February Fun


Pier to Oranges Home Decor refinished this beautiful table and chairs we came across at Behind the Picket Fence. Just love the material and the distressed look of it.
Pier to Oranges Home Decor.   Instagram name is pier2oranges, check her out!

Upcycled Cottage

Hi, it’s Bonnie. I just looked at our calendar for Feb. and boy are we busy. I hope some of you can make it to these events, it’s going to be so much fun!

We spent last Saturday at Behind the Picket Fence. Love that venue, and not just for the apple pie, although…. We saw so many vendors we knew and that’s always a good time. They choose and mix their sellers so well, every booth is a new experience. Next one is May 6th, it’s at 1720 Adams Ave Costa Mesa. Free admission, it goes from 9-3 pm. Among the booths we found Upcycled Cottage, Itty Bitty Vintage Shop, Sweet Peas Charm, Lavendar Apothecary-had to get a candle- and so many more.

Feb 11th-We are heading out early to My French Farm. I love this barn full of french and french inspired pieces. It’s at 34004 Newport Avenue Mentone Calif. 9-3 pm. Be sure to get directions, it’s not a place you are going to stumble over, but worth the travel. Simply gorgeous, well arranged to show off, and a beautiful setting. Only open for the day on the 11th. But we can’t stay long because I booked us for a tea at Shabbyology in Covina at 1:00. We have never been and I thought their Galentine’s Tea would be a lot of fun. They are at 534 E. Edna Place, open Fri, Sat and Sun 10-5pm. I can’t wait to see their Valentines display. Jackie, the owner, is the best decorator around! Their phone is 626-890-6091 to check if they are full, but don’t worry, another tea will be coming soon!

That’s not all! On Feb 17th-18th we are headed to Del Mar for Junk Bonanza. Sooooo excited! Started by Ki Nassauer, Flea Market Style magazine. I remember her being one of the first to start upcycling and repurposing junk years ago. I stole so many of her ideas!  It’s going to be another long day, I want to see everything!!!

And then we are off to Junk in the Trunk Feb 25th and 26th at the Pomona Fairplex. Finally a big fleamarket near me! Lots of vendors there that we know and can say hi too. I know it’s going to be a huge success for all of them. We loved going last year to San Diego and were thrilled to find it close by. They have so many great vendors from Arizona, have to get our trip there planned! It’s fun to see how different areas start trends and how quickly they spread.

Of course, in between, we have Driving Miz Daisy on the 2nd Sunday of each month, Tustin Antique fleamarket, going to try to get to Long Beach flea market and to 4th Fridays at the Pike down there, as well as all the stores we love too. Busy as a bee, no time to get in trouble. Which reminds me- if you know of any stores we haven’t found please let us know. I love exploring and telling others about these places.

Hoping you can make it to some of these. I can hardly wait to get going, so much to see and do.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie

Sunday Funday!!!!

Boarding House Broads

Boarding House Broads

Bonnie-So this last Sunday I went down to Amy’s and we had a mother-daughter day. We had such a great time. Started out at Vista Vintage & Makers Market. Downtown, easy to find. They had good luck with the weather, it was so nice. They are planning more so watch our calendar on the blog or check our Instagram for bulletins if you missed this one. We got a great parking spot too. We made our way around the booths and got a hug at the first one! Boarding House Broads are so much fun. We first met them at the Vintage Marketplace and keep running into them-they go to as many places as we do or they are stalking us-wait-maybe it’s us stalking them…
At the very next booth we ran into Denise from Cerrohome. We loved all her sewing and crafting creations but now she is doing collages with china and game pieces and this and that- well-you can look at the picture attached. Each one has a story.. So different and so cool. You have to take a minute to see everything and understand the story.

Charming Maps

Charming Maps

Amy- One of the most unique trends I see taking place is maps. Laurie at Charming Maps designs jewelry using maps. She will do a custom piece of a honeymoon destination, or your favorite vacation spot. Her husband is in the map industry and it was a natural fit. You can get a necklace or ‘charming’ bracelet, or even a divot tool for the golfer who loves to travel. After wandering around for a few minutes and seeing a few other booths- Hey Sugar Hello Cookie (we see her everywhere- such a busy lady), I spotted the most adorable banners. Actually you couldn’t miss this display.

