Save the Date!

Yes, I know it’s over a month away, but I also know how you travel at the “speed of sound”, so please pencil our next Vintage Market, on to your calendar. We’re all working hard to stock up on new treasures and are praying for a sunny day! You can also find our Classes posted, for March 26th, resuming in May,…

Queen Isabella Stopped By

Well, I kind of made up the story about Queen Isabella. But it seemed like an appropriate name for the person in my new oil painting, at Veranda. Isn’t she fun? Certainly can’t miss her! No, I didn’t paint her myself. I found her standing by herself at the Alameda Antique Fair. I finally found…

Going to the Alameda Point Antique Faire

Oh boy! Tomorrow is the Alameda Point Antique Faire, across the bay from San Francisco, in …you guessed it…Alameda! I have NEVER been, but I’ve heard about it for years! It’s time to tackle the “Mother” of flea markets! With Mr. Wonderful and the Wonder-Dog at his side, I doubt I’ll be able to hit…

My Store’s Christmas Display

In just six weeks, my antique and vintage shop, will be opening, right at the beginning of the Christmas shopping and entertaining season! I’m so excited about this new adventure! I had a ton of things I coulda/shoulda been doing, but the paper puncher and glue stick somehow landed in my hands and off I…

Antique Shops and Designer Magazine Is A Must Read!

Jane at Empress of the Eye who is a scavenger of major acclaim, on the Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach, Florida, had a wonderful expose’ this week, on “Antique Shops & Designers”.  Available in print or on line, you’ll find that the pictures are glorious!  Many think “old, dark, stodgy” when it comes to decorating…

Homeward Bound

Sitting here in the airport, I reflect on my quick trip to the east coast. The main focus of the trip was to get my only daughter safely delivered to The U. S. Military Academy at West Point, in New York. This a national treasure, nestled in the forest along the Hudson River. Right about…

Sacramento Flea Market

Well, Sunday morning, bright and early, a neighbor and I made the trek to the monthly flea market, under the freeway, downtown. I squinted just a little, to try and invasion myself in Paris, on an old cobblestone street, shopping the wares, at one of their neighborhood markets. Somehow, I just couldn’t pull it off,…

Updating an Old Chair

I purchased this chair 5 or 6 years ago, with intentions to stain and reupholstering it soon. Now, I’m finally getting to the project. Now, I was using an old block sander, when my husband gave me a piece of sponge backed with sandpaper. What a difference it makes when you’re using the right tools!…

Shopping Vintage in Old Town Fair Oaks

Old Town, Fair Oaks, is slowly becoming a shopping destination for vintage and antique collectors. It’s always had tons of charm and potential, and I’m happy to say it’s attracted two or three retailers that truly understand the art of display.

ABC Carpet and Home

When I walk through the doors of ABC Carpet and Home, I’m transported to another energy level. You’d think that with a name like ABC, you’d find a boring, nondescript store with more of what you see everywhere else. Just the opposite, as a matter of fact! ABC is in two massive buildings in Manhattan…