Thursday, January 24, 2013

Shopping in PA

My oldest, Mallory, had a modeling assignment in Easton, PA last Friday.  Since it was over 2 hours away and we had to be there at 8 o'clock in the morning, we decided to make a road trip out of it.  Easton is a beautiful, picturesque town right outside of the Poconos.  Rich booked us a room in a quaint hotel overlooking the Susquehanna River.

While Mal was working at Lafayette College just down the road, I decided to do some shopping.  I was afraid to bring my new camera so I don't have any pictures, but I will show you what I brought home with me.

This super-cute quilt was in the window display of a salvage goods store, and it caught my eye from across the street.  It was $95 but I got it for $80, which I think is a spankin-good deal given its great condition.

And this sweet little ole' chair made it's way into my car somehow.

For now it sits in the Family Room, but who knows where it could end up.

Mallory and I had so much fun.  I can't wait to take another road trip with my girl.

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulicious day.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Baby Turns 2!

Happy Birthday my sweet baby boy.  It seems like yesterday you were born.  I love you so much.

My wonderful husband made this video for Cole.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Green Girl's Clubhouse

Wow!  You guys are the best.  After my last post about my new Canon Rebel I got so many great comments with lots of wonderful suggestions and tips on using this complex device.  Thanks so much and I'm hoping that as the year goes by my pictures will get better and better!

Amy (Middle) and her BFFLE (best friend for like EVER!) Katie recently started the Green Girls Club.  They are taking on global warming one small community project at a time.  I'm so proud of them as they have already made a positive impact in our neighborhood playground, painting the picnic benches and cleaning the grounds.

And here they are at the nursing home where they brought gifts to the residents that they made using recycled toilet paper and paper towel rolls.

They are such cutie-pies!

I decided to convert part of our basement space into a Clubhouse for them so they would have a fun and inspirational place to create.  It's been about six months of collecting vintage and kid-friendly stuff at yard sales, flea markets, and Etsy, and I think the GG's would agree that it's a pretty darn fantastic clubhouse.

Come on in!

The paper lanterns were a steal at Pier 1 last Summer.  I'm gonna get more this year to decorate my booth at the Barn.

 I found so many wonderful things on Etsy and kind of went a little crazy for Christmas.

The banner was made by one of my sponsors and very dear friend, Kristina of Emily Anne's Kloset.
She works with the best fabrics I've ever seen and I'm kind of addicted to banners now.

 I stole the idea of using vintage wooden crates as shelves from one of my favorite bloggers, Laura of Finding Home, who is the Queen of taking anything vintage and turning it into something fabulous.

Would you believe I got these boxes from Dollar General?  They weren't actually a dollar, but still a spankin' good deal.

Metal containers from IKEA - why oh why didn't I get more!?! They were only 79 cents!!

The french memo board was an Etsy purchase.

This sweet collage picture is from The Vintage Sisters, who sell incredible goodies at the booth across from me and Denise.  I can't tell you how many things I've bought from them since I started selling there.

The vintage thermoses were purchased on Ebay.  The one on the left is a Little Kiddles thermos and I had to have it because that's why my parents used to call me when I was a child.

This little stand is one of my favorite things in the Clubhouse.  It is actually an old telephone stand from the Fifties and it was used to hold the telephone on top and phone books on the bottom.  I found it on Craig and knew it would be perfect for this space.  I spray painted it bright yellow and it now holds Amy's photo albums and her old bible.

Off to the back left is what is left of poor Mr. Bliss' man cave...

I just had to show you this sweet little door mat that I got at the same Dollar General as the boxes.  It was $6!  Too cute and too cheap not to buy.

The pictures are still a little grainier than I would like but I'm assuming that's just because it is the basement and it's so hard to get good pictures down there.  I messed around with the ISO and other settings and these were the best of the lot.  I'm having so much fun with my new toy!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulicious day!

Joining Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Playin' Around

Mr. Bliss got me a Canon Rebel for Christmas (I know, I don't deserve him) and I've been experimenting for about a week.  For all of you budding photogs out there I highly recommend PhotographersOnYouTube.  This guy really knows his stuff and puts it in layman's terms for the novice like myself who knows absolutely nothing about a camera.  Each video is about 15 minutes long.

Some of the pictures are still a bit blurry, but even blurry, the quality of the pictures is so much better than with my old Nikon.  I think it all comes down to learning how to adjust the ISO, F-Stop and shutter speed.

I thought I'd share some pix of my Family Room, since it's the most colorful room in the house.  Keep in mind I still have a lot to learn!

I just picked this lamp up at the flea over the weekend for $22.  It was pretty ugly when I got it (I haven't been able to download the before pic from my old camera) with a really crappy shade.  I kind of envisioned it turning out exactly the way it did.  Don't you just love it when that happens?

Can you tell I'm ready for Spring?  No winter mantle for this girl!

The toolbox came from an antique store on our recent trip to Cape May over Christmas.  I painted it ASCP Antibes Green.

I love the bright colors in this room.  It makes me smile.  Speaking of things that make me smile - I'd like to wish a Happy Birthday to the most wonderful husband I could have ever asked for.  I love you Rich!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulicious day!

Joining Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Best of 2012

If you had told me 5 years ago that I would make a career out of painting and refurbishing furniture I probably would have turned around to see who you were talking to.  Surely not me.  Yet here I am, doing what I love and making money doing it.  I asked Denise the other day how many pieces of furniture she thinks we have sold.  Her answer?  A lot.

Here are some of our faves from 2012:

A dumpster-dive mission turned up this old desk that just needed a little love.

A gorgeous dresser that we painted for another vendor at the Barn.

An apothecary table that had a few customers at Clover Market fighting over.

An old dresser that we picked up at a yardsale for $10 without any doors.  No problemo - we just added a few baskets and sold it as a TV console!

Can you tell black was a theme last year?  This beautiful piece sold to another vendor at Clover last Fall.

Our first piece using MMS's Milk Paint.  It sold within minutes of setting up.

Hated letting go of this baby.

And a couple of my personal projects from last year:

I transformed my formal Dining Room set into a more casual and rustic set, starting with the buffet.

It went from this:

To this:

And my Craig's List kitchen set went from this:

to this (buh-bye chickens):

And here's a look at our first projects of 2013, already in the Barn and waiting for a new home.

The Hubs got me a Canon Rebel for Christmas and I'm still in the process of learning how to use it (thank you YOUTUBE!).  Hopefully better pictures will be the near future!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulicious day!

Joining:  Miss Mustard Seed for Furniture Feature Friday
Craftberry Bush for The Inspiration Gallery