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My Two Great Loves Shabby Vintage & French Country.The two Combine into a very Whimsical and Cozy "Cottage" look that I call Home. The Joy of Finding, Restoring, Creating and Sharing who can ask for more.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oh Christmas Tree

I love doing up our Tree at Christmas.

 It's a collaboration of vintage ornaments, painted angels, religious art, and some cool characters I've acquired in doing up Halloween displays.
This is a sparkling spider that was too pretty to leave in a box.
I always pull some of my painted angels from inventory to
accent with. They're here for a short time so I enjoy them while I can. 
 This is how full the tree looks with all that's going on. I love a full tree.
 

 Oh, and did I mention birds? flying birds all over the place helping keep things in place.
These crows are awesome for a little touch of the dramatic


I've found so many little treasures like this blue egg in thrift stores just waiting for a new home.
These two black cats are my favorites. I always have them propped somewhere at the top.


 
 Santa themes displayed in cloches

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Holloween and Christmas Glitterfest

 This is my favorite time of the year to do Artisan Shows. You have these two wonderful Festive holidays to decorate your booth with.
 
 Since Ours is the first booth you see when you enter, I always make a point of having a "Greeter"
displayed at the entrance.
 
 The back seamed dark to me, so I finally found this great chandelier to light up the booth. I put the sheers as the back drop close by so the light would bounce off of them.
 
                             I like to set my booth up with various vignettes. This one next to the
 Greeter is my French Country reds, blues and yellows.
 
 I found this wonderful round French basket at the "Remnants of the Past" show. It was perfect to put on top of the round iron table. Here I used it to display all of the vintage Christmas ornaments.

 On this table I featured all of my vintage wares in the pinks and blues along with the greens and purples. So I combined them with the bags I made in complementing colors
 and made this my  "Cottage" Vignette.
 
Not all vignettes need to be isolated from one another. When setting up your
shop in a limited amount of space, you need to make every inch count.
 
 Most of my product and display have very little black. So when I do have it, I need to make sure as I am collecting or producing product that they still collaborate with my initial look. So I create a vignette of my black accented products.
 
 
 
TIP
 
The Glitterfest Show is one that you only get 2 to 3 hours of set up time before the show starts. So I do up a mock up booth at my house, I then take pictures  and make notes of each vignette. I loved how easy it makes the process that I do before every show. That way I know what props are needed and  it prevents over packing.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Traveling Store

The Traveling Store

No matter how many times I do these shows, it's always
a learning experience for me.
Everyone works so hard setting up their pop ups and displays.
Giving their own personality to their own little traveling store.

 You really have to have a great deal of Passion for doing this because it is a lot of hard work. The rewards are many, to name a few. You are doing what you love, you get to use your creativity in so many ways. When you stand back and take a minute to admire what you just did is always good. Being around like minded people you have so much in common with is something to look forward to all in itself.
 I know my strengths which one of them is "Tote Bags" So I'll always have a new batch of my originals.
 Every show I do I dress up my booth differently. Which makes it fun because you can play with your look to see what fits that show you're doing. When I do up my displays , I like to break them down into themes. Either by telling a story or just playing up a color.
 I build displays around my art or designs. They are the stars of my booth, so I basically collect my vintage wares to collaborate with them in vignettes.
 I also like to incorporate a place where there's some remnants and trims to rummage through because that's where I always gravitate to.

 I have a great love for vintage ware so I'm always going to have them on hand.
This one is my  'Pink with blue" vignette.
           Making Jewelry is a  great passion of mine. I'm always taking classes
 to learn more ways to create unique pieces.
 
This business is not for the lazy.
It is for the individual who loves to express themselves. You must love people, and not wear your feelings on your sleeves Because customers say things in your booth not thinking about the fact that you just might be the Artist they are bashing at the moment. I know there are times I feel like saying "Really?" Would you say that in a store? Would you ask the store owner to disassemble a display just so you can see if you want their props that there is No Price tag on.
          I know you wish you can educate them on the dos and don'ts. But look at it this way, it really makes you look at yourself and how you behave when your shopping in a store/ booth. We all work hard for what we do because we love it. We Chose it and all the ups and downs that come with it. SO don't get discouraged and want to quit all together. Find a way to make it work. Pay attention on how you invest in it. I am always re-inventing myself.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Remnants of the Past

 

This was one of the most fascinating shows I've been to
. It's very different form my Favorite shows such as Glitterfest
 and The Vintage Market Place I am a regular in.
These pictures are of my booth there this past June.
 




I really had a great time there and plan on returning in November 8th and 9h of this year.

In the meantime, I am getting ready to show my wares at...

* Behind the Picket Fence Market
 at The Peace Makers parking lot  in Huntington Beach on    August   17th.2014 10:am to 4:pm
*The Vintage Market Place
at the Oaks in Fallbrook, CA. September 5th, 6th and 7th 10:am to 5:pm
*Glitterfest
 at the Business Expo in Anaheim CA. October 11th 10:am to 4:pm
*Remnants of the Past
 at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose From 9:am to  5:pm November 8th and 9th 2014
*The Vintage Market Place
 at the Oaks in Fallbrook,  CA. December 5th, 6th and 7th 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014

Doing what you Love

 I Love doing these shows, they are so beautiful and inspiring to be a part of. I will be at the March Glitterfest on the 15th, I hope to see everyone soon.

 I have quite a few beauties I want you all to see. I am still available for custom work. The Shabby French Home Facebook Page has all of my contact information as well.
So I'll see you all again Soon.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The September Vintage Market

 The Vintage Market Place this past week end was so beautiful and fun. Seeing all of my old friends and making some new ones. Doing these kind of shows is much better than having your own shop. Which I did and it is more work but a lot more fun by far.

 The energy alone is so happy and healing. Being around such wonderful people is uplifting and inspirational. We vendors are our best customers too. We can't wait to shop each others booths.I love it here, and will always come back.I'll never be too old to create and share.






Monday, March 11, 2013

March Events

This is my booth at Glitterfest's new location. I like the indoors, I get to see everybody. I also did some shopping of my own.

 The Vintage Market Place  in Rainbow was given Beautiful weather.
 It really does feel like you're on a retreat there, even as you're working. 





 I like giving variety to give it a "little general store" feel. The only thing is it took us more than 6 hours to set up. Thank goodness this show gives us the whole day Thursday to set up.