August 28, 2014

Road Trip....Vintage Living Market Place

I took a fun weekend road trip to the east coast of Florida to visit my friend Terrie's brand new store 
5555 US Highway 1
Rockledge, Florida


Terrie has leased a building that was previously a high end store selling kitchen cabinets and appliances.  This large building has numerous little rooms that displayed mock up kitchens.  Each one of these rooms is gorgeous and now filled with vendors selling their treasures.  Think, crown molding and transom windows over the doorways.  I love the juxtapose of shabby and rusty in a high end setting!




Since this was previously a kitchen store it has the benefit of having a commercial kitchen!.....This makes it the perfect setting for hosting gatherings...Ladies teas, birthdays, showers!....And the bonus is the guests can browse the Market after their event!





I was on the lookout for a dresser for my Hollywood Regency bedroom.....I bought this one...PERFECT!


I also bought the shabby pole lamp below





So many of these great vendors displayed at the Polka Dot Flea and it was so fun to see them again!   

Stay tuned....I will share a few more stores I visited in Melbourne on my getaway weekend

Thank you Vintage Finds Magazine for some of these great photo's 


Oh, and I am still working on my Hollywood Regency Bedroom.....Photos soon!

Have a great Labor Day weekend

Happy Creating
Carol

August 12, 2014

Planning My Hollywood Regency Bedroom

It's been 10 years since I've changed up my bedroom

  I couldn't decide what style I wanted until I found my inspiration pieces.


I love these ice blue or maybe silver blue pillow shams


Then I saw this mirrored side table at SteinMart and thought eureka....I will go with a Hollywood Regency look.


It seems there is a lot of different elements to Hollywood Regency.  It's a mix of old Hollywood glamour....Think gold, silver, chandeliers, mirrors and mirrored furniture, lacquered furniture, luxe fabrics, and art deco pieces mixed with antiques.

(source e-how)
Since I am not a decorator, I'm not sure if everything I incorporate into my bedroom will follow all of the "Rules" of Hollywood Regency....I guess it will be more like my interpretation.  Here's a few items I found to get started

This hat box was $7.00 Home Goods.....


......And these pillows for $12.00 and $15.00.....


I love this frame for $6.99


I will use the chandelier that is already in the bedroom.....This is the before picture...You will have to wait a couple weeks for the After


I got these luxurious looking drapes at Ikea for a song....Ikea has the best prices!


I will start the transformation by painting my bedroom next week in a silver blue called "Mountain Air " from Sherwin Williams



I planned to already have the painting done but, my A/C went out.....Moan....5 days without air in Florida!  Holy Molly...it was hot.....But, I have a new A/C and I'm up and running again.  The A/C unit was 30 years old and should have been replaced 10 years ago, but I just kept putting Band-Aids on it.  Of course it would finally conk out in August, not January lol!

Here I am lounging in my robe after my bedroom is done lol!


Pre-planning is half the fun!  I will keep you updated on my bedroom redo, I'm hoping it all comes together like my vision!

If you don't hear from me for a few days, don't worry, all is fine.   I'm just having fun re-doing my bedroom!

Happy Creating!
Carol


July 31, 2014

Announcing The 2015 Polka Dot Flea Dates

YaHoo!!!!   I'm officially announcing the Second Annual.....

Polka Dot Flea
Saturday and Sunday
June 13-14, 2015
Indoor/airconditioned
 Central Florida Fairgrounds
 Orlando, Florida

100 booths filled with the "Best of the Best" Vendors selling.....Vintage, Funky, Shabby, Refurbished, Rusty, Antique, Quirky, Repurposed, and Industrial Wares.

  Here's the scoop.....I am still reeling from the huge success of the first Polka Dot Flea last June. 


The only complaint we heard was "It was too crowded" (Not a bad complaint really)

So.....I knew if there was going to be another Polka Dot Flea it had to be in a larger space with more vendors.  Could I do it? Did I want to do it?  I knew I couldn't do it alone.   My son helped me with the  last Flea, would he be willing to do all of the social media, run the actual show, help with staffing and details?

