April Activities

Hi, it’s Bonnie

 

 

Happy May! Does anyone else remember May poles? What a simple time that was. Our school would dance around the pole winding fabric lengths and make a bow at the bottom. God I’m old!!! But it was fun!!!

Speaking of  fun, in April we started off a great month,  with BarnHouse Chicks market in Thousand Oaks. Wow, the vendors were great! Even vendors we know were talking about the other ones, saying they had wonderful merchandise and arranged their booths expertly. Met some we didn’t know and are now following to see where we can find them next. Make sure you follow the ones you like, that’s why I add the @ instagram tag.

As you can tell we are trying to find more of these special events and shops so if you know of any we haven’t mentioned please put in a comment here or on our Instagram, we’re mad about, where we now have over 3500 followers!!!! Pretty good for not having a store or selling anything!  The saddest thing happened last week, we went to a store we love and found out they are closing. The rent is going way way up and they decided to try other avenues. I hate to see that happen and the only way we can keep all these places in business is to give them our business. We are trying to get to more events from Ventura to San Diego. We want to see more of you! We are planning a trip to Paso Robles on May 6th for Three Speckled Hens, already got our hotel and tickets!! We also want to go to Arizona soon and on the bucket list is Round Top Texas, of course!!!

Stores we stopped at in April include the ones in  Crestline’s TopTown,@ The_Rusty_Bucket_, My Favorite Things, @Encompass, and Sara’s Antiques and Atelier, it is gorgeous in the mountains and a lovely days trip! We only went up that far but next trip plan on hitting Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear too. It really clears your head to go up there. I used to live in the mountains and I really miss it. Nothing like fresh cool air. Did I say it’s beautiful up there?

We hit Savoir Faire in Fullerton, which is always the first Sunday of each month. It is growing rapidly and is one of the markets that has vendors who only sell there.  We always get to see @Rusticandrefined_Vintage and Love_picking_junk there as well as @Piers2oranges, three of our favorites. It’s a place to see unusual pieces from some vendors who have been doing this a long time. And of course, we always make sure we get to@ Drivingmizdaisy,  2nd Sunday of each month. We are using the @ for Instagram on purpose so you can look them up easily. If you go to no other fleamarkets or stores we would recommend Driving Miz Daisy for the one you can get too. It has a great selection of booths, it is very well divided between furniture, handmade, food booths or trucks, jewelry and clothing. Some markets have an abundance of jewelry or all the same booths, Not here! Food trucks all over. It also has a booth with fresh fruit, we got yummy strawberries last time, and they really try to arrange the booths so you have a variety of things to browse. Plus they always have music, sometimes 2-3 small bands, which is fun to stop and refresh and listen to. It’s at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, lots of trees and green around. Did we mention real restrooms? Add all this together and it will be your favorite monthly adventure. You never know what you will find! We go every month.

We try to get to stores in-between flea markets because we are so firm in our belief that we need to keep all of them in business. We don’t buy much, our houses are full, and it’s impossible with all the great pieces we see, but we believe that we are doing our part by writing about them, and putting them on Instagram and Facebook. Let us know events you are selling at or going to.

One of the pictures is of @ Newagain_furnishings in Glendora. It’s fairly new so get over there and support them, at 1200 E Route 66, Glendora, Calif. Open Thurs-Sat. I am in love with just about everything in the store. I think Joann has a great eye for home decor.

 

Thanks for reading…Bonnie

 

 

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

This Mantel of Mine

After

Finally finished my mantel redo. I wanted to post the picture of it the other day but I had a small whoops. I used a brush to wax it but I wanted a little more so I grabbed a cloth and started rubbing it in. It wasn’t until I stopped, stepped back to check it, that I realized I was using a red cloth. So then my white mantel was partially pink. As my friend Mike used to say, “you can’t fix stupid”. Luckily you can-sometimes. So I repainted that part and started waxing again-after a short wait. All of which put me into the next day and after my self-imposed deadline to post. Amy and I have been stretching our brains and bodies to learn to do new things, wood working, tearing apart pallets, sanding, painting-and in my case repainting. It is fun to learn these new skills but, not always easy. Amy stepped on a nail the other day. As she said then- “I am woman, hear me roar”. I think that’s a song not what you scream, instead of a four letter word when you are hurt or frustrated. But whatever works!
I wanted a wood applique-once again opened my mouth too soon. There was nothing in Lowes that would work. Hobby Lobby had a metal scroll piece which I bought. Too big. Michaels had a cute garland-too small. I sense a story here (3 Bears anyone?) But when I got home with all this stuff I bought I ended up not using any of it and instead found this metal strip of birds I bought at a flea market long ago. It was silver, I painted it white and brushed some blue over the birds. Done. ‘Course it doesn’t want to stay on the mantel, so Amy better get over here soon with the epoxy. Then it will be completely done.
Thanks for reading…Bonnie

