I have a passion for decorating, shopping flea markets, garage sales, and crafting. I have browsed and "creeped" many blogs and discover that I have something to share. So after weeks of trying to decide how to get a blog started I am finally here. I'm still learning about the technololgy part (not my strong suit)but I hope to post many pictures of my house before and after, my antique booth, and my ideas on decorating and crafting. I believe everyone deserves to live in a beautiful space and not break the budget to get it!! Looking forward to your feedback, talk to you soon.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A few of my favorite things

Just to show how inexpensive things can be arranged to produce an awesome display.  I got all the dishes at garage sales, I always look for old books and plates!! Joe made the shelving unit out of old fence boards and I white washed it, so rustic. That "CAJUN" thing is the best.  It's made of rusted heavy metal, so cool.  I live in Texas but I'll always be a cajun girl. :)

Another display in my house. The little coffee pot belonged to Joe's grandparents, I wish that pot could talk, what stories ave been told over a cup of black community coffee!!  The other coffee pot was purchased at a flea market for a couple of dollars.  I made the sheet music bouquet. 

More metal and coffee pot.  The little tin box belonged to my Moma, she kept recipe's in it.  They are mostly all still in there, mostly recipes for canned pickels???  Weird I don't remember having alot of pickels growing up? Hmmm

My new obsession, old scales!!  I think that 5 is enough.  I think they have so much character and it reminds me of an old store. 

I went to an estate sale a few weeks ago and this is what I got.  It's becoming a problem.  Is there a 10 step program for a vintage bookaholic??  Well vintage anything I guess. Wow My Name is Gwen and I have a problem.  Ha Ha

I found this desk so beat up and ugly but I painted it and added cute cute knobs. I sold it only a day after putting for sale in my booth.  I probably should charge more??? 

Here is another desk with a similar story, paint and cute upholsterd chair can do wonders.

Joe's little sack covered rocker.  I like it so much. The sack is from over seas and still had coffee beans in it.  I'm still sweeping up little beans everywhere!!

My little desk "before" restoration.

Me and my sister Debbie at Southlake Town Center on Black Friday. 

Little Peyton with Frosty at Hurst Tree Lighting.  For some reason she loved Frosty. She followed that Snowman all night!!
These are a few of my favorite things, I have so many I could follow up with a dozen blog posts.  Maybe I will.  :)  Only 11 days till Christmas, everyone be safe, patient and kind when you're out in the malls!!  Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year.

Friday, December 2, 2011

It's Christmas Time!!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, I did.  My sister was visiting from La. and all my kids were here, yay!! we ate, we watched football, we ate, we shopped, we ate...well you get the picture. I love Christmas and decorating is always my favorite thing anyway so at Christmas, I get so happy!!  This year since I am hanging around in Antique Malls, Christmas came early.  I had both my booths done the first week of November.  And Christmas Music has been playing since about that time too.  I know some people hate it when the radio switches to Christmas music but I love it!! 

Here is my booth at Mid Cities Antique Mall. 

This is my booth at Golightly's.  Very different vibe.  At Mid Cities I went with more red and vibrant, playful decor. Here I used white and neutrals and more toned down colors.  I keep changing my mind on which one I like best.  what about you? Also notice the "NOEL" I decoupaged wooden letters that I bought at Hobby Lobby 1/2 price. Anyone can do this! 

I love this little wooden rocking horse.  I painted it and added the Christmas Bow, I think it would look so cute under your tree!!  I also love love the white trunk!!

My Christmas tree at home.  As you can see Santa has NOT been shopping yet!! 

oh and here is a blurry picture of the little white spiral tree at Golightly's.  (you can see the spiral better) I bought this for Lindsey's room several years ago on sale after Christmas. She had it done up in bright pink and purple with jewels as garland.  Fancy!!!  I have never seen one like it then or since.  I love it and have had many people want to buy it. there is a big tag on it NFS!!

Details on my tree.  I used this awesome burlap ribbon that I found in Canton.  It is rustic and just what I wanted this year.  I also added everything else (kitchen sink???)  The paper flowers and the rafia add to the rustic theme.  I have a large collection of sequin ornaments and I was worried that "rustic" wouldn't work with all the shiney glitz.  But I decided it does and also goes with all my kids homemade ornaments too.  It's my tree, anything goes!!

Homemade last year!!  My Best girl and baby girl.

I hope you have fun decorating your lives for Christmas, it's the best time of the year.  I'm the first one to get carried away with all the hype so I remind you "Don't forget the Reason for the Season". 

See you next time. :)


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Before and Afters

About time for a post don't you think!!!  It's been a very busy fall for me.  Who knew scouring flea markets, estate and garage sales would be so time consuming. Not to mention the repainting, refurbishing, and repurposing of all the wonderful things I have found.  I am loving every minute of it.  I am now at Golightly's in NRH, such a pretty pretty antique boutique.  Here are some of my finds

I got this awesome bedroom set, the chest, dresser with mirror (not pictured) the headboard and footboard for a song!!  FA LA LA  The other stuff is smaller but still good, like 5 chairs (now I need to find a table) the large buffet behind the chest, the metal kitchen shelving (rusted just right)  I haven't redone the bedroom set yet.  I'll post pics when I do.

I bought this chair at a thrift store, cheap cheap.  $7  It is very sturdy, solid wood and perfect for painting and recovering.

I bought this little table at a garage sale for $1.  It was very pitiful with broken drawers and all.  It had great bones and was heavy as heck, solid wood.  I knew I could make it pretty again!

I painted the chair black and distressed it a little and recovered the seat with real coffee sack burlap

My husband added the shelves and after a new coat of paint this little side table is so pretty!!

