Monday, April 29, 2013

Transformation Tuesday...Another FUN Yard Sale Chair Redo!

This turned out to be such a fun little set...yard sale chair and the stool was a trade from a friend!

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Here is the funky retro orange velvet fabric...cute...but, not what I had in mind!

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I gave the arms and legs a good coat of  my own  HOMEMADE CHALK-LIKE PAINT ...using an old 
turquoise color I had around.  I love using what I have for quick projects...

This fabric is a chocolate brown damask print...I think it adds to the funky-ness of the chair!

Just a quick little transformation today...I have been super busy with back-to-back shows and I am trying 
to recoup and gear up for Glorious Junk Days at the end of May in Clovis, CA.  FUN show!

I hope you are all having a wonderful week!

Love & Junk~



Motivate Me Monday...Flair on the Farm Show Recap

WOW...what a whirlwind of two weeks it has been!  I feel like it has been FOREVER since I actually sat down and wrote a post. 

You remember a couple of weeks ago, my mom, sis and I hosted our Fancy Flea Market and just
this last weekend...I traveled about two hours away to attend Flair on the Farm in Salinas, CA. 
 Two shows done in back to back weekends...can a girl get a nap now??


Here is a peek at the FABULOUS booth my friend, Bobbie Ashley of Rockin' A Furniture and I set up.

I think we need our own store???

Bobbie's chairs she beautiful!

My shabby chic bar stools and little side table...perfect for a game room!

Funky little turquoise lamp...with a little burlap ruffle...

I love this little turquoise piano has a pop of red painted on the inside for fun!

This set is so fun...perfect whether it matches your decor or not!

I had a great time "setting up shop" with Bobbie...she has such talent and is AMAZING!  I also enjoyed a great visit while we traveled there and back with a dear friend and fellow Junker.  All in all...a great day!

I have a whole month now to get junkin' and reload for Glorious Junk Days in 
Old Town Clovis, CA on Sunday, May 26th!  
See you there!!

Love & Junk~



Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Dairy Wife Wednesday...Painting, Sewing and Shooting Pics...Oh My!

It has been a BUSY few weeks around here.  Our Fancy Flea Market was last Friday and Saturday...and this Saturday I am headed to Salinas, CA (a couple hours away) for another show.
I have never done back to back is a bit exhausting!

As I was frantically finishing up furniture, cleaning display pieces and loading furniture last week...
I noticed this sweet helper in the background.  She is "quality control" here at The Vintage Barn!

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Cows are SO curious!  This is in our driveway...I TOLD you I lived smack dab in the middle of the dairy!

That is my sweet little friend bought if for her daughter's room.
They will be moving soon...and I told her I wanted to see a picture of it in her room!

I am NOT a professional photographer...not EVEN close!
BUT, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this picture!!!
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I snapped this via my door mirror...and caught Natalie with a cute smile.  Warms my heart!
We were driving around the dairy the other day..just "checking on things" as Nat calls it.  I grabbed
my camera...and was practicing with it.

I know Natalie is not in her car seat...but, don't worry...we were in the "feed lane"  NOT the "fast lane!"

I hope you are having a wonderful week!!!

Love & Junk~



Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Transformation Tuesday....Plain Ol' Drop Cloth & Burlap Table Runner

Today, I have a table runner for you...a simple table runner transformation!

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I love to decorate with canvas drop has such a neutral color that you can add any color to it.

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I added a hemmed burlap ruffle on each end...a bit of shabby touch!
Just sewed it right on the edge...instant cute table runner.

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I am headed out to the garage shop to finish up my furniture for this weekends show
at the Flair on the Farm in Salinas, CA!  Back to back weekend shows...I am pooped!

Love & Junk~



Monday, April 22, 2013

Motivate Me Monday...Our First Fancy Flea Market...HUGE Success!!!

What a WONDERFUL time we had at our 1st of MANY Fancy Flea Markets...
thank you all for coming out!
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This is my mom, June - "the master junker, crafter, original up-cycler (before it was cool) and woman on the hunt for an antique" (on the right holding a basket) visiting with our friend, Carol.

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This is my dad, Ron...he is the master body shop dude.  He has rebuilt cars and painted them...restoring hem to beautiful cars as long as I can remember.  Make no mistake... he is also a junker...he can find a "find" anywhere.  My dad just told me about his fabulous estate sale find today...amazing find!

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My parents will be married 40 YEARS this July...THAT, my friends is an accomplishment!
They have built a successful towing and body shop business, raised myself and my sister...
and would do anything for anybody.  I have been BEYOND BLESSED with FABULOUS parents!

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That is my sister, Jill...on the left..."Jillybean!"  It is kind of funny to call her "Jillybean" today when she is almost 29, married and a respected Labor & Delivery nurse.  Jillybean still fits!

