Monday, September 27, 2010

Our first vendor show . . .

We're back from New England! It was such a lovely trip, 
and I have so many pics to share!
With only a few days left before the Heisen House Vineyard Crush Event,  I had to get busy finishing up projects for our vendor booth . . .
[I'm also linking this post with Southern Hospitality's last 'Thrifty Treasures' blog party for the year, so I'm highlighting some of our thrifty finds.]

wreaths . . .

pillows . . . 
an old sugar sack, vintage crown and Pottery Barn red toile

cleaning, ironing . . . printing tags {thank you, Miss Mustard Seed}
and pricing, pricing . . . pricing
Found this Globe Pottery Fibre sugar & creamer dated from 1889-1910 at an antique store for about $6. I love it ~ and I'm glad it didn't sell, so now I can keep it!

Our potting bench became an entry table with a bowl of dried lavender
for sale by the scoop, ceramic monogram balls, glass magnets, business cards
and some vintage enamelware we found in  New England.


vintage oval tin found at a flea market for 99 cents; couldn't pass it up for a dollar,
and it looks great for fall; the teacup was free from an aunt's estate

A vintage suitcase we found in Connecticut for only $5

behind the dresser is some rolled up rusty fencing we picked up at a garage sale for FREE; 
we saved it from metal recycling

flower bouquets from our yard and a silver tea set
on the rustiest, chippy table ever that we got for FREE from an estate
An old vintage door, FREE from an estate, became my store sign with the 
panels painted with black chalkboard paint

My sweet hubby came up with the idea of the white painted birch
branches that are hanging on the chix wire backdrop. I love them!

white dresser was a craigslist find for $10, and we painted it shabby white

It was a beautiful 80 degree day, at a pretty vineyard, with good company, friendly shoppers and great food by Galeotti's Restaurant in Battle Ground. A big thank you to great friends, Timm and Vyanna, for sharing their vendor tent with us and helping us all week long! Several items pictured will be available in my new etsy store opening Oct. 1. Let me know if you see something you would like to purchase.

This week I am busy helping with a Haiti fund-raising auction at Starting Grounds Church & Coffee House in Battle Ground, WA. If you live local, come check it out Saturday, October 2, from 5-8 pm; auction closes at 7:30. Great people, great coffee, beautiful art gallery (and you can meet the artists),  in a relaxing, antique setting with a nice selection of items to bid on, including original art from local artists. All money raised goes toward building supplies for a construction team going to Haiti in March, 2011. There are still great needs in Haiti.

Starting this week, I will be posting pics of New England!
Hope you have a great week! I will have some time for blog visiting :), so I'll see you soon.
Thanks for visiting. 

~ Julie

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

MEET SOMEONE NEW MONDAY . . . Erin @ I Heart New England

I thought it only appropriate to introduce you to Erin at I Heart New England since we are currently in New England. She has an amazing travel blog about New England, and she has been so helpful with planning our trip. Thank you, Erin!

This is Erin. She describes herself as a"Twenty-two year old college student from Long Island, NY who dreams of New England on a daily basis ♥." She loves traveling in New England, has picked out a dream house, and dreams of living in Monadnock, New Hampshire.

Erin and her mom recently traveled to some of the New England states, and you can check out their trip on her blog. We are visiting and staying in some of the same places! She does a weekly feature called "B and B Friday" where she features three different Bed and Breakfasts in New England. She offers travel advice, which has been so helpful to us. She also features a book of the month and tasty recipes. This month it's apple recipes. How about some . . .

Maple Apple Crisp
(courtesy of New England Travel)

4 large, peeled, thinly sliced McIntosh apples
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup real New England maple syrup
Topping Ingredients:
1 cup uncooked rolled oats
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup sliced almonds
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons real New England maple syrup
1 teaspoon almond extract
Mix sliced apples, lemon juice, cinnamon and syrup in a large mixing bowl. 
Mix topping ingredients in a separate bowl and set aside.
Grease a 9" x 13" baking dish, and spread the apple mixture across the bottom of the pan. 
Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until the apples are tender. 
Spread the topping evenly over the apples and return the pan to the oven. 
Bake an additional 20 to 30 minutes uncovered at 350 degrees until topping is crisp.
Note: Top with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream if you'd like.

Serves: 6-8 people

If you are planning a trip to the New England states, want to see some beautiful pics, or learn more about New England, her blog is a must see. She has helped us so much with our trip, from finding bed and breakfasts to general places to see. 

A few pics of New England on her blog . . .

 Nantucket, MA

Marlow, NH
(we were here ~ it is gorgeous!!!)

A Bed and Breakfast in Connecticut

I hope you meet Erin and say hi, and learn something new about New England; a beautiful part of the United States with so much history.

Thanks for visiting.
We are loving our trip to New England! Today is our last day in Connecticut. We have visited 5 states (Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut) in 6 days. No time for blogging, but I look forward to posting some pics when we get back!
Happy travels.

~ Julie

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Welcome . . . Hydrangea Fall Wreath

A wreath adds so much to a front door. It says welcome to our home.
This wreath is made from our PeeGee hydrangeas, red oak leaves just turning color, burning bush for a touch of red and yellow spike flowers. The PeeGees have such pretty fall colors.

We're off to New England tomorrow!!!
Be ready to see fall pics from New England.
Sorry, I haven't had much time for blog visiting and commenting this week; I'll come visit when we get back.
Hope you're enjoying the beginning of fall.

~ Julie

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Monday, September 13, 2010

MEET SOMEONE NEW MONDAY . . . Debra at Common Ground

She lives in Missouri and has two grown daughters who are both married. 
She and her husband love antiques and vintage goods. 
In her profile Debra says, "My Christian faith is the foundation of my life
and has sustained me through the ups and downs of the journey."

If you want some spiritual encouragement, check out Debra's blog, Common Ground.  She  teaches an amazing online Bible study. I love how she shares her faith with the world. Debra shares inspiration from others and gives inspiration. She is very talented and has dealt with antiques for years and has a booth in an antique store. I love seeing what she is doing with her displays at her booth and at home.

Debra is currently teaching from the book of Galatians. If you're not involved in a Bible study or just want to learn more about God, check it out. I have enjoyed it during the summer when my Precepts Bible study takes a break.

She also makes beautiful jewelry and sales it on Etsy at Debrasvintagedesign. You can see her jewelry blog here.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy meeting Debra and stop by her blog and leave a comment. She is an inspiration.

I'm busy getting things ready for my sale and our trip to New England. If anyone has any "must sees" in New England, please email me and let me know. We've never been there before.  I'll post some projects and practice vignettes soon.

~ Julie

Friday, September 10, 2010

TRASH TO TREASURE . . . Potting Bench

Today I want to share my potting bench table. My hubby picked it up for free off craiglist ~ an old vintage yellow, peely paint, drop leaf kitchen table that looked like it had been used in someone's garage. I know rustic is in, but I just didn't have a spot for this table in the house. So. . .  I thought what about a potting bench? . . . the size is right, and I can flip up the back side . . . hang my knee cushion on the side . . . . and this is how it turned out. 

We just flipped up the back side drop leaf with L brackets. 
It's great that the front leaf can be down or up for larger projects.

Some heart shaped rocks found on walks

My daughter's cat, Blackberry, just had to get in the photo shoot; 
she loves to help me with any project . . .

and smell the roses

I love it. Right now I'm using it to make fall wreaths and will use it to make Christmas wreaths.

Easy to do if you find a drop leaf table.

Thanks for visiting. Have a great weekend!

~ Julie

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