Monday, March 6, 2017

Beyond The Garden Gate

I am so excited to share some sneak peek photos of the upcoming Highland Yard Vintage Market.

Doors open this Thursday (MARCH 9th - 12th) 10a - 8p Fri & Sat 10a - 6p Sun 10a - 5p!

Located at 1509 N Arizona Ave, Chandler AZ 85225
(Located in a separate Bldg BEHIND - NOT IN Merchant Square)
Free Admission, Free Parking, Complimentary Design Services, Award Winning Onsite Restaurant and the BEST Designers, Pickers and Makers in the Valley!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Love Is In The Air

I'm so excited to be a designer at Highland Yard Vintage Market! I will be telling you more about that in the future but I will tease you with a few photos of our "Love Is In The Air" event February 9th-12th! 

Monday, November 28, 2016

New Workshop Schedules and Descriptions!

 Here is my new Workshop Schedules for December and January! I'd love for you to join us! Reservations must be made and paid in advance. Any cancellations must be made 48 hrs in advance in order for workshop fee to be transferred to a future workshop. Minimum of six participants necessary. 

Call 623-337-0793
Email Me to book!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Giant That Took Over My World

So when you last left the center of my had just made the decision (under duress) to purchase (well actually won at auction) a huge behemoth of a china cabinet made in the 1960's. Please read about it HERE if only to understand the thought process that goes into such a carefully constructed plan. 

So now I owned the danged thing and I needed to get it home. Dear GMan looked at me in "that" look with his head cocked to the side and said "Where are you going to put that thing"? Which isn't really a legitimate question in this phase of the acquisition process now is it? I had no idea and of wouldn't even come close to fitting in his SUV. So we made the emergency call to our dear friends Theresa and Larry and sweet Larry came to our rescue. Without spending too much time on nonsense like how to get it home, the boys hefted and heaved and hoed the thing into the truck and I tagged along carrying my purse and the glass shelves....I HELPED!!! Really I did!!! Did I mention this was the middle of summer and about 115 degrees here in Phoenix? I was sweating in places I didn't know I had and I wasn't even the one doing the manual labor!

I bought this huge china cabinet to paint and here is what I learned!

I had them drop it right in my dining room because that seemed a reasonable place for it which is where it remained until October. Yes....October. This piece of furniture just NEVER ENDED! I kept painting and painting and painting and there was no end to it. 

So the first thing to do was choose the color and I was wrestling between Letterpress Grey and Bohemian Blue both of which I adore but I'm super glad I chose to do a combo of the grey and accents of Beadboard White

I love this paint and how it covers anything!

The first thing I learned is that this cabinet had NO solid wood anywhere on it. It was a very poor wood veneer done in the 60's when they basically laid contact paper over pressed board. It happened, however to be in excellent condition but I knew that my beloved paint which covers EVERYTHING with no prepping, priming, or sanding might need just a little bit of extra grabbing power so I prepped for a bit of light sanding with a sanding block. 

Look at that beautiful faux wood grain!

And then I took the back panels off so I could paint the inside unobstructed. 

I took the back panel off. There were a zillion staples

Taking staples out of the back panels one by one

I hate staples

Never again!

So after I painted the back panel in the lovely bright white Beadboard White I put the panels aside and started painting the cabinet in earnest. 

I put on the first coat of DIY Letterpress Grey

I'm not sure if it was the number of coats or the sheer size, but this guy wore me out and I thought I would never finish it. I honestly did tons of projects in between just because the immensity of it. It will probably be my last china cabinet. Here's how it turned out.

See how I "acquired" this behemoth and transformed him into a handsome devil

I love this cabinet staged with my Aunt's Green pitcher collection.

Check out the white wax accents with the DIY Beadboard White back boards

I think he turned out handsomely and I'm so glad he doesn't live in my dining room anymore. He went quickly to a new home and I know they are enjoying him where he BELONGS.....not as the white elephant in the middle of mine!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

A Tale of Two Auctions

We've already identified that I am not patient. I am also deeply affected by shiny things. Let me be the first to inform you, oh dear reader, that these are a deadly combination. At least when one is attending a furniture auction. Or better yet, TWO furniture auctions. 

Case in point. 

Over the summer my friend and partner-in-crime decided to attend a local furniture auction that I have bought from in the past. Their auctions were always on Saturdays which meant that I would do a write-in bid and that was that. Sometimes I won....but mostly I lost. It may or may not be because I'm so danged cheap. I'm not admitting any fault. 

