Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Staying alive...

Yep, I'm here.  I'm not pushing up daisies.  My little guy is having a lot of trouble adjusting to first grade.  He has to get use to a new teacher and no buddies from his kindergarten class in his class now.  His little tears are tearing my heart out.  So, what is a mom to do but put aside projects and blogging to assure her boy that things will get better by playing whatever he wants, reading, and cuddling with him.  So for the rest of the week, I will be a helicopter mom trying to help my little guy through this transition.  If anyone out there has some helpful tips, let me know.  Hopefully, I will be back to my project posting soon.  Keep your fingers crossed!    

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Great finds @ Kane County flea market

I know.  It has been so long since my last post that I had to dust off my keyboard!  I've been adjusting to school starting again.  No more leisurely sipping coffee in the mornings.  No, now it is getting the kiddos moving, fed, dressed, and off to school.  With that said, I should have more time for all of my projects. 

It seems that I would post about my latest project but that would mean I would have to drag out the camera to get some pictures.  Well, I am just too lazy for that today.  So, I decided to share some photos from my first time trip to the Kane County flea market in IL this month.

It was a great time.  I talked hubby into making a weekend of it since it was about a 4 hour drive.  He and the kids enjoyed the hotel pool while I was 'gathering fleas' as my husband likes to call it.  There were so many vendors.  My head was spinning.  I have found now that I have a booth, I have grown entirely cheap.  I passed up a lot because I just couldn't bring myself to pay the prices.  I did get a few things.

First off my hook racks and vintage laundry basket:

Next, these lovely corbels in there chippy glory, three french pots, and a little frog.

I wanted to share a couple of vendors spaces with you.  Of course I remembered to charge up the kids Nintendo ds's but forgot all about my camera battery.  So, I only got a very few pictures to share.  Since it has been a couple of weeks since I went and am posting, I can't remember and/or find the vendor info to pass along.  All I can say is that I loved these spaces.  Wish they would come and decorate my house.

Hope you have a great week!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

French bolster pillow

Some of you noticed the bolster pillow photoed with my frenchy dining chairs.  I don't know if you have ever checked out the price on bolster pillow but they are pretty expensive.  When I came across a flat filled with bolster pillows at Goodwill outlet, I snatched up four.  I didn't really need four but at the deal I was getting, I couldn't resist!

Here is the before.

Not only did I get a super long bolster pillow, but I salvaged a super long zipper from it too!  Of course loving all things french related, I wanted to make a french pillow.  I gotta say I just love my cricut!  I used it in conjunction with a software called Sure Cuts A Lot.  This software allows me to use any font I have on my computer with my cricut.  It rocks because I don't have to pay for all of those expensive cartridges.  Anyways, I cut out the stencil on my cricut using freezer paper.  (I'll be doing a tutorial on that later.)  Sewed and tied.  This is what it came out like:

I do admit that I had to use my foot to squeeze the pillow into its new dress.  I'm loving it!  Can't wait to figure out what to do with the remaining three I still have.

I'm sharing over at:
{Primp}   Photobucket  Good Life Wednesdays

Friday, August 5, 2011

French dining chairs

Of course all of you know that I am in love with things that look frenchy.  I stumbled up four frenchy cane back dining chairs at a garage sale for a steal.  I mean I really thought the police would arrest me if they found out how much I paid for all four.  What can I say other than this dog was thrown a bone.  Anyways, here is a peak of the before.

The picture doesn't show all the little scratches.  The seat was basically a piece of wood covered with material.  So, out comes the paint and drop cloth.  I have to say my friend had given me 5" cushion foams a while ago which came in handy for this.  (Thanks Jessica)  So after cutting the cushion into equals thicknesses, I had my foam for the seats for free.  After all my work, here is how one of the host's chair turned out.

I definitely wanted some sort of punch for the host and hostess's chairs.  So, after using freezer paper as my stencil.  This is a close up of the seat.

A little distressing to add a little charm.

Now, there is a unique, charming set of dining chairs just waiting to grace someones lovely home.  Don't mind the pink chairs in the background.  I know I posted out that find long ago.  I tend to put off projects for the house and put things for the booth first.  Maybe that will change once the kids are in school.

Would love to know if you like them.  Let me know.  I'm sharing over at:
 Furniture Feature Fridays French Country Cottage

 Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The store

Well, thanks for all the kind words about my booth.  I've taken new pictures since all of us came in and redid our booths.  Here is my new and improved area.

It has a few new pieces in it.  I mostly rearranged after I brought in the bookcase.  I had a couple of people ask about the location of the store.  So, I thought I would share that info and some pictures of the other booths.  I only got pics of about 1/3 of the booths but here is what I have to share with you.

The store is Salvage Sister's Antique Market.  Address 398 E. Jefferson St., Franklin, IN 46131.  Phone number 317-736-4353. 

Due to poor skills with my camera, the pictures don't do the booths justice.  If you are ever in the area, drop in and check us out.