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Girls can play with hammers too….

Guess who tore apart her first pallet tonight? This girl! It’s seriously hard work. I broke a few boards. But, I can still use them for other projects. I cannot tell you how excited I am to finally be at a point where the house is put together enough to do projects.

The right tools make a HUGE difference in time and sweat. But, I feel pretty good about the work I did. I found a pallet breaker online for about $80, haven’t been able to find it in a store yet. So for tonight, I used a crowbar, rubber mallet, hammer, and gloves. It’s important to practice safety. If you don’t have the right tools, borrow them. Like I did. From the husbands workbench.

Back to my excitement. Let me be honest, it was not an easy task. There is a lot of hammering involved. The thin end of the crowbar must go under the board and be tapped in far enough to lift the nail. The nails are twisted, so they really grab the wood. This makes it difficult to lift and is also what keeps the pallets strong.

Even though a few boards broke, but I was able to get enough good boards for my project. (Stay tuned to next weeks blog, it’s a surprise and an original) They are fairly straight and in good shape. My next steps will be to sand and stain them. I am considering the steel wool and vinegar stain, which I will start tonight. Being that most pallets are made from pine, it may not darker up much. If that’s true with this pallet wood, I may go over it with another stain, until I get my desired result.  image







I ended up with some great nails that I will reuse for my project. This is a tribute to my grandmother. When she married my grandfather, they built their first house from wood they reclaimed from an old ranger station in Big Bear. They took it down board by board, she straighten all the nails and they brought it back to the Rosemead area. This was in the era just after World War 2, when there was very little available in terms of wood and steel. Very special story to me. She has always been an inspiration. And feisty. I inherited that. image

Besides the nails and boards, I ended up with a nice little pile of kindling to start the campfire on my next camping trip. Scheduled for Never. I don’t camp.

Thanks for reading…Amy

Salvage Salvage Salvage

black dog

Black Dog Salvage Roanoke Virginia


Pasadena Architectural Salvage

I love finding salvage stores. I have been tracking them down online everywhere I can think of: Pinterest, Instagram and googling different keywords to find them. The plan is to eventually get out of town and visit some in other states. Road Trip anyone? So here are my 3 list toppers of the biggest and the best.

1-Everyone has seen their tv show, Salvage Dawgs, now for their shop. It’s called Memorial Bridge Marketplace,in Roanoke Virginia. Wow! This is a outlet for vendors and how cool would it be to have your creations in there? Black Dog Salvage itself does some high end projects from churches to old houses to barns. These owners have it all figured out, some of those pieces are not easy to get to or get out. Plus the guys are funny, which always gets me interested. It’s on the list for sure.

2-Architectural Salvage in Louisville Kentucky. Might as well see the country if we’re dreaming. I have been stalking this place for awhile. The pictures they have up on Pinterest are always well done and draw your interest.

3-This one I know I will make it to. I already have. Pasadena Architectural Salvage is close to me and I have posted pictures of their beautiful wares on Instagram. I intend to go back and actually  buy a few items. The original hardware that they carry is so detailed it puts the newer ones to shame. Buildings were done with such detail back 80-90 or more years ago, when you look at places now most of them do not have the charm and character of older ones. Great store just to go in and stare. That’s allowed but I’m sure buying is welcomed too. They were very nice as we wandered through. I love a store that notices when someone walks in and says a quick hello.

Those start off my list, I will post some more in a later blog. Let us know if you have a favorite.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie


Chalk it up to good taste…

imageThis past weekend we took a trip out to Old Town Tustin to visit their flea market. The market is sponsored by Whimzy, a cute little store with a collection of finds ranging from sparkly to just the right odd piece for your project. They offer classes too. Whimzy’s hours are limited to the 4th Sunday of the month. Same day and time as the Vintage fleamarket of Old Town Tustin. It’s a small venue, but with fabulous finds!

I met some great vendors at this market. Rina at Rustic and Refined had some wonderful antique pieces, including a bed frame that I just knew my mom would want for a bench….. Sure enough, she tried to get my husband to bring it home. I loved the way Rina had her booth set up. Very eye catching and chic and simply adorable. Find her on Instagram at rusticandrefined_vintage

Junkyard Junky-Kathi Williams recently started with Tustin fleamarket, she has carefully selected pieces that would make incredible accents in any home.  She had a window that would work well for any project, it was wood and lightweight. Then she had some adorable metal hearts. I’ve been wanting one of these, but with unpacking still to do, I’m not sure where it would go. So, I will keep it for a day when I need to spoil myself. Find her at Junkyardjunky on Instagram.

