Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Jazz Update and Giveaway Win...

Weekend before last was a good one for me at All That Jazz. I sold the small art deco table, the last of my ceramic picture frames and the two aqua end tables. I was worried they would be hanging around a while but just the right person came in and she snatched them up for her bedroom! I know this because my Mom and I were taking in another load and she was still there. She also snatched an aqua wall shelf out of my arms to go with her new decor. Aqua is still a really popular color for us still.

She bought this chair as well. She nearly cleaned me out of furniture! It's always good news to make a sale, but it sort of shot my whole re-fluffing plans to the moon. I had plans to use those 2 aqua tables in the middle of the booth and do a beach theme. I was slightly disappointed. Mom and I managed to pull off a beachy feel anyway. I'll share pics with you later in the week. Thank goodness we had brought another coffee table in with us or we would have been in dire straights.

(My nephew, the Man Cub)

I recently won the most fabulous of giveaways and it arrived last weekend. I thought when UPS brought the box it was my chalkpaint I ordered, but I was thrilled when I opened the box and started pulling out treasures.
Vanna from Delusions of Grandeur seriously went all out! Stop by and see her beautiful blog, she has some of the most spectacular collections and exquisite taste.

I had a helper that was just as delighted as I was, although his thrill came from the pink packing peanuts. After we pulled everything out he dove right in and played in that box for 3 days! He wanted to sleep in it. Seriously. He had a box a couple months ago from a new stove that I made a house out of and he slept in it for several days. Children do not need toys to entertain them. Just give them a cardboard box. They love it.

Yep, Man Cub won too!

Here's some of what I pulled out of the box. It was like Christmas opening everything.

This is Vanna's picture, I couldn't get a good picture of everything unwrapped and I don't have it displayed yet. There was a gray chippy basket, pretty white pitcher, beautiful linens, 2 crown statues, a rose covered journal,  a pretty egg that had some sort of coconut truffles stashed inside. They were gone within 30 minutes. I only ate half. I DID share the other half. Man they were good. Melt in your mouth good. The Man cub asked about them 2 days later and was sad to learn they were gone. NOT that he really expected them to be around still. He knows me better than that.  The basket also held a beautiful black flowered tray, a small cloth bag, a book of loveleigh decor and my favorite, a shabby aqua shelf! Yep, I hit the jackpot of giveaways! Thank you so much Vanna, you were extremely generous and I LOVE it all!

Hope you're all having a good week!

BTW~My chalkpaint FINALLY came today!
I will be in serious painting lockdown this week!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Pink Saturday Turns 3!!!

Line up girls. Get your pink in place. There's a celebration waiting to happen...

Go forth, spread the love and share our motto...


Happy 3rd Birthday PINK SATURDAY! Congratulations to Beverly of How Sweet The Sound. Pink Saturday is her creation and she is our hostess each week. Pop in, say hello and Happy Birthday and find all the links to the celebration.

Happy Pink Saturday and have a safe Memorial Day weekend~

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

You Furniture Painting Queens Broke Me...

I DID it.
I bit the bullet and ordered some CHALK PAINT.
After suffering minor sticker shock, the excitement kicked in.
I can NOT WAIT until it gets here!
It has to be delivered since I don't live near the stockist, hence the shipping and
handling charge was part of the sticker shock.
Nonetheless, it should be here by the weekend.
I don't think I have ever been so excited to see the UPS truck.

So you know what I'll be doing this weekend. 
Cracking those cans and gettin' busy!
I found a couple pieces last weekend just screaming for some Annie Sloan Chalkpaint.

The prep work is in progress, I just need to finish fixing that wee little whole on the desk you see in the back, it has one coat of wood filler in this shot. Once it dries I need to prime over it.  I have read you don't need to prime or sand before you use this paint but the top of this desk is actually a laminate and I wanted to make sure the paint had something to stick to. I'll let you know how it goes. It could be a disaster. But I'm sure I'll have fun trying!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Thrit Store Finds

I've been hitting the local thrift shops pretty hard lately, hoping to find some furniture. No luck there. Frankly everything else is pretty skimpy too. I can't believe how bare the shelves are. People must be saving there junk for garage sales. I did find a few things.

Like this vintage thermos set for the booth. Inside the bag is also a plastic container which is either to put the thermos in, because it fits perfectly, or to put your lunch in so the thermos doesn't smash it. Maybe someone out there can help me shed some light on the subject. Either way it's a cute little set and I always love that plaid.

For myself I found a copy of the book Heidi, a pretty glass "vase" I plan to use for pens or flowers and these cookie cutters. I almost did a little jig when I saw the crown!

Fun right! 

Now for the linens. The top right hand corner is an eyelet bed-skirt for ME. In the center is a set of 4 beautiful linen napkins with beautiful edging, also for ME.~ Probably.~ Finally, at the bottom is a large lace tablecloth, for the booth. Poor Jazz, there I go keeping half the good stuff for me! Actually I rarely do that. Most of what I buy goes to Jazz and the stuff I keep has no or little profit margin so it really doesn't matter.

So, as you can see, it's been slim pickins' around here. We are supposed to get some beautiful weather this weekend and I want to go to some garage sales and see if I have better luck. I need to stock up before Summer rolls around and it's coming around fast! I hope you're all having a super fantabulous week!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Pink Saturday and a Giveaway!

Happy Pink Saturday! 

