to market, to market

Wow, the market scene is really heating up around town!  I’m not sure that I properly announced that Circa Dee will be a vendor at the first ever Brooklyn Flea Philly on June 2nd.

Brooklyn Flea Philly

Yes, you heard right!  Brooklyn Flea is heading south and launching a Philly based market.  And we’ll be there!

The flea will occur every Sunday at the Piazza in Northern Liberties.  There are a ton of great, well-known vendors lined up to sell at the market.  I can’t wait.

Ever since the time I shopped at the original Brooklyn Flea, I knew I wanted to be a seller there.  However, the early morning drive up to NY didn’t seem feasible.  I’m so glad they’re coming to us!

And if that isn’t enough, the following Sunday we’ll be closing out the Clover Market season on June 9th in Ardmore.  Sadly, we’ll miss May’s Clover Market but you should totally go!

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Don’t worry we’ll have plenty of new inventory for both events.  We’re currently treasure hunting throughout the entire Northeast on our road trip honeymoon!  And, yes, that includes a few days in Brimfield.  I’m smitten…can’t wait to share details from the wedding too!

Can you believe I’m talking about June already?  Summer is almost here!  See you soon.

a new display

A couple of weeks ago I posted this photo on instagram…

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Gross.  I was in a dungeon rescuing this little piece of American history.  Is that too dramatic?

antique card catalog

I posted for feedback on whether or not I should strip it back to its original state – solid oak and brass pulls.  Finding a card catalog has been on my wanted list for quite some time!

antique card catalog

According to my very official poll, most people liked the color.

antique card catalog

And while I was on vacation in New Orleans, my antique factory shoe cart sold which was serving as a display piece.  That’s a good problem to have but it did leave me scrambling a bit this week!

antique factory shoe cart

I scrubbed away the filth on the card catalog keeping the history in tact and revealing the nice blue-green paint.  I think it makes for a really unique milk paint display with great patina.

antique card catalog

The history is also pretty cool.  It is a turn of the century 20 drawer card catalog from Penton Kelly Co. which was located in downtown Philadelphia.  It was a printing firm and this catalog seemed to house client information.

Ultimately I decided not to strip it.  I needed to turn it around quickly and figured I’d leave the restoration project out there should someone want to take it on!  Painted pieces are all the rage right now anyway, right?

This sucker is heavy!  You can see that solid oak peeking out.  Each side of the cabinet has a 4 pane panel.

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I just love these old pulls.  Check out the brass showing through.  I wonder why someone painted over the brass.  I guess we’ll be asking ourselves this same thing in the future about everything that is currently being painted.   Gotta love trends!

This guy is up for sale and display at Serendipity in Doylestown.

antique card catalog

I am trying something new with my watermark.  I always thought it would be fabulous to have my logo instead of text but I’m not sure I like it!  Thoughts?

Back to preparing for Sunday’s Clover Market…

a brilliant recap

Guys, I’ve been knee deep in wedding stuff over here.  We are getting down to the final stretch!  Lots of projects and details are on the horizon…woohoo!  But I can’t share them until after the wedding so I’d like to give you a little garden inspiration today.

Sunflowers always make me happy.

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As you may recall from last week, the Philadelphia Flower Show was in full bloom.  I have rarely missed the annual event since I was in high school.  I really love plants, floral design, gardening and landscapes.  Fun fact, my first job ever was in a flower shop!  Which led me to pursue a technical program in horticulture in high school and then a Bachelors degree in Ornamental Horticulture in college. While I am not quite doing anything professional with the Horticulture degree, the education has certainly been a backbone for me in my career.

I love to visit the educational exhibits at the flower show.  My Alma mater, DelVal, featured a spin on Sherlock Homes: The Mystery of Dr. Black’s Garden which allowed you to walk through the exhibit and identify invasive species.  Their interactive exhibit won best achievement in plant education.

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The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society hosts the show and typically displays sustainable ways to garden in small spaces.  Sticking with the English theme of “Brilliant”, PHS put together a vertical garden displaying the Union Jack flag.  I was delightfully distracted by the wall of lush green plants and didn’t even notice the flag until I took a step back.

