Monday, October 29, 2012

Still Kickin'!

Hello Friends!

Yep, I'm still kickin'.  After a bout of back issues that has taken me out of the workshop for a bit.  Though I do hope to have 1 reveal of something that I limped through (or almost through) last week.
Anyhoo, I did want to let all of my local followers know that I bit the bullet, so to speak, and put a lovely, lovely buffet up for sale at NJ & Co.
That top turned out soooooo nice.  It is a Drexel and in lovely condition, and I battled myself to let her go.  We'll see what happens.  I need to get some better photos of this gal, but I really didn't think I would be letting her go.

I've also used the whole sore back time to finish up some little projects that just didn't get done before PM.  There is always more on my list than I end up having time for. 
I made a TON of these little sweater pumpkins.  Mostly just because they are so much fun to do.  I don't have those TONS of pumpkins to show you photos of because I hauled them down to NJ & Co. too.  So I guess you'll just have to head down to the shop and, well, shop! :-)

I've been embellishing these little, and some big, babies with my collection of vintage buttons, and vintage jewelry.  Lots of bling, and sparkles, and neat old buttons and broaches. 
This is the one my Ellie ended up with (after I pried the other 6 out of her little hands).  She often covets whatever my latest project is.  Flattering, but sometimes hard to keep the merchandise moving in the right direction.

I also managed to complete 2 wool mat projects that I had started last winter and never finished.
This is a Jan Goos pattern,  I have lots of her patterns I want to work on!
This is a Maggie Bonanami pattern.  Maggie is another talented lady with several books and patterns that call to me frequently!
The 2 primitive mats are mine, mine, mine.  But someday I'd love to be able to design some of my own to make up and sell at our Prairie Market.
Don't forget that NJ & Co. has their monthly evening Ladies Night Out shopping event with refreshments this Thursday, Nov. 1st from 4:30-8 P.M.  It's always fun!  And it would be a great time to see the selection we have at the store and fill out a wish list.  Then send your Mr. in for the Men's Holiday Shopping Event!  It's on Nov. 8th, from 5:30-8P.M.  with Guy type refreshments, gift wrapping, and lots of help in shopping for the Mrs.!! 
NJ & Co., that's where you can see the Buffet, and the desk, and the Omaha Subway Dresser, yep, there were 2, and all the TONS of pumpkins!

Have a great week!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Thank You!

Thank you!!! We had a fabulous time seeing old friends and meeting new ones!  It is beyond gratifying to hear your kind comments.  Like I said to some of you "it makes the sweat in July more tolerable".  We truly appreciate your support of our little group, and we hope to continue bringing you something new and exciting each time.  Feel free to let us know if there are certain items you'd like to see more of next time.

Here are the rest of the photos of the Prairie Market all set up.  For those of you who were only made it on Saturday you can see how packed it was on Friday when we opened. 

Each time we grow bigger and better!  Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sneak Peeks!

These photos won't show it all.  I didn't even photograph the garage area and driveway full of furniture, but here's a sneak peek of a few of the items that are for sale this weekend!!  Enjoy!  I'll see you tomorrow.

Opening at 9:00 A.M.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

2 Days from now

2 Days from now we'll be in the middle of an amazing time with old and new friends as they check out all of our hard work!  It's an amazing thing to watch grown women almost racing each other down the driveway to be the first inside.  We LOVE it!

So, I'm down to the very last items to price, just 2 more thank heavens, and getting the house ready to go.  I thought I'd share one more item with you before I get too busy, or too tired to think about a post.  (Though I might just post some staged photos for you on Thursday night.)

Here is a HUGE trestle/harvest type table that my family used for many years.  We moved, the table was too large for our new space and the rest is history.  Here it is in it's new paint just waiting for a new home.
The base is painted black, and the top, well lets just take a look.
I had every intention of just staining it, but I just wasn't happy with it.  So, I remembered a tutorial post by Shelley of The House of Smith's on creating a weathered barn wood look.  Following it loosely game me what I think is the perfect "new do" for this table.  What do you think?  Look closer.
Pretty cool how all that dry brushing gives you the texture and look of an aged piece of wood.
I liked it so much I said to my long suffering husband, "you know maybe we should just keep..." at which point he fixed me with a look and I slapped a sale tag on it.  You'd better come buy it before I change my mind...again!

