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Thankyou! <3 <3 <3

Jun19th2016

I want to thank each and every one of my fantastic friends for coming out to the market this weekend! I was overwhelmed with the love and support! Seeing all the familiar faces and knowing that you made the time to stop in and say hello was so heartwarming….thankyou soooo much! It’s so great to be back doing what I love and having you all support me in that. We had a load of fun and great success! A special thanks to all the other vendors who participated and introduced themselves, it’s so great to make new friends with common interests. Here’s a few pictures of the booth we set up. A heartfelt thanks to Eric and Stuart and my loving husband Murray for helping with the set up and take down…I couldn’t have done it without you!

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Our grandkids came down to say hello and spread some cuteness!

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Quality Control for Shabby Chic

Jul20th2015

Good day everyone! I wanted to talk about QUALITY for a moment regarding SHABBY CHIC furniture! I was shopping recently in the U.S. and brought back a number of items I found from the trip. I just love looking for new projects and sometimes I purchase stuff that is in relatively good shape but not quite up to the standards I put on myself and the pieces I refinish. Now sometimes the price reflects the quality of the item and there is a fair price on it. Other times, I notice that there are a lot of expensive items put out there that just fall short of what I would put in my house as far as quality goes.

I ALWAYS use one guideline for myself, and that is if I won’t put it in my house, why would you want to put it in yours? After refinishing this particular project I thought it would be good to reveal what exactly I do with my projects to have them qualify to the standards I set.

The item has to be CLEAN: no cobwebs, dust, grime, rust, cup rings or any kind of grit or dirt. The item is STURDY: no wobbles, weak spots, or shortcut fixes that will eventually weaken and break. If painted, I do a process that ensures that there will be NO CHIPPING. I sand all pieces thoroughly to assist the paint to adhere to the surface. In most cases it is PRIMED. I sand between each paint coat so you get a nice smooth finish. Plus I CLEARCOAT every painted piece with a satin finish to protect from scratching and powdering off. The UNDERSIDE of any one piece whether it’s a chair, vanity, sideboard, table, etc. is well done so that if you flip it over, the bottom surface doesn’t look like an unsightly mess. If the piece is UPHOLSTERED, I make a judgement as to the difficulty of the item and whether I can upholster it myself. This saves a lot of money as you know upholstery can be quite expensive! If I can’t do a particular project myself, I hire a professional. Again, I won’t put out anything that is a COMPROMISE to quality. I do not mark up any upholstery expenses (I do the drop off, pickup and fabric choice at no charge for my time). I truly believe in passing on every penny of savings onto the customer wherever possible.

Here is an example of a vanity I purchased that was already done in a shabby chic finish. Upon close inspection, I found it was lumpy (dirt had not been cleaned off), the paint was peeling (no primer was used), it smelled (like a barn!), the mirror was unusable (deteriorated), the underside had cobwebs and grime…so you can see it was not even close to a pristine piece of furniture…I took this piece and put it through a proper, detailed refinishing process so that it is now 100%, right down to replacing the mirror and painting the insides of the drawers.

I hope this post helps you understand the steps taken to bring you the best product possible! I take a lot of pride in my ability to always bring you the best of what I do, complete with a GUARANTEE of quality.

BEFORE refinishing (looks ok doesn’t it? But I guarantee when you get it home, all the issues I listed out above will rear their ugly heads!

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AFTER refinishing:

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A Romantic Weekend in Vancouver

Nov10th2014

Just before winter hits us on the prairies, my husband and I decided to make a little getaway to one of my favourite cities, Vancouver! It is absolutely gorgeous there this time of the year with all it’s majestic elm and oak trees in full yellow and orange fiery leaves….it rained a bit the first day, but such is Vancouver! The rest of the weekend was a glorious cool, crisp fall setting. Of course, the trip wouldn’t be complete without visiting some of my favourite stores, The Farmhouse, Country Furniture, The Cross and Heather Ross, a little shop we discovered near Granville Island. Along the way, cascades of shop flowers spilled over the streets.

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Heather Ross’ shop is one of my favourite stops! It’s a small artsy little place, she is such a kind, bubbly personality and is always in her element surrounded by her personal artwork and creations. Right now her store is themed in a beautiful transparent sea haze green. Vintage pottery, glassware, personal soaps, candles and scented creams along with antique linens and eurostyle farmhouse antiques decorate the shop. It was dusk (already arriving at 4:30pm!) when we arrived and the sunlight streaming through the window and vintage glassware was stunning.

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Another favourite stop is Farmhouse on S.W. Marine Drive. They had the cutest garden houses I’ve ever seen! Built from architectural salvage pieces, every one is unique…I’d love to try one of these sometime.

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It was a lovely time…