clover preview & lucketts green

Do you want to see the haul of treasures we’re bringing to Clover Market on Sunday in Chestnut Hill?

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Well this is merely a sneak peek of what I could fit into one frame. I feel a bit of a Robin Hood theme going on between the emerald-green trench, the arrows and antlers. Right?

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There are lots of outdoorsy spring items like the large and in charge rear bike basket, plenty of McCoy planters and some beachy accents as well like wooden and glass buoys.

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So the question is, are you going to the season opener of Clover Market on Sunday? This one is located in Chestnut Hill. All the logistics and details can be found here.

Clover Market Spring 2014

Let’s zone in on a few of my favorites items here, shall we?  Check out this fantastic champagne bucket.

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When I found this it was extremely tarnished.  Like completely black.  I like a little tarnish on my silver but it was so far gone that the beautiful detail around the rim couldn’t be appreciated.  Gorgeous, right?

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It needs a swanky mcswankerson new home.

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Did you notice the table it is on?  That cute little side table was in need of some TLC and a pop of color.  First, it received a base coat of MMSMP Trophy and a 2nd coat of MMSMP Lucketts Green.

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The gray is producing such a subtle sliver of silver poking out.  After some light chipping, it was finished with antiquing wax and a bit of white wax.  This too is on the truck for Clover.

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Can’t wait to see you Sunday!

P.S. Follow these tips from Philly Mag’s Shoppist on how to tackle Clover.  We certainly agree that you should stop by Circa Dee first :)

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on stocking books

After only sourcing vintage for years, it has been very exciting to choose a selection of new products to bring into the shop at The West End Garage.  Similar to my approach when buying vintage, I simply buy my favorite new items to stock.  I ask… Is this something I would want in my house?  Is this something I truly love?  Is this something I will be sad to see go?  The answer should be yes!  (Hello, turn of the century oak harvest table pictured below.  I really, really love you!  I will be sad to see you go but you deserve a good home.)

West End Garage April

This approach to buying inventory is something that I have been reminded of lately and have found myself telling others who are just starting out.  I think it is really important to love what you are selling.  Don’t choose it or make it just because you “think” someone else will love it.  Now granted, not everyone will have the same taste as you.  For example, I have a growing collection of old ship captains, ahem.  However, I believe the authenticity of your merchandise will show through when you are passionate about what you are selling.  It’s hard to honestly sell something you don’t believe in.

West End Garage April

With that said we’ve stocked a few choice cookbooks and gardening books to keep in line with the garden to table collection we have at The West End Garage.  I am really excited about the line up. We have Deep-Rooted Wisdom, a new release authored by blogger Augustus Jenkins Farmer.  I am about half way through this book and I’m loving the gardening tips, stories & characters.

Deep Rooted Wisdom

People have asked me how I chose which books to carry.  Well, I initially took the lead from a few tried and true favorites in my own kitchen stack of cookbooks and cocktail books.

Kitchen

The Kinfolk Table has since been added to that stack.  It has quickly become a favorite for two reasons.  One, the photography and stories are beautiful.  Of course I love a good aesthetic!  Two, the recipes are really approachable made with pantry staples that we pretty much always have on hand.  Essentially the book lends new ideas with classic ingredients.

Kinfolk Table in my kitchen

I have been inspired to make many of the soups and stews outlined in The Kinfolk Table.  A few weeks ago I made the Wilted Greens & Potato Soup on page 287.  I hadn’t thought to put kale in soup until this recipe.

Wilted Greens & Potato Soup

  Great idea.  We loved it!

Wilted Greens & Potato Soup Kinfolk Table cookbook

What is your favorite gardening or cookbook?

a one year party

Hello, hello!

Exactly one year ago, Serendipity Shops of Doylestown opened its doors.  The quaint, historic town of Doylestown has treated us all well and we are returning the favor this Friday, April 4th.  Come celebrate the shop’s first anniversary from 6-8 pm.  There will be food, drinks, deals and giveaways.

Yes, giveaways!  Your chance to win free merchandise from one of your favorite boutiques.

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I’ll be stopping by with some new spring treasures including this adorable Apron Strings + Linen milk painted dresser.

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I have been painting up a storm lately and have been inspired by nature and bright spring colors.

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The April colors of the month are Dried Lavender & Lucketts Green.  Yes, two this month.  They’re that good.

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I’m loving the texture on this old, oak dresser.  Sorry for the shadows and lack of staging.  I was anxious to move onto the next project!

