Outstanding Stores, do you know one??

Raffle by Atomic Loft at Needful Things Addiction

We love all the stores we go to, but must admit there are certain ones that stick with us. It’s not just their merchandise, it’s also the way they arrange and decorate, the way the store is run, and most important, the way they interact with customers. That seems to be a main reason customers return. First impressions and all that, right? If we go in a store and no-one says” hi, call out if you need help, welcome or hey”, we sometimes feel like” whoops, they’re not open yet” or “did we go in the wrong door  I?” It’s nice to notice and be noticed. Even in the Dollar Tree they yell out “welcome” 4000 times a day, it still feels like they are glad you came. And that’s what you want, right?

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Soooo,  still and always one of our favorites,  is  Shabbyology,  534 E. Edna,  Covina. Every person who works there says hi to us, even before they knew us. The owner, Jackie, is one of the most enthusiastic and hard working person we know, simply because she loves loves loves what she does. How can you beat that? The time spent in the store, rearranging and putting up new displays and finding new products, continuously pays off with a store that is welcoming and fun. It also has such an assortment of pieces that you know you’ll find something to take home. A store that stays the same gets boring and Shabbyology never does, just now opening a new section.  And classes keep popping up that bring in customers because they are so different, check her facebook for a schedule. Open Fri Sat Sundays.

Salvaged Treasures at Vintique Alley

Also on the list, Vintique Alley, Riverside. Once you go you will be like us, wanting to move in. Really!! Many different vendors but a continuity of style keeps this shop very popular. The Sip n Shop we just went too was a lot of fun, with the patio filled with vendors for the night, and did we say “free wine?”  Old White Shabby and just that perfect touch of color to set up the displays,  they all look like rooms in a house, ready for us to spend the night!  And they also are very good about welcoming you, and if you need help with a idea or a display they make it clear they can and will go all the way to make sure a piece is right for you. We have seen them sketch out possible layouts for customers.  Great owner and hand picked vendors.  Open Tues-Sun at 3758 Elizabeth St, they are waiting for you-hurry up!!

The Nest

Next, in no particular order, is The Nest in Yucaipa. It’s worth the trip where ever you live. One room, so not too large, but every inch is filled, but not overcrowded. These ladies have the touch. Repainted furniture and innovative displays steal our hearts. Nice and friendly is the atmosphere. When we got there at opening time, people were outside looking in the window waiting. And we have posted their gorgeous bicycle with flowers  out front that tells you you have arrived, check back on our Instagram a picture of it. Shutters and old windows make up some of their shelves and they are so original, it’s on the don’t miss list. 12131 California, lots of antique stores on the same street also. Open Fri and Sat.

The Romantic Home

Another we love and don’t get to enough is The Romantic Home in Long Beach. This smaller store is packed with stuff we want!! How come we can’t bring it all home?? Romantic is the correct word for it too, some clothes, some furniture, some just decorative pieces, some dish towels, some jewelry–all arranged so well. Allow some time because you have to really look to see everything. Never cluttered or messy, we love browsing here. We will be back there soon! 1204 E Wardlow.

The last on this list, and it is hard to narrow it because we love all the stores, that’s why we keep going back, is a new one. We did a few posts on it already because we are drawn in by the history of the building and the happy attitude of the owner and vendors. This one would be Needful Things Addiction in Lake Elsinore. 115 W. Franklin, open Wed-Sun. Get over there for their Grand Opening on Sat the 24 th. Raffle tickets available and you won’t believe the prize by Atomic Loft, a vendor there. This #marketshoppe is going to be constantly evolving and since it’s amazing already, we can’t wait.

