Sunday, July 31, 2011

Good to be home!

We just returned from several days in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for Son #2's baseball world series.  We had a wonderful trip - the boys did awesome in the tournament, perfect weather, beautiful scenery, fun activities and great meals.
This was taken on a hike at Fish Creek Falls.

Steamboat Springs is a very active community.  There are endless opportunities for outdoor activities - hiking, biking, rafting, fishing, etc.  There are hot springs, a rodeo and a Farmer's Market on Saturdays. 
This is what the ski slopes look like in the summer.
On the way home we drove through Winter Park and saw the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
The spray off this waterfall was a treat after the long hike.
It's fun to travel, but I'm always so happy to see the roadside sign that says "Welcome to Texas"!
Taken from the moutain after riding the gondola up.

I love bluebonnets.  I love our State flag.  I love Texas and I'm happy to call it home!

Monday, July 25, 2011

A new love

I never thought I'd say I found my new love online...well sortof.  It was actually a listing on Craigslist for an antique backplate - like off of a buffet or sideboard.  Bad news - it was in Greenville, TX which is about an hour-and-a-half away.  Good news - it was at a store so I was able to call and give my credit card number to hold it.  Sweet!  I did not take a "before" picture but it was so sad - dirty, dry and dull.  I just knew it could be made beautiful again and honestly, it turned out better than I expected.

I hung it in our master bathroom - above the double doors that lead to our closet.

Here is a zoomed out shot so you can see how it complements the antique frame that hangs above our garden tub.

Another new-old it!

Friday, July 22, 2011

What do you sell?

I get asked this question a lot.  It may be easier to tell you what we don't sell...ha!  How about I just share some pictures from our booths at the Grapevine Antique Mall.
Need a chair or maybe ten?
How about a trunk?
Shutters are great to decorate with.  We have columns too.
Perhaps an entire collection of birdhouses in one stop?
If you are in or near the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, come shop the mall - we promise there is something for everyone!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mark your calendars - August Events!

July 28th - July 31st
First Monday Trade Days
Canton, Texas

August 1st
Grand Opening of Good Look, Inc.
(owner, Vincent, is a regular vendor with the Old Red Lumberyard)
318 Main St.
Princeton, Texas

August 6th - August 7th
Buchanan's Antique Market
Market Hall
Dallas, Texas
Sat. 9-5:00 & Sun. 11-5:00
$5 Admission

August 12th - August 14th
Third Monday Trade Days
McKinney, Texas

August 13th - August 14th
Buchanan's Antique Market
Oklahoma State Fairgrounds
Oklahoma City, OK
Sat. 9-5:00 & Sun. 11-5:00
$3 Admission

Lots of great events - let me know if you have one for me to post!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Buchanan's - Day Two

We had another great day at Buchanan's Antique Market in Lewisville.  We plan to be back there in November so stay tuned for details! 

Today was not quite as busy and I was able to spend some time checking out the other vendors.  There was a great selection of merchandise and I got a few treasures to bring home.

I was SO excited to get to meet Lori of My Heart with Pleasure Fills today!  Thanks for stopping by Lori!

I'll be posting August events next week.  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Buchanan's Antique Market

Today was our first day of Buchanan's Antique Market and their first day at a new loaction in Lewisville.  Buchanan's has been in Fair Park and Market Hall for many years and we hoped they would have a following.  Well, they must because both the vendor and shopper turnout was GREAT!

The vendors from the Old Red Lumberyard were all set-up together and it was so fun.  Here are some pictures from our booths:

Mine and mom's space.
We used an old door to hang things since we didn't have walls. 

We used a ladder with wood pieces wrapped in burlap for shelves.

Brandy's booth (Pocket Full of Heirlooms)

Vincents's space (Good Look)

Rick's space (Treasure Spotters).
A highlight of the day was getting to meet a blog friend, Denis of Ruby Grace's!

The Market is open again tomorrow from 11-5:00.  There are still plenty of treasures to be had!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Don't Miss Out!

Plan to come to Buchanan's Antique Market in Lewisville on Saturday (9-5:00) or Sunday (11-5:00).  There will be a special section just for the Old Red Lumberyard Junk Market vendors!  And did I mention air-conditioning - totally worth the price of admission (which is $5)!  Find us at 2460 I-35E in the strip center with Toys R Us and Academy.  Plenty of parking, over 150 vendors and here is a sneak peak of a few things I'm bringing:

See that vintage picnic basket?  And the awesome fishing basket?  How about the cool folding stool down there?  Oh, and that fun galvanized pail with the #3 and a starfish?  My mom is bringing tons of awesome treasures and check out the Old Red Lumberyard Facebook page for pictures of more wonderful things!

