My booth at Stars Antique Mall

I know I’ve been posting a LOT about the upcoming Rebel Junk Marketplace in Hillsboro, Oregon; and seemingly doing nothing BUT prepare for the show.  But I have still been adding new inventory to my booth at Stars every week, as I always do.  Here’s a little peek at some of the recent additions:


LOVE these little Valentine gift ‘bags’ that I upcycled.

I’m really not certain if ‘gift bags’ is the right thing to call them.  They are more like little ‘boxes’ made out of lightweight cardboard.  I have no idea what I originally intended to do with them when I bought them; or even when or where I bought them in the first place.  But they were in my Valentine supply box and I decided it was time to ‘use them or lose (donate) them’.  I’m in serious paring down mode so that I don’t need to rent a storage unit anymore.

In the top left picture you can see what they originally looked like.  I only covered them with the old dictionary page on 3 sides.  (trying to keep it a ‘quick and easy’ project!)  Then I glued a strip of pink ribbon along the top and tied it in a knot.  Then I added some little scrapbook embellishments . . . just whatever I had on hand.  I was going to add a piece of tissue paper to give them some ‘oomph’ and keep them looking nicely fluffed up; but thought I see if paper doilies would work.  Just the perfect little extra touch.  These are available in my booth at Stars for $1.00 each.

These red cones were leftover Christmas trees from LONG ago.  (I think clear back when we had our shop!)  I had filled them with cello bags of wrapped candies in the past and added a chenille handle.  I had a package of ‘hearts on a stick’ and put two in each cone along with some paper shred (I ‘blend’ my own paper shred) then tied on a tag that I printed with some bakers twine.  The tag reads “Forever, for always and no matter what.”  I only had three of these, so I displayed them on the little black wire shelf along with the little gift bags.


I had bought some of these ‘honeycomb’ hearts a while back to use for display, but decided to go ahead and sell them this year.  I opened up one of them, and left the other two ‘flattened’ for easier transport.


For some reason I had the ‘lid only’ of this old heart shaped box.  I added some embellishments and made it into a wall hanging.  The ‘arrow’ on the box was made from the one extra ‘heart on a stick’ leftover from the cones.  (there were 7 hearts in a package) I glued some cardboard on for the tip of the arrow and glittered it to match the heart end.  Used some leftover red Christmas ribbon to glue all around the edge of the box and tied it into a bow at the top.

Then I tied on a little ‘True Love” tag, which I printed myself; with baker’s twine.  really trying to keep my upcycles ‘simple and quick’ so I can price them lower; so they will hopefully SELL faster!

A couple of upcycled mini Valentine themed mini mannequins.

Vintage Ironstone bunny covered casserole dish, and an English gravy boat with attached liner.  I especially like the ones that have the liners attached like this one does.

Some ‘Love Potion No.9’ upcycled bottles.

Some cool newly found hobnail Milk Glass containers.  (and a few more that I am taking in tomorrow!  I’ve been finding a lot of the hobnail Milk Glass lately.)

Upcycled jar lantern with tea stained lace and rusty tin heart.  A big ole tub of letters to spell out just about anything your heart desires!

Upcycled apothecary jars and vintage and upcycled medicine bottles.

PLENTY of hand stitched and stuffed felt hearts still.  (there will be some of each of these colors/styles at the Rebel Junk Market too!)

Stars in open 7 days a week; 11am – 6pm.


Time for another great SALE at Stars Antique Mall!

They call this one their ‘Haggle Sale’.  Many dealers are on site during the sale dates, and welcome haggling for better prices on the items in their booth.  I am not personally able to be there during the sale, so I just offer 50% off EVERYTHING IN MY BOOTH during the sale.  It’s a great time to grab that piece you’ve had your eye on for a while now!

THE SALE RUNS FRIDAY, 1/12 – MONDAY, 1/15, 2017.  HOURS 11AM – 6PM

I just stocked lots of new inventory, including Valentine gifts and decor.  

LOTS of different colors and styles of hand stitched felt hearts, in various sizes.  Prices start at $3.00 and go up to $29.00, with a median price of $5.00.  Most of them with little ‘words of love’ added to them; but also some ‘not Valentine specific’ hearts that could be used year round with vintage buttons or just simple embroidered designs.

Other vintage and upcycled Valentine items too.  ALL 50% off during the sale.

LOTS of furniture too; mostly white and aqua / turquoise.  ALL 50% 0FF during the sale.

And, as always; lots of vintage Ironstone dishes, vintage Milk glass dishes and vases and frames.




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.


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.


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)


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


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


Here’s what’s new in my booth at Curiosities . .

P1110090I now have Valentine goods stocked in my booth at Curiosities also.


Little shelf filled with assorted Valentine-y stuff.

P1110033Pink glitter owls with hearts and keys.


Itty bitty gumball machine filled with candy conversation hearts.

P1110036Pretty Valentine gift boxes.

P1110037With metal charms attached to the bows.  (and paper shred inside of course!)

P1110070Little red birdcage with stamped pillow inside.  Tag on the side says ‘prisoner of love’.


P1110074Paper love crown.

