Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fall Boutique Recap

Front Door Before We Opened

Our Fall Boutique has come and gone.  Thanks to so many fabulous customers, friends and vendors it was a success!  THANK YOU!!  You know it took us the full 6 months to plan this boutique, the excitement and work behind it all is unbelievable.  To have you all show up is such a treat!  It honestly is so much fun meeting so many of you in person and I guess that if this is my job I am very, very lucky!  

Sausha's Milk Paint Class 
Sausha from Sweet Pickins taught her milk paint class and from what I could see everyone loved it and her.  I can't blame them she is adorable and we are lucky to have her as part of the Reclaim-ologists team!

Jeanine from Le Junk and Michelle from Vintage Cupcake always have a great time!  I really just want to hang out with these two I can only imagine the fun/trouble they could get into!

We had Music from singing pirates a.k.a. as the band Unraveled I will tell you now Daryl is a patient man!  We had sound issues in the building and he was so nice to work with me to get it just right. When we got it right it was awesome they added such a great feel to the boutique. 

Yummy treats from Chelsea of Hot Pink Cake.  Her cupcakes are AMAZING!

Fabulous furniture and crafts from so many people.  These beautiful pieces are from our Reclaim-ologists Kristin K. from Tattered Perfection.  She was only there on saturday so I hope you came both days! 

Some of our lovable ROCC Crew.  Jamie, her husband Levi, Amy, Morgan, Jeff and Alese. 

ROCC Management Jodi, Mandy and Shannon
I could seriously make this the longest blog post ever sharing pictures of every thing.  Since you don't have all day the most important thing of all is that I hope you know how much I truly love and appreciate all of our ROCC crew, friends and customers!  We could never do all of this without you!
Looking forward to our spring show!


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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Flea Market Finding Tips

Hey it's Jeff.  Well, so you're getting ready for the Big Fall Boutique Friday & Saturday.  You ARE going, just say yes....

Here's a few tips on Flea-Marketing or Boutique-ing, whatever you'd like to call it.

Every once and a while I like to pick up a Flea-Market type magazine at the drug store and take a peek.  A magazine like this for a reclaimologist might be like "prono for pickers". 
Hmm was that inappropriate?
Anyway, it does pour gas on my fire...

This edition had "100+ Flea marketing Tips", here's a few gems that caught my attention:

1 - Collect what you Love  
On Vintage shopping, don't be afraid to buy things that appeal to you, and also don't hesitate to try new things.  Two appraisers from Antiques Roadshow say, "trust your gut", listen to your instincts on what you think will go up in value, and collect the things you love. "because it's a lifelong thing. It may appreciate in value in your lifetime, it may not.  You may as well enjoy it while you're doing it." 

 And don't count on things that were once popular to go back up in value.  Example: Beanie Babies. They're Done. Finished. "put them in a bucket and float them out to sea", they said. Ha ha!

2 - Kids
Have a plan for small children, if you are shopping with the fam damily!  Most specifically, encourage them to "touch with their eyes", not their hands, and to ask first to handle things if the vendor says it's OK.  

A good idea is to have some activities planned, like a visual treasure hunt or some snacks to occupy the kiddos.  This will improve their experience and help reduce the stress on mom.

3 - Many Styles
There's Vintage style , Repurposed, Industrial, Shabby Chic, Architectural Salvage styles, and probably more!  The old adage  "One man's Trash is another man's Treasure" is definitely at play in every booth.  There's probably as many styles as there are vendors.  THEY produce and collect what is their passion, too!  Watch for the "theme" of a vendor's booth this week.  You may fall in love with things, and other stuff will make you scratch your head and wonder, "what the Heck?"  It's all OK!  Be respectful and realize, someone else likes what you don't like, and others may not like your style at all! 
Awesome!!                        Huh?!

4 - Have Fun! 
(Okay, I made up that category)
This is a really fun group, chat it up with the vendors you meet! They're eager to get to know you, and who knows you may just make a lifelong friend! Enjoy!

