Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Be Careful What You Wish For...

Like most small business owners, I often wish I could figure out a way to expand my product visibility beyond my immediate flea market shows and store sales. Hummm....be careful what you wish for!

After Heather Bullard so generously featured my pillows on her blog, http://www.heatherbullard.typepad.com/ (just scroll down a bit on her blog) I received numerous inquiries from all over the US (and one from France!) about my pillows. Wish granted! Even more delightful were the compliments everyone sent me about my designs and work. Really an ego boost! The photograph that Heather took of the pillows was AMAZING.(It's not the photo above, you have to go to her blog to see it.) They really never looked so good. Thank you, thank you, thank you Heather. An additional bonus was getting introduced to so many new blogs. I will soon be posting all the blogs I follow, but right now, I need to get busy sewing!



A Perfect Day In Temecula!
Last Friday I spent a really wonderful day in Temecula. It was my friend, Lynda's birthday and while we only get together twice a year (once for her bday and once for mine), it's always fun to see her and catch up. Knowing how much Lynda enjoys the "Junk" world, we headed to Temecula for a full day of shopping. First, we went to the La Maison Rustique barn sale. http://www.lamaisonrustique.typepad.com/ So many wonderful things to look at and buy! Christie Repasy was there featuring her beautiful floral paintings. What a talent she has. You can contact Christie if you are interested in her paintings at .http://www.christierepasy.com/ After our barn sale visit, we headed to see Lynda's friend's store in Temecula, The Farmer's Wife. Cute name, cute store. Her friend's store is located in old town of Temecula and after walking the shops a bit, we sat for lunch. Perfect day full of nonstop catch-up conversation.


There is no place like home....off to Texas.
I'll always consider myself a Texan. I grew up there up until I left for college in CA, my high school mascot was the Longhorn, worked as a waitress at the Longhorn Cafe, (served the best chicken fried steak around!), dance the two step many nights at Gilly's at the height of the Urban Cowboy craze and almost got arrested at a Willie Nelson concert because I used the men's restroom (that is a blog in itself!). Yep, a true Texan. I'm headed home next month for my nephew's graduation and my sister suggested I come home a few days early and we head out to the Canton Flea Market. Yea! She also knows of a few out of the way places she wants to take me. Can't wait. Will have lots of photos to post after my trip. While I'm there, I'm having lunch with my high school journalism teacher, Ann Brannen. Yes, after all these years, we're still in touch and I give her credit for planting the seeds for my love of writing and getting a degree in broadcast journalism.


Helpful Tips....Got a headache? Try cutting a lime in half and rub it on your forehead. (If that doesn't work, maybe try a shot of tequila with the lime - LOL)

Need to do that ever dreaded job of cleaning the toilet. Try dropping in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait about twenty minutes, scrub, and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action will clean the toilet.


If you have a helpful hint, send it to me. rsmcarey@aol.com



Look for me this coming Sunday at the Flea Market at Irvine Valley College! The following Sunday, I'm at Rosebowl. I know it's Mother's Day, but tradtionally, it's a great day at RB!


I once heard a saying that I will now use to close my blogs each time....I do not know who originally said it but am declaring for copyright purposes...it was not me!


"A day without laughter is a day wasted"....enjoy your week.!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

My Lucky Rabbit's Foot

(New Monogram & Number Pillows are ready for purchase...contact me at rsmcarey@aol.com for more details!)

When I first started thinking about creating a blog, I came up with a list of possibilities for it's title. While I ultimately chose The Tarnished Crown...I also really liked Petticoat "Junk"tion (after the 1960's TV show since I always wanted to be one of the PJ sisters) and My Lucky Rabbit's Foot.


Now I'm thinking that after the month I've had, I really should have gone with My Lucky Rabbit's Foot.


Many of you know that about a month ago, my 16 year old son went in for a routine physical for Track. They found a lump in one of his neck lymph nodes. After a run of antibiotics and no change, they decided to do an MRI. It showed 2 additional borderline enlarged nodes and they recommended an open biopsy to take them all out. They didn't even want to do a needle biopsy because that procedure would not allow them to see if it were cancer or not. Needless to say, I had some pretty low moments of worry. My son said, "Why are you so worried, I'm not." I said, "Because part of a mom's job is to worry when their kids might be sick."


Riley had the surgery on Monday the 13th and we were given very optimistic news, that all three nods looked benign but we'd get the pathology report the following week. As if that wasn't enough, Riley had surgery on Monday and, on Thursday, we got the news that our friend's 17 year old son was in the hospital. On that same day, my middle daughter scratched her cornea with her contact and while we sat in the Acute Care we were getting updates on our friend's son. I am SO HAPPY to report that Riley's biopsy came back negative, our friend's son is home recuperating and Chelsea will never wear her contacts to bed ever again! Thank you God for those miracles! I'd also like to thank ALL of you who prayed for Riley. Our friends, family and people we don't know prayed for his health and I will forever be grateful for those prayers....Yes, indeed, I'm thinking I really should have titled my blog...My Lucky Rabbit's Foot. (Unfortunately, even if I wanted to change it, my 11 year old daughter decided to use it when she created her blog!)




