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’.


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.)


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.







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.


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.


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


Upcycled journals.

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


Hand painted faux eggs in turquoise ceramic pots and buckets.

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


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!


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.


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.


Vintage jewelry box with seashell motif paper.

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


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


More show product preview


I’m getting pretty excited for the upcoming Rebel Junk Marketplace at Washington County Fairgrounds February 2 & 3.

Still working away on a few last minute projects for the show. . . . .

This shabby bar stool and little round accent table will be available at the show.


I especially LOVE the way the tops of these two items turned out; so EXTRA grubby and shabby!  The table had a ‘fabric-like’ finish; that shows through the two coats of paint when I sanded it.  The bar stool had your standard light wood seat.  BOOOOooo0000oooRING!  I did several layers of paint and it was still not grubby enough.  Since I really liked the texture that the fabric stuff gave to the table, I decided to try something similar with the bar stool.  I applied a single layer of a two-ply paper napkin with tacky glue.  Let it dry and added another two coats of paint; black then white.  LOVE how it turned out!  Single layers of napkins are going to be my new ‘secret weapon’ I think!


I’m also paring down some of my own personal items to sell at the show.  I’ve had this sweet little set of three wicker ‘suitcases’ for well over 20 years, and have used them to store just about everything imaginable, from craft supplies to clothing.  They are still in PERFECT condition.  $48.00 for the set of three.  (just $38.40 with your 20% discount . . .  don’t forget to ASK for the discount!!)


This metal Eiffel Tower clock was in my booth at Stars for a while.  I found the metal cut out at a thrift shop and added the clockworks.  For some reason, people are compelled to ‘mess around with the clock hands’.  I fixed them are re-tightened the nut that holds the hands in place at least a dozen times.  Finally decided to bring it home when someone actually STOLE the nut and broke one of the hands?!?!  Fortunately I have a stash of ‘clock works’ on hand at home and was able to replace them.  Will be taking this to the Rebel Junk Show too.

I can’t wait to unpack all the goodies that I’ve been stashing away for the last year for this show.  It’s going to be like Christmas for me getting to see all the stuff again!

There’s still time to buy your tickets on-line and avoid waiting in the long line on the show dates.


Waste Not ~ Want Not! Using up wood scraps

Michael gets the reclaimed wood that I use for making my signs and cuts it to certain basic sizes and keeps several shelves full of it in our workshop.  I ‘pre-piant’ my sign boards assembly line style.  Line up as many as will fit on the work table and basecoat them all in black.  Once dry, I paint the color top coat; then distress.  NOW they are ready for the designs to be painted on them. 

I keep a stash of these pre-painted boards stocked up in my craft room.  When I am ready to letter the signs, I select the sizes/colors that I want and usually do several of each design at a time.  Since we don’t individually cut each board to size to exactly fit each stencil; I end up doing that final cut at the END of the process.  Then I just touch up the black paint on the end that I cut.  This leaves me with a LOT of little painted scraps of wood.


And THIS is what I do with all those little scraps!


I have foam alphabet stamps and stamp a single letter on each scrap of wood when I get enough of them built up.


These little ‘monograms’ are for sale in my booth at Stars; priced from $3.00 – $5.00.

Use them to spell out a word, or just your initials.

Updated photo box

6.4.13 projects CURIOUS Stars 001So, after I finished this little jewelry box;  I remembered a ‘similarly sized’ wood photo box that I had recently re-done and tossed into the REJECT box.  I just didn’t like how it had turned out.  

6.4.13 projects CURIOUS Stars 004It’s a nice little box, all white and totally plain.  Has a small frame on the front that a photo can be put in.

6.4.13 projects CURIOUS Stars 003I just put a piece of black and white decorative paper in the frame and had stenciled some skeleton keys on the lid.  It just looked DUMB!  So I sanded off the black skeleton keys, applied a fresh coat of white paint to the lid; then stenciled on the same PARIS as I had done on the jewelry box.

6.4.13 projects CURIOUS Stars 002NOW I’m happy with how the top looks, but I might have to change out the paper!

6.7.13 projects both malls 001I thought I had some really cute black and white toille paper that I could use inside this frame.  Alas, it was IVORY and black and just looked DIRTY next to the white box.  All of the REAL sheet music I have is old and yellowed too, so that was out.  Fortunately I found a piece of black and WHITE music paper in a packet of scrapbook papers  that worked perfectly!

