Estate Sale Beauty

Do you enjoy Estates sales as much as I do? You can really find some great items at them. A lot of the furniture is very gently used and you cannot beat the pricing. I’m partial to chest of drawers, especially oak ones like this one. I picked this chest of drawers up at an estate sale in my local town. We went on the last day and this beauty was tucked away down in the basement area of the home. The gentleman running the sale gave me a great price on it and I just could not walk away without it.

So once back at my shop I decided to give it some life and a facelift! With a little help from some Dixie Belle Paints I lightened the color with some of their “Fluff” Chalk Paint and then used their Van Dyke Brown Glaze on the top part for some contrast. The new drawer knobs and wood embellishment at the top was found and purchased off of Amazon. Gotta love Amazon!

Here is the transition of the chest, which only took 24 hrs…….

Very simple……….and functional for a bedroom or the end of a hallway to store blankets or towels.

So if it doesn’t sell at the shop this month, it will be placed in our booth at Lakewood 400 to be hopefully adopted into a new home.

Happy thrifting! Please leave a comment when you stop by, as we enjoy hearing from our readers.

Mid-Winter What Nots……..

Well, here we are mid February and more than halfway thru our Winter here in the South. It’s been warm up until the month of February. We’ve already had one snowstorm this month and are waiting for another one to hit this Thursday. Hopefully it won’t be too bad here in the Atlanta area. But I just had to share some photos from our last storm. I’m like a kid…..I still love it when it snows out!

We had another great month at The Lakewood Antique’s Market this past weekend. People were out shopping by the droves. We were excited to be a part of the event and just love being a dealer there too. This was our second month and it was very fun and festive! My favorite bird painting sold too! We were all in a Valentine mood last weekend at the show!

Thanks for stopping by! Do you have a favorite antique market that you like to shop at on the weekend? Would love to hear about it!

Happy New Year a Little Late!

Happy New Year to all! I’m a little late doing my blog posts for January. It’s been a busy month so far with paperwork and getting in new inventory. Now that a lot of that is done, I wanted to share with you my latest adventure. We have taken on a couple of booths at the Lakewood 400 venue up in Cumming GA. It has over 500 vendors and the show is open to the public once a month on the third weekend (Fri-Sun). This past weekend was our first show and we were very pleased with the traffic and interest in our booth.

Here are a few photos of our booth set-up……..

We are super excited to be a part of one of the top shows in the US. Many of the vendors there have been with Lakewood since the beginning, which was 15 years ago. Love the atmosphere and all the vendors are so welcoming to newcomers. It’s like a huge new family.

Can’t wait for next month, as I am working on new products to bring in and display ideas to attract shoppers.

Hope you can stop by the show if you live in the Atlanta area. It is so worth the trip. They have everything from home decor & paintings to garden items, antique coins & jewelry. Something for everyone! The next show is Fri, Feb 14-Sun, Feb 16.

Do you have a favorite flea market or antique show you like to attend? We’d love to hear about it!

Holiday Gnome Paint Class

We had our first holiday paint class last weekend at the shop. And what fun the attendees had painting a gnome to fit their decor. They painted on a four foot tall / 9 inch wide piece of plywood with Dixie Belle Paints. Each person came up with a unique design of their own. Our instructor, Donna, is an expert Dixie Belle instructor and is holding another class this Saturday, Dec 14th from noon to 3 pm. You can call the shop to reserve your seat at 678-494-5800. It’s $50 a person and all supplies are included. Reservations are required for the class.

Here are a few pictures from the last class…..

So come on by and check out our shop and sign up for one of our awesome classes.

We also have a doTERRA “12 Sprays of Christmas” holiday demo on Saturday, December 14th as well. It’s from 2-4pm at the shop. You’ll love all the wonderful oils we have to show you! This event is free. We are selling $5 doTERRA room sprays at the demo.

We look forward to seeing you at the shop. There are many great gift ideas awaiting you!

Merry Christmas!!

Holiday Show Time of Year

Been away from my desk/office a lot as I get ready for upcoming holiday shows this month. We have three large shows in November. First one was in Cartersville, GA at the Christmas Village, second one was in Canton, GA at the Jingle Bell Shop and the third one is coming up this weekend in Marietta, GA at the Mistletoe Market.

We are excited to participate in each of them, as it brings us many new customers for our shop.

We are new to the Mistletoe Market this year. The show is planned and managed by the Junior Service League of Cobb Co and is hosted at the Cobb Civic Center in Marietta.

