Saturday, August 31, 2013

Life Behind the Blogger...sharing over at Junk Chic Cottage...

Happy Saturday friends!!
I am so very honored to be featured today over at Junk Chic CottageKris and Susan (Must Love Junk) came up with the fun idea to do a Saturday series on the "Life Behind the Blogger".
You can find me there today...
Hope you'll stop over and say HI.  I'm guessing I a shared a few things you might not know about me and my family??
And when you are done, hop over to... learn more about our friend Jane from Blondie's Journal.
Thanks again Kris and Susan!
See you there :)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Lofted "Cottage" Bed...our little girl's room...

Chipping with Charm:  Lofted Cottage Bed...

Our home has small rooms...have I mentioned that? ;)
We needed to get "creative" to give our kids more space to sleep AND play...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Kitchen Drawer to Chalkboard Shelf...

This old drawer used to be a "junk drawer" in our kitchen...gathering paper clips and random things that didn't have a home.  Then when we did our little kitchen cupboard re-do...
10+ years ago now...I'm now "patiently" waiting for re-do #2!) lost it's spot.  So then it gathered dust in our garage instead.

I recently "rescued" it from the garage...added a shelf...

...and some chalkboard paint.

Now it's moved up from storing hidden junk like rubber bands and pens without pretty "junk".  Like my lovely aqua SCRAPER PHOTO HOLDER.  Which by the way got a LOT of "love" on my Chipping with Charm FACEBOOK page.  Glad to hear I'm not the only one who can appreciate a pretty old tool :)

The wood on the bottom of the drawer was pretty rough.  I just used glue dots to attach a couple of book pages from an old cook book.  I didn't want them to be glued on permanently in case it switches rooms.  Things tend to move around here quite a bit.

And did you notice my chippy old paper towel holder?
Works perfect for holding rolls of "art" paper too.

Which is slick because my little artists keep their supplies right here in these old dairy boxes.

And I can't let you go with out telling you that these little cuties belonged to my grandmother.  She had a salt and pepper collection.  They make me about you?

Thanks for stopping!

Chat soon, 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

And Speaking of Spools...a spool turned spice rack...

So the other day I shared our new SPOOL OTTOMAN for the back patio.

And as I was digging around in my "Spool Stash"...
(What?  Doesn't everyone have a spool stash?  Is that odd?  Maybe a little?)
...I found this other little spool that I had been thinking I'd use for a spinning spice rack.

We just added a "Lazy Susan" to the bottom...another easy one here.  No surprise :)

And again, I just coated it with a matte poly spray and left it "as is"...industrial charm??

The perfect height for spices...

...spin it around for sweeteners etc.

Works for me :)

Here are a couple of other things we've made from various spools...

Did you see this little spool table layered with linens in the "Vintage kid" section in OUR BOOTH AT ANTIQUES DOWNTOWN? 

Or this one...

...we "DRESSED UP" for a salad bar party?

Fun for flowers too!
So what about you?  Have you made anything clever with spools lately?
Thanks for stopping by!

Chat soon,

Saturday, August 3, 2013

We Moved...but only a booth away :)

We moved our booth today...

You might remember the "chippy" booth we moved into last fall at Antiques Downtown in Elk River, MN.
We enjoyed that charming little booth for almost a year...but recently decided we needed a little more space.

So today we moved one "whole" booth over to that last booth on the main level.  And if you walk in though the back door from the parking lot, you pretty much walk right into our new space.

Just today we decided to call ourselves...Signs of Charm.  Which is a combo of my friend Joan's business name...Signs of the Times...and mine, Chipping with Charm.  
(I know you knew that...just a shameless excuse to link to my business Facebook page, forgive me :)

It's really only a little bit bigger, but because it's more of a square than a rectangle...we were able to use the space better.  I bet we have twice the amount of "junk" in there as we did the last booth.  We broke it down into a few sections this month...

We call this the "pretty junk" section.  
Lots of re-purposed finds and signs.

More "pretty junk".  
Did you see my last post about the shoe stretcher MAGIC WANDS my daughter and I made?

This is our "Summer Junk" section.  
It's still August...a whole month of summer fun here!

Wouldn't this chippy planter be fun filled with cold drinks down the middle of your table for an outdoor party?

And this is our "Back to School/Vintage Kid Junk" section.  
We've decided to include more "as is" vintage items in our booth.  We're hoping it expands our customer base...since we are in and Antique store and all.

Only one DRAWER END TABLE left.

Do you like our mini spool table with layered vintage linens??

So that's it...LOTS A JUNK...stacked and layered for your digging pleasure. It's been our experience at this shop...the more you have, the more you sell.
And did you notice all the COLOR?  Pretty strange for me...but a welcome sight.  I've been CRAVING a little more about you?

Stop by if you are in the area...3 levels of antiques, vintage, jewelry, accessories re-purposed and handmade items to explore.

Antiques Downtown
309 Jackson Ave.
Elk River, MN 55330

Thanks for stopping by for a peek around.

Sharing this at...
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tues.

Have a great weekend,