Sunday, January 31, 2010

Promised Lake House Pictures...The Den

Okay, I know that I have been promising pictures of the new Lake House on Lake Texoma....and here are a few. Mom and Dad bought this Lake house a few months ago and we have been working on it off and on for a while now. The folks that owned it before really just used it for lake activities and did not invest much in cosmetic details. We replaced the kitchen appliances first, then had a painting party where several of our friends came for the weekend and we painted and painted and painted. The paneling was dark (and throughout) and the kitchen cabinets sucked up the paint as fast as we could put it on. We used gallons and gallons of KILLZ and still had to put 2 and 3 coats of paint on everything. We thought we could paint most of it in a weekend, but had to invite some of our very loyal friends back twice to get it done. You can imagine the entire house with dark paneling and dark (spotted carpet). Phase 2 was new flooring. Carpet everywhere except the kitchen and bathrooms....and we did a laminate hard wood design on these floors. Mom and I were very excited to FINALLY get to the decorations. We robbed and pretty much depleted our finds for the antique mall....but they look great in the lake house. These posted pictures are from the den. It was getting dark when I took these, so the lighting was not very good. We still have to do some finishing touches....replace all the light and electrical sockets (they were an ugly black and we are going to do them all in white). We also want to put in some new light fixtures and shades. More pictures from the kitchen and bedrooms to come. I can't wait for the weather to improve and get to spend some quality time up there. It is going to be GREAT!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Assorted Treasures at Lone Star Antique Mall...

I took my camera to The Lone Star Antique Mall today and took pictures of some really cool stuff I found. Quite a variety of treasures. I love the roller skates with red pom poms! My aunt used to take us skating and she proudly wore a pair just like that...she was SO COOL! "Now Couples Skate". I also love the old restroom doors. Wouldn't that be cool as doors to someones bathroom at home????
I thought I would have pictures of our trip to Canton (Flea Market) this week, but the rain and cold kept us away! I keep promising pictures from the lake house and am going up there tomorrow. I will post some pictures of our rather eclectic lake house next week. I hope everyone has a great weekend and try to stay warm.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Valentines at Ruby Grace's...

Valentine's Day sprung up yesterday at Ruby Grace's. Our second booth got transformed into a red and pink Cupid Fest! It was rainy and gloomy outside, but bright and festive inside. My eyes are always bigger than our booths, so of course, the awesome baby bed ends had to come back well as some pictures and other assorted treasures. It was a fun spending the day with Mom and getting everything to look PERFECT! It is also fun to stop and chat with other dealers and to the customers. I love to see the ladies stop to reminisce about prom dresses and perfume bottles. Antique Malls are such great places to spend with friends and share recollections of childhood and teen years. I almost always see something that reminds me of my grandparents or parents. Felicia at Bountiful brought in a couch and it got Mom and me reminiscing about the gold couch and red velvet chair we had in our living room when I was young...they were awesome! I LOVE to hear the squeals or ahhhs of people finding the Easy Bake Oven they had as a child...or in my case the Johnny West Doll. A wonderful lunch in the Tea Room and hours of memories and fun....sounds like the perfect day to me!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

From Blue and White to White, Gold & Brown!

I took 2 loads to Lone Star yesterday for a LONG OVERDUE booth sprucing. However after working all day, I could only fit one load in the booth. Today I went back and picked up all the stuff I could not fit in...whew! I guess I subconsciously have a theme in my head when I shop...because I had no idea I had some much white, gold and brown. I had a wonderful rust colored iron bed that was going to be at the center of the booth with splashes of blue around it. When the bed sold before I could get it off the cart (thanks Lydia), the entire theme changed and the blue came back home. The white suitcase set (which has a wonderful soft purple silk lining) was intended for one of our other booths. I was going to open them and have really pretty stuff laying in and around. When the white/gold/brown theme started to unfold, they became a part of the new look. I also LOVE the gold dress with orange flowers. Don't you know some lady was dolled up for a wonderful party in that dress. Well, one booth down and 2 to go! It is always fun at the mall. We have the best dealers and spend as much time talking and laughing as we do working on our booths. Have a great week everyone...stay warm!