Ready or not . . .

 . . . . Thanksgiving, the Christmas will be here before you know it.  I’m getting a head start and brought in a few holiday decor things to my booth at Stars this week.  Then tomorrow I deliver to the ‘Every Husband’s Nightmare’ show in Hillsboro.  After that show ends next Saturday, I’ll have even MORE holiday goodies to bring to Stars.

Here’s what I’ve done to start off the season:

P1370188I think my decorating theme for this year is ‘simple elegance’.  Lots of pretty vintage glass baubles in jars and bowls with mini fairy lights give off a truly magical glow!

It’s almost impossible to truly capture the beauty of the little lights in pictures and in the well lit store; but you get the idea.  Some of these arrangements are ‘all inclusive’ pieces, where I have priced the container with the lights and baubles to be sold together as one item.  The rest of them are priced individually so you can just buy what you need.  If you already have the glass baubles and just need the container to put them in, OR if you have the container and just need a few more glass baubles.

SO many different ways to display these holiday lovelies.  Think outside the box and use what you have to place your ornaments in.  Or buy something that will serve multiple purposes.

P1370193This is actually a cupcake stand!  Pretty little boxes with bows always add a festive touch to your decor, and you’ll have a gift box handy if you need one for a last minute gift!

P1370189I’m pretty sure that the white metal stand filled with ornaments was intended for this very purpose.  But you could also use it at Easter to hold your colored eggs.

Milk glass punch and candy bowls look pretty filled with ornaments too!

You can even fill the dome lid of your cake stand with baubles!  It’s a bit of a tricky process and you have to be sure that no one inadvertently takes the lid off ‘to see what will happen’.  A mess.  A mess will happen.  Which is why I didn’t fill the ones in my booth with glass baubles!

I’ve got some awesome vintage crystal snack plates with cups for you holiday entertaining.  And some beautiful silver espresso cups and saucers.

There is never a shortage of Milk Glass dishes or vases in my booth!  The milk glass vases are really pretty with vintage glass baubles on top of them too!

Always a plentiful supply and variety of stoneware dishes too.  Be sure you have all the serving bowls and platters you will need for serving your holiday feast.

P1370208I hate to admit it, but my wall space become more of a depository for ‘all the stuff I can’t fit into my big booth’, as opposed to a theme planned vignette.  A few bits of fall still available in my wall space.

Stop on by and get into the holiday spirit.

Stars is open 7 days a week; 11am – 6pm.

NEW stencils

One of my favorite stencil suppliers  (   had a 40% off sale in December, so I splurged on some new stencils to add to my sign repertoire!

P1100870These are small 4″ x 4″  stencils.  Not really big enough for signs, but maybe I’ll use them for cards.  They were a freebie with my other stencils.

P1100871For next Christmas, and the scrolls on here can be used on other signs as well.



P1100874Really like this border design!



P1100875Scrolls to use with stencils I already have.

P1100878I really liked the border more than the word on this one.  Hoping I can fit other words in this border.

P1100879Another La toilette stencil.  This one is bigger and fancier than my other one, AND a very cool scroll I can use elsewhere also.

P1100880Will make this one ‘as is’ and also add it to my cupcakes sign.

More fun with mini bottle brush trees

SO, I showed you how I bleached and dyed the bottle brush trees . . . . then what?!?!  What do you DO with all your cute and pretty little bottle brush trees???    Here’s some of what I did with mine:

12.5.12 finds crafts Stars 016BEFORE I could start on any new craft projects, I needed to put away some recently accumulated supplies, like this bagfull of tiny spools of thread that I had bought at the craft show.  Got down my box of ‘spools and stuff’ to toss this into and spotted some bigger spools I already had.  Had recently seen an idea on Pinterest with spools and bottle brush trees , so the ‘light bulb in my head went off!”

12.5.12 finds crafts Stars 037I had some big spools, small spools and the tiny new ones.  Since they were all ‘neutral tones’ I used my cream colored trees on them.  These are the trees that I bought already this bleached looking color.

10.11.12 stars ETSY 094So it was a pretty quick and easy project!  Just a bit of tacky glue on the bottom of each tree, and plop it onto a spool!

12.5.12 finds crafts Stars 038I’ve also seen people take whole groups of tress like this and glue them to a vintage silver tray and cover it with fake snow OR pretty vintage glass balls.  But I didn’t really have enough trees to use so many of them in one big project.

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 051I also had two of these little jars I got at the thrift store.  Looks like maybe they were originally filled with fragrance oil for a reed diffuser set maybe.  There is a picture on the INSIDE BACK of the bottle as well as the front.  Kinda neat looking.  Hard to photograph though!

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 049So I filled these part way with some fake snow and glued a tree on top.

12.2.12 DT finds etsy 052The trees were a perfect fit for the bottle top!

12.5.12 finds crafts Stars 059I took pairs of the tiniest trees and bagged them to sell.  Tiny things like that have a way of disappearing sometimes, not to mention how difficult it is to put a price tag on something that small!  And this is how I displayed the rest of them in my booth at Stars.

12.5.12 finds crafts Stars 061I also had a few bigger trees leftover from last year.  These are ones that I had bleached, then tea stained and added new star shaped wood bases to.

10.28.12 etsy DT 078Just something ‘different’ that you don’t see everywhere!

12.5.12 finds crafts Stars 062Put some under little glass cloches.

12.5.12 finds crafts Stars 082Displayed some with other things, here and there.  Next to a tiny crystal angel here.

12.5.12 finds crafts Stars 083And with some jars full of glass balls here.  I just LOVE those neutral colors against the aqua background!

12.5.12 finds crafts Stars 088I hope you are enjoying the holidays at your house!!

THIS is why I blog.

