Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry, Merry Christmas !

Wishes to you for a very Merry Christmas 
and a wonderful New Year!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

This Thursday & Friday - Holiday Treasures Sale!

Yes folks, that's tomorrow!  
We have changed things up a little 
and are having our Holiday Treasures Sale 
Thursday evening, November 21, 5-8 p.m. 
for early buying - $5.00 admission.
Friday, November 22, 2 pm - 8 pm  Free Admission!

Here is a sneak peek.  I know I have been terrible keeping you
updated this fall, so I will try to make up for it now.

Hang on to your seats, 'cuz there is going to be some RED !
I know we usually have this frosty, sparkly winter white
palette, but I just couldn't help myself.  Hope you will
forgive me and embrace the change.  These pillows ARE hugable.

Back to the light and sparkly ... little trees on vintage spools.  
Each one is different and unique.

 Evidently this is the Year of the Snowman. 
 I enjoy making them so much, that I couldn't stop.  
Here is a sample of Frosty and some of his friends!

AND, to throw a little twist into it all ...
 some adorable toy trucks delivering 
Christmas trees and packages!

Didn't have enough time to make
 as many of these as I would have liked,
 but I really enjoyed putting together 
this collection of holiday memorabilia.

AND there is more - lots more
in the little barn in Sublimity.
And not just me ... Molly Mo's 
will have MORE holiday splendor!
If you know Diane, you know there 
will be fabulous treasures to 
add to your holiday favorites.

Come visit us tomorrow evening, 11/21 from 5 - 8 pm  at 
Molly Mo's barn - 440 NE Cherry Street, Sublimity, OR

Come for early buying ($5.00).  We will be 
serving appetizers and a warm
beverage that could contain wine (wink, wink!)  And yes,
there will be meatballs!  I also hear there might be
a bonfire to gather around.  It can't get much more festive!

If you can't make it tomorrow night, then visit us on
Friday, 11/22 from 2 - 8 pm.  We will be waiting for you
to join us in kicking-off the holidays!  M.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Something Was Brewin' !

My Halloween BOOtique was so much fun!  Thank you to EVERYONE who helped make it happen.  
It DOES take a village and then some.  
Most of all, a big THANK YOU to all of you who come out and support this little passion of mine that has grown into
a bigger deal than I ever imagined!

Here are a few pictures.

The "Ghosty Girls" dropped in to welcome everyone.

Until next year, Happy Halloween!

Oh yeah, don't forget to mark your calendars 
for the Holiday Treasures show, hosted by
me and Molly Mo's.

Thursday, November 21, 5-8 pm
Early Buying, $5.00

Friday, November 22, 2-8 pm
Free Admission 

440 NE Cherry Street, Sublimity, Oregon

It's time to switch over the workroom! 
 Stow away the black glitter and bring out the mica flake!
In the meantime, enjoy a wonderful fall season. M.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

4th Annual Halloween BOOtique!

Once again, we will be sliding the Carriage House doors open beckoning you inside to see all the new
Halloween creations we have been hand-making 
for many, many months! 

There will be goblins, ghosts, witchy characters, pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins !

Come for early buying and enjoy a "small bite" buffet and 
a little vino to celebrate autumn and all
its crispness and fun.  A $5.00 entry allows you
an early advantage.

If you can't attend on Friday eve, then we will be 
open again on Saturday, October 5th from 9 am to 3 pm.
 Free admission.

We are looking forward to seeing you all again
this year !  M.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Ghosties & Ghoulies & Spooks ... Oh My!

 We are in full Halloween mode.

Lots of mischief and whimsy.

Conjuring up lots of seasonal creations
and collecting interesting must-haves  for the

Vintage Trifles
Halloween Bootique!

Vintage finds & original Halloween whimsies 
certain to get you into the "spirit"!

Friday, October 4
5- 8 p.m.
Moonlight early buying with small
bites & spirits of the vine.
$5.00 admission

Saturday, October 5
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free Admission & Treats

Located in the Carriage House
at Historic Deepwood Estate
1116 Mission Street SE, Salem, OR

Free parking at 12th & Lee.

Be there ... or Beware ! M.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Molly Mo's Summer Antique Faire (and why I've been absent).

This summer has been a little different ...

We took a little road trip ...

We visited family in Boise ...

We hung out with some furry friends ...

Let off some steam ...

Visited "The Presidents" ...

Went somewhere I never thought I would visit ...

3,300 miles later we were back home.  
Our new little "jitney" made for a wonderful
road trip.  
We saw beautiful sights, especially Northern Wyoming 
and the Big Horn National Forest. 
 Mt. Rushmore at night is awe inspiring.  Many, many friendly travelers.

Laundry is done, mail opened and now we are getting ready for...

We have been collecting ...

and creating!

So don't forget to mark your calendar for
Saturday, August 17th !

Molly Mo's Summer Antique Faire
in the lovely Sublimity countryside!

See you soon - M.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Magic & Sparkle

Lots and lots of magic and sparkle happening
in my workroom!

The creative process still surprises me.  One minute you
are thinking, "Why did I buy these?"  Then inspiration 
hits and voila ... something totally new emerges.  It re-energizes 
you and magic happens!

Festive, elegant pumpkin ladies began appearing, 
urging me on to invite more and more
of their friends to my

Vintage Halloween Bootique
October 4 & 5 

More details to come!  M.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Odds and Ends

Yep, it's been a while since I whined about the faucet fiasco.  It has since been resolved and it is so nice to have running water in the kitchen again.  No more filling containers from the "well" in the bathroom.  Thank you all for the words of encouragement!

