Thursday, July 29, 2010

Barn House - "The Flea" Show

Just a reminder that "The Boys of Barn House" are hosting their flea market home and garden show this Saturday July 31st :


21607 NE 242nd Ave.

Battle Ground, WA 98604
(30 mins. NE of Portland)

9am - 11am

Early Buying = $5

11am - 2pm

Free Admission

I'm going down with a friend......can't wait, should be lots of fun and I hope to bring back goodies for the store!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

D.I.Y. Projects...

Summer is such a great time enjoy the sun, work in the garden and of course ....go "junking". I love picking up old weathered garden furniture. Take this cute bistro set:

The paint was chipping off and the metal a bit rusty.  The plastic fabric (although cheery) was cracking in several places. However with a little fresh paint and new fabric on the seats it is as good as new. I recovered the seats using beige indoor/outdoor fabric.

I have also been dying to try my hand at making my own cushions using the iron-on transfer technique. I made this "french inspired" cushion using burlap and toile fabric for the back. I love how this turned out and will definately be making more. 


What are your favorite D.I.Y. projects? I'd love to hear about them.

Hello Bonjour....

Well this is my first attempt at blogging! It's been quite a year and a half for me. I retired from the Federal Government after 34 years and in October 2006, I started a new retail store called "French Vanilla Home and Garden". In July 2007 I launched my store's e-commerce website and now this....blogging! Who would have thought! Has it been challenging?....a bit, stressful?.... some days, rewarding?....most definitely! I love owning my own retail store, filling it with things I love and helping my customers find that perfect item or gift! I am enjoying this new phase of my life and look forward to learning new things, having new adventures and making new friends along the way!

(established July/2008)