Thursday, October 27, 2011

Weekend on Lake George

Not sure if I ever mentioned this on my blog, but I have very little extended family.  My mother was an only child and my father had one brother and one sister.  My uncle had one child, my only cousin, and my aunt has no children.

The lack of a family history may be why I generally long for things from my family's past.  I long to know more, I long for a piece of anything that belonged to anyone from my small lineage.  

A couple months ago I received an email from my one and only aunt asking me if I'd be interested in some furniture that belonged to my great-grandmother.  Orphansayswhat?  HoldonletmethinkYESSSSS!
I thanked my Aunt Sue for thinking of me then invited my whole family up to her mountain home for the weekend to bring home my treasures.  Cause I'm nice like that.

We had a wonderful time visiting and taking in the gorgeous scenery, even taking a cruise on Lake George and a hike in the Adirondacks.  This time of year the foliage is Fall-licious.

My aunt and uncle have a gorgeous home that is literally right on the Schroon River in the middle of the Adirondack Mountains.  It is truly breathtaking.  It was about a six-hour trip for us and my mom and dad came along too.

My uncle's sister was kind enough to let us stay at her smaller vacation home, which was a couple miles away.

This was the view from the front of the property.

And this was the view from my Aunt's place.

My little sailor boy!

Look who cut her hair off!

The fam.

My aunt sent me home with some beautiful mahogany dining chairs with seats that were needlepoint by my Great-Grandmother.

And my uncle gave me this game table that they had purchased about 50 years ago.

I added these brass embellishments that I picked up at a flea market a while back.

And my aunt also gave me this gorgeous crystal decanter.  Of course I added some bling.  What can I say, I'm from Jersey.

I also added a new book to my collection by treating myself to this leather beauty from an antique store in Warrensburg.

I love this table in my Family Room.  Rich suggested we put it in here because we like to have family game nights in here and since this table folds open it makes a great place to play board games.

It looks so bare in here without a coffee table.

I also moved my round table to the other side of the room next to my favorite chair.

Thats all for now!  Thanks for visiting and have a fabulicious weekend!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Finding an old, worn-out, beat-up piece of furniture in need of some love and transforming it into a thing of beauty is a passion.  Many of us do it, and some of us make a living at it.  Either way, we inspire one another with our creativity and know-how.

And while some pieces are more time-consuming than others, they all take a piece of us with them when they find a new home.

Blue Belle was my baby.  She came to me all moldy and encrusted in dirt.

But she was oozing with potential.  I had a vision for her from the moment I saw her.

Definitely Louis Blue.

No question chicken wire.

Blue and white toile was a must.

And keeping certain spots Old White made perfect sense.

Seeing your vision come to life is what it's all about.

And though it may hurt a little bit, true love is finding her the perfect home.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulicious day!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Clover Market Pix

Denise and I had another successful show yesterday at Clover Market on what was one of the most beautiful days so far this Fall.   The turnout was amazing and we had lots of repeat business from our last show.  All in all, it was a great day!

So grab your coffee and a comfy seat, cause I've got lots of pix to share with you.

We were still setting up at this point, which is why there are a few bare spots here.

Not a cloud in the sky!

Don't worry, we fixed the tablecloth.

My beautiful business partner!

We had lots of vintage "junk".

My "baby" went to a good home.  I couldn't have been happier!

As you can see, we have a little bit of everything.

I loved these vintage canisters and hated to part with them.  Same with the yellow scale.

Our first sale of the day was this antique medicine cabinet that I added chicken wire to.

Our mailing list quickly filled up by the end of the day.

We had a little visitor for a while.

Olive belonged to our sweet neighbors at the next booth over.  She was so good all day.

We almost sold out of these vintage suitcases.

A beautiful pair of antique rosewood chairs.

I love the gorgeous flamestich fabric on these babies.

Remarkably, neither of them sold.

Same for this Hekman sofa table.

Here's what it looked like before.

And after with the A.S.C.P. treatment in Old Ochre.

For this piece I used dark wax all over before I used the clear.  It made it much darker than the original color.   It almost looks like reclaimed wood now.

Shhh, don't tell Denise, but I was secretly hoping this wouldn't sell.  It would look great in my Family Room!

Our next show is November 6th at Clover Market.  That will be here before we know it so I've got lots of work to do.

Thanks for visiting and have a fabulicious week!