Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Trip Down Lula B Lane

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Well it’s back to work for me after being off for six weeks. I wish I could say I’ve missed it, but truth is, I’ve not..It’s work, what can I say. But before I go back, I’ve stocked up my booth with more and more vintage finds.

Being out of commission the last six weeks has really made me miss painting furniture, however, it’s really helped me learn more about antiques and about the pieces I see when I’m out at estate sales. Before I used to pass over lots and lots of things I found because my tunnel vision only allowed me to to hone in on furniture.  This is why I didn’t like to go to estate sales. Their stuff is always priced high and the furniture is outrageous.  I’m not about to pay high prices for perfectly good furniture when I just want to paint it anyway, and regretfully, I want to paint a lot of it. The difference in the pieces I like to find, is I find furniture that’s in real need of help and see what I can do for them to live again. Whether it’s paint, fabric, decoupage, etc, not all “bad” furniture is necessarily “bad”. I’m also not going to charge you an arm and a leg for it either.

I’ve found lots of mid-century pieces that I would totally leave as is as well. They are beautiful in their own right. But the one thing I’ve learned lately is when I’ve come across those rare finds: The vintage Milk Glass, Amber Dishes, Tiara, and all the ones that are truly beautiful and say so much of our past. I LOOVVEE them all!!  OH and the coffee mugs…OMG those COFFEE MUGS!!! Ahhhh…love!!  I've managed to sell a lot of them in my booth to people with obvious great taste!!

I hate the fact that I used to pass them up before. It kind of makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it. But I’m proud to display them in my booth now. Not to mention they’ve helped me keep my sales up while I’ve been away (so to say). I think one thing I like the most is finding something unusual (to me anyway) and finding out what the heck they were used for.  It’s really cool.

Wish me luck tomorrow. Hopefully they haven’t forgotten me!
Rita

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Our Finished Stools

If you read my post yesterday, you know the girls and I got up REALLY early and decided to start painting. I wanted to do some of the small things that still took up space in case the girls lost interest but they stuck with me till we finished these stools. I worked on the tops of each stool and they painted the bottoms. It was fun and we had a good time doing it!!

These are the stools now! Hope you like them!!

1. The first is my favorite. I found this small stool at a thrift store the other day. It was actually the most expensive of the bunch ($4.95). It had a worn leather seat that lifts off of the base for extra (secret) storage.

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The reason it’s my favorite is I found this scrap of material that I fell in LOVE with. It was just a scrap, but it’s old and screams vintage and I’ve been waiting for something small enough for me to use it on.  This fit perfectly!!

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Since the material was blue and gray, we painted the base gray to match! Beautiful, I love it!!

 

2. This  second one I love too!!!I bought the material from another Lula B vendor (friend of mine) that gave me a great price for a big piece of fabric. This bench also lifts off the base and has a hidden compartment as well. I believe it is a piano bench but when I found it, there wasn’t a piano (haha) so it’s just a stool for now! Oh and check out that retro material. It definitely isn’t “Cool” Retro, that’s for sure!

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And after!!

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Definitely “Cool” Retro fabric now!

 

3.This next stool used to be in Brianna’s room. I had it painted Blue with blue fabric to match her room colors but the only thing she really used it for was to house her clothes (typical teen) as well as serving as a step for Reese to jump onto her bed. This is the before photo of what the stool looked like when I purchased it years ago.

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We decided to make it have a pop of color so we went with this made up Aqua-ish color I made into chalk paint a while back. The fabric is left over from a lamp project a few years ago as well. It fit perfect and looked great with the color. I think this came out so cool!

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4. And lastly, there was this poor little bench who needed lots of help. He came to me free because he was badly burned. So of course, I take on things I more than likely can’t fix, but this time, I fixed it. It needed a new seat and cushion. I still only paid a few dollars for the wood, and the cushion I had on hand.

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I managed to make a new seat but let’s just say, I still need to work on that area, so he’s a little wonky. Who doesn’t love a wonky stool, right!? Hopefully the fabric will  help with that!!

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Those are our stools!! I hope you enjoyed them as much as we did getting them together!!  And man did it feel good to refurb again~!!