A special Happy Pink to Beverly, our hostess each week. 
You can find all the pink links on her blog How Sweet The Sound. 

What do you have planned over the weekend, my loveleighs?

I'll just be hanging out and looking glamorous all weekend.

AS IF. I've got the Man Cub through tomorrow and I'll be doing my best to try and get over the cold he so generously passed along to me earlier this week. Sweet little bugger.

Have yourselves a wonderful weekend and if you haven't entered my Cottage Charm Giveaway and wish to, just click HERE and leave me a comment!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Pink Saturday

The most precious thing I've come across on the WEB in a long long time.
I hope this little one makes you smile and fills your heart with hope.

Happy Pink Saturday and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all you loveleigh Moms
out there, this world would not be possible without you.


Thank you Beverly for hosting our Pink Saturday each week.
You can find more pink links on her blog "How Sweet The Sound".

*If you are interested in joining my Cottage Charm Giveaway click HERE or go to
my previous post. You can also find a few other participants on my sidebar and
the links to all the giveaways at The Twice Remembered Cottage.  It's not to late to
add your own link and offer a giveaway of your own, it's an enormous amount of fun!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Giveaway For You!


The winner of my Cottage Charm Giveaway is...
Christine!!! Of Christine's Home and Travel Adventures.

It's funny, I have known Christine in the blogging world for nearly 3 years and she was comment #1.
I have never drawn comment #1 before and I actually read someone's comment stating the fact that #1 never wins. So this is for all the #1 commenters out there! It does happen!

Congratulations Christine!

I'm joining The Twice Remembered Cottage for the 5th Annual Cottage Charm Giveaway!

A giveaway event lasting through the month of May, there are lots of fantastic giveaways to win.

Here is my giveaway offering!

A canvas "Junk Queen" tote embellished by yours truly. Just the thing to haul some recently purchased junk to your sweet cottage home!

An altered scrabble tile "COTTAGE" quote. 
This is a fun little piece that can fit pretty much anywhere in your home.

Finally, you can win this set of "pearls" for your very own. Every Queen of the Cottage needs her own pearls, right?! This strand can be worn as one long necklace or double looped around your neck.

The rules...just few little ones~

1. Leave me a comment

2. Mention the word "COTTAGE" somewhere in your comment. It's just a way for me to make sure you are interested in my giveaway and would want to win it. If it's not your cup of tea I don't want you to get stuck with something there's no way on Earth you would EVER want! Hee hee!

3. Make sure there is a way for me to reach you if you win, a blog or an email address. If you don't care to leave your email in the comments, you can find MY email on my sidebar. You also don't need to be in the US to win, I will ship overseas. I will announce the winner on May 30th!

Good Luck and make sure you check out the other giveaways, there are some seriously AWESOME ones being offered up!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A makeover and a BIG purchase for Jazz!

Hi my loveleighs! About two weeks ago I found these end tables at the Goodwill and knew they were perfect for a makeover. I really liked the curves and they were solidly built. They needed a good scrubbing, a bit of sanding a whole lot of painting and WHAMMO...

Here's the AFTER

I had some serious painting difficulties with these. A weird glaze color and a lack of patience on my part created a bit more work for myself than intended but I like the end result. I realize the picture is not that great and the lighting wasn't the best, blame it on this dreary NW weather.

I started with a pale blue paint (I skipped the primer this go round) then added a glaze to give it an antique look but the glaze dried too red for my taste. Now I was in a quandry. Do I repaint the whole thing over in the light blue or try something else.

The something else won. I dry brushed a brighter turquoise over the top, letting a little bit of the glaze peek through in the corners and edges. Then the whole she-bang got a coat of wax.

I know this painting technique isn't for everyone, as is the color. I think it may be a love it or leave it kind of thing. I hope I'm not hauling them home in a few months to repaint! I hope SOMEONE out there loves them enough to smack down some cash! I  think they have a fun beachy/summery vibe. They have yet to make it to the shop as I am waiting for someone to pick up a layaway purchase so I have the room for them.

This vintage art deco table went in last week. It's a cute little piece. I know it's hard to tell but the color is a light aqua. Darn rotten lighting again.

And here is my BIG buy of the weekend. This dreamy, chippy old shelf. I went on the prowl at some local events and I knew I had a pretty good shot at finding a big display piece that would work with my budget. If you remember a few weeks ago I was bemoaning the fact that we were selling furniture left and right and I was wishing we had just ONE piece we didn't have to worry about losing, as we have a lot of smalls that need to be transferred each time a big piece sells. It's a bit of a hassle.

So, on the hunt I went and just as I had hoped, I found this piece at the exact place I was hoping to find something. It was a bit of a challenge because the place was packed and stuff was flying out of there left and right. I told the gal I wanted it so she would put a sold sticker on it before I had QUITE made up my mind. It was the most expensive thing I've bought for Jazz. It took me 20 minutes to make up my mind and go for it. I loved it and was pretty sure it was an excellent price.

It got moved into the Jazz booth on Saturday and we already had 2 people interested while we were setting it up. Call me crazy but I am not ready to let it go yet. Unless someone is willing to offer me a very very steep price!

So for now she sits, looking pretty and making our stuff look great, marked NFS. She can stick around for a bit and observe all our customers, the comings and goings!

The center vignette after we moved things around last weekend.

So All That Jazz has been recently "fluffed" and I await the next "go round"! 
Hope you all have a loveleigh week, with some sunshine sprinkled in there SOMEWHERE!