By no means are these all our favorites. If we keep showing up at the door, you know we love your store. A bad impression leaves us not going back and we don’t want to give bad reviews. There are too many stores that are working hard to create a good image, and those are the ones we talk about, and ignore the others. One of the things we noticed about most of these stores is the vendors are required to work a few hours a week. We think that’s a great idea, not only because their booths or spaces are always fresh and neat, but also because they keep the stores that way too. No use having a great booth if the store is a mess, and none of these are.  Owners and vendors that care and encourage others are among the best. There is more than enough room for all and small business flourishes with that attitude. That seems to be a constant with these 5 businesses that contributes to their success. The other thing that will help is telling others about them so they also get out there. Let’s not lose any more of these independent {mostly} woman-owned shops. We’re doing our part by posting about them-are you doing yours by visiting and buying???  We want to visit more stores, run by anyone, anywhere,  and keep them in business. Be sure and check times and days open before you go, they do change from time to time.  Let us know if we haven’t made it out to your favorite store.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

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Increasing YOUR sales and visibility

Hi, this is Bonnie.

We started our Instagram a little over a year ago. We now have over 3800 followers. It’s our little business and we try to be careful with who we promote and who we follow. So that got me thinking about a few tips for some of you from what we have seen.

One of the things we like is to be able to find (stalk) dealers who keep current with the trends, keep their booths and stores fresh, keep changing up pieces, are friendly, are happy to see customers and just nice people. We now know quite a few of you because you are business people, and that’s obviously how you stay in business and why. But….when we can’t find you at a venue it’s annoying. I know, I have tried to hunt out dealers ( maybe they are hiding from us now??) A good way to be found is to have a good sign. This post is to show some of the great signs we have seen and loved so if you don’t have one you might get inspired. Don’t worry, we are not trying to sell you anything! But…we do know some great vendors who would make you a custom sign to show off your business, if you don’t have one.  For one, one of our favorites” Far Away Hood.” If you check out their ig you can see they have made signs for a lot of different homes and businesses. They made the one shown for Sweet Peas Charm and, of course, their own. You can find them at many shows, Driving Miz Daisy, for sure, and on their web site Farawayhood.com.

Second,  Made New Home Furnishings at 113 S Harbor, Fullerton. Phone is 405-7428937.  The pictures we put up of her shop recently show her versatility. Custom-made the way you want and professional looking.

Made New Home Furnishings

The pictures on here are all great examples of good signs. Put up a sign please!! Or bring the one you have ( hint hint one of our favorite vendors). We are surprised not all of the venues require this. Promote yourself!!!  It really helps customers to know it’s you and to follow you wherever you sell. That’s the point, right?

Some of my top shops found a way to stand out. The Nest in Yucaipa at 12131 California, take a look at their place. Does that get your attention? Shabbyology in Covina, 534 E Edna, put red chairs with polkadots at each corner by her store so when we see them we know we’re close. Both great ideas.

The Nest

So on Instagram we have a few rules. We follow back only if they actually liked our photos. Too many times you get a follow just to make you follow them back, and they have never even looked at your pics.  We also follow only if 1-it’s a personal ig that shows they have interest in home decor or flea markets or historic houses-something somewhat like the pictures we share or 2-if it’s a business, say like Habitat for Humanity or a salvage or a restaurant near a venue we frequent. We usually don’t follow real estate agents, gyms, hair dressers because we want people to follow us who like what we do, not just to get more followers who want to promote their business anywhere anyhow.

Mrs Darling

If we get a follow from a site “Get 10,000 followers ” etc.. we block them. We don’t want that kind of junk (get it?) on our ig. That’s not a way to grow. There are plenty of people who like the same things we do, it’s only a competition between Amy and I (joke), there is no reason to get followers that way. When we get a new follower we check out their ig. I do this every night. Then I like the pictures if I actually like them, and I follow them back, and often comment. I also make sure when a follower likes one of our pics to check their site and do likewise. That’s common courtesy if you have the time and I do. I hit “send notifications” on the ones I regularly follow so I can see all their new stuff as they post. P.S. it’s fun and it’s nice to encourage people.

