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Friday, September 4, 2015

Halloween Reveal 2015 at Not Too Shabby

Thirty-six Rubbermaid tubs, 9 people, 2 days later and we have our Halloween displays finished!  Thought I'd share some pictures before our party tonight.

We started with a new paint cabinet so I could fill the old cubby cabinet with Halloween.

Then we created the Hallween Feast table, and had the most fun decorating the chandelier.  

All our Halloween miniatures hanging off the copper tree.

We've got a nice selection of mini-clip-on with hats, spooky glasses, and headbands.

We had a lot of fun - thanks to everyone for all their hard work & support!

Ready to decorate?
B


Monday, August 31, 2015

Water Ring on Chalk Paint® Finished Pieces

One of the questions we get asked most often regarding Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan is - How does the paint hold up to condensation, water marks, spilled drinks? 

Yesterday I had an iced venti espresso that had a lot if condensation build-up, so I set it on our Emperors Silk & dark wax finished countertop. 

After 15 minutes, there was a significant amount of water.

I removed the cup and wiped off the water ring with a paper towel.  
I then set my timer for 15 minutes.

After 7 minutes, the ring had faded about 50%.

After a total of 15 minutes, the water ring was completely gone.
(I had to change my photo orientation because I kept casting a shadow over the spot��).

This was just a quick test.  We've had lots of customer & team accidents with drinks, ice cream, food, candy, and of course the 6-inches of flooding at Re-Find Living. There's no need to panic, gently clean up the wetness, allow it to completely dry.  Íf the ring persists, lightly sand & re-wax.  

This really is amazing paint!
B

August 31 - Warehouse

I know it feels like summer outside still, but we've been busy unpacking all the wonderful holiday items I ordered in January....such a long time ago.


By now everyone is thinking I ordered too much.....
But I think I ordered just enough!


We made it through all the boxes on Friday.
For those of you following from last year, that's 2-months earlier than last year!!!


The biggest chang this year is we leased some air conditioned warehouse/studio space.  
Whew!  
I don't think I could have taken all the boxes and glitter in my house again.


So, today I'm sorting Halloween so I can start decorating for fall & Halloween this week at Not Too Shabby & next week at Re-Find Living.


Enjoy your day
B

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Perfect Birthday

I just had the best day.

Got to spend the whole day with my family.


We woke up early and loaded up the car.

We drove out to my most favorite place.


We didn't do anything special.  

Yet it was all special.


We talked, laughed, dreamed, and napped.

For one day we were completely unplugged, totally engaged with one another.


It was the perfect birthday gift.

Happy Day 
B

Friday, June 26, 2015

Not Too Shabby SIDEWALK Sale Weekend

Hello all!

I have come to the realization that the Flood at Re-Find Living forced me to clear out a LOT of stuff.  Not that I'm a hoarder or anything.  It's just that I buy the stuff I love....and sometimes I'm the only one who loves them....

(I love these floral pins!!!  Clip to your shoes, curtain tie-back, add to a pillow....Sale $6 & $9)

Moving out & back in, we really audited our treasures, twice.  Plus we completely changed the floor layout, moving the cash station & adding 5 mercantile shelving units.  I'm really happy with how great the space in Auburn looks.  Clean, well edited, yet full, and organized.

(Beautiful chandelier...Sale $100)

Now it's Not Too Shabbys turn!  I'm hoping to never have a flood again, but I'm ready for the forced clean-out.  I'm ready to clear out some of our older treasures, last pieces, and seasonal items.  

(Fantastic picnic & outdoor dishes....Sale $3-$20)

So, we're having a HUGE Sidewalk Sale this weekend only.  
That's tomorrow Saturday, June 27 & Sunday, June 28.  
I'm setting up 2 folding tables outside and I'll be filling them all day with treasures I've culled.  

(Super cute cloche, perfect to display a treasure.....Sale $20)

I'm taking huge markdowns! 
This is a ONE WEEKEND ONLY sale.  
AND all of our Annie Sloan fabrics will be 50%!!!!!

(Pretty pretty Annie Sloan fabrics....Sale 50% off!)

Just to sweeten the pot - for every $100 you spend, you'll earn a $20 off coupon good on any July purchases.  
Spend $100 this weekend, get $20 off a $100 purchase next month.
Spend $200 this weekend, get $40 off a $200 purchase next month.
Spend $380 this weekend, get $60 off.....or spend another $20 silly and get $80 off next month.
Make sense?

(Love this bronze metal chandelier......Sale $40)

Hope I see you this weekend!
B


Monday, June 15, 2015

New Treasures!

Whew!  


We just finished unpacking 9 pallets.....yup, n-I-n-e.
It was our biggest single order ever.  But we needed so much, particularly at our Auburn store.  
So we got all the girls and their significant others, and we got to work.


The trucking company delivered 4 pallets on Thursday.  
The hottest day so far this year!
We finished 3, and then the fourth on Friday.


The next delivery of 5 pallets came this morning and we busted it out in 1 day.


Now comes the fun part where I get to create the displays that tie everything together and make you want to take them home.


Need any new treasures?

B

Friday, June 12, 2015

Re-Find Living - Bathroom Vanity

We're still settling in, 95% done with the store, still working the back room and bathroom areas.  But I'd love to share our new bathroom vanity.

We started with a beautiful antique 3-drawer dresser.


Here it is in all its peeling veneer glory!  The top had 1/2 of its veneer peeled off already.  This is a perfect Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan project.

We started with painting the vanity Chalk Paint® in Coco.  This is a great warm velvety color.


Then we painted the body of the dresser in Florence. A great turquoise color that will brighten up the room.


Remember those drawers with peeling veneers?  
Rather than repairing them which would include glue, sanding, and putty, I decided to just let them be part of the history of the piece.  

 I then used a fun Royal Design Studio stencil with gilding wax.


Here it is almost done.  

It wasn't quite as deep as we needed for our LARGE sink, so a larger top piece was cut, placing the faucet behind the vanity.  A little unorthodox as the contractor said, but pretty clever.

I'll post more pictures in 2-weeks when the whole bathroom is done.  I have lots of clever ideas!

Hope you're inspired.
B