Right on the Edge of a New Year

This time of year always gets me thinking. What did I accomplish last year? What did I not accomplish? Once I take an inventory of the past year’s wins and fails, I am ready to jump into the New Year. I don’t make resolutions instead I clean house. Not the kind of cleaning you might be thinking of, even though Mr. Understanding would like it to be the kind you are probably thinking about. He is so understanding, still.  No, the kind of cleaning I am referring to is a mental clearing of  the clutter of the past year so that I can have some room to see the New Year breaking through.

Thank you for sharing this past year with me and all the ups and downs of life. I stopped blogging for a few months after the passing of my Mother. Her passing just stopped me cold in my tracks for a while. We have been blessed with longevity in our family and I think I had started to believe my parents would live forever. My father will be 85 in February. I now know even more how lucky I am to still have him.

I hope you will join me this coming New Year and may you find as much joy and happiness as you can stand.

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Check back soon, I have some new projects in the works.

Enjoy

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Vintage Friday – Avonlea Antique Mall and a MidCentury Before and After

I had a few minutes to spare the other day so I took a little field trip through a local Antique Mall. This place is huge and I mean huge, 40,000 square feet worth of huge. They told me they have over 200 dealers. Avonlea was opened in 1995 and is open everyday. They have an awesome café for lunch. They make great chicken salad and the desserts are enormously good. Sadly, the café was already closed for the day when I got there.

There is something for everyone to look at in this place. Yes, I said look at because just my opinion the prices are how do I say “a little pricey.” I think and maybe I am biased but, Southern Crossing Antique Mall has equally awesome stuff but, the prices are much easier to deal with. Ok, and I have a booth at Southern Crossing.

I think I am getting off track so, let’s take a look at what Avonlea has:

Rustic goods, not sure how much of this is antique, but still nice

Rustic goods, not sure how much of this is antique, but still nice

This person had some very unique shell creations

This person had some very unique shell creations

Again rustic, little blurry I took this with my phone. I like the shelves made with the shutters

Again rustic, little blurry I took this with my phone. I like the shelves made with the shutters

Looking down an aisle. Actually this place is so big the aisles have street names

Looking down an aisle. Actually this place is so big the aisles have street names

For you midcentury modern lovers, I thought this desk was pretty cool.

For you midcentury modern lovers, I thought this desk was pretty cool.

Lots of heads. I know these were popular collectors items. Are they still? Not sure since there are a lot here

Lots of heads. I know these were popular collectors items. Are they still? Not sure since there are a lot here

Trains this booth had a lot of vintage things wish I would have taken more pictures

Trains this booth had a lot of vintage things wish I would have taken more pictures

The staging in this booth was very pleasing. I really like the garden chair

The staging in this booth was very pleasing. I really like the garden chair

There were lots of these glass cases just full of stuff.

There were lots of these glass cases just full of stuff.

There were two of these awesome pink chairs. I could never have anything like this in a house full of men. sigh...

There were two of these awesome pink chairs. I could never have anything like this in a house full of men. sigh…

This is more like what would fit in at my house. The upholstery was wool

This is more like what would fit in at my house. The upholstery was wool

Look on the floor, they have to tell you which way to the front door!

Look on the floor, they have to tell you which way to the front door!

This is a bit blurry, sorry. cool display for hats

This is a bit blurry, sorry. cool display for hats

big section of vintage fashion

big section of vintage fashion

More fashion

More fashion

So this is just a sampling of what this place has. If you want to know more about them the website is  http://avonleamall.com/

Ok, if you have a couple more minutes I want to show you a before and after of a Mid Century modern piece. Remember the desk at Avonlea, well if I had that desk I would probably paint it. I just love to paint everything. It  drives Mr. Understanding crazy. You know he is a carpenter by trade and so he is not a real fan of painted wood. Sometimes these old pieces are just begging for a facelift.

Here is a dark and depressing little night stand I found at a thrift.

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and yes, I also painted the piano bench (bright red) I have tried to sell these pieces without painting them but, I have much better luck when I paint them.

Here is the after of the night stand

Now don't you think this is much better?

Now don’t you think this is much better?

I decoupaged the top because the paint doesn’t always adhere nicely to the laminate tops

Music sheets decoupage to the top

Music sheets decoupage to the top

Happy Friday. Enjoy.

Stroll Through Southern Crossing Antique Mall

Greetings. I am late today but, I have a treat for you. Today I want to take you on a little stroll through the Antique Mall where yours truly (that would be me) has a space. I have been at the Mall for 3 years. The Mall is located in a historical district and has been in operation for 17 years . There are over 100 dealers (I am going to show you just a few of them today)

So the name Antique Mall is a little deceptive. Don’t get me wrong there are definitely antiques being sold here but, there is also a lot of other awesome stuff being sold here too.