Also if you are a vendor or a dealer make sure you have a business account with Instagram. It’s easy to switch over from personal. We like it because it gives you a little more info. It tells how many people looked at your picture even if they didn’t actually take the time to like it, and how many came back for a second look. We really appreciate this feature. When we see over 1,000 looked a picture we know we are on the right track.

If you want to comment on our pictures or our blogs, do so down below. We always welcome input and would like to know if this blog helped any of you.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy.

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

 

 

The Vintage Marketplace

Countryside Barn

Countryside Barn

 

The Vintage Marketplace is one of our favorite markets. The market always has the best vendors and sweet finds. They started out at Rainbow Oaks Park in the Rainbow area. For the last year, I’ve been fortunate enough to have it close to home in Temecula. The Temecula location is in ranch country, surrounded by mountains and horse properties. Simply beautiful. Well now they are headed “Back to their roots”! We are very excited for the market to be headed home.

All Over the Map

All Over the Map

You will be able to visit at 4815 5th Street in Rainbow. There will be additional parking and a shuttle service. They are looking for a few new vendors, please visit their website at http://www.thevintagemarketplaceca.com/.

Please enjoy a few photos from past markets!

Thanks for reading…Amy

 

Bucket of Nails

Ribbon cutting for the new store.

Ribbon cutting for the new store.

This past Summer, we met Tani and Tom at The Vintage Marketplace at Galway Downs. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to chat with them as much as we would have liked, because they were so busy, fortunately for them. After stumbling upon their shop in Fallbrook and spending some time exploring, we understand why. Tani was so warm and welcoming. I wanted to spend hours in her shop chatting with her and learning more about what drives her style. She is a remarkable woman and once you see all they have to offer, you will want to get to know her too.

Recently, Bucket of Nails moved to a brand new location in Fallbrook and we thought that was the best time to interview them for a feature. Normally we do a re-write of the Q& A, but Tani answered our questions so perfectly, we decided not to change a thing. Please enjoy our Q&A session with Bucket of Nails…

Q.What kind of business do you have? Is it sole owner or partners?

A. We have a home decor store specializing in custom built farm tables. It is a family owned business.  My husband builds the tables, I design and do the finishing work and our children work in the store and deliver for us.

Q. Why did you start your business?

A. The business took on its own life. We started painting furniture on the side at Long Beach Flea Market and Irvine Flea Market.  We eventually moved into rental spaces in vintage malls. We loved what we were doing so much when the opportunity for a store front opened it seemed like the next step.

Q. How did you come up with the name?

A. My husband came up with the name- a spin off of Bucket of Bolts, we always laugh because we have no nails in our tables….

Q. Do you sell anywhere else besides the store?

A. We are only selling through the store at this time.  Our tables do get delivered all over Southern California, and a few out of state.

Q. What are your hopes and long term goals?

A. We just completed one of my dreams, to have our build shop connected with our store. We just added a design room, kids playroom, apothecary bar and we just opened last week- So I feel I am in the middle of a dream!!

Next step would be for our sons’ to open a store in Austin TX or Orange County.

Q. What is your favorite piece and why?

A. Our tables are my babies, so they are my favorite.  Love goes into each one, can’t explain it.

Q. How can you be contacted by customers? What are your days and hours?

A. We are located at 720 E Mission Rd, Fallbrook, CA 92028   760-468-7927  You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, BucketofNails.com or Farmhousetable.org

Q. Did the business come from a passion or did you see a need?

A. Our business came from a passion and a need, We have 5 children and a farm table from the late 1800’s. We eat, play games, visit around our table.  Everyone should be able to afford a quality farmhouse table.  That was what we set out to do.

Q. Did you already work in this medium or was there a large learning curve?

A. Not a large learning curve, I believe when it is a passion the learning curve is better phrased as growing pains (we had a few of those).

Q. What has been your biggest challenge?

A. Finding personal time.  We love what we do and when you are growing a business it can be full time plus.  You need time to step away and rest. That is our biggest challenge.

