact,  Sue Balmforth who owns Bountiful, an amazing d├ęcor store in Venice, California, stopped by and swooped it up!!

Well thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the double chair bench and the amazing, lacy mannequin!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Burlap and Lace Lamp Shade

 I am so excited about the new crown prince, aren't you?  Well, perhaps you are not the Anglophile that I am,  but a new baby is always a reason to celebrate... even if you live in Utah and your most recent British ancestors left England in 1848 ... but then again, they were from Cambridge, and well Prince William and Kate are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ...

 So to celebrate the occasion I pulled together a few vintage Brit items for a display in my parlor.  The bust is of a young Queen Elizabeth, mother of the current queen, by name, the Queen Mother.

 Looking for a royal slant, I decided to make up the burlap and muslin lamp shade I have been planning in my head for a couple of months now.  By using the Citrasolve method, I printed a Graphics Fairy crown on an old flour sack.
Then I wrapped and tied the muslin flour sack strips, old lace and burlap strips around an old lamp shade I had on hand.  I added the 'royal crest' pin to the center of some gathered lace and burlap, then placed it on some antique blue velvet ribbon, in honor of his little unnamed highness.

Now I have a corner of the parlor to help me remember my British heritage, and a royal family who managed to change and negotiate in a changing empire that left them 'ruling' a democratic society.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Mid-Summer Flea.o.logy Fun Times!

"Yes, I love flea.o.logy
But not as much as you, you see
But I still love flea.o.logy
Always and forever"
OK, I am done ripping off Napoleon Dynamite ... but I do love flea.o.logy!  I love having a deadline that makes me get projects done.  I love the dealers who come and set up with amazing stuff.  I love meeting new people who love junking as much as I do ... and of course I love shopping for funky stuff.
The sale is held three times a year in the yard of my old home.  This is our eighth year ... we started with 6 or 8 dealers from the antique mall where I sell, and have recently had as many as 40 different vendors.  The yard is very shady, so even when its hot it pretty comfy.  Really, its a party!

 So I thought I would share some of my favorite shots from the flea.o.logy that we held this past Saturday. The display above was done by Kylie.

Isn't this Lemonade door adorable?

 And of course I am a sucker for anything under glass.  Jennine has a knack for putting such displays together too!
My flea business partner, and daughter-in-law, Nell, always sells lots of these cute animal jars!

 How fun is this basket woven light fixture?

 Above, you can count on Mike for colorful and creative contributions to the sale.

Darrel is great at rounding up great old guy stuff ... lots of rusty, and always fun.
This sale, we had lots of great metal junk compliments of Larry, who is the owner of Pickers Paradise in Nephi, boy does he have the selection... always worth the trip south to stock up!

 My friend Andrea, known for her cute blog Queen B and Me ... came for the first time and brought these fun pennant banners .... if you know me, you aren't surprised that one of them stayed behind at my house.  :-)  Just couldn't resist!

 I thought these nesting chevron tables were adorable!!
... and Vickie brought in the ice and water to show how to use the fun old laundry sink, which sold in the first 10 minutes, so she just sold cold water out of it all day, until it was picked up ...

 Angie brought all her fun fifties color along and sold soda pop with fun striped straws!  She also has a fun blog you might want to take a look at.
I think her ticket tags are so fun!!  I even found a darling old bride and groom to keep!

 I thought the Bardsleys had some amazing goodies ... both super talented.  In fact she gave him a bunch of horse shoes once and told him to figure out how to make a star out of them .... really?
 And here is the star ... pretty impressive eh?

Ginny, a first time dealer with us, brought barbed wire wreaths and old windows to share.  I love the one above, with the autumn leaves and just a bit of barbed wire peeking through .... guess what will be adorning my front door in a couple of months!

 I loved this table put together by JoAnne, another first time vendor.  It was so fun to meet her and share her projects .... how perfect is the handle she found for the drawer?
More of JoAnne's talent shining through above.

 This booth was done by some first and last timers.  A couple of gals who wanted to sell off some furniture ... and by the time I got to their booth for pictures, virtually all of the furniture was gone ...  whoa!  They did have some cute tins left as you can see.

 Loved the cashiers apron that Jennine put together from a carpenters apron and lots and lots of lace .... this girl never ceases to amaze me ....

And if you are local, you can go to her barn sale this weekend.  Its Friday and Saturday and you too will be amazed.

Its at 12260 S. Pasture Road (4000 W) in Riverton .... don't miss it, I won't! Its starts at 7:00 A.M, now that's a farm girl for you!

 Just thought I would show off our expert face painter, Liz.  She is shown above with my granddaughter Eva ...

Her handy work is also shown on my grandson Titan, who came down for the sale with his Mom and Dad ... and who kept saying "Mommy, I a tiger!" stopping at anything reflective to check out his face again and again.  It was so cute .... Titan the Tiger!

Oh, and did I mention that we had funnel cakes? as well as our home made twix bars .... yummy!

Well, a couple of parting shots, above is my booth ... to the left is one of the dealers, Rosemary,  loading out ....

It was a great day, and all my leftovers are already loaded in the van to make the trip to the antique mall this morning!!

Hurrah ... now I can start projects for the next and last flea.o.logy of the year on August 31st!