P1110075More of a ‘spring thing’ than Valentine; bird and nest on urn.

P1110079Paris chic burlap pillows.

P1110083Child size rocking chair.

P1110061Shabby chic picnic basket.

P1110062HUGE vintage cheese box.

P1110091BIG black footed tray.  I didn’t measure it, but it’s at least 4′ long.  Perfect for a big farmhouse table.  I filled it with assorted gold stuff.  Gold finials, little crown baskets, cloches and framed picture.

P1110094Pair of rusty wire cloches with bird toppers; a red glitter love crown placed atop the larger cloche.

P1110088I completely ‘flip flopped’ the left side wall of my booth this last time.  Actually this side has NO wall.  The booth only has 2 walls and 2 open sides.  But to make the best use of the space, I ‘build a wall’ of product along one of the empty sides.  this is the side that faces OUT to the aisle.  (All of this stuff was previously INSIDE the booth. )

P1100982These three aqua shelf units were previously on that outward facing wall.  Now they face inside; backed up to what’s in the previous picture.  (kind of difficult to explain!)

P1100986A sign display as an ‘end cap’ (sort of!) of the two previous back to back displays.

P1100996Rustic wood hearts with keys.

P1100995Barnwood heart with old hinge and shutter.

P1100992Spring-ish whites.

P1100964Hand crafted ‘cranberry’ (wood bead!) hearts.

P1100980Altered heart shaped candy boxes filled with chocolate CANDLES. (yes candLes, not candies!)

P1100990Shabby white bird cage filled with dried hydrangea.

P1110097Moved the antique enamel table further into the booth against the wall; with the two shabby end tables tucked underneath.

P1110110Lots of fun new stuff for Valentine and spring decorating.  Come by and check it out.

Curiosities is open Tuesdays – Sundays; 10am – 6pm  (closed Mondays)

Valentine gifts and decor now in stock at Stars

P1100884Lots of fun Valentine gifts and home decor items just stocked in my booth at Stars.

P1100885The tea stained lace quilt hearts that I’ve shown in a previous post.  These are ONLY available at Stars.

P1100887I also have some of the small red ‘conversation hearts’ at Stars.

P1100886Loaded them into a HUGE 2 gallon mercantile jar.

P1100888Lots of little bits and bobs to decorate with or give as gifts; including several pretty gift boxes.

P1100889Love potion #9 bottles adorned with vintage keys.

P1100891Serendipity bottle.

P1100900Tiny bottle of bliss.  (Because a little goes a long way!)


P1100905A big gold tray full of assorted fun stuff to dig through.

P1100909Rustic wood hanging heart with key.

P1100910One of a kind pink Valentine fairy.

P1100912Altered vintage candy boxes filled with chocolate CANDLES!

P1100913Perfect for those of use who have resolved to get into shape in the new year!

P1100925Several to choose from.  Vintage bears with hearts and keys.



P1100922Vintage pink  wicker shelf; packets of blank note cards on top.

P1100924Glittered LOVE sign.

P1100930Pair of pink glittered birds sitting on a sweet child size bow back chair.

P1100935Little cherish sign.

P1100936Little LOVE sign.

P1100898More love sign and little cherub.

P1100933Big beautiful (heavy too!) shabby chic frame with love collage.  The love collage is removable so you can use the frame for a picture after Valentines Day.

P1100944Little ‘Be mine’ heart shaped pillow.

P1100945Love heart banner and 2 doves Valentine wreath.


Saturday, January 18th – Monday, January 20th (MLK holiday!) 

Stars infamous HAGGLE SALE!  

Many of the Stars dealers will be on hand ‘wheeling and dealing’ throughout the sale.  Since I can’t be there to offer individual deals, I’ll be offering 25% off ALL REGULAR PRICED MERCHANDISE in my booth.  

Just added to my etsy shop: hand stitched felt heart bowl fillers

In addition to all the hearts I’ve recently take to my booths at Stars and Curiosities, I just added lots of them to my  etsy shop.   they are sold in bundles, as shown.  Prices vary from $19 – $29.95 + shipping.



















CLICK HERE to go to my etsy shop.

LOTS of Valentine gifts and decor still available in my space at Stars

2.2.13 stars Michael etsy 057I have sold quite a bit of the Valentine stuff, but there is still plenty left!

2.2.13 stars Michael etsy 035And, as always, a plentiful selection of vintage Ironstone and other white dishes.

1.23.13 signs Stars 028LOTS of these little vintage English Ironstone dessert plates!

1.23.13 signs Stars 020Soooooooooooooooo pretty white feather angel wings with gold halo.

1.23.13 signs Stars 022Handcrafted LOVE banner.

2.2.13 stars Michael etsy 004LOTS of  dessert stands.  Full cake size to indicidulal cupcake size.

2.2.13 stars Michael etsy 006With and without dome tops.  Single and multi layer.

2.2.13 stars Michael etsy 005Perfect for your next dessert buffet.

2.2.13 stars Michael etsy 008New batches of the felt  hearts; in pink and brown.

2.2.13 stars Michael etsy 009Red with word labels.

2.2.13 stars Michael etsy 010And cute containers to display them in!

