Thursday, June 27, 2013

Using Vintage for a Summer Party

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My house is full of vintage and antique treasures.
  I love the character, patina, history and sturdiness that they offer.
I use it too. At parties, gatherings, BBQ's etc.

(The color on these first photos is not my favorite, but you will get the idea.)
Last month when my son was graduating from 8th grade we had a little party after the ceremony at our house. Lemonade and homemade icecream sandwiches.

A big square vintage jar full of lemonade ready to go into Ball jars sitting on an enamel tray.

An old wood drawer full of chocolate chip cookies made into icecream sandwiches wrapped in wax paper and tied with red & white French twine.

Large Ball Jars worked perfect as vase for three simple bouquets.

The graduate.  
We draped an antique French tea towel over the counter to make it look a little more festive.

So there you go.  A few ideas of how to use vintage in a simple little Summer Party.
BTW- The lemonade and icecream sandwiches were delicious!

A few more vintage Summer ideas....
Set out a picnic on a sawhorse table, use a vintage table cloth, a basket to hold box lunches and a vintage ice bucket.

For a fiesta use white ironstone bowls full of chips, salsa and quacamole.

How about a simple company breakfast with a resturant ware mug of coffee, and an ironstone plate of mini muffins and fresh picked blackberries.

A vintage egg basket is just the thing to hold fresh veggies for a salad that you will be making for a summer BBQ.

My parents own an apple orchard, so "Apple" parties are something we look forward to every year.  Here is a primitive farmtable, antique French towel, and basket to hold the apples.

An ironstone bowl holds the cinnimon/sugar mix and the green pottery bowl is just the right size to hold enough apples for a pie.

This stack of ironstone plates are ready to be filled as people go through the buffet line at a summer picnic. The vintage pitchers work great for sauces.

How about a morning tea party in the garden using a vintage tea set.  
A vintage round mirror was used as a tray.

Keep your baked goods away from critters in a pie safe.

And after you have fed your guest, don't forget to have something for them to lounge and relax on, such as this cute folding bed draped with lace and a few ticking pillows.

Many of the items in these photos are from my own collections.  Some of them are items we have for purchase.  Or maybe something very similar.  Look for them in our store.
3750 Taylor Road
Loomis, Ca. 95650
Inside the High Hand  fruit sheds.

My point is that I love the vintage items best.

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Vintage Bricoleur presents ~ A Vintage Harvest~

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Today is an exciting day because we were able to reveal a suprise we have been working on for some time now.
 ~A Vintage Harvest~

Please join us for a vintage show held in the beautiful
 in Newcastle Ca. Be inspired by a group of talented dealers, designers and collectors while touring the gardens. Lunch for purchase by the well known High Hand cafe. 
Saturday, October 26, 2013
 9am -3pm.
Admission $10.00

We have been working like busy little bees contacting vendors, laying out a map of the gardens, designing and ordering invitations & contracts.  

We have been to many shows both buying and selling and we are trying our best to put on an event that will be an experience you will remember for a long time. 
Look forward to a day of treasure hunting, searching for that perfect piece to complete your collection. 

 Be inspired by dealers who take time to design their spaces so perfectly in some cases that you will want to move right in!

Tour the beautiful Maple Rock Gardens, while watching the garden Railroad wind its way throughout the pathways and flower beds.

Lunch will be for purchase from the well known High Hand  Cafe.

Listen to live music.

More is in the works!  Stay tuned for more info.  In the meantime,
 Save the Date!!!
October 26, 2013
9am - 3pm

For questions, call Terry at (916)261-9079 or

**Please take the time to click on the links to find out more about Maple Rock Gardens, High Hand Cafe and our Facebook page The Vintage Bricoleur.

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

TVB at Remnants of th Past Spring 2013 ~ 2

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This is my Part 2 post about 
Remnants of the Past - Spring 2013. 
 Last post I shared all the garden items we had for sale.  Now I will share everything else.

We had lots of industrial items including two set of these wood drawer cubbies. 
 Both sold.

Lots of vintage books found new homes. 
 Don't they look pretty next to the salvage architectural?

This 1953 Postal sorting cubby was a main focal point.  We stuffed it full of little white pitchers, sea shells, jars with white buttons, butter pats, etc.

This vintage cupboard was a great place to display ironstone, vintage phots, linens, pillows and primitive wood utinsels.

A collection of wood spools stood together on a large farm table.

A couple of girls stood gracefully in the corner.

A large ironstone pitcher with fresh peonies, mustard jar, ivy wreath, and side table, in front of a vintage black screen door.

This collection of pretty vintage quilts added a nice pop of color.

A large primitive pine cupboard full of apothecary jars, ironstone, crystal, vintage jars with zinc lids.

This basket was a great place to hold a couple of pillows, primitive wood paddles and rolling pins.

Oh yes.  We can't forget the pie.  It sat in the antique pie safe looking pretty and smelling so nice.  It made for a tasty afternoon snack.

So, as you can see, we had a large varity of things.  Industrial, garden, primitve, shabby...

It all goes together nicely, when it is usful to a person.  A little mix is good.  That is what makes a cozy and homey home.  Things that you love and that you can use.

These are the types of items that we try to have available for you in our store.  Come see for yourself!

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

We look forwrad to seeing you at 
Remnants of the Past  2013 ~ Fall
November 9 & 10.

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

TVB at Remnants of the Past Spring 2013 ~1

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If you follow this Blog, if you "Like" us on Facebook, if you shop at our store, or visit us at shows, then you probably know that twice a year we do a large show in San Luis Obispo.

The first weekend in June this is what we were up to.

We had lots of beautiful garden items.  
Watering cans, plant stand, iron planters.
This little child's green wicker rocker is one of my favorites.

Bird houses, green metal headboard and step stool.

The cherub fountain was actually running.  I love the sound of water.  Cement urns, garden gate and the Trader Joes shopping bag, please ignore.

Beautiful cement goose.

This sweet little cherub bird bath didn't last long.

Vintage rusty stroller holds an old fruit box. 
 This makes for a great display in the garden.

Georgeous wicker chaise lounge, loaded with beautiful French script pillows, French wash stand turned into a plant stand, clay pots, iron topiary.

The little white iron crib made into a settee draped with pillows and lace went to a happy customer for her covered porch.  How fun is that?

 Well that is all for this post showing many of our garden items.  I will be posting more photos showing items we had for inside the home. Such as ironstone, quilts and decorative items.

Some of these items came home with us and are still available.  Leave a comment or contact me through the Facebook page.

It was nice to see the special guest Jo Packham of Where Woman Create again and to meet Ben Ashby of FOLK magazine and Jen O'Conner of Earth Angels Studios .  I came home with a few treasures from them.

We also want to thank Judy for hosting such a beautiful show.  Her family and team of helpers are so sweet and we look for to seeing them again at the fall
November, 9 & 10.
Will we see you there too?  It's not too early to plan.

In the meantime come visit our store
The Vintage Bricoleur 
3750 Taylor Road
Loomis, Ca 95650
Inside the High Hand  fruit sheds.

Terry (one of the bricoleurs)