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We have been all over in the last month and met some new store owners “ Hi, The Attic” @theatticonmyrtle in Monrovia and Lloyd & Lane in South Pasadena whose owners name is Bonnie too, for just two ” new to us” stores. All of them are getting their stores ready for Christmas and all the vendors we see are preparing their booths too. It makes us stop and think all that is required to run a junking or vintage or independent business. These people are busy!!! Selling it to you is the last step. All the picking, all the prep work, all the loading and unloading, all the decorating is such a huge job, and then they wait to see if anyone is going to buy it. Last weekend we went to 4 shows. See Instagram for more photos. At each show, and they were all well attended, the vendors were already talking about doing more projects, going out picking again, what they had at home to finish and on and on.

The point is that when you buy from one of them you get something that has been loving picked or repainted or refurbished or handmade or handcrafted. It’s not a manufactured mass market piece. It has meaning and hard work and love behind it. So when you go to a show think about that. When you go to any major store think twice before you buy new and see if you can’t buy from a vendor or an independent store.

We do this blog and our Instagram because we LOVE the shows and stores. A few years ago we could hardly find any independent stores. Now they are all around but lately some have started going out of business again. The experts say most new businesses fail in the first 18 months. Let’s all do our part to keep all the ones we love in business. That means buying from them, attending their events, encouraging individual vendors, and telling others about them on social media. It is almost the only way to advertise now. We have no qualms about promoting stores and dealers we love. It has become more and more a reason to seek out new stores, talk to more vendors, wave around that little pink business card of ours. We want them all to succeed so we can go see them again and again.

So during this holiday season give thanks to your favorite store or vendor. Tell them you appreciate them. You never know when someone’s having a bad day or week and your words pick them back up and keep them going. Help support small business, shop on small business Sat Nov. 25th, but remember them all year. We hate going and finding an out of business sign when we get to our destination. Let’s all do our part to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie and Amy

Vintage & Restore by K

Recently, we signed up to a blog collaboration with Krista from Vintage & Restore. She sells a fabulous line of furniture paint. I wanted to share about her paint with our loyal readers.

Charcol by Vintage & Restore by K

Charcol by Vintage & Restore by K

I received a gorgeous dark grey paint, Charcoal and clear and brown waxes. I was quite excited to use the paint and set about trying to find the perfect small piece to re-do. I admit, it took me longer than I wanted to complete the piece and write this blog. Family first.

Perfect piece (thanks Hubby)

Perfect piece (thanks Hubby)

At last I hit upon the perfect piece and quickly approached my husband with fluttering eyelashes to ask permission to paint a small table of his. It was the perfect size and desperately needed to be re-done from the 1990’s brown to a more updated chic look.

This paint was incredibly easy to work with and has great coverage. The 4oz jar provided more than enough paint to complete the task with a bit left over. It went on smoothly and required no prepping other than a cleaning of the furniture piece.

I allowed for several hours drying time, though it dried quickly in 90*

Distressing

Distressing

November Southern California weather. Not complaining, but ready for some cooling. After the paint had thoroughly dried, I roughed up a few places to allow the wood to show through. I was looking for a nice vintage feel. I then took the brown wax and applied a light coat, being careful to work it in. Yes, I put brown wax over grey paint…and I LOVE it. I was able to achieve the nice dark rich dark grey look I had been hoping for. It came out beautifully. I am so happy with the piece and the spousal unit was quite pleased too.

Finished piece

Finished piece

Krista has developed a pleasing line of furniture paint. Her company is based out of Colorado and her passion began in the same way it did for so many of us. She was looking for a way to update her furniture and create some side income. Her paints are a great bargain and come in fabulous colors. Ocean Mist will be part of my next order, a gorgeous blue green that reminds me of the Dominican Republic ocean.

Finished piece

Finished piece

You can find her website http://www.vintageandrestorebyk.com/. Please visit and enjoy!

 

Thanks for reading….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

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

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