Sunday, April 10, 2011

I'm baaaack!





Did you miss me??

Please just say YES so I feel better, ok?




Whew...its been quite a week, let me tell ya! Ok, ok...so its actually been almost 2 weeks since I have posted, but I have a good excuse. I have my first "show" at the end of the month. You know the ones I talk about, at the flea market outside Chicago where I sell my painted furniture. Well, I have been BURIED under a pile of furniture for a couple of weeks, and have finally painted my way out. One would think I was  painting all winter, so I don't have to cram like I do EVERY spring, but apparently that is just not my style. I work well under pressure...thank goodness! I devoted my winter to Etsy selling, so there was just no time left for furniture. Or at least that is my excuse. (wink...wink...)




Not only have I been painting, but I'm in the middle of moving into more space at my warehouse. I officially have 4,000 square feet that is organized and ready for my painting pleasure.

*sigh*

Gone are the days where a new pair of shoes or jewelry make me happy. Now all it takes to make this girl smiles is wide open space in a big old building. What has happened to me??

For years I have had just under 2,000 square feet, which I know sounds like a lot...but once you pile in 412 beds, 673 dressers, 212 nightstands and truckloads of other furniture...it gets a little...well...cluttered. The numbers there are totally exaggerated, but if you saw my space these last few months, you would think I had that many. It was a mess. I was totally overwhelmed, and I desperately needed more space to organize everything so I could work more efficently.




I get a lot of emails asking me to post photos of my warehouse where I do my painting, and I am a little torn on that idea. On one hand, I could show you what it takes for me to store, prep, paint and finish all the furniture I sell....but on the other hand, it would be just plain ugly in photos. But we will see...maybe I can show you snippets of my space.





Once I start moving in today, I can breathe a sigh of relief and hope that my husband will finally take the Sanford and Son ring tone he has so {lovingly} assigned to me...off his phone. You read that right. SANFORD AND SON. Remember that show from the early 80s?? Ugh. If you do, than you totally get it. Fred Sanford had a junkyard. Sure...I pick a couple of good things out of a neighbors trash, and I get labeled for life. Geesh! But I have to admit, doing what I do, you accumulate a lot of "stuff". But, I could just die when I think about what people must think when I call him. Oh, he thinks he is soooo funny!




I will be back tomorrow with another little post about my Minnesota trip. So many of you asked me to name names and tell what little towns and shops I like to stop in along my route from IL to MN, so I will do just that...and let you know who won the little contest I had before I left. 




Just a note to my local peeps that are looking for specific pieces of painted furniture...emails are already starting to roll in asking what I am bringing to the the April 30th - May 1st show at the Kane County Flea Market. I will try to do a photo preview before I load my trucks for that weekend, so keep watching. But, if there is a specific piece you need, do send me an email. I will do my best to respond with photos to you directly before the show.


(photos in this post were taken at my shows last year, everything shown in the photos has already been sold)


The hubs is making breakfast for me this morning....and it smells soooo good, so I am signing off!

Happy Sunday, girls!

35 comments:

  1. Must be bacon!

    My old mum used to say, don't hand anyone the blueprints...

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  2. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm jealous of your 4000 sq ft :)

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  3. Wow! 4000 sq. feet of space! I have just begun painting and hubs does the staining on weekends. We use our small 2 car garage right now and it only takes up a corner. One day, maybe to be as successful as you! Your my inspiration.

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  4. Welcome back, friend!
    LOVE all the photos in this post and can't wait to hear about the shops you visited on your way to MN!

    XO

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  5. welcome back cutiepie!!!
    enjoy your breakfast xo

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  6. I see that you have been busy and everything looks great! Wish I lived closer (I'm in GA.) You have inspired me to paint the couple of chairs that I got for my farm table my hubby built for me.

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  7. well i for one missed you. haha. see you at kane co.can't wait

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  8. Yes, I missed you!
    *frantically waving arms in air like a geek*

    XO,
    Anne

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  9. So happy to have you back! Yikes, that's a lot of space!!! I LOVE your painted furniture, I wish I lived closer! Have a wonderful week, and if you'd like a snack, please stop by!

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  10. Welcome back! Congratulations on increasing your space. Your furniture is so beautifully done. I wish I lived in your area!

