Picnic weather???

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeell . . .not QUITE here in the Pacific Northwest.  Not this week anyhow.  Maybe next week??  In Oregon, April showers bring May showers which usually bring JUNE  showers with scattered sunshine!  Ahhhhhhhhhhhh . .  . but when we DO get sunny days, they ARE glorious!  And we soak up every ounce of sunshine we can!

5.27.13 CURIOSITY  baskets 037So whether you save then for that future sunny day, collect them just because you like them, or like using them to store your craft supplies . . . . there’s just something special about picnic baskets!

I just stocked this batch of them in my booth at  CURIOSITIES in Beaverton. 

5.27.13 CURIOSITY  baskets 009The largest one (bottom of the stack) is a dark wood with a 3/4 hinged lid.

5.27.13 CURIOSITY  baskets 014With the lid opening 3/4 of the way and not just half-way; you have a bigger opening for larger items.  It also has an elastic silverware holder on the inside of the lid.  $42.00 at Curiosities.

5.27.13 CURIOSITY  baskets 040The second biggest one needed a little TLC in the form of dry brushed Ivory colored paint.

5.27.13 CURIOSITY  baskets 011Painted inside and out, and the lid is hinged at the back so the whole thing opens up.

5.27.13 CURIOSITY  baskets 013I ALMOST stenciled something on the lid; but ended up leaving it just shabby.  $39.00 at Curiosities.

5.27.13 CURIOSITY  baskets 041Second from the top is the one with the ‘pie shelf’ that I posted recently.

5.13.13 mancave ETSY 028The shelf is designed to go OVER the pie, placed in the bottom first; then the rest of your picnic food can go on top and not smash your pie.  $32.00 at Curiosities.

5.27.13 CURIOSITY  baskets 006I know!  This one isn’t really a picnic basket.  But it ‘fits the stack’ nicely.  $15.00 at Curiosities.

5.21.13 finds signs projects 022I gussied up these apothecary bottles and put them in the open basket.

5.21.13 finds signs projects 023I wrapped the bottle necks with some tea stained paper, then wrapped some nettle twine and tied on a couple of little keys.  $8.00 each at Curiosities.

5.27.13 CURIOSITY  baskets 029Vintage cutting boards and wood bowls.  Cutting boards are $9.00.  Bowls are $15.00 and $17.00.  Available at Curiosities.

5.27.13 CURIOSITY  baskets 036Vintage library card file; $43.00 at Curiosities.

5.27.13 CURIOSITY  baskets 038It’s a ‘samll-ish’ size card file.  Perfect size to sit atop a desk.

5.27.13 CURIOSITY  baskets 043Upcycled cylinder cloches with cat ‘knobs’.

5.27.13 CURIOSITY  baskets 044Bird and duck topped cloches.

5.27.13 CURIOSITY  baskets 023So many signs and so little room to hang them!  I’ve GOT to come up with a better display than leaning them against the wall!!  Have you seen any clever ways to display signs ‘in bulk’ ???  I’d love to hear your ideas!

5.27.13 CURIOSITY  baskets 048Changed up the back wall and hung more of my bigger signs etc there.  Looks a little less ‘cluttered’ this way.

5.27.13 CURIOSITY  baskets 049Changed up the signs on the side wall too.  Added some more white pitchers and soup tureens.

CURIOSITIES in open Tuesdays – Sundays; 10am – 6pm.

Getting CLOSER . . .

 . . to having my booth at CURIOSITIES in Beaverton full enough!  

4.29.13  Curiosity SIGNS 001Had Michael go with me on my last trip in and get the pegboard installed so I can actually HANG my signs:

4.29.13  Curiosity SIGNS 006Not that I’m terribly fond of pegboard, BUT it IS very useful for hanging signs, especially in a retail environment where things are constantly being rearranged.

4.29.13  Curiosity SIGNS 008Much easier than patching up and painting over nail holes every time you move things around!

4.29.13  Curiosity SIGNS 039Even WITH the pegboard and being able to hang quite a few signs, I don’t have room to hang them ALL!  For now some extras are just plopped on a crate shelf.  I still have LOTS more signs to make and stock.  will have to come up with a ‘better system’ for storing the extras.  The small ones, like these, can easily go in a crate.  But I have a lot of BIGGER ones (up to 36″ long!) too, that I need to come up with a way to store that is also easy for shoppers to look through.  I’m open to ideas!

4.29.13  Curiosity SIGNS 003I’m starting to add in more ‘cottage chic’ items in addition to the existing primitives.  To keep it from looking too mis-matched, I’m grouping like items together.

4.29.13  Curiosity SIGNS 005Primitive with primitives.

4.29.13  Curiosity SIGNS 008And cottage chic whites together.

4.29.13  Curiosity SIGNS 014NO such thing as too many white pitchers!

4.29.13  Curiosity SIGNS 007Added a shutter to the back corner wall for a little more hanging space.  My booth sign and a couple of 12″x12″ signs. NEW ‘Man Cave’ sign (LARGER version coming soon!) And the covered boxes I recently posted about.    Doesn’t that wire cloche look perfect on top?!?

4.29.13  Curiosity SIGNS 020This wire cloche is priced individually.

4.29.13  Curiosity SIGNS 011This one is a ‘set’ that includes the base.

4.29.13  Curiosity SIGNS 010This one with the cherub base is also a set.

4.29.13  Curiosity SIGNS 030This one made from a wire lamp shade form, and the  little metal table it’s on are individually priced.

4.29.13  Curiosity SIGNS 009And my official booth greeter!  ALL of her components ARE for sale, but individually priced.  Black wire mannequin, feather angel wings, vintage sheet music crown, vintage toille apron, vintage white petticoat, and little grey tutu.

4.29.13  Curiosity SIGNS 023Sweet bell cloches to collect or use to cover your favorite little findings.

4.29.13  Curiosity SIGNS 024Rustic weathered wood hearts with hinges and shutters with heart cut-outs.

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4.29.13  Curiosity SIGNS 029A few more Paris chic items.

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4.29.13  Curiosity SIGNS 035CURIOSITIES  is open six days a week; 10am-6pm.  CLOSED MONDAYS.