Thursday, November 27, 2014

A vintage green toolbox

Good morning friends or almost afternoon for those American friends that have been up since 4 baking. I saw some of those on my instagram feed today. I also saw a lot of Thanksgiving shopping boycotting items. I have to say I am inclined to agree. Starting to take holidays away from families and the whole thankful part and add to the glutinous part, just seems to defeat the point of the holiday to me. 
I took a brain break yesterday from the constant hashing of the market this weekend and went and did some Christmas shopping at the Niagara Outlets. There were already a lot of great deals to be had and I almost finished my shopping. I also got stopped by a news woman wanting to interview me about the black friday deals and over the border shopping. I'm glad I dressed so cute for the day that it got me noticed but although on the blog it may seem like I am constantly shopping, and for antiques yes that is true but I don't feel like 
I am a good person to ask regarding regular shopping as the last time I was in a mall was last January.  I enjoy clothes and could definitely have a shoe obsession if time/money permitted but, most of the time shopping amongst rude people in the mall with the heat cranked so that even lifting your arm makes you overheat seriously makes me want to scream like Kevin McCallister.

I have been desperately trying to get photos of our home decked out for the holidays but the weather is NOT cooperating. It has been so dark and dreary here for at least a week so fingers crossed the sun comes out a smidge in the next few days.

I did a makeover on a cute little toolbox I found and took the photos in front of a window door in our  kitchen so you could see it.

Now normally I leave these toolboxes wood because that seems more original to me but this one was so handmade that the trim pieces didn't match and one side had a wallpapery trim thing so paint was the unifier. I used #missmustardseedmilkpaint with mostly boxwood but some luckett's green mixed in. I lightly waxed the piece and then went to town with the sand paper and dark wax to make the piece look authentically old

A little natural styling with books, eucalyptus, a sugar cone and some red rose hips 

My yellow bundt pan is also adding a little something to this photo.

Here is the box before. Just a simple wood toolbox.

Well back at it.

Talk to you soon,


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Lost and Found

*tap tap tap, is this thing on?*
Well hi there everyone. I guess I accidentally gave myself a blogging hiatus these last few weeks. As I don't do filler posts I just left myself on mute. For those of you emailing and facebooking me I am alive, thank you for your sweet concern.
We redid the basement hallway in black and then I plowed head first into the making and crafting for the Christmas market that is coming up this weekend. My day job has been a complete blast of one disaster after another that I am trying to handle more gracefully on the outside than my brain is screaming on the inside kind of like Jim Carrey as the grinch.  Also because here in Canada, Thanksgiving is over with in October my home is also decorated for Christmas and some people out there get very touchy when they see glitter too early and I'll be honest, I don't want to hear it. I LOVE CHRISTMAS!  and so does my husband so we glitz it out shortly after Halloween.

I am distracting you with photos of a show I went to last weekend with my mom called A Day in the Country sale. I look forward to it every Christmas season and it is a girls only shopping day that lets my mom and I just chilax together and hunt some nice finds.

I am working on lots of photos for Christmas that I hope to share next week. I am super excited about our decor this year and I will also share the final setup of the market I have been tirelessly working on for the last month and a half.
In order to get the Christmas photos I am hoping the sun will peek out a little this week as we have been having a huge snowstorm, polar vortex cold to 60 degrees and rainy. Odd swings for this time of year. 
I gotta hand it to you ladies and gents out there that do shows often. It is a lot of work, planning and stress. When I do my shows at home I can always run inside and grab a hammer, tape, or change. I am trying to be proactive and have everything packed up but I also don't have the nice totes to carry everything. Half the stuff is in crates, a quarter is loose and the other quarter is getting stuffed in big bags so that I can jam as much as possible into my vehicle.

I am super excited to see all of my regular customers this weekend and meet many more from the other vendors that will be there. I think I am all ready to go I still have to hunt a Christmas tree from somewhere to use for display. I am also excited to see all of my ideas come to life.
I just realized last night that in the planning of this show we also landed on small business saturday which is just awesome since we are holding an event with multiple small businesses in our area. So make sure you shop local even just a little this holiday season.

