A Warm and Toasty Sweater… Bench

I’m a weekend worrier of Vintage Finds, working nights to give new life and love to forlorn furniture. This little baby came to me with out fan fair and sat in the metal shed until just this last Dec. Our first snowstorm of the season drove me in to the garage to create, so the size of the piece needed to match the space. Baby fit the part.

bench beforeSM

Taking the old fabric off was an inside job…

….with a little help from my friend.

bench cover destruction

It wasn’t until I found an old wool sweater that I knew what I wanted to do. I had some 4″ foam that made the seat way more comfortable than it had been. And It gave the sweater a nice chunky, warm and bulky feeling. Just like an old boyfriend sweater.

Paint… Sand… Wax… Cut… Staple… Done.

She gets lots of compliments.

sweater bench finishedSM

I showed her off at the shop. Here she is waiting for Christmas.

Finished In Shop

I’m on the look out for a sweater in brown and green for my next Sweater Bench.

            Cheers,

Miss Ellie

Sweet Pickin’s Outdoor Vintage Market

SweetPickins Poster

One of my first loves is treasure hunting. Another is fixing up what I’ve found . And before long I’ve amassed a house full of treasures with no place for more. If this keeps up I’ll have to divorce my love of treasure hunting.

Aaa… Not going to happen!

So where to put all these treasures and have room for more.  Well the most obvious solution is to find like minded individuals who love these treasures as much as I do.  So I started looking around.  And while I was looking around my town and in neighboring towns, Sweet Pickin’s was created.

Sweet Pickin’s Outdoor Vintage Market, the first vintage market in my town. Isn’t that a great name for a vintage market? When my application was accepted I was so darn excited  I nearly danced to the moon. I had so much I wanted to do and only 30 days to do it in. And with two birthday milestones and a full-time job I would have to be very efficient with my time.  My Dad helped a lot and I got moral support  from my family and great advice from my Mom. Thanks Mom and Dad. The daughter was great at the 6 a.m. set up (not a great hour for young people) and her boyfriend took pictures.

Bonnie (the organizer) over at ‘Junk in the Truck‘ and the GV Downtown association did a fabulous job of pulling it all together. All the vendors were friendly and nice and had amazing stuff to sell. I only wish I’d done more shopping. And the weather! You could not have asked for better weather; cool during the hustle of set up and almost balmy for the market. And Bonnie got the most fabulous food vendor, Back Porch Market  who kept us all fed. A glorious day. Just glorious!

I did learn a few things that I’ll do differently next time. But what I know right now is I loved it. Every bloomin’ minute of it. It felt good to be with like-minded folks and talk a little bit about our love. Can’t wait to do it again.

Here’s a photo college of  my space that my daughter’s boyfriend took for me. Thanks Cody.

Cheers,

Miss Ellie

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4th of July and Door Decor

It just a little collection of things, pull together last night in celebration of the 4th of July.

I wanted something festive on the porch; the door to be precise. But it’s metal and I was challenged to over come that short coming. I had found an old shovel at the Restore and a folding ruler in red and white which caused inspiration.

With a cleaning and a coat of poly the shovel made a great magnetic chalk board. The addition of a drapery rod hook in the shaft of the handle behind the shovel head made hanging it easy.

The pinwheel takes me back to Independence Day celebrations from my childhood so I couldn’t pass it up when I saw it at the cash register a few days ago.  The blue bandana was found to hold it all together since all the ribbon stores were closed by this time and upholstery webbing was too stiff.

And it hangs next to the metal door.

I went out to get the paper this morning and saw it on my way back into the house. It made me smile.

Hope you have a wonderful Independence Day.

                                    Cheers!

                                   Miss Ellie

I’ve linked to Mary’s Share the Love Wednesday link party at Very Merry Vintage Style.

I’ve linked to Debra’s Vintage Inspiration #95 Porches and Outdoors link party at Common Ground.

The Furniture Painting Continues

Spring is back!

The grass is getting longer and longer. I spent some time this weekend making it shorter.

The most amazing, wonderful, fabulous thing about this last weekend is….

….I got a paint brush in my hand again and orange is the color of choice. The future TV stand is far from complete but it feels good to be painting.

Here’s the progress I made this weekend.

It’s laying on it’s back so the perspective is so off. I promises to show more soon.

And on Saturday my sister and I visited the Mes Amis Vintage Antiques Show in Roseville CA and just had a ball!

Stay tuned for pictures and details.

Do any Vintage shopping his weekend?

                                    Cheers!

                                   Miss Ellie