It does not include chairs, we used 5 family antiques with it when we had it in the kitchen.  It does have this really long bench that can easily seat 3 to 4 people.  I think it would be super cool with an eclectic mix of vintage wood chairs! 

Hope to see you on Friday or Saturday!
Partying here:

Monday, October 8, 2012

Two Tone Dresser, Husker Chair, & PRAIRIE MARKET!

It's been a busy couple of weeks here on the ranch, ok cul-de-sac.  Final touches and less running of gratuitous errands for everyone in order to complete MOST of the pieces that I wanted to.  Whew!  Since I've been MIA for so long I'll give you more than 1 lookie-loo tonight. 
I just really thought I'd never purchase Annie Sloan's Empire Silk Chalk Paint.  How could I have been so wrong?!  It's beautiful, and yes, this is straight on with clear wax.  I've seen what the dark wax can do for it too.  Hmmm, I see more fun projects in my future with this paint.  I live in Nebraska, I am a Husker fan, this chair when I inherited it immediately brought to mind the Cornhuskers, and since I'd had so much fun with the Omaha subway dresser I had to try a twist on it.

There is an ASCP Old White base coat underneath, except where you see "Blackshirts".  That's what we call our defense, so of course there is a black base under that section.  It turned out well with it's key Nebraska football phrases.  And it sold almost before I could tag it!
Here's another version of the sorority dresser.  I had 3 of these, and I think I forgot to show you a photo of the first painted in Paris Gray before it was delivered to it's new owner.  Drat it!  I'll have to get one off of my phone.  This one is in the Versailles green that I think is such a soothing shade.  Perfect for a bedroom and this is one of those dressers that actually really holds clothing.  Big deep drawers made for sweaters and t-shirts and more, more, more...Bwah..ha.ha..ha....It could be the stain fumes are getting to me, sorry.
Finally, I think you'll like this one, it actually resided in my home for the last 18 years.  We purchase it from an antique dealer in Leavenworth, KS.  It's been through 6 moves since then and survived them!  
I thought the drawers were just too gorgeous to paint, but the sides had there little blemishes so I opted to go with the 2 tone effect.  Along the way the top had been replaced with a large oak piece that matched well enough that I didn't notice it for several years.  At any rate, I wanted to pretty it up a bit and added a stenciled pattern to it.  Fun for me to stencil again, it's been years and years really!
A true beauty, do you see the lions claws on the mirror harp?  Sigh.

Now, I'm off to get busy because THE PRAIRIE MARKET will be here in a few days!!!
Make sure you stop by and say hi if you are anywhere in the area.  I promise you won't regret it!!
9 to 5, October 12 & 13th

Have a fantastic fall week!
Linking up to these parties:

Monday, October 1, 2012

Racing toward the Finish Line!!!

Well you didn't think I'd left you hanging here for no good reason did you?!  In addition to nursing a sinus infection for the entire month of September, I have been diligently working in the workshop.  Like an elf, or Rumpelstiltskin, or something along those lines.  All of us have self-imposed expectations of what we wanted to have ready to go.  We'll get there, and the world will continue to spin if that last table doesn't get painted or wreath doesn't get glued up.  But I will say that, from what I have heard from the ladies, THE PRAIRIE MARKET, is going to be packed to the gills with goodies.  Do stop by!

Here are some recent finishes of mine.  Just not sure I can part with that buffet...But if I can't then there will be another one for sale instead.  There that will make someone happy!

See anything you might like?  Don't forget, October 12 & 13th.  The info. is on the side bar and up on the top buttons.

And for some more immediate fun, NJ & Co. is hosting another Ladies Night Out with food and beverages on Thursday.  They will be open until 8:00 for shopping.  I just put some new pieces in up there, and the other ladies are getting in a ton of new Fall items!  There is some seriously gorgeous stuff in the shop right now!  Tell them Debbie sent you!

Hope you all are enjoying the gorgeous Fall weather!