Road Trip!!!!!

Three Speckled Hens

We did it! We finally got on the road and went up north to Paso Robles for Three Speckled Hens. Everyone told us it was one of the best—and guess what? They were right. We loved every minute. Got to see so many vendors we know, Liz from Countryside Barn, Micayo from Lilwoods, Michelle from The Junk Diva, Lisa from BBlessed Flannels, Diana from Broke Jewels, Michael from Miller Rustic-Ivis was out shopping… Who else? Junk Style Design, Through the Porthole, Atomic. Rust, Show your age and many more, plus we met some wonderful dealers. Some pictures are up on Instagram because we wanted to get them out there, then if anyone was thinking of going it might persuade them to go on Sunday. We will be back for the next one for sure, with a truck! The fairgrounds there are very pretty, flowers, waterfall, the people were great-not a sour word was heard. And they were busy, the early birders bought so much, every dealer was moving stuff by the time we got there at 10. Lesson learned—-Go Early!!

Junque Love

We also went to Morro Bay and met Doug at Junque Love. It’s at 699 Embarcadero and we want to go back–like today, but maybe in a month. Fantastic store, loved Doug’s stories, want to meet his wife because she has a eye for design! Morro Bay was having a classic car parade-love seeing all those restored vehicles. Another kind of recycling.

Stopped in Solvang because we came home down the coast. We must of said “it’s beautiful” about the ocean about 400 times till we started saying SHUT UP, ENOUGH!!! You’d think we lived a long way from the beach, instead of about an hour, the way we behaved. There’s something about getting away from home, even for a couple of days, that makes you appreciate every site you see. We all got along, this mother-daughter duo did good, and our friend Barbara put up with our friendly banter with good grace.  Can’t wait to go again! We are planning a trip to Arizona next. What has been your best trip? Got suggestions for us? Let us know.

Thanks for reading…Amy and Bonnie

 

Behind the Picket Fence

Behind the Picket fenceThis past weekend, I finally made it to Behind the Picket Fence. (yes, the apple pie is really good). So happy I finally made it to this market and sad I didn’t go sooner. This market takes place on a regular basis and is located in the parking lot of Piecemakers- an awesome little fabric and craft store in Costa Mesa.

Now, I adore small markets and the pie and fabric store was a bonus. Mom won a raffle prize (she cheated) and I was jealous. But, she did share the gift certificate to Lavender Apothecary with me and we both walked away with sweet smelling candles.

I was most excited to meet Reina, owner of Upcycled Cottage. She is a sweet gentle creative soul. I have been looking forward to meeting her. We shared her upcoming event on our Facebook and she was sweet enough to make it a point to thank us. Upcycled Cottage

Reina’s booth was the second one in at BTPF and it was set up so lovely. Great windows, kitchen signs, and frames. Baskets of throw pillows, step stools, side tables and more.  Her windows are filled with scriptures and beautiful sayings in script. If I had a dozen more walls in my house, I would have bought a few. As it is, I scored a couple of fancy frames.

Upcycled CottageUpcycled cottage has a Vintage Pop Up sale coming up in Valencia August 19th and 20th, starting at 8am. Fourl Road, Valencia, Santa Clarita. Most definitely head over there is you are in the area or up for a day road trip. You will not be disappointed. Vintage. Antiques. Farm. Shabby. Rusty. You name it, she will probably have it. Check out her Facebook page for more details.

 

RXRCraftsWe then headed to Fullerton for Merchants Mercantile where I met Renee who owes RXR Crafts. Mom bought me this awesome heart for office wall and I bought the Love you more. My son’s grandmother used to say this to him all the time. (Miss you Sheri) I think these are perfect additions to my office. They look great among the boxes I haven’t unpacked yet. Hubby put these up for me right away, YAY!

 

Thanks for reading…Amy

Eventful August

Vindustrial- Driving Miz DaisyAmy and I were talking on the phone last night, as we do almost every night. It has always been great to have a good relationship with her and now to be producing the blog and Instagram together is even better. In fact we have met several other mother-daughter teams-one is Far Away Hood. They have a business making signs with metal letters and reclaimed wood that is going full steam ahead, giving them time together and a shared interest.

Vintique Alley- RiversideIt’s inspiring. Anyway, Amy and I were talking about August and all the flea markets and shows coming up so I thought I would give you guys an insight into our coming month. We try to plan it out so one of us at least hits the venues and stores we love so we can feed you pictures of the great booths out there. We are amazed at how talented these vendors are. We are constantly amazed at the quality. Hope to see you at some of these.

Double-check dates & places.

August 2016 Event Calendar

Thanks for reading…Bonnie

Junk in the Trunk…

Junk in the Trunk MarketThis past weekend mom and hubby and I headed down to Liberty Station in San Diego for the Junk in the Trunk event. WOW!

It was an amazing market. We have been anxiously waiting for this market to come to California, and it was worth the wait! So many fabulous finds and great vendors. We were lucky enough to meet several new vendors from Arizona and see some of our old favorites.

Stacy Chriest at Vintage Addiction is one of my new favorites. Her booth was so colorful and fun. Her frames are painted in bright and trendy colors that draw you in. We bought a frame for our Ombré stair wall. Cannot wait until we can put it up with the perfect picture. You can find Stacy on Instagram.

Then we ran into Tracy and Valentina at Boarding House Broads! We first met them at The Vintage Marketplace at Galway Downs. Simply adore them and their fun spunky attitude. It was great to be able to get some more photos of their booth and give them some love.

Seeing old friends and meeting new ones is always the highlight of our adventures. Scoring the perfect ladders for the Christmas Village isn’t bad either. (That’s hubby smiling in the background) Watch for future blogs highlighting more vendors. Thanks for reading…..Amyimage

I can’t believe they did that!

