Thursday, August 23, 2012

Summer Review and Fall Plans

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Where did the time go?
Summer is over.
 The kids are back in school and we are gearing up for the Fall season.
Summer for us started with
Remnants of the Past.
It was the first week in June. 
(San Luis Obispo)
We went back down to the San Luis Obispo area just two weeks later for a graduation party
(Gypsy theme)
and were able to take an extra day on the weekend and go to the beach.
Once more in July we headed down for a friend's wedding.  It was beautiful, right on the beach at the end of the pier.
The first part of August we made a quick trip back to Texas to attend our nephew's wedding
Curt &Laura
It was also good to see my sisters and their families.
(missing a nephew here)
Angela our first born turned 16 while we were in Texas.
(here she is in her Gypsy costume for the graduation party in S.L.O.)
Sweet 16 Ange!
I got to hang out for a bit with my friend
 Jillian from The Virginia House
(Her home and blog have been featured several times.)

During our stay, we out just about every day looking for treasures to bring back to our customers.  Also on our way home we stopped a few times at Antique stores and malls.
(If only we had brought the trailer!)
Now that we are home and school has started, we are getting ready for two special shows.
(our space at the Spring show)
(us in front of our space last show)
September 15, 8am-4pm
Roseville, Ca.
October 19, 5pm-8pm
October 20, 9am-6pm
San Luis Obispo, Ca.
We have also been working hard to bring in new items to the store that we found in our summer travels.  Many new pieces of furniture and unique smalls have been put on display for purchase.
Buffett in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Old White
(The Vintage Bricoleur in Loomis)
Many Vintage Cases to choose from.
And much, much more!
(The Vintage Bricoleur in Loomis)
So come and pay us a visit!
The Vintage Bricoleur
3750 Taylor Road
Loomis, Ca. 95650
Inside the High Hand fruit sheds.
Tuesday - Saturday 10 -5
Sunday 10 - 4.
So there you have it, our summer in review and some dates for shows in the Fall.
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Terry (one of the bricoleurs)


Friday, August 17, 2012

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and The Vintage Bricoleur

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Did you know that we carry the full line of
in our store? 
(Some of my favorite colors)

This paint is a wonderful product.  It is easy to use.

No priming or sanding beforehand.
It will stick to any finish
Wood, glass, metal, concrete, plastic...

Simply wipe clean, paint, distress (if desired), apply Clear Wax, and then Dark Wax if you want.  After this give a good buffing and you are done!
(Our paint sample sticks)

This buffet was done in Paris Grey.


Aubusson Blue.



My husband and children (they love this paint also) finished all of these pieces in one day!
Old White, Emperor's Silk, Old Violet, Florence, Versailles.

Look at all the beautiful colors!

Our store information is on the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint website.
Our next class dates are:

Tuesday, August 21, 12-5.
Tuesday, September 18, 12-5.
Tuesday, October 16, 12-5.
Includes all supplies needed, snack and bring 1 piece of your own to paint in class.

3750 Taylor Road
Loomis, Ca. 95650
Inside the High Hand fruit sheds.
Tuesday - Saturday 10 -5
Sunday 10 -4

Contact info:

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The last few Summer Days in Texas

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summer is coming to an end.

We have been enjoying the last few days of the kids' vacation in Texas visiting family and attending a cousin's wedding.

Every day has been busy shopping for smalls that we can fit into any little space in our car.

We have visited several antique malls, a few cute little vintage/junk shops, gone to some yard sales, estate sales, goodwills etc. It has been inspiring....

Tomorrow we will be starting our journey home, traveling through some beautiful countryside.
It has been a good summer.

Meanwhile back at home our store
is open.
Tuesday - Saturday 10-5
Sunday 10-4
Located inside the High Hand fruit sheds in Loomis.

Stay tuned for what is next on our calender.

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Apple Days...

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My parents have an apple orchard. 
 Growing up every summer we made apple juice, applesauce, apple crisp,
 apple pies, apples pies and apple pies.

My dad's favorite kind of pie is, you guessed it
We got quite good at making an apple pie.   Sometimes they needed more sugar, or needed to be cooked a little longer.  Everyone seemed o.k. with sampling our efforts,

Eight people can wipe out a pie in one evening, and since there were plenty of apples, we got to make another one the next day!


To carry on tradition, (and to help use up all those apples!) every summer, my children and I make juice, applesauce, and pies also.

Vintage basket, pottery bowls, antique linen and a farm table.
I love to use all of these.

We add sugar and spice to a big bowl of apples and bag them up and freeze them.

We had a good time working together.

as one of my sisters said
"that looks too pretty to be an apple day,"
I will show you what really went on. ;)

We set up camp in the kitchen.  It was a little cooler and there were no flies.

We have three of these peelers.  The make the job go a lot faster.

Mixing in the sugar and spice and a little flour too.
(you also have to cut all the bad spots out.)

My helpers.

I'll leave you with a pretty picture or two. 
 And don't feel bad for the kids, they like to do this.

We did have fun with our photos shoot. :)

Apple Days
I am sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday.
Thank you Courtney for hosting.

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A roadtrip to Texas again!

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That's right!
This time last year we took a road trip and were gone almost a month by the time we got back.  We spent most of our time in Texas visiting family and in Colorado camping. 

(Part of a mining ghost town we visited high up in the Colorado mountains.)

We were towing a 16' trailer and so everywhere we went, we shopped.  For antiques.  Needless to say, we loaded that baby up!

This time we are going back for a nephew's wedding.  We will only be gone for a week and are taking going in our SUV so there will not be as much room as last time.  But... we will be taking every oppurtunity we can to shop at our favorite junk or antique stores to load up on smalls.

Some of the loot we brought back last time.

*The store will be OPEN the entire time thanks to some great dealers and a sweet friend.*
  The Vintage Bricoleur
3750 Taylor Road
Loomis, Ca. 95650
Inside the High Hand fruit sheds.
Tuesday - Saturday 10-5
Sunday 10-4

On another note,  I am pleased to say that I was Featured on
Feathered Nest Friday.
Thank you Courtney!

Angela's Beach Room

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)