Friday, December 10, 2010

Winner of american pickers dvd

                           And the Winner is................SARAH from Momma works from home.
Congratulations Sarah and thanks to everyone that entered. Sarah please contact me via email so I can get your address.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

American Pickers- DVD Giveaway

I'm excited to host this great giveaway, the complete season one DVD to American Pickers. One of my favorite shows!!
One of the best shows on TV and #1 new cable series of 2010, the traveling Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz  owners of Antique Archaeology in Iowa, scour the back roads of America searching for relics buried in junk piles, barns and other junk filled areas throughout small towns across the county. The traveling pair are part sleuths, part antiques experts, and part cultural historians. Every pick has a story and you never know what Mike and Frank’s adventures will turn up, from a rare rusty old motorcycle worth thousands to a unique old railroad lamp.

2nd Season begins Tomorrow
Monday, December 6 at 9pm ET on HISTORY

To enter:
Be a follower ~ let me know if you already are~ one entry
Post on your sidebar or on your blog-two entries
Good Luck!!!
Contest ends this Wednesday, December 8th at 8pm EST
Winner will be announced Friday Dec. 10th

Friday, November 26, 2010

Custom Built Range Hood

I had to share my new lovely custom built range hood, I just love it! It's only primed right now but hopefully it will be painted tomorrow.


I designed it and my sweetie built it, and I must say he did a great job. We built out of oak plywood, custom made corbels and molding.
I'm happy with the price too, we built the entire piece including the exhaust
insert for under $280.00.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Painted Kitchen Floor


Well it's finally done, well at least the painting of the floor is, I still need to put a several coats of polyurethane on it.
Since our entire house has wood floors and the kitchen has 2 openings that connect to the rest of the wood floors, I didn't want to try and match it, so I decided to paint it.
We laid the oak floor ourselves and while it was easy it was back breaking work. I originally wanted to paint it but after laying the floor my sweetie told me that he wanted to see the grain of the wood, so I white washed it instead.


Once I made up the stencil and got started it, it much easier that I thought it was going to be.

I added the turquoise circles to add a little color without being too overwhelming.
I'm happy with the way it turned out and can't wait for my kitchen to be completed.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Embellished Cabinets

The cabinets we picked out for our Kitchen reno are plain unfinished oak cabinets. I wanted to add a cap and crown molding to add height as well as character, we used oak plywood and stock crown molding to get this look.
This particular cabinet will have a glass front door and the interior will be painted white like the exterior. It's amazing how a little molding can really change the look. I've got tons of painting to do but I think when we get finished it will look great.
And for a much needed break, I'm off to Atlanta this Friday for the County Living Fair, I can't wait! This is their first year in Atlanta and I'm sure it will be fabulous.



Saturday, September 18, 2010

Meres Market Place

Don't you just love vintage goodies?
I thought I would share my sister's new ETSY store with you.
She's got some neat stuff and is adding new things all the time.

French silver and glass serving tray with fork

French silver and glass serving tray with fork

Vintage Melon Ice Cream Molds

Vintage Melon Ice Cream Molds

Tiny silver tray

Tiny silver tray

Lufkin 50 ft tape measure

Lufkin 50 ft tape measure

White Lotus bowls

White Lotus bowls

Check out her store HERE

Saturday, September 11, 2010

New Winner

The new winner of the $50.00 gift certificate from Lisa Leonard Designs is Allison from My Life as I know it! 
(A second winner has to be picked since the first winner didn't have a public profile or contact info)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Kitchen Redo (sneak peek)

All I can say is maybe one day my kitchen will be completely done! Between both of us working full time, illnesses, back problems, heat, you name it, it's taking us a long time.
We're doing all the work ourselves except the electrical and plumbing, and since I'm a perfectionist everything takes twice as long. But I know it will be all worth it in the end and I'm starting to get excited knowing that one day soon I'll be cooking again in a brand new kitchen.

This is my new gorgeous IKEA farmhouse sink with it's new buddy the handsome Moen oil rubbed bronze faucet.


We also purchased unfinished oak countertops from IKEA, we knew we could save a ton of money finishing and installing the wood countertops ourselves and since my other countertop choice was Carrera marble, talk about expensive, it was a no brainer to pick wood.  The dark stain color turned out just like I has envisioned and the backsplash is textured paintable wallpaper, I love it because it reminds me of old pressed tin ceiling tile.


Wish me luck that I'll be cooking this year's Thanksgiving meal in my new kitchen.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Giveaway winner

The Lucky winner of the LISA LEONARD DESIGNS $50.00 gift certificate is Angel, comment # 3.
Angel if your out there your profile is not available, please contact me so I can send you the gift certificate. Thanks everyone and thanks again Lisa for the generous prize.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Lisa Leonard Giveaway

I am so excited to announce a lovely giveaway for this week.
Have you seen her jewelry? All her pieces are so beautiful and unique!
You can even get custom pieces made!

2009 ornament
large link charm bracelet

rectangle keychain
teenie tiny initials necklace
whoo do you love?

