Monday, May 31, 2010

Crusty, Rusty DIY

This is a DIY project where you can take almost anything and give it a old, crusty, rusty appearance. I chose a $2.00 lamp to experiment on.  This is what I was going for:

This was a make it up as I go project. First I started with a shiny brass lamp I found for $2.00 at a junk store. Of course, I started painting before I  remembered the camera.

First I spray painted the lamp two coats of white.

Next I took craft paint in Burnt Umber and Brick Red and dry brushed these colors on the lamp. I was trying to achieve a rusty appearance. You want to leave some of the white showing.

At this point I am thinking this is the ugliest thing and I should just abandon this project!  It could not look any worse so I decided to persevere. Next I took wall Spackle and randomly applied it to the lamp. I started out using a small trowel but found out it worked better using my fingers. Leave areas of the dark paint showing.
Just play with the Spackle until you get a look you are happy with.  Below is the final result.

And another close up.

If you wanted a smoother appearance use your dampened  finger to smooth while the Spackle is still wet. You can also lightly sand when dry.

I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day. We celebrated yesterday with our son and family. Our community pool opened this weekend and the grandchildren had so much fun swimming. Afterwards we had a cookout at our house.  It was a fun time and good food.

Drop by the following parties and look at all the projects and goodies for this week.


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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Cottage Charm Winners

Thank you to everyone that entered my two giveaways as part of the 4Th annual Cottage Charm Giveaway Event. You are all so great and I very much appreciate every single one of you.  Even though we have never met I feel like I have this great group of friends that encourage me, make me laugh and are willing to take a few minutes out of their busy lives to share with me. From the bottom of my heart...Thank You!

Now on to the winners.

Giveaway #1  Flatware caddy and silver.  Congratulations to kathy @
Creative Home Expressions

Giveaway #2  Stamped necklace  Congratulations to  Connie @ She Dreams Big.

My link is giving me fits today!  I am sorry if the link to kathy and Connies blog is not working properly.  Congratulations to both of you. I will be sending an email shortly.  Everyone have a great Memorial Day.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Beginning Of Our Weekend + Giveaway

Last Friday as we pulled into Leesburg Hubby asked if I wanted to get checked into the hotel.  My response was Nooo,  I want to go to Lucketts Antique Store.   What an amazing shop, beautiful items for sale and gorgeous displays. The shop owners organize Lucketts Antique Fair and  they do an excellent job. Take a look at the pictures below and tell me if you agree that this shop is wonderful.

Aren't these steps wonderful? I wonder if they are original.

I would have loved to bring this pine shelf home with me...

and this clock!

And my favorite thing of all.... one very, very patient Hubby. Even after I went through the store and grounds three times.  Here he is giving me that look.... Love ya hon!

If you haven't entered my two giveaways you can enter #1 here for the flatware caddy and silver.

Giveaway #2 is a stamped pendant with chain. Enter here

Thanks for stopping by,

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Return From Antique Market

Drop me in a spot with shabby chic, euro country, burlap, wicker and rust and I am in heaven! That's exactly what I found at Lucketts Antique Market  this weekend. I also got to meet the brains and talent behind one of my favorite blogs... Marian @  Miss Mustard Seed.  Unfortunately our picture together did not turn out. I did get some pictures of her space though.

I did buy some pieces at the market, though not as much as I anticipated.  I'll be showing pictures of my goodies in a later post.  In the meantime here are pictures of the market. Enjoy!


This photo and the one above are of Miss Mustard Seed's space.

I believe both of the chandeliers sold.

See the stack of wicker and zinc plates?  I could kick myself for not buying some when I first saw them.  I came back about an hour later and they were all gone!

I loved the benches covered in burlap. They had sold quite a few by the time I got around to taking pictures.

This ruffled piece of heaven is a shower curtain! I would have loved to see it hung.

I'll have more pictures to share with you tomorrow.  Have a great evening and take care.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Luckett's Here We Come

Good evening ladies.

Tomorrow morning we leave for Luckett's Antique Market. This is my first visit to this show and I am excited to see what I can find for the shop...and maybe a little something for myself. Who am I kidding! For everything I buy for the shop I normally buy two things for me. I know Miss Mustard Seed is a vendor there as well as several other bloggers. It should be a lot of fun and I hope I will have lots of goodies to show you next week.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Junkin Treasures + Giveaway

I didn't get to hit the garage sales last weekend. We were busy working in the yard and working on the honey-do list.  I am so excited to be heading to Lucketts Spring Antique Market this Friday. Hubby & I decided to go a day early and hit some of the antique shops, Pottery Barn Outlet and Restoration Hardware Outlet.  Should be a really fun trip!

Just because I didn't make it to the garage sales doesn't mean I don't have junkin treasures to show you.  Oh yes, I have plenty that you haven't seen before!

