Dec 30, 2013

Bringing Stone Creek to A Unique House

Well, we did it!  We've expanded to a new location.  This one is much smaller than our room at Deep Creek Vintage, but I like the fact that we can create a whole different look and feel to this space. 
 
 
This space is located at A Unique House in King George, VA - a HUGE mall and full of anything and everything you can imagine!  We now occupy a modest 8x10 space amongst some fabulous vendors.


 
I'm also lucky to have my friend, Erica of Tattered Elegance, as my neighbor here.  We are also neighbors at Deep Creek!  This girl has some serious talent!  Check out her page!
 
Here are a few more pictures from around our booth:

A rare Heywood Wakefield rocker with fabulous faux grain painting. 

This sweet oak washstand is priced at only $115.00! 

 
I love this little upcycled washstand/end table!
 
 
 If you are close or traveling through, be sure to stop by A Unique House and look for us in Booth 28.  Conveniently located on Route 301 in King George, VA and open 7 days a week!
 
'til next time!

Dec 28, 2013

Chasing Waterfalls - Cedar Chests, That Is....

There seems to be a love/hate relationship with the Art Deco period out there, including the waterfall style.  However, I personally love the look and the craftsmanship put into the designs is nothing short of total admiration.
 
I came across this chest at a recent auction and it needed quite a bit of cosmetic work.  I've done several of these over the past few years and knew I was up for the challenge.
 
Here's a glance at what it looked like when I bought it:

 
Not real pretty.
 
With some refinishing work, it's now glowing with beauty again.  No paint needed for this one!
 
 
Look at this detail!
 
 
I brought back the cedar smell with just a bit of sanding with some 220 grit sandpaper.
 
 
Clean as a new penny.
 
It even has a hidden drawer...
 
 
So, perhaps chasing waterfalls is not always a bad thing.... :)
 
'til next time!
 

Dec 15, 2013

A Vintage Frame of Mind Holiday Market

Whew.....we did it!  We finished out the holiday season!  I hate to say it...but I am Christmas'd out and it's not even here, yet!  If I see another Poinsettia pillow...well....I may just scream.  Many, many hours are put into these shows, and just as many late/sleepless nights.  I finally feel like I can breathe...however, there is no question...I still love doing it all!
 
The last show of the year, A Vintage Frame of Mind, was held in Courtland, Virginia.  It is so much fun to meet up with new friends and fellow vendors! 
 
Here I am with two of my favorites!  Tony from Feathernesters (and one of the fabulous duo that put on The Vintage Home Market in Richmond) and Libbie from Rusticity Décor, also in Richmond. I'm the chipmunk in the middle. :)

 
Here are some pictures from around the show.
 
Our booth:
 





 
Our neighbor, Marley Ungaro Designs.
 
 

The infamous Miss Flibbertigibbet!

 
 



Another big-time favorite...Dylan (with his wonder family!) of The Upcycled Cupboard!  Even though he did steal my chocolates! ;)

 


And....the Feathernester's booth!


 


 
Now time to focus on the important things....family, home, Christmas shopping and celebrating!

A special THANK YOU to Kim Metcalf and her family for putting this show on!  It was a lot of fun!!
 
'til next time!

Dec 10, 2013

From Drab to Glam - It's All About Vanity

Finally.....a piece of furniture completed and a post done!  Whew.....I love doing the Vintage Markets...but I have been slightly overwhelmed this past month after having three on our plate.  Not to mention, we also have a new second shop location and possibly going to a third....more on that at a later time!  Nonetheless, I am working hard and getting it done!
 
On to my latest project that I just finished today!  In the beginning, she was very ho-hum and quite frankly, not so pretty.  The finish was bad and refinishing all those nooks and crannies was not on my "want to do" list.  But, I'm going to be honest...I totally bought her to paint.
 
 
Do you blame me?  Look at her now!
 

I added a little surprise with stripes in the cubby part.
 

I painted her with homemade "chalk-like" paint in Linen White and added at touch of glam by using one of my favorite paints...Modern Masters in Warm Silver on the top, details and feet.
 
A girl like this has to have sparkling jewelry...these gorgeous knobs were found at Hobby Lobby (where else?).
 
 
She is now fit for a glamorous starlet!  This beauty will be available at the Vintage Frame of Mind show this weekend in Courtland, Virginia.  Hope to see you there!
 
'til next time!
 

Nov 25, 2013

After The Vintage Home Market and More to Come!

We are some happy people after completing our second The Vintage Home Market Show in Richmond this past weekend.  I LOVE doing these shows.  We have such a good time with the other vendors that we have gotten to know, along with the FABULOUS promoters, Marc and Tony of Feathernesters! 
 
