Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fireplace Mantel Mirror and Shelf

I don't have a before photo of this piece, but someone had started stripping it back to oak and soon gave up on the task.  I knew it would be way too much work to finish the job they had started and besides it was already painted a very dark color.
I had my husband sand it down and repaint it black.  Then I sanded it back to expose some of the wood beneath.  I love this finish.  It definitely gives a nice aged look and also a very informal look.
This piece is still pretty primitive, but it's a great accent mirror that makes a huge statement.  It's 45 inches wide and at least three feet tall.  I hope it finds a good home.
Thanks for your visit.

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                                      Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday

Tuesdays          Knick of Time       Coastal Charm  
                                      Boogie Board Cottage    A Stroll Thru Life   
                                     Cozy Little House Tweak it Tuesday
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Thursdays        The Shabby Creek Cottage    No Minimalist Here 
                                     Between Naps on the Porch Tablescape Thursday    
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Fridays            French Country Cottage       My Romantic Home        Miss Mustard Seed
                                    Potpourri Friday     Common Ground
                                    The Charm of Home    Rooted in Thyme

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Selling at the Little French Flea Market

I've been away from my blog for almost two weeks now.  The last time I posted I was getting ready to sell at The Little French Flea Market and it was a very hot weekend registering in the triple digits.
I felt like I nearly melted and it took me at least a week to recover.  Add to that my work schedule and helping with my friend's tea party last weekend, I was left feeling extremely tired and drained.  I'm hoping to get some more energy by visiting with my new grandson this coming weekend.  He just turned three months old and I can't wait to hold him.

To get ready to sell at a weekend event I load my little Toyota truck three times and take two loads on Friday and then another load early Saturday morning before we start.  My goal is to return with only one truck load and that includes all my set up items and my Easy Up and anything that didn't get sold.
You can see in this photo the sun is barely peaking through.  I actually had to wait to arrange everything when it got a little lighter out.  This is just how I left things Friday evening, knowing I would be bringing more.
I finally got my things arranged around 7:00 a.m.
My tea towels and clip boards are always big sellers for me.  I brought a few fall items like my white pumpkins even though it was a scorcher and felt more like summer.  My bench with the French poem debuted this weekend and I'm happy to report it sold.
My green ladder shelf was one of the first things to go as well as my primitive blue cabinet that had that same poem stenciled inside and out.  In fact, anything with my French poem sold.  

I had lots of smalls and lots of frames.  I sold all but one piece of art and all of the small frames sold out.  Even my little folding chairs that we like to sit on sold.  What the heck, I have two more waiting for a makeover, and I love redoing folding chairs.  
In spite of the fact that it was Yom Kippur, a major Jewish holiday in a very Jewish community, the weekend was a huge success.  Our next market will be mid November and I will post the dates as we get closer.  Thanks for visiting and thanks for your patience while I gather my thoughts for the new season.