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There are so many details like that throughout the show.  So much thought goes into these displays.  For example, this quaint potting shed seems to have it all including a wood burning stove!

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And the stacked wood outside of the shed is so satisfying.  Sigh.  I think I’ll work on making my potting shed this quaint and inviting.  Every year I say that right about now.

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There were also quite a few repurposed ideas popping up in the garden displays.  One of my favorite displays was from event floral designer, Petals Lane.  They never disappoint and this year their display included lots of vintage furniture and treasures in a mad tea party setting.

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I simply can not get past the use of vintage trunks…as planters.  Amazing!  You know how I feel about trunks, right?  The repetitiveness of the trunk planters made a huge impact.  However, before you go and plant a trunk this season realize that this would definitely not hold up to the elements outside.  This is a great idea for an event though.

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How did they do this?  Wheelbarrows stacked 7 or 8 deep in another display.

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And for a simple repurpose idea…I like how these barrel trash cans double as planters.  Great for a small area.

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Notching a fallen log as pictured below makes a great business card holder.  I am filing this idea away for future ways to display marketing collateral.

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And while we’re on the subject of trees, I found this life size sketch to be so striking.

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And this abstract display depicting rain in London was just massive!  I love how the designers used tropical flowers and props to represent the rain.  I can’t even imagine how difficult it is to suspend all of those umbrellas.

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And finally…these bright Gerbera daisies were just calling my name in their happy metallic pots.

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Did you go to the flower show?  What was your favorite exhibit?

brilliant: flower show tickets

Have you been to the Philadelphia Flower Show yet?  It is the largest in the country, actually the world, I think.  Every year it is more brilliant than the last.  But this year, it really is Brilliant.  That is the theme.

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I will be instagramming my way around the convention center this evening taking in all of the English-themed delights.  I’ll also be paying special attention to the Designer’s Studio as well as the area around it.

Surrounding the Designer’s Studio seating area are themed pods.  The themes are Personality, Heirloom, Eco Chic, Neo-Tropic and Enchanted.  Floral designers have translated these themes into stunning arrangements and flower installations.

I am looking forward to checking out the Enchanted pod as it has been put together by my friend, Renee Tucci of Rhoads Garden and her partner, Darcie Garcia of Rich Mar.

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Renee and Darcie have also been known to compete in the Designer’s Studio along with colleague Heather Towne.  The audience does all of the voting in real-time on a flower show app.  This is totally entertaining to watch.  In fact, there should be a competitive reality show featuring floral designers…  No?

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Anyway, last year Renee won the competition.  And I hear Darcie won earlier this week in another competition.  I can’t wait to see who takes home the gold tonight.  There will be competitions going on all weekend at the Designer’s Studio.

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Let me cut to the chase.  I’ve got free tickets for you to hit the show before it ends on Sunday, March 10th!  Yes, a pair of complimentary tickets which is a $54 value.

This is a quick giveaway.  It will only be open until 5 pm this evening.  To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite flower.  Include your email.  I will draw a winner and alert you via email this evening so make sure you are checking in as I will need your last name too.  Your pair of tickets will be left at will call for you at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

P.S.  There is almost always some vintage goodies to be found at the show!

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Oh and also be sure to check out the new workshop tab above regarding details for our Milk Paint Workshop Series…

the king’s chair

So much to share today! Let’s get to it.

I have a chair before and after that I am just smitten with. Here is the finished vintage club chair.

vintage club chair reupholstered in linen

Here is how we found it…destined for the dump and long forgotten.  We sat on it for awhile waiting for the right inspiration to strike.  Get it? Sat on it? Ha!  I wouldn’t literally sit on that thing in the before state.

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It was pretty bad! We called it the king’s chair in it’s horrendous, torn velvet upholstery.

club chair before

The entire chair needed to be stripped inside and out but I knew it had potential.  The cushion was rebuilt and the chair reinforced.

vintage club chair refinished in linen

I love the big, bulky shape.

vintage club chair reupholstered in linen

And all of the details.  I painted the wood with ASCP Paris Grey and lightly distressed.  Then went over it with Egyptian Gold gilding wax to highlight the details.

