Posts Tagged ‘vintage’

Pepping Up a Tree Skirt

December 6, 2010


Moving = consolidating = discovery that I owned three handmade tree skirts.  The white one is on its’ way to NYC to cover the base of our son and daughter-in-law’s white tree.  One red one is being saved (short term) until I see if our other son and his wife would like it.  And number three got a quickie face-lift.

Here it is in its before state – a little bare with too many mystery stains on it.

I added more handmade felt bells from an unfinished tablecloth project I inherited along the way.  I glued them on with Fabri-Tac glue.  Then I used E-6000 glue to add the vintage Japanese holly sprays and the mother of pearl buttons. 

During the process, our kitty Harry slept on it overnight and declared it all good!


Ruffles & Rust Class Kits

October 8, 2010


I’ve been having fun assembling the class kits for the upcoming fabulous Ruffles & Rust show on Oct. 22 and 23.  The muffin tins are brimming with loot for the Baubles and Bling bracelet class, which is scheduled for Saturday, the 23rd, from 2 – 4 p.m.

Here’s a sample of what we’re going to create.

Rayon seam binding has been drying in all sorts of crinkly shapes on my kitchen window sill for the Relics and Ribbons necklace workshop set for 10 a.m. – noon that day.

Here’s a picture of the necklace we’ll be making.

Your class kits will include everything you need.  Plus it will even be better than the sample in this picture because I brought back French skeleton keys for all the necklaces!

There are some spots left in both classes.  To find out more and how to register, go to this link.

Your class fee even includes your admission to Saturday’s show, which promises to be spectacular!

Day Three – Avignon Brocante

September 29, 2010

There was shopping.

And music.

And textiles.

And drinking.

And people watching.

Then we went to Isle sur la Sorge, and did and saw more of the blissful same!  Paradise times two.

Paris in 48 Hours

September 22, 2010

Paris in September = magnificent!  We had two days before the Provence Vintage Buying Tour began, so we hit the streets as soon as we could get out of our taxi and park our bags in the lobby of our hotel in the Marais district.  This was the first picture I took.  Raoul looks darn good after a 10 hour flight.  Seeing outfits like this in shop after shop, kept my energy flowing.

One of our first stops was to replenish my tea supply at Mariage Freres – a kilo of two of my favorites.

Another priority stop was Free’P’Star – a wonderful vintage and second-hand clothing store in the Marais.  I did well in the 3 euros per item bin, as well as the scarves for one euro each.  I even went crazy and bought a lovely, hand-embroidered nightgown for a whopping 10 euros. 

We walked and walked.

And ate at places like this and people watched.

I was so flattered that shop keepers greeted and spoke to me in French this time around.  I am determined to return the favor when we return for our next visit. 

As much as I adore Provence, I truly love Paris as well!

Drinks at the Brocante with Corey Amaro

September 20, 2010

Following the BEST SHOPPING DAY OF MY LIFE (more to come on that very soon) at a French brocante in Provence, we were given the gift to have drinks with one of my girl crushes – Corey Amaro of Tongue in Cheek!  I have to say our group (left to right:  Judy, Beth, Cathy G, Jill, Corey, Cathy C and Sandra) looks really good in this shot taken in the late afternoon.  Corey had been shopping since 6 a.m. (hard core), and we had been shopping our hearts out by 9 a.m. (still training to be hard core).

Jill Mitchell (wearing the stylish hat) of Le Trip was our tour guide extraordinaire, and waited to share this surprise with our group until this extra special day.

Corey was charming and gracious beyond belief. 

Jill and Corey had first met at a mutual friend’s party.  There was an animated discussion about what they wore at that soiree.

It also amazed me how Corey kept herself so fresh and clean looking after nine hours of shopping a dusty brocante.

We were enchanted.  And absolutely a flutter, when Corey invited us to visit her in the future!

Plus it was pretty hard to keep all eyes on Corey with these two good lookers, Corey’s French Husband, and The Good Husband, my Raoul, at the other end of our table.

Simply put, it was an amazing day!  And we had a week full of them.

