April 15, 2014

Getting Featured In Barr Displays Catalog

Getting featured in a magazine is one thing, but a catalog....Pretty amazing.....Yep, there's my projects right on page 93 of Barr Display 2014 catalog!


I have a long working relationship with Barr Display you can read about it HERE




For a couple years they have sold dress forms that I alter and age for them...Tutorial HERE


I have also had fun aging their baskets...Tutorial HERE


And altering neck forms....Tutorial HERE


They sell a ton of fun things to use in your homes and boutiques. And great items to display your wears in your antiques booth or at craft shows




I am thrilled that not only is Barr Display a sponsor for the Polka Dot Flea they will be a vendor...So you can pick up their products right at the show and avoid shipping.......But, If you can't make it to the Polka Dot Flea you can order your free catalog right HERE!


Thank you Barr Display...I am so honored!

Happy Creating!
Carol

April 8, 2014

Painting 3 Vintage Tool boxes

Anytime I see vintage tool boxes I buy them...Oh the possibilities


Goodness, the clock is ticking and I have to get some goods ready for the Polka Dot Flea.   The whole reason I'm doing the Flea is to be a vendor at an indoor venue!


After a good cleaning with a wire brush and a wipe down, I painted the two bigger tool boxes with a dry brush technique...Tutorial HERE


The graphics are from Graphics Fairy and were transferred to the boxes with the blender pen method

The graphics on this tool box are the bottom lettering from this graphic




I couldn't help myself...I needed one girlie tool box with polka dots lol

The polka dots were made with a round sponge...No fail method...You can see how HERE


Great for storage 


And with spring in the air, they make great planters


So there you have it...Three tool boxes ready for the Polka Dot Flea


I have so many projects in the works......You guys are the best!!!  Thank you for letting me share these projects and this whole Polka Dot Flea journey with you!

Happy Creating
Carol

You can check out the Polka Dot Flea website HERE
Follow the Polka Dot Flea on FB HERE

April 3, 2014

Painting A Vintage Bike


 I thought painting this vintage bike would be a ton of work, but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was!



I bought this bike to use at the Polka Dot Flea...of course I had plans to spruce it up.


 I think it will be perfect leaning up against the front railing greeting shoppers as they arrive. 


Of course I had to paint it, and what would one of my projects be if I didn't add flowers?! 



Since I wanted the bike to have a little contrast I covered the seat, handle bars and pedals so they would remain black.   

 Then spray painted it using two cans of Krylons "Catalina Mist"...Oh, I love that color!  I sprayed the top then turned it upside down and spun the tires as I sprayed.

I used zip ties to attach a basket and added faux, and real flowers (from my garden).


I made the sign by using the EZ tracer; you can see the method HERE.


It looks ok from far away, but look close.....


Goodness a second grader has better decorative painting skills than I do...good thing I'm crafting in the age of "shabby is cool"...lol!

OK, I know the weather is still crummy for so many of you, but I couldn't resist showing you the flowers that are blooming here in Orlando...my bougainvillea is going crazy!


So there you have it...Painting a Vintage Bike 101...

This would look so cute in a vintage shop or garden...it really is an easy project!

I would love for you to visit the Polka Dot Flea website HERE
Or 
Follow the Polka Dot Flea on FB HERE


OMG the Polka Dot Flea is just over 2 months away!

Happy Creating
Carol

March 30, 2014

The Polka Dot Flea In Vintage Finds Magazine

Advertising for the Polka Dot Flea has started in a big way!
Vintage Finds Magazine is a VERY COOL free magazine available in shops (and online) all over Florida, keeping vintage lovers informed of the latest vintage shows, shops and happenings in Florida...The kind of shops and shows that WE ALL love.

I put an ad in the April issue , but wait...

...Kathy the editor added the Polka Dot Flea to the cover of the newest issue...but wait...


...When Kathy hand delivers Vintage Finds Magazine to Vintage stores all over Florida she offered to also distribute Polka Dot Flea postcards!



WHAT???!!!...How nice is this??...Kathy will be distributing 6000 Polka Dot Flea postcards to over 100 vintage shopkeepers to hand out to their customers; priceless advertising for the Flea...Thank you, thank you!

 The Polka Dot Flea will also be advertised in the Orlando Weekly Reader (A cool hipsters magazine you can find at most local restaurants and cafes) and in the "Calendar of events" section of the local newspaper and TV station (If the Polka Dot Flea grows I will expand to national magazines)

Starting May 1st, postcards and posters will be hand delivered to every cafe, shop, Starbucks and boutique in town (I did sales for 20 years...lets see if I've still got it!)

  
And then of course there is social media...I would be beyond grateful if anyone wants to share any of the images or info in this post on their social media outlets.

So...Heres the deal:  I have calculated that I need 699.5 Polka Dot Flea customers to attend the inaugural show (699 average sized people and one really skinny girl) to break even.  Anything over 699.5 customers will allow me to recoup my initial investment and fund the next show.

I am putting every ounce of my being (that's a lot of ounces) into the planning and prep for the Polka Dot Flea. So, if it turns out to be a big fat flop I will have no regrets!

I will at least know that I tried and gave it my all and had more fun in the process than a girl deserves...and that my friends is priceless!

If you have a minute you can visit Vintage Finds Magazine HERE
Polka Dot Flea Website HERE and Polka Dot Flea Facebook page HERE


Happy Creating!
Carol





March 24, 2014

Shabby Fabric Garland

Fabric garland...My new love!

This is so unbelievably quick and easy


 Just incase you are one of the 10 crafters in the world like me, that haven't made one....I had to share.


The back wall of my booth at the Polka Dot Flea will be a wire grid that I covered in muslin fabric.  But...It needed a little something to add interest....So, I thought...Let me try making a fabric garland.


I love it and it was sooooo easy.  It took me under 2 hours from start to finish to make 20 feet of garland and that included choosing my fabric,tearing, and tying it.


Any size strips will work.  I tore my strips approximately 3" wide by 10" long.   I didn't do any measuring I just eyeballed the size and started tearing.

The best part was I used up tons of fabric scraps, bed sheets, old table runners that had holes, fabric from dresses that I bought at the thrift because I liked the fabric.


I did not use any special knot, I just tied the fabric strips on twine.....Quick and Easy!


I can see these being used as decoration in an antiques booth, a girls bedroom, baby and wedding showers, garden parties.   How about Red, white, and blue fabric for a 4th of July party?

I know many of you have made fabric garlands....How and where have you've used them.

Happy Creating!
Carol