Tani- we couldn’t have said it better. We wish you all the best and look forward to celebrating many years of success with you.

Thank you for reading….Bonnie & Amy

 

Emporia on Route 66

Hi everyone!

Emporia Sales Counter

Emporia Counter

We are adding to our blog by interviewing some of the shop owners of the places we go regularly and love. We have listened to all of you and realize that you want to know more about how they got started, the basics of their business. We all dream of opening cute little stores but it takes a lot of grit and determination, not to mention dollars. So hopefully this will be interesting to you and informative, we’ve learned so much.

Our first interview was with Emporia. They are located at 719 E. Route 66 Glendora, Calif. Phone 909-263-5404. Instagram and Facebook are under emporiaonroute66. We first saw an advertisement for them and dropped in about 3 months ago. We’ve been back twice since. What a fascinating place. It is owned and run by Greg and Theresa who also own Shamrock Salvage Design and by Kim and Michelle who own American Vintage Fare. They teamed together to make Emporia. The great thing about the four of them is that they all have skills to offer and combined make up a talented foursome. It’s great to have others to bounce your ideas off. They also had a head start by owning businesses but it is still a learning curve to have a storefront.

Emporia

Emporia

One of the things we liked about this shop is that it is constantly changing. The pieces they have are either handmade, repainted, homegrown, vintage and all unique. They believe, as we do, in preserving the past and protecting our future. In their words “our store is a place that helps the environment by preventing further butchering of our forests and prevents items from ending up in landfills.” We are often amazed at the items we see re-purposed that a few years ago would have been tossed. That’s one of the best things about the current reuse/re-purpose/repaint/remake/relove movement. We hope it goes on forever. Once these precious pieces are gone there’s no history or stories left for our children. American- made is a theme they take to heart. Craftsmanship is a key word also, many of the pieces in the store display wonderful talent and skills.

Emporia vignette

Emporia vignette

The store is a easy relaxing place to browse. It is set up in vignettes, which helps a customer to picture the item in their home. Whenever we go in we have to look around 2-3 times so we don’t miss anything new. Often we get home and look at the pictures and see pieces we didn’t really notice in the store, because there is so much to see and like. What we like is if a piece of furniture doesn’t sell right away (which most of them do), it is re-positioned and styled, so nothing is ever the same or stagnant.

Flag table (photo by Emporia)

Flag table (photo by Emporia)

One of our questions is always “which one is your favorite piece?” Theresa named one that we noticed right away (shown). It’s their American Flag table. She said it was over 100 years old, made of reclaimed wood. All 4 of the owners are super proud to be Americans and their picks show it. We feel the same, being a military mother and grandmother.

One of Emporia’s missions is to help other craftsmen and artists. They want to open additional locations and are always looking for vendors who feel the same as they do about our country and their crafts. As Theresa stated “small business helping small business”.  So if you are looking to place your work give them a call. Friendly and warm are how we would describe them. Often one of our pet peeves is that shop keepers do not acknowledge their potential customers. No fear of that here. A quick hello is often all it takes to make you feel at ease in a store. That interaction is essential to a business and Emporia does it well.

They are open Thurs-Sun. Hours are Th, Fri, Sat 11 am-6 pm, Sun 11 am-3 pm. When we were in the store we were remarking on how many places we go now that also keep that kind of schedule. It gives the owners time to work on projects, go pickin’, and rearrange the store. We like it because we can fit our schedule to meet more owners and see more shops in the same day.

We often get asked about making money from what we do. Nope, we don’t. Bonnie is retired but Amy still works 32 hours a week so she can’t get out as often and does our behind the scenes work. We do have ads on our blog, and we would love it if you click on them when you visit, this will help us to make some revenue to assist with travel expenses.  We both hope to meet a lot more vendors and shop owners in the near future and interview them. Our instagram hit 1500!!!!! this week and we can’t say thank you enough. The knowledge that you like what we bring to the table is wonderful. Remember we have Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter under weremadabout, please like and follow us!

