Seeds That Really Grow

I am turning cartwheels! Not really!! Last time I did that for real I could hardly walk for a week. :) Okay...so in my mind I am turning cartwheels and very excited. I have been on the waiting list for over two years now to get my own little place in a local antiques mall. I used to be in a shop about 6 years ago and gave it up BUT I missed it so much. I love having my internet shop but there would always be things I would find on my hunts that were just too big to ship so I would pass them by. But not anymore...I finally got the call that they have a "spot" for me. It's been a whirlwind of activity around here getting ready for The Vintage Nest to go "live". I get to move in March 1st and will be painting my place this week. I plan to do an update on it when I have moved in but in the meantime here's just a little sneak peek at the decor.

I am headed in a country French theme so far with the unusual and uncommon elements thrown in. A little bit of cottage, gilded Paris, country farmhouse, shabby, industrial chic and I think I need to be on the lookout for an old truck too. :) Found this one at the auction I went to just yesterday. Now, I like rust but somehow as much as Bobby G. loves me,  I don't think he's going to fix this baby up just so I can tool around the country side in a cool old truck.

SEEDS THAT REALLY GROW .......don't you just love that saying? (especially since it seems half the grass seed we plant doesn't come up!).  This is a project I just completed (one of those that will be too hard to ship so it goes in my new brick and mortar place)  I found some fabulous old grain and feed sacks and then pondered on what to do with them.  After washing them in the most awesome French laundry detergent I gifted myself with,  I hung them to dry and put away.   Two days later...voila.... I found a sweet old antique farm stool and just loved the simplicity of it.  It was made by some old farmer's hand and it's quite heavy. I decided to paint it just a simple black.  I removed the old cover which was a wonderful old bark cloth scene but very very worn.  Underneath was the old straw, padding and burlap from years and years ago.  After some research I found several resources that recommended replacing the straw but mine was in good shape and wanting to keep the integrity of the old stool,  I decided to keep it.  I also kept and reused as many of the original old tacks as I could because I loved the color of them.  And, I am so proud of myself, that I remembered to actually use my gloves this time.  I found some wonderful old cotton gloves for .25 at a consignment shop.  woohoo!  And another tip that probably everybody else in the world knows about but me.  I use a combo of hand painting and spray painting.  Spray painting is really hard on the hand and fingers if you have a lot to do.  I had no idea they made these wonderful thingies that slip over the can nozzle.  Sherry, over at No Minimalist Here,  told me about this handy dandy gadget.  Can you say LOVE IT?!  Anyway,  let's look at the photos of the before, during and after.  :)   

I am excited to be joining Linda over at Coastal Charm for her Nifty Thrifty Tuesday challenge and Tiffany at Making the World Cuter blog. And Christine at Crafty Geordi has a fun new party too.... Show and Share Sunday.  I hope you will check each of these wonderful parties out for oodles of inspiration. 


I will be painting my heart out this week among other things.  You all have a wonderful week and I hope you are blessed with wee bits of Spring.  And amidst the chaos I will be throwing a tea party right here on Wednesday in honor of a certain young British couple getting married soon. .  xoxo


Unknown said...

I love the little stool you made. You made it look easy but I know it is not. Congrats on your new booth. Have a great week.

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Lynn,

How exciting! Congrats to you...I also have a huge surprise coming up in March...he, he, he!

~ Gabriela ~

Custom Comforts said...

Love your little stool!!! Looks great.
You seem to be finding some really neat things. It's not that easy to find cool stuff. I may have to start going to auctions, but there never seems to be enough time for everything.

Tete said...

Lynn, how exciting on you getting your booth and having fun getting it ready to move into. Oh, the fun you are going to have! Your make over is awesome. Love the seating on the chair. I think you need to keep looking on the truck- that one- as cool as it is- needs more help than anyone can put into it. It would be cute in the yard with the bed planted in wonder flowers....
Have a good evening- Tete

Claudia said...

Congratulations on your new space! I love the stool - what a nice transformation.


Donnie said...

It will be wonderful to see pictures of your new shop. That stool came out really great too.

Unknown said...

How great! This is wonderful news..so happy for you Lynn. You must be so excited about opening day. Wishing you the best of luck and can't wait to hear all about this new adventure. Will you have a guest book for folks to write what they look for? I have been signing some in our local antique stores. Hope they call me with my wishes!
March is almost here!

Blondie's Journal said...

I am so happy for you, Lynn. It sounds like you will be in your element. Loved having a sneak peek at your goods, I LOVE the stool. Wishing you much luck!


The Polka Dot Closet said...

The stool is darling, I cannot wait to see your booth, I love the direction you are going!!! Ya, had that paint thingy a long time, sorry you did not know about it, but good thing you found out now that you will be painting a lot of large pieces!


dana said...

I know your booth will be a knock out! I understand how you feel about having a little "live" space like that. I did just that a few years ago....and LOVED it. Sadly, my hubby got tired of the "inventory" I kept in the garage! I sure enjoyed my time with it....and still get a taste of the "live" sales with the shows I do. I take small vintage items to them to display my hand mades on....and I sell a lot of them. At least I still have an "excuse" to buy the cool things I find while junkin!

I LOVE the eggs you made on the previous post. I want to try my hand at them!

Have a great week!!

L, Dana

Leslie said...

Congratulations on the booth! That's great!! The chair and pictures were super sweet to look at this morning!

English Cottage in Georgia said...

congrats on you new "store". would love to visit & cannot wait to see more pic.....your leading pic was quite a tease.
love, love, love your foot stool makeover.

Faded Plains said...

How fun that your gonna have a booth again...wishing you much success...and your little stool looks super cute!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

What a great stool! Glad to find your blog and hear about the booth. Oh, you asked about the chair seats...yes, they are rush seats. Thanks for the vote for black. Linda

foreverdecorating said...

Great Look!

Anonymous said...

I'm happy for you! Yay! It will be fun to see pictures of your booth, once you're up and running! I know what it's like to be on a waiting list. I waited the same length of time to get in my space but it was worth it. Love doing it!
The stool turned out great! You have to love those spray can nozzle handles. I don't know why I never noticed them long ago but they are wonderful!
Take care!

Christine said...

this stool is so adorable! I love how it looks redone with the seed sack. Congrats on your new space. I gotta find some space in my town....I hope that you will link this up with my Show and Share linky party, going on all week. http://craftygeordi.blogspot.com/2011/02/show-and-share-sunday_20.html

Suzanne@thriftstoredecorjunky said...

I LOVE THE LITTLE STOOL! I have always wanted to do something with old seed bags or flour bags. Have not seen them anywhere yet.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your nice comments.

Dawn Marie said...

Congrats to you on your new space! I LOVE LOVE LOVE what you did with that stool. I love that truck also, i think i would just drive it as is!

Ladybird Ln said...

Congratulations on your new venture! Thanks so much for the sweet comments on my blog, I really appreciate it!


Maggie Lamarre said...

it is so exciting to start a new venture, good luck w/the shop, please post pics of it.
I luv the flowers you have created using the patterns.

Don't forget to add this project in our linking party where every Wednesday we showcase projects for our readers to discover.
Thank you,

. said...

That is too stinkin' cute!!

And I'm so excited for you about the shop!! Congratulations! :)

Roeshel said...

How exciting for you!!! Congratulations!

The stool is adorable! You did an amazing job. I love it! :)

Take care.

michelle said...

Hi Lynn! Congrats on the store, how exciting! I can't wait to see what your space looks like and all your beautiful treasures!
Thank you so much for you sweet comments on my blog, I so appreciate a good DIY story! :) Love the stool and I hope you have fun opening up your shop this week!!

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