Wow! This week has just flown for me! Sleep, get up, work on my Christmas space at Monticello's, go home, and then get up, and do it again! With a final sprinkle of some faux snow, (hey, that rhymes!) I am finished! The show starts tomorrow at 8am. Grab your eggnog lattes, and head on in for some serious Christmas inspiration. Here are a few pictures of what I've been working on all week.
Not only do I love angels at Christmas time, I also love vintage Santa's! They just have a special look.
Don't forget to look up!, because I have filled up my space as high as I can go!
Don't forget that Uncovered Ruby is having a girl's night out from 4-8pm tomorrow too.
I'm ready for you there as well. I have spread my Christmas cheer every where! Happy Holiday's!
A week ago, the picture outside my window looked like this.....So pretty!!
But lately, my dreaming of a white Christmas has been more of this! I have been on a non-stop marathon getting ready to make my debut at the Monticello Christmas show this Friday, December 3rd.
The usual, lots of sanding, painting, cleaning, pricing. What do I take first? Do I have enough stuff? How much furniture can I fit into a 10x5 space? I'm feeling abit stressed!!! Tomorrow is move in day for me to set up. I am sooo ready....... but not everything is ready. Is it ever??!! As the saying goes, "Keep calm, and carry on". No time to keep calm!! I have stuff to do!
Maybe if I were a concrete cherub, I could look this calm. He will be going to Monticello.
This dresser really turned out nice. I was thinking it would make a nice buffet too. So, the Christmas show at Monticello starts Friday at 0800. Then, Uncovered Ruby's is having a girl's night out from 4pm-8pm on the same day. So much excitement in one day! The shop really does look beautiful, and everyone will be have things on sale. I just love a vintage Christmas.
I have lots to tell! But first, I would like to say good-bye to Jack. I look forward to his visit every year. Halloween is probably my most fun holiday to decorate up the house. I have lots of vintage Halloween, but this year I choose to put up only my most precious things, and keep it simple.
Could it be that my life is actually getting simpler? If you saw my house, you'd think not! It's currently very cluttered! I think after becoming a dealer, that going out whole hog for every holiday just doesn't seem as important anymore.
Girls of Uncovered Ruby. Sounds like a calender, doesn't it? We do like to get together "after hours" too. And we even have some fun! Have you ever tried to run with a pumpkin between your legs? Well, I can check that off my list now! From left to right, me, Karen, Sally, Lisa, and Nina.
Now, on to some of my big news! I have moved to a bigger space at the shop. It seems that I have acquired alot of furniture lately, and I needed a bigger showcase. Good time to get out some Christmas things, while I'm at it. I do love my new space! Come find me tucked in the back of the shop. I have brought alot of new things in.
Now I have room to display this buffet. It's a perfect time, because the holiday's are coming up, and you'll be having lots of company.
Can't forget Thanksgiving!
I even have an old workbench in my new space! I love it!
Cute vintage dresser!
I have been saving this mantel for Christmas time. It is beautifulall decked out for Christmas! It's six feet wide, with lots of room to display on. It wouldn't break my heart if it didn't sell right away. The Christmas lights are so pretty!
Hang on to your bonnet.... I have more news! I will be a guest vendor for the Christmas show at Monticello in December. I am very excited about this! So, you can see, I have alot going on, and alot to do! Did I actually say something earlier about living life simpler? !
The last Vintage Gathering flea market of the year is this Saturday, September 25th, from 8-4. You could start your day with us, and then mosey on up to BarnHouse, which opens at 9:00. We are hoping for some nice weather, so Mother Nature can get all this rain out of her system now! My birthday is on Thursday, and I can't ever remember her raining on my parade! Of course we are having a record rainfall in our neck of the woods, but the show must go on. I found this perfect old crackly and crazed dresser a few weeks ago at an estate sale. All it needed was a bath, and some new knobs. Why do people always loose the knobs?!
I almost didn't buy this table with the metal legs, and nail head tacks, cuz it wouldn't fit in my car. But then the guy said his dad made this for a hunting table, and the metal legs unscrewed for easy traveling. Say no more, it's mine!
This table was from a different sale. I swear the guy was a hoarder. It was the only thing that I picked up, that he was willing to let go for a reasonable price. His shed was full of stuff, but most of it was falling apart, and to him, it was worth alot more than I was willing to pay. An old rusty flour sifter was 5 dollars. No thank-you!
Back to the estate sale..........I would say this old library table, was the most exciting thing I found! It has two drawers on the other side. It would be so cool for a dining table.
