These are a Few of My Favorite Things.

So, the busy season that was late summer/early Fall is now behind me. We had the students coming back into town in August, a big craft show in September that the booth had to be in tip-top form for, followed by the Junk Ranch, followed by the D and O Open House — I’ve pretty much been working non-stop on the booths for three months now, so it’s nice to be able to take a little breather. I’m heading into that part of year when it becomes difficult to find merchandise, so I really shouldn’t be slowing down — here it’s Saturday morning, and I’m sitting at my computer instead of tracking down any late-season yard sales — but I’m TIRED! We also had another death in our family, a favorite uncle, and it was sudden and fast so I’m dealing with the accumulated sadness of our losses this year and I think I just need some down time.

I was motivated to take some pictures around the house this week because I’ve been feeling kind of frustrated with the progress I’ve made since moving in here two-and-a-half years ago. I am still staying at home with the kids, though, so we’re a one-salary family, and there just isn’t any extra to put into major projects around the house that are primarily aesthetic and not strictly necessary. I did finish painting the master bedroom, though, so that’s huge, and have gathered some pieces for that room — basically, I have SPOTS around the house that I’m satisfied with, instead of rooms. But it’s a start. I’m in the process of listing things I want to do and I’m going to assign them a priority so I can start using some booth money each month on a project. I think if I can just continue to make small progress, I’ll feel better about it.

SO. Here are some SPOTS in my house that I LIKE (positivity! pass it on!).

I know I’ve shown pictures of this cabinet in the foyer (if it can be called that, it really is more of part of our living/dining room). I have switched it over to be all matte-white American pottery. I got this off of Craigslist when we first moved here for $150 and it remains one of my favorite CL purchases. There is a herd of cattle to the right of it.

These are just cheesy reproductions — I would LOVE to have an actual cow oil painting but GEEZ LOUISE have you seem how much those cost?

Across the room from this is my buffet in the dining room and my multiplying cloches. I can’t say no to a cloche.

The tall one in the back on the piece of industrial metal was purchased in my friend Paula’s booth (Emma’s Back Porch at Daisies and Olives). I love it. It has two little tiny brass birds inside of it. The print you can see just a bit of is the engineer’s print I had done at Staples last year. It’s about to be thrown over for this project — I have a shower curtain from Society6 on my booth-funded list. I just have to pick on out of the million cool ones they have for sale here.

A couple of months ago I got frustrated with the bookshelves in the living room, which had just become a gathering place for every little thing I brought home from yard sales and thrift stores without any real style to them. So I rearranged them, culling a lot of crap. My favorite part of the shelves now is the side with all of my colored pottery on it.

Makes me pretty happy every time I walk past it.

Moving into the master bedroom…I love this little corner.

(You can kind of see the paint color I used for the BR in this picture). That painting was found at a benefit yard sale for FIVE DOLLARS. I love it SO MUCH. The frame was originally a hideous green, but once I gave it a coat of cream chalk paint, it was a masterpiece. And matches the wall color so well. Those two chairs were $50 off of CL — SO comfortable and make the bedroom look a little more cozy.

I had it in my head that we would buy new bedside tables once I had painted the bedroom, but then I saw how much they would cost new and how difficult it was to find two matching used — so I painted the red ones we had used previously. These came from the Village Thrift Store on Milwaukee in Chicago and were half off the day I bought them, making them a grand total of ELEVEN DOLLARS for the pair. Geez, I miss Chicago thrifting. I hemmed and hawed about the lamps for about a week, because brass just seems so seventies to me, but I love the shape of these and one of you brilliant people had suggested using copper as an accent color in here (it was JENN! I went back and looked!) so I decided to go for it. Now I kind of love them — and they were $20 for the pair. Still looking for bedding. I think I’m going to get a matelasse or chenille spread in a cream and then layer it with a quilt. Nothing new is inviting to me, even if I look at expensive options (which I couldn’t afford, anyway).

