“Blanche Neige”

Thursday I am Leaving for Snow Whites  ‘An Enchanted Affaire’.

I wanted to share a teaser of my cloche for the globe swap Im in.

My theme for the cloche was “The Spell”. I was inspired by a painting I had purchased from the gallery at Disneyland a few years ago. My cloche includes a spell book, a red apple, a raven (Trivia: which in the story was the Evil Queens only friend and minion she talks to in her dungeons laboratory where she casts spells), a glass bottle of poison and a skeleton head.

The Spell

‘The Apple’

I hand stoned a fake apple with red Swarovski crystals which took over 300 stones and 14hrs. Then I dipped it in resin to hold the stones on better not knowing it was going to dry more amazing than I had thought. I added a real apple stem and a cut out leave that I glittered.

‘The book’

I took a small book and had my husband cut it down to size to fit in the cloche with a skill saw because it was so thick. It took 5 cuts to get it perfect. I wanted a real book to look authentic. I modge podged each page one by one. Then I added a piece of vintage german newspaper to a couple pages that could be seen because the fonts were very gothic. I then printed the recipe for the poison apple on vintage music sheet paper. I covered the back of the book with a decorative piece of paper and used black leather on the binding. The last thing was I distressed the heck out of it to give it an old musty look.

‘The Raven’

I found a 3” size raven that I put black Swarovski crystal in his eyes so they would sparkle.

‘The Potion’

I used a very small cork glass bottle and mixed cherry food extract with maple extract to get the perfect red.

‘The Skull’

I again put black Swarovski crystal in the eyes as well.

‘Last Details’

I used green moss inside the cloche to cover the bottom of the wood base. I Printed out “An Enchanted Affaire” on fabric then tea stained it to make a banner. I decorated the outside of the cloche with a beautiful bow from vintage black velvet ribbon from the 1920’s. I used a vintage glass hobnail cake plate for the base and cloche to sit atop for display.

‘It’s A Wrap’

I always get carried away with my gift wrapping. I try to do the same theme as the gift. So for this, I found an old apple picking basket that I put burlap on the bottom and covered it with fresh red apples that can be seen up to the cake plate. Then put burlap over the top of the cloche and tied a piece of  string around the top and added a tag that is the feature design for the event. This is a white elephant swap so theres no name on the tag and no one knows who’s is who’s.

I hope who ever ends up with it appreciates it as much as the time and effort I put into it.


“Checking In”

And so it goes…

I Haven’t posted since December, I can’t believe its been that long! So with that being said Im going to briefly catch up.

My family spent Christmastime in Disneyland and then went to The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside, Ca for New years Eve. Back at home Im finally finishing up my creative space which is turning out beautiful! I also started looking around Vegas for a new place to put Tragic Queen Vintage. I found “Vintage Vegas” which Hangover 3 did some filming there for the next movie, so keep an eye out. It’s in the art district area and on Main Street. No more Goat Feathers as of March 30th. Just wasn’t for me.

So the last few weeks I’ve been working on plenty of home projects, my vintage space design, enchanted affaire and spring cleaning. Can I get anymore things to do? I did … I am now going to be Ravens T Balls team, team mom.

Happy Everything!

“Back To Reality“

1 Week later

Im back home from “Winter Wonderland” and I can’t believe its already a week!

Thursday started the road trip to Manhattan Beach, but before the final destination I stopped in Fullerton to take my friends to “Gilding the Lily”.  My friend Dorthey was so excited she was jumping out of her skin to get there! Dorthey and our other friend Diane had never been there before and only heard about it from me. I surprised them with a Stampington & Co. magazine that had a spread of Gilding in it so they could see what to expect. I have to say, theres is no saying how wonderful this place is until you’ve experienced it yourself. Dorthey was having a fit! Diane said “Im excited…but not that excited”  until she opened the door, she was speechless.

When we left Gilding the Lily (2 1/2 hours later). We headed to our destination greeted with another breathtaking moment of Kim Caldwell’s touch.

Friday morning started early for or bus tour de San Diego.

First tour stop was “The Vintage Market Place”. It had just stop raining and all the venders and there items were a little wet. That didn’t stop them from selling and us shopping along with other vintage lovers that came out for there monthly market.


Second destination was lunch at “Wilson Creek Winery” in Temecula.


Third tour stop was “Granny’s Attic” antique mall. Having gone there before I wasn’t to excited to shop there only because an antique mall is an antique mall. There all the same.