This old cupboard will be great for displaying stuff. It has a bunch of shelves inside too. More painting to do!
I almost didn't see this quilt at the estate sale, cuz I was so busy looking at all the cool junk. From the corner of my eye, I saw a lady hold it up, and for some reason, she didn't want it. I did a show motion run over there, looked at it, and it was all hand stitched! This quilt was huge! I can't ever imagine having that much time in my life to do something so beautiful as that. I don't know that much about quilts, but I know it was worth alot more than what I gladly paid.
Does anyone know what a quilt this size might go for? So much to learn in this business.
Also found an old industrial cart at the estate sale. If I were smart, I would keep this to haul all my junk around. I'll keep it for awhile ..........I have at least another show planned, but we'll save that for another day.
This Saturday, September 18th, be sure and set your clock early, cuz the party starts at 8AM! The back parking lot will be magically transformed into a full blown flea market, with alot of very talented vendors anxiously awaiting you. If you have not started your fall decorating, this is sure to get you in the mood! I know I can hardly wait!
I have a really cute vanity and bench for sale inside the shop at Uncovered Ruby. Did I mention that the shop is having a sale too? Another good reason to come early!
I snapped only a few pictures of my booth, as I will be taking another load before the sale this Saturday. I can't show you everything...........that would ruin the fun!
On another note, I might as well show you what I've been up too. I've been up to my eyeballs in paint! When I found those three finials, the color was all wrong. They turned out as beautiful as I imagined! I am finding that the more that I paint, the more confident I am becoming with my projects. I am learning so much! Someday I hope to graduate to power tools!
I love old mirrors! Don't you? I have quite a few in my house. I have so many, that some people might think I'm vain. Nah.............
This cubby shelf thing has been sitting in the garage waiting for paint, for almost a year now. I finally felt inspired to paint it. Those cubby holes took some time!
I saw a picture in a magazine of a painted cuckoo clock, and I thought it was so beautiful! Of course it was alot of moola too. So I said to myself, if I ever find a cuckoo clock, I'm going to do that! Did I also mention that I found this last summer? My statue of limitations is a year......do it now.....or I never, ever, will. I didn't feel too bad spray painting it, cuz it doesn't work any more, but a cuckoo clock is like a work of art. Just because it doesn't work, doesn't mean it isn't beautiful.
Well, I've been blogging enough about my personal life on my last two posts. Now I need to get back to some good junky business! Remember that really hot day about a month ago, that reached a 100 degrees? Well, it turned out to be a very good junking day for me. There weren't too many garage saler's out that day, so I didn't have to fight anybody off! This big corner shelf will have to get some new paint. On the shelf is a vintage rooster, a funny sign, and an old cookie jar. On the ground is an old army blanket, chalkware doggie dish, a ledger, and old tin.
I thought this rolling cart was cool, cuz it folds up. A couple of old metal kids chairs, a couple of old wheels, old metal rakes, old drawer, shabby shutters, and some picket fence.
I always have to pick up vintage Christmas stuff. It's never to early to be thinking about Christmas. This Santa is cute, he is battery operated.
Another pile of stash! An old toolbox, granite ware muffin tin, and coffeepot, old scale, large enamelware pitcher, shabby stool, and a shabby lamp. This is all such great stuff for some Fall decorating!
A Victorian doll buggy, with a couple of old dolls to boot!
Love the chair in the middle! I have never seen a chair as pretty, and dainty as this! The lady I got this from said her mother had all different chairs around the kitchen table, and this was one of those chairs. The two darker oak chairs are just classics. The shabby little footstool has already got a new paint job. And a wrought iron spiral shelf to display your pumpkins on.
Cute little old rusty wagon, metal shelves, and a John Deere tractor. My daddy was a farmer, and he swore by good old John Deere. Another old ledger, and old horsehair brush.
Oh yes! the garage sale gods were very good to me! I actually found this stuff by simply following a sign. It wasn't on the list, but some times you just have to venture off the planned list! A very nice vintage dress form, wicker dress form, shoe forms, suitcase, hanger display form, and train case. I've already repainted the cute little dresser. No ivy for me please!
The hubs started fixing this dresser, as soon as I got it home. It has a bunch of ornate molding, so it will look great after some paint.
Got this from an estate sale of an old WW2 vet. He was a Flying Tiger.
This is his old army trunk, another shabby wagon, and rusty wheelbarrow for some fun Fall displays. Gotta go, the hubs is calling me to go to the gym. I gotta keep fit, cuz junking isn't for the weak!