Holiday Plans???

Hi, it’s Bonnie and Amy,

We just posted a holiday event Bonnie will be going to this Saturday Oct 21 at Embellished Nestings 6759 Brockton, Riverside. Beautiful store, open for the event 4-8, see flyer below or on our Instagram.

Embellished Nestings

And so it begins.

We already have a full calendar with all the stores we want to get too, but now we will start adding in all the pop-ups and special shows. Love love love this. So a request–if your favorite store is having an event or you are participating in any and you want to shout it out, let us know. Send us a flyer and we’ll post it. Below are some we know about already. Others are still in the planning, so watch for updates. Help us to let everyone know so people show up. Nothing sadder than a room of 4, and the one phrase we hear too much is “I would have gone if I had known”. We personally think going to holiday happenings is essential to making it a cheerful season. No matter what your holidays at home are like, you can relax, eat a little, and talk to people who love the same things you do. Just think— someone else is doing all the work!!! That’s our Christmas present!!!!

Also if you are a vendor or store owner and would like to write a blog for us please contact us by leaving a comment here or on Instagram. Here’s your chance to promote yourself! We love to hear from your point of view, your successes and failures. We can add 3-4 pictures too. You only need to write about 200-300 words. Come on, let’s hear about how you got started or your biggest successes.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

Love Pop

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We recently began a professional affiliation with Love Pop, you may have seen their advertisements on our site, we absolutely love their cards! They are intricate and adorable.

Love Pop was started by 2 best friends who met at Webb Institute. Wombi and John were training to become Naval Architects. A trip to Vietnam found them bringing home gifts to family and friends. These gifts were hand crafted cards adored by all who received them  and sparked the idea for Love Pop.

Lovers

Love Pop cards are reasonable priced for the all the detail of the cards. A store bought card can you run you up to $5, to be read and then stored away or worse thrown in the garbage. Love Pop cards are works of art guaranteed to be displayed and adored.

While we do not normally push advertisers on our readers, we feel this company closely matches our professional values and we love to help support small and grassroots businesses. After all, we blog about small businesses in order to help them grow. You can find their link on our home page. We hope you will visit their site and find Love Pop cards to be as charming as we do.

Thanks for reading….Amy

 

No Flea Markets???????????????????????

St. George Christmas lights

St. George Christmas lights

Hi-it’s Bonnie
After Christmas I made a trip to St George, Utah with my best friend of 53 years. Her grandson is in school there so we went to visit him, now for the third time. Of course, by now we have checked out most of the stores, antique and vintage, around there. Most were closed after the holidays and on Sunday. I posted a few pictures on Instagram, some of the pieces we saw were so good, I got a lot of ideas. It’s a beautiful area and everyone is very friendly. However we decided that neither of us could live there. Any guesses why? It’s not Mormons ( no problem there), it’s not the lack of bars (except in restaurants) I’m not that much of a drinker, it’s not the weather ( but I love So Cal)-it’s that there are no swap meets or flea markets around. What!!!!
It’s like taking a bottle away from a baby. I think I have withdrawal pains. I can’t wait for Sunday to go to Driving Miz Daisy and reassure myself it’s still going on. What the heck? How boring is life without our Sunday outings?? And Saturday and Wed-Friday at the stores? For me, going out, meeting vendors, seeing friends, checking out displays and new merchandise, getting some sunshine (I hope), getting a little exercise, it’s the best.
Next week we will head out to some stores and check out their winter displays. Get ready store owners!! I cannot believe how inventive and talented these vendors are. I could live in several of the stores front windows, they look so cozy and well-arranged!
I don’t know about you guys but Amy and I are filling our calendars for the first part of the year. Feb. looks so exciting with Junk in the Trunk coming to Pomona, and Junk Bonanza at Del Mar-I can’t wait to see some of the vendors we met last time and meet some new ones. These are the cream of the crop-make your plans to go too.

2017 is going to be a great year. Amy and I started in April 2016, now we have over 2,100 followers

on Instagram and have made many many new friends, so it has been very fulfilling for us.
Everyone have a wonderful 2017, hope to see you all soon.

