Monday, September 15, 2014

September at Sweet Clover

I can't believe that the summer's over.  Why does it go so much faster than the winter?
Anyway,  the third weekend of the month is almost here again and I spent most of the day setting my space. 
 I have to say that a lot of the time was taken up with dusting, sweeping, and the best thing ever---
my sweet husband scrubbed and scraped the crud off the barn windows in my space.  
I can't believe the difference in the amount of light coming into my little stall. 
 Hmm, should have done that sooner.

Okay, now for a peek at what I'll have for this sale. Again, my mix of new with vintage.
 I have to say that I can't explain it, but I'm still trending farm animals. 
 I guess that's the way to go in a barn on a farm.

The much sought after goat giclee is back in stock.  I also have some really wonderful metal arrows.  
They're a perfect way to add interest in a gallery wall display.

Goat was so popular, that there now is a mini version of him and also a giclee of his friend.

Another Goat
The mini farm animals are very popular too.  They look great on a shelf or in a grouping.
Not everyone has space for a large goat or cow. 
 These fix the gotta have it craving.

Mini Animal Prints
I've sprinkled the animals all around my booth.  
These guys are resting on some folding benches.
The guy on the right is a silk screened pillow.

This cow's three feet tall!!!!!!

An old metal trunk is bursting with more of the very popular silk-screened pillows.
Check out the new designs.
The trunk is metal with a unique mottled finish. 
 It would make a perfect coffee table or could hold blankets at the foot of the bed.

This other trunk is just like I like 'em--crusty, rusty, chippy.

This canvas and leather ottoman is perfect extra seating,
 or with a tray could become a small table.

Now that school has started-YEA--the map says back to class.  It's behind a desk.  
I used a vanity bench with a burlap seat and nail head trim as a riser.
In the foreground is a tiered bentwood cart on a woven dresser.
Resin antlers and faux tortoise shells on pedestals are hiding under the cloche.

I rolled up some map pages from an old Atlas and tucked them into an urn.
There's a vintage history book underneath.

I displayed some vintage math and reading text books at the base of the globe.

One of my favorite chair styles is this x-back chair.  I have three.
Check out her fringe.

If you need a twin bed for a guest room or for one of your kids, 
this caned-back beauty is for you. 
 I have the rails and also a matching night stand and a custom vintage fabric spread too.
The mirror was actually a clock in a previous life.
The clock face went missing and a mirror fills the gap.

Last but not least, a demi-john.  I've already started a wine cork collection for you.
The mini deer skull with antlers is resin.

Can't wait to see you again.  I'm working Friday but will probably stop by Saturday too.


4051 Stanford Ct
Frederick, MD 21703

Sept. 19,  20,  21 

10-5 daily

If you'd like to see what the other vendors have found for you,
 you can view the September album on the Sweet Clover site.
 (Just click on this highlighted word Sweet Clover and the link will take you there.)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Furniture Updates with Fabric and Fringe

  I've always enjoyed sewing.  If you've been following along for a while you know I'm not afraid to take on uncomplicated projects with fabric.  Chairs and vanity seats are about my speed.

One of my summer shopping finds was a set of three metal x-backed chairs.  They're a lovely faded torquoise and best of all naturally chippy.  The seat fabric was shot-----dried out vinyl.  But, they're the easiest fix because the seats just pop out of the frame.  No screws, but tons of staples.  Removing the staples is the most time consuming part.  I quickly added new padding and some beige linen fabric.   They looked too plain when I finished.  I thought about it for a while and decided it needed something more.  Instead of adding cording, I used some pillow fringe around the edge.  I used fabric glue to attach it to the edge then followed with my electric staple gun to make sure it was secure.  All my staples are hidden in the seat frame.

Metal Chair with New Seat and Pillow Fringe

Here's a closer look at the fringed edge.
Chair with Fringed Edge

Corner of Chair Seat
I was on an upholstery recovering roll, so to keep up the momentum
I dredged this vanity bench from my basement.
 It was able to escape my furniture grave yard only because it was blue like the chairs.
I always try to have a color  repeat itself in my booth at Sweet Clover.  It makes the unrelated mix of found treasures a little more cohesive when one color pops out around the space.
 It really needed some love and attention.

I scrubbed it, removed the broken caning from the center, and sealed the paint.

I cut a board to fit the top and cover the hole.  Notice that I rounded the edges of the wood.
You don't want a sharp corner poking through the fabric.
 Even with a rounded edge you should still pad the corner.
  I will use four screws to attach it to the top.

(At the end of this post I've included a link to my previous step-by-step tutorial on recovering a seat.)

I covered the bench with burlap, added burlap double welting,
and my latest favorite furniture addition, nail head trim.

Recovered Vanity Bench

Detail of  Nail Head Trim

In my book, fringe isn't just for pillows anymore.   Let me know if you give it a try.


I've already written about recovering a removable vanity bench seat.
 A removable chair seat works the same way.
 If you'd like to view the step-by-step tutorial, go here.
In that same post is a link to making matching bias cording.  Not a favorite thing for me,
 but it really makes the job look more professional.

To see my post about recovering a non-removable seat cover go here.

These pieces will be available for purchase at our next Sweet Clover Barn Sale.

Sweet Clover
September 19-21

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sneaky Peek at My Room in the Design House at The Old Lucketts Store

I'm very excited for the opportunity to style a room again in the Design House at The Old Lucketts Store.
This year I'll be doing one of the upstairs bedrooms.  It's always kind of crazy coming up with a "theme" for the room, but it's heading in the direction to become a decadent and elegant artist's loft.  Between now and October 3 that could all change.  You know how nothing lasts long around me, and room ideas suffer the same fate.
 I've also found when setting a space it isn't always the way you visualized it.

