Working at Marta's part 2

Day 2 of Marta's Room Antiques Fall Vintage Show.  Marta has a ton of inventory so at her shows she puts her "overflow" into one of her work buildings. 
This was the lovely booth space my friend Liz and I got to work.  It is Marta's overflow.  Of course, if you know Marta then you know she does nothing part way so this was decorated to the nines.  I wish I had half her talent of display.

I love all the windows.  And aren't those lockers wonderful?

If you loved this space just wait until part 3 when I share her main store.  It is open year round and you will want to visit it. 
Stay tuned.

Working at Marta's part 1

My friend Marta Ramos has a sale twice a year at her place, Marta's Rooms Antiques.   I have been wanting to attend it for years.  I have actually wanted to set up and sell at one but helping work one of her spaces with my best friend Liz is a great time too.  
I took some pictures of some vendors before we started working.  Not many as it got busy really fast.

This was a very cute set up.  She used Marta's carport as the basis.  Loved the strip of fabric garland across the top. 

She had a purse that Sophie really wanted.  Maybe next time I said.  It is lovely.

These are awesome people we met that drive down once a year from Michigan to sell their awesome finds.  Krista has invited me to come junk with her once we are settled.  I can't wait to do it.  Look at that sleigh- is it not beautiful?  They sold out everything except 5 items by 1pm the first day.

I loved this booth set up.  They actually covered the whole top of the tent with sewn together burlap bags then draped burlap to hide the poles.  It was a fun space - Shades by Fran.

This was a fun space- had some things I'd like to have had. :)

This woman sets up at Warrenton in Round Top.  Her items were to die for.. Many that were screaming my name.

Look at these, chalkboard and rusty tops- hear the angels singing?

Another booth with amazing finds.  I actually bought a bunch of project pieces from the nice lady behind this booth.

I wish I had been able to take more pictures but we were slammed with customers.  That is a good thing and what I was there for.
I did manage to get some photos of Marta's overflow building we were working in and then I'll share some photos someone else took of her main building- oh my goodness - her skill at display is second to none.

She holds this sale twice a year - November and April- if you are anywhere close to Belton, Texas you should plan to hit the next one.  You will not be disappointed.

Sophie aka The Queen of Hearts

I sew.  I like things that are not like others.  My daughter knows this and always wants her Halloween costumes handmade so she is different than anyone else. 
This was her inspiration:

Yes, no pressure.  Not at all.
First we had to buy the supplies- that means lots of tulle.  Lots of hard to work with tulle.

We could not find any harlequin ribbon anywhere.  We looked everywhere.  So, I had to make my own.  Yes white cotton fabric and black marker.

In process, looking pretty good.

I think it looks great.  Well it looks good on my dress dummy.  I hope it looks even better on Sophie.

The Queen - love her makeup.

All hail the Queen. 

Off with their heads.  She rocked this costume. 

a bit of halloween decor- sophie style

Since we moved all the home decor back to NC the house was a bit sparse here for Halloween.
That is until Sophie got bored a couple of days and made us some decorations.

She took an old book and made a pumpkin by cutting it and then dying the edges orange.  She also added a nice lime green stem.  Then she stole a roll of toilet paper and covered it with tissue paper and added more lime green for the stem and tendrils.  She also made a tiny bat from a toilet paper roll.

Last but not least she made a mummy out of a box and toilet paper.

I'd say she did an amazing job and the pumpkins can stick around for Thanksgiving too.
Thanks Sophie.

a little bit of fall-i-fying

As most if not all of our decorations have gone back to NC in storage, I will have to just remember back to last year and enjoy fall that way. It is my most favorite season back home.  Here in this part of Texas it is not a season but merely a verb. 

a Yard Sale of sorts..

 Got stuff?
Oh yes we do.  Too much stuff.

I am so used to doing yard sales outside..yes it is either cold and windy or blazing hot.  But as we downsize considerably for our move this summer.  I have been snapping pictures of stuff and putting it into an album on Facebook and well it is like an auction.  I get messages and comments of people saying- want it, mine, put it in my pile.  It is going fast and I don't even have to go outside.  What a wonderful concept. 

Word for 2013

That is my word. 
I have spent so much time preparing to do things later..
missing out on now.
I've spent so much time refinishing furniture for two shows a year and putting off playing with kids.
I've spent so much time thinking of what to do instead of doing.

That is over.
I plan on capturing now, being in the now, participating in the now.
I want to see the kids do all their things.
I want to enjoy life as it happens.
I want to capture a more calm household- less clutter.
I want to capture better health by following my diabetes regime strictly.
I want to capture a better body by being active. 
To sum it up- 
I want to CAPTURE life.

{ Happy New Year - 2013 }

Here's to a good one.  What will 2013 hold for you? 

{ Top 12 of 2012 }

Wow what a year.. It was a roller coaster ride personally and business wise.  I have thought through some things and 2013 will definitely be better and less bumpy hopefully.
I have never started Google analytics but after manually going through my posts from this past year it is on board now..haha

Here are the top 12 of 2012.  Starting with number 


{ Merry Christmas }

This being our last Christmas in North Carolina for a while I thought I'd make a collage.
Christmas through the years in North Carolina : 2003-2012.

Next year we will be in Texas with the two eldest away at college. It will be a strange change but I can always look back and relive these years. The kids grow so fast.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours.

{ Christmas Vignettes }

After taking pics of all the simple decor I figured I'd share some of the not so in your face decor.  The ones you have to stop to look at and admire.  

{ Christmas on the porch }

Usually I go all out on the outside of the house.  
We do the icicle lights on both levels, we drape the fence with garland and lights, we hang huge wreaths on the pillars and we deck out the porch like no ones tomorrow. 

This year- well not so much.  I have been having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit so to speak.  Might be the surgery pains and recuperating or it just might be a bad case of bah humbug.  Not sure. 

But here is our simple porch:

 No wreath - I am liking different than a circle.  This is a big wicker flower basket.

And by the mail slot- yep a nice old crock with some simple greens.  
It works for me. 

So is your porch simple or mac daddy decked out? 

{ Christmas dining room }

Our dining room is the largest room in the house.  I guess they did it big in 1929 when it came to entertaining.  You will recall that I took the room over to become my craft studio.  Well with our impending move we need to take it back to dining room status for pictures to rent.   
I couldn't let it go without decorating it now could I?  

Here it is in progress- please ignore clutter you see around - I'm trying to clear all the remaining craft stuff.

{ Christmas Mantles }

We have two fireplaces in our historic house.  Yes, double the fun to decorate.  One in the formal front room and one in the huge barely used dining room.  
Here is what we did to them this year. 

The living room: