Saturday, August 29, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
First, Joe changed the orientation, adding hook eyes for hanging and using Gorilla Glue to affix some trim to the top. Cardinal rule of any rhubarb reign project: trim is cute and cute is always better, even if it takes a little longer!
Then, recruit a teenage boy to assemble the rack for you while you work on other things, like putting cute trim on stuff. In a pinch, you can also do this step yourself.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Isn't it amazing? Don't you want to pack your bag and move right in? We've all got to put our stuff somewhere, but a space like this would make you want to get up in the morning!
You just have to love all the pretty colors, the adorable vintage hangers, the amazing little vignettes...
Monday, August 17, 2009
Joe and I were really pleased to arrive at Midland Saturday and find our booth virtually empty! That means sales were good this month, and we couldn't be happier. Part of our strategy for 2009 has been to get more inventory to Midland during the summer, which can be challenging when there's a show scheduled virtually every weekend. We've had to juggle things around a bit, so it's really rewarding to feel that things are working out.
However, the empty booth brings with it the "problem" of refilling it. Can we get it all in, arranged and priced in time to get to Burlington and be ready for tomorrow's show? The countdown begins at 10 a.m. Ready, set, go!
It doesn't look like it, but two hours have already gone by, and Joe's suggesting a break for lunch. We have everything pulled out that's going on to Burlington with the us, and the display pieces that we'll be putting in storage are on the elevator, ready to go upstairs. Joe's gone in search of his favorite ladder while I make some adjustments to our floor plan notes.
Success! It's only a little after 4, and we're almost done. Let's hope we're on our way to empty again. Kentucky, here we come (after I do a little Midland shopping, of course!).
By sunrise at Burlington on Sunday, we were unpacking smalls, and awaiting Heather's arrival. The show turned out to be a scorcher -- 84 predicted degrees turned into 96, with humidity that made it feel like 106. Despite that, we sold all our big furniture. Go figure -- usually hot temperatures translate into sluggish furniture sales. You just never know, I guess.
Our customers started to wilt in the heat around lunchtime, leaving us at 75 percent of our sales goal for the show. But we were pleased with the weekend overall. We always enjoy our time at Midland; the staff is so kind to us. A special thank you to Michael for his help with getting the world's heaviest, yet most beautiful, machine off the trailer, and to fellow dealers Heather and Chris for their kind words about our space and our blog. We appreciated it! And to our BFF Heather for joining us at Burlington with lots of new jewelry -- your creativity always amazes me! Love the new designs. xo
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
This was my first find. I think it's handmade. Got it last month at the Allegan (MI) Antique Market. Love the vintage turquoise velvet -- reminds me of the French Provincial chairs my grandma had in her living room. They were the same yummy color !
However, trouble struck the first time I tried to wear my new treasure. My bouquet was terribly top heavy and drooped dangerously to one side, almost making my walk sideways. Gasp.
To the rescue: one of my favorite Lisa Toland pins from Sobo Style in Columbus, Ohio. Pinned it on right underneath the millinery flower and somewhat accidentally formed this nifty corsage. Got lots of compliments on it, so now I'm hot on the trail of additional flowers to pair up with other pins. Be sure to check out all the other fun projects on the Transformation Thursday link. Just click the button on our sidebar. xo
Monday, August 10, 2009
For starters, the new J.Crew and Anthropologie catalogs both arrived. The J.Crew outfits pictured are full of contrasts -- dressy pieces paired with really casual ones -- not a new idea, but exciting to me because some of the combinations I could actually imagine wearing. Love the ruffled and embellished t-shirts. And check out the great industrial housewares in Anthropologie. I especially love the lighting -- gracefully and industrial at the same time.
Continuing the theme, one of my BFFs, Kathleen, was visiting last week from Chicago and showed me the fabulous website of Maggie Taylor, an artist whose work she'd seen in New Orleans. Taylor takes vintage photographs, scans them into the computer, then alters them in Alice-in-Wonderland like ways, and prints them out as poster-sized canvases -- sweet, but eerie at the same time. Love it!
Next, I'd like to announce that as a 46-year-old, evangelical mom, I heart Guns 'N' Roses. I'm blaming it on numerous games of Name That Tune, played while listening to the classic rock stations we find while traveling. Whenever "Sweet Child o' Mine" comes on, I can never remember which band it is, but totally love the song. Joe rolls his eyes at my lack of musical recall, saying, "it's Guns 'N' Roses." Last time this happened, I decided to look for the video on YouTube, and now I'm hooked. I was sharing this news with Kathleen, who warned me that my man Axl was nuts. I did some in-depth research on Wikipedia and found that indeed, my fellow Hoosier had a rap sheet befitting his head-banging lifestyle. But still, there's something wonderful to me about a long-haired, foul-mouth, tattooed guy writing such a sweet song for his (then) wife. Sigh.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
To begin, we affix vintage or scrapbooking paper to the backs of the mirrors with spray adhesive. Next, a metal finding with a small hanging hole drilled in the top is epoxied to the mirror's surface; a similar piece sans hole is added to the bottom.
Next we dive into our parts box, pulling out beads and rhinestones to trim the metal findings.
I generally use one larger piece at the top, then add small groups of rhinestones. These are applied with E6000, allowing time to dry between rounds of embellishment.
Here's a close-up of a finished top. A pretty ribbon is added for hanging and voila, c'est finis! A smart girl would have taken a photo of the finished product, but that will have to wait for a future post -- sold them all at our last show! Yippee! Thanks for checking out our project; feel free to contact me with questions. Take a look at everyone else's by clicking the Transformation Thursday button on our sidebar! 'Til next week, xo.
Monday, August 3, 2009
and this photo was taken Sunday, 111 hours had elapsed.
Actually, that was the number of hours logged by our crew getting ready for Kane County. But what a great show it was! Sales were strong in all categories -- furniture, smalls, handmades, industrial, primitives, original paint, you name it. Many thanks to our wonderful customers for coming out to support the show -- you're the best! Your loyalty and enthusiasm makes all the hours worthwhile. xo
P.S.: A great big thank you is due to our awesome hosts the Boyds; your hospitality is amazing.