Our last stop was a meet and greet with Timi Morales. She owns Shabby Antiques. She had some great eclectic pieces that I couldn’t get enough of! From chalk boards to ‘Lucy’ signs. She had a  beautiful rustic chandelier with crystals that needs to hang in my home office (because, who doesn’t need a chandelier in their office?) What a great personality too! She and Bonnie got along perfectly. Find her at wiked_girlie on IG.

This is a definite to add to your fleamarket stops. Armstrong Gardens is across the street and with the great shops and restaurants down there, you can make a day of it!

Thanks for reading ……Amy

Shabby Chic Envy

FB_IMG_1440789454079 (2).jpgI am filled with envy, just look at this room! The walls, the border, the bed, the vanity, the lighting, the bedspread and on and on. No idea where this picture came from, I ran across it  and would love to credit the owner. What a great job!! And the headboard looks like old wood? Amazing.

Take me home Country Roads

I want a bench! Actually I want this bench or at least to make one like it. Saw it today at Country Roads in Orange. It is perfect for me, small, white, salvage, cozy, cute, chic-you get the idea. If any of my family wants to buy me a present (hint,hint Amy) this would be it. It even has a place to put a small comforter in case my sister wants to make me one (hint, hint Sherry). The little table and ice cream chairs are a cute set too. Lots of good stuff at this store and tons more stores to look at in the pretty city of Orange. We usually drive around staring at the historic houses for awhile each trip too. It is a great place for daydreaming.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie


Booth at Country Roads Orange Ca

Pallet Projects


We were at Driving Miz  Daisy last week and started noticing all the items made with pallets. It is amazing!!! We have a board on our Pinterest page so we can pin and go back and drool over some of these wonderful ways to reuse, basically, old boards. Go look at it, you’ll be surprised at all the different projects. It’s very rewarding when you think that before this movement got going, alot of these pallets were just rotting away somewhere. Granted millions of them get reused for storage but they all come to the end of their life at some point. Oh, but now that’s not true. That’s where we all come in-making new furniture, being green and helping save our planet, moving commerce along by buying these items  and, not the least, making a living for some of you. Not us—yet!!



So we picked out a few of the projects that we thought were a little different. We’ve all seen the tables and the wine racks and the flags, not that they aren’t fantastic, but these ideas are expanding past the first ideas that came on the scene.



designspiration for Bow Arts show

On our Instagram page-yes we are everywhere-we have made contact with some inspired entrepreneurs who use pallets. Wow!  We only wish hope and pray we get as good as them. It is really an honor to see the workmanship. We will be highlighting some of the people we have met through Instagram in later blogs. What a great community it is. We have come across people that, honestly, we never would have come in contact with before Instagram. We get a chance to see the talent from all over the world. It expands past where we can physically go. And the ideas are sooooo good.

We think the swing is so clever. We only need a big tree branch and it would be in both our yards. How relaxing and fun to go back a few years ( a few???) and remember long summer days outside. And the sign!! How great is it, highlighting exactly what you want customers to “get” at your venue, so smart. We are definitely taking notice. Congrats to all of you.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy



Driving Miz Daisy

This past Sunday was Mother’s Day. As a mom I usually spent this day on the couch with a sick child. No joke, I can remember at least 8 Mother’s Days caring for a little one. Our duties never stop, not even for a day we are to be celebrated. So it was wonderful when I got to go out and spend the day with my mom, husband, and my step-daughter. My daughter lives far away and my son is active duty military, but they sent the sweetest most heart felt messages. (Happy Mama)

My mom (Bonnie) has been telling me about Driving Miz Daisy for months! So, I was quite excited to go and see for myself. They have lots of vendors, not overwhelming, but like the Three Bears…just enough. Plus, food trucks!!!! How can you go wrong with this combination? To top it off, it’s FREE to attend and park. SWEET!

Driving Miz Daisy is held the 2nd Sunday of each month, at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. Morning with Miz Daisy, afternoon at the beach. Sounds like perfection to me.