Don't miss out!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Lone Star Antique Mall & a finished project

I've had it on my list to visit Lone Star Antique Mall in Haltom City for some time now.  I had heard great things about it and knew that I could find Ruby Grace's there as well.  My boys had lots of baseball this weekend, but mom and I were able to check out the mall on Sunday afternoon.  Here are a few pictures of some of our favorite booths:

We saw more architectural pieces and primitives than we've seen locally in quite some time.

Also on Sunday evening I finished up a client project:
I used two Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors and my combo wax.  I couldn't resist putting some white platters and plates in it - LOVE!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

CHANGE IN PLANS - Old Red Lumberyard Junk Market!

The Old Red Lumberyard Junk Market July sale will not be held in McKinney.  It seems the City needs some changes to be made to the Lumberyard - probably because it's become so popular!

Have no fear - the sale will go on - and in air-conditioning!  You can find all of your favorite vendors at Buchanan's Antique Market in Lewisville.  Lake Pointe Shopping Center located at 2640 S. Stemmons Freeway (I-35) - NE Corner of Access Road (previously Best Buy).  You can shop in air-conditioned comfort on Saturday, July 16th from 9:00-5:00 and on Sunday, July 17th from 11:00-5:00.  The cost of admission is $5 - good for both days.  There will be more vendors than just the Lumberyard regulars - 150+ vendors!

Hope to see you there!

Friday, July 8, 2011

A thrifting we will go

I was able to hit two of my regular thrift store stops this week and wound up with a couple of treasures.  I'm always primarily in search of furniture but this week's finds were different.

I got these two great shabby framed floral prints.  I toned down the gold on the frames with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre.  These measure approximately 19x22.

I also found this great frame - it measures 11x13.
I toned down the gold on this one as well.  I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey and then used the dark wax.  I'm planning to sell the frame, but I must admit I didn't put a price tag on it yet - that sometimes leads to items finding a spot in my home!

Hope you all enjoy a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Available - Antique Lineberry Furniture Cart!

I originally posted on the purchase of antique Lineberry furniture carts here

Mom and I were lucky enough to purchase four of these treasures.  I decided I couldn't part with mine and it took up residency in our living room.   It's a ton of work to bring them back to life - we keep them authentic - no changing out of boards or hardware.  We just sand and stain and put a fresh coat on all of the metal.  We also do not work on the lettering at all - we feel the authentic piece which shows it's age is best.  Mom sold her first cart before the stain had even dried!  The buyer uses it as a coffee table and it looks fantastic in his loft.

If you've been dying to own one of these and you live anywhere near the DFW Metroplex - YOU ARE IN LUCK - because mom just finished another cart and it's available for purchase!

If you are interested, need measurements or have any questions please e-mail me.

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Palmetto State

Happy 4th of July friends!  Hubby and I just returned from a weekend getaway to South Carolina.  We stayed in Myrtle Beach, did some saltwater fishing and spent a wonderful day in Charleston (get ready for lots of pics). 

Here is the view from our balcony:
Myrtle Beach was a little insane with the Holiday weekend.  It reminded me of Spring Break but with more families mixed in.  It was more of a tourist destination than we had expected.

We adored the sweet Southern accents of the friendly South Carolinians and I secretly loved that when you ordered iced tea they assumed sweet tea.  Every menu that we had during our stay included shrimp and grits - gotta love it.

On Sunday we escaped the beach madness and spent the day in Charleston.  On the way there we stopped at a roadside stand and met a gentle soul,  Laverne, who weaves Sweet Grass baskets - passed down from her grandmother - I had to have one!

Also on the way we stopped in Georgetown and McClennanville and Hubby endured my historical and southern house stalking...

Love the covered porches, shutters and rocking chairs!
This one was new construction, but didn't they do a fabulous job preserving the historical details?
This one was in Charleston and I loved the palm tree!
I could have stayed a week in Charleston!  So rich in history and amazing architecture.  Here are a few of my favorite shots from around historic downtown:
I'm not a great photographer - I don't have an expensive camera or special lenses and I don't edit my photos.  I hope that even from these mediocre photos you can tell how amazing Charleston is - add it to your Bucket List - really.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Another Table Re-Do

This is another great table that my mother-in-law gave me.  It was painted white when it came to me and was not in the greatest shape.  It was purchased from an auction with intentions of being repainted.  I just the love the details - especially those little spindles!

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Chateau Grey.  I sanded and then used my homemade combo wax - regular Minwax paste wax mixed with Annie Sloan dark wax.  Those 4 blank rectangles (at 12, 3, 6 and 9 like a clock-face) were just calling out to me for something so I added the fleur dis lis.  I sanded those and wiped again with the combo wax (yes, I've officially named it that).
So...even though I adore this table, I'm a huge fan of the fleur dis lis, and it matches my home - I'm still selling it!