Tuesday, January 29, 2013



Winter rain has finally come to the dry, parched land of Oklahoma and I'm smiling from ear to ear.  The heavens have opened up and favor has been given to our land...  Even though I had some errands planned for today I decided to stay home just so I could hear the pounding rhythm of the rain beating down upon the roof of my La Chaumière de Briarwood.  The birds are literally singing in the rain and the squirrels are bouncing from tree to tree caring not in the slightest the water is pouring down from the sky...

I can only imagine how happy our farmers are!

Over the weekend my Mr. AGPMan and I went junking and had the most wonderful time.  We haven't done anything fun since before Christmas and my surgery so it was great to get out.

I was so happy when I found another one of these sweet mail/wall pockets.  Not a fan of the blue and stencil...but I do love the one transformed earlier last year!  

We visited several of our favorite spots and came away with lots of neat things for my local booth space (I have some news about it that I'll be sharing with you soon).

I'm not sure what this wooden church was meant for...but this is exactly how I found it.  Already white and distressed and I just love it.  I'm probably going to keep this one...at least until Easter!

Usually when I find these old wooden purses they are already heavily decorated.  Originally they came from kits and were painted up and lined with bright colors.  I'll probably transform it to look similar to the one I painted last year (see below) once my hands heal up... 

Also snagged the sweet French style lampshade you see below.  Love it...just not the black trim!  So...I pulled it off and plan to do something different with it.

Not sure what just yet...just not the black gimp.
Too harsh for me!

Maybe some tattered fabric is a soft shade of taupe?  Hmmm...

Now before you roll your eyes you must remember this...
Just about anything can be transformed.  I promise you those ugleeee baskets will look wonderful in time for Christmas 2013. 

Remember this basket from late last year?  Nothing like thinkin' ahead (wayyyyy ahead)!

I love picking up little things that can help fill in the gaps in my booth space.  I plan on painting the small photo frame white, but the existing ceramic frame and little basket will be left as-is...  The hairspray can-cover will be painted white...oh...and those stands you see in the far back of one of the first pics...those came from a wholesale biz that closed several years ago...boo hoo!  They are wonderful but not for sale! 

Big changes are in store for my local booth space.  I'll be sharing with you in a few weeks what's been happening while my hands have been healing and I haven't been able to work!

Hope you are having an awesome day.

Love to you...


Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Rebecca,
You were lucky once again to spot some gems and others that will become gems under your healed hands!
Enjoy the rains.

NanaDiana said...

Oh- some real finds- You can make anything beautiful, Rebecca- That is your talent! I can't wait to see all those items transformed. AND... I can't wait to hear what is going on with your booth- you are SUCH a tease-xo Diana

Jocelyne said...

Yay! You're back. I look so forward to your posts. You found some great things over the weekend, can't wait to see what you do with everything. <> ~ Jocelyne

sunnyskiesandsweettea said...

I am so glad to hear you are back to doing what you love!! I know you will transform those pieces into something worth talking about!

Amy Jo

Unknown said...

You're painting again! Yay! That church is just scrummy. (scrumptious and yummy)Love the pink roses too. Great to see you creating again.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

So many pretty transformations! I love those Christmas tree baskets--they look amazing white! It is just amazing what a little paint and decoration can do :)

Anonymous said...

Good to see you enjoying yourself even with hurting hands. I think junking is the best solution to feeling blue and such. Love finding those great treasures- you found some gems for sure!

bee blessed

Marilyn said...

I know you've been healing, but have sure missed seeing all the great things you find to transform. This post is just what I needed. You can always send my brain into overtime wondering what I could find if I had your radar eyes. I might even be able to find some things right in my own basement, if I'd ever go down to look. Counting days until school is out for the summer and I retire!♥♫

Blessings from Cindy said...

Love all your treasures & after you "do your thing" they will be magnificent! Keep healing!

Unknown said...

I love how you can take something drab and make it beautiful! I'm excited to see what you do with the lamp shade! Glad you are able to get out and about while your hands are healing and find some goodies. My favorite find is the wooden church! If you decide you want to sell that one, please let me know.

ShirleyC said...

I love those kinds of finds. You will probably redo them to the point we won't even recognize what they looked like in the beginning! Glad you felt like getting out.

Pondside said...

It sounds like you had a grand time junking with your husband. That is something we like to do when we go to the city too. I look forward to seeing those little Christmas baskets done up.

Mari said...

Oh what great finds my friend, I just love when you transform your treasure, they turn out soooo beautiful ;)
Hope your hands are healing nicely...


Theresa said...

WOW, you guys hit the jackpot:) Love it that you have a vision to see beyond the ugly! Enjoy your rainy day dear friend, BIG HUGS!

20 North Ora said...

Great finds Rebecca! On that lampshade, I found some really pretty burlap/hemp flat braid that would be nice. You might check that out.

Your painting is so gorgeous.

And yes, the rain in Oklahoma was really welcomed yesterday. We really needed it so badly!


{Bellamere Cottage} said...

My sweet Rebecca... I had to smile at your excitement over the rain... now listen... I'm from Western Washington... rarely a day WITHOUT the stuff... I enjoy it most of the time, but after days and days of pelting rain and wind I'm really ready to pack it in and move to Arizona... :-)

I keep every, single note and letter too... EVERY one! Since I was in my early 20's. Boxes of them. And, if someone writes me a particularly sweet note via the net I print it off and save that too. I'm thinking someday when I'm reallllly old, I'll sit and read them all. My Mum saved all of hers too and I will never understand why, but my sister threw them all away. I was heartsick. I'd have loved to read them all.... but I did manage to find the box with all of the letters sent to her by my dad when they were separated by war. So special to read and I adore them all...

Huggies to you sweet girl. Glad to know you're healing up!

Spencie Girl

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