And, of course, there’s the kids’ room, which was the first thing I finished in this house, and which still makes me smile when I’m in it (that is, when they haven’t torn it to pieces, which is ALWAYS). I know I’ve shared pictures of it before, but indulge me. (It was inspired by a photo of Ginny Phillips’ daughter’s room on her blog.)

So THERE are some happy spots in the house right now. I get kind of bummed out when I’m in someone’s house and it’s all beautiful and coordinating and designer-like — it seems like it’s a more “adult” way of decorating. But I don’t know if I would ever be able to do that, or if I were able, if I would be happy like that. I think I need old stuff around me to make me comfortable! But look who I’m talking to — I’m preaching to the choir! Viva la eclectic vintage! I’ll just keep conquering the house, one spot at a time, until you won’t be able to believe it was built in 1994.:-)

Holiday Open House at Daisies and Olives!

The annual Open House at Daisies and Olives is a BIG DEAL. This year, Martha closed the store for the three days prior to the event so that the vendors could come in and work their booths without worrying about being in the way of shoppers. I was there Tuesday for five hours and then came back late Thursday to take some pictures — both times, the store was packed with vendors working in their booths harder than Santa’s elves. The theme this year was “Friends in Flannel,” and Martha had our flannel shirts printed with the store’s logo, as you can see below — these are the gals that were working the food table. Oh, yes, there’s food, the vast majority of which is home-cooked cuisine — and it’s all delicious.

I popped in to help out for a few hours today and this was my view as I was trying to make my way to the counter:

It was crazeeeeeee busy, and this was the middle of the day, around 1:30. It is QUITE a popular event. And it should be. Bragging is unseemly, and I shouldn’t do it, but I’m going to, anyway: Daisies and Olives is a REALLY good flea market. It has always been one of my favorites, even before I had a booth here. It has gorgeously styled booths and unbelievably reasonable prices — a combination rarely found in flea markets these days. And it’s HUGE. Martha has built a hugely popular business and I’m lucky to be a vendor here.

On with the pictures!

Let’s start with my booth, because I’m selfish that way.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen this awesome antique tool caddy. I got it at an auction, and it was a miracle I won it — I just happened to be one of the only dealers there who would be interested in such an item and lucked into it. I love it SO MUCH and it’s hard to part with it, but upon the advice of my friend Carrie, I have it marked really high so I would be THRILLED if it actually sold at that price.

That’s the good old Frosty that I got from Chicago when I went home for Shannon’s wedding. And that mirror I got for a song and then spray painted it — not my first choice, but it was gold and gaudy and plastic and SOMETHING had to be done. I had intended to use my sprayer and chalk paint it but the sprayer finally went kaput. I had a Critter, which I liked, but it is NOT built to last. See that rack holding all of those prints? Best junk buddy Shara GAVE that to me. Just GAVE it to me. Because she’s awesome like that.

I went a little crazy on the Christmas prints. I’ve never done framed Christmas prints before, so we’ll see how they fare. (UGH those neon green tags. I cheaped out and bought 1000 of them for $12.99. I am just so sick of paying a ton for price tags. But they’re hideous, and ruin the look of everything. I am brainstorming on how to fix this.)

This is a piece I’ve had for probably close to a year and just now got around to painting it. I was trying to decide whether to keep it or not. Its narrow profile makes it kind of unusual and practical. I don’t have anywhere to put it right now so out it goes.

Oh, these stools! How I love them. I found them on Craigslist and bought 35 of them from an enterprising guy who was shockingly business savvy despite his young age. I have never in my life bought that much stock all at once and it was SCARY but they are selling briskly so I’m not too worried. Yet.

I worked on the booth for FIVE HOURS and my feel and legs were so tired afterwards. It’s good to totally refresh like that, though. I get so sick of things after they’ve been sitting in the booth for a while.

Okay, now for some shots from around the store.

My friend Paula was one of the folks who arranged the front of the store. Beautiful.


A knitter’s paradise at Georgia Peach.

