Archives for September 2016

T’wine Bottles

I have been wanting to make these ‘T’wine Bottles’ for quite awhile. I think we have all seen them pop up on Pinterest now and then. The motivating factor for me is when a couple of my best friends made a set into oil torches and used them for an outdoor party. They were amazing!  (Thanks for the photos STP!)

I had a few wine bottles that I had been saving (who are we kidding, I have lots of wine bottles. Empty and waiting to be emptied). So I selected a few that I thought had great color and character. I had a ball of twine I had purchased for my nautical table leg project- as yet to be completed, it is not working out like I had envisioned.

T'wine Bottle crafting

T’wine Bottle crafting

This project took me about an hour to complete. I had soaked the labels off the bottles ahead of time, so they were prepped are ready to go. Using the twine and Scotch liquid adhesive, a small paint brush and prepped surface, I got to work. I dipped my brush in a dollop of glue, this helped to keep the amount of glue wasted down. Dipping the brush into the glue, I swiped a ¼ inch wide length along the bottom of the bottle. Taking the twine, I chose a starting point and placed one end, holding it until it was sticky, then proceeded to brush glue in sections and wind the twine around the bottle until I had my desired look.

Twine Bottles

Twine Bottles

I think they came out much better than I had imagined. I can use them through all different seasons, just by changing out the coordinating decor. Currently, these great bottles reside on my dining room table. And because it is Fall, I am able to add some pumpkins and gorgeous Fall colors! I absolutely love how they turned out and I am so excited to bring the season into my home. Fall is my favorite season and living in Southern California, it’s a short season for us. (that’s ok- we can go to the beach in shorts in December). I hope you love this project as much as I did!

 

Next project: PUMPKINS!!!!!

Thanks for reading….Amy

A Day in the Life…

Being silly with my SoldierA couple of weeks ago my son came to surprise me with a visit. I’m an Army mama and anytime spent with my soldier is precious. So when the trip comes and goes faster than I can blink my eyes, this mama goes through a depression. My hubby knows just how to cheer me up, shopping and food!

One of our favorite  pastimes is enjoying time at the coast, looking for new shops and spots to explore. So, we headed south to San Diego county. A quick stop at the Temecula farmers market for fresh fruit and hummus and off we went! Our original destination was Seaport Village for the $5 Food Truck Festival. Alas, an accident on the freeway and a sold out event led us on a detour and ultimately to Oceanside and A Day in the Life shop. A Day in the Life shop

A Day in the Life is located in South “O”, at 1709 South Coast Hwy #B, Oceanside, CA. Mikey and Alina own the store and have exceptional taste. They have a passion for “picking” or “junking” as some call it and you can tell they are quite picky with the pieces they showcase.

When you first pull up you immediately notice their funky yet inviting storefront. To me it resembles an old country front porch. You want to stay awhile and enjoy the day and watch the world go by. It has planter boxes and a tin roof, plus seating for a gathering of friends. There’s even a cool Harley motorcycle out front.

Mikey, OwnerOnce inside the store you notice they have truly maximized their space and displays. There is an awesome (I might be jealous) reclaimed wood counter. They have a cool steer skull mounted above the counter. You might think by just these few descriptions that there isn’t much in the way of vintage here, but hang in there! There’s more!

The back wall has a beautiful distressed grey hutch (SWOON). This is where they have the Annie Sloan Chalk paint collection. And where I picked up the first of my new collection. The beautiful Provence color was used on my vases, below. I also picked up their sample collection, with the Provence and Paris Grey, plus the whitewash wax and clear wax. Mikey spent a lot of time with us, talking to us about his store and how he and his wife Alina came to own it. Red Table

Mikey showed us several pieces of furniture, explained how they were made or the colors used to create the look. There were bookshelves filled with comfy pillows, art and knickknacks. A desk in the most amazing green. Delicious smelling vegan candles, funky jewelry and a divine red table. The American flag hanging spoke to my heart.

A Day in the Life offers in home design service. They will work with you on a room or design element, whether it’s a kitchen make over or a large piece of furniture. I have a feeling you won’t be disappointed.