Thanks for reading, Bonnie…

Department 56 and me

Hi, it’s Bonnie…

Village on Vintage Ladder

Village on Vintage Ladder

Department 56 and I have a love/hate relationship. One of my sisters bought my other sister, Robin, and I each a 3 piece starter set in 1987. Of course we fell in love with it so since then we have bought a piece for each other almost every birthday and Christmas. They started making these villages in 1976 and Dicken’s Village in 1984. We both collect Dicken’s but Robin also collects the Halloween series. ( See, I can control myself a little.)

So like any collection, it is a little out of control. Not to say that we have all of them-because we don’t-they come out with several new ones each year. But we both have about 60-100 houses, businesses, and vendors-selling mistletoe and hot drinks and such. Sometimes we buy each other the same one without knowing.
We have ordered online, I got some at the Rose Bowl, some at Canterbury

Vintage House

Vintage House

Gardens in Escondido, some at Stats in Pasadena and Whittier, some in Napa when I lived there, and some at a store we loved called Windsor Cottage in Rancho Cucamonga which is now out of business. Windsor Cottage put on a tour each year at Christmas where you could go to 4-6 different collectors houses and see their villages displayed. It was so much fun. Almost like trick or treating! First you would meet at the store, get refreshments, look at the new pieces, then they would hand out a map showing the houses on the tour. It was wonderful because one-the collectors who did all the work, could see it was appreciated and two-because we got to see the private setups. You would not believe the beautiful incredible ways they arranged these villages. Trains ran through them, snow fell into the scenes, skaters moved around ice rinks. Every house had refreshments, some were decorated from top to bottom, and it was a great night always. We did the tour for several years, and sometimes there was a Halloween one too. I have searched for other tours and never found any-if you know of one please comment. I now have a group of 10 people searching for one. Or maybe next year, we could start our own.

Dept. 56 Village

Dept. 56 Village

So after last Christmas when I barely decorated (had a bad knee), I decided this year I would put out the villages-no, some of the villages. We went to Junk in the Trunk in San Diego and I bought a ladder. Anyone on Pinterest has seen these ladders with Christmas villages, can’t say I was original. Then I conned my son into buying and cutting wood to stretch across the steps for my birthday present. I am beginning to like projects rather than presents. We got it in the house and it was up to me, no one else left to blame!
I have a shed full of holiday decorations so first I had to hire a friend to help me get to the villages. That was 3 hours of packing away stuff I had thrown in the doorway all year and 2 1/2 hours of me cussing and dragging trash away. My organizing fairy took the year off. After we unearthed the villages I started bringing them in the house. It takes awhile to unpack because they are in styrofoam boxes and break easily. But I did it! Then I arranged them by shelf-businesses on one, houses on the next, and I planned to put a church on the top. Best laid plans-it was a little too wobbly, making me have nightmares of it falling on my 92 year old mothers head during Christmas dinner. I ended up buying a gorgeous lightweight angel at Driving Miz Daisy ( $6.00!!) and placed it on top. I put batting on the boards and a border of fake snow and we were ready to go. 6 hours later and the top picture is the result.

Dickens Village

Dickens Village

I love the way it looks and I love the villages. The houses all have names ,like Blueberry Cottage and Hollyberry Cottage, I have 2 post offices, since I worked for them and two English mailboxes, even 2 different churches and several pubs-do you think there’s a reason for them??? Hmmm. It may not be decorator heaven but it works, and I did it!!!

I had a little get together to show them off and they were a hit. Now to get through 16 people at Christmas Eve without any breakage and then I get to repack, re-cuss and back they go-to my nice clean storage. Since I have so many I thought I would mark the boxes with the year and next year use the ones I couldn’t fit this time. That way I can see them all without killing myself to overdo it. Those days are gone.

I hope you enjoyed my story and looking at the villages. I plan to leave them to my granddaughters and hope this tradition goes on… They are beautiiful and charming and I have gotten so much happiness from them, I hope they will too.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie

November calendar

Here we go. Get ready for a month filled with events and places to visit.