    Have a great day.
    Pam

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  11. WOW!!! 4000sf sounds huge and dreamy! Lots of space for a girl to get her paint on :)
    Glad your back, have a fabulous Sunday!
    XO

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  12. So happy your back... and I did miss you blogging. WOW looks great...Happy Sunday

    ~~Pattie~~
    The Shabby Chick

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  13. Congrats and WOW!!!
    Plus Now I will have that theme song in my head all day! LOL
    Amy

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  14. Your furniture is just beautiful, Mary. I am so looking forward to going to Kane County this summer! Your new warehouse sounds like a dream!

    XO,
    Jane

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  15. You have been busy, everything looks beautiful. WOuld love to rummage through all the treasures in your new warehouse!
    GOod Sunday to you,
    Mimi

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  16. Glad you're back and congrats on the new space!
    Maureen

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  17. Your pieces are lovely, as always. I love seeing that great character and history getting a second life. I totally get the Sanford and Son! Good thing hubby is making breakfast.

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  18. i did miss you! wow a big open space to fill and paint in sounds good to me! i'm not a mall shopper but nothing makes me happier than finding something fun at the antique market or an estate sale! would love to see your space but totally get maybe not wanting to post it! hugs, susan

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  19. My husband keeps threatening the same ring tone for his phone! I bought a truck and had The Kramer Angle personalized plates made but he thought I should have had:

    SNFDSNS!!!!

    I miss the Kane County Flea market - I used to love it when I lived in Chicago.

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  20. Loving that white frame you have hanging in there...beautiful!

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  21. It's wonderful, what I can see on your new photos of the last posts … so beautiful insights … !!!

    I wish you a wonderful start of the week!

    Hugs
    Tine

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  22. I went to the Kane Market last summer when we went to visit my sister and brother-in-law. We had a ball there. Wish I could go and see all your stuff there this year. I would love to see your new working space!
    Cheers,
    Carrie

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  23. Kane Co Flea Market is 10 minutes from my home. I'll see you there ... Can't wait to check out your furniture!

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  24. What I wouldn't do to be able to roam around your warehouse! sigh. :)

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  25. I'm a lovely new follower and can very much understand why you are one popular girl- your pieces are beautifl and I now wich I lived in your town to buy lots from you!! Happy painting.

    Em xxx

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  26. WELCOME BACK! Love those picture frames.

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  27. looking forward to seeing you and all your awesome furniture at the show! Sanford and Son...HILARIOUS!!

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  28. glad to have you back! Enjoyed your post :) The furniture from last year looks great, excited to see what you have in store this year!

    -Amanda

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  29. Hey Sanford- I am glad to see you are back! I was praying there wasn't a family health issue and I thought of you last night when I saw the thunderstorm warnings rolling your way....

    Ok, I am still waiting for the project reveal.

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  30. welcome back and I cant wait to see the pictures of your new stuff.
    Oh and I am soo jealous of your 4000 sq ft. That is twice the size of my house!
    And I couldnt stop laughing when you said "sanford and son" ringtone, cuz Handsome Man was doing that to me the other day.

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  31. first of all, YES! YES! for the missing, YES! for the accomplishments. I would buy one of your pieces in a heartbeat. You have done an excellent job and they all look fantabulous. good luck and much admiration to you.

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  32. Of course you have been missed here in blogland! Oh yes, do share some photos of your goods pre-show!! I am hoping to get a dresser like the one in the 2nd photo (one in the middle) for a use as a diningroom sideboard. Now I am singing the Sanford & Son intro theme in my head!
    :) Lara

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  33. wow, wish i could see it all in person.....love it!! Glad you are back, i really enjoy your blog!! (I'm a newbie!!)

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  34. I can not believe I am just finding your blog! I have only been able to look at a few posts so far, but I am your newest follower and can't wait to go back through the archieves and reading more. I too was born in the country - where the cow's out populate the people. First time I drove my husband out there - there was a cow crossing, we waited for the cow's to cross the street. He just looked at me and said "seriously". Makes me happy of thinking of that small town and the memories. I adore your style and voice - can't wait to read more!

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  35. Oh! I would love that shop in MN!!! Do you happen to know of any good shops similar to that in Chicago or Schaumburg, IL area? :) I will be going there soon and would LOVE to get some good ideas on places to browse!

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