This couple and their store was recently featured in the Sept/Oct issue of The Osider magazine. Find them in Oceanside or on Instagram. Tell them We’re Mad About sent you.

Thanks for reading……Amy

Friends along the way

3758 Elizabeth Street, Riverside, CA

3758 Elizabeth Street, Riverside, CA

Welcome back!!

We are thinking of adding “problem solvers” to our business card. This blog has gone through so many changes during our short venture into blogging. We have finally got it finished and this is the first new post. We would love it if you would share it. We lost a lot of our subscribers during the turmoil and would die to get them back. The aim of the blog is to be able to talk about vendors in more depth and show more venues and creations. We love our Instagram followers and hope you will all come take a look.

Sirenes

Sirenes

One of the byproducts of starting this blog and Instagram soon became the people we are meeting on the way and the friends we are making. When you have a common interest, in our case, finding old junk, saving old junk, redoing old junk, re-purposing old junk, drooling over old junk; it’s easy to bond with others who share your love of that same thing. The dealers we have met have all been gracious, welcoming, helpful, and even anxious to point us towards others. (There really is no competition since most of these people are friends and if we don’t encourage each other what’s the point?) For instance, Bobbi at Vintique Alley, Riverside fills our hands full of other dealers’ business cards and flyers whenever we go. To appreciate the work of someone else is really a blessing. And every dealer we went to sang her praises.

Silver from Antique_Love

Silver from Antique_Love

We love it when we get a good picture, stick it on Instagram, and someone asks questions about it. We dislike it after we leave the venue and have no idea where to find the dealer. Business cards really help. That’s another reason we love it when dealers with booths have their business name right out front, and ask you to follow on Instagram. Don’t have to ask us twice! We are following every dealer we have come across, and liking your posts. We try to get onto all your social media-often we find about new venues-sometimes it’s hard because your business name and Facebook are not the same. Something to think about when starting a business.

Sugar Molds are from Junk_in_Grammies_Trunk

I spent some time with Yolanda from B Street Junky’s warehouse, Angela from Junk_in_Grammies_Trunk and Lynette from Sirenes, at the warehouse sale at B Street Junky. Watch for events there upcoming in Ontario. (hint hint, Nov. wine and crackers) Those gals have so much info on what dealers are around, new shops opening, flea markets- it’s good to share. Behind the Picket Fence, Driving Miz Daisy and Long Beach Antique Market are all places most of these dealers go to, check their Instagram or Facebook or web sites.

At Vintage California, a store in Orange, we ran into a booth by Junkyard Junky, Kathi, who we often see at Driving Miz Daisy. Many of these dealers were at The Vintage Marketplace at Galway Downs in Temecula Sept. 9 and 10th. Next one is Dec. 2-3. What a great venue. It’s a lot of fun to see the new items and the way dealers arrange their booths. This is where we first met Vindustrial _Supply_co, consisting of Bow and Sharon. They might get the award for nicest couple around, and their picks are so unique. Amy is still crying over their green cabinet she missed out on.

Very Vanilla-Bougie Bottles

Very Vanilla-Bougie Bottles

Inspired Market, Yorba Linda and Rancho Cucamonga, led us to some dealers we hadn’t seen before. Chelsey of ChelsB Creations, Soraya of Reinvented and my favorite, Lana from Bougie Bottles. (I have a candle burning right now, Lana). Also Renee from RXR where we bought our hearts and arrows. We stop and chat with Peggy at Antique_Love somewhere almost every week, try to wave at Far Away Hood-they are usually way too busy to interrupt- and love seeing Boarding House Broads, funniest gals around. There are about a million more, but we need room to put up pictures so we will stop there, but rest assured we remember all of you and hope to see you soon. So here’s to: #junk #antiques #vintage #flea markets #new friends #vendorswelove #ilovesundays #repurposed #reloved #reused #saveourplanet #junkinisfun #shopsmall #repaintedfurniture #garden #farm #salvage #cottage #shabby… Whatever you find, whatever you sell we love it all. Nice meeting all of you, see you somewhere on a Sunday soon.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie