Hippity – hoppity . . . Easter’s on it’s way!

We had an amazing break in our winter weather last week that made me SO ready for Spring!  Our winter weather arrived late (February!) but hit HARD; as did my cabin fever.  Putting out the Spring and Easter product in my booths at Stars has really got me in the mood for ‘play outside weather’.

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Since I’ve got the beach decor in my big booth, I put the Spring/Easter product in my wall space.  (Pardon that red bucket in the left corner.  It’s an OLD building and occasionally the roof leaks.)

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Some cute vintage chicks and bunnies.  Ostrich sized faux eggs covered with vintage buttons.   Milk glass is great for using with your spring decor!

Vintage bell jars with hand shredded vintage book page ‘grass’ and gold leaf eggs.

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Custom blend of pink and gold paper shred to go with the packaged gold leaf and pink little eggs in the pink basket on the right.  Turquoise glitter eggs too.

More unique eggs for your spring display.  These are covered with ‘Paris’ themed paper.

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Hand stitched felt eggs, embellished with vintage buttons and baby rick rack.

Gallon size mercantile jars filled with moss, nests and eggs.  Smaller jars with straw and eggs.  Big vase with nest and eggs under black wire cloche.

Cute mini take out boxes in Spring colors are perfect for filling with sweets to give to your friends at Easter Brunch.  Decorative faux cupcakes.

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Plenty of cake and cupcake stands.  These are so versatile for use in your seasonal tablescapes for adding height and dimension.

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Upcycled journals.

Reproduction vintage style chicks from an estate sale.  I gave them lace crowns and nestled them into some cozy nests.

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Hand painted faux eggs in turquoise ceramic pots and buckets.

LOTS of new frames, big and small, just stocked.

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LOVE this reproduction Gothic arched window pane.  I’m still on the fence about selling it.  It just might come home with me on my next trip!

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Vintage white shutter with handcrafted twiggy wreath.

Youth size white rocking chair.  Vintage wash bowl and pitcher.

One of a kind little upcycled suitcase end table with ‘hairpin’ metal legs.

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Black occasional tables.  The bottom one is distressed oak, the top one with  the scalloped apron and curvy legs is a satin finish.  Will be removing all the darker furniture in the not too distant future; replacing it with lighter colors for Spring and Summer.

Not quite matching pair of vintage canning jar lamps.  The jars are the same size but different brands.  The shades are the same color, but slightly different shapes.  Each sold separately; $29.00.

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Vintage jewelry box with seashell motif paper.

Assorted crates and carriers; perfect for use with your spring decor.

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

 

Spring had sprung!

It’s OFFICIALLY spring!  We’ve been having unseasonably warm and DRY weather here in Oregon for almost a month already though.  Gonna be hard to deal with those ‘April Showers’ this year after having been so spoiled so early!

This early spring weather has been a HUGE help to me with catching up on all the furniture painting I was unable to do outside last summer when it was just TOO HOT to work outside.  I might even have my entire furniture ‘project stash’ painted up before I move!  Fingers crossed!

Switching things up in my booth at Stars a tad and going with more WHITE for Spring.  Here are the latest pictures.

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For a better color impact, I’ve attempted to put all the white inventory at the front, left side of my booth.

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And the turquoise stuff at the back, right side.

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P1190508View from the outside corner with some more turquoise shelves on the outside far left.  (those turquoise shelves are fairly ‘permanent’.  They CAN be moved, but it’s a LOT of work to unload all those dishes and move them!)

P1190468I brought in a couple of vintage white wicker tables.

P1190466The top one was ‘dry brush’ painted white, and the round one spray painted.  Which look do you like better?  Solid white or the shabby distressed white?  I tend to do the dry brush more often because at least that way if the purchaser prefers solid white, they can easily repaint it themselves.  But once it’s solid white there is no going back.  It’s all about leaving options open.  The more options, the more buyers it will appeal to.

P1190485Vintage chenille and embroidered throw pillows.

P1190484Vintage quilt pillows and a little quilt angel.

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Easter is so early this year that it kind of sneaked up on me and I JUST put my Easter product out.

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Vintage style roly-poly bunny.

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P1190499Vintage button covered ‘ostrich size’ eggs.

P1190500Turquoise and aqua glittered Easter eggs.

P1190501Tissue papered Easter eggs with clear glitter.

P1190502NOT a good picture at all!  this is actually a bunny PITCHER.

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P1190505This big old ladder on the front corner was the perfect spot to display the seasonal items.

P1190511Newly created mini step-back cupboard.

P1190512Assorted vintage urns.

P1190529Big HEAVY letter “A”.  (I was very tempted to keep it for myself!)

P1190509Constantly adding ‘new’ vintage white ironstone.

P1190489Upcycled cupcake stands, some with cloche tops.

P1190516Upcycled cherub wall sconce.

P1190519Large hand panted ‘PARIS’ suitcase.

P1190525Happy spring!!

One good sale deserves ANOTHER!

The half off EVERYTHING moving sale signs are now posted in my booth at Curiosities in Beaverton.

P1120202Come and get it before it’s all gone.

P1120203It’s already starting to look a tad sparse.

P1120201Which is actually still pretty full according to how ‘most vendors’ stock their spaces.

P1120210This big aqua display shelf is half off $119.00.

P1120214I have two of these ‘two piece’ display towers.  The bottom ‘leg part’ is NOT attached to the shelf part, so they are really easy to load and take home.

7.13.13 Both + finds 157As you can see, they are not ‘exact’ matches to each other; one having more shelves than the other.  They are half off $139.00.