The answer was....YES....YES....And.....YES!!!!

We picked the Central Florida Fairgrounds for the first Polka Dot Flea because....If...Just maybe....The Flea was a success, we wanted the option to move into a bigger space without having to change the location.......So a BIGGER space it will be!


The Polka Dot Flea is moving from 7000 sq ft to 21,000 sq ft!!!
And
From 40 to 100 booths!!!
And
From 1 day to 2 days!!!

I don't have any aspirations to grow the show larger than 100 booths.  I want this to be a once a year show that people look forward to, mark their calendars, maybe even plan their Orlando vacations around.....How cool would that be?

  The fairground features 600 camping spots with hook ups and a shower building.  We had a couple of campers at the last show....



.......And I'm hoping that we can attract a lot more to the beautiful tree lined camping spots on the lake at the fairgrounds


And I'm thrilled to say that Barr Display and Adjectives Market are both on board to be sponsors once again!

We are not quite ready to accept vendor applications.  There is  a little more work to do on the website and I want the attorney to do a little tweaking on the contract.....You will be the first to know when the Polka Dot Flea is open for vendor applications.

So there you have it...I'm scared, I'm excited, and possibly.....Just plain crazy!!!!

Happy Creating
Carol

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July 21, 2014

Glamping Art

Mix a little Glam + Camping and you have "Glamping"!  

 I had a lot of fun this past week framing up these cute little vintage campers.......Glampers


 I bought this fun fabric a while back at a little quilting shop outside of Orlando......


....And hung onto it until.......Inspiration finally hit!!


I didn't want to waste the fabric by simply making a couple pillows.   So, I made the most of it by cutting out each camper and framing it.


I added a few do-dadas, decorative stitches, and vintage rick rack to make each one unique.





I love all of the vintage trailers that people are glamming up!


I plan on selling these at the next Polka Dot Flea.  Yep, there is going to be another one!  I will share the details on my next post. 

 Here's what I'm thinking....The Central Florida Fairgrounds has 600 camping spots available, many in a gorgeous tree lined area on a lake.  If I do a two day show (Details soon) how great would it be for Glampers to come spend the weekend right on the grounds and take in the Flea?  

And....Maybe... pick up a cute little framed Glamper at the show?

Happy Creating
Carol  


July 8, 2014

Making Pillow Cases For The "Pillowcase Project"

How is it that I have been sewing my whole life and never made a pillowcase?


I follow a great blog called "Kelley Highway" and she is collecting pillowcases for the National Children's Hospital in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines


Kelley has called this the "Pillowcase Project", you can read all about it HERE.  When I read the post, I knew I had to get onboard.


  Since I have a lot of polka dot fabric...Surprise...I decided thats what I would use to make my pillowcases.  I hope the kids like polka dots


  
Kelley and her husband are originally from Missouri and became Missionaries 15 years ago.   They now split their time between Manila and Guam and are serving several island regions in South East Asia and the South West Pacific including Australia.  This is why she calls her blog "Kelley Highway" ....She's always on the road.



I look forward to reading Kelley's blog....Instead of "Where's Waldo" I always wonder "Where's Kelley".  She takes her readers along on her mission work and freely shares the life lessons she's learned and the work she does.  She also blogs about her family, sewing, and crafting...Making it a delightful read.   


Although Kelleys life and mine are vastly different, I know, that if we ever meet we will talk until our jaws ache.


When I was looking online for a pillow case tutorial a friend told me to Google "Taco pillowcase"......LOL..... After a little looking I realized that she must have said "Burrito pillow case"....Yes, that's what it was...It's an easy to follow tutorial.

If you are not a seamstress but, feel inclined to contribute to the "Pillowcase Project", I'm sure the kids won't mind if the pillowcases are store bought!

Here's a quote from Kelley  "What a boost this would be if your readers would sew together a little kindness for these precious little people.  We all have so much, don’t we?"

Happy Crafting
Carol