Sunday, August 31, 2014

Salvaged Metal MEDALS

If there's one thing I have a lot of, it's vintage metal.  This is what I've been doing with some of my salvage, and, bits.

I've been adding a bit of rust, and, assembling "Medals".

Almost done with these, and, a bunch more.

I'll be listing some of them soon in my Etsy.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fleur-de-lis Tags

These fleur-de-lis tags have been on a journey.

Earlier this summer I purchased a shelf, with the intention to sell it at one of my shows.  I loved the little fleur-de-lis design.  Well......

It did not sell in it's original gold tone finish.

It did not sell after I painted it white.

The other day, I was moving it out of my way, when I took another look, and, envisioned tags.

Bye, bye, fleur-de-lis shelf.  Hello, fleur-de-lis tags.

I removed the little fleur-de-lis.  I gave them a rusty, weathered, distressed white finish.

Then I added a hole, and, hemp string.

They make nice tags.

No, I did not toss the shelf.  I'm planning to redesign it.

See ya soon.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Weathered and Rusty

I'm in weathered and rusty mode.

I've been creating some of my salvaged metal crowns.

I gave this angel crown the rusty patina you see here.

I added the weathering to these vintage clothespins, and, added the numbered tacks as embellishments.

 I gave the tacks a little extra aging as well.

This vintage metal flower got a little extra patina.

I've also been going through my stash of vintage hardware.

The patina is natural on this ornate drawer pull,

and, on this beautifully weathered vintage cherub finial.

I'm still amazed at how much vintage hardware I've managed to accumulate over the years, and, I'm letting a lot of it go.

Everything is available in my Etsy shop.  I'll be adding similar items all week.  I have more digging, and, creating to do.

Saturday, August 23, 2014


I have another series of shows rapidly approaching.  So, I'll be listing vintage, and, handmade all weekend on Etsy.

Something I have very little time to do when I'm preparing for a show.

There will be quite the variety.

Check out my sidebar, or, click HERE to browse my shop.

See ya soon.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back on Etsy

I've decided to reopen my Etsy shop.

With a small window of time between shows, I'll be listing all week.

I've just started listing again, but, some items have sold already.  So, keep an eye out for new listings.

Look on my sidebar, or click HERE to be taken to my shop.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Making Use of Salvaged Wood

As you know, I've been setting up at quite a few markets these past few months.

Because I've been going through so much merchandise, so quickly, I started making signs, as fillers. 

Well, my signs started gaining popularity.

"Will you be making any more?", has been a frequent question.

So, I've been making more,

and, more.

Something else to do with all the salvaged wood I have lying around.

I'm making salvaged wood boxes too.

Having fun with my power saw.

See ya soon.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


I've been so incredibly busy these past few months.  However, I wanted to let you all know that I'm running another discount on the Farragoz Painting Course.  Many new readers have sent me inquiries regarding the course.  So, I'm repeating a previous post, which explains a lot about my decision to become an affiliate, my experiences with Farragoz, and, their expansion of the course.


As most of you know, I've been transforming with paint for decades.  When I became an affiliate of Farragoz last year, I knew I'd found a kindred spirit.

Photo Courtesy of Farragoz

So, I was excited to find out that my friends have added an additional project to their online course.

If you're enrolled in the course, you know what that addition is.  That's right, in addition to the other five projects pictured above, you'll also learn how to make this stunning mirror.  LUV.  Can't wait to tackle this one.

Photo Courtesy of Farragoz

Most of you know, I've been reviewing the Farragoz course.  You've seen me complete projects from the course, like the clock face,

and utilize the homemade paint recipes on my own projects.

Although I haven't completed the course, I can honestly say that, what you will learn in just the first three modules will justify the cost of the course.

So, as an affiliate of Farragoz, I want to remind my readers of the SPECIAL DISCOUNT I have available.

You can still take advantage of the one time payment of $99 for the 12 month course through the month of August 2014. The current discounted one time payment is $150. That's an additional $51 savings for you. There are also two additional discounted easy payment options.

Click HERE,  and you will be taken to the Villabarnes Special Discount page, for all the details. You can also click on the FARRAGOZ banner on my right sidebar.

If you're new to my site, you can read all about my decision to partner with Farragoz HERE.

You can also take a look at just a few of my personal projects I've completed using the homemade paint recipes from the course, HEREHEREHERE, and HERE.

This is not a paid post.  FARRAGOZ has enrolled me in their course to give an honest review.  All opinions are my own.  My decision to become a FARRAGOZ affiliate, and extend this discounted offer, was based on my impression of the course.

Monday, August 11, 2014


The weather was beautiful at the Three French Hens market this past weekend.

I managed to get a few shots during this bright sunny day.

My friend Rhonda and I shared a large space.  We weren't fully set up at this point, but, I knew I'd probably be too busy the rest of the day to take photos.

Like I said, it was super sunny.

My framed signs were popular.  I sold a bunch.  I have quite a few requests for these.  So, I'm going to be very busy making more.  I'll be back to listing online soon as well.

As always, happy customers make me happy.

Okay, this one tipped me over the edge a bit.  Lot's of back to back shows over the last couple months. I'm silly tired.  I'll be taking it easy for a couple days.