This is the top part of my friend Carrie’s booth, White Vintage Rose (you can follow her on Instagram @whitevintagerose). Carrie is amazing. Her styling and taste are impeccable. She should be a high-priced interior designer. I kind of hope she goes in that direction because I will save up my pennies to get her over to my house to tell me how to decorate it.

She recently started carrying a clothing line full of romantic, flowy, Bohemian clothes in gorgeous neutral shades.

A few more shots of the lower part of her booth…



Everything she does is just scrumptious.

Moving on to other parts of the store…

Adorable sign from Champagne Jane.

This is one of a pair of mirrors in the One West Wilson booth. I have no idea where I would put them but I WANT THEM. Gorgeous. They’re only $28 each — I think they’re worth much more than that. Someone go buy these before I do.

This vintage gold tree was also in One West Wilson and it is GORGEOUS. I couldn’t get a great picture of it because it was backlit…it sold almost immediately and at $60, I can see why.

These next few pictures are from my friend Paula’s booth, Emma’s Back Porch (follow her on Instagram @pkinion). She’s another person with a fabulous sense of style — her booth is always gorgeous, with a bazillion tiny things hidden away. You could look for hours and still find something new. One of the little nooks of her booth was done all in golds and creams. Beautiful.




Stunning display at my neighbor’s booth, Helena Handbasket, featuring beautiful items created by my friends Max and Lisa. (You can also follow them on Instagram @helena_handbasket_in_pg.) Max also makes fantastic, giant clocks out of pallet wood. I should have gotten some shots of those.

Festive, fun holiday pillows in the booth across the street from me, Maisons Designs Home (she also blogs here). These would be so great to throw around your house, on your couches and chairs, to give you house a quick boost of holiday spirit.

This was one of the displays at Four Funky Friends, who have a good chunk of the room that my booth is in. (You can also find them on Instagram @fourfunkyfriends.)  I would have loved to have taken more pictures of their beautiful booth but it was jam-packed with people while I was there! They just started selling some really cute t-shirts and they were flying out the door while I was working the counter.

Beautiful light fixture in my friend Barb’s booth.

Some vintage Christmas gorgeousness from Classy Trash.

These are vintage industrial bulbs from outside lights. They were in the Sweet Salvage booth and were gone LIKE LIGHTNING once the doors opened. They were really something else.

Some delicious vintage Christmas ornaments at Possum Valley Vintage. (You can also follow her on Instagram @possumvalleyvintage.) Linda had just started setting up when I came back to the store on Thursday, so these are the only two pictures I got of her booth, but take a look at her FB page and prepare to be wowed. She and her husband drive all over the country to find the most unusual and rare items. They specialize in cubbies and antique file cabinets, like the one you can see in the next picture. In the background is a FANTASTIC mirrored, arched door. FANTASTIC. Did I say FANTASTIC?


An adorable vanity (would be so cute in a little girl’s room!) in my friend Anne’s booth, Angel’s Attic. (You can also follow her on Instagram @angelsattic23.) She’s got some really cute hand-painted signs in there right now and that mirror you can see on the left side of the pictures is a stunner.

This silver bowl in my friend Susan’s booth is gorgeous and so interesting — it’s a Bridge award, and you can see the names of the champions from the 1970s engraved on it. Susan finds the most fascinating, unusual things.

Beautiful tableau in the Not-So-Plain Jane booth (love that name!).  (You can also find her on Instagram @notsoplainjanedesigns.)

Cuteness from my neighbor, Small Town Girl.

Fabulous candy canes made out of vintage materials in the Relics booth.

I know you’re probably overwhelmed with photos but this is the tip of the iceberg. I could have taken pictures of every booth, because they’re all amazing, but I was limited by time. If you’re anywhere in the Northwest Arkansas area, I would highly recommend you adding us to your junking stop. In fact, you could go right now! As I’m writing this, there’s still an hour left in the Open House! I can’t imagine how tired the D and O employees will be.  I was there for about two hours and the place was packed the entire time.