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I love how the gold glistens in the sunlight showing off the details of the ornate wood carvings.

vintage club chair wood carving details

Did you catch that upholstery?  It is a nice, nubby linen fabric made from hemp.  The perfect natural and neutral fabric to cozy up by the fireplace or for a casual beach house!  My upholsterer did a stellar job on this one – actually he does on every one.

And that pillow…super cool.  It is made from recycled tents!

recycled tent pillow on vintage club chair

I love how the king’s chair morphed into a sophisticated club chair fit for a queen.  The only problem is that I should have never moved it into my house for a photoshoot.  Because now I really want to keep it and that wasn’t the plan.  Somebody please take it off of my hands!

vintage club chair refinished in linen

By the way, sneak peek of our holiday mantel in the photo above – more on that next week. Let’s just say that it is my favorite mantelscape yet!

And since we’re talking chairs today, I never did share a proper photo of the French settee from a little while back.  It is so regal yet can be toned down and playful with the right color scheme.

reupholstered French settee

And here is the before.  The fabric was never quite sturdy enough for a chair.  It was thin like cotton bed sheets so of course it tore.

French settee before

I chose a durable fabric by Waverly in a striped pattern that reminded me of antique ticking fabric. Love the double welting and French details.

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Baby got back!  The curves go all the way around.  This settee is a masterpiece from all angles!  It would be fabulous in an entryway or playful in a boy’s room.  Stately in a dressing room too.  I can go on…

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The settee is for sale in my space at West End Garage in Cape May, NJ.

Speaking of West End, I just moved into a larger space last night. If you’re looking for me, I’m on the reverse side of where I was before. Double the space equals double the amount of Circa Dee treasures you can expect to find! The garage is open everyday now for the holidays.

And now for the public service announcement portion of this post…

Find Circa Dee at Union Stock – a popup next weekend in Manayunk featuring a collection of locally handmade goods and wares.  I’m very excited to be in the mix with this group of local artisans.  Click on the photo for the complete lineup.  I’ll be there for the Friday evening reception.  Hope to see you!

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As for our very own Brick & Mortar, we are open for the next 3 weekends!  Come find some unique vintage and repurposed gifts and a little something for your home too.

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And don’t forget to RSVP if you plan to come to Miss Mustard Seed’s book signing by emailing me, commenting or on the facebook event page.

And speaking of the book ‘Inspired You’, we have a winner…drumroll…Sharon K.!

Happy weekend!

freud and antiques at the arden theatre

Good morning!  For the last couple of years, I have been on a committee for “The Scene” at Arden Theatre in the old city section of Philadelphia.  “The Scene” is an event where professionals get together for an hour of networking, mingling, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before select performances at a reduced ticket price.  The party continues with the cast at a local hotspot.

It is really a great time and I’ve decided to share this little extra curricular of mine today because I thought you may have an interest in the current production.

Plus, I’m giving away a FREE pair of tickets!

First let me tell you about the show and why you’ll want to see it…

On the day England enters World War II, Sigmund Freud invites a young C.S. Lewis to his London flat. Here, the father of modern psychology challenges a little known professor on the brink of literary fame. Freud’s Last Session imagines a collision of these two brilliant minds over love, God, and life.

The entire set is filled with artifacts and antiques to replicate Freud’s actual study which is now The Freud Museum in London.  You can read more about how the set evolved on the Arden’s blog.  Here’s a picture of the actual set as it looks today.

 

There are over 200 “artifacts” on the stage of Freud’s Last Session at the Arden. Of those, 18 are from the Penn Museum. The largest bulk of the remaining artifacts were donated by members of the Arden’s Sylvan Society.  However, that still didn’t complete the set so the props team had to do a little antiquing and DIYing of their own.

Is it just me or did you too always wonder how theater sets evolved?  I’ve learned that it can be quite similar to staging the rooms in your own home.  These professionals are creative and on a budget so they start by shopping their own stock.  Chris Haig, the Prop Master at Arden Theatre, shared a few of the behind the scenes secrets on how the set of Freud’s Last Session evolved.   