New burlap pillows are in stock...

I have a selection of number pillows and Monogram ones. I only did a few monogram letters to start with, but plan to do more. Currently, I have in stock: R, A, C, H, & S. Next on the list are M, K,L & W. You can place orders if I don't have your letter and will contact you when it comes in stock. The monograms letters are black on brown burlap or black on white cotton. The pillows are $35 and down inserts are an additional $15 as an option. Contact me at rsmcarey@aol.com if you are interested in any of the pillows. I also have 2 cane back chairs that I've covered the seats in a burlap crown design that are ready to be added to your home decor. Very cute.

Time Saving New Uses Tips...
Remove Adhesive with Mayonnaise
Adhesive remover that banishes old stickers from mirrors, glass, and bumpers. Apply a generous helping to persistent adhesives and coax off with a flexible putty knife.

Clean Your Dishwasher with Lemonade Kool-Aid
Clean lime deposits and iron stains inside the dishwasher. Pour a packet of lemonade Kool-Aid (the only flavor that works) into the detergent cup and run the dishwasher while empty.Reward: The citric acid in the mix wipes out stains, so you don't have to.

These tips were passed on to me from a friend. I haven't tried them yet, but will definitely being trying the mayo on a glass top that has some stickers that need to be removed. Do you have any time saving tips...if so pass them on!


Have a great week! Look for me at Old Town Tustin, Sunday, April 26, Irvine Valley Colleg, May 3 and Rosebowl, May 11. Feel free to contact me at any time...rsmcarey@aol.com

Monday, April 6, 2009

Rain, Rain, Come Any Day...

Except on Sundays!


Since yesterday was the first Sunday of the month, it meant I could only be at one place - selling at the Irvine Valley College Flea Market. Weather plays such a factor in the Flea Market shows. The morning started out a little cool, but by 10 am the sun was shining and everyone was out looking for their next treasure.

This was not the case a few weeks ago when the Tustin show was rained out.

I love the rain! Just not on Sundays since that's the day most of the flea markets are scheduled. My version on "Rain, Rain, Go Away" is "Rain, Rain, Come Any Day - Except Sundays". I welcome the rain and know I will reap the benefits when my hydrangea's are in full bloom in a few months. Yes, I know they don't look like much now...but just wait. Fresh cut flowers are absolutely one of my favorite things. When my hydrangea's bloom, I love filling my house with fresh cuts. I give credit to my very own "Mr. Greenthumb". My husband seems to be able to make anything grow. Two years ago when he planted these roses, I admit was not happy. I had asked for all white cottage roses. Now, I have to fess up that I love it when I walk out to my car and see another beautiful rose that is just about to go full bloom. Yes, I recently made a point of telling "Mr. Greenthumb" that he was right and I love the roses. (He did eventually plant my white cottage roses last year in a different area of our front yard!) Flowers are one of the simple things that make me stop, smell the roses and just give thanks for all good things I have in my life. So today I encourage you to cut some fresh cut flowers from your yard or pick up a bundle from Trader Joe's and take a moment to stop, smell the roses and be thankful for all the wonderful things in your life.



Now back to where I started....Sunday's Irvine Valley Flea Market....thanks to all of you who stopped in! I appreciate all your kind words of how much you enjoy my booth. I'm so proud of the way my burlap crown chair came out. It was purchased by a store sight unseen! Definitely will be making more as everyone at the show loved it. I'm leaving a photo on the blog of Chelsea in the vintage dress since so many of you commented on it. I've decided for now not to sell it and just use it for a few more show displays. No doubt, it'll be for sell eventually, like so many of the other things I love and think I have to hold on to.

Still to come...


More crown pillows are in the works with a new crown design, along with new burlap pillows and chairs that will feature an alphabet letter, a number and french phrases. Since I barely passed my college French classes, I'm open to suggestions for phrases. I just don't want to do the everyday "Bonjour" "Merci" and so on. Send me an email if you have a suggestion! I'll send out a Blog message when I get some of the new items completed and also feature them on the site.



I also want to start featuring women who I think are amazing. Whether they are fellow junkers, designers, crafters or philanthropist...I want to share these talented women with you. The first person I want to tell you about is my good friend Linda Karnoff. Linda and her husband, Mike have been doing the Flea Markets for over 10 years. If you like my "junk" you will LOVE Linda and Mike's. Mike does an amazing job refurbishing or touching up the furtniture and Linda's taste, style and eye for the unique is hard to match! Linda recently started designing and selling these ADORABLE chicken wire crowns -- SO SO CUTE and a must have!!! You can contact Linda at junkdesigns@earthlink.net to see how you can purchase one of her crowns. Not sure if you can see the details on the crown. Some are adorned with vintage tinsel and baubles!



I'm still working on getting my blog design the way I really want it, but in between shuttling 3 kids, my freelance marketing clients, sewing pillows and redoing furniture, I'm afraid I'm not making much progress. Please feel free to post your comments. I welcome reading them. Have a great week!