Here’s hoping those busy bee workers find somewhere relaxing to go after this long, busy day!








Do you guys mind a photo dump post? I got the idea from my junking buddy Shara …I’ve been so slow about posting lately that I have a backlog of pictures that you might not have seen unless you’re following along on Instagram. (By the way, DO follow along on Instagram! I’m much better at posting there than I am here. But I’m trying to get better.)

Because I fell into the habit of buying every piece of reclaimed wood that I found along the way, my garage is slowly being turned into a giant woodpile. The wood takes up too much room and I’m starting to worry there might be critters living in there, if not now, surely when the weather turns colder. I don’t make signs that much anymore because they don’t sell well for what I have to price them — the sad fact of the matter is that places like Hobby Lobby make such cute wood signs these days, and sell them so cheap, it’s not easy to sell the handmade ones and it’s just not worth spending so much time on these signs for very little profit. (Although, I must say, I sold every sign I brought to the Junk Ranch. Maybe just make them for that venue?) The long-winded point being: I don’t want to store this much wood if I’m not going to be using it on a regular basis. So I’ve set myself a deadline: whatever I haven’t used by the date of the Daisies and Olives Holiday Open House will be thrown out. This is kind of striking my creativity bone a bit, this deadline, and I made this tray yesterday. I plan on making a bunch of Christmas trays as well, as well as a few Christmas signs, so hopefully that pile will be greatly reduced by November 13th.

I love this little needlework picture I got at the thrift store for under $3. It was in a hideous frame that was falling apart but that was easily remedied. It’s at the booth right now with kind of a steep price tag because I secretly want to bring it back home for the kids’ room.

I did a few new print designs specifically for the Junk Ranch. I didn’t want to just have the same old stuff I had in June.

This is one of my favorites of the new designs. I love this quote so much that I want to have it tattooed on my kids’ four-year-old arms. (Not really. Just metaphorically.) They’re both “weird” — Jack a bit more weird than Emme — and I look at the next 13 years and see some difficult times ahead. I so much want them to understand how unique their “weirdness” makes them and how beneficial that weirdness will be in their lives. I think this quote should be required reading for every child — that’s why I made it into a nursery print. I hope it will find its home in a nursery or two.

I love this one but I didn’t have much to do with it — it’s all about the beautiful art by Marusha Belle. And oh, that Jane Austen quote. I swear, if you’re ever looking for a romantic quote, just google for Austen quotes. She’ll steer you right every time.

I went on a bit of a whiskey binge (hic!).

Almost makes you think I need a drink or two, right?

And here are some fantastic finds that I got from Amy, co-founder of the Junk Ranch, when she was liquidating some of her stock:

I got meeeeeeelions of vintage jars.

I’m trying to come up with a good plan for these babies. I was told on Instagram not to try and nail or punch holes in them in order to put them on a banner, but someone else suggested I try drilling a hole. I would LOVE to build a marquee sign to hold them — I think it might be pretty easy, I would just need to put some rails on a board — but I don’t know if I have the time to do that right now.

Okey dokey, that’s about it for now. Thanks for allowing me to meander through my photo file. Hope all is well with you guys.


[UPDATE: I’m super-bummed to report that SnapBox has initiated an incredibly steep increase in their prices — prices have more than tripled (I paid $11.99 for a 16X20 print that is now priced at $39.99). Though I thought they were under-priced when I ordered from them, in my opinion they’ve moved past reasonable into the “too expensive to consider” category, even with a 30% discount, as they were offering over the Halloween weekend. When I wrote to inquire, I was informed that their initial pricing was “introductory” pricing, though that fact was not indicated in any language on their site. So though I still think the quality is good, I don’t know who their customer base is going to be — were I to spend as much as they are asking now, I would simply find a local photography studio to print my photos for me. It would probably be cheaper in the long run. Please consider the review below with that in mind — it was based on their original pricing, not on their current pricing. I’ll leave the review up in case they reconsider they’re pricing or offer some staggering discounts that would bring the pricing back in the realm of the reasonable.]

