It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

It’s time for the Annual Daisies and Olives Holiday Open House!

(Pause for fanfare.)

This is one of the biggest days of the year at D and O. Martha closes down for a couple days before hand and everyone comes in and spruces up their booth to the nines.┬áIt’s truly a day that brings out the best in all of us.

As a vendor, I practically have to put blinders on to get out of there without buying half the store.

Let’s not dilly dally: on with the photos!

Four Funky Friends BROUGHT IT, as usual.

My Mom wants that gold Christmas tree. I can see why.

This is Sweet Salvage…I think. I took these pictures at 10:30 p.m. after five hours of booth work.

I have coveted that mirror for a long, long time.

My friends Max and Lisa’s booth, Helena Handbasket.

Look at my friend Paula’s knee-hugging elf tree in her booth, Emma’s Back Porch.

I popped into the store at about 2 p.m. and the tree was almost bare.

Her daughter designs these adorable t-shirts.

You can find the beautiful artwork of The Painted Jackalope towards the back of the old part of D and O now. Such beautiful work.

I’m a little obsessed with this booth, and I’m not sure of the name of it, so sorry, but it’s easy to find in the store — just look for this awesome cuckoo clock.

That chair. That chair! It might end up coming home with me if it’s there for much longer.

Linda at Possum Valley Vintage has her usual wonderful selection of AMAZING storage options…like this beyond-cool drawer set made with cigar boxes.

Can you even IMAGINE have this in your craft room?

My friend Carrie’s beautiful booth, Vintage White Rose…

Figgy Pudding had the prettiest little plates for sale.

And forgive me — I can’t remember whose booth this was in, but it was such a sweet vignette.

This is Maison Home, right across the way from me. She has the cutest pillows in her booth.

And…my booth! Ta da!

The wooden signs don’t sell so well in the booth — they sell much better at the Junk Ranch, for some reason. But I find them so soothing to make — it’s almost like meditation for me…and it’s been a bit of a rough couple of weeks (cough, cough) so I have been looking for something to pre-occupy my brain. And I made them a little…large, don’t you think?

I had very little Christmas to put out — no problem, my friend Shara to the rescue! Most of the Christmas touches you see are things she brought for me to put in the booth.

This year, the Open House fell on Veteran’s Day, so Martha asked that we all recognize veterans in our booths in some small way. My nod was this gorgeous red white and blue wreath Shara made…

And this series of patriotic prints.

All of the food was patriotically themed, thanks to Carol, who coordinated the buffet. What a daunting task!

As always, the staff and volunteers of D and O gave 150% to make things run smoothly.

Paula, keeping up with posting sales in the books as fast as she can!

Judy, getting people through the line as fast as possible..

…and one of our littlest volunteers, helping her Mama out for the afternoon.

Another Holiday Open House comes to a close! If you didn’t make it on Friday, by all means, get down there this week. With the booths as packed as they were, there’s lots still to see (and don’t forget: I can do custom signs, especially great for the holidays!) and vendors will be re-stocking frequently from now until Christmas.

Which is right around the corner.

Ye Gods and little fishes, where does the time go???


November 13, 2016 - 7:31 pm

Ree Cee Thanks for the eye candy! I want to buy that whole elf tree! Luvvvvvvv the cigar box chest of drawers. I have tons of cigar boxes so what is my excuse for not making one of these? Because I took two days off from work (Thu/Fri) to clean out the junk in my car and yet, on Sun evening, I still have a jam packed full car of junk because . . . even though I cleaned out the front seat . . . I can’t stop buying junk and it’s full again! But back to the cigar boxes – my goal was to make a coool lamp using cigar boxes as a base. One day . . . Thanks for the inspiring photos!

November 14, 2016 - 3:36 pm

Shara It’s so funny, I feel like I am a vendor there since I know everyone in there! The store looked nice and everyone seemed to be having fun. Your booth looked great – your signs are the BOMB. Thanks for letting me spread some Christmas bling around.

November 14, 2016 - 7:40 pm

Leslie Your sign “The BEST IS YET TO COME”
Is it sold? Can it be Made with navy words?

November 14, 2016 - 8:48 pm

Lara Jo Hey, Leslie! I’m not sure if it’s sold yet or not — you should be able to contact the store to ask (they’re closed right now or I would do it for you). I can absolutely customize any of the signs you see (or even customize with the quote of your choice).

You can contact me at if you want to chat further. Thanks for visiting the blog!

November 14, 2016 - 8:49 pm

Lara Jo Thank YOU for giving my booth a Holiday vibe! Very useful for the holiday open house!

November 14, 2016 - 8:49 pm

Lara Jo Ree Cee, you MUST do the lamp idea with the cigar boxes. And then takes lots of pictures can come back here to show us!