****Whoops-correction to calendar-San Diego Vintage Flea Market is Sun Nov 6th. We made a mistake but be sure to go on Sunday, we were there in Sept and it is a great and busy market.

 

November Calendar

November Calendar

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

Plaster Painted Pumpkins!

Fall pumpkins

Fall pumpkins

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I adore the changing of the colors, crisp golden leaves, a little cool nip in the air. It’s refreshing and welcome after a hot summer. I love decorating and baking and Fall festivals. So it was second nature for me to paint my pumpkins, just one more tradition for the season.

I painted my pumpkins a couple of years ago and loved how they turned out. The idea probably came from Pinterest. (Isn’t this where all amazing ideas eventually end up?) I grabbed different colors of spray paint and ribbons and adornments and glitter and went to town.

 

This go around, I had just bought the beautiful Merlot plaster paint from Sweet Peas Charm (go read the blog Sweet

Merlot Plaster Paint

Merlot Plaster Paint

Peas Charm & Pumpkins, if you haven’t yet). I love this color so much, that I had to incorporate into my Fall decor. This is the same Merlot I used on my wooden pumpkin. I used 2 coats on the pumpkin and sprayed it with Jewel’s Magic Spray by the Plaster Paint Company. This helps to set the paint and creates a nice finish.

After the pumpkin dried, I chose a stencil that I felt was Fall-ish in design to put a finishing touch on. I used a cream colored art paint, as I didn’t have any plaster paint in a soft cream. I used 2 different designs and then dabbed a few ‘sparkles’ around to give it a finishing touch. One more coat of Jewel’s Magic spray.

Stenciled Pumpkin

Stenciled Pumpkin

And now I have a colorful festive pumpkin for my kitchen island!

Please comment and let me know what you think.

Thanks for reading…

Amy

Sweet Peas Charm & Pumpkins

This past weekend mom and I went to Old Town Temecula to attend a workshop held by Sweet Peas Charm. Lynn is the sweetest lady and so creative. I first met her at the Temecula fair earlier this year. Her display booth held plaster paint by The Plaster Paint Company. There were several colorful furniture pieces. Lynn specializes in bringing life back to furniture. Her gallery at www.SweetPeasCharm.com is filled the pieces she has created. From a clock table (ingenious) to side tables and chairs. She is inspirational!

Sweet Peas Charm

Sweet Peas Charm

There are 2 locations to find her creations and Plaster Paint. Fourth St. Antiques in Old Town Temecula (a great place to spend a day) and The Merchant’s Mercantile in Anaheim. She can also be found at some of the Southern California Vintage markets. Check her site for dates and details.

Mom and I signed up to take a plaster paint workshop and create a few unique pumpkin decorations. It was a small workshop, just perfect for getting to know everybody. Her sweet daughter in law Valerie was there, along with my mom and two of the nicest girls we’ve met.

Lynn had the table set up with wooden pumpkins, a selection of Plaster Paint colors and adorable stencils and embellishments. There are about 48 colors to choose from, including some Metallics. Although we love Chalk Paint, this is more affordable and easy to work with (see colors in gallery below).  I chose the Merlot color (hello!! Remember the T’wine bottles) and mom choose Sweet Cream. The paint has great coverage and it didn’t take long for it to dry. I have to say the Merlot was

Merlot & Sweet Cream Pumpkin

Merlot & Sweet Cream Pumpkin

STUNNING!

After about 10 minutes of drying and chatting, we moved onto the stencils. I choose a pattern, while mom choose a sweet flower design. We laid the stencil over the first layer of paint and lightly dapped the stencil color over it. It doesn’t take a lot of paint to get the look you want. Valarie choose the Toasted Marshmellow and painted arrows and Family on hers (adorable), the other girls did a Black and “Spooky” and a Chevron pattern. All the pumpkins came out so unique

Sweet Cream & Coraline Pumpkin

Sweet Cream & Coraline Pumpkin

and cute!

Of course, I had to buy some paint, Merlot, Native Stone and the Jewel’s Magic Seal (a great sealer). Stay tuned for my project using The Plaster Paint….

 

Thanks for reading…

Amy

October 2016 Calendar

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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