Friday, November 23, 2012

What Shall I Make Today? A Burlap Wreath!

I love burlap wreaths but the patterns all seemed too complicated for me. So here's a simpler version. All you need is a prim star about 5" big, a roll of burlap (I got mine at Michael's) and a wire hoop (mine's an old garden one, minus the legs).
Start by opening the hoop and threading the center of the burlap onto one end of the hoop, from the back.
Leave a couple of inches and reinsert the hoop into the burlap.
Leave a couple of inches and push the hoop through to the top of the burlap.
Leave another couple of inches and reinsert the hoop into the burlap from the top.
You get the idea.
After you've woven the burlap roll onto the hoop, reclasp the ends with the star in between, to keep it in place.
Slip stitch the ends of the burlap together with some matching thread.
Tie a few bits of fabric or twine around the hoop every so often, to keep the burlap evenly distributed.
If you like, you can add a homespun bow at the top or just leave it as is.
And there you have it!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Wonderful Vintage Market

After months of planning and preparation, The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market weekend was here! Here's a "before" photo of my booth.
So much stuff to sell--so little space!
Hubby Ben has a true talent for finding just what I need to display my wares.
He discovered this tree branch and it fit perfectly into the corner.
Here's the "after" photo of my booth, and yes,
we did manage to fit everything into it!
By the end of the show, we'd said good-bye to our vintage steam-trunk.
We'd picked it up in Pennsylvania when we were first married in 1976 and it's been a part of our lives ever since.
But now it's found a place in another home and the new owner promised me she'd treasure it, just as we had.
A few close-ups of my booth...the calm before the storm.

Thanks so much to hubby Ben for all your help...
maybe we've found our retirement careers!
At 5:00 pm the doors opened...two hours later, 600 people had walked through the barns!
Saturday was another full day of selling and then it was over.
Thank you Leah and Barb for organizing this wonderful event
and thanks to all of you who attended!
They promise there'll be another one in June, 2013, so I'd better start replenishing my stock!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

I've been gearing up for next week's Vintage Market in nearby Maple Ridge, BC. I hope lots of you can make it out--it's going to be amazing!
In addition to lots of vintage items, I'm filling my booth with Christmas hand-mades.
Here's my Vintage Santa ornie.
For those of you who can't make it, I've downloaded a sampling of my handmade wares into my General Store.  If you click on the logo on the right, the link will take you to Christmas 2012.  And if you want to order anything, just let me know!