Beth’s Money Shot in Provence

September 16, 2010


I have a ton of photos of our recent fantastic Vintage Buying Tour of Provence to share with you.  I decided to start off by posting my money shot.  Here we have the famous French Husband of Corey Amaro, well known for her hugely popular Tongue In Cheek blog, on the left.  Sitting with him is my husband, Raoul, now known as The Good Husband.  He was given this name by our fabulous group of fellow travelers.  These two good lookers had a great time sharing stories about women they know and their penchants for buying and collecting too much stuff. 

While they were having a good visit, our group was having an afternoon drink with Corey herself!  On Monday, I’ll share those pictures, and how this surprise visit took place.  Plus oodles of other pictures of this glorious trip will be coming your way.

Ruffles and Rust Classes

August 31, 2010

I’m so happy to be teaching two classes at the Ruffles and Rust show on October 23, 2010.  Please visit the Come Junk With Us blog to learn all about this fabulous show and how to register for the classes.  Tiffany Kirchner-Dixon of The Fancy Farmgirl will be teaching two exciting classes as well that day.

Relics and Ribbons Necklace 

You’ll connect sections of chains, crinkled ribbons, and hand-dyed laces together into one-of-a-kind shapes.  Imagine three loops of necklace around your neck.  You may choose to make one chain by threading beads onto eyelet pins that hook one onto another for a vintage rosary look.  We’ll add rescued beads, buttons, keys, chandelier crystals and various found objects onto a large focal point ring.  There will be plenty of bling, rusty relics and true French flea market finds.  The look of your necklace may be hip and edgy to glamourusty. 

All materials will be provided in a workshop kit.  Please feel free to bring any special trinkets, charms, jewelry bits and bobs you might want to add.  The color palette of your kit will be in neutral shades of creams, greys and metallics.  Tools to bring – two pairs of chain or needle nose pliers, round nose pliers and wire cutters. 

The cost of this class is $65, which includes your admission into this hot show.

Baubles and Bling Bracelet

A sturdy chain will be adorned with a treasure trove of found objects – bobbins, key tags, coins, monopoly markers, rhinestones, buttons, beads, charms, zipper pulls and a collection of other salvaged items.  Snippets of ribbons and hand-dyed laces can be tied on or woven through your chain.  You’ll be able to fashion a look that ranges from urban industrial to romantic chic.  If you are new to jewelry making or more experienced, you’ll have a bunch of fun making this bracelet. 

All materials will be provided in a workshop kit.  Please feel free to bring any special trinkets, charms, jewelry bits and bobs you might want to add.  The color palette of your kit will be in neutral shades of creams, greys and metallics.  Tools to bring – two pairs of chain or needle nose pliers, round nose pliers and wire cutters.

The cost of this class is $45, which includes your admission into this don’t-miss show.

There’s way more info about the Ruffles and Rust show, including the scoop on the Bloggers/Facebook Fans Ball and early shopping on Friday evening at Come Junk With Us.  Plus you can register right away for the classes on-line. 

You do not want to miss this show of shows!

Saving Stuff

August 27, 2010

When stuff is sentimental, my purging abilities come to a huge halt.  My  mom loved stuff too.  She even wrote notes about her favorite possessions on index cards, and kept them in a recipe box.  I’m glad she did, or I would have forgotten this great story.

The card says:

Doll dishes (blue with butterflies)

early 1920s

Blue – my first set of dishes

Cat jumped out of my arms, knocking cupboard down – broke all but these

2 plates

1 cup & saucer

1 sugar bowl and cream

1979 appraisal $10.00

2010 appraisal – There will be room for these at our new house.

Bling for Bracelets

August 20, 2010

I love a good estate sale.  You park your car, and your pulse quickens when you see it is the right kind of house.  Someone lived here for a long time.  There are vintage items spilling out the door onto the porch and yard.  I’ve been staying away from this kind of shopping because it is so addictive.  But I am gathering rhinestone buttons for my upcoming classes at Ruffles and Rust on October 23.  I’ll teach a Baubles and Bling Bracelet and a Relics and Ribbon Necklace.  (More details will be coming soon on how to register.)

So when I heard about an estate sale with thousands of buttons,  I headed to Seattle.  This is my bounty of bling.  I was happy with my haul.  And happy with myself for not filling up my car!