Thursday, October 9, 2014

My trip to Round Top/Canton Tx

 I think I have finally recovered from the week and a half long junk'n extravaganza that my my friend Katie from Sacred Heart Studios and I went on. We traveled across the country to the great state of Texas for the Round Top antiques fair and then, as if that wasn't enough, we drove another 3 hours north to attend another antique show in Canton Tx!

 Katie and I both love the country side in that part of the country. Lots of green rolling hills and trees!

The only thing I didn't love??? The humidity!!! Holy cow! For a couple of Arizona girls, it was definitely something to get used to! (Which we did not!!! LOL!)

 I picked up some wonderful goodies that will slowly appear in my booth at Rusty Saturday!
That fabulous french Wine basket was a find of Katie's and will eventually show up in her space at Rust and Roses.
I made a list of things of things I was looking for before I left...
Architectural Salvage
Vintage Linens
Old Scales
Old Wire Baskets
Grain Sacks
Chippy Old Picture Frames
Small Furniture pieces with natural aged patina
Tarnished Silver
Old Clocks
.... after the trip I went through my list ...
I got everything I had wanted!!!
 I tried putting myself on a linen restriction after the first few bag fulls... Ha! That did not last long! I just cant help myself!

While the junk'n part of the trip was the best part, there were some other pretty awesome perks!!
Texas Bar-b-que!!!!

 Seriously?? Who can resist warm peach cobbler and ice cream!! Thankfully we walked and worked off all the calories!!!

 Another highlight of our trip!! Getting to play with a pen of miniature Australian Shepherds!!!
That puppy is almost as cute as Katie is!!!
 I seriously did not want to give him back!!!!

Some of my fabulous finds from Texas are already cleaned up and in booth my Rusty Saturday. This weekend is also The Salvage Yard weekend, so it's the perfect weekend to come and visit!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sweet Salvage- Rustic Remains... Totally Spooktacular!!!

 Boy was this an awesome weekend in Phoenix for anyone who loves Yummy Vintage goodness!!!
Sweet Salvage had their wonderful Halloween show this weekend (and it is still in full swing today) and yesterday was the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market. It was full of fabulous vintage and handmade goods. Unfortunately it was just too crowded for me to take great pics for you so lets enjoy Sweet Salvage's offerings for yet another month!!

 I am always looking for grain sacks now, but not the red or blue ones so these were left behind for some other lucky shopper to take home!!

I thought this was a cute iron rack holder those jars. Perfect for a farmhouse kitchen. 
 If you could ignore the 100 degree temps outside it definitely felt like fall inside!!

Not sure what that white cubby was first used for, but I bet someone took that home to their studio!

As always, they manage to find wonderful ironstone pitchers. 

 My favorite pumpkins!!! I just love these colors, and Myko painted the little one with chalk paint! What a great idea!

 This is still Myko's booth. Usually she is the queen of pink and/ or teal but this month she channeled her inner queen of darkness and brought out the black!!!

She mixed it in her own special way and the glitter continued to be everywhere!!
Now I am warning you... the rest of the this post gets a little creepier so if you are Halloween sqeemish... Run away now!!!! LOL!!! (not really. It's not that bad. :)

 Even with all the black Myko manages to make everything look feminine and magical.

 Eeeek!!! Totally Spooktacular!!

Wouldn't you just love to go to a costume party in that dress???

 Lovin the black and white!!!

There was something about this gauzy dress hanging from the branches that was just perfectly lovely and creepy at the same time!

That's all for now! It was (and still is today) a wonderful show, so if you are in the area and haven't gone yet... well... what are you waiting for?????

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My new Flea Market bag!

 In exactly one week I will will be hitting the road with my good friend Katie from Sacred Heart Studios. We are making an epic road trip to Texas for the twice a year Round Top Flea Market.
I am sooo excited to be able to go again. I was there a couple of years ago and had the time of my life! I knew I had to go again, and this is the perfect time!!!  When Katie and I had planned out trip earlier in the year I was just going for fun and my own little shopping spree. Now, with my booth at Rusty Saturday in full swing, I need merchandise! This trip has turned into a big ol' tax right off!! LOL!!
After my experience at  Round Top last time, I realized a fabulous bag to carry all my goodies is a must! I found an old European Grain Sack and new it was what I wanted to make by bag from.

 I got really lucky and found a heavy duty cotton belt at Goodwill that matched the color of the sack perfectly! There were holes in one end of the belt with a crappy faux leather woven in them. I removed it, punched holes in the other end of the belt and wove some tea stained lace into it instead.
The strap is long enough to sling the bag across my chest for extra comfort and safety.

