February 28, 2012

Vitage Market This Weekend

Good morning all!

For those of you in the British Columbia area...
this is your lucky weekend.
The forecast is for rain and maybe even snow,
but it's always sunny when shopping and spending time with friends right?

This market is indoors too so no weather worries!
Mark this on your calendar!

The Fraser Valley Women's Expo
With Vintage Alley
This Weekend - March 2,3,4
Heritage Park, Chilliwack, BC
Friday 4 - 9
Saturday 10 - 6
Sunday 11 - 5

I know Carrie from the Passionate Home in Langley is doing live Annie Sloan Chalk Paint demos
all weekend so for those of you who still haven't
jumped on the chalk paint train...this is a fantastic opportunity to see it in action!

I have been super busy finishing up projects to bring to market. I will have a great selection of jewelry, vintage style scarves, furniture, chalk paint projects, chandeliers, lamps, etc etc.
Like I said - I've been a busy girl! And loving every minute of it!

Here are some teaser pictures...

There are over 200 exhibits, free samples, exciting entertainment, free makeovers, fashion shows, informative workshops, cooking theatre demos, food and wine sampling, career and business resources, decorating and travel ideas, entertainment, health and wellness advice, fantastic prizes, and much more.

Hope to see you there!
And if you are one of my blog followers,or comment on my blog, please let me know as I would love to meet you in person!

February 22, 2012

Chair Art

If any of you have received the latest issue of
Flea Market Style you will have noticed the terrific article about repurposing chair parts.
It was so inspiring I got to work on my chair collection right away. And I do mean collection - I'm a lucky girl and have enough friends that think of me when they see orphaned furniture
 that I have quite a good collection.
(That sounded better than admitting once again that I hoard furniture didn't it?!)
This is my unpainted collection....look at them all lined up for their's like a beauty pageant!

This is the winner of the first makeover! For the low price of $5 I didn't mind doing a little sawing etc. on her.

 I removed her legs as she isn't going to need them anymore where she is going and then we did a little lyposuction on her bottom!

Now I didn't want to leave her insides showing so I hid them with this little board that I had lying around - I wanted to use one of her original pieces but none of them were quite the right fit.

Now just like a beauty contestant has a sash - I wanted this girl to have a message - something meaningful and perhaps exotic - in a foreign language -
like French perhaps.
So I printed out the chosen phrase in mirror image....

I painted her in ASCP Old White and applied her wording with the paint as well. I got a little impatient and dried it with my heat gun - like an air brush for makeup right?

And here she comes... Miss France!

In case anyone is wondering what she is trying to say, allow me to translate.
Miss France's answer
to the skill testing question is.....

"I was a chair."

I don't know why but I find that incredibly funny!

I guess because it's so simple and rather then hunt through a tonne of graphic choices or put a french address on her or one of the hundred possibilities its just so...simple and a beauty contestant.
hahhahahhaha I crack me up!

"I was a chair and if I win the contest -
I will strive to bring world peace. Or at least make your home a little cuter in my new life as a beautiful shelf.
Thank You."

Although I have staged her here sitting on a mantel and table she also has the ability to hang on the wall.
That's her talent. lmao

I'm on a role now - wait till you see
the next chair project - it's a keeper!!
Here is a sneak peek...
Alot of work on this one!

Miss France is partying at:


Somewhat SimpleFurniture Feature Fridays

shabby creek cottage

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February 20, 2012


I see an asortment of these silver chafing dish holders all the time at second hand stores and honestly it's been driving me crazy trying to figure out what I can use them for - they usually have such great features and a beautiful patina. However the lid or glass dish insert is almost always missing.

Well, it finally came to me...if you turn it upside down... and look at the feet, they look like....

Now - what do I want to hang on the hook? Hmm...maybe some of the aprons I've been collecting due the fact that I've been inspired by this fantastic little magazine from Stampington and Co. called Apronology!

"The premier issue of apron•ology shows off accessorizing with a twist — or rather a tie. This new publication flirts with the many uses and looks of the apron. While you may notice your grandmother’s vintage linens, handkerchiefs or embroidery in these pages, your breath will also be taken away by looks with leather, bright colors, rhinestones, and tulle. The contemporary apron is hot and can do more than keep you clean. These beautiful creations are fit to be worn in the kitchen or on the runway. Pick up a copy to create your own timeless and personal piece of fashion."

OK now I have a plan...
So...I found a nice little piece of lumber with routered edges and gave it a couple of coats of ASCP Provence.

Printed out the title of my new little reading addiction.. IN MIRROR IMAGE.

Used the Mod Podge method to transfer it to the board...

Then I did a little distressing, and some waxing and then added the beautiful little feet!

One on each side....I'm seriously looooving these little shiny pieces of art!!

Perfect! These apron hangers will be available in my booth along Vintage Alley at the Fraser Valley Women's Show!

Does anyone else have an apron fetish?

How do you display yours?

I'm sharing this at:
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February 18, 2012

Word Art Help

Ok I don't know if I'm the only one that didn't know about this amazing website, but I stumbled on it by accident today and I'm so excited to use it that I wanted to share it here tonight.

The possibilities are endless!
It's called.....

Wordle is a website for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.

You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like.

You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends. Basically, you enter random words into the space provided and it designs subway type art for you using those words.

Here is one example of a design that I made using the words:
home sweet nest blog diy create

At the click of a button it will provide you with numerous choices!
Also, instead of typing in random words you can enter the URL of any blog, blog feed, or any other web page that has an Atom or RSS feed. Wordle will make a word cloud using the text contained on that site.

If I type my own blog address in the space provided I get a design that looks like this:

If I type in Donna's blog address from
Funky Junk Interiors I get this:

I'm so excited to play with this!
Just think of the possibilities on canvas, furniture,
wall art etc. I`m going to try to merge this technology with my Silhouette!
The wordle FAQs section is really helpful and the advanced options allow for even more creativity so be sure to check out that info too.

It doesn`t take much to make me happy!
Yesterday - pink paint
Today - word art

I hope this is as exciting and useful to others as it is to me - happy creating!

Also I want to wish my wonderful hubby Trent a happy 12th anniversary for tomorrow Feb. 19th. Thank you so much for being the best husband in the world! I love you!

I'm sharing this at:

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

...Sunday's Best Linky Party!