Friday, September 30, 2011

San Francisco and Big Daddy's Antiques

Hi Y'allzes!
Just got back from a super quick get-a-way to visit my Brother and his wonderful girlfriend, Karen in San Francisco.  Here they are, aren't they cute? ;)

I can't say Thank You enough to both of them!  They hosted my Mom and I for 4 days of jam-packed sightseeing, amazing wineries, restaurants, 2 of the best Flea Markets ever (Petaluma and Treasure Island) and of course lots of shopping!  On my last day there, they took me to see Big Daddy's Antiques.  A place that had reached mythological proportions in my head after I had read and seen a few pics of it, and let me tell ya' it did NOT disappoint.  It's a huge warehouse in the design district, jam packed with large scale artifacts, European antiques, statuary's, leather and linen upholstered furniture, etc.

Karen and I at the entryway (look at the size of that door!)

How about a Giant Ship in..oh, I don't know, your living or family room?

Loved this stone Mantel and all the charcoal grey chairs!

This is what greets you once inside-GORGEOUS.  My pics don't do it justice.

Farmhouse style coffee tables, stacked, vintage leather chair, huge movie reel and that ship.

Doves coo as you shop!

My adorable Mom and Karen. I'm told this is a 'cupola'- I just want it in my living room :)

We also visited a couple Flea Markets and it took all the will power in me not to buy and ship home so many things.  Unbelievable stuff, and we did do some minor damage ;)  But nothing a borrowed suitcase couldn't hold!
Petaluma Antique/Flea Market

Treasure Island Flea Market-this sculpture greets you at the entry.  Originally built for 'Burning Man' back in May, and it is filled with LED lights.  So cool!!

Then we of course had to sample some of the finest wines California has to offer, and 'sample' we did!!

Me, Mom, and Braden

Nooo, we didn't drink all that!

Me and my date, Braden and Karen
We also got to dip our feet in at Point Reyes, such a beautiful drive.  I have truly missed the ocean being here in Northern Texas...
My Mom, Bro and Karen

Mom in her element :)

And just like that, it was over...bye for now San Francisco!  See you again soon-I hope!

Thanks again guys, and give Stella a big ole kiss for me! XOXO

Monday, September 12, 2011

Too Much Time on my Hands...(T-T-T-T-T-Ticking away)

How are you?
Thanks for the awesome color suggestions from my last post (Crystal and Robin :) I am working on finding the perfect pieces to use them on!  I  had to put a temporary halt on painting while I've been redoing my work space in the garage.  I discovered there was a little bit of over-spray making its way past the plastic sheeting.  So I had to order one of these:
Combo Welding Screen
While I am STILL awaiting its arrival (grrr), and the kids are in school I decided (or some sort of a crazy, crafty, mid-life crisis is taking hold) to take up sewing.  I know....what the...??  But I haaave sewn before.  I come from a family of antique-rs and professional upholsterers so somewhere deep within, it's always lurked - waiting for the opportune time...Bwaahaahaaa  ;)  My Grampa had an Upholstery shop in Beverly Hills and did work for the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant, and Liberace.  (I would have loved to have seen those pieces!)  My Aunt has been an Upholsterer for decades doing work for Calico Corners.  Personally though,  I always became way too frustrated and impatient with it.  I gave up before I finished or the minute I had to install a zipper/button/closure.  That was until I saw this baby:

It was love the moment I set eyes on it...I had been obsessing searching for an affordable type coffee table/ottoman that matched my decor and didn't have sharp corners (kids).  Problem was they are all require such commitment for the $$$, I mean what if I don't want brown faux leather for the rest of my life?  What if my kids jumped on and broke it?  What if they ripped that faux leather, hurt themselves on a corner, what if-what-if??   But this one was kid friendly, washable, portable, cozy and surely couldn't be more than a couple hundred bucks right??  WRONG.

I was in some serious sticker shock when I saw the price tag, really.  Couldn't believe it. I mean-is it filled with diamonds?!  All the sudden my DIY instincts kicked in, how hard could it be to make?  Well...I'll tell you.

It's not.  Although I did make mine slightly smaller, and by using a serger style sewing machine, but you can create a similar effect by using piping, bias tape, etc. with a regular machine.  The serger is an easy way to get that 'French-seam" look which is what I was after.

I filled it with poly beads which you can order online, but you could also use shredded foam, or even old pillows and blankets!  Whatever you liked and all depending on how squishy or firm you wanted it.   My kids love laying on it watching movies.

Here's where it got out of control though.  So while I was still waiting for that darn screen to arrive I kept sewing, in fact no one could stop me!  It was a journey all it's own, I just kept going...and going...and I sewed up these:

swiss cross looks a little crooked here, but it's just overstuffed.

And these,

Robert Allen 'Nautical' fabric line

and then there HAD to be another Pouf to match, right?!  It's called O.C.D  :)

 I was in a Nautical mood I guess....this my version of  'Fall' for the coastal-type style aesthetic.  I don't do orange, but never say never.
Cameo Bliss at
I'm putting these up as inventory in my Etsy shop (Cameo Bliss) I have a feeling I will be adding more items intermittently as I wait for paint to dry.   That or they will all be shipped to the Mutiny Bay Antique Mall in Whidbey Island, WA. soon.
Next week I hope to be back to paint spraying some new furniture pieces! I have an itchy trigger finger.  Thanks for reading and have a great week everyone :)