Sunday, August 6, 2017

Shopping The World's Longest Yard Sale 2017

Wow!  What a week.  The World's Longest Yard Sale....

My friend, Natalie, and I hit the road on Tuesday, as I always like to get ahead of the crowds that clog those two-lane roads on the weekend during the official sale days.  We started in the Fort Payne, Alabama area, but were disappointed in the lack of vendors.  In previous years, they were already set up and ready to sell the week prior to the weekend, but apparently, some of the vendors are getting older and have jumped off the WLYS merry-go-round. Younger dealers are beginning to set up, but they work "real" jobs during the week, so we were told that they would be setting up for the weekend...oh well.  So much for early shopping in Alabama and Georgia.  

We stayed the night in Fort Payne at the Holiday Inn Express and the next morning, Wednesday, jumped back onto I-59 and headed into Chattanooga.We had met some shoppers the day before who told us that things had been going for an entire week in Tennessee, so we figured we would get off where Hwy. 127 starts and begin our treasure hunting there.  Vendors told us that they had been set up for days already...


We went as far north as Clarkrange, Tennessee, and that's where we started.  I have never been up above Clarkrange, but I just can't imagine that it gets any better than what's available in this particular area.  Our first stop Wednesday morning was in a huge field full of fabulous vendors.  We actually shopped this one place for over two hours, and that was running pretty fast through every tent.  We made many trips back to the car and ended up opening the trailer to start filling it.  That was a great stop, probably my favorite.  There was a little bit of everything available for sale.




I didn't take many pictures because we were so busy shopping, and I didn't even think about taking selfies!  We shopped with no make-up and "not fixed" hair...as a matter of fact, one male vendor told us early Wednesday morning that we looked like we had "just rolled out of bed."  Yes, he did!  We just laughed...and looked the same way the next day.  I'm telling you, all that mattered was finding those treasures!

I don't want to forget to tell you about this amazing little place with some great smoked b-b-q sandwiches, near Signal Mountain, Tennessee-Off The Grill II.  As we got out to shop, intoxicating smoke filled the air and we decided we were starving!  And, then we heard the singing.  It was Gitlo Lee, live, with some of the best blues I have ever heard!  We decided right then and there, this would be lunch.  It was one of the best stops of our trip.


Photo credit-Off the Grill II Facebook Page
Here's a sampling of some of the treasures that I brought back for my upcoming markets...






There's so much more, but I still haven't unpacked everything to take pictures!  I also bought some larger pieces-an industrial factory cart, a Victorian settee, and a couple of other pieces.  To see more pictures, follow us on Instagram!  Link here.

The World's Longest Yard Sale is always fun, always different, and always overwhelming.  If you've never been and you love junkin', you need to do it at least once--but before you know it, you'll be addicted, just like me, and you have to go over and over again...

I will still go early, as always, but I'll now have to modify my itinerary a bit and just head on as far north as I want to go and shop the trail as I'm heading back down toward Alabama, hitting the lower part at the end.  As we were told on that first day, many vendors did indeed join the sale on the trail near Fort Payne, Alabama while we were shopping Tennessee.
There were some great treasures in that area too, but by the time we got there, my trailer was almost full. I passed on a great farmhouse style table that was $100, because it wouldn't fit in the trailer...that hurt a little.  

If this sounds like something you would like to experience, put it on your calendar for next year.  It's always the first weekend in August.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Peachtree Vintage Market Recap

Hello everyone! I just returned from the first ever Peachtree Vintage Market, in Clanton, Alabama. I was fortunate and honored to have been invited to attend as one of the ten vintage and antiques dealers participating. It was a beautiful event, and well attended. Elizabeth (Elizabeth Ann’s) and Lana (Micah’s Treasures) were the talented duo who presented the event, and they’re already planning TWO markets for 2018. I am planning to attend those too, so my market schedule for next year is already filling up. The shoppers who came out to see us were a fun group, and oh my goodness, hanging out with the other talented vendors was just so much fun! I’ll stop “talking” now and share some pictures of my space at Peachtree Vintage Market.














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I will not be setting up at any markets during the month of August, as I'm going to be having surgery next month to remove my thyroid gland.  My next market will be Vintage Pickin' in September, so I'll begin posting sneak peek pics soon on social media...be watching if you want to see some goodies that will be heading up that way with me.

Thanks for checking in!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Our Little Cabin in the Woods-Part Two


Do you remember last year when we painted our big house?  Just in case you missed it, here's a picture of the front entry area.  It shows all of the colors we used.


Here's a picture showing the garden shed behind the house, where we used the matching color scheme, once again.


Well, we absolutely LOVE everything about that Sherwin-Williams paint and those colors, so we decided to use the same exact color scheme on the cabin, and all future cabins.  



The exterior walls are Sherwin-Williams Majolica Green.  Porch ceiling is Swimming, in keeping with the southern tradition to paint porch ceilings blue...(There's a story there! Read about it here.)  We trimmed it in white and finished it off with my favorite part, the bright turquoise (actually, Gulfstream) door.


The paint part of this project was the easiest part.  Why?  Basically,  because we have the best Sherwin-Williams in the world, right here close by, in Spanish Fort, Alabama.  Did you know that they keep up with all of your paint project details in their computer? When I go in for paint for the next cabin, I can just tell them it's for the cabin exterior, or whatever, and they can easily find it, because they keep notes for every paint mixed!  

Stacy Burgos helped me the first time I visited, and I was so impressed with the level of service she offered-it was second to none.  And, you know what?  She even took my paint to the car for me after it was all mixed!   What other paint store does that?  

Then, as we talked and they found out we would be building a "village" of matching cabins, the manager, Tommy Duncan, offered me a nice discount.  I really appreciate the help, as those dollars added up on this little cabin, and wherever we can save, it really makes a difference.  

