Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fresh Finds

Yes, I'm binge blogging...such is life :)

Hopefully, you're keeping up with me - I'm only about halfway through all the stuff I want to blog about (don't worry this is it for tonight...)

My last post reminded me that I hadn't shared the stuff I brought back from Hawaii and my finds from the past few weeks, so if you're interested, keep scrolling :)


Here's what I brought back from Hawaii:



My growler from Kona Brewing Co (before it was chopped up)


I actually found a little vintage shop where I bought the key and two spreaders - this was on the Big Island.  


On Maui and the Big Island I found these really fun bracelets - the black and white one is actually made from a type of nut and I bought it on our Road to Hana trip.



I love this big spoon, I think it's traditionally used for rice but I just thought the shape was so cool.  The little wood dish is shaped like a flower - you can find these on most of the islands in little souvenir shops.



Did a I need a little tiki shot glass?  No, of course not....but I kind of think he's amazing...



These earrings are actually made out of real flower petals - I brought my mom back the exact same pair.  They're super light and of course I love the colors.


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I found this trophy online and filled it with patriotic flowers for Memorial day weekend:





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I had to travel to Rhode Island for work a few times in the past month or so and on the last trip I had about an hour before I needed to be at the airport, I knew there were a bunch of antique stores in RI so I googled one and made my way over there.  I figured I could get over there in no time and be back at the airport with plenty of time to spare...yeah not so much when you're heading towards Boston on 95 during rush hour on a Friday (I wonder if I have sense sometimes...but I couldn't give up on the antiquing!)

I found this great ladle/serving spoon and it was only $6 (I could get used to this)...then it ended up being on sale for 50% off...get the heck outta town...
Then, while I was being rung up I turned around and realized there's a downstairs.  What the...to which the woman behind the counter informed me "Oh you just have to go downstairs everyone ends up buying so much from downstairs."  Thanks, as if I need help spending money... ;)

Well, she was right...look what I found and nearly snatched up like my life depended on it...20% off too <3




Definitely one of my favorites...of all time...which means I need to sell one from my collection to make room...so snap if it up if you're interested:  Trophy

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Finally, (I swear this time) I needed a stool for my workbench downstairs.  I really wanted one that was in the same industrial style as the pipe base.  I searched online but anything that I liked was way out of my price range - seriously $700 for a stool??  I ended up ordering this one from Joss and Main





It was still on the pricey side but it seems pretty solid and I love the distressing they did on it.  It looks really authentic without having to buy an old stool with a wood top that's surely going to give you splinters.  I did oil the top just to help with wear but it's pretty amazing right out of the box (it was actually waiting for me when I got back from Hawaii if you remember the Instagram photo I posted of boxes and mail stacked up)

Speaking of Instagram - did you see my fabric sample bonanza I posted last night?  I'm picking fabric to recover my dining room chairs...fabulous choices, huh?  So excited!



That's it for me, hope you've enjoyed my random ramblings tonight :)
Alisa


Fabulous Fabrikors

Like most young people I bought a lot of my furniture from Ikea during my high school and college years.  Since I bought my house I've gravitated towards thrifting and antique furniture simply because I feel it's built to last and I don't mind putting in the work to make it mine.  Nothing against Ikea - they have so many choices and great price points.  I just like unique furniture in my house that tells a story with great bones.

I've been wanting to replace the two black cabinets in my living room for a while.  I bought them from Home Decorators Collection and they've never been that sturdy...one actually leans...and they weren't cheap either...grrr.

I really wanted two antique dental/medicine supply cabinets but a) they're super expensive and b) they're hard to find a pair.  

Enter the Fabrikors...they come in three colors...I bought the dark gray.  I had every intention of trying to strip the powder coating finish off to reveal the industrial metal beneath.

Image courtesy of Ikea.com

Until I waged war with my fellow Marylanders on a summer Saturday (yes I'm an idiot and went on a Saturday) and waited in line forever to buy them...then dragged them to the way-way-way back of the parking lot (and if you've been to Ikea you know how their carts are...you feel like it is walking you). 

