Two-step stool with DRAWER

A little DRAWER in a step stool?!?!?  I love that!

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This sweet little stool really didn’t ‘need’ to be made over at all . . . it was in perfect condition; but you know me!!!  I can never leave well enough alone!

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I removed the drawer knob and gave the whole thing a good sanding.

Some aqua paint and more sanding to distress.  Another ‘perfect piece’ to use one of my little aqua ceramic rose knobs on!!

And off to my booth at Stars it goes!

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Great little piece for adding height to displays in my booth (while it lasts!)

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Here’s a little peek at some of the other new stuff in my booth:

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Ceramic and stoneware bunny dishes.

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Covered duck tureens and a tiny duck pitcher.

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Vintage metal plant stand set up as a serving station.

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One of my ‘yard wreaths’ (hand crafted using twigs, bark and moss collected from my yard)

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A new batch of small frames; some with glass and backings, some without.

A couple more vintage crystal lamps with NEW Paris script shades.

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How adorable is this box of vintage cocktail forks!?!?!  (Sorry about the glare!  I had to wrap the box in plastic wrap to be sure none of the forks ‘went missing’)

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Stop on by if you haven’t been at Stars in a while.  LOTS of new stuff in my booth  . . . and throughout the entire mall!

What to do about cigarette burns on old furniture

This tall end table / lamp table with one little drawer was in pretty good condition, except for the badly damaged top.

A couple of VERY deep cigarette burns and several areas where the embossed gold design had worn down completely.  But it was plenty sturdy, had a lower shelf and a drawer (storage is always a big plus!) and it had ‘nice legs’!  I decided to buy it and see what I could to with it.

The CLEANEST vintage drawer innards I have ever seen!  Missing knob is no biggie since I usually change them anyhow.

The cigarette burns were not just ‘singes’ . . .  they were divots, burned clear through that top layer of wood; and just sanding them was not going to do the job.

I filled them with some wood putty, then sanded smooth once the putty was nice and dry.  The gold embossed border which was worn away in some spots was very inconsistent.  At first I thought I could just sand the rest away.  But it was very deeply  embedded in some spots and just barely on the surface of others.  So I just sanded enough to remove the surface sheen and painted as I usually do.

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That little drawer was perfect for another one of the aqua ceramic knobs I have.

I went fairly light on the distressing because of the issues with the top.

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I was concerned that the variations in the embossing would bother me, but it doesn’t.  And you can still see where the filled cigarette burn divots were . . . .  ‘a good distressing job covers a multitude of flaws’. (You may quote me on that!  hehe)

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All in all, I an quite content with how it turned out.

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Available for purchase in my booth at Stars for $79.00.

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Beach cottage decor in my etsy shop

It’s been a while since I blogged about my etsy shop; so here you go!  A post about the great beach cottage decor items in my blog.

LOTS of Framed white fingerling starfish.

Great hung alone, or in a group.

OR hang a sea glass wreath with a couple of framed starfish.

 This is the very LAST of the sea glass wreaths that I will EVER be making.  I had stumbled upon a ‘once in a lifetime’ AMAZING buy on the glass to make these; and I’ve finally used it all up.

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For as ‘simple’ as they appear to be; they are EXTREMELY time consuming to make also.  There is NO way I could actually charge for the amount of time I put into them. Lesson learned.   Even though they were so labor intensive that they can’t be make ‘profitably’; they really are beautiful in person.

When I first got the sea glass and was sorting through it, I had set aside a few ‘extra pretty’ pieces.  Some uniquely shaped; perfectly round or square or like gumdrops.  they were just too special to mix in with all the other pieces on the wreaths.  So, I put together some little ‘treasure’ boxes for them.

I custom blended this glitter for these mermaid crowns.

And of course, beach cottage SIGNS in my etsy shop!

NEW! Beach cottage decor ~ in my etsy shop

P1200044Some large and small starfish plaques.

P1190995The large ones are 11″ across; have a sawtooth hanger on the back and are sold individually.

P1190949These smaller ones are 5″ frames; sold in set of three, as shown.

P1190952These small one have a sawtooth hanger for hanging on the wall and a removable wood peg for sitting them on a flat surface.

P1190977And I finally used up the last of my beach glass on these wreaths.

P1190964This one is light green and white.   These wreaths take take several days each to make.  Each tiny piece of glass has to be carefully hand selected to fit together just right, and is then glues in place. Once one layer is full, I have to let the glue dry for 12 hours before building the next layer on top of it.  There are approx 12 layers of glass on each wreath.

P1190968I make my sea glass wreaths on FLAT wreath forms instead of the tubular looking styro wreath forms.  But they are NOT flat once I’ve built up all the layers of glass.   I just think this way they are a bit more ‘organic’ looking.  Although it does take a LOT more glass this way!  The one made using the styrofoam wreath forms just look to ‘perfect’ to me.

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Once I’ve added all the layers of glass, these beach glass wreaths are VERY big and full.  I even partially cover the back with glass so no bare spots will be visible when they are hung.P1190971This one is a brighter green with bits of aqua.

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P1190970Looking at the side angel you can see how deep they are, and why that little bit of extra glass on the back is important.

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Just in: Big batch of painted frames in my booth at Stars

Even in my diminished capacity with a bum right foot, I really HAVE to still maintain my booth at Stars.  

I had started painting the big batch of frames I recently procured pre-plantar fasciitis.  Got a few more done in the brief window of when physical therapy lessened the pain and before it made it worse.  Then I suffered through finishing up the last few a little at a time . . . then took a 2 hour nap to recover!

P1130746I really have not been able to work on much other new stuff for my space, or really even go thrifting; so I really needed something NEW in my space.  The frames did the trick.

