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Grandma Kay At West Elm

Here we are at the Chicago West Elm Makers’ Market event on Saturday.

We set up inside the store.  I had a couch + a chair to display my pillows:

west elm shindig -- my booth

L: Stacey of Kismet Junk R: Me of RedBird
Disclaimer: I dislike my hair + shall get it cut, stat!

I sold lots of pillows of the CHICAGO persuasion,

just as I hoped I would.

Meanwhile, here’s Stacey’s (Kismet Junk) beautiful space:

G.O. + my grandlad arrived on the scene around 4:30-ish,

at which time, fun ensued!

Disclaimer: my camera setting was off, so my photos are sadly dark.

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BUT back to the good news.

As my grandlad + I were dashing through West Elm (at his request),

what did he spy + love but the red SMEG refrigerator of my dreams!

west elm smeg front

$2,000-ish

I know!!??!!  GROUP HUG, everybody!!

Also on his ‘I love it list’ — terrariums!

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West Elm had a front + center display of said-same,

along with dozens of very swell succulents.

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I told my grandlad to choose 4 succulents

+ promised we’d build him his own terrarium.

(Yes, I’m that Grandma!)

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OMG! Original 30’s Wood Siding!

Imagine my very pleasant surprise on Wednesday morning,

when I show up at our project Dutch colonial

+ see that the bad aluminum siding is “going away”!

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Good riddance!

Compare + contrast:

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B E F O R E

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D U R I N G

So, it DOES look a little like a haunted house right now . . .

but can’t you SEE how fantastic the original siding + trim is?

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The long-ago (C 30’s) carpenters who sided this house

were beyond superb craftsmen, I’d say.

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Just look at the detail of the dining room bay angles!

Their precision workmanship is mind-boggling, don’t you agree?

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Meanwhile, our garden shed is now a dark-ish gray/blue.

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No worries — those doors are going away.

At the Benjamin Moore store earlier in the day,

I opted to go with Blue Spruce,

one shade darker on the chart than my original choice,

Providence Blue.

YIKES.

Natch, I immediately felt a twinge of painter’s remorse**.

Providence Blue is at the lower right.

My original choice is at the lower right.
Blue Spruce, a shade darker,
is not shown here.

Here’s our adorable painting assistant, at the start of our project:

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Our grandlad.

**At this point, I’m worrying that I didn’t go dark enough.

YIKES.

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 Meanwhile, G.O.’s (unsolicited ;-)) observation was,

“I don’t think I am going to like this!”

I smiled, knowingly . . .

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. . . because, at the finishing point, guess what!

HE LOVED IT!

I LOVED IT!

Here are G.O. + our painting assistant, relaxing after their busy day:

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Please pay close attention to the vintage, white trellis in this ^^ photo op,

+ envision it attached to this side of our garden shed:

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I KNOW!!??

I love it!

I think we should plant a climbing Hydrangea on said-same:

lattice #6 climbing hydrangeas

As always, stay tuned!


Etsy Shopping Spree

I love etsy!

It’s an online site where people can sell their handmade + vintage stuff.

Trust me, it rocks, + you need to go to there, now.

www.etsy.com

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I opened my own etsy shop a few years ago

+ sell my own hand-stenciled pillows:

www.etsy.com/shop/redbirdvintagehome

 When it comes to etsy, I think I like buying even more than selling!!

Just this morning I bought this awesome letterpress card for my grandlad’s April birthday:

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Man vs. George Design on etsy

I know!!  Isn’t it cool?  I’m a huge fan of letterpress anything + numbers!

    Here’s hoping my grandlad will be somewhat impressed (no pun intended).

He’s actually been antiquing with us a few times.

He asked for + received the following:

a compass

a vintage metal toy airplane to hang from the ceiling in his room.

(HIS idea — honest!)

Since we’ve got ourselves a budding antiquer,

I think I’ll order this book for one of his birthday gifts:

american pickers

And yes, I am ‘THAT grandma’!

And yes, I am Facebook friends with Mike Wolfe!

BUT, once again, I digress.

My etsy shopping spree continued!

Since we’ll be moving soon-ish, I ordered us this custom-made rubber stamp:

etsy OK return addy stamp myclearstamps

  I asked the etsy seller if I could have an ‘OK’ monogram . . .

 . . . which is my ‘kooky fun’ thing to do with G.O.’s name + mine.

Get it?  O + K?

But wait!

I ordered yet another custom rubber stamp from an etsy seller, MJ’s art stamps.

They call this their ‘newspaper typewriter’ design.

Within hours of my request, they sent me a couple proofs:

etsy rubber stampI love it — it’s simple, rustic, vintage-style + looks handmade . . .

. . . which I think is a good match for my pillowmaking business.

When my stamp arrives, I shall stamp some of these red tags with black ink:

Artecrafts on etsy

Artecrafts on etsy

 I’ll add a little baker’s twine just because it’s cool + comes in the correct color:

etsy red twine

And voila!  I think I’ll have a unique, eye-catching business card!

Thanks for tagging along with me on my etsy shopping spree.

How about you?  Do you shop there?


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