6.7.13 projects both malls 005NOW it’s done.  (I think!)

Sprucing up my space at Stars.

 . . and for now the bed is gone!  

4.8.13 STARS no bed 001This is the view looking into the booth from the backside, the dresser is now where the bed was.

4.8.13 STARS no bed 002I LOVED how the bed looked.  And everyone who saw it did too!  I got TONS of compliments on the bed.  Alas, it was ‘just a prop’ and not a piece that was for sale; so I just could not justify letting it take up that much floor space for long periods of time.

4.8.13 STARS no bed 037While it was there, the bed DID ‘earn it’s keep’ though.  I sold three chenille bedspreads, one of the net canopys, and one pillow.  I’m sure I’ll bring it back in from time to time, but I was starting to feel a little claustrophobic with so little room to walk in the booth.  Now there’s room for 2 or 3 people in the booth at the same time!

4.8.13 STARS no bed 016I did leave the chenille spreads and pillows in the booth, for now at least.  Testing to see if they will still sell well without being displayed on a bed.  Put some on a shelf, with an old baby bassinet on the bottom filled with the big bed pillows.

4.8.13 STARS no bed 013

And one of the chenille spreads (the really HEAVY one!) and a couple of pillows on the white high back bench.

4.8.13 STARS no bed 020This space doesn’t NEED lamps as much as my former space did, being more open and directly beneath an over a ceiling light.   BUT I still have several lamps that I need to sell, and with the bed taking up so much space, I didn’t have room for other furniture that I could set the lamps on.  Only managed to create space for these two for now.    Will work on creating space for the rest of the lamps over the next few weeks.  Even if you don’t NEED lamps in your space for lighting purposes, they really add a lot of warmth to your space and help draw customers in.

4.8.13 STARS no bed 004I also brought in a little upcycled bistro table.  (an old wood bar stool base and plywood top).

4.8.13 STARS no bed 003And a chair to go with the table.  Had hoped to have room to put the chair on the floor.  Atop a table is always an option when space is limited though.

4.8.13 STARS no bed 006Brought he white bird cages in, 2 sizes.

4.8.13 STARS no bed 023A newly repainted foot stool, with a stenciled design on the top.

4.8.13 STARS no bed 007Moved the stack of benches to the outside end spot where the dresser had been.  Will be changing that up again soon by moving a bigger display shelf to that spot; which will be ‘back to back’ to a shelf on the inside.  That will give me a little more space INside the booth.

4.8.13 STARS no bed 037At that point, the entire outside of the booth will be lined with permanent (as in not for sale) shelving.  Walking UP the aisle from the front of the store, this is wat you see first, starting on the left.  Tall skinny shelf – opening – big hutch.

4.8.13 STARS no bed 038Rounding the corner (this booth is a back end cap, open on two sides) is another big aqua shelf.  With Michael’s help I just made a ‘hutch top’ for this shelf, and will be adding that soon and taking the two smaller shelves off the top.  I COULD have butted these shelves right up against each other at that corner, but couldn’t think of any place else to put this tall skinny spinner rack filled with smalls.

4.8.13 STARS no bed 042A small bench with a little hutch on top is alongside that big outward facing shelf, and flanks the other opening.  The far left is where the dressed USED to be; and the stack of benches is now.  And where the other tall aqua shelf will eventually go!

4.8.13 STARS no bed 008My ultimate goal is to have all the outer facing shelves be ‘permanent display shelves’.  Not that I couldn’t sell these shelves, but I don’t WANT to.  With the quantity of ‘smalls’ that I stock my space with, it would be an absolute nightmare to unload those shelves if the did sell!

4.8.13 STARS no bed 019So then the smaller shelves that ARE for sale will be on the INside of the booth; and hopefully that logic will evident to the shoppers.  The Stars staff is very good about explaining those kinds of things to shoppers.  AND I do put ‘not for sale’ tags on the display only shelves.  But it’s mostly the smaller shelves that shoppers inquire about buying anyhow.

4.8.13 STARS no bed 012A new little painted cosmetics case.  (does NOT open though)

4.8.13 STARS no bed 026A three compartment aqua trug embellished with sand dollars.

4.8.13 STARS no bed 036Hopefully, now that the furniture is more accessible, it will start selling better.

Updated pictures from our space at Stars Antiques in Portland

Still a bit of Halloween goods left if you’re in need of some last-minute decorations: