Wednesday, September 12, 2018


It's been a very, very, VERY busy show season for me.  Sorry I haven't been in touch for awhile.  Just stopping in to let you know that I will be a vendor at the SWEET PICKINS market in Homer Glen, IL this coming Sunday, September 16, 2018.

You can click HERE for more details, or if you have any questions.  I'm deep into working on my load for the show, but, I'll try to have a few pics soon.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


It's going to be a busy week for me.  I'm doing double duty.  I'm having another purge sale this Thursday and Friday, July 12th and 13th.

I sold a bunch at my last sale, but, I never got all the way back into the garage.  There are boxes I did not go through, and, I've decided to get rid of some things in the house. Plus, I'm constantly buying.  So, the stuff never ends.

My sale starts at 7:30am.  The sale is in Lansing, IL, 171st Street and Burnham Ave.  Look for the tan tent.

This will be followed by the 3 FRENCH HENS market on Saturday.

It's their 10 year anniversary.  There will be giveaways, prizes, and CAKE.  More info HERE.

Monday, June 11, 2018


Well, it's that time again.  Every year I reach a point where I just can't take the mounting stash in my garage (aka The Abyss).  I'm having my first garage sale of the year this Thursday, June 14th.

I've got vintage,



hardware, artwork, books, and a ton more.

The sale is in Lansing, IL, 171st Street and Burnham Ave.  The sale will be 8:00 - 3:00.  Maybe longer if I have the energy.  If you're local, come on by.  Look for the tan tent.

Okay, back to digging through boxes.  Not sure what's in some of them.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Fun Find and 3 French Hens

One of my favorite recent finds is this figural planter.

She'll be coming with me to the 3 FRENCH HENS french country market this Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Click HERE for more info on the JUNE show.  Their having a GIVEAWAY too.

Thursday, May 24, 2018


With the show season in full swing, I've been pretty busy, hunting, gathering, repurposing, etc. I'll be at THE VINTAGE FAIRE this Sunday, May 27, 2018.  This is a tiny bit of what I'm bringing.

It's their first outdoor market this year, and, I'm so looking forward to it.  It's one of my favorites.

Click HERE for more info.

Looking forward to seeing my repeat customers and meeting new ones.

Thursday, April 26, 2018


I've been laying low.  I've been getting a bit of rest, selling on Etsy, waiting for "Spring" to actually start here in the midwest, etc.  However, show season has arrived, so it's time to get going.

I'm getting ready for the "indoor" Vintage Faire in Minooka,IL this Sunday, April 29th.  You can get more info by clicking HERE.

This is just a small sampling of what I'll have.  Looking forward to seeing my locals.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Alright, so, I've been getting emails about some of my older posts.  Questions regarding my painting techniques, etc.  I can't tell you how many questions I've been asked about this stand I painted nearly 6 years ago.

If you've been following me for awhile, you know that my painting is more of an artistic approach.  I rarely do things exactly the same way twice.  I experiment a lot.  I layer until I get the look I want, and on and on.  Such was the case with this stand.  I don't always use the same paint.  The base color was a grey primer, but, I don't recall what brand.  This was followed with layers of paint in various shades of white and grey.  I highlighted the details with white.

If you want to know the basics, you can check out  my OLD WORLD FINISH tutorial by clicking HERE

I've used this basic technique many times as a finish, and, as a starter before going nuts with more layers.  Although it focuses on gesso, you can use watered down paint for a similar look.  One thing I always suggest is that you practice on a scrap piece of wood before tackling a big project.

I'm also a FARRAGOZ affiliate.  A great course on creating weathered finishes, like these projects I had fun transforming.

You can also learn how to mix your own gesso.

DISCLAIMER:  I get a commission if you decide to take the FARRAGOZ course HERE.  However, I honestly think this is one of the best courses for learning aged painting techniques.

On another note, I've decided to continue my ETSY discount of 15% off on orders of $20 or more.  It may be a permanent thing.

I'm very grateful for everyone who supports my shop.  I'm continually adding new items.

Visit my shop HERE.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


I just wanted to take the time to thank all of my Etsy customers for their support.  I'm continuing to add items until my show seasons goes into full swing.  The %15 off any order of $20 or more still applies.

Visit my shop HERE.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

ETSY Discount

For all my blog and Etsy supporters, I'm offering a 15% discount to any orders of $20 or more. The discount will be automatic at checkout thru March 20, 2018.

You can visit my shop by clicking HERE.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

First Show in 2018

Okay, I know this isn't much notice, but, my first show of the year will be The Vintage Faire in Minooka, IL.

That's this Sunday, February 25th.

Like I said, not much notice.  It was kinda last minute, but, I'll be ready.  I'm so ready for shows, flea markets, garage sales............This is a welcome start.

You can get more info on this market by clicking HERE.

Okay, gotta get back to work.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Drab to Fab Frames

If you saw my last post, you know it's been snowing like crazy in my area.  While waiting for the snow to melt (hopefully soon), I've started going through some of my plain frames, and, giving them a bit more character with paint and appliques.

Sorry, I don't have the before photos.  I was too busy diving into the transformations.

I created these appliques using castings from some of my salvaged findings.  If you've been following me for any length of time, you know I have an enormous stash of metal bits and pieces.

This pair sold quickly on my Etsy shop to one of my favorite customers.  Thanks Mary.

This frame was quite plain.  I added the cherub and ornate bits.  I used it to frame a piece of board I painted and transferred a Paris print onto.

I've always loved the shape of this old frame.  It was lying in the back of my garage.  But, again, it was a plain jane.  Not anymore.

I have more plain janes to pull out.  Some will be available in my Etsy shop.  You can visit by clicking HERE.