So glad to be better!
Rita

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

My Future Curbside Creators

Today I got a chance to do some furniture sprucing…or well… I should say, the girls got to. We had a weird morning and we all got up around 4 AM and decided to do some painting.  It was AWESOME!!! I’ve missed it so much and since the girls wanted to join in, we had a great morning. Coffee brewing, paint cans ready to go, brushes lined up, and material galore.

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I had a few stools on hand that I knew I’d get to sooner or later. Some of them have actually been sitting around a LONG time. I pulled out four and Ashley, Brianna and I all got started.

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(Man these girls have long hair, huh?!?)

Again, some of these were quite old but we got four of them done. We of course needed naps afterward but I was so proud of us all getting together and picking out paint and fabric and working as a little Curbside Creations Crew. Now we can’t cook worth a darn, but we can all paint!! That’s better than cooking in my book anyway – haha!

These were our four projects we worked on this morning:

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Get ready to see their “After” photo’s tomorrow!

Rita

P.S. I paid less than $10 for all four of the stools combined!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

BumpsNBruises–New Etsy Shop!

Well I decided to give Etsy a second go round and this time I’m introducing not only furniture, but some of my vintage finds. I will continue to have a booth at Lula B’s but thought it wouldn’t hurt to not only cater to the Dallas/Ft.Worth area but all over the U.S. as well. . This is part of the rediscovery of myself!!  The last few weeks have given me time to think a lot about a few things, not to mention how being a girl with “female issues” can suck, haha but seriously, just life in general and the mark I make in the world.  Right now it feels pretty non existent and I’m sure as a woman we all feel this way at some point.  I think being laid up the past few weeks and not being able to do anything just amplified it. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t make our mark SOMEHOW in the world. And I intend on doing just that.

You all know, I’m all about reusing old furniture and making it new right??!! Well the same goes for vintage items as well. Vintage combined with modern furniture can really set off a room. Not to mention vintage accessories or home d├ęcor add history and depth to any space. Thus, I’m sharing my love of retro finds with you. So to put it quite simply, I’ll do the digging to find the pieces and you get the pieces you want with out having to do the dirty work. This is why I say, I’m not your typical girl.  In fact,  I think I’m wired a little differently than girls in general. I don’t see a pair of shoes and my heart skips a beat, however take me to an estate sale and forget about it! Commence hyperventilation.  I’m so serious, it’s not even funny!

Regardless, I find so many vintage items that speak to me that I’d like the chance to share them.

So do me a favor and stop by my shop even if it’s just to say hello! I’ll be adding furniture as I start up again and continue to add to my vintage finds.

Click on my shop button, and tell me what you think!

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Thanks, Rita!!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Introducing–The Gentlewoman Evolution!

Today I have the honor and privilege of introducing my sister-in-law Vickie and her new blog! She is all about self improvement and I couldn’t be more proud of how much she has accomplished on her journey. She is truly an amazing woman and I’m lucky she’s a part of my life. I know you’ll fall in love with her and she may even inspire you as she does me with her lovely posts. So read on and meet her then visit her blog here: The Gentlewoman Evolution

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Hello all fellow Curbside followers!!  I’d like to begin this posting my introducing myself: My name is Vickie – I’m 29 years old and I’m Rita’s sister in law.  (Our husbands are brothers)  So I’d like to continue by letting you guys all know a little history about myself as well as including my first memory of Rita and why Rita has become such an inspiration to me.

Back in 2007, I met Chris, the man who is now my husband.  Shortly after we started dating, he invited me to his brother’s birthday dinner.  This was the first time I was going to meet his parents, so I was extremely nervous.  I was also anxious because not only was I meeting his parents - I was meeting his brother, sister in law (Rita), his nieces AND his son.  I seriously almost cancelled on him because I wasn’t ready to meet so much of his family in one day.