Thanks for reading… Bonnie and Amy.

 

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

Peltzer Family Farms

This past Sunday, the family and I took a day trip out to the pumpkin patch. It’s a yearly tradition for us to go to the pumpkin patch and make a day of it. Peltzer is one of our favorite places to go in the Fall.

Peltzer Vintage Truck

Peltzer Vintage Truck

The farm has grown over the years and this past year went through a major transformation. I was pleasantly surprised at what I found during this visit. Peltzer has grown to include a petting zoo, gardens, a train ride, panning for gems, food trucks, a wedding venue and wine tasting room. Plenty to do for kids and parents, plus wine at the end! Did I mention the vintage trucks, tractors and rustic decor? Oh yeah, and pumpkins…of course!

Vintage Bed of Pumpkins

Vintage Bed of Pumpkins

We arrived about mid-day on a slightly warm but gorgeous Southern California Wine Country day. After just coming out of a Plaster Paint workshop, I was eager to get my hands on the perfect pumpkins for my next projects. A few years ago, I painted my first pumpkins and really loved the way they turned out, so naturally I wanted to do it again. I love decorating for the holiday and Pinterest, so of course I always need to out do myself.

We found several great pumpkins. Perfect shapes and size. As a family of amateur photographers (with me having a large learning curve) we took to spending about an hour staging and photographing pumpkins of all colors. As one friend asked me when I put a few up on Facebook, “are there really grey pumpkins”? The answer is, Yes there are.

We paid for our pumpkins, (they accept credit cards) put them in the truck and decided to explore the newest parts of the farm. In years past they had a corn maze, this year they had pig races and a food truck, which came in handy because the youngest in the house is a growing pre-teen boy (they eat-a lot). While the boys awaited for food, I checked out the wedding venue.

The Peltzer wedding venue is set in a rustic garden atmosphere. The entrance is a wooden canopy covered in vines

Peltzer Wedding venue

Peltzer Wedding venue

with a garden in a trough, lined by wine watering bottles. Ingenious, right? Just inside the entrance is a small reception area with a guest book table, as you turn to enter the ‘chapel’ you are pleasantly surprised by a 1939 GM vintage truck. The bed of the truck is a wildflower garden. The chapel has wooden benches for seating and a year round garden growing on both sides. There are lights strung about, with a watering tower and vine covered canopy at the alter.

Next door to the chapel is the reception area with frames hung about, completely secluded from the rest of the farm, intimate and private. The reception area is available for birthday parties and the farm to table dinners the winery holds. The farm to table dinners feature guest chefs and sell out quickly.

After checking out the area and the vintage tractors, we headed up  to see the building at the top of the property. What a surprise! They have set up their future crush room so perfectly. Everything is reclaimed wood, vintage and clean. There is a collection of vintage truck front ends adoring one wall. My husband was taking pictures when Dennis ventured over.

Peltzer Tasting Room

Peltzer Tasting Room

Dennis has a great sense of humor, he jumped right into selfies with my husband and then proceeded to share with us about the winery, crush room, dinners, and the future plans for Peltzer’s. He spoke about how they had designed the room to be versatile and ready for quick set up of events and crush. Then he shared about the vintage tractor right in the middle of the crush room. It has been in the family since it was purchased new, around 1928 I believe.

Dennis introduced us to Anthony, who helped us sample wine and set us up with a new wine membership. I almost bought some delicate stemless wine glasses, but settled for a delectable Butterscotch Brownies candle by Wild Rose Farms. Delish!

It was a great day out with my family. so the next time you are in search of a day trip to find the perfect pumpkin, try Peltzer’s Family Farms 40275 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA.

 

Stay tuned for the next project….

Thanks for reading…Amy