Received this email today.  I’m not including the writer’s name, since it was sent via email and not left as a comment on the blog; I don’t want to violate the writer’s privacy.  But it a definitive example of WHY I write this blog:

I stumbled across your site while trying to search ideas on “displays” and I have been meaning to email you.  am now one of your biggest fan.  You are first under my “favorites” list.
I am a newbie to the world of resale.  My unemployment ended back in February and that’s when I decided to take a leap of faith and set up shop in a consignment shop the following month in March of 2012.  Needless to say I have barely made rent of $250.00 each month thus far.  To date I have made $380.00 for this month and it’s all thanks to you.
I’m in the midst of slowly incorporating your type of style in my booth.   I happen to have left over “Gem Turquoise  paint from a year ago and decided to paint a couple of pieces which sold immediately  Happy, happy, happy.  Now my booth is “beach/cottage”.
I just wanted you to know that I check your site daily for inspiration.   I enjoyed reading “My Dirty Secret” I printed pics of your Pinterest and carry it with me in a folder for ideas when I am out shopping.
Thanks!  I needed that!
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The rustic headboard – in it’s new home

Just a quick reminder of what our inspiration piece was:

And here’s what Becka, the purchaser of the rustic headboard did with the one we built for her:

And installed:

I seldom (NEVER!) get to see what purchasers do with the items they buy from us, so this is a REAL TREAT for me!

Thanks Becka, and sweet dreams! 

Bed canopy made from old ladder ~ Awesome REpurpose!

How SWEET is this?!?!

To read the entire post, hop over to Laurie’s blog, CHIPPING WITH CHARM.

We’ve got one such ladder in our stash, but it’s ‘earmarked’ to be used as a shelf when we get a bigger space at the antique mall.  AND it would have to be cut down to fit in my shabby chic bedroom to use like this.  BUT, maybe Michael will find another, shorted one that I can use.

I’ve been itchin’ to dive back into finishing up that bedroom; but just not sure WHAT I want to do to finish it?!?!?  I’ve got a pile of wall decor stuff (keys and crowns) but don’t want to start hanging them until I finalize my shelf placement, so I know where the usable wall space will be!   And THAT mostly involves sorting through the stuff  (supplies and half completed paper craft  projects!) I’ve let ‘pile up’ .   Waiting for inspiration to strike!

A new old ladders sure would get me motivated!!

I think I’d probably MAKE (er, have Michael make FOR me!) brackets from old wood though, instead of using the metal ones like Laurie did.  (although if I still had kinds at home like she does, I WOULD use the sturdier metal ones!)

Any other awesome ideas you’ve seen out there in bloggeritaville using old ladders lately??


MORE dresser inspiration!

NO such thing as too many pretty dressers to look at and gain inspiration from!  Thanks to Julie at “Knot All That I Seam”,  CLICK HERE  for a quick jaunt over to her blog for  TWENTY FIVE beauties to feast your eyes upon, and make your heart go pitter pat!

This is just ONE of the fabulous make overs, to whet your inspiration a bit.  I just LOVE seeing the before and after pics!  Thank you Julie for putting together such a fabulous resource list!  

Will have to come back to this post on Julie’s blog some ‘rainy day’ ; and explore the BLOGS that all these dressers came from!



Seeking inspiratioin

Every so often even “I” need some inspiration.  (tis true!)

 While perusing for dresser painting ideas on Better After,  (which is ALWAYS a good source!)   I came across this great collection of salvaged/updated pieces from one of the featured artists.  Take a peek!

This little dresser I just picked up is a PERFECT candidate for a ‘unique make over’.  The single drawer pulls make it easy to ‘work around’ .  Pretty much a blank canvas.  I just can’t decide WHAT to do?!?!?  OR if I’m even BRAVE enough to do a ‘wild’ paint job?!?!

This idea popped into my head as I drifted to sleep the other night.   For the knobs I’d use some BIG oval wood plaques, and make them into letters for the painted on number words.  I just got a totally “WTH?!?!?!” look from Michael when I asked him what he thought.  I’m not convinced I’ll like the asymmetry of the numbers on the drawers.  Might be too unbalanced for me.

I can ALWAYS just paint it white or beachy blue; change out the knobs.   It would sell instantly.  Little dressers always do.  But I’m kinda itchin to do something different too!   Better sleep on it a few more days.  But we’re SUPPOSED to be getting a stretch of warm and sunny days and that’s PAINTIN’  WEATHER in these parts.   So I can’t put it off for TOO long!

Last summer I broadened my painting repertoire with what I called my ‘Cabana stripe collection’.  Remember this big boy???

It sold surprisingly FAST.   I had so much fun painting all the striped pieces, and everything sold quite well.  I have one little shelf (like on the dresser above) and a folding table left over from then.  So I COULD bring back the stripes this year, but I really yearn to do something NEW.  (new to me at least!)

Any thoughts?  And new trends you’ve seen that I may have missed and should give a go???


Spring tour of Camas Antiques

Just updated the Camas Antiques Photo blog with new pictures from throughout the store (not just my booth) 

Just click on above link to take the full tour.

Seeing a lot of WHITE, and these mosquito net canopies.  I had these out LAST spring at Every Husband’s Nightmare.  Seems they are ‘the thing’ this year!

Spring doings ~ Ballard inspired

Recent doings from my craft table:

Thrift store candle holder and dollar store bird.

Attach the bird with some e6000.

Spray painted flat black; then ivory; then lightly sanded to distress.

A simple companion piece.  Dollar store ceramic bowl with finial attached with e6000 and painted the same as the bird piece.

Lightly sanded with a coarse sanding sponge.

Perfect companions!

Inspired by these Ballard birds:

  I Made it Without my Hubby Link Party