I frequently troll Pinterest, which leads me to troll other blogs and websites, which leads me to brilliant ideas (at least I think they are brilliant). It’s a slow (hot) week in my household and I am not progressing much with my painting. But, I did discover some great new ideas and of course great ideas must be shared. Please check out these artsy geniuses and send them some kudos.

5-minute-designer-knobs-apieceofrainbow-blog-22In my feed today, these beautiful colorful designer knobs showed up. I was instantly drawn to them. I though they were hand painted and wanted to see if the blogger Ananda would share her secrets. She did! Along with the download to the designs to create your own. I can’t believe how easy it is to take dull ordinary knobs and turn them into stunning pieces. Check out her how to here: http://www.apieceofrainbow.com/diy-designer-knobs/

Next my trolling took me to a Baking Soda Dough recipe…what!?!? I’ve never heard of such a thing. Having taught preschool in a former life, I thought I had seen most all things, but this left me giddy. I had to print it out for the babysitter. I would love to see what Mr. T will make with them. Check out how cute they are: http://mypinterventures.com/baking-soda-dough-sea-art/

rope-nautical-wreathOver at Nest for Less, Erin made an adorable Nautical themed wreath. Currently, we are decorating our home to be more coastal. (we live in a desert area and it’s hot and not very beachy) This wreath is so adorable and easy. Plus, she has printable, how-to’s, tips and tricks and so much more. See the wreath here: http://howtonestforless.com/2015/06/10/rope-nautical-wreath/

And then I stumbled upon perhaps my most favorite. I am a huge fan of Tin Man Tailored Sweets BlogThe Wizard of Oz. I have books and figurines and little trinket boxes (not overboard- like my whole house is done up in it, but I do love it). So when I found this guy, I knew I wanted to see more. Tailored Sweets blog has an adorable post on a Wizard of Oz theme party. Lots of cute ideas. I wasn’t able to locate the owner of the blog, but she has fantastic ideas! As far as I can tell Dhalia Bridal is the blog owner. I hope she posts more soon! http://tailoryoursweets.blogspot.com/2011/12/wizard-of-oz-inspired-birthday-party.html?view=snapshot

As bloggers, artists, creators and pickers, it’s not always easy to be found. Part of the We’re Mad About mission is to spread the word. We do this by attending lots of flea markets and vintage venues. But, also through sharing here on our blog, and through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. It’s important to give recognition to those that work hard to grow their passion into a sustainable lifestyle and business. When we attend these markets and hear people say “I know who you are!” or they come out of their booths to give us hugs and tell us how happy they are to see us, it makes this more than just something that my mom and I share, it makes us happy. We want to see others succeed. There are so many talented people out there. They may have a knack for finding great vintage items (teach me, please) or painting beautiful works of art, making custom cuffs or fragrant candles from recycled bottles. The one thing we all have in common is courage and a heart for what we do. (see what I did there?) If you have something to share, feel free to email us and send us pictures. Is there a market we are missing? Let us know.

 

Thanks for reading….Amy

Rustic wood and pebbles

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This project was probably one of my favorites to date.  It was my first time working with rustic wood and metal, natural products that I actually gathered myself. If you recall from my post a couple of weeks ago I was on vacation in the San Diego area,  and stumbled upon the Urban Barn in Escondido. This great little vintage shop had the barn built-in the back room.  This is where I picked up most of the materials for today’s project.

This project was inspired by some of the pallet projects from a previous post. That project is still to come, as we had a slew of things take place, the water heater decided to fail and flood the garage and part of the house, add the clean up of that mess to baseball, work, school and you’ve got a pallet that still sitting in your garage. That’s OK now I’ve got a second pallet on the way and that opens up the possibility of really creating that chest.

Moving forward while on vacation, we visited some of our favorite beaches and one of our favorite pastimes is to collect shells and beach pebbles.  I love the multitude of colors that you can find, and frequently display the shells in large clear cases around my home.

I started off by lightly and gently sweeping the board free of debris. I  was tempted to spray a clear coat on to the pebbles but I really like the natural look of them.  I adhered the metal band into the same lines that they had previously been in, utilizing a clear silicone.  After weighing that down and allowing it to dry, I then took my pebbles and arranged them into the shape that I wanted.  This time I used a stronger clear silicone to adhere each individual pebble. image

I let this dry for about an hour and then stood back to take a look at this wonderful new piece of art I had created. I might be bragging a bit here, but I absolutely adore this project. It doesn’t bother me that the wood wasn’t cut straight or that one of the bands was originally glued at an angle or that the paint is chipping off the old barn wood siding.  I just love the way that the project turned out and the history behind it.  Once upon a time that wood was on the side of someone’s barn. They raised their horses or cattle in that barn or stored their grains and farm machines under the shelter.  It had a vital part to the daily function and history of that family, and now for my family. We found that wood and that metal strip, and together we collected those pebbles on the beaches on our vacation, so our memories definitely became a part of this piece.
imageThis is a great piece because it can be propped  again a wall or hung. It could even be put into a frame with an open front and used as a centerpiece on a wall.

I’m definitely headed back down to the Urban Barn to collect some more of these materials.  I plan on making a few more of these and now I’m inspired to open a store. Not the large brick-and-mortar stores that you can see while strolling through a beach town I’m not there yet.  But, I do see an online store in the near future. I’m fortunate to live in an area where I can find these materials and I just want to share these types of projects with those who may not live in a place that has these materials available.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog as much as I enjoyed creating the project for this post. Please leave some comments below, send us feedback, we love hearing from our readers. It’s important to us that we bring you material that you love to read.

Thanks for reading….Amy

 


Mad about this project….

Here’s a sneak peek of tomorrow’s blog. Make sure you check back for the full story and picture.

Enjoy…..