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Monday, October 24, 2016

Three Simple Cards

It's been a while since I featured some cards so here are three simple ones you can use as inspiration.
The top card features lots of scrap pieces.  I tied into the decorative paper by stamping the wrench and distressing the card stock.  Some ruler washi tape and striped twine pull it together.
Another card built upon a kraft base.  This one also features scrap pieces.  A paper flower and some pearls are the accents. 
This card was built on a black card stock base (sorry that it blends into the background).  I used scraps again, embossing the piece behind the cello die cut.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Barn Wood Christmas Sign

Decided it was time to paint some Christmas signs on barn wood.  
I used gray paint for the lettering so that it would match the wood.
Lovin' that rustic barn wood look!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A New Look For Some Old Trays

It's always fun to find some unique vintage trays and give them new life as one-of-a-kind accessories.  These started out as tarnished and scratched silver and metal trays. 
First I clean them with Simple Green and then give them a spray coat of flat black paint.  A coat or two of red chalk paint around the edges.  Two coats of black acrylic in the centers.  Finally I paint the lettering and trim with white acrylic.  I varnished these pieces but they also look lovely waxed. 
This little piece is the bottom of a butter dish!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Some Show Pics and Tips

I've been advertising the vintage and craft shows I've been involved in this past summer and fall at the end of these posts.  So I thought that I'd show you a few pictures of my displays.  I know many of you also do shows, and while I'm far from an expert, I think I've gotten better at staging the set ups through the years.
 One thing I always do is keep on tweaking the set up.  To make it easier and to give height to my booth, I now use vintage apple crates.  Product is stored in the crates, they stack neatly in the trailer and they make great shelves.  My in-laws used to be in the moving truck business so I was able to acquire a large stack of furniture pads.  Every piece of furniture that goes in the trailer or car is wrapped so that I have no nasty chips or scratches surprising me at a show.
I've adjusted my table coverings and booth accents.  I love the polyester fitted table cloths.  Wrinkles fall out and they wash up wonderfully.  I got mine from  Amazon.  I've added burlap pieces over the black table clothes to pull in the color of the crates.
I use a ladder to display my painted signs.
I use a small step ladder to not only help me reach tall things but as a great way to display trays!
Every show sets up a bit different and sometimes I'll use all my display pieces and sometimes just a few.  It's nice to have different options!  Next time you attend a show, check out what the vendors use as display pieces.  You might have something in your home just waiting to be used!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Another Sign for My Sis

Remember the Summertime sign I did for my sister earlier this year?  Here's the one I did for her for fall, again using this unusually shaped wood slat.  This time I started by painting it a light brown.  The lettering is a dark brown and each of the leaves are painted with detail. 
I love how the yellow leaf seems to glow, just like the real ones do when the sun is shining.
The oak leaf is accented with two little painted acorns.
It's really looking like fall up here in northern Michigan.  While I love the colors, I know that a very long winter is coming soon!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Special Orders for Special People

One of my favorite things is to design and/or paint custom orders.  People are so pleased to get exactly what they want to make their home uniquely theirs.  I'm pleased when I can help make their vision come to fruition. 
Today's post features a large wooden sign that I painted for a young lady who has just moved into her first home.  She's slowly decorating it and wanted a wine theme for her dining room.  She sent me a picture of what she had in mind and through a few proof posts, we were able to come up with the sign shown in these pictures. The internet has made ordering something custom from me simple!  If you're interested in a special order, just send me an email:
The sign was sized to go over this set of windows. 
Notice the lovely grape rug she found to go with the sign!
Thanks Allie for sharing your pictures and for hiring me to make your vision reality!
I also do special order signs...for business or individuals!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Taking My Show on the Road to Bay City

See you TODAY at the Bay City, Michigan fairgrounds.  
Details on Facebook
This is my last outdoor vintage show of the season.  I've brought furniture-- hand painted, vintage & DIY pieces ---, vintage decor & collectibles and of course lots of lovely hand painted items!  You'll find things for Halloween, Christmas and year 'round decorating.