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Speaking of, check out the layering on this ladder back chair.

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The base layer is in Apron Strings, my current fave.  It’s so feminine on these pieces.  For the chair, I created a resist with hemp oil and mixed a coat of French Enamel and Linen which actually sort of resembles dried lavender.  I love mixing leftover colors.  You never know what you’ll get.  Isn’t the crackle effect fabulous?

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All of Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint colors are in stock at Serendipity.  Stop by for the party tomorrow evening.  Let’s talk colors, technique and top coats.  Or just shop for clothes.  Either way, it will be fun!

Serendipity Shops is located at 33 S. Main St. Doylestown, PA

dreaming about brimfield

Surely you have these dreams too.  Fields and fields of dusty old junk, rusty metal, chipping paint,worn in seats and glimmering glassware.

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Where could this fairytale vintage-land be?  My heart pitter patters with anticipation of what we might find this year at Brimfield – the motherland of antiques.  The vintage mecca of the Northeast.

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I suppose the trip is a tradition for us now.  Last year we honeymooned in Brimfield.  Laugh if you must but it was amazing!

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We had a blast and both agree that the dirty fields of antiques and concessions of junk food topped the second leg of our trip in Nantucket, believe it or not.  Nantucket was amazing too – just a bit predictable.

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So we’re celebrating our first anniversary at Brimfield this May and I can barely wait to see what we’ll find this time.

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I lose sleep making mental lists of supplies we should pack like carts, dollies, bags, tissue, bungee cords and so on!  Maybe some healthier snacks than what’s offered.  Is anyone going this May?

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Ah, market season is upon us for sure.  Our southern friends will be shopping Round Top in Texas next weekend.  Scott’s in Georgia also opens soon.  And of course we have Clover Market’s opening day in Philly in just a couple of weeks.  Tell me, what is the hot market in your region that you’ll be shopping?

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upcycled toolbox table

A couple of weeks ago I posted a quick snapshot on instagram and facebook of an upcycled table we put together.  The new table deserves a proper feature here today…

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This was a fun little collaboration. Our lead picker, Jake, found this old, heavy toolbox a few months back. Lucky for him it was loaded with many worthwhile tools.

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The utilitarian case is sturdy and well made yet too heavy to lug around filled with tools in modern times.  The rectangular box is the perfect size for a small coffee table or side table and has a lot of life left in it. The vintage piece has the best patina which tells stories of decades of hard work.  The original creamy yellow color is under there too.  After a thorough cleaning, I applied a coat of furniture wax for a nice durable finish.

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I set out to find a nice set of legs and scored with these tapered mid-century ones.  We attached the legs to give the toolbox a boost to table status while leaving all of the original hardware in place.  I particularly love the brass corners.

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Bonus, the table acts as a great storage piece since the top opens the same way the toolbox once did.

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The toolbox table has found a new home!  Thanks for your interest in it.

Have you repurposed anything lately?

spring happenings

As I write this post about, well, spring happenings there’s 6 inches of snow on the ground.  And it’s still falling.

But spring is coming!  I know it.  Please let me share with you some of our whereabouts and plans for Circa Dee this spring…

Spring Milk Paint Demo

Sunday, March 23rd @ 1pm

Milk Paint Demo

First up, I will be at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown this Sunday afternoon for another FREE Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint demonstration on the products.  I’ll answer questions and consult on your specific projects.  With our busy spring schedule, I am not sure when the next demo will be so come on out!

Serendipity

First Friday at Serendipity

Friday, April 4th

Wow, we’re celebrating one year at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown already.  That time flew by.  I am hoping to make it to the bash on first Friday of April.  Watch Serendipity’s facebook page for details on what to expect.  I hear it is going to be a good time!

Clover Market

Clover Market Opening Day

Chestnut Hill, Sunday, April 13th 10-5

Omigosh, the time is nearly here to kickoff Clover Market season again!  The region’s favorite popup market is back and coming in strong with 5 spring markets in 2 locations – Ardmore & Chestnut Hill.

Circa Dee will also be popping up at the Ardmore market on Sunday, May 18th 10-5

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West End Garage

open every weekend

We’re settling into our new space at The West End Garage in Cape May with special additions each weekend including live plants and gardening supplies.  Thanks so much for the positive response!  We are incredibly grateful.

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I hope to see you out and about on a warm, sunny day soon!