Monday 28 May 2012

My First Fair!!!

Dear friends, 
Last Saturday I participated in my first fair! 
It was a school Spring Fair here in my city.
My friend Kika kids study there and she asked me if 
I wanted to participate, for experience!
The table cost only $25 so what did I have to lose?

The Fair was GREAT! 
By the time I took this picture I had already sold three items. Two of them did not make ANY photo...

I tried to make some silver trays with chalkboard paint in the middle... argghh did not turn out so good...

SO, I kept doing the stuff I like, my painting!
The 2 candle holders on the left sold!

The silver pot on the right, sold!
The silver "thingy" behind the teapot sold, too. 
You can see it opened in the picture below. My friend Pam suggested to put cu-tips in the lid and cotton balls in the "body" of the container. Who knows what the real use was for? (I loved them... do you have a hard time letting stuff GO?)

For my first experience, I say it was a success!
I sold 9 pieces. All kinds of items, some stuff I painted but most of them were treasures found here and there.

The chubby candle holder on the very left was sold, also.
The cake plate on the back was also sold, here is a better picture:
When I told my friend Christine I wanted to make cake plates, she gave me this one... And it was the first one SOLD! 
I was reluctant to glue the plates to the bases but Pam encouraged me and SHE CHOSE this winning combination!!
Here are the other ones she suggested!
I don't know why I am such a chicken!
If they don't sell, I can always keep them!
These pictures I took with my cell. I have some in my camera, like a candlestick I made from an old lamp, ADORABLE... But my friend Pam came to help me price the items and fell in love with it!!! I am so flattered she bought it Friday night and took it home, LOL!!! We even had a fight over the price, what a dilemma is to sell to friends!!!
I appreciate suggestions on a policy in how to sell to friends, if you have it!
This mirror was my biggest item sold!
I painted the white mirror. I got lots of interest in it but did not sell it. I love it... I love everything I sell, lol!

My friend Kelley, from The Upholster's Wife, suggested me to make the chalkboard out of an old frame, to write Condensed Love Home, on it! Pam suggested to add ASCP painted furniture to add interest!
AMAZING how everybody comes together to help us, right?
I feel so blessed!

I better get started in my bigger items for the Vintage Market! That's coming up SOON!!!

Sunday 20 May 2012

Tea Trolley and Scones!

Dear friends!
I wish you were here for tea yesterday afternoon!!!

The other day my friend Christine said she saw this amazing Tea Trolley on Craigslist, and it was close to my home. 
She said she did not want to "tempt me", but I could not 
resist and checked and ended up buying it. 
It came with the tray on top... Look at the little drawer, what should I store there?
I am not sure how I will be able to sell some of the things I buy because I went to this house and the lady told me this Tea Trolley belonged to her grandmother, and that she served tea in it for 25 years. When she passed the Tea Trolley was inherited by her mother, and she served tea in it for another 25 years... and now it is MINE. How can I NOT serve tea in it???
It has a "scalloped" edge on each side, like a "pie" edge?
I have been waiting to make scones the same friend Christine served with tea in her house, to eat with her homemade marmalade she gave me a few weeks ago. I love orange marmalade!
The scones turned out WONDERFUL... I have made scones (or biscuits??) twice before but I have to say Christine's recipe is the best one.
Christine' s Scones
4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup softened butter
1 1/4 cup of buttermilk or cream (I used whipping cream)
4 eggs
3/4 raisins or berries (I chopped apricots and soaked them in warm water - drained them then added to batter in the end)
I also added some orange zest just to "match" with the apricots. Christine told me she "plays" with the recipe, so I did that, too!
She said she uses her mixer, so did I.
In the mixer, first the dry ingredients. Mix.
Add the butter, it will look like bread crumbs.
In low speed, add eggs and cream.
At the end, orange zest (if you want) and apricots.
Now in the summer I will try with fresh berries.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Scoop batter with ice cream scoops.
Sprinkle with sugar.
Bake 350 for 15-20 minutes.
It yields 20 scones, 2 baking sheets and a half.