P1110608Even ALREADY marked down items will be an ADDITIONAL 50% off at checkout!

P1120310This big antique show at the Expo Center runs this Friday – Sunday; and Stars always has a sale THURSDAY – Sunday during  the Expo.

P1120305Each vendor chooses their own discount amount for this sale.  And since I’m doing 50% off at Curiosities, I decided “What the heck!  Why not be consistent and do 50% off at Stars as well!”

P1120220One SMALL difference between the two sales is that ‘already reduced’ items at Stars are NOT included in the sale.

P1120242I just added Easter decor to my booth at Stars.

P1120232Cute vintage chicks.

P1120239LOTS of bunnies!

P1120241ADORABLE little Easter goodie boxes for those who are too old for an Easter basket but still want their Easter CANDY!

P1120237Easter cloches.

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MORE bunnies.

P1120254And bunnies under cloches!

P1120233Bunnies on dessert stands.

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P1120236Paper mache chicks.

P1120288Jars of speckled eggs.

P1120308Grubby tea stained and glittered eggs.

P1120264Jars of turquoise and aqua glitter eggs.

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With my own hand mixed paper shred blend.

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P1120272Lots of vintage wood bowls, natural wood and painted.

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New things stocked at Stars Antique Mall in Portland

Latest pictures from my space at Stars.

Wee bit of Paris.

Beachy blues.

Shells.

Robin’s eggs.

Little nests with 3 speckled eggs.

Hand formed nest with medium-sized egg.

Nest grass with quail egg and feather.

Assorted birds display.

Vintage shabby urn with nest and egg.

Little glass cloche with bird on top and nest inside.

Vintage black cast iron lamp with sheet music covered shade.

 

Another old lamp with sheet music shade.

Welcome lamp size sheet music shade.

Yep, lots of lamps!

Shabby chic lamp with fringed shade.

Vintage tea stained lamp shade.

Grubby weathered finial. 

(how to make these coming in my next e-book!)

Wire tabletop tree with Easter decor.  And if you already have your own little tree, there’s a bag of just the decorations available.

Easter baskets.

Nests and eggs in little apothecary jars;  framed bird collage; shabby bird on pedestal.

Why didin’t I think of THIS?!?!?

Is this a beautiful setting or what?!?!

I cannot believe I didn’t think of doing this.  I mean, I JUST did a shabby bird on a pedestal . . . adding the fringe and nest grass is that perfectly elegant little extra OOMPH!!!  And I’ve done hundreds of the plate/candle holder pedestals . . .  just never thought of topping it with a big ELEGANTLY decorated egg and some moss.

And the cute little Easter Greetings tag, I JUST bought a bunch of those little frames last month at Michael’s when they had their 20% off everything coupon.  (Jean and Lynne M!!!  Those are the frames you were asking what I was going to do with them.  Here’s another great idea!)

You can see the how to over on the ROOM TO INSPIRE blog

And the big egg, well I’ve actually never seen those exact big foam eggs in the craft store (we don’t have Hobby Lobby here in the West) but I have big plastic eggs and some big mache ones that I could do a similar treatment on. 

And speaking of things I wish I’d tought of:

At the big antique show at the Expo last weekend there was a booth with a big old open book case  with lots of shelves.  Artfully arranged on the shelves were assorted sizes of hardback books with the covers torn off!!  I tell ya, it was a SPECTACULAR LOOK!!!  Oh so ‘Anthropoligie -esque’. 

I MUST remember that and replicate it soon.  Gotta hit the Goodwill bin store first and grab up a bunch of books on the cheap.

And speaking of the Expo show . . . . . . Michael and I had gone to ‘scout it out’ for potentially participating in  the future.    Now I’ll admit that I had never been to such a venue, so perhaps my expectations were off.   But both Michael and I were extremely UNDERwhelmed!

I had assumed that at the price they charge for a space (around $250.00) and boasting a thousand booths (and doing a little quick math, that’s a quarter million bucks in the show promoters pocket; even minus the facility rental fee) that it would be a ‘nicely presented production’. 

There were indeed a LOT of booths, and how each vendor displays their booth is up to the individual, but the overall presentation of the ‘show’ was just plain SLOPPY!  No divider curtains or backdrops for the booths!!  Well, a few here and there, which we found out was for those who wanted to pay the extra.  But different colors all over the place and some spaces BACKED to another space that had a backdrop, but it only covered HALF of the backing of the space it backed up to!  WTH???  You could hardly tell where one booth ended and another began.  And hardly ANY signage of way of identifying the vendors. 

And NO PLACE to sit and take a break!  We had to leave without seeing it all because my back was hurting and I needed to sit down and rest.  We had seen ONE area of tables in the first building, but that was about 800 booths away from where we were!  sheesh!  If you’re only going to have ONE seating area at least put it in the MIDDLE so it is more accessible!

Oh, and let’s not forget that they charge $7.00 a person entry fee!  Maybe I expected too much.  The only ‘big’ show I ever did was Magic of Christmas ‘back when’ (which was hosted by Stars Antiques) and BEAUTIFULLY  arranged! 

Now we did see some very nicely displayed booth set ups.  Lots of vendors from Stars and Monticello and ones who were advertising that they headed to Farm Chicks in June.   I didn’t really see a LOT of spending going on, but then we WERE only there for a couple of hours.

SO, we can scratch that venue off the list for future participation!

 

New spring and Easter product is now in!

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New in the Cottage ~ March 2008

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