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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Great Words......

The best of words:
Eye Candy
Just click on the pic.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Box store furniture CAN be aged loveliness, Whitewashed Apothecary Jars TUTORIAL, and 25% off coupon code

I am currently in the process of decorating "middle boy" and "baby boy" s bedroom into a vintage/nautical/sailing room.
It has been quite fun
to come up with random ideas
 and hunt the thrift stores
 for bits and pieces to make it all come together.
-So I thought I should share a few
random little ideas
on how to get that look without
breaking the bank ;)

I started out with a basic box store book shelf that had two shelves
and a basic 4 drawer desk.
Both had a cheap dark finish on them.
The bookshelf was $5 at the thrift store and the desk was $3 at a garage sale.
(It was toward the end of the day at that sale and the couple told me that they were just going to tear it up and use it for firewood if no one bought it! -You can just imagine my mouth dropping open when I heard that! The desk was completely sturdy and had TONS of use left in it)

So anyway,
blue was the lucky color for this desk and bookshelf.
I had found a fabulous blue color
(Marine Magic by Behr)
in a magazine and then promptly lost the name of it.
So I chose a blue from the chips at the store,
came home,
primed and painted both pieces and OH NO!
That blue was way too bright and bold with a teal tone to it.
So there they sat in my garage for months.
And then one day the name of the color I had been trying to find popped into my head from out of the BLUE, ;)

Needless to say, I rushed to the store,
bought a gallon,
painted both pieces,
and there they sat for a month, cuz that's how I work :)

The other day I happened across an extra hour so I flew out to the garage and started sanding both pieces to give it that worn, vintage look.
As I was sanding I noticed the bright blue from the beginning was starting to show through here and there.
Oh my word was it ever lovely!
So I guess mistakes can lead to great new ideas!

-But wait, I'm not done with my longwinded post here ;)
As I was sanding the edges, the sander was taking of the dark finish and leaving the cheap light wood or whatever fake wood it is and making the piece look terrible.
What a bunch of ups and downs!
I racked my brain and the only thing I could come up with was
the same thing I always use:
a dark paste wax.
I was sitting there thinking, hmmm...
what if just rubbed a heavy coat of it everywhere that raw wood is showing through the paint?
So, I tried it,
I could not be happier!
This is the exact look and feel that I was aiming for in their room.

Oh, and the jars?
Well, that could be a whole other long winded post so I will try to quickly give the basics.

They are being used in a holiday vendor sale/ flea market/whatever you want to call it sale, coming up this weekend.
(I needed a fun way to display my knobs that I make so this is what I came up with)
-By the way all the knobs and other items in my etsy shop are 25% until Tuesday November 8th
with coupon code:
So feel free to hop on over and check out the latest styles I have added.
-I have almost hit 900 sales so let's celebrate and thank you all!

for the jars,
you just go to your local thrift store 
and grab up random jars 
those lovely-wooden-candlesticks-that-are-so-plentiful-at-thrift-shops-and-no-one-seems-to-wantanymore.

Throw a light whitewash on the candlesticks and if the jars have wooden lids, do those also.
Grab your handy dandy tube of E-6000
(I don't get paid to say that, the stuff is just like gold to me though!)
put glue on the top of the candlestick and center you jar on it.
You have some out of this world apothecary jars:)

-A teeny tiny tidbit........ Look for wide bases on the candlesticks,
otherwise your jars are gonna be tippin' over on you
and breaking!

I would love to see what you all come up with!

Monday, October 17, 2011

20% off sale through Friday Oct. 21st at VintageSkye

Everything at VintageSkye on Etsy is 20% off
 this week with coupon code:

We have grown to
Handstamped knob designs!

Sit back and have fun browsing the latest and greatest styles
take advantage of
great pricing
this week only.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Chocolate Potato Chips

Who would have thought
 that this combination
 would be so good?

As I was browsing pinterest
the other day,
I happened upon a pic of
Chocolate Covered Potato Chips :)

So, of course I went to the cupboard to make them
(freezer actually)
and what did I find?
Someone had used all my chocolate chips :(

But there were some dark chocolate bars
that NOT ONE person
in this household will touch.

So I grabbed a bowl and dumped in:
1 extra large dark chocolate bar,
1 (12 oz) pkg butterscotch chips,
1/4 c. butter,
1/3 c. creamy peanut butter

Zapped it in the microwave until all was melted.
(I did stir every 30-50 seconds so it would not clump together and harden)

Dumped it over one package of Ripple Potato Chips in a large bowl,
and stirred well.

I proceeded to eat a few too many of these lovely little bits:)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Knobs

Wow, summer came and is going and I have been very poor about posting!
My VintageSkye Etsy shop has just grown like crazy this summer.
Lots of orders have gone out and as I make them up, I wonder what lovely piece will they end up on?

Well, I just saw the most fabulous idea for them!
Check out these lovely curtains!
 That are hung on knobs!
I do believe,
 I will be using some of my
handstamped knobs
for hanging some lovely, delicate curtains :)

And on that note, here are some of the latest designs:
(Keep in mind that I now have over 100 designs available)

Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

New coupon for all VintageSkye items!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

When the Rooster Crows and French Dictionaries

 This is for all of you people that are lucky enough to live in an old farmhouse:

The following knobs are from my latest

These knobs are mix and match

and look totally fabulous when they are combined onto

the same piece!

Oh, and don't forget to hop over to the

Saturday, June 25, 2011

See the lovely Faded Map Drawer Pulls on The Upcycle Furniture Co.

I am super excited to send you over to
She has just posted
a stunning dresser
she redid
 and then mixed some of
the original knobs
 with my
 Faded Map Drawer Pulls-
What a fabulous combination!
So hop on over to see how these pulls look on her lovely dresser!

You are in for a treat!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

175 sales and newest knobs

Well I have hit over 175 sales in my Etsy shop
 in just a few short months,
you gals (and guys) are awesome!!

It was a dream
that I TOTALLY did not expect
 to become a reality,
that my knobs
would catch on
as a new trend.

Well, they have,
 and I am thrilled that you all love them
as much as I do!

So for those of you
 who have not seen them,
I invite you over to my shop,
Vintage Skye on Etsy,
to check them out
 and see if they can make your heart
go pitter patter!

Here are some of my newest
knobs that were just

Carte Postale Knob

Vintage Sheep Knob

Faded Ironwork Knob

French Script Knob

Faded Grapevine Knob

Vintage Silhouette Knob

Script and Butterfly Knob

Faded Bicycle Knob

Delicate Pansy Knob