Two items specifically mentioned in the script and picked up by the characters needed to be built from scratch as finding them online or elsewhere proved impossible or too costly according to Chris. They are the Eros statue and the mummy bandages with markings from the Book of the Dead.

The replica Eros statue was modeled out of clay and painted to look like terra cotta.  The leg and hands were broke off just as Freud’s statue had been.

To create the mummy bandage, Chris’s team cut a muslin strip into a 4” width, aged them with a wash of brown paint and distressed them with darker brown tones along the frayed edges. It was also necessary to give them “embalming fluid stains” with watered down yellow paint as this is directly referred to in the script. Chris then copied the hieroglyphs and figures seen on the original using a fine point archival ink pen. After drying, the bandage was wrapped around a stained wooden dowel and placed in the center of a vintage mason jar. Did somebody say mason jar?

As for the antique furniture, there is a unique corner chair next to Freud’s desk that the team was absolutely dedicated to getting just right.  Chris scoured the internet, every prop rental house in the area and reached out to fellow prop masters nationwide with no luck. He came across a close match while antiquing in Lancaster however the chair exceeded the budget.  They wouldn’t settle for just any chair.  Finally, Chris found the correct chair right in Philadelphia from a local dealer’s personal collection!

It took 2-3 months to put the set for Freud’s Last Session together.  It sounds like Chris has an awesome job…antiquing, DIYing, staging!  I can’t wait to personally view the set and performance next Friday.

 I hope you’ll join us for “The Scene” where we’ll view Freud’s Last Session on Friday evening, November 16th. 

  • Leave a comment letting me know that you’d like to win a free pair of tickets to “The Scene” and the performance of Freud’s Last Session ($60 value). 
  • There will be an extra entry for you if you post a link to this giveaway on facebook or twitter. 
  • You have until Sunday, November 11th at midnight EST to enter. 
  • The winner will be announced on Monday, November 12th and your pair of tickets will be held at the Arden’s box office for Friday’s performance.

Good luck!  Who will you take if you win?

P.S. Sorry that this giveaway only pertains to my local friends.  I will make it up to you.  Promise.

(All images borrowed from Arden Theatre.)

field trip

I’m on my quest to soak up the last unofficial week of summer without rushing fall in like I normally do this time of year.  So today I took a break an enjoyed a stroll through a local U-pick zinnia farm in my area.  It was heavenly.  An absolutely gorgeous day for such a walk.  I could have stayed in those fields for hours.

Why did the chicken cross the road?

To get to the other field of zinnias of course!

After my walk, I visited the farm’s market which was stocked full of colorful locally grown produce.   Farm markets are always so inspiring to me for their rustic, simple style, the textures and all of the colors of course.  And just the overall quantities of produce.

And then it happened. Sitting right there in the middle of my blissful late summer moment was a sure sign of fall!  I can’t deny that it is right around the corner with a pumpkin that orange staring at me.  Bring on fall!

 

 

 

my blue suede shoes

I don’t exactly want to rush the end of summer.  Believe me.  I don’t.  But around this time each year, I really start anticipating fall and all of its glory.  The chill in the air.  The crunchy leaves on the ground.  Warm apple cider.  Mmm, can’t wait!

So I was flipping through the August issue of Glamour magazine a couple of weeks ago.  This page of brogues had me excited.  I’m always looking for a cute boot or shoe that I can really work in all day long.  This oxford menswear style seems to hit the nail on the head.  I made a mental note about the suede ones in the middle of the page.

Would you believe that just days later while scouting for vintage, I came across my very own pair of never-worn blue suede shoes?  In my size!  Mint condition.

True story!  I’m in love with them.  Bring on fall!

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But before I rush into fall, I want to share what I’ve been up to this summer in the blog world.  I’ve done a bit of hopping around.

First of all,  there’s a new blog in town.  Literally.  Have you heard about Philly Love Notes?  It is a collection of reminders. There is too much in the city that is forgotten or overlooked. This site seeks to rediscover those places — to remind the city, and us, that it is loved.  You can read my love note to Philly here.