I wanted to share a sneaky peek at what I've come up with so far. 

What's an artist's loft without some art and art necessities?
 Some empty frames,  shabby oils, and a portable artist's case with pop up easel too.

  I'm going to use this fabulous vintage English fabric.  Although it's vintage, it's never been used and is in perfect condition.  I love anything to do with architectural fragments and this fits the bill.   It also has black in it and you know that nothing ever happens with me that doesn't include black somewhere.
 You'll have to wait and see where I'll use it.

Who knows, maybe this artist rides too.
The oval leather box is actually a vintage french candy box from Paris.
It's marked on the inside:  A Marquise de Sevigne, Paris

I'm loving the chippy decadent mirror.  This column, demijohn, and bound oversized 
  New York Times volumes are part of the room mix.

More artwork.

Ahh, she has jewels and a fur too.   This fur is actually vintage faux fur.
 I've never had a mannequin quite like this one.  Check out her "arms".

You won't believe how I repurposed this next piece.
It belongs on a wall but that's not what I'm doing.

A girl's gotta have some sparkle too.

I filled a florentine planter with deconstructed french books.

Maps work for me.  This is a framed print of Rome (1667) from the original.

Check back.  I'll be sharing more peeks once I get in and start setting the room.


If you missed my room in the Design House last year go here to view it.

The Design House
October 3,4,5

42350 Lucketts Rd
Leesburg, VA

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Nail Head Trim

I'm in love with the look of nail head trim on upholstered pieces.

I like it when it outlines the piece.


Ahh, velvet covered.


Or leather on leather tape.


In a double row.


Creating a design.


Simply using upholstery nails.


With tape and two sizes of nail head.

Spaced on tape.


When I started experimenting with adding nail head to my projects,
 I used the nail head that comes on a continuous roll.

Nail Head on a Roll

It was made for a beginner because there was no measuring involved and it was fast.
After working with it for a while I decided that I didn't like it.
It sliced my finger several times, the nail head didn't lay flat,
and the nails popped out after repeated use.
 I wanted to give the individual nail head trim a try.  

My source for nail head and upholstery tools is DIY Upholstery.

My favorite nail head is the 1" French Nail Head.
I use it with hem tape and space about 1-1.5 inches apart. 

I just ordered this tool from DIY Upholstery.
 It will make measuring and getting the nail heads in a straight line soooo much easier.

Nail Spacer

One bit of advice.  The prices are really great on this site but the shipping is a killer.

How do you like to use nail head trim?


If you missed my post about recovering a chair with burlap and nail head, go here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Forty Mile Yard Crawl

I have some long-time friends who are kind enough to invite me and my family to their country house in Virginia.   Every year we look forward to relaxing, catching up with our busy lives, and my son's favorite--a slow ride on an inner tube on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.   When my friend called to invite us again, she said she wanted to tempt me to visit.  Obviously we need no convincing, but her temptation was that the Forty Mile Yard Crawl would be held that weekend.  It started in Strausburg, VA and continued to New Market, VA.  We didn't make it the whole forty miles, but I found many treasures along Route 11.

I wanted to share some of my finds from this adventure, but wanted to say that mixed in with them are even more treasures from a beach shopping trip.  No summer vacation at the ocean is complete without a vintage hunt with my friend, Sandy, who is lucky enough to live near the water year round.

And, I must confess that also in my eclectic stash are some things garnered from less exciting shopping trips around home and in Pennsylvania.  Yep, I've been a busy girl this summer.

I'm pretty sure that this classroom map will make it to Sweet Clover's September sale.
Perfect for back to school.

The backdrop I'm using for the photos is some Italian velvet fabric.  Yummy.
I also was excited to find a globe, a book with vintage maps, an architectural fragment, and some binoculars.  I've never seen a globe with a lucite support.  Have you???

I always buy folding camp stools, but this one was so unique.  It has a back rest, nail head trim, AND it is a rocking chair.  Someone added a mirror to an old ceiling tile and of course I bought it.  The brass compote holds marble spheres and tucked under the chair is a book with a fleur de lis spine.  Resting on top of it are two small French readers.

This is quite a jumble.  Empty frames, a weathered box in a fabulous green, a lion book end, a piece of a tree trunk turned into a pedestal, another architectural fragment, some games, and the little clown perched in the middle is actually a juicer.

The wooden floats tumbled around, some into an old garden trug, another supporting a seamstress's pincushion, and yet another provided a riser for an iron deer head.
Behind it all was what the seller described as an army mosquito netting hat,
but I'm going to say it really belonged to a beekeeper.
 Don't miss the artist's brush trying to hide.

Another totally unrelated mix of treasures.  Everything is resting on an architectural blueprint that's curling and cascading on the velvet.  The steps are old library steps outlined in gold.  On the top step is a ceramic horse head.  One step down is a rubber mold of an Indian.
 I topped this old goblet with a seed pod orb.
 One of my favorite things to collect are old document boxes.
 Teeny ones and ones with words are the best.
 I also came across some very unique copper bracelets.  One has an applique and the other is made to look like a belt buckle.  The other is simply linked metal circles.

I love that I have friends who coerce me into shopping with them.
 I hope you have some too.
 I'd like to hear what you've come across this summer.


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