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This sweet little sales girl is my Natalie....our oldest girl of two...she is just the sweetest!

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My dad built her this sweet little cart to sell juices, brownies and our Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars!
That entrepreneurial spirit is in her blood!!
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If she can just keep her little sister Lauren, out of the profits!

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There's "Momo!"  That is what my girls call my mom..."Momo."  
Thanks Momo for opening up your shop for a FABULOUS 1st Fancy Flea Market!!!

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Aren't these trunks cool?  That chandelier is one of my mom's fun finds!

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My mom painted this chair with a mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint...and covered it in a beautiful fabric.
(That is my dad's boat in the background.)  Oh, we have a story about the FIRST time he took us all out in after he finished it.  We all teased him that we were going to SINK!!!  We lived...
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This is one of my dad's pallet creations...he makes potting benches, wine racks, decorative boxes, name it, he can make it!

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I LOVE this hutch that my sister redid...almost brought it home with me!

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More of our dad's tractor seat on a milk can.  This snuck out of here before I even saw it...or it would have come home with me FOR SURE!  Special order for dad!

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Oh...that sneaky Lauren!  Little sister trying to swipe a PB & J bar again!
That is my sister's husband, Tomas next to Natalie.  We call him "Uncle Mas."
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There is my mom, June on the left with my little one Lauren.  Our dear family friend, Johnnie with her grandson Cash is on the right.  Johnnie has two sons, Cameron and Casey who I grew up with!

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And Lauren strikes again!  Look at those brownies my sister made...mmmmmm!

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Lovin' this desk my sister painted...oh, and that pair of vintage lamps are so cool!
That is my turquoise funky chair on right.

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This sweet farmhouse pedestal set was purchase by a sweet, young girl.  This young lady is in law school and is waiting to move into her first home!  She said it was just what she was looking for...
 I LOVE stories like that!

We had such a WONDERFUL day...full of fun, family and friends - new and old!  My mom, dad, sister and I will DEFINITELY be doing this again in the fall for sure!  We are thinking about an October date...I will keep you posted for sure!  
I hope you all have a great week...I am off to prepare for Flair on the Farm in Salinas this Saturday!

Love & Junk~



Thursday, April 18, 2013

This Ol' House Thursday...Loading My Rig For Our FANCY FLEA MARKET!!!

I have been buried in the garage the last couple of days putting finishing touches 
on all of my furniture finds.

This morning, my girls and I got to go to our zoo with Natalie's preschool FUN!
Both girls were wiped out and are taking great, I set out and started loading my stuff!!
Our Flea Market starts TOMORROW!!!  

There is ALWAYS time for one last project, right?
I think I may go cuckoo.

Oh, and my husband's birthday is today.
Can I squeeze anything else on my plate?

Our oldest wanted to make daddy a "Jack Sparrow" cake...she is really into the Pirates now.
(Notice I didn't show you a fabulous photo of our cake...
yeah, she was thrilled with blue frosting and a pirate flag...that was it!)
Oh, and birthday dinner with the in!

Come back tomorrow for pictures of my display...and all the goods my mom and sis have!!

Not sure I will sleep tonight!

Love and Junk,

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Transformation Tuesday....My Flea Market Loot...Before & Afters!

The countdown is ON!  WooHoo!
Days...just days are left before our Fancy Flea Market!

So, for today's "Transformation Tuesday,"  you will be getting a few BONUS peeks
at some fun "Before & Happily Ever After's," as I like to call them.

This dresser was in pretty good condition...look at ALL that original hardware!!!

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I scooped this one up and gave her a cute coat of a creamy white for a shabby chic look...
and voila, cute!!
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Here is this sweet little desk before...

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and after.  I am really in LOVE with this Martha Stewart Bougainvillea!!
I didn't have a chair for this desk when I bought it...I was sure I could find a cute one somewhere.
Mother In Law to the rescue...she scored a set of two of these chairs for $10 for me!

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A cute little vintage waterfall style nightstand...another local yard sale find.

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I spruced this one up with a cute little coat of creamy white... and painted that
twin headboard/footboard you see in the back.  Instant set!!

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This chair was a FIND at a local yard $1!  Yep, $1!!!
I HAD to have her..

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A little funky Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Florence...and I found just the right mix of fabric.

A chocolate brown damask...what a look!!!

I have more...working on getting it all together and LOADED in the trailer by Wednesday.

See you at the Fancy Flea HERE for more information!

Oh, and DO NOT forget about the FABULOUS GIVEAWAY I have going on...
click HERE to enter!!

Love & Junk~

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Monday, April 15, 2013

The Vintage Barn's Roll up Your Sleeves, Tie Back Your Hair get Junkin' GIVEAWAY!!

I know you need a really cool head band to tie your hair back with so...abracadabra...boom! 

Shabby Cowgirl Head Band!!!  