Before

Mantel mania

I am getting started on my next project today. My mantel has been sitting here unpainted for 2 years.. I hate to admit that.  I searched and searched for one, deciding the ones I found were too ornate or large for my house.  I finally found the perfect one at King Richards Antiques in Whittier. Paid all of $60.00 for it. Then I brought it home and stared at it.  Still staring at it…

Mantel
Annie Sloan Old White is my paint of choice since I have done other pieces of furniture with it that are currently in my front room. Sanding is a foreign word to me. There will be none of that done in my home!  So look at the picture of the mantel before I start and next week we can look at the finished one. Thinking about mantels made me look up some. Of course they are much more elaborate than mine. I guess I am more of a plain jane, trying to simplify things. Of course, I don’t even have a fireplace so no need to consider that. I just like the look of a mantel under my big screen tv to display holiday items, candles, etc. It is right across from the front door so it’s the first thing you notice when you come in (unless you notice the dust bunnies first–quit looking!).

Going to all these different flea markets and boutiques  and antique stores I have seen hundreds of mantels. It seems like most older homes had fireplaces, not as much now, especially in Calif. You can find them rescued from old houses, handmade, re-purposed, it’s amazing.. And the detail put into some of the mantels, there is every style you can think of, the variety is endless. Anything from plain jane to marble, wood, brick, carved, the choices go on and on. Here’s a few I found.

So paint brush and rollers ready  set  go!! Since I gave myself the time limit of next weeks blog, I guess I better get started. Wish me luck!!

 

Thanks for reading…Bonnie

Somethingborrowed somethingvintage

imageFound another great shop!!  New to me only because I don’t get to that part of Yorba Linda often. This one I wish I had discovered before because, I love love love all their inventory. Unique furniture is only the start. The armoire is to die for. Beautifully done and with a matching bed-see picture on our Instagram. They give classes with Annie Sloan chalk paint-one is a chair transformation and one a sign workshop. I will be taking one for sure.

imageI came upon the shop when we were down at The Inspired Market which was in the same parking lot. Their address is 18206 Imperial Hwy, Yorba Linda. Phone is 714-366-7117. This is the first time I have been to the market.  I will be at the next ones, both here and Rancho Cucamonga, because I loved the vendors. Talk about nice and friendly. You know how when you go to flea markets and swap meets and specialty boutiques often, you get to know the ones who are glad you stopped by. They say hello when you approach, they give you details about their inventory, they aren’t upset if you don’t buy from them everytime-those are the vendors I remember and will buy from the next time. Sometimes you have to think about what you need or want and let it sink in and then you make your purchase. Case in point-Bougie Bottles. Love her cute sign, love candles, love her display but I saw her booth 4-5 times before I bought a candle. (Hits self on forehead!) I have been burning it for 2 days straight, I love it so much. Hint-mine is very vanilla!  Anyway great vendors, very informative about how they create.

Back to somethingborrowed somethingvintage. I talked it up so much I convinced Amy to take a class with me. She lives in the Temecula area, now which is a little bit of a haul. They also have a material shop in there with the most amazing fabrics. It’s as if they read my mind on what I like. They have classes too. Here is a picture of an apron and the wall of materials.  image

It is so satisfying to see shops like these. For awhile with the bad economy they were disappearing and it was so sad for all the owners and vendors. We go all around So. Calif. seeking these entrepreneurs. If you know of other shops we haven’t covered on our blog or our Instagram please use the comment section to let us know. We love small business, would like to have one someday and want to do our bit to let you guys know about these talented hard workers.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie