Friday, July 4, 2014

In Betsy's Honor

 Today we celebrate our independence as a nation.
There will be a lot of red, white & blue flying,
in many shapes and forms,
and of course many
The American Flag:
"Old Glory"
"Stars & Stripes"
"The Red, White & Blue"
 In planning for the Junk Salvation this last June, 
my FB cover received a lot of 'likes'.  
It was a dresser I painted for a fundraiser, 
supporting Buckley Fire Department and 
my brother's Stair Climb for Leukemia. 

Remember "Old Glory"   

Link to  Old Glory Post   

So I decided to do another tribute to the the American

"In Betsy's Honor"

I don't have any 'before' pictures (gotta get better at that!).

It's a mid-century cabinet with 2 adjustable shelves.
(don't have pix of it open either)

 In the shot above you can barely see the sides & top are in grey
(that's the best shot I have of it...noticing a theme about my picture practice?)
 Close ups of the stenciled stars
 She was painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint
Red - Tricycle
White - Linen
Blue - Artisimo
The Grey - Trophy
...then aged with dark wax and finished with clear. 

Because I wanted to be sure I had some chippy texture, 
I used a method I read on Sweet Pickins
 about spraying it with Zinsser Spray Shellac
 The wood inside and back were all rubbed with  Howard's.

She didn't sell at Junk Salvation
but I'm confident she'll eventually find the loving 
Americana home she needs.
She's only $165.  

As a footnote:
Betsy Ross is given the historical credit for creating the American Flag
but in reality, she was one of several contributors.
This painting is likely more true than the images of
Betsy stitching alone in her rocker.


So to all the Betsys from long ago
Thank you for the giving us the
 'Stars & Strips', 
'Old Glory', 
'The Red, White & Blue'.

Our American Flag.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Am I really directing you to another blog???

  Do not pass GO,

 Do not collect $200,

GO Directly to... (click on their 'Events tab)

and read all about
Junk Salvation!!!!!!!!!
 OK, get ready for me to plagiarize their site...because I'm a vendor...
Yes, Yes, Yes...Woot, Woot, Woot.

When she saw my pix she said...and I quote..."CUTE!!!! U r in!"
Did you notice that's a total of 5, count them 5, exclamation points!!!!! 
Here's the blatant plagiarism part 
(almost completely copied from their web site)
...but you still gotta go there for the specifics!
Junk Salvation is a gathering of ...

hand-picked vendors selling their best junking goods... and is coming to a town near you! [near ME]

 Lots of vendors  [I’m one!],  more junk, and more fun await the keen-eyed junker.

We have been voted 


Named one of the 
TOP 25 Flea Markets in America by

Romantic Homes Magazine!

Listed as a MUST attend Flea Market in America by

Flea Market Decor magazine!

Our next stop is... Puyallup, Washington! [down the road from ME]

  June 20 & 21, 2014. Located at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Washington!

We will have over 100+ booths for all your FABULOUS vintage shopping needs...
bring your friends and  SHOP one of the Top 25 Flea Markets in America (Yes, Junk Salvation)!
This is a Friday Night & Saturday shopping 
You ca
n find some of the best unique vintage items under the Washington SKY.
June 20 & 21, 2014 Shopping Event!

 Friday Night.. June 20th from 6pm-9pm is EARLY BIRD SHOPPING!

Tickets are $20 presale
These will get you in the door 30mins before the tickets go on sale at the door!  That's 5:30PM
There will be a limited amount of tickets on SALE. Buy early!!!!
The tickets will include FUN and EARLY BIRD SHOPPING!
Pre-Sold Tickets will only be on sale until June 13, 2014 and then not until 6PM on Friday Night!

Now here's why you need to go to... then Events tab

that's where you get the pre-sale tickets,and the maps and details, etc
As always Pre-sale tickets get you in both days (Friday night & Saturday)

If Friday night isn't an option...then get ready for Saturday June 21, 2014... 
The Shopping Extravaganza is 10am-4pm.  
General admission is $7 at the door on Saturday.

Again...go the they say....
"Sign up for our text and mailing never know what we will send you!"

Come join us for some JUNKIN fun!
Bring the girls, hubbies and kiddos! We don't mind... there is always something for everyone. 

and and and....(kids 12 & under get in free)
Oh, yeah...In case you missed it...

I will be a vendor!!!
Top of Form
Bottom of Form

Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Mother's Touch

It's been many years since my Mother passed...
Today I pause and think of all she did as a Mother.  
She never made a decision that didn't account 
for how it would effect myself & my brothers, even in the end, 
she was thinking of how we would go forward.

