Thursday, November 4, 2010

Chartreuse & Co. Holiday Preview

  In an effort to help spread the word about our shop in Walkersville, Lynette asked Marian and I if we would like to share her space at Chartreuse & Co.
Chartreuse is a monthly vintage decor tag sale held in a barn over in Buckeyestown, Maryland.  The tag sales are usually held the third weekend of the month, with extra weekend openings around the holidays.
Last month was our first joint effort sale at Chartreuse (a.k.a. the barn), and it was a great success.  
We've been busy getting our holiday decor and gift items ready for tonight's 1st dibs holiday party.  I went over this morning to help Lynette bring in a china cabinet, but I really just wanted to get another peek at all of the beautiful holiday items throughout the barn.  It was like walking into a winter wonderland!
Take a peek at our space:
*You should be able to click on each photo to enlarge it.

I am loving Lynette's china cabinet and the
garlands and sheet music wreaths handmade by Marian. 

This vintage Wolf dress form is one of my latest scores: 

The space really came together easily as the three of us were on the same wavelength with creams, golds, and silvers
Check back within the next few days as I will be posting pictures of Wild Rose & Co. Marketplace.  We've all been busy sprucing up the store!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Lineberry Carts

Do you ever feel like certain things just find you?  I seem to have a knack for finding galvanized tubs and blue Ball jars.  Okay, so maybe the Ball jars are not that hard to find, but it's almost comical- after a day of hunting, I never come home without one.

On Friday I went on a trek for Lineberry carts.  These are the same factory carts Restoration Hardware sells for $795.  Lineberry carts were once used by the railroad for transporting trunks, and furniture factories used them for moving furniture.  I saw an ad on Craigslist for a warehouse sale and these carts were listed.  I thought for sure by the time I got the kids on the bus and drove out there, they would be gone. As luck would have it, they were still there.  I purchased two carts at a fair price, then I continued on my hunt.
I hit a barn sale on the way home, and lo and behold, they had four Lineberry carts for sale! Their prices were waaay better than my first stop. I couldn't pass them up. I had enough money and room left in the truck for one.   
Yesterday my husband and I went back for the rest, and wouldn't you know it, their prices went up!  I was able to bargain with the seller a little bit, and in the end we got the rest of them. 

I was anxious to finish one right away.  I sanded the top using the belt sander, then stained it. Once the stain dried, it was waxed and buffed. 
This one cleaned up fairly quickly, some of the others need a little more tlc.
Here's a peek at the cart after we put it in the store:

I am linking this post to Metamorphosis Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch.

Monday, October 4, 2010

French Gray Sideboard

When I first started treasure hunting for my space at Wild Rose, one of the first things I asked Lynette was, "How do you part with the really good finds?"  She assured me I would get over it quickly.  Well, I'm not too sure of that.  This is one of those pieces that will haunt me when it sells.
I am giving myself a timeline. If it doesn't sell by a certain date (this date keeps changing the more I think about it!), I am bringing it home to begin the snowballing process of transforming our dining room.

I found this beautiful 1930's sideboard at a barn sale. It was in need of some tlc, but I couldn't resist the beautiful details of this piece.

Parts of the veneer were peeling, or completely chipped off.

Some of the decorative trim was about to fall off, and it did, the moment I began to clean the sideboard.
As you can see, the top was quite damaged. It's hard to see in the photo, but these rings had to be sanded out.
Thanks to these imperfections, I didn't have to ask the mahogany gods for too much forgiveness once I decided to paint it.

I used the orbital sander to get it ready for priming. I probably only needed to sand the top, but it really cleaned it up, and hey, power tools are fun.
The detail work was caked with dirt.  It took a screw driver, some Murphy's spray, and q-tips to clean out the grooves and reveal the beautiful detail at the base. 

I used stainable wood glue to repair the loose veneer, then I used clamps to hold it in place until dry.  I used wood filler where the veneer was totally gone. Once the wood filler dried, I sanded it down.  It wasn't a totally perfect patch job, but that's okay since I was distressing this piece.

A small portion of the base of one of the doors was worn through so that when the door closed it did not catch on the stopper.  Instead the door pushed inward. I had my husband put a length of shoe molding just inside the cabinet doors to act as a stopper.