As a way to show my appreciation for their help, I had a sign made for the front yard of the cabin during our last vintage and antiques market.  



Now that this one is finished (it took long enough!) we're already thinking about the second one!  Hopefully, the next one will go a little more smoothly and faster. (It was not easy retrofitting and trying to work with a building that was already partially built...lots of things didn't work out for our plans for the building, so things needed to be moved around, and that took lots of time)  One thing is already figured out-the paint from our local Sherwin-Williams. Stacy and Tommy, I'll be seeing you again soon!!  Thank you for your help and great service!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Our Little Cabin in the Woods-Part One

I hope you haven't been holding your breath waiting for us to finish the cabin!  Like most everything we try to tackle these days, it has taken about three times as long as it should have...and we're still not totally finished, but I'm going to share it anyway, because we're just sooo close to being finished, and I can't wait any longer!

When we purchased the land next door, this structure was already there.  The 16' x 24' building was built on sight.  It has a front porch and a gambrel style roof which allows space for two sleeping lofts inside, one in front and the other in the back.  It was covered in white vinyl siding on the sides and back, but had cedar on the exterior of the front wall, inside the porch.  The inside was unfinished, but had a small wood stove and a window unit air conditioner in the wall.

What We Did...

On the exterior, we removed the vinyl siding (I forgot to take a "before" pic with the vinyl siding.) but here's what it looked like after it was taken down.  See the door leaning up against the back wall?  We added that so that we would have a back entry.  We also removed the window unit air conditioner that was in the wall...you can see where the hole was filled in.


New back door with awning...


Front porch area is now trimmed in cedar to match the front cedar wall.


Color scheme that we chose to use is the same as what we used on our house last spring...more about that in the next blog post.


We needed to add new air conditioning, as we had removed the old window unit, so we went with a ductless system by Samsung, and we love it!  It works by remote control, and keeps the place at a constant temperature, even automatically switching from a/c to heat, when needed.   It's also energy efficient.  (Samsung did not give us anything for mentioning this product.)


We also needed to connect it to the septic tank so that we could add a bathroom. That required ditch-digging.  


We removed the ceiling fan. (I borrowed this picture from Hope Contracting's Facebook page...Hope Contracting did most of the work for us.)


Insulation went up.



...then the metal ceiling!  I was so excited about using corrulated metal on the inside, and I do love it as much as I thought I would!  Oh, and see the black wall up on the end of the loft?  That's chalkboard paint!  Just imagine camping out and playing tic-tac-toe up there while you're supposed to be sleeping!  I plan to add some funky picture frames to the wall so that kids can create their own wall art within the frames...


And, here's my sweet hubby hanging the funky green chandelier!



That's all I'll share today...this post is taking me three times as long as it should, too!  I only have about a thousand pictures to look through after four months of working on the place!  

Be watching for part two where I'll share the bathroom and some more interior work real soon.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How to Make Envelope Using Scrap Book Paper

I'm going to a birthday party in honor of a great friend...I've made cute little earrings to go into the gift bag that I'm putting together for her.  I didn't want to just drop them down in the bag to get lost, so I needed a box or something to put them in. Searching for box...no box to be found.  I needed it now.  What's a girl to do?  Well, I figured, "How hard could it be to make my own little package?"  As it turns out, it wasn't hard at all, and I'm sort of proud of it, so I thought I would share it with you and show you how to make your own, if you should wish to do so.

I keep a stash of scrap-booking paper around the studio, so I went in search of a piece that would work.  Of course, it needed to match the color scheme of the gift packaging.  And, I was thinking thicker would be better.  I found a perfect piece of paper!

I decided that I should be able to cut the 12" x 12" sheet in half and fold it to resemble an envelope.  Using my self-healing cutting mat and metal ruler, I cut the sheet in half.  That gave me a strip of paper that measured 12" long x 6" wide.  I measured down 4 1/2" on the strip and very lightly marked a line straight across the strip with a pencil (on the white, back side) to indicate where the folding crease would be.  I used special tool for embossing.  It has a tiny ball on the end and works great for creating a folding line.  I pressed the embossing tool, using light pressure, along the line against the ruler to keep it straight and made the fold line.  


Here's the same piece, already cut and fold lines embossed, showing measurements...


I measured 4 5/8" from the first crease line (to form the back) and made another crease. Now it should fold over onto itself and have a flap that folds over the front.

I then made side flaps to fold around the back to attach the front to back.  I cut the excess strips on the sides away from the front flap and the back, cutting all the way to the fold line that is the bottom.  Using an adhesive gun, I rolled adhesive along the half-inch flaps and stuck them around the sides to the back.



It now has a back, a front, and a front flap, so it looks like an envelope!


I decided to cut a scoop shape out of the front under the flap to make it easier to reach in and find whatever is inside.  I used a bowl as a template.  Slipping the envelope over the corner of the cutting mat, I put the bowl down and cut around it with an X-acto knife.  The front flap is hiding under the corner of the mat.


I placed the bowl so that the scoop would start about one inch from each side...it will make sense when you see what I do to the front flap.  


...and this is what it looks like at this point.


Now it's easy to pull out a card (or whatever) but I'm wanting to do a little something more to the front flap.  I think I want another curved cut, but it will need to be larger than the one I just cut so that it will cover it completely.  So, using the same bowl, this time I centered it so that the cuts would go all the way to the side edges of the flap.


Now, this is what I have...


Next, I'm thinking of many ways to close the envelope--you could go with a little sticky dot on the flap, or get really fancy...

I decided to use a hole punch and run a pretty ribbon through the hole, and then tie it around the entire little package.  Here's the final result.



This could work for a card, too!  It was a fun little, quick project, and it was perfect for holding the earrings.