Here’s a few photos I wanted to share with you all from our booth at the Christmas Village in Cartersville……

This is my booth mate and friend Brenda. We do a lot of shows together and have such a great time setting it up.

The local shows are the best and I hope you can attend some in your local community this season! do you have a favorite one you like to attend each year?

Always Look Twice

As you know I just love a great book. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to disconnect from the world and get totally lost in a book.

As a hobby job, I work as a book reviewer for a couple of best selling authors. My newest author is Elizabeth Goddard. She has several best selling novels available to readers.

The newest of her books is “Always Look Twice”. It was just released this month and here is my review on it.

Incredible suspense and intrigue filled the whole novel.  The entire read will captivate your attention totally, and you will not want to put the book down.  Right from the first chapter, the characters and plot will pull you into their world.  Main characters, Heath and Harper, will take you on their adventures of crime solving and interaction with law enforcement.  As a ex crime scene photographer, Harper is swooped back into that underground world and is haunted by it.  She tries to seek justice for a murder she witnesses, while on vacation in Wyoming.  One she witnesses while snapping photos while out hiking in the woods. A bubbling romance rises to the surface and does not disappoint.  Many twists and turns to the suspense will make the reader not want to put down this book.  One of the best reads for me so far this year!

Here’s where you can order a copy of Elizabeth’s newest book.

Elizabeth Goddard website:

My Love of Essential Oils

Do you have a favorite essential oil that you love to use? My favorite is Serenity by doTERRA. It’s a wonderful and perfect blend of lavender and vetiver. Both are known for their calming properties and their positive effect on sleep patterns.

The oil packaging even looks peaceful! I use it every night before I go to bed to help with a restful night and to achieve a great sleep pattern. Getting a good night’s rest will make all the difference in how you feel the next day. It’s also the key to good health!

If you like to diffuse essential oils in your home, here are some other great blends to use in the bedroom.

Tell me about your essential oil journey and about the oils you like to use the most. I’m always interested in success stories. I also love to learn about new oil blends to use in my diffuser.

Happy diffusing!

If you are interested in learning more about essential oils, feel free to reach out to me. I’m available via phone, online or in person to share info with you.

Some Patriot Pictures…….

Took my store fire extinguishers in for recharging yesterday and saw this awesome piece of flag art in their lobby. I was just mesmerized by it. It was created by one of their firefighter employees, and it was made of painted pallet wood, and various parts of sprinkler heads.

I just stood there for a while taking in all of it’s beauty. You could tell there were many stories behind each sprinkler head and piece of wood. It was a perfect piece for their office. And I wanted to share this with you during 911 week.

The evening before the 911 anniversary we found this sweet little painted rock out in front of our business by the railroad tracks. Someone took the time to artfully create this beautiful flag rock and place it to be found. We just love it and will give it a good home!

Hope you are having a great week. Many thanks to all the service men/women and to our firefighters who all work so hard to keep us safe. We appreciate you !

Thanks for stopping by!

Today’s Bounty: a Few Garden Cuttings……..

Here’s a few photos from the herb garden at our business in Woodstock…………just picked these hydrangea beauties from out in the front of the property. They are still blooming quite a bit, considering our 90 degree weather for this month.

So I always place them in my office to make it cheerier and easier for me to do my paperwork. I add some flowering mint from the herb area and it makes my work space smell so good. And the mint lasts for at least two weeks in water.

This morning is so pretty outside, that I just could not resist sharing these quick photos taken today with you!

I’m growing snap beans this year too. I like to snap and freeze them for some fresh Winter veggies. I forgot that the bean plant flowers as well! For lunch at my shop I cut them into bit sizes and add them to my salad. Very yummy and healthy!

Do you have a favorite veggie you like to plant in your garden? Would love to hear about your gardening tips!

Butterflies from Heaven…….

We always plant Lantana in our gardens at home and at our business, so we attract all the beautiful butterflies. Even the hummingbirds love the Lantana. Here’s a couple of photos of the flower blooms and the butterflies enjoying them……

The end of this Summer has been quite toasty here in the South. So that calls for doing some inside projects. I scored this antique chair during our neighborhood garage sale back in the Spring. It was actually placed at the curb with a “Free” sign on it! So I decided that I could do a little face lift on it. With some left over front door paint I had at the business, here is the result of a little TLC………

Hope you are enjoying your Summer! What have you been up to during this heat wave?