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.

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So long summer . . . . Hello Fall!

We are finally getting our ‘enjoyable’ summer weather.  80 degree days, breezy evenings and cool nights, and an occasional overcast day.  Happily soaking up every minute of it that I can, after a record number of 90 degree days this summer.  So, I’m personally not quite ready for fall, but it’s time for fall in my booth at Stars.

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Beach decor / Before yesterday.

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Now, Fall decor.  A few little pops of traditional fall colors, but greys and whites for the most part.  More of a rustic farmhouse fall look.

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LOTS of grubby old step ladders in stock.  Perfect for displaying pumpkins.

I hand painted all of these white and grey pumpkins, and they all have real wood stems and moss at the base of the stems.

Lots of upcycled, hand painted galvanized cake stands, jars and little side tables.

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Those vintage shabby white floral stands I showed you a while back are perfect for displaying this ‘big mama’ pumpkin!  And upside down works great holding this upcycled bowl of little pumpkins.

Made these laser cut metal words signs backed with old fence boards.  Some faux galvanized architectural stars.  Lots of vintage industrial size spools of yarn, vintage gallon jars filled with assorted small spools and balls of yarns and threads.  If you already have your own big jar and only needs the ‘fillers’; there are bags of those available too!

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It took me two days to change out all of the inventory on my wall space, so my big booth just got a ‘quick tidying’ this week.

Here’s a quick peek at the rest of my big booth.

Did you notice the THREE metal bottle racks that I have??  I have seriously been looking for one of these forEVER.  I found the big cast iron one first, then the two smaller ones within the next week!

I’ll be adding Halloween decor at the end of the month.

 

Stocked and spruced up and ready for the Summer Sidewalk SALE at STARS!!

Stars BIG ‘Summer Sidewalk Sale’ starts Friday, August 31st and runs through Monday, September 3rd; Labor Day.

This is really one of the BEST sales of the year at Stars.  LOTS of vendors bring in ADDITIONAL inventory to set up on the sidewalk outside.  Don’t miss this sale!!

BOTH of my booths are stocked to the hilt; and as always, everything in my booths is 50% off during the sale.  Last chance to purchase my beach decor items from my wall space.  After the sale I will be converting the space to Fall decor.

I have added a few little ‘hints of fall’ to both booths . . .  just to get you in the mood for fall.  (Not that anyone needs to be enticed to ‘think fall’ after the record HOT summer we’ve had!)

Lots of vintage hobnail milk glass vases and dishes added recently; as well as regular and gold rimmed milk glass.

Vintage and upcycled beach decor.  Big surag starfish, painted white and glittered.  Little jars filled with tiny seashells or pretty beach glass.  Shells mounted on wood posts and jars.  Candle lanterns and lamps.  And of course, Mermaid crowns!!

Vintage picnic baskets, bar stool, ‘breakfast in bed’ tray, wreaths, cubby shelves, trugs and wall decor.

And that is just my little wall space!  On to my 10’x10′ booth!

No such thing as ‘too much’ when it comes to my booth!!
Vintage Fire King gold rimmed milk glass dishes and vintage Ironstone dishes are restocked and always plentiful.

Both Stars Mall are open 7 days a week, 11am – 6pm.

The BIGGEST faux pumpkin I have ever seen!!

I found this big ole faux pumpkin just AFTER Thanksgiving last year.  sigh.  I almost passed it up because I didn’t really want to store if for nearly a year before I could put it out for sale.  Alas, the novelty of it being bigger than any faux pumpkin I have ever seen convinced me it was worth buying.  It seriously took up the entire shopping cart.

After the first of the year, I found this other large pumpkin with a wire stem.  The price was right, so I bought it too.  Stashed them away until last month; when I got them back out to paint them and get them ready to sell.

I painted both of them white.  The smaller one I added white ‘sugar’ glitter to.  If you want to minimize glitter ‘shed’, you can spray your glittered item with a clear varnish.

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The bigger one was just too big to glitter, but I wanted to ‘pretty it up’ a bit.  I stirred some ‘fairy dust’ glitter (super fine Opalescent) into Mod Podge and brushed it on.  It’s shimmery but not glitter-gritty.  Much more sparkly in person than the pictures show.