It's that time of year when everyone starts holding garage/yard sales.  More estate sales too!  That means I have to replenish the inventory.  Believe it or not, my Vintage Halloween Bootique sale is only a few months away.   I have been shopping for all those odd and unusual things that, hopefully, make my creations a little special and unique! 

The hunt is only part of the fun.  After I get home and unpack all the goodies, I get to enjoy each little piece and decide how it will be used.  Kind of like unpacking your trick or treat bag and sorting all the candy:  lollipops, chocolate, licorice, and so on. 

Elf Patty and I are already busy in the workroom.  There are signs of glittery bats and spiders, unique "facinators" to perch at a jaunty angle atop your head - even banners and garlands to "spook-out" your home.  Lots of surprises!  You know that instead of creepy and gory, I like whimsy and surprise.  So if that is your cup of tea ...MARK YOUR CALENDAR for
the 2013 Vintage Trifles Halloween Bootique and ...
October 4th -  5 - 8 pm - Early Buying Bash - Appetizer/Beverage Buffet
Admission $5.00
October 5th - Shopping - 9 am - 3 pm
Carriage House, Historic Deepwood Estate
12th & Mission Streets, Salem, Oregon
Keeping watching for updates!  M.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Faucet Fiasco

This is my kitchen faucet.  I love it.  It is a piece of artwork.  When we were replacing the sink and faucet I decided that since anyone coming into our home will see the sink and faucet, I wanted something attractive.  It is one of my favorite things, especially since I spend a fair amount of time standing in front of it. 
Anyway, as you might notice in the picture, to the right of the cold water handle, the sprayer is missing.  That is because the hose to the sprayer split a week ago Saturday night. (Yes, almost 10 days ago.)  About 11 pm to be exact.  Of course we turned off the water source and after mopping up we went to bed thinking that the next day we could get a replacement at our handy-dandy local hardware store.  Problem solved - right???  Wrong, dead wrong. 
Our friend, who is a licensed fix-it guy, (contractor to be exact), came to give us a hand.  We are intelligent people who are smart enough to know when we need help.  Some people can tolerate being in a classroom day in and day out with 40+ high school kids and others understand what it takes to construct and repair things.  My husband is the former and our friend is the latter.  He doesn't try to tackle things in a classroom and we don't do many things that involve plumbing or electricity.  We know our limits and appreciate people that can make things work again and don't mind compensating them to do so.
Much to our dismay, the generic hose fitting would not work with the sprayer attachment.  It needs something specific - something that had to be hunted down and ordered.  So by some miracle, I had filed product information for the faucet that was complete with model numbers and part numbers.  We had purchased it at one of our local, big-box home improvement stores -- sooo I gave them a call.  I was referred to Plumber Dave.  Plumber Dave was a very informative, polite gentleman who said bring the hose and sprayer in and he would find something for us.   
Off I went feeling much more optimistic about everything.  Once I was in the store and Plumber Dave saw the hose and sprayer he said unfortunately they didn't have any pieces, hoses, etc. that would even come close to fitting.  BUT - he did tell me call the parts number on the information that had come with the faucet.  "Just give 'em the part number and they will send it to you" said Plumber Dave apologetically.   Lifetime guarantee!  I thanked Plumber Dave for atleast trying and left.   So my spirits were lifted a little and off I went to call the parts company - in Georgia.  At least there wouldn't be a language barrier in Georgia.  Whew!
The PartsHelper people were indeed helpful.  After emailing them a picture of the faucet so they could determine the finish color (evidently none of the 8 model numbers I had were of any help), they said they would be shipping the Heritage Bronze hose and sprayer the next day - free of charge.  Woo Hoo!!!  Then I asked how long it would take to receive the shipment ... 10 to 14 working days.  OMG - okay so that took the wind out of  my sails just a little and by the way, they don't overnight ... anything.  Period.  No amount of money will get it to you sooner.
So, that was last Wednesday.  This is Monday.  We have turned the front bathroom into the "Dish Room", not to be mistaken for the "China Room" in our nation's White House.  The bathtub faucet has been lovingly named "The Well" by my husband.  We have gotten a routine down for washing dishes, cleaning vegetables, filling the filtered water pitcher and disposing of garbage that would otherwise have gone down the disposal.  Much like camping, but much nicer.  No bugs/critters and we have indoor plumbing (bathroom #2). 
I am relaying this loooonnngg saga just as a reminder that we all need to step back and be thankful for all the conveniences we have available to us on a daily basis.  I keep thinking that my kitchen could be a half mile down the street, in a field, like some in the South and Midwest have had to deal with.  We have potable water, heat and a roof over our heads.  A roof that doesn't have a tree hanging through it.  Much to be thankful for.  We just have to step back and remind ourselves. 
The faucet?  Well I will keep you posted.  We are hopeful that by the weekend the hose and sprayer will magically appear, be the right parts that actually fit, and that our friend will be available to put it all back together again ... with a happy The End.  M.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

And the winner is ....

The winner of the 4 Friends Sale Gift Basket Give-Away is ...

Phoebe Anderson !!!
Phoebe visited all three locations and entered her sale notice in the drawing.  I will be contacting Phoebe to make arrangements to present her gift basket of vintage goodies to her!
Once again, the 4 Friends would like to thank you for your continued support.  This year's show was a huge success - thanks to our faithful friends/followers/customers.  You make it happen - bring the good energy and create the fun and laughter.  We love it!  It's so much more than a sale.
I am finally posting a few pictures from my little "shop" in the front room.  It is always exciting to turn it into a little boutique for a day.

Once, again, THANK YOU! M.

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