I managed to get through the dinner fine and I was extremely happy that Chris’ family wasn’t weird, mean or rude.  After dinner, everyone was saying their goodbyes and when Rita said bye to me, she stuck out her hand but then ended up grabbing me for a hug, but it was kind of awkward but cute.  I don’t think I’ve had a boyfriend’s family member be that excited to say bye to me. It was so cute because she seemed so happy and excited meet me.  We always chuckle at the way she said goodbye to me that day.

I was privileged to marry Chris and gain such a sweet and welcoming family.  Rita has been one of those family members who I’m very happy to be related to.  As long as I can remember Rita’s home was always filled with her projects.  I love hearing her stories and seeing her transformations of revamped furniture pieces.  Rita is not only a talented individual; she is an extremely caring and lovable person.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in a bad mood.  She is literally a breath of fresh air and it’s good to know that people like Rita still exist in this tainted world.

Rita has inspired me in many levels.  A few years ago I attended one of Rita’s coupon classes, which to this day I still use her tips and tricks.  I have not only had fun using coupons, but I’ve also saved hundreds of dollars.  I don’t know if Rita has posted a blog regarding her coupon journey – if she hasn’t I’ll let her know that she needs to write one.  I love her story on how she started couponing and I love that she shared this fascination with me.

I’ve admired Rita for her creativity and her passion for her passion.  I truly think this attributes to why Rita is such a fun loving, happy and positive person.  

For a while now, actually a long while, I have wanted to create a blog for myself, but I was always too insecure to do so. Once I shared my interest of blogging with Rita, she literally kick started my blogging endeavor.  She took time to show me how to start up my blog and gave me advice and motivation to do this.  I’m forever grateful!   I started back in February and since then I have been extremely happy that I am now doing what I love.  

My blog is titled “The Gentlewoman Evolution” and I’ve dedicated my blog towards positivity, self improvement and topics surrounding everything that I love. My purpose and mission for my blog is to inspire others to join me on my Gentlewoman Evolution.  It took me what seemed forever to come up with my blog name, but I’m pretty content because it sums it up perfectly.

Gentlewoman: dame: a woman of refinement

Refinement: the process of removing impurities or unwanted elements from a substance.  It is the improvement of clarification of something by the making of small changes.

Evolution: a gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually better form.

I believe there is never an end point in trying to improve yourself. I’m not talking about perfection, I’m talking about improvement.  As women, we deserve the right to want to become better mothers, sisters, and friends, pursue our hopes and dreams and know that with God all things are possible. This blog is my gentlewoman evolution – my growth in becoming a better person and following my passion for all things that I love.  

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Vickie is so precious and a wonderful mom and wife to my brother(in-law). I don’t think she really sees what she has to offer the world but I do and I’m glad to share it with you! Oh gosh and that dreaded body shake!!  I remember getting my hug and handshake all mixed up and it ended up being some weird body shake type of deal. Then I got in the car and told Sammy “Oh my God, I hope I didn’t scare her off!!”  Thank goodness she gets me and my quirkiness!!

Thanks again for letting me introduce her to you!!
Rita

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Curb Alert Guest Post

Today I’m posting over at Tami’s Curb Alert Blog!!  She has some amazing transformations but is currently in the middle of getting settled in to her new house. She asked me to do a guest post for her while she was out and I jumped at the chance so swing by and see what difference a little bit of wax makes on a painted furniture!

You can visit it her here: Curb Alert

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See you soon!!
Rita

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Vintage Awesomeness

First let me say, yes, I’m alive and well!  I’m feeling better than ever (FINALLY) and ready to work on some projects.

The good thing is you’ll be hearing more from me now that I’m out of bed and out and about. The bad thing…well there isn’t really a bad thing. Nonetheless, I wanted to tell you all hello and I’m back. I never really left. I’ve only been wallowing in self pity and wishing I was doing more with my life!!  haha, no, not really that bad.

I have happened to come across a few vintage awesome finds that I will soon be selling in my Etsy shop that I wanted to share here. I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do. 

Here they are:

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Told you they were fun.  If you have a question about any of them or need something for yourself, please let me know.

Well I just wanted to say a quick hello and let you know I’m still around. Also I will be introducing my sister-in-law this week. She is new to the blog world, is super wonderful and I know you all will love her too.

See you soon,
Rita