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

Arizona Longings

Rustic Rummage

Rustic Rummage

Rustic Rummage

Rustic Rummage

At Inspired Market last week I was lucky enough to meet Chris and Sara from Rustic Rummage. I say lucky because we love meeting talented vendors (and Amy wasn’t there) so I was the one. They are from Arizona, as so many of the vendors we met at Junk in the Trunk were. Wow, I almost wish I lived there, except for the heat that I am having enough trouble with here. Arizona has been exploding with great dealers lately, I am so jealous.
Chris makes these treasures for their company and works a full-time job, and they have 3 kids. Wow. Two people together makes everything easier, as Amy and I have found out. Chris and Sara seem to be a great team. The business card for Rustic Rummage says reclaimed, restored, renewed. We love that. They use reclaimed wood for their projects. Chris said pallet wood is too hard to work with and we agree. Our little pallet projects are taking more time than they should-more about them later.

I saw wood boxes, wood signs, wood drink stations, and the wood letters shown in pictures. I love the Vino one—I think it fits me! All their pieces are beautifully finished, no rough edges to be seen, and their prices were reasonable, even coming from Az.

Rustic Rummage

Rustic Rummage

Rustic Rummage

Rustic Rummage

They often do shows in Calif. so check their web site, RusticRummage.com for the next antique market nearby.You can send them a message there too. I love their workmanship and how about that sign/old door? Clever, huh? That sets you up for the kind of imagination and talent they have.
Hope to run into them again soon, I didn’t get nearly enough pictures to show you guys everything, but it’s a start. Nice meeting them both.

Thanks for reading…Bonnie

Mantel mania

I am getting started on my next project today. My mantel has been sitting here unpainted for 2 years.. I hate to admit that.  I searched and searched for one, deciding the ones I found were too ornate or large for my house.  I finally found the perfect one at King Richards Antiques in Whittier. Paid all of $60.00 for it. Then I brought it home and stared at it.  Still staring at it…

Mantel
Annie Sloan Old White is my paint of choice since I have done other pieces of furniture with it that are currently in my front room. Sanding is a foreign word to me. There will be none of that done in my home!  So look at the picture of the mantel before I start and next week we can look at the finished one. Thinking about mantels made me look up some. Of course they are much more elaborate than mine. I guess I am more of a plain jane, trying to simplify things. Of course, I don’t even have a fireplace so no need to consider that. I just like the look of a mantel under my big screen tv to display holiday items, candles, etc. It is right across from the front door so it’s the first thing you notice when you come in (unless you notice the dust bunnies first–quit looking!).

Going to all these different flea markets and boutiques  and antique stores I have seen hundreds of mantels. It seems like most older homes had fireplaces, not as much now, especially in Calif. You can find them rescued from old houses, handmade, re-purposed, it’s amazing.. And the detail put into some of the mantels, there is every style you can think of, the variety is endless. Anything from plain jane to marble, wood, brick, carved, the choices go on and on. Here’s a few I found.

So paint brush and rollers ready  set  go!! Since I gave myself the time limit of next weeks blog, I guess I better get started. Wish me luck!!

 

Thanks for reading…Bonnie