You're Welcome!

This SUPER CUTE black and white head band is the one you have the chance to win!

How do you enter you ask...well, it's EASY!  
Take a minute to follow these few, easy steps...and you are set!

GIVEAWAY starts at 12:00am, Tuesday April 16th and ends 12:00am, Sunday April 21st...
winner announced on Monday, April 22nd!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

the link for the GIVEAWAY on my the Vintage Barn Facebook page is Here.



 Enter my GIVEAWAY win this cute, hand made head band. (Remember...the one on the right, the black and white flower print,  is the giveaway one.)

I needed one as is mine!  SO in LOVE with the chevron for me...

If you are not a winner (bummer) but, go check out Barbara's cute stuff HERE.

These colors are SO cute for spring...lovely!

Remember, this black and white one below is the GIVEAWAY one you have the chance to win!

Ok, so who is this Shabby Cowgirl??
(I know only a FEW of you are wondering...she has over 17,000 Facebook Fans.  WOW!)

I met Barbara, AKA "Shabby Cowgirl" about four years ago.  She was working in a cute little boutique in Clovis, CA...and I had just started selling my vintage furniture in this store.  She was just so sweet to me and I could tell she was a genuinely lovely person...inside and out.

Fast forward four years...and Barbara and I have remained friends and have shared a similar story.

As I said, I met Barbara when she was working in a little boutique.  She told me that not too long after that...she was no longer working there.  I shared my story with her of a home school teaching job I though I HAD to have...and when I was not rehired I bawled like a baby...for about an hour.
Then I picked myself up and followed my dream.
Same business plan Shabby Cowgirl has!!!
(I knew I liked her!)
I asked Barbara to tell me a little more about what led her to where she is today...

We lived in Bakersfield out on farmland and I had a small commercial embroidery business about 12 years ago. that was when the Shabby Cowgirl vision started but without much direction or knowledge of how to make it a real business. WE moved here in 2008 after the land we lived on was being sold, I had to get rid of my horses and we had no place to go but a chance trip through Clovis, CA and the knowledge that the schools and sports were amazing prompted me to take a chance. We packed up everything in a moving van and drove up without a home or knowing a person here. It was the biggest risk I have ever taken but we found a home after 3 weeks and have found a great town to call home.
After the job at the shop (where I met Julie) ended, I was unable to find anyone to hire me in my previous paralegal profession, too many years had passed and although nobody said it, my age was a factor, I knew that. Times were very tough and all I had was a bunch of fabric, baskets of yarn, a big dream and a little Facebook page. I think there were about 64 people on my page at that time. I just started making things and posting them and made some great connections. The big change came when I made contact with Melissa from The Bake Shoppe and Cafe in Cypress Texas because somehow I saw that she made giant ding dongs and I commented on them. She looked at my aprons and asked to carry a few in her shop. As luck would have it, she threw those aprons over some clothing by her friends The Junk Gypsies and they did an amazing photo shoot. The resulting photo propelled my page into a whole new arena and my business changed within minutes. I remember watching the numbers on my page go up by hundreds before my eyes and jumping up and down. My kids thought something was wrong and came running as I said "something is happening here and it's really good".
I just kept going with what I was doing and have worked hard every single day to keep moving in the direction I always knew Shabby Cowgirl could go.
Aprons and bags are the items that started it all, however I have always intended for there to be housewares and a clothing line and I have been working on the designing of sundresses, skirts and tops. I am working really hard to learn how to manage the growth and build the business so that it keeps the original intention and look that inspired me so many years ago. People ask me all the time how to grow their business and my biggest advice is to find something that you are in love with, something that is your passion . Work hard and then work harder. STay true to your own work and don't worry about what anyone else is doing. Infuse your business with positivity and joy because you will be spending a great deal of your time working or thinking about it and it should be about doing what you love.
I am just a girl doing what she loves at her kitchen table, sewing barefoot and happy with the music turned up. But I do it 7 days a week and 10 hours a day knowing that every single day I am blessed to see my big dreams become my job.
I have 5 children. My oldest daughter who is married with two adorable and energetic little boys is a college professor in Bakersfield, My son who just got married is a jr High math teacher in Oakland, my younger daughter and fiance just bought the Lincoln Market and Deli in San Luis Obispo and they have a 4 month old sweet boy as well. Hank is 15 and at Clovis High and Jack is 12 and goes to the Jr. High here. I am a busy sports mom which I love.
My items are carried locally at 3 Oaks Studio in Old Town Clovis and at Embellish and Restore in Visalia exclusively.

I have ALWAYS enjoyed Barbara's cheerful spirit, encouraging words when I ask her advice...and just her friendship.  Our business philosophies are the what you love, work hard and then work harder...and don't worry about what everyone else is doing!!

Okay...go enter the GIVEAWAY now!!!

Love & Junk~