Tuesday, February 14

Busy girl...

I took some of my recent projects down to the store today.  Let me empasize the word "some". I have about half dozen in the works projects going...one of which is vintage antique full size bed! 

Vintage chairs turned planter chairs.  Lovely on a front porch in a garden area.

Vintage frame Magnet Memo Board.  Vintage frame painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint, distressed and then waxed and buffed.  Burlap sack over sheet metal makes for the "magnetic" center.

Small Pedastool base occasion table with brass footed claw feet.  Painted a tan tone, distressed and waxed.  Hard to see in picture but dark wax really adds to all areas of the wood really accenting the piece.

And that is it for today...off to a 3rd grade Valentines party.

Wednesday, February 8

We are doing really well...

We have been " in business" just sbout 3 weeks now and sales have been better than i could imagine. I love hearing from other dealers how well we are doing, that we are rockstars! Our shelves are full...and thats our plan. The More product on the shelves...the more product going out the doors, and I mean that in more ways than one. Both Jennifer (my friend and business partner) have both had to deal with loss...product loss. I guess thats part of the gig sadly. We have noticed stolen items and items sold but price tags being switched to our loss. It happens. We have both been so busy creating things from old to new...our newest items are vintage frames turned burlap covered magnet boards and corkboards. Dry erase boards with old frames and fabric and keeping up on the demand with my mason jar soap pumps. We are having so much fun!

On the home front, we are good. Kids got guinea pigs this past weekend, first pets for them. They are cute I admit, but the shaved bedding being tracked everywhere is driving me insane. New to 4-H this year, we thought it would be best to start off small...and the kids just adore them. We also got chickens, this weekend as well, 7 of them. Will be pretty cool in a few months to have fresh eggs all the time.

Thursday, January 26


Our antique store venture is going well so far...course it has only been 11 days so I guess to soon to tell.  Tomorrow I work my one day a month required shift from open to close. I laugh as I type, because I have not pulled an 8 hr work day out of the home in over 10 yrs!  Should be interesting!  Far from my former career as an OB nurse and it has been 20 years or more since I "worked" in any type of retail setting.  However, I don't consider it a "job", I don't get paid to go, and...it gets me out of the house and around other grown-ups. Away from the laundry pile, and the dirty dishes and it revolves around products that I love, other peoples junk, other peoples history and memories...so fun!  Speaking of history...I have a stack of old black and white photos and negatives from the 1930's I purchased at several estate sales.  Sorting thru the pictures a few nights ago I wondered...I have no idea who these people are, or have never been to the places in the pictures but I wondered about them.  Who they were, what they were like, what the world was like in the time they took those pictures.  A simpler time I imagine, with some of the same worries we all share such as finances and health but yes, I imagine a simpler time.  I think I would have liked to grown up then...in the 30's and 40's, even the 50's.  Sure, there was still war, there were much bigger issues with race (in my opinion) but I think morals and family values, time spent with family, the way children respected elders, I think it may have been a much better time for not only people but for our planet.  Sure we know so much more now...in technologically, in medicine, environmentally but sometimes all these advancements doesn't mean we are better.

So Matt, my husband was looking thru the pictures as well, he made the comment we should try and track some of these people down.  I  then replied with something like "honey, the pictures are 70 yrs old or so and I bought them at an estate sale, chances are they are dead".  Not to sound harsh, but that's the reality.  How sad is it that old photos of lives once lived are now in the hands of someone who knew nothing of them..seems in a way wrong, but maybe it could be right?  Right in the sense that I look at them and imagine and wonder...make up stories in my head as I look at the pictures of them on the beach and I imagine what that day could have been like.  I picture the couple holding hands and the little kids running amuck, the laughter, the events that may have taken place before or after. So in some sort of odd way they are being remembered only the story may have changed but the faces have not.  Does that make sense?

Sunday, January 15

Friday Morning Finds

If you have followed my blog at all, then you will you know that I love antiques, aka other people's junk and... I can be pretty creative. So...I put the two passions together and I have been a busy girl. A week or more ago, I mentioned I had something in the works that I couldn't yet talk about. Well, I can now! Several months ago my friend Jennifer and I were all set to open a space in a local antique store and then it looked as tho, it would not happen. Well it did. We got the call right after I blogged the last time and we have been busy pricing tagging creating, painting, researching items, the list goes on. We were busy all this past weekend " moving in" and I am happy to report we are open for business. Our space, inside a local antique store is 10 1/2 ft by 12 ft and we used every inch of it, I am not kidding.

For the last few months I have been upcyling vintage furniture by painting and distressing, with of course the best paint out there, Annie Sloan chalk paint. We have been creating items out of vintage things such as fabulous soap and lotion pumps out of old mason jars. Making jewelry out of old buttons and keys and magnets from vintage silverware. I have a ton of old barnwood in the backyard so what better way to recycle than to make signs from it, I am hoping those are gonna be a hit! Hitting estate sales is something I love to do and try to do it weekly. Usually on Fridays when the kids are in school...hence the name, Friday Morning Finds.

So, if your in the Napa Valley, head on downtown and check us out at Antiques on Second Street. Our little section is all the way in the back of the store to your left. If you find the area that screams shabby, full of Fenton glassware and fun colored furniture, pretty linens and adorable vintage finds, then you have found us.

Our section, as your enter.

Our "linen closet"

Tuesday, January 3

Back for 2012

Hold on to your hats...Lisa is blogging! I cannot believe it has been nearly five months since I posted, it is now a new season, and a new year. I just lost my interest in it for awhile is all...but I feel ready to get back into it, and to share again. So much has happened obviously in the last several months. Nothing, thankfully earth shattering, just life. Where do I begin?
Let's see is I can catch up in 100 words or less.

August I had another Birthday, 42! Gosh, to look at that in print is scary. I recall my mom being 42, how can I possibly be that old? Kids started back to school, Carson is now in 3rd grade and my "baby" Ella is in the 2nd grade. And in reference to my previous sentence, "how can they be that old"?

Let's see...usual camping trips, working at the school, nothing to exciting, and the days and months pass.

The new year will bring a new adventure, I have partnered up with a friend. Not going to spill the beans yet as to not jinx it. The date we had for this venture was January 6th, and then it moved to second week of January and now we have no idea really. We are ready for "when" it happens, and hoping and praying it's not an "if" it happens. I can tell you tho, my kids need their playroom back and I have taken it over. So, think good thoughts please.

That is it for now....if your still following, I appreciate it. I have so many things to show you, but that goes along with the paragraph above this one...so stay tuned.