But with my new business and life of leisure, I don't always work Saturdays so we decided to attend. I did my due diligence and the day before I previewed the furniture pieces (but not the box lots) and made notes as to the items I was interested in and how much I was willing to pay for them. 

I was prepared! 

So Sam, G-Man and I showed up bright and early to preview the box lots and make our notes. We decided to divide and conquer (mostly because all the ones I was interested in were later in the auction and I don't have the patience to stand and wait) Sam bidding on box lots and I would bid on furniture. It went wrong from the beginning. The very beginning. The bidding was fierce and items were going for retail pricing and above. It was borderline ridiculous. But something stopped me. 

After the 10th item I was interested in went for 3x what I would be willing to pay for it and I lost a few good deals because I wasn't first bidder, I decided to throw caution to the wind. I would be first bidder on everything that came up....that way if other bids followed I could bow out....if they didn't....I would have gotten a bargain, right? Seems reasonable? me too. 

Until the next item. 

Up went my bidder number! 

And then.....crickets.....just crickets....of course except for the annoying yip and cadence of the auctioneer pounding in my ear. 

And in the blink of an eye it was mine. All mine. 

Then I decided it might be a good idea to take a look at what I had just bought. Since it was a china cabinet. 

A humongous china cabinet. 

A gargantuan lump of a huge 1960's china cabinet. 

Heaven help me. 

Check back tomorrow for the end result!


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Despite Rumors to the Contrary.....

I am alive! Guilty as charged! I totally checked out this summer. I have no one but myself to blame. Trust me it wasn't because I was sitting on the sofa eating bon-bons. Although my hind end disagrees with that statement. I made the rookie mistake of scheduling a bit more activities than hours in the day. And boy did I pay for it. 

But I'm getting back in the groove and in my defense I did take a lot of photos that I will share with you in an attempt to get back into your good graces. I'll start now....

You may see that I've added a few more do-dads to the home page. 

1) DIY Paint: As most of you know I've been working with DIY Paint for a year now and LOVE LOVE LOVE it to pieces! If you go HERE you can read all about it AND you can purchase anything you can't live without. I will be adding a gallery of pieces and their colors to this page as time goes by.

2) Estate Sale Diva: Coming soon....I've had fun doing some estate sales this summer because it is essentially what I've done with my previous business for 8 years. I've had a blast and if I can help make that process easier for someone else then I'm all for it! Photos and details to be added.

And lastly.....a addition to three vintage markets in four months and an estate sale....I took an amazing girls trip for my 50th birthday to Turks and Caicos. I will tell you more about it very soon after I sort through the 6000 photos all 7 of us took! But here is a sneak peek

More to come!

Monday, July 11, 2016

My Weekend On The Town

So this weekend, like many weekends found me out on the town living it up! Dressed in heels with pearls in my ears being ushered into fabulous establishments with glasses clinking and sparkling conversation. 

As if....

Not even.....


Don't you just love old keys? This pile was a steal at a fun house this weekend! Pin for a great background image!

This weekend found me frantically driving from garage sale to estate sale to backyard hoard. All in 110 degree weather. In the Camry....

Anyone else get all dolled up for junking? Me neither...this is as good as it gets in 110 degree weather!
Note my fancy getup. Sexy right?

I know...I's what I do, right? But this time the stakes were a little higher. I have a booth to fill at Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market in San Diego this weekend and not much time to do it. 

Now you know I nearly ran across the yard to dive for this ball jar! They aren't easy to find here, but what about the rusty metal gears and the watering can?
Anyone love gears? Wait til you see what I do with these!!
Who doesn't love rusty toolboxes and sap cans?
Toolboxes! Don't mind if I do!
I just love these screens with old barn wood for hanging jewelry or keys or to use for a wedding or party place cards
Can you guess what I'll do with that window? See HERE for a clue!
Now I ask myself...Self? Don't you have a garage full and a side yard full and an office full of wonderful projects in the making? So I answered myself...Self...Yes I do, but you don't get it! Those things either:

1) require too much work
2) don't "go" with my look
3) won't fit into the tetris I have planned for packing

So I find myself out on the town. 

Wearing my grubbies and packing gloves. 



And packing it all into a Camry

Thanks to all of those whose path I crossed this weekend. Had a blast!