Thursday, February 23, 2012

What's Gold Is New Again

I remember the days when gold and brass dominated home decor.  Well, at least at my house : )  I eventually moved on in my decorating style and left gold behind, in favor of silver and all kinds of galvanized goodness. In fact, the chalk board frame in the picture was gold when Pam and I bought it at a yard sale a couple of summers ago.  Naturally, we promptly painted it white and turned it into a chalk board that we use for our sign when we sell at the Nashville Flea Market.

But lately I've noticed that gold is making its way back into more decorating.  And when I've noticed the gold framed chalk boards in others' pictures, I've really liked them.   I remember a while back reading where someone noted that the new gold was prettier than the old gold.  I agree.  This frame was actually a shiny, brassy gold in its first life.   But now, it is a pretty deep gold.  

In fact, the color is Vintage Gold by Martha Stewart Living.

I don't know about you, but I really like the chalk markers for writing on chalk boards.  They don't wipe away as easily as regular chalk, but are good for phrases or quotes you plan to leave up for a while.

You can't tell much from these pictures, but I've begun (began?) to paint my office white.  One wall at a time. Well, sometimes its part of one wall at a time.  One and three quarters walls to go and I'll share more pictures.   I've been wanting a white room for a very long time.  This room was actually part of an elaborate plan on my part to convince the husband to (happily) consent to my painting our dining room.  He doesn't always feel comfortable with change, so a well laid plan was necessary.

Pam isn't married so she makes changes around her place more frequently than I do.  Now, if she would just bring the camera back so I can post some pictures here on the blog!

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Let's Make Tissue Pom Poms

The last time we set up at the Nashville Flea Market, we took some prop items just as booth decor.  Surprisingly there was a lot of interest in these things, especially the tissue pom poms.  I promised a couple of people I would post a tutorial on these.  

  I used a pack of tissue paper from Dollar General, that I got for a dollar :)

I left the paper in its stack, and cut down the middle.

Then I put both sections together into 1 stack, giving me 16 sheets.

Starting on the  short end, just fold back and forth, accordion style.  I folded mine in sections that were about an inch or so.

Then I secure the center with some wire.  I just used the picture hanging wire I also get at Dollar General for about  $1.

This is where you can insert ribbon or string if you plan to hang these.

Next, trim the ends in the shape of your choice.  I personally like the effect of a point.  The tissue is thick, so you probably will need to do this in sections.

Fan out each side.

I saw this next step referred to as "blooming".  I love that.  Begin to separate each sheet, gently pulling apart. You will need to work with the sheets to pull them apart as close to the wired area as possible.  You will probably have a few tears,  not weeping, but rips in the tissue : )  That's okay because you won't notice in the finished product.

I do each half, then kind of fluff and shape it into one large puff.

We used these on top of candle holders, dishes and just scattered about in our booth.  Kind of like sprinkles on a cupcake.

I made these in red and white with Valentines Day in mind.  With all the gorgeous tissue papers available, you could whip up some pretty amazing pom poms for any occasion.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Vintage Market Place Purchase


I really had trouble deciding what to buy last week at the Vintage Market Place.  All the booths were wonderful and I could have happily come home with many different things from each booth.  Unfortunately my budget required me to be selective.  I kept going back to these lamps, and ultimately decided one large purchase would make more of style statement in my home than a few smaller things.  Pam also made a large purchase, which we will share with you as soon as she gets some pictures.

I opted not to buy a shade at the same place, in an attempt to save a little money.  In the end I saved $15 in exchange for a bit of time.  I had trouble finding a shade that was tall enough to cover the lamp hardware.  I bought the trim and matching tassel at Hobby Lobby and glued the trim to the bottom of the shade using a hot glue gun.  The tassel is wrapped around the base of the hardware and also adds a little extra detail.  The lamp was made from an old porch post.

Thanks for stopping by!
Robin and Pam

Friday, February 3, 2012

Eye Candy From The Vintage Market Place

Our first booth to check out at The Vintage Market Place was Shambora Studios.  This booth was an eye candy superstore!  Everything was beautiful and gorgeously displayed. 

Why is it I can take a picture and not see half of what is there?  I feel like I'm seeing so many things for the first time when looking at these pictures.  Now I'm wondering why I didn't buy this gorgeous memo center.

Pam did buy some beautiful earrings, handmade by the lovely shop owner.

We really enjoyed meeting and talking with Jackie.  Her Etsy shop is on vacation until the show is over.  I will certainly by checking it out next week.

This is the booth of Theresa of Time Worn Interiors

We had the pleasure of meeting Theresa back in the fall when she visited our booth at The Nashville Flea Market.  It was a real treat to get to see her booth today!

Galvanized goodness everywhere!

Now I'm wondering why I didn't buy this beautiful old bell!

Theresa is a true artist with her displays!

These are pictures from the Barn Trash booth.   They don't have a blog, but their web site is

They had gorgeous floor lamps made from old porch posts.  Maybe I should say irresistible.  

Every booth there was absolutely beautiful.  The Vintage Market Place was a market within a large annual antique sale.  While we were there, the Vintage Market Place seemed to be the busiest, which is one reason I didn't get more pictures.

Paige from Hodge Podge was there selling the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  Their booth was really hopping, and the dark wax was sold out by the time we got there!

The Vintage Market Place was a great addition this year and we're really hoping it is a permanent addition to the show!