I don't know what happened to my before picture but you all have seen this ugly scratched brown end table that were around in the 60's and 70's.  White paint and some distressing makes it so fresh!  These items were so easy to redo, and you've heard it before, they just don't make things like they used to!!  These pieces are so sturdy and heavy built with all wood materials, now they are ready for the next 50 years.

I just had to show these beautiful roses that my husband bought me for my birthday. I love him.

Well that's all for today.  I am trying to get to this blog more often. I need to stay home more!!!  See ya next time.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Arts and Crafts

Finally October guys!!! Fall always puts me in the decorating and crafting mood!  I admit that lately I have been slightly addicted to modge podge and have been decoupageing everything!!  Here are some cute little pumpkins that couldn't get away!

I bought these plastic pumpkins from Wal Mart for $5.  They have nicer ones at Michaels but I wasn't sure how this was going to turn out so I didn't want to spend too much.  Besides the pumpkin will get covered so shiney fake looking pumpkins are ok for this project.

In my experience tissue paper works better than other stiff or thick paper.  Just tear pieces and begin gluing. It's ok if you overlap, random looks best (my opinion) 

Here they are in my centerpiece basket of fall goodies.  I hadn't noticed before but that squash looks ummm weird.?? The pumpkins look so cute, don't you think? 

Here is another quick and easy project for Halloween.  This wreath literally cost me nothing, I had all of these items already from previous projects or just on a shelf in a hall closet.  I got the grapevine wreath out of my neighbors trash. Thanks Carlotta. The dried leaves are from my yard (Hot Dry summer, remember)  The BOO letters are cardboard cutouts that I traced, cut out and painted.  The flowers come from a discarded floral arrangement because the flowers were ugly. :)  Out of the closet Scary Kitty, now she gets to pose on my front door and welcome Trick or Treaters. Yay.

So much crafting that I needed a break, Let's go outside doggies!!

Looks like that squirrel better run!!!

Here is my paper flower craft.  Start with any kind of tissue paper.  Cut about 8 or 10 squares about 8inch by 8 inches.

fold the whole stack into accordian pleats

gather in the center with floral wireand fan it out.

Next start pulling one layer at a time on both sides

This is how the layers should look after they are separated.

here are a couple that I did.  The other one is done with pattern paper. 

I think they are so cute on my hutch, and you never have to water them!!
Well that's all I have for today folks.  Hope you are having a great week, get busy decorating.  Until next time...Gwen

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Flea Market Junk/Treasures

Hi Guys, It's been a while and boy have I been busy!  I have gone and opened up another booth in Keller!  Pickers Point on Hwy 377.  It just opened this June but filled up within 3 weeks.  I was on the waiting list and so when they called I felt that I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get in before holiday shopping season.  So that meant more garage sales, flea markets, and estate sales.
I love old/vintage things, I like to imagine who had this piece, how did they use it, how did they live.  I like that these old things are worn, peeling and even rusted.  I also love to think that I can give them a new life and keep them from getting thrown into a landfill.  Therefore I shop and restore for purely unselfish reasons!! :) Recycling at it's finest.

I bought this desk at an estate sale in Ft. Worth. I love the old neighborhoods in Ft. Worth!! I might move there one day. Anyway this was a steal.  It was mostly in great shape and with a little paint it is gorgeous.  I had the chair and just recovered the seat.
the wood was really dried out and some of the appliques are broken.

Here it is in my dining room.  Do I have to sell it????

Another garage sale find. a couple of the handles were missing but otherwise a beautiful piece.  Oh hey look at those chickens. :)


This chest was in my living room.  It was part of a bedroom set in my husbands first house as a bachelor.  Then it was in Jake's room for years, it got "used" alot.  I painted it in the 90's (can you tell) when crackle and vines were in.  It was time to bring this family chest into 2011.  The crackle is very deep so even painting over it they were still showing so I decided to decoupage' the whole thing.  What the heck!! 

It turned out better than I imagined it could.  So cool if I say so myself.  Bye Bye dripping vines!!

Here it is again in my dining room, do I have to sell it????

Here is my newest location of Nell Rose Place in Keller. Pickers Point on Hwy 377

Here is my booth in Hurst. 

Hope you guys are having a great September.  Come by and check out my booths, send me any before and afters you may have, I would love to see all of the creativity going on out there. 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

My House, The Kitchen

Hi Everyone, what ya doing??  It's too hot to do anything!!!  So I thought while sitting here in the A/C I would share my house and the improvements we made.
I love the Black granite counter tops.  My contractor tried to talk me out of them because he told me they were too dark. DuH!!! Absolute Black is going to be dark.  Besides what does he know.  :)  They go great with the white subway tile, clean and simple so my "stuff" can take presidence.  I repainted all the cabinets a taupe color and even put in some glass inserts on a few.  This is very inexpensive and makes a huge impact.

This is the ceiling in the kitchen and sitting area.  We torn down the wall dividing the two rooms and the ceiling of course was messed up.  Rather than just float it with drywall we wanted to do something different.  This is my feaux tin treatment.  It's wallpaper that we hung (I'll never do it again) and then I painted to look like tin.  It was a challenge but the results are amazing.

here is the other side of the kitchen.  The wall was where the pendent lights are hanging.  I don't know how anyone lived with it the way it was.  Now we have such an open area to cook, eat, hang out.

This is the entertainment unit that my husband made for me.  I think I'll keep him!!  All of the wood was salvaged except for the four posts.  We bought those for $10 each.  The baskets actually cost more at $20 each, than the whole project!!!

This is the sitting area that used to be closed off.  We spend all of our time in here.

This is the kitchen view from the sitting area.  Roxy would not look at the camera at all!!!

Here is the back wall of framed hankies.  I showed this picture on a previous posting but I like it, it makes me happy.

Hope you guys are staying cool, I hear it may cool off next week to high 90's, get my jacket!!!! :)