Saturday, April 25, 2015

Country Living Fair Nashville






I just wanted to post a few pictures from the Country Living Fair today.  It was the first time we have been to one of these, and we were very impressed with the show!  It was laid out very well and nicely organized.  We got there about 30 minutes before the gates opened and bought tickets on site.



One of the first booths we found was Cash and Cari with HGTV's Cari Cucksey.




One of the top things on our  "to do" list was to catch the cooking demonstration with the Beekman Boys.  This was definitely the highlight of our day.  They were so pleasant and funny, and gladly answered questions from everyone.  We loved hearing about their farm and animals, their time on The Amazing Race, and a few tid bits about Martha!  I think these guys would be awesome neighbors! I wish my little farm was next door to theirs :)



A couple of years ago, I gave Pam their first cookbook for her birthday.  I didn't realize they now have 3 cookbooks out.  I bought their Beekman 1802 Heirloom Dessert Cookbook at the Fair, which they kindly signed.  Pam bought the same cookbook and their newest book, Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook.  They were super nice and glad to chat with everyone.  



This was the line waiting for the gates to open.  The sale has one more day tomorrow.  I really hope this will become an annual event for Nashville!




I've had lots going on around the house and hope to post information and pictures soon.  My daughter is getting married at our house next month and there is still LOTS to get done!

Thanks for stopping by!
Robin

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Vintage Style Flash Cards



When Pam and I went to the Bella Rustica Barn Sale last month, we saw a vendor with very large flash cards.  I fully intended to get some, but apparently got distracted and forgot.  I was curious when I found a download for sale on Etsy, for large flash cards.  I figured I would give it a try, at $3.99.

I printed the set of 12 cards (3 per page) on off white card stock.  I just happened to have a heavier weight card stock on hand, and  I think it was the best for how I wanted to use these.  Although I did have to give it a nudge to get it to feed through my printer.  I just printed, and cut each one out.


And since the cards were for words like "glitter" and "crown", I broke out the German glass glitter and used it on a "Frozen" crown from Dollar General.



I purchased the card printable from the shop at THIS LINK .   There are other options for the word groups and sizes.  I think these are pretty cool and plan to go back and purchase some more, when I figure out a use for them.














Thanks for stopping by!
Robin

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Kitchen Eating Area - A Few Changes



I've changed up the seating around my kitchen table.  I removed the 2 chairs and put the bench against the wall.  I replaced that seating with the French bistro chairs.


The question I always get asked when I show this area, is where did I get the chalkboard canvas art.  I bought it at either TJ Maxx or Marshalls, but it's been a couple of years.



We've had our house on the market since early spring, so I've pretty much kept the decor at a status quo until the last couple of weeks.  We just took the house off the market because we are having our daughter's wedding here in May.  So naturally I've felt the need to start changing things up.







Thanks for stopping by!

Robin

Sunday, November 2, 2014

My November Mantle and Sister Shopping




I changed up this mantle November 1st because I had a Halloweenish fall display up.  And, I was anxious to display Mr. Rhino.  Since my porch room walls are almost all brick, I can't just hammer in a nail when I want to hang something.  So I just flipped around one of my fall signs and hung Mr. Rhino on a nail.




I got Mr. Rhino from one of my favorite places to shop.  Pam :)   We often enjoy "sister shopping", trading back and forth things we no longer have a need for as our home decor changes.  She originally got him from Anthropologie.  Lucky me! I also got another great piece from her this weekend, which I will share a bit later.

    
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Thanks for stopping by!

Robin

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