Monday, September 26, 2011

~fabulous fieldstone~

well the fieldstone vintage market was just as fab as we'd hoped

we were blessed with a balmy summer's day once the fog burned off
and the collection of vendors were awesome, WISH i had had time to shop!!!

i didn't have a chance to get around and take photos of the other booths, but there are lots of photos posted by other vendors and visitors at the market

i just have some of my booth to share with you....

{try and ignore the writing on the tent, unfortunately there weren't enough white tents for us all}

a large chalkboard at the entrance, i meant to get back there and write something a little more inspiring, oh well, you know how it is! i loved the petticoat hanging there, it was part of my "decor" but i did sell it to a gal who wanted it real bad!

in the back corner you can see the rusty old screen i set up and i draped a loooong swag across the corner too

other than that i kept it pretty simple

lots of vintage goodies

rusty old birdcage on my paris bench, cast iron bathtub feet

the vintage wooden rolling pins were a hit! i had so many they just had to go...

i stencilled "paris" onto this chair, it looked really neat
it was painted with ASCP old white

had a lot of fun with my stencils actually....

kiddie chairs and rockers were a big hit

cute wicker picnic hamper

sold lots of frames and chalkboards

repurposed glass bottles au paris
love them
hey, did i even keep one for myself??
gonna have to check my boxes!

blue mason jars were a hot seller, kept my own collection of them safe at home!

pillows weren't such a hot seller this market, but they looked neat in my booth, loving the french grainsack look, the striped one at the back I hand-painted, maybe I'll have to put a tutorial together, such an easy way to get the french grainsack look

i used ruffled bedskirts on the tables
~thanks, i thought it was pretty genius too~

and how cute are these film reels hanging in the corner

finally i wanted to show you my awesome banner that sweet Janis of rust and ruffles put together for me in a crunch

 isn't it gorgeous!!

well hope you liked the tour of my booth! i sure was happy to come home without any of the furniture i hauled out there! this was the first time i have done an outdoor market, it was a huge job and the morning fog was challenging as we tried to keep everything dry. if i do anything on this scale again, i definitely will take a partner along to share the load and so i can go SHOP!!

thanks to all the fantastic shoppers and bloggers who came out to visit the market
hope you had a fun weekend!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

~awesome vintage giveaway over at miss mustard seed~

 {yes that's me!}

along with all the vintage market gals from Jami's Freckled Laundry

are participating in a huge vintage/handmade giveaway on miss mustard seed's blog this weekend

don't miss out ~ you have until Sunday

here's the runner I've donated to the giveaway

so hop on over and enter


~old wooden drawers transformed~

i've been wanting to work with some old wooden drawers for a while

but you know how it is when you're actually looking for something!

~it took a while~

i found this one at an antique mall, very ugly but i love how deep it is

{the pull was even uglier, believe me you don't want to see it}

painted it up with Annie Sloan chalk paint (ASCP)

"provence" on the outside, "paris gray" on the inside

buffed it up with clear wax

love the yellow of the sunflower against the blue...

added a sweet sparkly knob

old drawers are a practical (lots of space) and pretty way of storing or displaying things

~yup, i have a thing for blue canning jars~

wouldn't a drawer be great at a wedding filled with wedding favors or mason jars full of lemonade...


and after

this one was a curbside find, also very ugly

{by the way, i gave them a good scrubbing before painting started}

~i'm a bit picky that way~

anyway, this one i left with the decorative pull, sans the pull part

i think it adds a classy and interesting detail on the front of the drawer

this drawer is super wide and got the "old white" touch

repurposed drawers are great in a studio for storage, to display your linens, used to showcase goods for sale

~yup, i have a thing for vintage crystal doorknobs too~

and vintage linens...

 so before...

and after

i'd love to hear if any of you have transformed ugly old drawers

i'm still on the look out for old sewing machine drawers, they are the perfect size for desktop storage in a studio or workroom...

linking up to Take-a-look Tuesday
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Tuesday's Treasures


PS. These repurposed drawers will be coming with me to Fieldstone Vintage Market next week Saturday