See ya Friday from 10am-8pm and Saturday 9am-6pm, at our Fall Boutique at the Food For Less building , at 784 East Chapple drive in Spanish Fork.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Milk Painted Mason Jars by Sweet Pickins

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Real quick, my Sweet Pickins Shop is now open – we are still working out some kinks and still working on updating some things, but you can now go there to purchase Sweet Pickins Milk Paint and brushes!
Sweet Pickins Milk Paint
This is one of my favorite all time pics that i have ever taken.  I LOVE fresh colorful flowers, i LOVE mason jars, i LOVE any old metal, i LOVE old gray weathered wood and i LOVE my milk painted jars – so this picture was pure perfection.  It just makes me happy :)
Sweet Pickins Milk Paint
These jars were those that i used for making the color chart for Sweet Pickins Milk Paint.  I started getting questions on how they were painted, so this is a quick little tutorial :)
Sweet Pickins Milk Paint Colors
I wasnt planning on doing any type of tutorial, so i really didnt take too many detailed pics.  But, its pretty self explanatory!
I gathered up all my milk paint colors, 20 jars in different shapes and sizes, some plastic cups and went to work painting.  I didnt clean/prep the jars or anything – i just painted right over anything that may have been on them.  Overall they were pretty clean and im not planning on storing food or anything in them – so i wasnt worried about any dirt.
Sweet Pickins Milk Paint
I used straight milk paint, i did not add any Extra Bond (the bonding agent that can be used with milk paint) to my paint because i wanted them to naturally chip if they were going to.  Surprisingly, they really didnt chip at all and the paint really bonded to the glass.  I was really surprised at how well the paint adhered and now  its not going anywhere!  I cant believe how durable milk paint is.
Sweet Pickins Milk Paint
I just gave each jar 2 coats of paint, letting them dry about an hour between each coat.
Sweet Pickins Milk Paint
After the jars were completely dry, i used a sanding block and sanded each one until smooth and the distressing looked good.  I really like how the distressing picked up on the details of the jars.
Sweet Pickins Milk Paint
For these jars, because i was using them for color samples, i didnt use any type of clear coat or wax – i wanted to show the true colors of the paint.  I painted the outside of the jars, but i have also seen some people paint the insides, i guess it would just depend on what you are going to use them for.
You could easily give them a coat of wax or any type of clear coat to seal in the paint if you wanted too.
Sweet Pickins Milk Paint
So what do you think?  Super easy project that can be used for so many things!!  This would even be really fun to do with the kids because they basically cant be messed up!!  And because the jars are so cheap, they would make great gifts with flowers, pencils, treats – whatever!!   The possibilities are endless :)

Friday, October 18, 2013


Hey guys it's Terilyn with the Boutique Girls. I thought today I'd show you how to make good use of pallets. Me and the girls have done a number of different things with pallets but this is my favorite!! This project all started when I re-painted my kitchen cabinets....
This is the before...

 and after

I had a accent wall that I was going to paint...but then I had a brilliant idea!! Pallet Wall:)

5-6 pallets and some time later (taking them apart)

I started cutting and nailing the different pieces to the wall....

Like a big puzzle!!

I then stained the whole wall.

I even made it my back splash!!

I coolest accent wall in my house and the best part... total cost....under $10.00!!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how it turned out!!

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Friday, October 11, 2013

DIY Upolstery Project

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Hi, this is Debbi from Tattered Butterfly.  This rocking chair is a family heirloom and from New York State.  The transformation is unbelievable.  It had sat in her bedroom for12 years in disrepair.  It's possible that this rocking chair is 80-100 years old.

 The fabric was screaming 70's.

The binding in the seat was a in pieces.

The stuffing that was there had disintegrated.  All of the rust color on the floor is old batting.

Amazing transformation!  Great fabric which the owner choose herself.

The rich wood was not cleaned but walnut oil applied.  It keeps the patina on the the goose neck arms.

The wood was so dry that oil was absorbed quickly.  I love the details on this rocking chair.

Rich chocolate brown trim adds a richness to this piece.

I had a very happy customer when she came to pick it up. 

Tips and Tricks:

1.  Practice on a chair you don't care about.  Pick one up at a local thrift store and practice on that. 
 You want to keep your own family heirloom just that an heirloom!

2.  There are lots of pretty fabrics out there.  Make sure you get upholstery fabric it will wear better over time.  A few places to get fabric for an affordable price are  Utah Design Center and Home Fabrics.

