Monday, February 28, 2011

It's that time again

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Yes, it's that time again.
The first Sunday of every month, rain or shine.
You will find us at the Alameda Antiques Faire.

We'll be in our regular spot, aisle P spaces 7&8.
We always have a variety of treasures.

The show date this month is March 6th.
Hope to see you there!

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Care Package

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Here is an idea for a care package that I made up for a friend who had just had surgery.

Homemade granola, chunky applesauce, and chicken soup.  (All favorite family recipes.)

The canning jars were perfect for the food items.  They looked so pretty with all of the different textures.

The metal pail was the perfect thing for transporting the jars.  I didn't have to worry about them spilling or breaking.
The homemade labels made the jars look pretty, and they showed extra thought.

The jars and the pail were things that I had around the house.  I love to use what I have, but still try to make it pretty and practical.
I guess that is the true bricoleur in me.

T ( one of the bricoleurs)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Beach Bathroom

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Here is  peek of the downstairs bathroom.

Sea shells are so easy to decorate with.
This sea glass was my inspiration for the theme and colors.
All Clean!
Vintage beveled mirror reflecting bath towels.
A little storage area for towels.

Do you have things that inspire you to do a certain theme?

T (one of the bricoleurs)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Using Vintage

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Using Vintage

I thought I would share with you some favorite places in my home where I have used vintage finds to decorate. 
I love ironstone mixed with silverplate.

It is used here to decorate the tops of my kitchen cupboards.

A pretty chandelier in the computer room.
An old mailbox, used as a wall pocket for the front door.

A beveled mirror, reflecting the fireplace mantle.
An old Listerine bottle and lavender in the master bath.

Old books lined up in the lawyers bookcase.

Pretty old quilts.

Old Grandfather clock made in Germany.

As you can see, we use these items.  They have so much more personality than all of the new things that are availalbe to each and every one of us.

I hope this inspires you to use YOUR vintage.

T (one of the bricoleurs)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Primitive Bench

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This awesome primtive bench could be yours.

It is 12 feet long.

Each spindle has been handcrafted.
It is in excellent condition considering the age.
You can find this at The Antique Trove in Roseville.
We are on aisle G, Dealer # 236.

I am linking this post to Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday.  This bench is very unusal being that it is sooo long.  I did not do a thing to it.  It is in perfect condition! 
It could possible be a parson's bench or a Railway station bench.  What do YOU think?
 I just had to share the beautiness of it.  I guess you would have to say that this is in the catagory of "Awesome Find."

T (one of the bricoleurs)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

January Mantle

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Every once in a while you need a change.
Something with a little more color is what I was looking for.
These are all things that are available to my customers, and it is fun to practice merchandising at home.

The wreath had to stay.  My girls insisted.  I love it too.  Ironstone, one of my favorites, candlestick holder made from old lamp parts, vintage bayonet, and clay pots with greenery, dressed up with printed linen labels.
You can do so much with vintage books.
The new look.  I like the color for these cold winter days.

Now that wasn't so bad,  Maybe I'll just change it b...  No they are both nice, sometimes you just need a change.

I am linking this to Miss Mustard Seed's Copy Me Challenge.  Marian never ceases to amaze me.
T (one of the bricoleurs)

Random Bits

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One of the fun things we sell are wonderful necklaces made by my oldest daughter. 

 She takes what she calls "Random Bits" and puts them all together and makes something original, one of a kind and beautiful. 

She has quite the eye, and often you will find her and her Daddy taking apart old machines that no longer work to find her "Bits".
Minature pulley.  How cute is that?

A gear, old key, I love those numbers, and a few jewels for sparkle.
It always looks different, depending on how it's hanging.
And the best part?  It's mine.  She made it special for me, I picked out the "Bits".

I am linking this to Donna's Copy Me Challenge at Funky Junk Interiors.  I don't know if she wears jewelry, but if she does, I bet it would look something like this.

T (one of the bricoleurs)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Featured Dealer

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The first Sunday of every month (rain or shine) you can find us at the Alameda Point Antique Show.  We are on aisle P spaces 7&8.

~A rain day~

Early in the morning, trying to keep everything dry.

We have the privilege to sell with our good friends D&M.  We have a huge trailer that the guys load up, half with our treasures and half with theirs.  We leave town at @ 2 a.m. (yes you read that right) and head down to the Bay area.  We start setting up about 4 a.m. and at 6 a.m. the gates open to the public.  They have had as many as 12,000 people come thru in one day!  That gives us an excellent chance to sell our merchandise.

~Here are some examples of our wares~
~Lots of interesting items~

~Metal lockers and suitcases~

~Wicker chairs and garden pieces~

  If you ever get the chance, it is a great place to find that missing piece to your collection.  This Antique Faire is good for finding pieces to furnish a home and or decorate.

~Just about anything you can imagine~

~The space of some wonderful people~

~For about as far as you can see, wonderful treasures~

~These next few pics are close-ups of great displays~

~I love this, glass floats in a wire basket~

~Lots of metal!~

~Big tin flowers~

This month we are the featured dealer on the Alameda website.  To see more, click  here.

~The end of a long day.  The city in the distance.~

Now that I have given you a little peak, go see for yourself! Next show 2/6/11
T (one of the bricoleurs)