Friday, September 9, 2011

~fieldstone vintage market~

if you live anywhere near Vancouver don't miss out on the

 coming up in just two short weeks

if you made it out to the Old School Market, this market is being organised by the same dynamic duo, Rachel and Lily of Birch and Bird...

they have teamed up with Bakersview EcoDairy to host a large outdoor market

with 50 vintage vendors and local artisans, including moi


i went and checked out the venue and it is fab, horses grazing in the field behind, gorgeous view of Mt Baker, nicely laid out "field" with walkways and grassy patches

~and of course the sun will shine all day~

click on the link above (click the bottom half of the poster - blogger gremlin), or click the link on my sidebar for more details

it's a family friendly venue, but you'll also find information there on local hotel deals and shopping spots if you're making it a girl's weekend:-)

 it will definitely be worth it peeps, see you there!!


PS. For the Washington gals, the market venue is just north of the Sumas border crossing

Monday, September 5, 2011

~bestest giant choc chip cookies EVAH~

i make a lot of choc chip cookies, so the

 ~bestest giant choc chip cookies EVAH~

have to earn their title!

in truth i probably have 3 or 4 favorite choc chip cookies recipes : the traditional ones, the oatmeal ones, the double choc ones...
and so on

but these truly are the BEST EVAH giant cookies

they are slightly crispy on the outside, and oohey-gooey on the inside

they are definitely best eaten warm, either straight out the oven or warmed in the microwave:-)

i found them over at Jamie's My Baking Addiction

{a blog that is fast becoming my addiction!}

here is her recipe as i made it {you can get the original recipe on Jamie's blog}:

Bestest Giant Choc Chip Cookies EVAH

2 sticks butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 cups good quality semisweet chocolate chips or chunks


1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream together butter and sugars until well blended and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mix in vanilla and beat until well incorporated.

2. Add flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and mix until just combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips.

3. Form large chunks on sheet pan lined with parchment paper and bake in preheated oven 15-20 minutes until very lightly browned, taking care not to overbake.

Jamie made hers in 4-ounce servings, mine were smaller but still made a large cookie. I just eyeballed the size. One of these cookies is like eating a whole meal, let me warn you!!
(I think they would be really good with milk chocolate chips}


Friday, September 2, 2011

~this 'n that and ballet white~

the past two weeks have been a whirlwind of
~this 'n that~
as we try to squeeze in the last of the summer projects...

mr RG was on leave for a week and we tackled a couple of the bathrooms, they hadn't been painted since we moved in almost 6 years ago and the dark colors had to go...

{one was very dark brown, and the other sage green}

i had wanted to brighten them up for some time as they are small rooms, and truth be told it can be dim and rainy a good 9 months of the year here in Canada

picking a paint color was tricky, firstly I am super indecisive and would paint everything white if I could, mr RG -  not so much

we eventually settled on Ballet White (Benjamin Moore) : it was the darkest I would go and the lightest Mr RG would agree to!!!

it doesn't actually look this dark on the walls
here it is in the paint can

hmm, neither of these really show the actual color...

anyways, we are liking it, it is cool enough to blend with the countertops, but warm enough to blend with the other neutral wall colors in the house

~if that makes sense~

it took three coats to get good coverage over the dark paint, and the color was a little truer with each coat

{should i tell you mr RG did not allow me to paint, said i make too much mess!

which i do, but it's all on me, completely washable

guess i'll stick to furniture for now:-)}

oh and then we also cleaned out the garage and reorganised it, that was a BIG job!!

believe me you don't want to see any photos of that!

inbetween painting/cleaning we had some stunning summer weather, which has been a rare occurence up north this year, so we took a couple of beach days

it's on days like this I am so happy to live in beautiful British Columbia!

this is on the ocean, at low tide there are huge starfish everywhere

this week has been all about appointments, shoe shopping , school supplies etc that we managed to avoid all summer, plus a nasty summer cold thrown in there!!

can't say we're really feeling ready to go back to school and the crazy schedule that goes along with it, but after two months vacation are we ever really ready?

well i'm off to the garage to finish up some painting projects...

enjoy the long weekend,

PS. I'll post some bathroom aftershots once all the fixtures etc are back up...
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