In case I forgot to mention here so far, there are a lot of great goodies coming with me. Pillows galore of course, hand dyed bottle brush trees, grainsack stockings and ornaments, and some really great vintage utensil  ornaments. There is also so much more coming with me, I hope you are all ready for some vintage splendor.

switching conversations to the actual show we are viewing. do you see the antique looking santas in the above photo? oh my word they were certainly gorgeous. i wanted the white one so badly. daryl mcmahon is a gifted artist that i have mentioned here before and his reproduction work is easily the most convincing i have seen in my travels. he hand creates all the pieces but at 250.00 my money is going to my business right now so alas i left him there.
i went to his site and borrowed the below photo so you can see this guy up close.



look at his booth. just s'wonderful.
So that's just a little update with me. I am going to be back later this week with a neat toolbox I updated with paint.
Thanks for sticking around everyone,

Monday, November 3, 2014

Out of the red and into the black

Black walls. They are starting to creep up everywhere you go in blogland. Maybe not black but dark walls are definitely making a comeback again. Our basement hallway has taken a bit of beating from moving furniture in and out, shuffling stock in and out of the garage, an accidental flood from a buddha fountain that caused a ripple in the drywall and paint. 
So, it was time to paint, at least these were the excuses I used. I took down the gallery wall, filled the holes that were no longer going to be in use and then patched the giant ripple that once I started sanding peeled off the old paint like it was oil paint underneath.
Trevor came home when I was in the patching phase with a friend and he just started laughing. I rolled right over the rest of the nail holes and wall plugs for screws.

I was originally thinking of doing an emerald green down here but then was watching Genevieve's renovation on HGTV and saw her do her living room in black and the light bulb went off.
 I am truly in love with my black hallway and have been going to just sit on the rug and look at the pictures.

we also had an uneven joint in our floor at the door so after about a year of looking for the right rug i finally found one from ecarpet gallery at the same time as painting the hallway. score!

trevor bought this italian advertisment for me 14 years ago and to be honest i'm not sure where i had this hung in those days but, i like that the black of the umbrellas stands out against the walls instead of the red writing in its place here. i found this old gold picture light in my stash and hung it over top to add some night time ambiance.

i generally hung the gallery wall back the way it was with the addition of some clipboards to hold the loose papers from our family.

we're still searching for an antique wood door to replace this newer one with the frosted glass but no luck so far. not having a door is not an option as it quarantines animals into other floors to eliminate some chairs they could be hiding underneath when you are trying to leave the house.

sometime this winter we would like to rip up the regular carpet on the stairs that we have found isn't holding up to our abuse from moving the stock up and down with boots on. we will be switching it up to jute like our other staircase.

i had a few of these neat prints i picked from a house in our city but sold a few of them. i kept these 2 and the black with subtle colours looks lovely again the walls.

In case you're new here this is what the hallway looked like before

Have a great Monday


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Saturday, November 1, 2014


Put the ghouls away everyone. It's cold out today and I have a super exciting annoucement for all my local readers/ followers / vintage enthusiasts / and general shopping gangsters!

I am joining forces with a lovely lady out in Fenwick to host the first Christmas Vintage Market on Saturday November 29 from 9-3.

You have heard me mention Jess from Fleurish Designs in the past and she brainstormed an idea to pull together a Christmas market where she could sell her Christmas greens in the form of styled urn inserts, wreaths and even some centerpieces. She asked me to hop on board and of course I did like a steamroller as so many of you have asked me to start hunting vintage Christmas items. Now as if that weren't enough, we have also had some wonderful vendors in the area decide to join us. My absolute favourite soap store Harmony on West is coming, along with some fantastic signs from Apples & Honeycombs, gifts for the kiddos by Bows and Loops, and handmade knitting. I actually bought a scarf from the Heartmade Fibre team at Balls Falls last year so am stoked they will be joining so I can scoop myself another.

Now as if this isn't enough to drag you out into the cold. We will have treats and hot beverages to keep you warm as you find some wonderful gifts for your list of loved ones or throw the list to the reindeer and treat yourself.

We are asking our visitors to help us out with a non-perishable food item to contribute to our local food bank.

I will be bringing tons of vintage and antique goodies, pillows for the winter season in repurposed wools, golds and my new lines made from vintage mail bags and one-of-a-kind patchwork pillows. I have also been working on some wonderful holiday items, ornament wreaths, knit wreaths and antique grainsack stocking ornaments that I will share shortly once I dig a tree out to photograph them with.


Please feel free to share our ad, bring a friend or two.

Now as if this seriously wasn't enough to get excited about, this is only the first show. We are doing a second night show on Thursday December 11 with different vendors at the same location. Details on that night to come.

Have a great weekend everyone,