These two pale bluish-grey average size pumpkins are left overs from last year.  I typically buy my used pumpkins from thrift stores and estate sales.  Don’t let a missing or broken off stem stop you from buying one.  You can always add a snippet of a tree branch for a stem.  I intentionally look for one without stems because I prefer the look of a real wood stem!  A little bit of moss adds to the natural feel of painted pumpkins.  (I have a big pine tree in my front yard that constantly sheds moss; that I gather and save for craft projects like this.)

A few small and mini pumpkins; some glittered and with wood stems, and a few make from suede and velvet fabric.

Have you started decorating your home for fall yet?  

Here in the Northwest, we are HYPER ready for fall this year.  Although summer got a very late start this year, it has been a long and EXTRA hot summer with no cloudy rainy days to break it up, and more 100 degree days than I can ever remember having EVER!  It didn’t even cool down at night on most of the really hot days; which it usually does here.  We have had enough of the heat and are aching for cooler fall evening and sunny crisp fall days!

Time off to recover from surgery.

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FINALLY had my carpal tunnel surgery!  That big ole bruise goes through to the top of my hand also!  Needless to say, I will be ‘out of commission’ for a while.

P1220883I did get a few more blue / grey pumpkins painted up for my front porch before surgery.  I had actually found one REAL greyish-aqua pumpkin at the grocery store; piled in with all the white pumpkins.  It didn’t have a stem, so I added one.

P1220892A medium branch had fallen from the tree in my front yard.  I chopped it up for the real pumpkin and used it on the fake ones that had ‘removable’ stems.
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Saved some of the scraps of the branch and just laid them around the pumpkins.

P1220889The smallest one was originally black, which showed through a bit when I sanded.

P1220881This one is my LEAST favorite.  It has that ‘plastic glitter stuff’ on it.  Teeny tiny clear plastic spheres . . . soaked up paint and the antique glaze, like a sponge.  Hence, the lines of glaze would not ‘blend out’ very well.

P1220887This one had a crackle finish originally.  I had hoped the cracks would show up better. The stem hole was too big for just one stick, so I did a double on this one.

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This is how the antiquing medium was supposed to work!

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This is a styro one; painted grey and antiqued.  Not really enough ‘texture’ for the antiquing medium to settle into.

P1220884One of the larger ones withOUT a removable stem, so I just painted it brown.

P1220886Small grey one with painted stem.

P1220895The benches are ones that Michael built for me a while back.  I had intended to use them for my coffee table, but until I make room for them inside, they are on my front porch.

P1220875Thrift store red berry wreath on my front door.

P1220878I used some of the skinnier parts of the branch that I cut up for the pumpkin stems to add to the berry wreath.  Just ‘tucked them in’ and wrapped them with the berry wires to hold them in place, so they are removable if I want to change it later.

WHEW!!!  That post wiped me out.  Gotta go ice my hand and rest a bit.  Will be a week or more before I can post again.

Blue pumpkins

Don’t you just LOVE the blue ‘fairy tale’ pumpkins!

P1220722I can never seem to FIND the real ones to buy though.  sigh.

P1220720When I found these two ‘squatty’ metallic pumpkins on a recent thrift store run, I decided to try to make my own!

P1220724Craft paint to the rescue!

P1220723I gave them a couple of coats of my new shade of aqua paint, hand sanded a little bit and brushed some antiquing medium into the creases.

P1220721Not quite as subtle of a blue color as the real ones, but I love how they turned out.

P1220728I was going to keep them for myself, but I decided to take them to Farmhouse Rustic.

Hopefully I can find more of this shape of pumpkins to paint for myself!

Halloween goodies just added to our space at Stars!

OOPS!  This picture came out blurry!  But it’s the only one I took of the ‘overall’ Halloween area.  sigh.  but you’ll be able to see all the details clearly in the following close up pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And some ‘fall’ pretties . . .

 

 

Wood ‘porch pumpkins’. 

P.S.  Because someone asked, and because I forgot to mention OR show; I’ve added a picture and explanation of how we attached the ‘stands’ to the backs to these porch pumpkins to make them ‘free standing’.  Just scroll back to the original post showing them to see.

Just added a bunch of pretty cloches to the space too. 

And a few pretty glittery gourds!

The glittered gourds are SO versatile!  They look beautiful on the Thanksgiving table, and are elegant enough to leave out through Christmas!

Some cloches with pedestal stands too.

 

 

Pumpkins: plain, fancy & funky!!

Made this batch of plain pumpkins a couple of weeks ago for a wholesale account:

I wanted something ‘different’ to put in our spaces at Stars and Camas though.

