Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Antiques at the Fairgrounds, Petoskey, MI July 2 & 3

Dan & I are excited about the upcoming antique show - Antiques at the Fairgrounds, Petoskey, MI., this weekend. July 2nd & 3rd.
It is always a wonderful show for us and we get to spend time with family and enjoy the 4th.
Here are a few photos of what I have been working on.
I have wanted to a long time now to slipcover a vintage office chair. I loved this vintage fabric that Dan found for me & how cute is it on this chair!
I also have been making these chic earrings from vintage chandelier crystals and vintage pearls. So I will have lots of these to choose from.
And the T-shirts have been voted into inventory! So I will have several of these in varying colors and sizes.
Saturday we made a trip up there and delivered a custom made harvest table to a beautiful place on Walloon Lake, not far from where Ernest Hemingway used to spend summers in his youth.
Our Booth @ Then & Now in Petoskey is really full right now with tons of Dans re imagined furniture.
And isn't this a wonderful vintage cottage armoire! So shabby chic!
Hope to see you ALL at the show!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Cool Stuff in the Mail

I just wanted to share with you a photo of some of the "cool stuff" I got in the mail this week! As you know Dan & I are getting ready for the antique show next weekend in Petoskey and I am starting to work on more jewelry this afternoon. I ordered "supplies" this week from  ETSY. Esty is a wonderful resource for supplies as well as handmade an vintage. Check back later for photos of what I make with these goodies.
Dan has been busy with custom orders this week, which are so fun. There is amazing creative energy around something you KNOW someone wants.
OK sorry to chat and run but I am excited about making jewelry! Toodles!
PS. We are making a trip up north to Petoskey this weekend with more product. We have decided to not do any more Allegan antique shows this summer. We are just too busy and have decided to focus on what is working for us in Petoskey. Will will miss seeing those of you that come to see us at Allegan.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Preparing for Antique Shows

This is the time of year that both Dan & I don our super hero outfits and really get to work!
We are preparing for several upcoming shows. First is the Antiques at the Fairgrounds show in Petoskey, July 1st and 2nd. This show is twice a summer, also August 5 & 6. We love this show & Petoskey!
So here's a look at some of what we have been doing to prepare for shows & to fill both of our spaces at Bluedoor and Then & Now .
Dan has been creating his magic with furniture, LOVE this latest harvest table! And don't you love these little sneak peaks inside his workshop :-)

Here is a sweet little old chair that we collaborated on. Dan of course did the painting,
and I made the slipcover. Thanks to our friend Lynda Boyd I learned to use painters drop cloth fabric for all kinds of things! I used it here to sew the slipcover. I pre wash it and it takes on the look of natural linen.

                                   A few more up close detail. I love these little shabby chic ruffles!

I've also made a bunch more gardening aprons using vintage fabrics. These are also great for all of you antique dealers out there too. I love to wear one when we do shows - 3 great pockets for change, measuring tape, pens, lipstick etc!

 I have also been working on jewelry pieces - here a  few glass charms that I have been creating with vintage images from old sewing patterns, children's game pieces, vintage dictionary pages and ephemera. I also have been working with these awesome vintage chandelier crystals and old pearls to make pendents

I have been working on some amazing Interior Design projects too. I think that you all know that I love detail and COLOR, so enjoy these 2 top photos. The first is a wonderful Country French style home, using reds, French toiles, checks, stripes and the second is a remodel punching the colors up with purples and kiwi greens -so fresh and lively. Notice the purple Murano Style Glass chandelier - how cool is that!!!!!!!!!


Last I wanted to share with you a few photos of 2 things that I made recently for myself. I did this rug hooking a few years back with the intention of making it into a pillow, but I liked making it into a carry bag instead. I used some of the vintage French ticking that Dan has been collecting for me, vintage upholstery webbing, chambray lining and a scrap of English linen for an interior pocket. 
I was so flipped out over a peace sign t-shirt that Sandy of Rhubarb Reign was wearing last weekend, that I wanted to try my hand at making one. So an Old Navy t-shirt that I hadn't worn and a scarp of my favorite Amy Butler fabric! What do you think should I make these to sell?