Saturday, April 30, 2011

New clothes for a Chair

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Recently I decided that this chair needed some new clothes.

It wasn't that she was such a bad color, it was just that she was dirty and dingy with no good way to clean her.

Here she is getting fitted for a new slip cover.

All finished and ready for a new home.
She sold at this show.
 I think she looks so much better in her new clothes.  Don't you?
Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A few favorite Spring Pics

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Spring is my favorite time of year.  I thought I would share a few of my favorite pics from this year.
The sun is shining,
the birds are singing,

the flowers are blooming, what more could you want?

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The count down to~Remnants of the Past~

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The count down begins...
Only four more days to

~Remnants of the Past~
Will I see you there?

This wonderful show takes place in Nipomo.  It is open from 9a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 30th.
To find out more about this show visit this blog.
Judy has introduced all of the vendors who will be selling there.  Go on over and take a look.  You won't be disappointed.

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Now Available at The Antique Trove

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These two items were taken to our last show.  Lucky for you they are still available!
A beautiful french sofa.

And here we have a pretty shabby white buffet.

To see these items better, ask to see where dealer #563 is.  They are on ailse G.  The staff at the store can direct you to the right space.

Don't miss out on these awesome items!

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

A New Life For Dresser and Chandelier

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I have a couple of before and after projects to share with you.

The first is a cute little chandelier that I picked up at a garage sale.  It was very dirty and I didn't like the color or the fluorescent bulbs.
I removed all of the crystals and bulbs.  It had a brushed nickel look.

Next I took it out to the shop and it got a few coats of paint, some white and then some gold.  I sanded it a bit here and there and then wiped on some stain.  It was starting to look a bit more aged. 

And here she is all finished.  With new bulbs and the crystals attatched in a different pattern, she looks like a new lady.  She has found a new home, I said goodbye to her at the last show.

The next project is a little dresser that needed some help.

Now it doesn't look all that bad here, but the grey paint was chipped in uneven places and it just needed a face lift.  First, my husband stripped the top and gave it a clear coat.  Next he started sanding it to prep it and under the grey was a pretty light blue.  He ended up sanding the whole thing and never had to paint it at all!

All finished and ready to go!  This piece was fun because of the surprise paint underneath. 
These two pieces got new looks and new life.

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Mysterious Package

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In my travels I came across this.
It sat like this for several months before I got brave enough to open it.
The best I could figure out was that Mr. Peter W. Allen of the Signal Brigade mailed this Parcel Post to himself.
Same name on return address.

It cost him $0.95 cents in 1967!

I bravely unwrapped the paper.  There were several layers of brown paper, wrapped in string and under that several layers of some type of tar/wax paper.  You see, one of my friends had said that there could be bugs or droppings inside.  My mother-in-law was hoping that there was money!  You never know...

Well there was no money, but there were also no bugs or droppings.  Just beautiful fabric.  Now I was dying to find out what kind.  It looks sort of like linen or muslin.
I was envisioning slipcovers, pillows or recovering something.
Pretty Huh?
About 45 yards.
So, I went to my favorite little quilt shop in town.  The lady there is very knowledgable, she said that it is raw silk. 
I am still so amazed that this mysterious package stayed in such good shape all these years!

I love the thrill of the hunt, especially when you find a treasure like this!
I wonder what I will find next!!!

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Roseville Spring Antique Market Show Report

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If you couldn't make it to the market on Sunday, you missed out.  The sun was shining and it was perfect weather!  I'll share with you a few shots of things that might have interested you if you could have been there. 
A complete veiw of our space.
This little lady sold.

Old metal tackle box spilling over with flowers.  Lots of vintage books.

This sweet chair now has a new home.

We sold several of these handcrafted lace bags.
Pretty Cherry Blossoms in a watering can.

Fun dressers, old ladder, metal stool, .....

The first sale of the day.

As you can see there was lots to choose from and these pictures are only in our space!  I was too busy to take any of our neighbors' spaces. 

As I have said before this show is my favorite,  I call it The Tattered House Show since they are the ones who host it.

 I know that there are those of you who could not make it and I understand.  Thank you to those of you who could.  It was fun to see you and to chat for a minute or so.  We love our regulars.  (We wouldn't mind if a few more of you joined that "regular" group!)

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Chair Makeover

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Sometime ago, I bought two of these chairs.
They had great bones, but were lacking in the cushion department.  So, I took a few yards of fabric and some Ikea pillow forms and transformed
Here they are with fresh, new cushions! 
Ahh!  So much better!
The bright blue of the cushions makes me
ready for hot, summer days out by the pool.
All that's missing here are two friends and some lemonade.
  I love the scrollwork of the wrought iron arms and legs!

 Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Happy 18th, Miss Jr. Bricoleur

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I want to introduce to you Shirlie, the eldest of the Jr. Bricoleurs.
It just so happens that she had a B-Day this last week.
Happy 18th Birthday Shirlie!
For some time now, the Jr.s have been bringing some items to the shows to try and make a little money.

This last show, Shirlie had half of a space all to herself!  She does a good job of merchanding her items.

Cute little bistro chairs with Coca-Cola.

I love the green bottles in the white wire basket.

I am glad that she had the room to spread out a little, but I missed her in our space.  I like to put her to work.  :0)  She is a big help, wrapping items for customers, making change, etc.

I will be introducing the others Jr.'s in the next week or so.

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Dream...

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Yes, it's a dream.
We have been asked to be a part of The Remnants of The Past Show.
Several years ago I heard about this show and saw a few pictures.  I thought wouldn't it be fun to go to this show?  At this time I was not even a dealer.  It looked like a lot of fun and the mountains in the background reminded me of where my husband grew up.  Where is Nipomo anyway?  Well, It is just around the corner from San Luis Obispo.  No wonder the coastal mountains and hills looked familiar.
Earlier this year I had the priviledge of meeting Judy Watkins of Well... La de Da, the talented lady who puts on this show.

This last week we were invited.  Of course we said yes!

We know several of the other vendors and they are top notch.  This show is going to be so much fun. 

When is it you ask?  It is Saturday the 30th of April, open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  It is to be held at the Dana-Powers Property, in Nipomo.

This show was featured in the April 2011 Country Living issue, with Rachel Ashwell, of Shabby Chic, saying it is one of her five favorite flea markets around the world.

Am I excited?  Yes.  Am I ready? No.  I still have a lot of work to do between now and April 30th.  Oh well, that is life.

Be sure to check out Judy's blog, she is introducing the vendors each day.
See you there?  Terry(one of the bricoleurs)

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Roseville Spring Antique Market~Hosted by The Tattered House

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This Sunday we will be selling at my favorite show.  The Roseville Spring Antique Market. Why is it my favorite?
  It is hosted by these nice ladies. 
Sandy and Erika, owners of the lovely shop,
The Tattered House.
The show is small, with only 50 vendors, but they are some of the best, and it is cozy and family friendly.

If you have never visited the shop, Sunday would be the perfect time, plus you will get the added benefit of seeing all the treasures that the vendors on the steet have.
The show is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it is FREE!

Look for us
~the vintage bricoleur~
in front of the parking garage.

See you there!
Terry(one of the bricoleurs)