Burlap Boutique

Burlap Boutique

Colorful, festive, fun. Burlap Boutique owned by Jennifer has banners for all occasions. And not your average banner that you have made up for soccer. I’m talking cute burlap banners with sayings and polka dots and ribbons. I snagged a “Joy” for my house. So adorable!

Birdhouses 4 the dogs

Birdhouses 4 the dogs

Next up was Birdhouses4thedogs. Jolinda not only works full-time, she hand makes all the birdhouses and 100% of the proceeds goes to Retrievers and Friends. These birdhouses come in all sizes, and can be customized. Jolinda uses license plates, trinkets, drawer knobs. So cute!

Tularosa Vintage

Tularosa Vintage

Kept wandering and then we were super excited to come across Kelly from Tularosa Vintage. She is so sweet and full of energy. She had some great furniture pieces and some beautiful old tablecloths and  fun necklaces, so eclectic and fancy.

Contrived to Charm

Contrived to Charm

Our last stop before heading out for lunch was at Contrived to Charm. This store has rare and eccentric in the best way finds. From an Alice in Wonderland marionette to handmade candles and an original candy striper dress to a fancy window display. Great shop for finding one of a kind gifts. Thanks to them for the free incense they were giving out to everyone.

Bonnie- We wanted to check out the restaurant everyone was talking about so we walked over to The Flying Pig and Pub. They were pretty busy and we weren’t too hungry yet so we decided to have a drink and head on out. What a great restaurant though, they have a very different menu. The owner was very attentive and her staff is invested in providing an experience for all to enjoy and remember. Maybe that is why they are so busy. After the drink we had to eat something sweet so we headed to Little Cakes Cupcake Kitchen, a few blocks away. Wonderful cupcakes and the decorations are to die for. I can’t tell a lie, I got one and Amy got two. (Amy: Lavender- YUM!!)

We drove around awhile and decided to go to Fallbrook. I wouldn’t mind living there. It is drop dead gorgeous. I love

Bucket of Nails

Bucket of Nails

trees, especially this time of year. We came across Bucket of Nails at 720 E. Mission Trail, and stopped in. After we got inside we realized we had met Tani and her husband Tom at The Vintage Marketplace at Galway Downs in Temecula. They are getting ready to move down the street, and we will follow them wherever. They custom make farm tables. Wish I had room, they are works of art. There are a couple of stores next to each other here.

Button & Burlap

Button & Burlap

We loved going in and meeting Reagan at Button & Burlap. She has made that space into a wonderland. I kept turning around saying “oh I like that” until Amy had to unwind me. We are going back for her Sip and Shop. I love the way she arranges her pieces.  There’s also a outdoor space just starting called Nest. They have a cute sign you can see as you drive up. They make wreaths, have succulents-looks really fun to browse around. We last went into Second Chances Barn. They have just about everything-painted furniture, knick-knacks, clothing, lamps, you name it. Fun to sort through all of it.
After that it was back to Amy’s. I was worn out. Nothing like seeing people you like, meeting new people and spending the day drooling. Just my cup of tea visiting several different places in a single day. What a great adventure.

Amy-Of course we always have fun seeing our friends and discovering their new finds. Reagan shared with us about her next planned adventure and I want to tag along. Mom and I would love to plan a picking road trip, if only we had somewhere to store all the amazing finds!

If you know of a market coming up or would like us to feature an event, please let us know. We would be happy to share. And feel free to share our blog with others who love vintage as much as we all do!

Thanks for reading… Amy & 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

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

Weekend Whirl

Tallulah's at The Vintage Marketplace

Tallulah’s at The Vintage Marketplace

If you see our Instagram and read our blog you know where we went last weekend, the Vintage Marketplace in Temecula on Saturday. Sunday I also went to the Montrose Arts & Crafts festival which had over 300 vendors and from there stopped at Pasadena City College flea market since it was on the way home. What a weekend. Throw in a family birthday party Sat pm and it was full. Pasadena was so hot we didn’t stay too long but I love going there. It’s free except $2.parking and it is getting bigger all the time. I usually go to Savoir Faire in Fullerton the first weekend and will be back there again in July but I have to sneak in PCC every once in awhile. Pasadena has alot of vendors with vinyl record albums-raise your hand if you still love the Beatles!! It is a nice setting too. Vendors with antiques, lots of home decor items, old jewelry, handmade stuff-it feels like the old swap meets. They get the traffic too-lots and lots of people there, even with the heat. Part of it is in the parking garage which is nice to cool off in.