I decided to get a space here for several reasons

  1. I knew the owner long before I rented a space
  2. I wanted a physical location to sell my handmade art pieces
  3. There is a lot of foot traffic through this store

I am sure there are more reasons but, these are the top three. I have met a lot of wonderful people (other dealers and customers)

What else can I tell you about this place? It is not like a normal store, it is more like Alice in Wonderland. There are numerous rooms, the ceilings are 20 feet high in some places and 7 feet in other places, you could spend hours here and not see everything. People sell vintage jewelry, clothes, toys, art, antiques, junk, chalkboards, lots of painted furniture, kitsch, and every era.

Some people focus on certain items and others have a hodge-podge of stuff. Some people have their spaces arranged with everything perfect and others just have it free flowing.

I know people that love this place and I know people that say it is over load and overwhelming whichever, like I said the place has a lot of traffic and if you want something you better get it because the next time you come it probably won’t be there.

Ok now for some pictures. As I mentioned this is just a sampling, It would take me days to photograph the whole place.

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a little of everything

Some of my stuff

Some of my stuff

 

Me again

Me again

 

My Booth

My Booth

 

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What do you think about the old books rolled up?

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I thought this was an interesting display

 

Someone is ready for Easter

Someone is ready for Easter

 

nice painted chair

nice painted chair

 

How about a microscope?

How about a microscope?

 

More furniture

More furniture

 

Soap and hardware, sounds right to me

Soap and hardware, sounds right to me

Ok, so you can see I wasn’t kidding there is something for everyone in here. You can find stuff in the this place that you didn’t even know you wanted. Next time we take a stroll through here, we will go to the other side. Hope you enjoyed this little adventure.

 

 

 

 

Trompe l’ Oeil Art in my Home

Trompe l’Oeil is art that “fools the eye.” I have always been fascinated with this art form and attempted it a few times in my own home. Mr. Understanding must also enjoy this art form because when I start talking about painting over some of these attempts, he always talks me out of it. The first one is of a dog that is always waiting at the kitchen door. I am not sure if he is waiting to go out or for someone to come in. The dog has been there so long, I don’t even see him anymore. The last time he was brought to my attention was when we had a young neighbor come over and he kept asking me “what is the your dog’s name”? What? Your dog, what is his name? Oh, Ol’Yeller? Sounds good to me.

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He is such a good dog.

This same little neighbor wanted to know what we had upstairs and could he go up there? I told him no, he could not go upstairs because the floors up there are unstable. He kept wondering about this and finally said, “there is something wrong with these stairs.” Boy, I had him fooled for a while.

I don’t know if Mr. Understanding was trying to pull my leg but, he said when an appraiser came to the house a few years back the man came around the corner into the kitchen and said “I didn’t realize this was a two story house.” I cannot confirm this since I was not there, so we will have to just go along with Mr. Understanding for now.

 

stairs

We have a 10 ft ceiling in the kitchen so at the time this was a great way to fill up the wall without taking up any space. Like I said, I am kind of over this and would love to paint over it but, I keep getting out voted.

I want to show you one more. This one is in my youngest former room but, he has since taken over another bedroom and now this is the junk – I mean treasure storage room. There is so much (treasure) in this room I couldn’t really get a full picture of this wall. I painted this at a time when the youngest was just starting to sleep alone in his big boy room and so naturally what would make him feel more secure than a not so friendly guard with a big spear watching over him. Yeah sure,  just writing that makes me  feel more secure.

guarding the junk

Hope you enjoyed this little foray into my trompe l’ oeil attempts. I would love to see yours, drop me a line. See you later. Enjoy.

Now or Never

Ever felt that if you don’t get back to a half finished project it will get lost in the clutter of everyday living and next thing you know you won’t be able to find half of the stuff you were using for the project? Browsing the web I see a lot of fun inspiration for projects; and for many of them I have all the supplies/materials  stashed somewhere in my home. (if I were more organized I wouldn’t even be discussing this with you but, that’s for another day). I have started several projects recently new owl painting, not one but three toy lamps, globe wall hanging, rock, paper, scissors, etc… Sounds like a lot doesn’t it? Now or never, if I don’t get back to these projects soon, the materials to complete them will get swept off the dining room table, stashed into a box, resigned to the garage, or tucked away in the spare bedroom.  I am even  going to show you these undone projects which will provide the motivation for me to get back on the track. If you have any of these neglected half finished projects, get them out and finish them. Tell yourself “Now or Never.” I would love to see what you are working on.