Coming in on the heels of Lucketts made this show a little bit of a challenge for me....but I do love a challenge.  Since we had to dig into our reserve stock to finish out that show, it put me way behind on inventory for this show. I worked day and night getting pieces ready and still didn't get as much done as I had wanted.   Nonetheless...we did very well and made some really good sales.  Did I mention that I LOVE doing this show?  When the crowds come in...they are some serious shoppers!
 
We were given a space in the middle which frightened me in the beginning...but now I want this to be THE spot from now on (or the type of spot if they move into the bigger building next time).  The flow was fabulous and with a few tweaks, I think we've got it!
 
Here are a few pictures of our booth:









 
 
 
We used our outdoor tent as a frame and draped burlap over and down it.  It turned out so pretty!  You can't tell from this picture, but the chandelier wears glitter which makes it sparkle in the light.
 
We have one more show this year!  We are proud to be part of A Vintage Frame of Mind in Courtland, VA on December 13-14.  I really need to get busy for that one!  I won't have as much Christmas theme going on since it will be really close to the holiday, so I'm working on some really cute year 'round things...and, of course, some more pieces of furniture!  I promise to share some sneak peek pics ahead of time!
 
Add to all of that, we'll be hosting our family's Thanksgiving dinner and then onto another business project next week.  More on that very soon!  I'll also be restocking, purging and fluffing our room at Deep Creek.  With all the shows going on, I haven't been able to work on it like I should.  Think we're busy enough?  We've also been accepted to participate in the Fredericksburg Flea (put on by the same promoters of the infamous DC Flea) in February. 

Like they say, "Moss never grows on a rolling stone."...or something like that. :)
 
'til next time!
 
 


Nov 14, 2013

Super Easy Santa Milk Cans!

I made one of these for the shop last year, and didn't even take a picture!  However, the "twins" got their time in the spotlight this year.
 
 
These are super cute and I ran across the idea somewhere on the internet.  I tried like crazy to find it this year and never could...not even on Pinterest - so I had to re-create from memory. 

They are so simple to make!  Just paint your milk cans red (I used barn red...it's not as bright and I think more useable throughout the year). 


For the belt, I used some black grosgrain ribbon cut to size with a little overlap. For the buckle, I cut out the shape I wanted from an iron-on patch (but you can use any stiff fabric).  I then cut two slits the size of the ribbon and fed the ribbon through.  A few glue dots to attach, and I was done!   A real belt is also an option - I just used what I had on hand.  Plus, I think this version shows up better from a distance, especially if displayed on a front porch.
 

 
The best thing about these is that the Santa accessories are totally removable and the cans can be used in any décor all year.  How about some wings for Valentine's Day?

 
'Til next time!

Nov 13, 2013

Lucketts Holiday Open House and Winter Outdoor Market

We were so honored to be part of the Annual Lucketts Holiday Open House and Outdoor Winter Market this past Friday thru Sunday.  We participated in the Spring Market, but this was their first Holiday outdoor market and it was AWESOME!!

 
The weather mostly cooperated with us this time.  Luckily, it didn't rain like it did in May, but we had to deal with some really strong wind gusts throughout the weekend.  The tent was secured very tightly, so we were lucky in being able to keep it up.  However, the smalls had to be tucked in corners which prevented me from displaying the tent exactly how I wanted it....but we got it all in there.  On the upside, the sun shined a lot, and I came home with sun and wind burn!  Nice coloring for this time of year. :)
 
 By Saturday evening, our tent was practically empty and we brought the trailer home to load with more things to sell!  Luckily, we have another show on the heels of this one, so I "stole" from that stash.  Good news is, almost all of that load sold, too....bad news is, I have to get more things ready for next weekend.  Looks like a lot more sleepless nights!
 
I was able to get a few pictures this time...
 
On the road Thursday morning.  Rain and more rain!
 
Set up was cold and wet!
 
 
Morning of the first day of the sale!
 
 


The bench and Santa cans were the hottest topics!  We still have the bench, but that's o.k.  This is one piece that we put a higher price on because it was custom built and Dean put a LOT of time in this one.  I'm happy with keeping it if we have to. :)
 
The Santa cans sold. Tomorrow's blog will be on these!
 


 
 
When I had a chance, I walked around and took a couple of pictures.  My cell phone must have been too cold, because most of them did not turn out..
 

These were a couple of my favorites...lots of cool stuff!
 

 
I only got to go in the Design House once and it was beyond breathtaking!  It was so beautiful!  It was also very crowded and I didn't feel comfortable taking pictures.  You can see more at The Old Lucketts Store website here.  I understand that the lines got up to an hour long!

Apart from the cold and wind, and a constant crick in my neck (still), it was an overwhelmingly excellent weekend!  I can't wait for the Spring!!
 
'Til next time!

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