Saturday, January 21, 2012

French Flower Box with Glass Knobs

I am actually doing two posts today in place of doing one tomorrow.  I purchased this cubby box at a neighborhood sale quite a while back.  It was painted lavender inside and out but was originally black.  I repainted it black and found this graphic design on the Graphic's Fairy blog.  I normally stencil my projects but did not have the proper size stencils to mimic her lettering and the printout was too wide to use my art projector so on this project I used the waxed tracing paper.  I enlarged my Graphic's Fairy printout to fit the box and then I traced the lettering pattern on to the drawer fronts.  When it was finished, I thought it needed something a little extra so I added some glass knobs to three of the drawers and left the others with no knobs as they really didn't need them anyway.  The knobs just added a little extra.  The box is still kind of a rough project from the layers of paint, but what garden project doesn't come out a little primitive? 

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French Print

Even though I think we are in a drought in Southern California, I know it is raining somewhere in the country.  I picked this print up at the flea market last month and just now got around to hanging it in my space.  I am not sure what the words mean but I do love the umbrellas and I wanted to share this with you.  It's a great print and the label on the back says Z Gallerie so it may still be available if any of you like it as much as I do.

P.S.  I wrote this blog post on Thursday night and scheduled it to post at 6:00 on Saturday morning.  Would you believe it's been pouring here since about midnight?  For once the weather man got it right and I am ecstatic.  And so is my garden!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Folk Art Mail Box

I made my usual trek to the flea market on Sunday and found this adorable folk art mail box made to look like a tractor or on second thought in the pics it sort of looks like a mail carrier truck.  Either way, I fell in love with it.  I set it up with Valentine's cards that I am selling.  Way too cute.  If any of you have handy husbands, this would sure be fitting in front of a rustic farm house.  It was love at first sight for me.
I guess the driver does look like a farmer after all.  This baby has been around for a while.  Very primitive indeed.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

French Tables Gone Postal

First I want to say these are not my tables.  They were re-invented by my friend Pat and she is also the owner of the store I am a dealer in, Aubergine Emporium.  I just had to share them with you.  Old letters and post marks are very popular these days and these totally fit the bill.  When I say she revamped these tables, that is an understatement.  They had glass tops that were oozing with gold gobly-gook all over the glass.  Not sure what you call that, and the sides were a vintage Frenchy yellow with heavy gold trim.  I would venture to say they hailed from the 1960s.  Boy that makes me feel ancient since I can remember the 60s very well.  I love old gold on vintage and French antiques, but this was over the top gawdy.  She painted them white and stripped the gold whatchamacallit stuff off the glass tops.  Another friend of ours brought in some old letters and envelopes that the girls photocopied and the result is incredible.  What a difference a can of paint and a copy machine can make. 
 Pat photocopied the envelopes in black and white and laid the copies underneath the glass.  Aren't these wonderful?  They won't last long, that's for sure.  They are already on hold.  Sorry about the glare from the lighting. They are in the Valentine's window.  This is creativity at its best if you ask me.  Too bad I don't have a before picture to show you, but I think you can get a visual image from my description.
Here is a little closer look.  Tres chic!!!
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Flea Market Prints

My friend Jennifer and fellow dealer brought these prints into the shop on Sunday.  I call them flea market prints although I am not sure where she found them, but I am in love with this rooster.  Isn't he fabulous?  I love his details and the coloration of the whole print with the red lettering.  What a great find.
This canvas with the keys is equally as cool.  It's almost a sepia toned print.  I think this could easily be duplicated on burlap.  In fact, there is a burlap print with keys from Jo-Anne's that I picked up a while back.  I think the rooster print could be adapted as well.  I'm glad I can see these from my space.  I can enjoy them vicariously.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Reveal

Well, finally my space at Aubergine Emporium is finished.  It's newly painted, totally rearranged and restocked after the holiday season.  Unfortunately the before pictures are on my other computer and after a long day, I do not feel like transferring files.  As you can see, I have brought in many of my recent projects that I have showcased on my blog.  I try to carry fancy to funky and try to keep variety for all types of shoppers.  Check out the rooster shutters.  My husband made those for me.  I absolutely love them.

 I try to utilize every area of my space as it is prime real estate in our shop.  Sometimes I call it the three story booth as there is something at every level you can see and you must look up high to see whatever may be resting on a porch swing or window ledge or shelf.  Not only did my husband repaint the space, he came back on Friday and helped me hang things up high so I could get done quicker.  What a trooper.
Here is the French Quarter of my space.  I do love everything French and always have a lot on hand.  Thanks for visiting my new look and I hope you see something that inspires you.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Paper Flowers

 Has anyone been to Sephora lately?  I spotted this window when I was Christmas shopping and snapped the pics with my Droid phone.  These are incredible large paper flowers and superbly done too.  I might have to try these for spring.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Potting Shed and Garden Shop

I love this sign.  We have had it at the shop for a while and I think it's so cute.  Okay, I admit I do have a thing for signs and I am a sucker for old garden tools.  Soooo this sign is right up my alley.  The lettering and the color, and did I mention the garden tool?  Just too cute and coming into the perfect time of year!