I find crazy good deals on huge frames all the time. Sometimes it seems like the bigger the frame, the more cheaply it’s priced. The problem is that getting anything printed at Office Depot larger than 12X18 is cost prohibitive, because beyond that size things have to be printed on the large format printer and it’s just not worth it for resale. I started Googling, though, looking for online options, which I thought should be cheaper, and I found Snapbox. Their prices are phenomenal, even when they frame it for you — almost too good to be believed. I rooted around the Internet, looking for reviews, but could only find reviews written by bloggers who had received free merchandise from the company, and, to be honest, I never trust those reviews. I think I would if I had ever read a NEGATIVE review when free merchandise was received, but I’ve never seen that. My sister-in-law —  who received a big promotion complete with a brand new office (she’s the vice principal of a school now! WOO HOO!) — needed three 11X17 prints for her new office and didn’t mind being the guinea pig for this particular experiment. Her three framed 11X17 prints came within 5 days, cost less than $40 (we got a 25% discount for being new customers and free shipping), and, she says, look GREAT. (I haven’t seen them yet but she assures me they’re well worth the price.) I was a bit concerned because they’re framed with plexiglass instead of actual glass but she said you can’t tell the difference. So they get an A for their framed prints. [NOTE: a framed 11X17 is now priced at $89.99 — with plexiglass. Check out your local Michael’s for more reasonable options that include actual glass instead of plastic.]

At the same time we ordered hers, I ordered four unframed prints on their art paper. I wanted to try and enlarge some of the photos I’ve taken of my vintage stuff because I thought it might look cool to frame those and see if they sell. The prints ship in sturdy, large, round tubes and come wrapped in a really heavy plastic bag.

The paper the prints are printed on is called their “fine art paper” and it is FABULOUS. Thick, matte, and slightly textured. Absolutely beautiful. The colors and sharpness of the image are great, as far as I’m concerned — I’m not a professional photographer, and probably not as picky as one, but I was pretty thrilled by the way the photos turned out.

I’ve sold two so far…so the jury is out on whether these will be money makers for me or not. I have to price them higher, because, even though Snapbox’s prices are really good, they’re still more than an 11X17 at Office Depot costs to have printed. But I give Snapbox an unqualified two thumbs up review — and this review is unsullied by any free merchandise.:-)I think they might have specials pretty often — in addition to the discount we got for our first order, I also received a 30% off coupon when my order arrived and then they had a three-day 25% off sale not long after that. I think the next thing I might try to do is get some family photos enlarged super-big. There’s a 20X30 size that I would love to see! I posted these Blueprint Magazine scans years ago and Snapbox would be PERFECT for a project like this.

Happy Printing, friends!

Link Love.

I found Jukebox Printing when designing my new business cards. I went with Vista Prints for that, because you just can’t get any cheaper than they are for business cards, but I bookmarked Jukebox because of their unusual and striking business card options — I mean, you never know when you’re going to need a cork business card — and I have been racking my brain since I saw their site, trying to figure out a way to use their 13X19 brown kraft posters — 50 for $29? Crazy good price.

If you have an hour or two to waste (I’m sure you do, right??!), type in “vintage collections” to Pinterest. You can find some unbelievable eye candy here, here, here, here, and here…but there are thousands more to swoon over.

Y’all. This is the coolest shower I’ve ever seen. And the pane work is done on the outside of the shower, so it’s just a single pane on the inside for easy cleaning. So clever.

I think I’ve talked before about how addicted I’ve gotten to listening to audiobooks or podcasts while working on projects or cleaning the house — I’m obsessed over a new podcast I’ve found called Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids. It’s hilarious and heartwarming and reminds me that we were ALL weird as children but we all turned out just fine. Well, most of us, anyway.

This blog is an inspiration for those of us who paint furniture. Drool.

Hope your week is off to a good start!