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Pink glitter owls with crowns.

2.2.13 stars Michael etsy 013Neutral tones more for year round display.

2.2.13 stars Michael etsy 014Yes, it DOES take a long time to sew all those buttons on!  But I love the end result!!

2.2.13 stars Michael etsy 015Another batch of darker reds.

2.2.13 stars Michael etsy 017Love potion and bottles of  Bliss.

2.2.13 stars Michael etsy 018Big and small.

2.2.13 stars Michael etsy 019Simple blank note cards.

2.2.13 stars Michael etsy 033Box of heart shaped and chocolate scented candles!  (no calories!)

2.2.13 stars Michael etsy 034Amen to that!

2.2.13 stars Michael etsy 037Whites that can be given for Valentine’s Day and displayed year round.

2.2.13 stars Michael etsy 053Neutrals.

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2.2.13 stars Michael etsy 051Pinks and signs for friends.

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Sweet cherubs.

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2.2.13 stars Michael etsy 058Stop on by and ‘shop to your hearts content’!

STILL playing with frames

So, have you noticed that I tend to go in ‘spurts’ when I craft?  After  the recent ‘jars with black lids’ spurt, I seem to now be on a ‘frame spurt’.  Which is a VERY good thing, as I have a LOT of frames leftover from when we had our shop to use up!

1.15.13 stars projects 034Another little love frame.  I repainted this thrifted frame SO long ago that I don’t even remember what color it originally was?!?!   The muted gold color worked perfectly with the slightly discolored vintage sheet music and little tan love tag.

1.15.13 stars projects 092This frame, and all the rest I will be showing in this post have gone to my space at Stars.

1.15.13 stars projects 082These 2 pink frames had a ‘princess’ sign in them (one I had just printed on my computer ages ago)

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I added some new pretty paper, vintage dictionary paper, a mat and some sayings from a scrapbook pack.

1.15.13 stars projects 030Decided on some FRIENDS sayings for these; instead of love.

1.15.13 stars projects 037Some thrifted white porcelain frames.

1.15.13 stars projects 038A ‘love’ collage in the biggest one.

1.15.13 stars projects 041This ‘picture’ is actually one of those ‘fake pictures’ that come in frames when you buy them!!  It was just too cute to toss away!  I just added the little ‘adore’ sticker.

1.15.13 stars projects 043And a tag  from the same set as the friends ones came from in the smallest frame.

1.15.13 stars projects 094Just tucked this one in amongst some white dishes.

1.15.13 stars projects 076The bigger one from this group works well next to one of the BIG love frames that I did last week.

More love!

7.18.12 Stars etsy 072I found three of these frames at a thrift store a few months ago.

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Brand new, donated from a retail source.  Really COULD have been used just as I found them.

7.18.12 Stars etsy 074But they are VERY heavy and bulky looking, and I felt compelled to ‘lighten the look’.

7.18.12 Stars etsy 075Look at that weight!! Almost FOUR pounds per frame!!!  And the opening for the picture part is only 4″ x 6″; so it’s not a BIG frame!.  Like I said, heavy and bulky.

1.15.13 stars projects 001 So I painted them all a soft off white; then they sat for a few months!

1.15.13 stars projects 002Got them back out last week to work on them.  Blobbed (yes BLOBBED, that Is the technical term!) on some Ralph Lauren tobacco glaze; enough to cover it well and get into all the cracks and crevasses.

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NOTE:  Be sure you work on just one frame at a time!!  The glaze sets up quickly, so you have to work quickly.  After applying the glaze I take a big old paint brush with bristles all spread out (the kind you’d usually just throw away!)   With this brush use a ‘scrubbing motion’ all over the entire frame.  This will remove some of the glaze from the raised parts of the frame AND work it down into the crevasses more. The above picture IS what it will look like after this step’ more evenly distributed.

1.15.13 stars projects 003Next you need a soft cloth.   Any kind EXCEPT paper towels will do.  The glaze is a little sticky and you’ll get paper stuck to your piece if you use paper towels.  I keep a box of rags on my craft table; old towels, T-shirts etc cut up into small pieces for single use)  With your soft cloth, wipe off the glaze on all the raised areas, as much as possible.

1.15.13 stars projects 004This will just leave the glaze in the crevasses.

1.15.13 stars projects 007You can wipe away more if you want as long as it’s still tacky enough.  I try to let mine cry overnight before using; but a few hours is sufficient.  It will be ‘dry to the touch’ in about 20 minutes.

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Well, I TRIED to get them ‘side by side’ for comparison!

A much ‘softer’ look now, no?

1.15.13 stars projects 008I wanted to put ‘something’ in the frames, but wanted it to be simple and inexpensive enough that someone who wanted ‘just the frame’ would still buy it.

1.15.13 stars projects 009Kraft paper and some vintage dictionary paper and a couple of little scrapbook embellishments were quick, easy and inexpensive to add.

1.15.13 stars projects 013I SHOULD have been more creative and done each frame differently, but I had three of the ‘love’ cut outs, so I did all three the same’ in the spirit of Valentine’s Day.

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1.15.13 stars projects 071All three are for sale in my booth at Stars.