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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Distressing Coffee Sacks and Our Fall Sale



I like using coffee sacks for projects to get that vintage grain sack feel.  Since coffee sacks are still in frequent use they are easily found and relatively inexpensive, unlike vintage grain sacks.



However, they are usually quite musty smelling and have a few green coffee beans stuck in the corners.  They are also stiff and brightly printed.  


Since I wanted to get a vintage look, I washed them in warm water with regular laundry detergent and used liquid fabric softener in the rinse cycle.  I put them in the dryer  with a fabric softener sheet on low heat.  I'll be honest, I was a bit nervous about putting them in the dryer because of the lint factor. I checked them about half way through and cleaned the lint filter, then dried a bit longer.  The end result was a softer, nicer smelling and distressed burlap fabric.



I made this pillow for our upcoming fall sale, which will be in Mt. Pleasant, TN on Saturday October 18th. We will have a booth at the Mid-South Barbecue Festival.  There's going to be lots of events for adults and children, with lots of BBQ teams and vendor booths to shop.  You can get more information on their Face Book page  HERE  We will be set up 9 to 5.  We will also be offering local delivery on our furniture items for a small fee.

For more information on what we will have for sale,  you can check our Face Book page HERE over the next week.  Mt. Pleasant is a short drive from Columbia (about 15 minutes) and Spring Hill.  It's also not too far from Brentwood and Franklin (Pam drives there everyday for work).  

Thanks for stopping by!

Robin



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pictures From Our New Booth

 
Pam and I set up a booth at a new furniture/vintage store in Columbia, Tennessee the first of this month.  I've been posting pictures and information on our Facebook page, but haven't had a chance to put pictures on the blog.  You can find our Facebook page HERE 
 
These aren't the best pictures.  (Unfortunately I locked my keys and purse in the trunk of my car  as I was getting my camera out to take these pictures and was a bit distracted while taking these :(  I also have the kind of car that can't be unlocked by a lock service, and isn't easily towed.  Three days and a special order key later, I finally retrieved my keys and drove my car home.)
 
 
Pam did an awesome job on this buffet/dresser.  It is painted in Annie Sloan inside and outside.
 
 
 
 
 
 




 

                 I love the bistro chairs.  These look so much like the ones used on Fixer Upper.  






 

 
 This bed got a lot of attention as soon as it posted on the store's Face Book page.  It has since sold :)
 



If you are in the Nashville/Franklin/Spring Hill/Columbia area please consider visiting The Calico Cow.  It is located in a bright green building with lots of parking, at 100 Nashville Highway in Columbia. It is a new store and all the vendors have moved in lots of goodies.  I'm eager to go back and check out the new stuff myself.  If you are local to Nashville, Murfreesboro or Franklin, we can arrange for a pick-up.  Just email us if you see something you are interested in.

Thanks for stopping by!

Robin


 

Monday, September 1, 2014

My Fall Mantle and Halloween Signs





Being September 1st was all the motivation I needed to add some fall and Halloween things to my mantle :)

 
The large sign I painted last year.  The subway style sign is one of several I made recently for the booth we just opened in Columbia, TN.
 
 
Below is a wall in our new booth, with the signs in different colors.
 
 
If you are in the Maury County area, the Calico Cow is a new vintage furniture/antique store located on Nashville Highway, very close to downtown Columbia.  The owner has a great selection of furniture, and other vendors are in the process of moving into booths.
 

 
 


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope everyone has had an enjoyable holiday weekend :)

Robin
 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

My Grocery Sign In The Kitchen

 
I've felt like this area over the windows needed something for a while now.  I kept eyeing some of the big signs at Hobby Lobby, but decided I would make something instead.
 
 
I was a bit undecided on what I wanted the sign to state.  I guess it's no surprise that I went with "Grocery" since Joanna Gaines had one on Fixer Upper, my favorite HGTV show. :)
 
 
 
I'm also craving my black/white/grey colors with Fall around the corner.  Yesterday I picked up another plastic pumpkin to paint and add to my grey grouping from last year, which you can find HERE  I may even paint a few extra to take to our sale next month, which at this point is going to be at the Nashville Flea Market.  Pam is on the hunt this weekend to check out some prospective booth spaces for us in a store.  If anyone has any advice or suggestions on this matter, we would love to hear from you.
 
 
 
 
I hope you have a fabulous weekend and week ahead! Thanks for stopping by!
Robin

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Update On Pam's Dining Room

 
 I wanted to share some pictures of the latest progress on Pam's dining room.  Her house was built around 1906 and she just moved in this summer.
 
 
 
The light fixture is the same one I have over my kitchen table, from Overstock.
 
 
 
Her table and chairs came from local antique stores.  She has a great fabric from Sirs Fabric that will cover the seats.
 
 
The china, and china cabinet also came from antique stores in or around Mt. Pleasant, TN.
 
Thanks for stopping by!  Best wishes for a wonderful week!
Robin
 
 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sign Making And A Peek Into My Studio

 
I spent a good bit of time this weekend making signs to take to the Nashville Flea Market next month.  I love weekends when I get playtime in my new studio.
 
 
 
I tried some different methods, using Annie Sloan paint and wax, Amy Howard paint, regular paint, and ink transfers.  And if you couldn't tell, ahem, I broke in a new orbital sander :)  I plan to make quite a few more of these, and will try varying degrees of distressing. 
 



 
I had planned a post on my new studio, but things got hectic in there before I could take pictures.  Up until a couple of months ago, this was my storage room/laundry room/raise baby chicks room, etc...  We pulled everything out, including the cabinets and light fixtures, for a complete makeover.
 
 
Some of my projects to take to the Nashville Flea Market next month :)

 
Thanks for stopping by :)
I hope everyone has a great week!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Little Eye Candy


 

I found these pictures on my computer and thought I would share for your drooling pleasure.  This was a house for sale in the Nashville, TN area a few months ago.  I stalked the listing online.  I couldn't believe it when I saw a moving sale listed for this house, which is only a few miles from my office.  Unfortunately most of the gorgeous pieces in the pictures were in a room marked "not for sale".


 
These were the script chairs I had in mind when searching for some of my own. 
 
 
 
This blue chest was the piece that inspired me to paint a cabinet in my kitchen a similar blue :)



I had a total crush on this house.  So did someone else, because it sold almost immediately.






 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
Robin