Nevermind that it started pouring as soon as I walked outside...then prove all the people wrong that you feel are staring at you in disbelief as you fit four giant boxes into your tiny 'sports car'.  Then, carry said boxes up a flight of stairs and spend hours putting them together to prove...you don't need a man to build things for you.  Ahem.  

Yeah, so after that there was no way I was spending days stripping the paint off these suckers...they look PERFECT just the way they are...for now anyway :)

I really enjoyed styling the shelves...but man are they hard to photograph...glare central...hopefully you get the jist :)





This photo just reminded me that I didn't share my finds from Hawaii yet...oops.  So, I brought this glass growler back in my carry-on from Hawaiian brewery - Kona Brewing Co.  I went on the tour there and had an amazing time and this is a really special souvenir from my trip.  I had a company in Frederick cut the top off and make it into a candle, after it burned I added flowers and I just love that it's a constant reminder of my trip. 






If you're keeping track of my junk - here's where the vintage globe-things moved to from the living room ;)

Have a great week!
Alisa

CountryLiving Fair in Rhinebeck 2014

So, I know I'm behind on posting this - but I wanted to share my experience (and amazing finds!) from the CountryLiving Fair in Rhinebeck NY earlier this month.

My wonderful mother made the road trip with me to NY and we were blessed with amazing weather!  We bought the early bird tickets so we could enter early on Friday, Saturday and Sunday but we ended up only going on Friday.  

I was really surprised, I was expecting a stampede at the gate (like the Lucketts Spring Market) but there really weren't that many people and some of the vendors were even still setting up as we walked around.  

There were a lot of food vendors at the front of the fair and then all of the vintage/antique/crafts - sellers were in converted barn/stalls.  All in all we had a really great time and I'd definitely do it again.

My tips:


  • Going early is key to grab the good stuff (just like any other flea market) but I don't think you'd need to plan to be there all three days.  We drove by later in the day and the parking lot was packed.  
  • I didn't sit in on any of the demonstrations but I did see Cari from HGTV's Cash and Cari - if you're interested in these make sure to check out the schedule so you can plan your day accordingly
  • Have lots of cash - some of the vendors didn't accept credit cards or you had to go buy vouchers which can be a pain
  • There are a few holding spots where you can store larger purchases until you're ready to leave (you give your name and they gave you a ticket to hold on to)
  • Although everyone said they encouraged bargaining/haggling - I asked a couple times and no one was really budging on their prices (it was the first day though)
  • We brought one of those folding shopping carts with us (that some people use for groceries) and I feel like it was really helpful for carrying small stuff 
Here are my Instagram shots from the fair and around town:

























Now for the exciting part...here's what I brought home:



How amazing is this window??  I've been wanting an antique window for a while and I really loved the diamond pattern on this one.  My plan was to knock down some of the chippy paint and maybe add some other colors...but once I started scraping a lot of the 'caulking' starting falling apart (my mother tried to warn me and I didn't listen)...one pane of glass even fell out but I was able to install it again.  So...instead I focused on cleaning it up and enjoying the beautiful wood side of the window for now.  


You would not believe what this wood pediment looks like now - I cleaned it up and added some oil and it's so bright...maybe too bright it looks like it came off of a carousel or something :/  I might have to tone it down but I plan to hang it in my dining room.  I just love the wave design and the blue paint.  


The original hardware on the window...it cleaned up amazingly well :)


Great additions to my brooch collection - we actually found one of these in a nearby antique mall.  My mom also purchased this vintage manicure set - how cool is this?




A few of the items on the right hand side of the group photo were actually from a store called Hammertown Barn - loved this store.  How can you not need hexagon-shaped ice cubes??


My mom and I got matching Christmas ornaments, I <3 glittery little houses. 


I'm obsessed with this bottle and had no idea how expensive they are online. I bought it at the Coxsackie Antique center.  They always have cool stuff.  I love that it says sunset since I'm obsessed with chasing sunsets and the glass is the perfect shade of blue.  


How could I pass up this banged up old drawer? I couldn't so it's now part of my drawer collection.  Yes, that's a real thing.  I couldn't pass up the measuring tape-inspired bracelets either, just so me.  





The scale is a bit off for the table but I like it...and that's really all that matters right??

Stay tuned I have so much more to share from the past few weeks...months....agggh I can't keep up :)

Alisa