P1130745Did a little bit of rearranging in my space to make room for all the frames.  Since they usually sell out very quickly, I just propped the majority of them at the very front on my booth.  Easy to flip through and see them all.  Easy to grab for purchasing.

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I really PREFER to hang them on the wall, but I have so little wall space and they sell so quickly and I only get in to fluff my space once a week  . . . . so ‘propped on the floor’ it is for now!

P1130748I ended up going with black on those two vintage gold frames; the ones I was having trouble deciding what to do with.  The coat of black paint then a good sanding really brought out the details.

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Here’s a better look at them.

P1130749And a few of the smaller white frames prop nicely on the hanging candelabra.

P1130752I also rearranged the back corner of my booth, as shown here.  Putting the Pottery Barn cubby shelf atop a shelf; and the BIG cubby atop an old drawer to raise it up off the floor.  Then filled it all with vintage white dishes.

P1130763This white furniture was in front of the table, where the frames are now stacked.

P1130717And I moved the beach decor stuff to the table at the front. (and added a lot more of it!)

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These two turquoise wood shelves were at the back of the booth before.

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WISHING ALL THE MOM’S OUT THERE A WONDERFUL MOTHER’S DAY TOMORROW!!!

Latest finds

5.13.13 mancave ETSY 021Will probably repaint these.

5.13.13 mancave ETSY 025Cute mini armoire; bottom right knob is broken off.  The broken part is inside the drawer, so I might be able to glue it back on.  The drawers don’t come all the way out, so I’m not sure HOW I’d unscrew the old knob if gluing it back on doesn’t work?!?

5.13.13 mancave ETSY 027Another picnic basket!

5.13.13 mancave ETSY 028And this one has a ‘pie shelf”!

5.13.13 mancave ETSY 029I actually had NO IDEA what that extra wood part in the bottom of the basket was for?!?!?  The clerk at the thrift store told me what it was.  AND she said that she collects picnic baskets and the ones like this with the pie shelf are very hard to come by!    Certainly appreciate that little tidbit of info!  I just might have taken it out and tossed it otherwise?!?!?

5.13.13 mancave ETSY 031Cutie patootie LITTLE (creamer size) melon pitcher.

Pretty slim pickins lately.  Which is probably a GOOD thing, since sales are pretty slow right now and I don’t really NEED a lot more stuff.  I just HAVE to ‘stop in’ if I am driving by a thrift store, ‘just in case’ there is a treasure awaiting me!

Over FOUR HUNDRED items now in my etsy shop!!

So THERE, I have PROOF that I have not just been ‘slacking off’ as you might think my ‘less frequent blog posting’ may be indicative of!  I have been listing like a MAD WOMAN to really beef up my etsy shop before the holiday shopping season starts.  Here’s a bit of a preview of what’s in my etsy shop, but you I really hope you will go take a look.

Lots of HALLOWEEN DECOR!

LOTS more craft supply de-stash items.

Lots of vintage white stuff!

Lots of beach decor, in both neutral colors and aqua!

Lots of stitched stuff, like these kitties, and owls and hearts ans signs . .

Lots of new stuff in the wedding section too!

NEED I SAY MORE?!?!?

New goodies in my etsy shop:

I PROMISED myself that I’d list more stuff, and more regularly, in my etsy shop once I had ‘retired’ from doing shows.

Here’s a brief look at what’s new. CLICK HERE to visit my etsy shop.to see OVER a hundred other items currently listed

Kraft journals with collage designs on the front, and lined kraft pages.

Embellished faux Frozen Charlotte dolls on the fronts; similar to the Charlotte’s I recently individually packaged to sell at Stars.

When I get another batch of the Charlotte’s made, I’ll list some as supplies on etsy.

Sprucing up at Stars

Slipped away from show work for a bit to restock and fluff my booth at Stars:

BIG Newel post finial and coordinating cloches with post top knobs.

Sweet baby Christening hung on a wreath hanger for display.

Charmingly scuffed up vintage pink child size ballet slippers under a cloche.

The BIG BIRD cloche, as I’m calling it.

Bird cage with pedestal nest inside.

Really just added a FEW new items this time, but it LOOKS like a lot more is new because I moved the white stuff to the front.  ALWAYS try to change up your space as often as possible.  Once a week is best; twice a month at the least.  Even if you don’t have new stock, move what was in the front to the back; and bring the stuff that was in the back to the front.

Gathered up all the old books that were placed throughout the booth, and displayed them all together for greater visual impact.

I don’t know WHY the look of tattered and ‘nekkid’ books is so appealing?!?!  But I sure LOVE it!

Added more beach goods.

Stars in Portland is open seven days a week; 11am – 6pm

For the love of BEACH!

Loading up the Cruiser with as much stuff as it will hold to take to Stars and restock.  Want to be sure it’s EXTRA full, in case I am too busy with the show next week to get in.  THEN it will be time to load the trailer for the show.  Doing a LOT of pricing, wrapping and packing this week.  Which does not make for very fun blog fodder!  So I found THIS to spark your inspiration!

I love, LOVE, love glass floats!  I Soooooooooooooooo covet a big bowl full of them every time I go to the coast and see them for sale.  Alas, the price is just too high for my and my frugal fingers simple CANNOT pry open my wallet to ‘shell’ out the cash!    Thanks to Craftberry Bush blognow I (and YOU!) can make my own!!  

Might not be able to find the BIG clear Christmas balls just yet, but trust me; I WILL be buying a BUNCH of them as soon as they are available!   Making some to keep for myself, and lots more to SELL.  

I’m already pondering ways to ‘tweak’ them a little.  Like maybe using the decorative fish net you can buy at party supply stores to wrap them in, instead of tying the jute myself???     Pottery Barn sells a set of six of them for just over $25.00.  Even paying full price for the glass balls, I’m sure this DIY is MUCH cheaper!