Among the vendors are those that custom create their wares and those that give new life to salvaged or forgotten pieces. My mom has gotten to know ( English professor would not forgive this) several of the vendors that travel to these shows. The first she wanted to show me was Far Away Hood Designs.

Noelle and Kelly are the mother-daughter duo behind this brain child. They create custom signs on the spot, while you wait. LOVE. You pick out the wood background and the letters or symbols and such, and they assemble for you. They are an outgoing adorable pair. Denise, their “trusty assistant” is so sweet and helpful. We ended buying several pieces to adorn the barn door we are building. Each piece represents one of our children or our marriage. Family is most important. Check these ladies out at and on Instagram.

The next booth I fell in love with had this incredible salvaged antique miniature church. I later found out it had found a new home, JOY! Sweet Peas Vintage Finds. Another mother-daughter team, (see the theme here?) Tammie and Helen. The sweetest ladies and they laughed at my joke! (My husband won’t let me play with power tools, because he pays for the health insurance and knows I’m a klutz) These two take some road trips, I wish I could join them on. They truly have amazing finds. They are also on Instagram SWEET_PEAS_VINTAGE_FINDS.

You can also find both of these vendors through our Instagram, weremadabout

I really enjoyed spending the day with my mom. We got her a large hanging succulent basket for her porch and treated her to lunch. I think she was pretty happy. She definitely deserves to be spoiled.

I hope all you Mama’s had a wonderful Mother’s Day as well.


Thanks for reading….Amy

Weekend Plans anyone?

This is where we are going on Sunday. It should be a good place to pick up odds and ends to finish some of our projects. It’s always fun to pick through craft stuff!

See you there. We’ll post what we get on instagram also.

Thanks for reading… we’re mad about.

Treasures n Junk


Treasures n Junk



I had forgotten about this store for awhile and I’m glad I dropped in there today so I could tell you guys about it. It’s at 215 S. San Antonio in Ontario Ca. Phone is 909 983-3300. It is a consignment store filled with many booths and a great outdoor area. That’s where I saw those huge blue letters. So cool.

Then I wandered around inside and found this bed redone with Paint and Paddles-according to the sign. Love it, someone did a great job. The booths are all individual, there is quite a collection of painted furniture, lots of original metal signs and odds and ends. Some of the booths were similar to the one shown space 30, done so cute in all pink stuff. Some had more vintage items than others, some had old machinery and gas station pumps. There is so much stuff men would like, that helps to  make it a trip for the whole family. Old books, game boards,toys,car club signs and license plates abound.

Be sure to go outside to the patio-like area with fake store fronts like a sheriff and a pony express office. Lots of old patio furniture waiting to be saved, maybe repainted and new cushions. I saw a collection of fire hydrants, an old bird bath, several metal chairs, bikes, pumps, stained glass-you name it they have it. Fun place to spend a couple of hours, dreaming about all the old stuff, and a great place to finish off your collection of ???

Thanks for reading…Bonnie










Ever since I discovered creating with salvaged parts, I see inspiration everywhere. Seeing piles of pallets excites me. I’ve always saved lengths of ribbon from packages and reused it. Lined my drawers with the beautiful gift wrap from my aunts and grandmother.Being green is reusing, repurposing and I think it’s the nostalgia that draws me to it.

Now that upcycled items and pallets are part of amazing project ideas,and I see them weekly at all the swap meet and flea markets we go to, I am drawn in even more. Our new home has beautiful hardwood floors and we have concept ideas for the changes we want to make. One of those changes is to build barn doors for an office and bathroom. Of course I want to use pallets and so have been researching styles and wood cuts and stains. We recently visited the one of the antique malls in Old Town Temecula, and were inspired by a section of old tools. Our thought is to use one of the tools as a door handle for my husbands new office.

Last week I picked up a set of chairs from the curb. A first for me. But, they have gorgeous legs and backs. I’ve been searching for a replacement leg for one of the chairs without luck, so I think I will repurpose them. I plan to build a coffee table with 4 of the legs and an old window. I will build a bench with the backs of the chairs. See, inspiration!  The pictures below are giving me more ideas. I just have to learn more about wood working! Now where is my husband/teacher????

Thanks for reading….Amy