Monday, December 26, 2011

Vintage Inspired Flower Pin Workshop

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It is hard to think about January already, but is is just around the corner.
January 5th is the date I am thinking of.

We are offering a Workshop on how to make a
Vintage Inspired Flower Pin.  Taught by our own Miss Worm aka Laura Strang.
The class is just $25.00, and it includes all the materials you need to make up to 5 pins.  These can be worn in your hair, on your lapel, on your purse or used as a gift topper. 
Come on down to the shop to sign up.  Invite a friend for a fun night out.  Seating is limited.

Facebook link
My Facebook page also has this info and a photo.

January 5, 2012
6 p.m.
Snacks provided.

The Vintage Bricoleur
3750 Taylor Road
Loomis, Ca 95650
Inside the High Hand fruit sheds.

Other workshops to follow include:
Vintage Inspired Necklace
Vintage Valentine
Sheet Music Wreath
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Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Winter Fire

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We live an old Craftsman style house that was built in 1915.

One of the things we love about our house is the fireplace. 
 It is so nice to sit in front of it on a cold winter night visiting, sipping a hot drink or eating a bowl of ice cream.  Yes, we enjoy ice cream even in the Winter!

So pull up a chair and get warm...
Did you say you wanted tea or cocoa? 

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Welcome...Come On In and Browse

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We are OPEN.
We have a big chalkboard that hangs on the wall on the outside of the shop.

Come On In and Browse.

I'll show you around....
A vintage cupboard from Vermont.

Pretty mixing bowls.

Pewter candlesticks with large shell.

Look up to see this beautiful lamp with original artwork.

Oh look, a pretty little writing desk.

Here are some vintage ceiling tiles hanging with an old window frame.

And over here we have a basket of string.  That wood cutting board would be nice to have.

There are many necklaces to choose from, all original and one-of-a-kind.

Do you need any Silverplate or Ironstone?

This lamp would look lovely in the den.

A beautiful Triple Pendant might be the perfect thing for that hard-to-buy-for person.

Look at this lovely Tomato Spoon Pendant on this Rhinetone Chain.

There are many choices of Beaded Bracelets.

Aren't the Fan Pulls pretty?

I LOVE this Chandelier.

Do you have a space big enough for a twelve foot Farmtable?

How about some easy reading...

on this sweet little chair?

Well, I hope you enjoyed the little tour.  Thanks for stopping by.  Come back soon.  Have a nice day.

This is some of what you would see if you paid our shop a little visit.  It changes daily with new merchandise being brought in and things being rearranged.  Thank you to those of you have already come by to pay us a visit and for telling others about us.  We appreciate it.

The Vintage Bricoleur
3750 Taylor Road
Loomis, Ca 95650
Inside the High Hand fruit sheds.

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Vintage Sheet Music Love

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As I have stated before,
I love Sheet Music.
Especially Vintage Sheet Music.

Here is the classic wreath.

Up close.  I love the details of the fancy notes on the aged paper.

Crumpled garlands in a large jar.

Perfect cones all pointing to the center.

Here is another way to use it for ornaments.

The garland again, draped over a frame.

Sheet music folded into a pretty flower.  They make nice gift toppers.

Or use it to wrap your gift boxes.

Shred it to fill pretty glass jars.

So many things you can use it for. 
I know many of you have done these simple projects and love it as much as I do.  Thanks for letting me share again my love for Vintage Sheet Music.

We will be offering a class on how to make your own sheet music wreath in our store the middle of February.  Come into the store to reserve a seat.  Space is limited.

The Vintage Bricoleur
3750 Taylor Road
Loomis, Ca 95650
Inside the High Hand fruit sheds.

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Post Office Boxes @ The Vintage Bricoleur

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We have some awesome P.O. boxes available at the store.  Imagine having all these little cubbies to store and organize your supplies in your craft/office room.
Or wouldn't they look great in your living room against the wall to use as a shelf.  I love the vintage charm these post office boxes have.

Look at all those cubbies!  They could be used as a room divider.

Maybe a place to set up a bar.  Each little door has a number on it.  Such a fun piece and definitely not something you see everyday.

Come see these at,
The Vintage Bricoleur
3750 Taylor Road
Loomis, Ca 95650
Inside the High Hand fruit sheds.

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Winter Plants for Decorating

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I love to use fresh plants to decorate with.  Here are some ways we have used things that are in season to spruce things up a bit. (Spruce, I get it!)

A mixed garland of berries and greenery.

These red berries are so pretty.

Pretty white Poinsettias set around in boxes or baskets.

Persimmons in a cement birdbath.  I love the pop of color they add.

Live garland draped across the window.  It smells so nice!

This is a live wreath that is being used as a centerpiece on the primitive farmtable. 
 Pinecones look pretty also, in a big jar.

Big bunches of Nandina in the urns on either side of the door.

Most of this can be found by taking a hike into your own yard, (or neighbor's).  JK.
My point is, you don't have to spend a lot of money to brighten, or yes "spruce" things up a bit.

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Grainsack Chairs Before/After

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Here is a little before and after  project that I finished the week we moved into the store.  It was a fun project and it went fairly fast, which is a good thing since I had so many other things to do those last few days.

So here is the before.
 I just realalized that it is not a true before because the frame was a stained wood color before I painted them.  This is the way the chair pad looked though.

So first I painted them in a creamy white.  I sanded them next.  Finally I rubbed a mixture of Annie Sloan wax over them to "age" them.  If you look close you can see the "aged"one.

The one on the left is the "aged"one.

A close-up to see the details better.

After.  All finished with a new seat cover.

The chairs turned out exactly as I thought they would.  I love them.

They are not too frilly, just good lines and simple details.

The seat covers add a little color and fun.

One last close-up of some details.



These chairs are currently available in the store.  Come on in to see them in person.  Sit in them for a bit to see how incredibly comfortable they are. 
 If you wait too long I might just sneak them into my car and take them back home.  I love them and they would work well in my house.  But that is how this business works, right?
  We sell things that we love.

The Vintage Bricoleur
3750 Taylor Road
Loomis, CA,  95650
Inside the High Hand fruit sheds.

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)