I used a gray spray primer before painting the sideboard a nice French gray.  The gray base added nice depth to the detail work so that I didn't have to go crazy when painting with the French gray. You do have to be careful if you choose to distress a piece that has been primed gray.  If not, you will end up with black scuff marks.
After distressing it with sandpaper, I used just a little antiquing glaze over the entire piece. I wiped it on with a damp cloth, concentrating on the distressed areas and the detail work.  I used just enough glaze so that it took away the freshly painted look.

For the most part, the interior was in great shape. It drives me crazy when I come across a beautiful piece of furniture only to open a drawer and find gum or who knows what stuck to the drawers. 
This time I really just had to vacuum out behind the drawers and I wiped down the shelves with pledge. There were a few spots right when you opened the cabinets that needed a little sanding. As far as the interior goes, the silverware drawer needed the most attention.

This drawer was felted in purple. It was stained and dirty. I vacuumed out the drawer and recovered it in black adhesive backed felt found in the craft aisle at Walmart.

It really transformed the drawer.

As a final touch, I applied clear Briwax to the top as a protective coat.  I used a clean rag, applying the wax in a circular motion.  It does not appear glossy, it just gives it a little bit of protection.  We use Briwax on our farm tables, too.  It is sold in a can, and you can find it at many antique and furniture stores.

With the exception of a minor mishap with a spilled bottle of antiquing glaze, this was a fairly painless transformation.
I will be linking this post to Metamorphosis Monday and Furniture Feature Friday.

Furniture Feature Fridays

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Wild Rose & Co.

Last weekend marked the grand opening of Wild Rose & Company Marketplace.  It was a smashing success!  Thank you to those of you who came out to support us!

I have been trying to get things back to normal around here now that things have calmed down a little. Getting the house back in order, and trying to get back into a better routine. (I hate to admit it, but with all that's been going on, we've had more than our fair share of takeout these past couple of weeks!)  I also have quite a few projects waiting for my attention out in the garage. Stay tuned!
Here are some photos of the shop:
(You should be able to click on each photo to get a better view.)

There are six spaces, but we try to mix things up a little bit to help make it all come together. For instance, Wendy and Lindsay placed their table and chairs with Lynette's hutch to create a welcoming display.
check out Marian's goodies displayed on Gail's chicken coop table:

Don't you just love the way Wendy and Lindsey of Beans and Buttons set up their space pictured below?

Here's my space, with Gail's gorgeous chalkboard sitting atop my 1930's sideboard. You can spot Miss Mustard Seed's wares to the left.
The pine farm table, coffee table, and blue cabinet were handmade by my husband. (He's quite the catch!) 

 I love how Gail pulled her space together. I have my eye on the shoe rack pictured above on the left. She has also inspired me to get moving on the slipcover for my wing back chair!

Gail, Lynette,Marian, and myself
Lynette did an incredible job pulling it all together. This is turning out to be bigger and better than we had imagined!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

sneak peek

Here's a sneak peek at my space at Wild Rose & Company Marketplace.  It still needs a little tweaking, but I was anxious to get a picture up. Our Grand Opening is tomorrow, so if you are in the area, please stop in and say hello!

Wild Rose & Company Marketplace
21 West Pennsylvania Avenue
Walkersville, MD 21793

Saturday: 10 am until 5 pm
Sunday: 11am until 3 pm
Tuesday-Friday: 10 am until 6 pm.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Opportunity Knocked

I know you've been wondering where I've been.
Hanging out at estate sales, barn sales, and even an auction house. Throw in some time in the garage and a bunch of time in front of the computer.  All in preparation for my new venture. 

I will soon be one of seven vendors at the new Wild Rose and Company Marketplace in Walkersville, MD.  The shop will be a collaboration of seven women selling antiques, home furnishings, and accessories.  
The Marketplace is the brainchild of a wonderfully creative and talented woman, Lynette Hasselgren of Wild Rose Home Decor. (She's not one to toot her own horn, but her home has been in Better Homes and Gardens!) 

When Lynette first approached me with the idea, I was excited, but hesitant. Would this really work? Would the amount of time I would need to put into it pay off?  I am not a risk taker.  In the past, I probably would have talked myself out of it and chalked it up to something I would do "someday,"  but it dawned on me that this was the time. This was the opportunity I had been wanting.  This was the sort of thing I have always dreamed about.  A creative outlet and a way to hopefully earn a little money doing something I enjoy. All while being able to be home with my children.  So, I went with it, and  I am so glad I did, because this is turning out to be something bigger and better than I ever imagined.  

Lynette has put together an amazing ensemble and I am honored to be a part of such an incredibly talented group of women:


We will be opening on Saturday, September 25th!    Needless to say, I will be very busy in the coming weeks, but I will do my best to keep you updated! 