This is a vintage market basket I bought at a barn sale months ago.  I saw the handle and a small piece of the rattan sticking out of a pile of junk piled up in a corner. I leaped over several  lawn mowers, yard tools and buckets to get to this beauty. The poor guy holding the sale came running over as I am standing on his lawn mower, in my heels, pulling with all my might to dislodge this basket. Several people at the sale came over to help the crazy lady and one woman even held on to my waist to keep me from falling. Yes, this baby is mine and  I only paid $8.00!

Here I have filled the cart with vintage wine bottles.

I picked up this large vintage tool box at my favorite  antique junk shop recently. This is the largest wooden  tool box I have ever seen. It is approximately 4' long. Can't you imagine it full of clay pots and geraniums?

Did you see the two egg baskets behind the tool box. They came from the same store.
Here's a better picture.

I have two giveaways currently going on. If you haven't entered  Giveaway #1 for the flatware caddy and silver you can enter here.

Giveaway #2 is a stamped necklace with pearls and you enter here.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Friday, May 14, 2010

An Award and Giveaway #2!

I got a big surprise a couple of days ago when Melinda at  Alabaster Rose Designs  presented me with a Happy 101 Blogger Award. . What an honor to be passed this award from Melinda. If you are not familiar with Alabaster Rose Designs you must check it out. Not only is her blog full of the most amazing pictures she also creates absolutely gorgeous jewelry !  I love all her jewelry but the soldered glass pendants are so unique and beautiful.


Part of accepting the award is to list 10 things that make me happy.  Wow, that is an easy one! 
  1. Sharing time with my family and friends
  2. Quite time with Hubby
  3. Junk shops, yard sales and flea markets
  4. A really great chocolate dessert
  5. Not gaining weight from the chocolate desserts
  6. When my grandchildren tell me they love me
  7. Traveling to new places
  8. Swimming in the ocean and hiking in the mountains
  9. This blog and all the wonderful friends that visit
  10. Finding the perfect piece for our home at an amazing price
Thank you again Melinda for not only this award but for the sweet comments you have left on my blog and for all your support. Now it is my turn to pass the Happy 101 Blogger Award on to five lovely ladies.

  1. Delores @ Vignette Design   She has the most gorgeous homes and gardens.
  2. Nancy   @ Nancys Daily Dish  Showcases her 3000 pieces of beautiful transferware.
  3. Melissa  @ The Inspired Room  Beautiful and inspiring design blog
  4. Debbie  @ Confessions Of A Plate Addict The most adorable staff and I love her style
  5. Laura    @ 52 Flea Gorgeous collections of unique vintage items
Now for giveaway #1
If you haven't entered giveaway #1  for the flatware caddy and silver plate you can enter here. Please remember to come back to enter giveaway #2 below.

Now for giveaway #2

I am excited to offer another giveaway as part of  Cottage Charm Giveaway  at Twice Remembered Cottage.

You know the drill:  1.To enter Giveaway #2 Leave a comment on this post.  2. For an addition entry leave a separate comment that you are a follower.  3. Giveaway is open worldwide. 4. You do not have to have a blog to enter. Just leave an email address so I can contact you should you win.  5. Giveaway ends 5/28/10.

Stamped jewelry seems to be all the rage now and I could not pass up the opportunity to join in the fun. The winner will receive this pretty stamped pendant with pearls and an antique finish silver chain.

Good luck to everyone and don't forget to check out all the other giveaways going on at Twice Remembered Cottage.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Cottage Charm Giveaway Here!

I am so excited to be part of the 4th Annual Cottage Charm Giveaway Event.  This is a month long ongoing multi-blog giveaway party sponsored by  The Twice Remembered Cottage..  Please join in the fun and add your own giveaway or enter all the great giveaways posted at The Twice Remembered Cottage.

Now for my Giveaway....

1st is this wonderful white porcelain flatware caddy that will definitely add cottage charm to your home.  And  I couldn't let you win the caddy without something scrumptious to put in it!  Sorry, the transferware platter is not included in giveaway.

Eight silver plated vintage forks from my own personal collection. I love the detail in these pieces.


Two vintage silver plated butter knives.

To enter to win this flatware caddy & silver plated forks and knives just leave a comment on this post. I really appreciate all my followers and if you are not one I would love to have you join me.  For two additional chances to win leave me a separate comment that you are a follower. This giveaway is open worldwide and those without blogs are welcome to enter.  Make sure I have your blog name or email to contact the winner.  The giveaway ends midnight, May 29th and the winner will be announced the following day.  Good Luck!

Check back often because I will be offering an additional giveaway in the month of May.  Now hurry over to The Twice Remembered Cottage to enter all the great giveaways there!

Those of you that are regular readers of my blog know I have an obsession with silver flatware. Below are new photos showing my addiction has grown!

This  week I am joining these parties. Please drop by and say hello to these lovely ladies.

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