3.  Buy extra fabric.  It takes more fabric then you think.  When covering a dining chair I add at least 2 inches more around your seat pattern.  It will make it easier to wrap and tuck around the seat if you have extra.   

4.  You'll need a good staple gun and a hot glue gun.  A sturdy staple gun is your friend.  It makes it go faster and less time pulling out staples. You can usually find this at your local craft store. 

5.  Find a friend or helpful hubby.   My hubby will staple while I hold the fabric.  You can do this on your own but i goes quicker if you have 2 people. 

One of my favorite blogs is Miss Mustard Seed.  She has some great tutorials on DIY upolstery.   

If you don't want to do it yourself you can contact me.  I only do dinning chairs and rocking chairs.  Anything else needs to go to a more skilled professional.  Hopefully you will feel comfortable tackling your own DIY  upolstery project!



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Halloween Decor

Hi!  Alese here!  One of the contributors at Reclaim-ologists and Other Crafty Chicks and Creative Blogger and Custom Craft builder at 2 Crafty 4 My Skirt.
I absolutely LOVE to decorate for Halloween!  Even more than Christmas!  A few years ago (before I started blogging so sorry for the lack of pictures) I made some "tombstones" for our yard Halloween decorations.
We had some extra OSB from a project we had done. My husband cut out the "tombstones" for me with the scroll saw.  Then I spray painted them gray.  After that I spray painted black from far away and a very light coat.
Then I just used a foam brush and black paint to write the names on them.  We used 1x2's cut to a point and nailed on the back to stick them into the ground. ALL DONE!

This one was my favorite with the hand sticking out of the ground,  but then the neighbors dog got into our yard, and torn up the arm.  Luckily he left it in our yard.  I can only imagine how funny it would have looked for a dog to be running down the road with an arm in his mouth.  LOL

This one is one of my favorites for sure!

We built a frame out of 2x4's. I used some of my husbands old clothes.  And we just used a staple gun to hold the gloves and shirt on the pumpkins.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Keeping the Old Patina with New Paint

Hi all, its Paula the flea.o.logist here.  I thought I would share a couple of tricks I have learned in reclaiming and adding charm to old wood pieces.

First of all is a trick I learned by accident.  I have painted many an antique item, for all kinds of reasons. If you know me well you know I often paint to unite a couple of pieces in marriage, for though their lines may match making them suitable to be together forever, their finishes rarely do.

This old pine nail box was never painted, but I love its dings and imperfections.  One might hesitate to paint old wood for fear of getting a new look, however ...

I have learned that old, unpainted pine is very dry, so that if you use spray paint it will absorb a LOT of the paint.  Look at the ends of the wood to the right.  The ends are the worst at sucking up paint.  You would not believe how much spray paint that bit of wood sucked in.

But look at the dinged, scratched appearance of the wood after painting it with three and four light coats.  I usually just keep spraying until the item has the amount of paint I want.

In the picture above you can compare my 'new' paint to some old white paint that has aged forever on the small chest made from old fruit boxes below it.  Note that the ends of the wood on the small chest also have virtually no paint.

Now for the reason I wanted the white paint.  I wanted to add a cool vintage graphic that I grabbed off line.  I thought the bee in the wreath was perfect for a box to be used as either a garden caddy or a planter filled with clay pots.

 I have had several people ask about how to do my reverse Modpodge method, with all its imperfections.  Here you see the closely trimmed graphics painted on the face with Modpodge. Painting it on a plate allows you to paint off the edges getting complete coverage.
Next they are turned over onto the surface and pressed firmly in place.  I allow mine  to dry for one to three hours, though other have told me they don't allow much if any drying time.

Next I moisten my finger and start to rub away the paper.  As I said its an imperfect process, and if you look at the finished product and compare it to the closely trimmed graphic above, you will see how much I lost.  Sometimes, if I loose too much, will reapply just a portion of the graphic to fill in.

I was pretty happy with how it turned out.  Here it is showing off its stuff on my front porch! I can imagine that it would be even more charming with four potted plants in it for display. I ended up selling it at flea.o.logy.
Now I just need to find another old pine item to redo for our Reclaimologist Boutique October 25th and 26th, I can hardly wait!

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