I received this beautiful necklace from Lisa, customized
with my initial, and I just love it.

 Lisa is offering a $50 gift certificate to Flea Market Trixie readers!!!
So if you win, you can pick out your favorite Lisa Leonard design!

2 Chances to Win
  • Visit Lisa Leonard Designs and pick out your favorite piece of jewelry, then come back here and leave a comment telling us which one you would chose.
  •  Blog about the giveaway for a second chance to win.
(Please leave a SEPARATE comment for each chance to win)
The deadline for the giveaway is Friday, September 3rd at midnight (EST).
The winner will be announced Saturday September 4th.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Painting Technique for cavity caps



Some of you may remember the mirror I made using cavity caps. 

I received many emails asking me about the paint technique I used.




Cavity caps are used between concrete block cells to stop mortar infiltration.

I also heard from many of you that your local Lowe's or hardware store doesn't carry them, or even know what they are.

I guess it's a regional product, for that reason I decided I would sell them in my ETSY store.



For my mirror project I wanted the metal squares to look aged and distressed.

The first thing you need to do is wipe off the front with rubbing alcohol to remove any residue leftover from the manufacturing process. This will allow the paint to adhere better.




My favorite brush to use when doing an aged finish is a chip brush, you can find it at most craft and hardware stores.




Because the chip brush has uneven and natural bristles it doesn't cover like a regular paint brush, and trust me this is a good thing when you are try to achieve an aged distressed finish.

Apply one light coat of you favorite acrylic craft paint, let dry. If you impatient like me you can speed up the drying time using a hair dryer.

Once dry, apply a second coat, in the same or different direction as the first coat, doing this will add more texture and  complete coverage is not necessary.




After it's completely dry, rub steel wool over the top in different directions until you achieve the worn look you are looking for.


Then liberally apply a one step crackle to the top and let completely dry.

I like to use DecoArt's crackle finish.






Once the crackle dries, it will have a somewhat shinny appearance (which will disappear once the antique finish is applied).

The crackle is hard to see at this point but will show up nicely once an antiquing wash/glaze  is applied.

I like to thin down burnt umber acrylic craft paint to use as my antiquing glaze. You can also used a purchased antiquing glaze for this step.

Just thin the down the burnt umber brown paint with a little with water and apply with a clean chip brush, let set for just a second and blot off the same way you would blot a stain up from the carpet.

Continue to wipe or blot until you achieve the desired look.  Multiple layers of the antiquing wash can be applied until you get the look you're after.




I applied several coats of the burnt umber wash for this look.

To protect the finish, apply a spray matte or satin clear coat to the top,(this step is optional).




 It's so easy and fun to do this project, and the color options are endless.


Remember if your local store doesn't carry cavity caps and you would love to try this project you can find them Here.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Shopping Trip

Well I must say it was fun and I bought a few good things, but one thing in my book that doesn't go together is extreme heat and outdoor shopping.
It was Hot, Hot, Hot and I live in Florida so I'm used to hot weather but nothing like the heat wave they were having.

We started here at Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden Alabama.


P1030939My favorite sales were at peoples houses.

Check out the view from their backyard.

P1030941I'm a little afraid of heights so I didn't get too close to the edge on this one.

This house was next door to a sale we went to, it was gorgeous.
P1030943  The scenery was wonderful.

P1030945We passed this and I just had to take a picture.
I'm still stumped on the message they were trying to make on this church sign.

We traveled a total of 1300 miles and saw many beautiful things, our last stop was in Jamestown Tennessee, the town where the 127 sale all started.
Here are a few of the things I found. It was a lot of fun and we met some really nice people along the way.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Here I come WLYS

I'm so excited to say that I'm leaving for the World's Longest Yard Sale tomorrow. This is my first year going so I'm not sure what to expect, but from what I've seen on HGTV, I hope it will be a ton of fun. We're starting in Gadsden Alabama and hope to end up around the Tennessee/Kentucky  line. Our trip includes myself, my wonderful sweet mother and my lovely sister-in- law.

A hubcap in Grimsley, Tennessee lures shoppers. Most of the sellers are clustered along Route 127.
A seller organizes his wares at a sale in Beamsville, Ohio.
A seller in Frankfort, Kentucky offers competitive prices on chairs.
Bargains here we come!!!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

and the winner is....

With only two entries for the modeling paste challenge, it was easy to see how great these projects were.

Cori from Starview Sonnet   is the winner, chosen by

Her desk turned out great, check out the before pictures Here


Miss Mustard Seed's canisters are simply fantastic. You can find her tutorial Here

Two very talented Ladies!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Modeling Paste Challenge Linky Party (and Giveaway)

Have you made something with DecoArt's modeling paste?
It's now your turn to brag and show us what you've created.
The winner will be chosen randomly and will receive my custom made frame, plus the great people at DecoArt have offered a prize package of two jars of modeling paste and two Tracy Moreau stencils.  
P1030857aTX02-ModelingPaste-bottle textureStencil
Party starts today and ends this Saturday at 6:00 pm, Eastern time.
Just add a link below in the Linky box and make sure you link back.