Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Is In the Air! Lucketts Flea Market and an Open House.

Autumn is my MOST favorite time of the year!  The weather is starting to get cooler, the leaves are starting to change and the endless variety of Pumpkin Spice everything is amazing!  I've loved this season since I was a young girl...getting back into the routine of school, football games and hanging with friends after classes was what I longed for every summer (I was one of those weird ones. :) That part's all changed, but now I have our wedding anniversary in October to look forward to, the annual family trip to the mountains and the holidays close on its heels.

To kick off the season this year, we did our first Lucketts Flea Market at the Old Lucketts Store and Design House a couple of weeks ago.  These are smaller than the Spring Markets held there in May, but still SO much fun!  I have a blast putting together displays for shows and this one was no exception.  With this one, I focused on fall decor and colors. 

I used white as the base color...

...then added pops of color throughout to draw the eye in.

We brought in some great vintage finds...

and fluffed with handmade decor.

I adore these old church seats!

These pictures were taken on the 2nd day and for some reason, I didn't get a wide shot of the space.  One of these days I'll get it all together. :)  We had an awesome weekend regardless of the extreme heat (almost 100 on Friday).  We also made some new friends and can't wait for the next one in November!

This past weekend was the Fall Open House at Through the Garden Gate Antiques.  We sold a lot at the market; however, I managed to whip up a few other things for the Open House like this sweet burlap and drop cloth rose grapevine wreath.

The Minnie Pearl shot...

I brought in some Boo Y'all burlap pillows - which sold out at the Market.

And more burlap pumpkins and wreaths.

I think this will be the last burlap wreath of the season.  My mom grabbed the last one right before the open house, so I stayed up all night making this one...along with a couple of blisters.

The cooler air is starting to put an extra spring in my step and bringing along with it some self motivation I haven't felt in a while.  Yay! We have a lot planned over the next few months, along with Fall Ball and Soccer with the grandsons.  I really love this time of year!!

'til next time!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

This Little Gentlemen's Wardrobe of Mine....

I've just made it shine!  I came across this sweet, unique small wardrobe and immediately knew what I wanted to do with it. 
Not extremely impressive at first, but it had great bones and adorable cottage details.  Just look at what a couple of coats of paint made!
Distressed to show off the curves...
...and a great bird pull make it anything but masculine now.
The inside also receive a bit of a makeover.
The back was given a new burlap covered bulletin board to cover a hole that we believe allowed it  to house a TV at one time, and the bottom got a little floral.  I left the inside of the door unpainted to show off part of it's past.  Look at this....
How cute!  I always love to leave just a tad bit of the original (the eyes to the soul).
It's now in our booth at Through the Garden Gate Antiques!  This would be so great in a little girl's room or even in an entryway, kitchen or mudroom!  It has the rods to hang clothing on and room for so much storage!  I almost kept it as a broom closet in our kitchen.  If it doesn't sell soon, that may be where it ends up. :)
Come see us and so many other new finds in our booths!  We've been working hard this summer and so much more to come!
'til next time!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Less is More....Simplifying My Life's been a while since I posted.  However, this summer has been full of activity for us.  First and foremost, we've been able to spend a lot of time with our grandsons while school is out - and I treasure every moment of that.  The summer has flown by and school starts back up next week!

We spent some really great quality time together. :)

Don't worry...they got paid!!  They were asking to earn money for their vacation. :)  We've had a lot of fun just hanging out.

Dean and I did escape for a quick vacation to Virginia Beach in July, but a vacation it was not!  So much went wrong during those few days, and to top it off, we were in the middle of a tornado that hit the beach.  Luckily, we were refunded our last night's charge when we decided that it was seriously time to go home, even though we were still there after check out time.  Thanks to Expedia and the hotel staff!! 

The view from our room after the storm. 

I've also kept really busy with the shops, making changes and working on tons of things.  We've scaled back to only two locations (Through the Garden Gate Antiques and Unique Antiques).  However, we've expanded our space at TTGG - for now.  I'll explain more on that in a bit.

We are fully stocked and things have been selling well lately...keeping us busy backfilling.  The bad thing about this is that arthritis is really wreaking havoc in my hands, wrists and shoulders.  Painting has become a painful chore that I am beginning to dread.  The good thing about Unique Antiques is that we mainly deal in unpainted furniture there, which I actually love and am seeing a big push towards the warmth of wood again!
So, what have I really been doing this summer?!  My main goal was to clean out our garage...and this past weekend...we finished!!! YAY!  Our "good" vehicle can finally be kept out of the weather!  I'm telling you, I have had nightmares about that space.  When we closed our antique/retail gift shop, it turned our garage into a storage area - along with my "hoarding" of lots of project pieces (I just couldn't pass up a "good" deal...which there was usually a good reason for that...).  For almost two long years, we have not been able to move in there and I felt sick every time I opened the doors. 
This is the after....there is no way I would take a picture of the inside before.  Picture three large store showcases, plastic tubs and countless amount of furniture all over.... Sickening.  Yes, I have one project in the works in the picture, but it's done and out.  :)  We're hoping to get the garage insulated and finished before the winter.  I also hope to turn the upstairs into a studio...but that's down the road.

I can almost feel the relief in the air!
I started by not buying anymore "project" pieces this summer, finished the projects I had (or took to the dump or donated to Goodwill) and went through boxes, upon boxes, of stuff we had packed up from the store (it was like Christmas again!).  This is why we rented an extra space at TTGG for a little while....
This was just the start.  I am taking steady steps in making positive changes in our lives and am learning that less is so much more and so uplifting!! 
I couldn't have said it any better.....
As we make our way through a total makeover - to include money management and healthy eating - I plan to post about our journey.  It's a learning experience and I've been taking in so much information.  With God's help and guidance, I have no doubt we will succeed!