Memory is a funny thing, 
but for me, 
one of the things I can always picture is my Mother's hands.
What makes that memory so strong; 
her touch from those first moments of life, 
her hands holding so steadily as I was learning to walk on my own, 
both figuratively and physically, 
always watching them at work or play 
(cooking, cleaning, sewing, crafting, driving, reading,
 playing cards, drinking coffee, 
helping my dad, paying the bills, even smoking).
Watching them throughout the things that filled our day 
in and out, day after day, year after year.

Images of specific moments fade in and out 
but in all the things that filled our life, 
I can always remember my Mother's Hands.

I wish I had this image of my own Mother's hands...
but instead they are of another young mother, very special to me.
My brother's wife Denice...
they represent the touch I remember, 
that many remember...warm & comforting memories.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

It's Show Time

It's an exciting day for the Enumclaw Junkers!
Farm & Frills is hosting another great show today,  
in the Enumclaw Expo Center.

Come on down and join the fun...
...and it's not the only 'show' in town.
There are lots of great shops in Downtown Enumclaw 
and the neighboring small towns of Black Diamond and Buckley:
  • Dumpster Girls, Enumclaw
  • Vintage Restoration, Enumclaw
  • Bridget's Boutique,Enumclaw
  • The Parlor Room, Enumclaw
  • CC's, Enumclaw
  • this-n-that, Enumclaw
  • Black Diamond Antiques, Black Diamond
  • The Queen's Ransom, Buckley 
And then, just next month (June 19 & 20th)

One of the top 25 vintage markets in the country.
Just a few more miles down the road in Puyallup.
They're moving to the Fair Grounds this year, 
expanding their vendor space,
expanding their vintage trailer space.
Antique, Junktique, Rustique Delights
is hosted by the Funky Junk Sisters, 
Dixie & Linda.
Make plans to get out and kick off the Junking Season 
with a great show and shopping day.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Little Miss Independence


is a wonderful little shop in 
downtown Enumclaw, WA.
Connie is the owner and she and 
her staff were great supporters of
'The Witches Night Out in Enumclaw' 
as well as my little 'Vintage Garden' while it was open.
Photo: Oh Boy Its that time of year  Christmas at This-n-That  It is our annual Christmas Open House  Stop by on Saturday Nov 16. We will lots of fun things going on this day. Stop in and say hi to Mrs. C  she will be here bustling around, hoping that her ELVES worked magic in the store.  See you there
Mr. & Mrs. Connie Claus
As soon as she heard the shop was closing, 
Connie made a point of coming to me and asking
if I would like to consign a few items in her shop.

Even though it's a store of...hmmm...
between space and style, 
theconsignable pieces are limited.

Connie made a specific request for one of 
the flowering chairs I love to plant: 
so without further ado, let me present...

'Little Miss Independence'

She's holding little sprouts right now, 
but by Memorial Day she'll be in full bloom, 
and by the 4th of July she'll be cascading
Red, White & Blue.

The cup and saucer are vintage, 
'Independence' ironstone...
such a fitting shelter for a little songbird.

A tribute to the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.

PS:  You can find our little This-n-That on: 
                      FB:  this-n-that, Enumclaw

Monday, May 5, 2014

Yoo anyone still there?
I know it's been a long time since my last post...
but it's been a whirlwind of a year. 
  • Porter Antiques closed (home of my 58 Vintage Faire booth) 
  • So I opened 'Vintage Garden' in the front of the florist
  • Moved my Home & Work Space
  • Hosted the 2nd Annual 'Witches Night Out in Enumclaw"
  • The florist took a surprisingly sudden
  • I closed the Vintage Garden
  • Moved everything between storage & home 
  • Home now equals Warehouse!
  • Kept up my real job and 'gave them a few hours' to get some projects done
  • Hiatus needed and taken
I'm getting 'back in the saddle' again...
and feeling very energized as I consider the right place to share my treasure:    
 I've submitted applications to local shows and 
I've put my name on the waiting list of a new Antique Mall in the area.

When I opened the 'Vintage Garden',  
I chose that name to support the association with the Florist, 
but now I'm transitioning everything back to '58 Vintage Faire'.
I've contacted FB and should soon see the name change there too,
 but for nowyou can still follow me on FB via
Vintage Garden, Enumclaw

I'll let you know when and where it all 'lands'.
In the mean time, 
I want to share a few pictures from the
 benefit sales that started this whole venture. 

Vintage Faire 2010  
Denice honored our mother by choosing 
'Simply Arlyce'
 as the theme for her Breast Cancer 3 Day walk.

 Corey, Denice & Hannah at the Original Vintage Faire

The second Vintage Faire 
supported my brother Don's Stair Climb with Buckley Fire Dept 
to help fight Leukemia 
in honor and memory of our cousin Greg.

Greg & my brother Don, Best Man & Groom at Don's Wedding

Don (always Donny to me) brought the Vintage Fire Truck to the Vintage Faire!


Denice & Anne joined forces.


Good times...and more to come...keep checking back!