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Finding Balance

These days I am finding my life to be more about balancing than juggling.  While the children and our home keep me busy with day to day stuff,  my biggest challenge is to find a balance. To look out for my own interests and dreams, not just those of my husband and our children.  To remind myself that giving so much of myself for the benefit of our family should not mean I abandon my other dreams in the process.  
I am so incredibly grateful to have a husband who gets this. 

On another note, two-thirds of our offspring go back to school this week.  I'm sure I will have some melancholic mornings as I send them off to school, but I assure you, I will get over this quickly. ;)
I am looking forward to posting more regularly, and getting you caught up on all that we've been up to around here.  

* The scale pictured above is my favorite find from our getaway to Maryland's Eastern Shore. I will be sharing more about that trip in the near future.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Still Here

I apologize for my lack of posting these days.  It's been non-stop busy around here.  Thankfully all good things.....and even more good things in the works. 
I just wanted to check in and let you know I'm still here.   :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Love At First Sight

                                                                   photo from Country Living

I am in love with this whole set up......the tufted chair, the burlap covered ottoman, the ruffled pillow.  

*Go here to see more of designer Lauren Ross' home. 

no luck with lenses

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, the motor went out on my camera lens.  Rather than spend the money on having the lens repaired, I was thinking of replacing, or even upgrading, to a better lens.  I totally lucked out when a friend of mine offered to send me her 18-55mm Canon lens as a replacement. 
I had already spent some time researching lenses, so I decided I wanted to branch out a little and try some additional lenses.  Ritz Camera no longer carries Canon product, so I had to drive about 40 minutes to get to an actual camera shop that does.  I am happy with the 18-55mm, but I would love a little more zoom for soccer, tee ball, etc.   I also wanted to check out some of the fixed lenses.  There were a couple of lenses I liked, but they will have to go on my wish list for now. I opted to buy the 50mm fixed lens.  It was reasonably priced, and I thought it would be a good way for me to start getting my feet wet.
I was excited to bring it home and play around with it.  I took some garden shots (see above), and then after dinner we took the kids for a drive.   I took some shots of them on the playground, and then we drove over to a nearby covered bridge.  When we got home, as I was getting out of the truck, the flap on my camera bag opened up and out dropped my new lens! The glass did not break, but the thing split into two pieces! UGH!  I hadn't even owned it 8 hours!  This was not my week for camera lenses. 
My husband was able to snap it back together, and it seems to be taking okay pictures, but I am not totally convinced it's as good as new. 


As I'm writing this, I'm watching some DVR'd episodes of American Pickers.  I am amazed at the restraint these guys use when they walk into these treasure troves! 


Sunday, July 11, 2010



These photos were taken over a week ago, before the autofocus on my lens stopped functioning.   I have about a hundred shots of this same butterfly.  It would flutter around, fly away, then come right back.  Isn't it beautiful?


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

sounds of summer

Letting the breeze in through the windows today.  I have grown so accustomed to air conditioning, that I am missing out on those sounds I love. Birds chirping, cicadas singing, the water trickling through the fountain.   It's the cicadas I miss the most. That sound brings me right back to city summers....yes, there are cicadas in Queens......and we do have yards there. (One of the first questions my husband asked me when we first met was if I had a backyard or a fire escape.  I think he envisioned all of Queens looking like Eddie Murphy's neighborhood in Coming to America.)

  We didn't have air conditioning growing up. Summers were hot. and sticky.  We had fans, but that didn't even seem to help most nights.  When I was very young, my bedroom was on the first floor of the house. With the windows open I would hear my older brothers and their friends running between the houses playing Ring-a-lario in the dark.  Ring-a-lario 1-2-3! Ring-a-lario 1-2-3!  I would hear Mister Softee's jingle and wish I could get a chocolate cone with rainbow sprinkles. 
As I got older, my room was upstairs in the back of the house.  There was lots to hear through those windows.....
The grandmother around the corner yelling at Mister Softee to lower his music. I can still hear her shrill voice, and you can too, if you imagine Edith Bunker yelling, "QUIET! The baaaby's sleeping!!!!!"
Drag racing on the strip almost a mile away.
The occasional crash.
Voices from the television in the family room down below passing up through the steamy air into my window.
Cars driving down the side street, booming music.
Crickets. Always crickets. Even amongst those other sounds of summer.
And in the morning.....cicadas and sprinklers.