This pile of cut out pumpkins sat for WEEKS, awaiting inspiration.

I love the different things the big wholesale companies do with pumpkins.  Different colors, different designs carved onto them.  Decided to use that as my inspiration.  Painted them cream, tan and black.

And used foam stamps to add designs to them.

And here they are, on display in Camas:

 

 

And some little glittered and painted gourd centerpieces:

Silver and grey on a grey pedestal plate.

Black and white in a black wire spider basket.

And at Stars with the beachy blue decor.

And some black and brown at Stars.

These wood proch pumpkins are ‘free standing’, and have a ‘make-do bracket’ on the back, like this:

Michael cut the brackets out of scrap wood; 2×6’s for the smaller ones and 4×4 posts for the larger ones.  He attached ours using an ‘air nailer’ throught the front.  It leaves ‘barely visible’ nail holes.  If you don’t have an air nailer, you could use a weather proof industrial adhesive.  **IMPORTANT TIP**  Do NOT line your bracket up PERFECTLY EVEN with the bottom of your pumpkin.  It needs to be about 1/8th of an inch UP from the bottom.  Otherwise your pumpkins will TIP FORWARD.  You want them to ‘lean back’ just a TAD.

GOTTA have some pretty turquoise glittery ones too!

Pumpkins ~ plain and fancy . . .

I wasn’t planning on making any of these big ‘porch pumpkins’ (as I call them) again this year.  No specific reason other than ‘been there done that wanna try something new!’  But then a customer requested some, and as long as I was making a special order for a set of three, I may as well make a few extra.  The first picture is the custom made set, just plain orange. 

She specifically requested a tall (27″) skinny one and then two more sized however I thought best rounded out the group, and in brighter oranges.

The other pumpkins that Michael cut out for me (I draw the shape freehand onto the plywood and he cuts them with a jigsaw.  I just don’t like them to be TOO perfect!) I decided to paint in some ‘different’ colors, like the heirloom pumpkins I see in the country magazines.  Okay fine, they are colors other than JUST ORANGE, but I still wasn’t too thrilled with them.  So I rummaged through my box of foam stamps and decided to lightly stamp a design on them!

It’s kind of hard to see the designs on the bigger pumpkins in this picture, but you’ll see them in the close-ups to follow.  The small pumpkin that the design shows up best on in this picture is actually my least favorite of the whole batch.  (but just you watch!  It’ll be the FIRST one to sell!) On the rest of them I used a shade of paint just a tad lighter or darker than the color of the pumpkin so the design was more subtle.

And here’s the second set of three (because you KNOW I always have to do things in odd numbered groupings!)

For the ‘ridges’ on the pumpkins I just used the ‘edge’ of my orbital sander while I was sanding the surface.  I sanded and made the ridges BEFORE I stamped on the designs. 

The ‘curly vines’ beside the stems are made from rusty rebar tie wire, wrapped around a dowel.  Drilled a hole (1/16″ bit’) put a dot of tacky glue in to hold them in. 

Michael ‘wrinkled his nose’ at the idea of the fancy pumpkins and liked the plain ones better.  It’s not that I don’t LIKE the plain ones, I just wanted something DIFFERENT!

So, whaddya think?  Are the fancy pumpkins gonna be a HIT or a MISS???  Have you ever seen anything like them done in wood like this?  I’ve seen the ‘carved looking’ ones in resin, but mostly with fall or Halloween themes on them.  All the ‘Paris apartment’ themed stuff I’ve been doing for our booth at Stars was kind of the inspiration for these.  I may even do some in black/white for the space!  Do I dare do a turquoise one?!?!

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August 1, 2008 ~ Here’s what’s new in the store.

FALL AND HALLOWEEN HAVE ARRIVED AT SOPHIE’S COTTAGE!

And of course, a Halloween tree!  (sorry about the bad photo!)

Some new gift baskets filled with bath/body products:

Ane even some gifts for your four legged friends!

These are the COOLEST things ever!  A doggie water bottle (with a clip even) and a flip down BOWL so they can easily drink!  Perfect for the dog on the go!

Mini alphabet rubber stamps sets make a great gift for the crafter, scrapbooker or cardmaker.  There are a DOZEN different font styles!  Fun to mix and match!

NEW CALENDARS ARE IN!  16 month 2009 calendars.

Gifts for baby:

AWESOME vintage white chest of drawers

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