I have to add a few more photos of the little things I have been collecting in my "antiquing" trips:
I love this little butter dish...
I filled it with mascarpone cheese.
The sugar and creamer... and the little sugar spoon... my grandma had a spoon like that, that's why I bought it.
This was my 
first silver teapot!

It made me so happy to finally have my tea with a scone, served in this beautiful Tea Trolley... 
I need to have Christine over and do all this for her!

Today I am partying at:


Furniture Feature Fridays

Friday 18 May 2012

A Blog Award!

Happy Friday, everyone!!!

I am so excited to have received my first Blog Award!!!
Vanessa from A White Barn nominated me for 

The Liebster Blog Award! Isn't she sweet???

The German word "liebster" translates into English as "beloved" or "favorite". This award is given to new up and coming bloggers that have less than 200 followers. I am so honored that Vanessa chose my blog and so excited to pass it on!

In order to accept this award, you must...

1.  Link back to the person who gave it to you.
2.  Post the award to your blog.
3.  Give the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
4.  Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to let them know they have been offered this award.
5.  Share 5 random facts about yourself.

Here are my 5 picks!
I have way more than 5 favorites but 
I am choosing blogs with less than 200 followers, 
that do things similar to what I do!

Here are 5 random facts about myself:

1. I LIKE peeling oranges. I cut the peel around in one whole piece, and then slowly peel the white part and then I cut into sections... it relaxes me!

2. I have a DARK sense of humor... This means I laugh at stuff people don't always find funny...

3. I am PICKY. At a restaurant, I order a Diet Pepsi, no ice, and lime! LOL!

4. My real talent was cooking (my friends and family say) so I never imagined myself painting furniture or doing crafts.

5. I am in my THIRD (and LAST) marriage!

If you would be so kind to visit the blogs I chose and 
leave them a comment, 
I am sure they would appreciate it!

Friday 11 May 2012

Modern Tea Trolley?

Hi, everyone!

I have been trying to finish some small tables to bring to 

The Olde Farmhouse Fair in June.

I think this would be a great end table, since there is space for magazines underneath. But also I thought it could be a great tea trolley to serve tea or even snacks and drinks at a party!

I painted with ASCP Paris Grey, distressed a bit, 
and finished with clear wax.

It looks pretty simple, but it took a long time to paint and wax.

I finally used something from The Graphics Fairy!!!!

Yesterday I received these cookies from a dear friend, 
and today I had them with tea!

In one of the cookies is written "LOVE"
I ate "FUN" yesterday, LOL!

I had to finish this session early...
Because my cookie monster was lurking...

Look who is wearing the "Cone of Shame"...
Poor Axel!!!

Here are some more shots of the cookies!!!

SO pretty!!! And YUMMY, too!

Today I am partying at:

Furniture Feature Fridays

Monday 7 May 2012

Milk Glass Lamp!!!

Dear friends!!!
I am becoming a real DIYer!!!
I found this BEAUTIFUL table lamp at my local Thrift Store!
It was missing a part, crystals and shade...

This is not the right space for it, 
but I was trying to get some light to show you the details.

I fell in love with the milk glass... 
and the metal details, I believe brass???

I went from the thrift store straight to the hardware store. Put this puppy in the buggy and pranced around like I had a baby in a stroller, LOL!!! People LOOKED at it with admiration, I SWEAR!!! 

I wish I had taken "before" pictures but I was so excited...
Bought the wire part that was missing to secure the lamp shade at the hardware store... 
Then found the shade at Home Sense.

I had crystals I bought for another chandelier I am going to finish, it needed four. Isn't it pretty???

So here are the mirrored doors again... now with lamps!!!
My living room was so dark... but I was waiting to find the RIGHT lamps!!!

I found the stand lamp at the hardware store! I saw it and then came home and could not stop thinking about it. So went back there and bought it!  

It was on sale because it was discontinued! It has and industrial look, in brass.  Score!!!! 


I am sharing my pretty lamp at: