Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sizzlin Summertime!

Summertime is here! Finally!
That means it's time to come in and see my fabulous vintage fans!
Nothing sounds better that the whirr of an old fan that can still keep you cool.
and they look good too, and that's what really counts, right?

Come in and see my new Idea board!
Since I just got in bunches of "new" architectural salvage,
we decided to put up an IDEA board for you to see all the cool easy projects
you can do with this reclaimed stuff.
Come in and share your ideas too!

All the best,
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Friday, June 25, 2010

Have I mentioned before that I have the absolute best customers? In case I haven't, I sincerely mean it when I say I have the best customers!!! If this picture dosen't make you smile I don't know what will! One of my fantastic customers, Tonya, came in and purchased bonnets for her girls, and of course they just had to come in and show them off.! squealing with glee!

One of my favorite things about selling goodies to people is hearing about what they're going to do with them when they get them home. Like our fabulous customer who bought our favorite aqua Bahama shutters and she is having them made into a coffee table.Or one of our other favoite people who just had to have a fantastic vintage screen door to hang on her wall.

Everyones creativity is so inspiring that the girls and I have been talking about doing an inspiration board in the store full of photos of creative things our customers have done with their purchases. Help us get started! Bring in a picture for our board! I'm feeling a contest....

All the best,
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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Fabulous Farm Chicks

It's official! I am now truly a Montana style Farm Chick! Can my smile get any bigger? Is that a cute booth or what?
What a weekend adventure Rachel and I had! We snacked the entire 4 hour drive from Montana and so feeling no pain being pumped up on chocolate, caffeine , salt, and sugar, we found the correct entrance to the fairgrounds,(after several trys of going through the horse show event); we found a parking space close to our loading dock(after going to the 6 or so wrong doors) we even backed up the 25 foot trailer without hitting anyone(with Rachel screaming at me and waving her arms frantically at me just a few times).
Then the fun began on Friday, unloading and setting up. We only made 57 trips from trailer to booth in the monsoon. I haven't had hair that big since my days in Michigan in the 1980's, and that was some BIG hair!What a little humidity can do...
Then on Saturday morning we saw the lines of people wind around the parking lot, down the street and up the block--forever!! Wow! Are we ready for this Rachel? Yikes!!
The show was amazing. The best part was the people we connected with. Jenny and Helen and Melissa and Stacy from the Junk Girls--our neighbors and new best friends. Naomi and her twin Nicole, our favorite customers.And Celeste,of Chaps, who encouraged us to apply to be a vendor, way back in January! The fabulous women on Timi's tour bus who wore their hairnets to get their 25% off!! All of the many vendors like Bob and Rolaina and Debbie and Sue, who gave us advice and made us 2 gals from Montana feel welcome. And to my fabulous local Columbia Falls customers who dropped into our booth to give us praise and encouragement! (You know who you are) Thank you friends!!!!
You all made Rachel and me feel so welcome!!
As soon as I figure out how to get the photos off my camera and onto the blog, I will post the amazing shots of the show! It was the most crazy fun I've ever had!!! So Rachel, are you ready for next year? I was thinking our new theme could be.......
All the best,
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

For the Man Room

A peek into the Man Room @ Station 8

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Dear Dad: Father's Day 2010

You have heard it called "man cave", "den", even (to coin Sarah Susanka's term from The Not So Big House) the "away room". The name is not really important, it's ownership that matters. And this room is definitely owned by the man of the house. That is easily apparent from the moment you set foot inside. This is a place where the man gets to create his own environment, one that usually is very different from the rest of the house.

And the Man Room is just that, a place in the house that is devoid of all things dainty and demure. Instead it is "outfitted" with furniture that is tough, neutral colored, and can take having feet (encased in dirty boots) rest there. "Wall art", generally comes in the form of vintage metal signs, sports equipment, and photographs. There may be collections of historical value, or personal interest...old fishing reels, Glacier National Park or Great Northern memorabilia, vintage cameras, a globe that doubles as a light and perhaps even a locker room water cooler!

Check out the photos...just a sampling of possibilities for the Man Room in your home.


Saturday, June 5, 2010

Front Porch Days Are On the Way

Front porch days are on the way! Kick off your boots, and slip on your sandals. Let the sun caress your face and the breeze play with your hair. Grab a favorite book and a tall glass of lemonade, you have waited a long time for this......................................................................

the first "front porch day" of the season!

Yesterday, Rae and I had a blast creating our own front porch inside the shop! We had to dig down deep into the warehouse of our imaginations however, since it pretty much poured all day and the thought of wearing sandals made us shiver! But, once we got started, we were "sunny" idea led to another and before we knew it, there it was, that quintessential front porch, complete with a white spindle bench, well dressed with cornflower blue print pillows of all shapes and sizes. Rae filled a glass pitcher with lemons, and hung a wrought iron chandelier with moss green candles. A bird cage with two nesting love birds and a "handlebar basket" style vintage bike lazing against the porch pillars, completed the look.

We hope you'll stop by for a visit, kick your shoes off, and "set a spell". There's always room on the front porch for friends.