Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Well, will you look at that, another 9 days just flew by. Where are all these days going so quickly? I'm seeing a new pattern emerging here. Maybe I should just surrender to it.

A sad thing happened in our little village the day after my last post. Remember this old building?

I first posted about it here. It was a virtual treasure trove of vintage and antique goodness, a hallowed vault of history. I loved that building and everything in it. Yes, I did say "loved" in past tense. I'm sad to say there's not much left to love.

This is what I saw when I walked out in the street a week ago this last Tuesday to see what all the commotion was....

It was like a punch to the gut. That wonderful old building was on fire. Firefighters battled the flames throughout the night.

Although they were able to spare the buildings on either side of the Roune Gallery and no one was hurt...they lost the battle to save the building. By morning this is all that was left...

After all that fire it's amazing how that lumber remained unscathed. A bystander spied something else that had survived the flames and a firefighter retrieved it for her.

Turns out it was a 1960's - 70's era wallpaper book with newspaper clippings inside. After having a look at it she decided she wasn't interested in keeping it. So ya'll know me. I lugged that water logged book home, disassembled it and cleaned off the pages. I can't believe the only "damage" to it was that it was wet. Fortunately being wet isn't a problem for wallpaper.

Of course I took that big stack of wallpaper to the Allegan show last weekend. I'm happy to say quite a few of the pages have found their way to happy new homes. Including these three pieces...which were my absolute favorites! It was hard to let those go....

I know their sweet new owner will thoroughly enjoy them. Are those not just the coolest wallpapers?! Love'em!

Speaking of was a great show! Tons of shoppers. Many on the hunt for furniture and I was happy to send them off with some cool pieces that I was getting tired of looking at! You can only move a piece of matter how many times before you're glad to send it on it's way:D

Some of the new messenger bags sold too. This lovely lady was kind enough to model her new bag...

How cute is she?! That bag and her outfit go together great!

Hope everyone is having a stupendous week! See ya in 9 days;)

Monday, July 20, 2009


Wow...9 days since my last post! It wasn't really a planned blog break. But there it is. 9 whole days. No posts. I think that's record for me.

I'd like to say that I have been lounging on the beach with a good book, but I've just been up to my same old shenanigans;)

Love this game. Milton Bradley circa 1966. I've been trying in vain to flip a tiddledy (their spelling not mine) wink into the Pie Eye to no avail. But I've had fun trying :D

While not flipping tiddledy winks, I've been cleaning carpets outdoors again. Woohoo.

And sewing...more hats and bags. Allegan's coming up again already. Next Sunday.

I've made a new bag pattern. This one's a messenger style. 1950's vintage curtain with a vintage plastic belt buckle to close. I'm rather pleased with it myself. First actual pattern I've ever made.

Oh...and of course everyone needs a little summer romance. Mine has been with a chair.

Vintage Knoll Risom webbed lounge chair circa 1940's - 50's. Will you look at the curves on that baby!

Of course nothing in this world is perfect. She's got her issues. Like here...

and here....

and here...

Nothing that love can't fix. I hope to be lounging on her real soon...with a good book...maybe a trashy romance.

Hope everyone is having a splendid July! Stop by and see us at Allegan next Sunday if you're in the neighborhood.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned. ~ Maya Angelou

For more shadow play visit Hey Harriet.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


The flowers in the yard are in full bloom right now...

...and I had this great pottery console bowl on my desk to list today.

So, I thought I'd try my hand at some old school flower arranging. You know...just to give the listing a little extra punch.

I started by gathering the things I thought I'd need.

I placed some metal flower frogs I already have listed in the shop, in the bottom of the bowl.

Then I added a little water...and...


Not too bad for an amateur?!

Have you done anything fun with your flowers recently?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


It was a BEAUTIFUL morning at the Allegan Antique Market this past Sunday. The bright morning sunlight was shining into RetroStyle's little tent.

And I took some of the worst photos ever! I had intended to get some good "after" shots of my projects set up in the booth, but they all came out soooo washed out, not even photoshop could help them. I salvaged the best and made them into a collage.

1.) The inside of the locker got decoupaged with some 1920's-30's vintage polka dot wallpaper. 2.) That is the star top table so washed out...who would know?! 3.) The metal cupboards got painted a lovely light blue...again so washed out, who could tell:{ 4.) Recycled bark cloth curtains and fringe from a vintage chenille bedspread made a sweet canopy for the surrey. 5.) The main restoration to the table was removing the rust and restoring the shine to the chrome. The trick...SOS pads and elbow grease. 6.) Redo to the top of the metal base cabinet.

My apologies for the disappointing photos.

One of the better photos was of the top of the metal cabinet. This is a before of the top of the metal base cabinet with its ubiquitous gold flecked 1960's Formica.

I resurfaced it with 1920's-30's vintage wallpaper. I L-O-V-E how this turned out. I really want to try this somewhere...on something in my house. Just love it!

It was accomplished by decoupaging the paper to the top and then coating with a few coats of polyurethane.

The surrey was very popular. Adults and kids alike really enjoyed it. These two girls were sweet enough to pose for photos on it...

The ultra hip Ms. Tie-dye even modeled one of the sunhats. I think she looks smashing! Thanks friend!!

Speaking of friends. There are two other lovely friends I would like to acknowledge for their kindness.

One is the talented Ali of Charlie and Grace from all the way over in Australia. Ali has two darling little shops on Etsy Jellygnite and Little Jellygnite. Ali creates some very sweet take a moment and have a peek.

Last week Ali presented my blog this "Love ya" award.

I'm honored! Thanks Ali. Making friends around the world is truely one of the most wonderful things about blogging.

This award is bestowed on the blogs that are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award. Then let everyone know seven things about you.

As regular readers know...I'm a notorious rule breaker. I could not possibly limit (especially in the spirit of finding new friends) passing this along to only 8. So if you blog and are or aspire to be "exceedingly charming" and are not "self-aggrandizing" and would like to be friends...please accept this award. Let me know you've done so. I would love to be your blog friend:D

7 things about me: (trying to think of 7 things you don't already know...hmmm)
1.) I am allergic to the cold (really! I break out in hives). 2.) I talk to animals...alot. 3.) I am very good at finding 4 leaf clovers (I've picked 12 so far this summer). 4.) I have green eyes and freckles. 5.) I am a middle child. 6.) I resent my cat for killing things and not eating them (she kills for sport and that's just seems wrong!) 7.) I love Survivor.

The other friend I would like to acknowledge is the wonderful Pat of Mille Fiori Favoriti. Pat lives in Brooklyn and writes the best blog on New York. Her tours are just fabulous. Oh...and can she cook!! Pat participates in the Daring Baker and Daring Cook Challenges. She'll leave your mouth watering! If you haven't read her already, you really should give her a try.

Anyway, Pat recently held a giveaway and look what I won!

Everything was wrapped up so cute...but I was so excited I tore into it right in the post office. Pat bought the bag at the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn. It is so cute. I've already taken it grocery shopping:) The sweets and breadsticks were an added bonus...Mm mm. Thanks Pat! I'll think of you every time I go to the grocery store:)

Wow! If you've made it all the way down to here...thanks for sticking with me! Now that's a friend!!

I hope everyone here in the states has an incredible 4th of July weekend!!! Enjoy all the hot dogs and fireworks!

See ya next week!


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