I also visited another local blog, The Painted Home, and shared what’s in my beach bag  I know, I know.  I’m getting so personal this summer.  You can read about what’s in my bag here. Be sure to check out Denise’s portfolio while you’re there!

Many people have asked me about my logo.  It’s pretty fabulous, right?  I owe it all to the talented Carly Hall-Scott of Great Hall-Scott.  Her mantra is all about how to communicate simply and create good design through collaboration.  She just so happened to post about my store opening today.  You can read about it here and see some of her other client work as well.

That’s all for today!  Have a great week.

your weekend plans

Hello!  I am back with yet another post.  I know.  I have been chatty this week, haven’t I?  It must be all of the coffee.  But anyway, I wanted to share some deets with you about what you should be doing this weekend.  These events are geared for the Philly area.  Sorry if you are not local but please scroll on for some seriously inspiring eye candy!

Have you made it to the Philadelphia Flower Show yet?  No?  Well you are in luck because it doesn’t end until Sunday evening.  Annnd I’ve got a big tip for you.  Go on Sunday and stay ’til the end.  That is the best time to shop the retail vendors because they will be practically giving away their remaining inventory of fresh flowers and plants.  Seriously.  If you are ready to inject Spring into your home, get started this weekend.  Catch the wave…

 

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society hosts the Flower Show every March.  It is the largest flower show in the world! I know. Huge.  The theme this year is Hawaii: Islands of Aloha. Let’s see what 2012’s event has in store…

Oops, I think this man forgot his trousers.

 Anyway, you’ll feel like you took a day trip to Hawaii after walking around the convention center. 

And there are tons of ideas for your landscape.  Our yard actually already looks like this oasis…

We are hoping to scale it back this year but can’t decide between this quaint, rustic veranda…

Or this one.  We actually already have a patio set like this that just may get a paint job this year…

And why didn’t I think of a driftwood walkway?  You know I’m obsessed with driftwood.  It popped up more than a few times at the flower show.

And who doesn’t want a wall of lettuce?  It is so lush and green and healthy.  I want this!  It is the  perfect idea for urban gardeners with limited growing space on the ground.

Mmm, reclaimed wood wall!  Note to self, don’t forget the zinnias this year.

Whoa reclaimed wood wall AND galvanized flower bucket lighting.  Yes, please.

I’ll tell ya, my brain hurts from all of the ideas and there was a decent amount of vintage injected in the display.  Check out this fab aqua wagon.  I need this in my life.

Ok enough swooning. While I was at the Flower Show, I had the pleasure of watching one of my friends and renowned floral designers battle in a designers challenge. Renee Tucci is the Floral Design Manager locally at Rhoads Garden.  She threw down like nobody’s business. As much as you can throw down in floral design. I think there was even some trash talking going on. Yup, that’s how floral designers roll.

Oh my, only 10 seconds to go in the 30 minute competition full of surprise elements.

Does she look nervous?  They had to create a tropical arrangement to complement the Hawaiian theme with specific tools and materials that were not previewed before the competition.

There was definitely nothing to be nervous about.  Renee took home first place in the friendly competition!

I think you should call her up at Rhoads today and ask her to whip up an award-winning tropical arrangement for you.  Tell her Dana sent you.

Did I lose you yet?  I am full of pics and info today.  I really shouldn’t have had that second cup of coffee!  But while I’ve still got you, let me tell you about another must see event going on this weekend…

Head out to the ‘burbs for the grand opening of freshvintage on Saturday from 10-5.  I’m pretty thrilled to hear that one of my favorite vintage bloggers and sellers has gone all brick and mortar on us.  Colleen and her husband, Chris, have opened up shop at Highland Orchards in West Chester.  Their grand opening bash sounds like a blast complete with wine, of course.  Here’s a sneak peek of the new shop courtesy of freshvintage.  Check out more on her blog.

Now I’m exhausted just thinking about your weekend plans.  Let me know how it goes, mmm kay?