I used a beautiful linen placemat on the front and added pieces of fabric, torn lace and doilies.

 I added a fabric rose to finish it off.

For the bottom I used some yummy vintage cotton lace that I had been saving for the perfect project and also a layer of soft lace that come off of a piece of clothing.

I cant wait to use it and fill it with all kinds of goodies!!

Before it goes with me to Round Top, I think I will take her out for a spin this weekend at the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market right here in Scottsdale!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My space at Rusty Saturday.. oh, the fun I am having!!!

My booth  at Rusty Saturday is all set up and ready to go for this month's big sale weekend!!
I have had so much fun getting everything ready and I'm really pleased with the results!

 The space is a perfect size for me and I am filling it with all the things that I love.

 This door is one of my favorites. It is old and chippy with just the right amount of turquoise popping through. I have attached chippy brackets and a couple of shelves to make a wonderful display shelf with authentic vintage goodness!! I have one of these in my family room displaying all my ironstone.

 Here it is filled with brown transferware. YUMMY!

This is a cool bookcase/desk. The door pulls down to make it a usable desk. Perfect for a laptop!

 I made these hooks from architectural salvage. They are perfect for a kitchen or bath.

 It was very tempting to keep some for myself!

 I have lots of placemats, runners, doilies, hankies and lace.
Again... I cant resist those vintage linens!

 I have lots of handmade goodies. Here are some of my pumpkins just waiting for a new home!

 These pillows are made from an antique European grain sack and black and white ticking. Again I thought... can't I just keep them??? But alas... no. They must be shared. :)

 I also have some great art supplies. Little salt shakers full of German glass glitter, mother of pearl buttons, brass doodads (that's the scientific name) for making jewelry....

Gorgeous rhinestone chain for embellishing just about anything, little vials with cork stoppers, and lots of lace yardage including some wonderful vintage stuff.

I am having so much fun doing this! I hope you will stop in and say hi tomorrow or any day this weekend! Not only are there some wonderful vendors inside Rusty Saturday, but it is also The Salvage Yard weekend with awesome "picked" finds behind the store!

I hope to see you there!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Yummy Vintage Goodness and a BIG announcement!

A few weeks ago my hubby was browsing Craig's List and he said to me... "hey honey, you might like this!" I took one look at it and my mouth dropped to the ground,. Especially after I saw the asking price of... wait for it.......$75.00!! I couldn't believe my eyes, but was a little discouraged when I saw that it had been listed for several weeks already.
"It wont still be there, surely someone has snatched her up already."(I whined to my hubby)
But, with shaking hands I quickly sent the guy an email asking if she was still available.
I waited... and waited... and waited.... Three days went by without a single return email or phone call.
"See, I said to hubby pouting... I was right. She is sold already."

But then on the fourth day a miracle happened and a phone call came in... "Am I still interested in the mannequin???? Are you kidding? Absolutely!"

But the race was on because she was in Prescott and I am in Phoenix (about 2.5 hours away)
Two other people were coming to see her that day. I hopped in my car and a half hour after the guy called, I was on my way to Prescott. If all went well, I would arrive an hour before the first of the other two potential buyers!

Well, as you can see... she came home with me. The day was absolutely perfect. The weather was cool for this time of year since we had just had some great rain and as a result everything was green including the desert! The drive was beautiful and I was feeling so happy and blessed!
After I picked her up I drove into Old town Prescott to hit antique row. Many wonderful antique shops line the street so I parked my car at one end and worked my way down to the other!

 This is what I came home with... I love that heart pounding feeling when you find something fabulous!!!

I was truly in my happy place as perused the shops filled with yummy vintage goodness.
There are not many things I enjoy as much as searching for (and finding) a wonderful treasure from the past.

And that brings me to my big announcement....
For quite a while I have wondered if I should try my hand at renting a space in a great shop and selling my found, re-purposed and hand made goodies. I am so happy when I am in that place, so after much encouragement from my friends I finally decided to take the plunge and do it!!!

So "My Desert Cottage" will now be a booth in a fabulous Vintage shop called Rusty Saturday!
It is in a wonderful area on Cave Creek Rd that is home to many awesome vintage shops both North and South of Cactus.

I will be moving in the first weekend of September and will have my "Grand Opening" the same weekend as The Salvage Yard's monthly sale. (Sept 11th- 14th)

I've been collecting, painting, cleaning, collecting and painting and pretty much thinking of nothing else for the last 6 weeks!!
Here is a tiny sneak peak of a few things you will find in my booth.

I'll show you some more goodies next time!!

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