Saturday, June 30, 2012

Sharing A Bit of my Home ~ Part 3

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Ok, time for the Dining Room.
This room is the first room I saw, the first time I walked into this house 11 years ago. 
I think it is one of my favorites.

You have to understand that when most people looked at this house they said
"The only tool you need for that place is a bulldozer."
It was pretty rough.  But I saw something else.

 We worked on the house for 2 solid months before we moved in.  And when we moved in, it was into this room.  We had been living in a fifth wheel, so to us, this seemed HUGE!  (We had completed the kitchen, dining room, living room and 1 bathroom.)  That's right, we set up Camp in this dining room for a month or two while we worked on a bedroom.

When I walked in that first day, this is what I saw.  (In my mind),  I could see it.  This room has built-in cabinets!  And look a plate rail!  And board and batten!  I had a vision.

I love to display my blue &white plates on the rail.  This table had been abandoned in another room of the house.  Now, with a painted white skirt and pedestal and a natural top, it is living a new life again.

I love the board and batten. 
More plates along with a couple of footed, tarnished silverplate trays surround the room.

This long primitive bench is a favorite place to sit when people gather at our house.

Two of my favorites.

A painted icecream bucket holds my Jade plant nicely.
It sits on a sweet burlap and lace cloth made by my sister.

This chippy white mirror reflects my collection of ironstone, jade, and cobalt dishes.

The fun thing about this built-in cabinet is that it is accessible from this side, the dining room, and around the corner to the right, in the kitchen.

That is the story of the 97 year old dining room.
Maybe some day I will share some before/after pics of the whole remodeling process.

I hope you have enjoyed the little Bits of My Home.

Don't forget that tomorrow we will be selling at Alameda.  Find us in our regular space, P-7&8.

The store will also be OPEN.
The Vintage Bricoleur
3750 Taylor Road Loomis, Ca 95650
Inside the High Hand fruit sheds.
Tuesday- Sunday
10 - 5.
Come by and say Hello!

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sharing a Bit of My Home ~ Part 2

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In my last post I promised a post about my Poppy room. 
Poppies are one of my favorite flowers.

In my entry way I have a small collection of poppy items.
When you walk in the front door, this is the first thing you see.  A small bookcase that was built into place when the house was built 97 years ago.  Go around the corner to head up the stairs that you see through the railing.  We have filled the bookcase with some of our favorite "vintage" authors.  I love the pretty colors on the binding of the books.

Along with poppies, I also love birds.

The wood painted tray is something that I found years ago at a yard sale.
  It is a favorite of mine.

 Facing the bookcase, next to the door, I have a couple of poppy prints and a vintage beveled mirror.

On the other side of the door is one more poppy print.

This print sits over a small wood desk and under a chalkboard that always has a little message written on it.

Pretend you have just walked in the door,

Next up,
Sharing a Bit of My Home ~ Part 3 ~ The Dining Room
I am linking this post to


Today is the last day to RSVP for the Blog Luncheon that will be held here at The Vintage Bricoleur.

For more details follow this link here.
For those of you who would have liked to attend, I will be taking lots of pics and doing a post about it afterwards.  I am also planning another one in the Fall.  I will keep you posted as to when and where and when.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What to expect at the Blog Luncheon

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Things are wrapping up nicely for the Blog Luncheon that will take place on Friday.  This event is being hosted by myself, and Courtney from French Country Cottage.
There have been some questions about what to expect, and what to bring.

~First come check in at The Vintage bricoleur to get your name tag and to pay if you still need to.  10am.

~Power point presentation
~Tutorial hand-outs
~Lunch and Giveaways
~Q/A session
~Open forum time

Optional things to bring.
~A laptop
~A notebook for taking notes
~Business cards
~Camera (as any good blogger should do)

We will be wrapping up around 2pm, so there will be plenty of time for you to explore the rest of the sheds at High Hand. The shops are all OPEN till 5pm.

Look for these big fruit sheds.  Go inside to find The Vintage Bricoleur. 
You can email me for any other questions.

See you Friday at 10!

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Sharing a Bit of My Home ~ Part 1

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On this blog I usually share
show pics,
store pics,
 workshop pics,
 you get the idea.  It is not a lot of personal stuff.  Anyway, I thought I would dedicate a few posts to my home.  I think it is important for you to "see" a bit of my personal space. 

I have shared pics of my mantle before, it is one of the only places that I can decorate, because I don't have a lot of wall space.  This 97 year old house is instead "blessed" with many windows and doorways.

This is how my mantle looked in the winter in early evening. 
We love this big old fireplace.

This is the mantle last summer.
(Yeah it hasn't been changed in a while.)

This is how it looked the other day with the morning sun streaming through the windows.
(No fires right now, just a coal bucket full of pinecones.)

Simple, just the way I like it,
but it has been a while since there was any change.


I changed things up a bit.

I used the same pitchers.  And candle.

And salvage architectural pieces.

But I added the big graprevine wreath and preserved boxwoods. 
I LOVE the boxwoods!

My favorite pic, one more time.
See the antique bayonet?  It makes a great conversational piece....

Coming up next, my Poppy room
Sharing a Bit of My Home ~ Part 2

Don't forget about the Blog Luncheon that I am hosting with French Country Cottage this coming Friday June 29th.  If you are interested please email me  We have some great Giveaways!!!

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Last of my Remnants of the Past pics-Part 3

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These are the last of my Remnants pics.  These were all taken in our space.

Blue shutters with vintage oil painting, music wreath and beautiful buffet.

This cabinet was full of fun pillows. 
We sold all but three of the street signs.  (we had over 30)

These little vignettes had to constantly be redone..

The smalls sold fast at this show.

A unique scale, one of the first sales.

I love this cement chicken.

Glass jars and rose buds on a silverplate tray.

Pretty white shells in a bird bath.

A collection of wood hand mirrors all sold.

Pretty farm table setting.

Lady statue, bird bath and glass float.

Succulants in a fountain.

A collection of baby slips.

Arched stained glass and fire surround.

Pretty hand mirror.

There were actually more pics to share but I don't want to bore you with more of the same stuff.  As I said before, this is a big show for us so I take lots of pics and try to do several posts.  If you missed this Spring show, try to make it to the Fall show.

October 20 & 21 2012
Alex Madonna Inn Expo Center
San Luis Obispo

You will not be disappointed.

Blog Luncheon
June 29, 10 -2
$35 (includes High Hand lunch)
Call: (916)261-9079
The list is growing with names of local bloggers.  This is a great chance to meet some face-to-face, grow your blog, and to get some answer to questions you might have.  Give me a call!

Place your pre-order for an English version of
through our store The Vintage Bricoleur.
(available in September)

~I am linking this post to Feather Your Nest at French Country Cottage.~

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Remnants of the Past Part 2- Spring 2012

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This is Part 2 of my Remnants post.
(one more after this)

In this post I will share some of the other dealers and their spaces.

You have already met my nice neighbor Debra, from Debra Hall Lifestyle.

Kymberley and her Mother

Maria, Nicole & Bethany

Melissa Blue

Jo Packham of Where Women Create

Eager shoppers

My beautiful helpers.

Debra Hall & I.

I have one more post with some favorite pics of our space and then we will move on to other things.  This show takes place twice a year, it is our best, and we plan and work for months before hand for it, so that is why there are so many pics!

If you missed this last show, be planning ahead for the next one.
October 20 &21
Make your reservations now! :)  You don't want to miss it.
We are already setting things aside........

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)