Another First & Some Before and Afters

On Friday was my first arts and crafts fair as a vendor. This was my first experience selling items that I had made. I was a mix of emotions, I was nervous and excited! I was a little stressed about getting set up and how I would make it all “work” together. It all came together rather well and even though it was a hodge podge of items, it was a good sampling of the items that I make!
Here are some pictures of my set up (sorry the lighting is bad, I worked with what I had):

I used an old wooden ladder as “shelving” for the fair. My hubby cut some wood to make the actual shelves and we painted the ladder white. I want to do more to it, we just ran out of time. So hopefully before my next show it will have a whole new look!

Here are a few before and afters that I did for the show. Sorry that some of my “afters” aren’t the greatest pictures, but I was so focused on getting everything done that pictures fell to the last minute.
Here is an herb planter I found at a thrift store. It was super rusty and dirty, but I thought it was really cute. So I picked it up for $5 and gave it a face lift.
 I sprayed it white and added some black glaze to the base for detail. I then painted the removable bins with chalkboard paint so you can customize the labeling of your herbs.
Here is a table that I bought at GW a few months ago. I had a evolution of ideas for this one but finally settled on this.

I first primered it and then painted a spot black on the front. I applied a fleur di lis that I cut out of vinyl using my Cricut over the black spot. I then painted it all in Rustoleum’s Heirloom White. Once it was dry I removed the vinyl cut out to show the black underneath. I distressed it a bit and gave it a coat of polycrylic. I really love how it turned out….and it found a new home at the fair!!!

 I had a project in mind and I just needed to find the items. Luckily a few days before the show I found this canister at GW, I paired it with a candle holder that I had in my stash, and added a finial from Michael’s.
I painted the lid and finial black and gave the candle holder a fresh coat as well. I used my trusty E6000 glue and attached all the pieces. Added a little candy corn and a ribbon and you get this……
I am always so happy when I find a tray while thrifting, I just love them! I found this one for $1:
I sanded down the wood and painted it a gloss black. I then added some left over fabric from the cork board project. I used a few coats of the Hard Coat Mod Podge on the fabric to give it a nice hard surface.
A few weeks ago I came across 3 small cloches at a thrift store. I was so excited to find 3 at once!!! I wanted to give one some height so I thought this candle would do the trick.
I painted it with the Heirloom White and added some spanish moss and a pumpkin….all ready for fall!!!

Well, I think that’s enough for now! LOL As you can see I’ve been a busy bee and I am looking forward to slowing down a bit. I already have some projects I need to do for some other people and I am wanting to get my fall decor all done. No rest for the weary I guess! Hope you enjoyed the tour!!!
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  1. All of your stuff looks great! I love that ladder shelf,what a clever idea. I hope you did well at your show!

  2. I love this cloche! I am so jealous you found three!! I look for them everywhere! :)… and with no luck so far. Hope you had a fun time at the craft show! Looks like you had a fun setup!

  3. Love how you transformed all of your finds. Hope your first show was a success!

  4. I just discovered your blog! What pretty things…love the makeovers!

  5. I have found those cheese domes before too, never thought of adding a candle base–great idea! Hope your vendor event went well.

  6. Very nice. Great ideas and displayed so nicely. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I love your cloche!! I recently found a cheese dome at a local thrift store as well as a ceramic base…I was wondering what type of adhesive you used? Any direction would be great!! Thanks so much!

  8. @ Robyn: Gorilla Glue and E6000 are my favorite adhesives. The epoxy that Gorilla Glue does is amazing and would probably work for what you need/want.

  9. Thanks so much!! I can’t wait to put my first cloche together!

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