Last stop on our route was “Matilda Mouse”. Another monthly market in a barn that was once owned by the “Betty Crocker” actress. I had been once before a few years ago and was very excited to go again. When we got there it was still daylight. The whole barn was decorated for Christmas. Each vender space had their own vintage Christmas decor and staged their booth so beautifully it was hard to think everything was for sale. The barn is up in the mountains, no street lights on a curvy two lane highway with little room for the bus to turn around. The bus driver almost took out their mailbox and gate trying to fit in. That didn’t work out so well. So he parked across the street and we ran across the highway to the barn. When we left it was pitch black that you couldn’t see the bus or the street. So that means a car coming sure wouldn’t be able to see two girls running like crazies to get to the bus. So I told Dorthey to turn on her phone and I as well so there would be some notice of an unidentified light waving in the middle of the pitch black street. Oh yeah, it was raining and a new episode of 1000 ways to die. All I kept saying was please don’t let us get hit. But when we made it across the dark and scary road… it was worth it.


After a long shopping day we headed back to the hotel for our Christmas pajama soiree and the start of the amazing swaps. I can’t express enough on how beautiful these swaps were. My swap didn’t start until Saturday. “Vintage Buttons and Lace” hosted by Andrea Villarreal. Thinking it would be easy, it wasn’t. The  packaging was the hardest.

Here is my swap of vintage buttons in a vintage SP shaker with a little vintage Santa or snowman pick. My lace is in a pink bakery bag with a vintage paper doily and a rosette from Bethany Lowe. The vintage Santa mug is filled with vintage goodness that I put together for my two traveling buddies.


Sunday was bus tour de Ventura for the flea market. It was raining again that day. A lot of venders packed up and left, but there were a few that stayed. We shopped it for just a bit and waited in the bus for the next destination which was old town Ventura. Lots of eateries and shopping there. Then to Aguora antique mall to “A Beautiful Mess” and a few other antique stores that were not like any other antique mall. It was a fulfilled trip.



“Back From Tiffany’s”

Prelude to “Affaire At Tiffany’s”

It’s Been almost 2 weeks now since the event. Im now getting into the swing of things. I went to San Diego a few days before the event to update and replenish my space at The Urban Barn. Could not wait to make It “Tiffany Pretty”. Not knowing that I would be switching my 8×8 space to a room with four walls and three entrances! That move took all of  Monday. Tuesday I spent all day staging my finds so they would be perfect and in place. While setting the mood and feeling very Tiffany, I was having a bittersweet moment. I was hoping not to sell anything before the Flea Market Tour on Sunday. I wanted my room to stay perfect and untouched until then. Wednesday morning, first thing, was to go to the flower mart to find some posies to add a fresh visual display of springtime.

I hope you enjoy my little atelier!



Se prépare pour “The Affaire At Tiffany’s”

Preparing for The Affaire At Tiffany’s flea market tour!


I’m so excited to be leaving in less than 2 weeks for this event in Manhattan Beach, Ca. Before the event weekend starts I will be going to my little place in San Diego at the Urban Barn to replenish my vintage goodies making it Tiffany special for the Affaire group. Urban Barn is one of the fabulous stops on the flea market tour. I will be adding as much Tiffany blue I can fit in my space!


“Derniers Jour De Vacances”

Todays forecast was 72° F, Mostly Sunny.

I’m at the last of my vacation days and the forecast for Las Vegas when I arrive home this week will be 105° with a slight chance of  HOTTER! (I hope I don’t combust when I cross the state line.)

Back to my days in San Diego.

I went to a few estate sales, yard sales and some antique stores. To name a few of my great finds this trip I found an antique kings chair over 100 yrs old in perfect condition, 1940’s bamboo fly fishing pole and fish net, metal costume trunk and a lot of other small beauty’s. Now I need to get pictures up to share the visual of my treasures.

Beside my treasure hunting my family and I took in a Padre’s game went to Legoland along with there Aquarium and water park. We went on a “Pirate Ship Adventure” thru the harbor on a replicated wooden pirate ship and enjoyed the beach.

Now it’s time to pack it up and say goodbye.

Thanks for a good vacation San Diego.



Escapade d’été

Summer Getaway!

Before my family and I hit the road to San Diego on Monday. It takes hours to get the motor home loaded up and ready to go for a month’s stay at the trailer park.
First I clean it inside and out. Pack it up with clothes, food, kid toys, husband toys, beach gear, electric car, bikes, scooters, skate boards, legos, stuffed animals and lots more.

Oh I can’t forget my craft supplies and my shopping cart for the flea markets!

This will be the first summer in 14 years of us RVing that I don’t have any dog supplies to load up. I would have to pack for three. I had a Chow mix, Akita mix and a sweet harlequin Great Dane. I would bring there food, dog bowls, medications, beds, leashes, blinkers, toys and a lot of waste baggies! This summer vacation will start off  bittersweet and end with alot of great memories.

So while I’m on vacation my “Market” will be closed until September 1st.

Enjoy the rest of your Summer!