At Montrose, Flea Market Flair

At Montrose, Flea Market Flair

Montrose was a nice change. It is once a year,this was the 33rd, and their artists  had new and handmade items. Their website is www.shopmontrose.com if you want to check for the next one. There is a booth I loved from Flea Market Flair. This lady, Michelle, has a professional setup and her handmade bags are beautiful. Very unique and I want one. Why why why don’t I buy when I see something great? I will catch up with her again because she wants to be a vendor at Driving Miz Daisy-no secret it is my favorite venue. Michelle’s website is www.FleaMarketFlair.com. Don’t you love it when someone commits to their business and has a stunning booth and display? It says two things to me,one-that their crafts for sale are excellent and two-that they care to take the time and spend the dollars to promote themselves. Because that’s what it is, self promotion and it takes guts to get out and do it. Bravo to Michelle, she does it well.

We ran into Yolanda at B Street Junky at The Vintage Marketplace too. I had met her at Trading Post 1908. She has a warehouse in Ontario, CA., where she is going to be having a sale. Her email is bstreetjunky@gmail.com and phone 909 786-5603, she is on Instagram and Facebook too. Interesting choices of vintage items.

B Street Junky at The Vintage Mareketplace

B Street Junky at The Vintage Marketplace

We are slowly getting started on Twitter. I need my 12 year old granddaughter to give me a tutorial, and Amy isn’t much more knowledgeable but we’ll get there. I call it building new brain cells, I think my old ones are worn out! Anyway check us out there too.

This weekend I hope to get to Inspired Market Saturday here in Rancho Cucamonga where I live. It is so great because every place I normally go is over 30 miles away. Then on Sunday, of course, Driving Miz Daisy. I hope to see some of the faces we met at The Vintage Marketplace. I hope everyone is so busy we can only wave-good selling to all of you!!

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

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

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Booth at Country Roads Orange Ca

Treasures n Junk

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Treasures n Junk

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pillow Talk…

I have to say that this project was a favorite of mine. 2 years ago today, I married the most amazing man and I take every chance to celebrate him and shower him with love. He has given me the freedom to be me and also turned the 2nd biggest room in the house into my craft room. So, I love doing things for him and this is one of them.

A traditional 2nd anniversary gift is cotton. So I decided to take this theme and create something with chalk paint. I’ve been looking for a project that didn’t involve furniture. (That’s coming in a few weeks-I hope). I hit upon the perfect idea. Pillows! We love decorative pillows and my bed certainly needed a few more….

I bought some Sand colored pillow covers and inserts at Hobby Lobby. (Use your app for the coupons!) I then bought Americana Decor chalk paint in Vintage (of course) and Home Decor wax. The waxing is important, stay tuned and I will tell you why.

First step-Iron the pillow covers. If you don’t you will not have a nice smooth surface to work with. It’s easier to paint and looks great too.

imageTip: place a protective barrier in the pillow, this will protect the side of the pillow cover. Next take your stencil and position on the flat surface. Tape these in place and use something to weigh the stencil down in a few places. Dip a brush into the well shaken chalk paint, then paint over the stencil. Allow to dry. Repeat. Allow to dry after each layer.

Once you have painted 3 layers (or more depending on how deep you want the color), it is time to wax. If you recall I used Home Decor Wax.   Pour some wax onto a plate and then dip a big rounded brush into it and work into the chalk paint. Rub out until there is no longer any tackiness to the wax. Allow to dry.

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After all the wax is rubbed out on the pillow is dry, remove the protective layer. Stuff the pillows and fluff. Present in a beautifully wrapped bag, with chalkboard tags. I promise you’ll love the results!

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I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.

Thanks for reading, Amy

P.S. Hubby loved the pillows!