The Blue Building Anitiques Alabaster AL shopatblu farmhouse decor clock

Philly Home and Garden Show Farmhouse Decor Clock

Have I mentioned lately how much I love my blogger friends and the wonderful community they have built?  There is a huge network of shared knowledge.  The DIY bloggers are constantly offering one another opportunities to grow and thrive.  Just before Christmas, I learned that Denise Saiba at The Painted Home was looking for bloggers to do a Make It Take It at this year’s Philly Home Shows.  Denise heads up the blogger contingent to provide the craft demos and activity stations at the shows. One quick email and Pop and I were ready to take this show on the road!  

You might remember that last October was our first huge vintage show when we participated in The Market on Chapel Hill.  You can read about the show HERE.  This was so much fun!  We met so many wonderful folks.  Since that market was in Montgomery Alabama, many of our shopping friends stop by to visit us at The Blue Building Antiques in Alabaster, AL.  We enjoyed the event so much that we will be doing several other shows this year starting with Vintage Market Days in Mobile AL over St. Patrick’s Day weekend.  I will tell you more about that event later.

The Philly Home and Garden Show was Friday, February 17  through Sunday,  February 19, 217 .  We made these 24 inch Farmhouse Decor Clocks at the Make It Take It station.  We did 3 classes of 15, one each day.The Blue Building Anitiques Alabaster AL shopatblu farmhouse decor clock

We were super excited to have two fabulous sponsors.  HomeRight sent us Finish Max Paint Sprayers to demo and give away.  We had four participants go home with new paint sprayers!  Everyone had the chance to try using this lightweight and easy to use paint sprayer!  Folks were absolutely loving the spray shelters as well!  The HomeRight spray shelter comes in two sizes to accomodate large or small projects!

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL shopatblu farmhouse clock class HomeRight small spray shelter
HomeRight Small Spray Shelter
The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL shopatblu farmhouse clock class HomeRight large spray shelter
HomeRight Large Spray Shelter

 

the blue building antiques shopablu HomeRight Paint Sprayer

Thanks to HomeRight we will also be giving away a new HomeRight Finish Max paint sprayer at the end of this post!  See the Rafflecopter to enter.

Our second sponsor was Plaid Enterprises, you might know their products…Folk Art and Apple Barrel paint!  Plaid graciously supplied us with stencils, paint, brushes, and stencil glue for all of the classes!  They have a seemingly endless supply of craft items to fill your needs.  Let me just say that their stencil glue was the bomb!

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL Plaid Paints

Our first class was Friday Feb 17 at 4:00 PM.  I have to admit that I was a little nervous.  I’ve never done a class at a big event.  I had some wonderful helpers in 3 of my best buds from high school.  Meet Lisa, Mickey and Susan!

The Blue Building Anitiques Alabaster AL shopatblu farmhouse helpers

Here are some of our wonderful class participants hard at work:

Saturday brought a whole new crew of helpers.  Here are Shelly, Germaine and Lisa, more of my wonderful friends from grade school and high school.

the blue building antiques shopablu helpers

Some candid shots from Saturdays class (photo credit to Shelly):

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the blue building antiques shopablu Sunday class stenciling the blue building antiques shopablu Sunday class helping the blue building antiques shopablu Sunday class friends

the blue building antiques shopablu Sunday class HomeRight the blue building antiques shopablu Sunday class finished

the blue building antiques shopablu Sunday class participants the blue building antiques shopablu Sunday class demo

And lastly, here are pictures from our Sunday class.  Special thanks to my grade school friend, Dana, and my 3 cousins Maureen, Kathleen,  and Michele who were incredibly wonderful helpers!

the blue building antiques shopablu Sunday class cousins

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And of course, my number one helper was in rare form.  He kept the funnel cake booth in business for 3 days!

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL shopatblu farmhouse clock class Pop

I kept him very busy!  Pop picked all of the winners for the HomeRight giveaways!

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL shopatblu farmhouse clock class HomeRight giveaway

The absolute highlight of the show for me was meeting Jeff Lewis from BRAVO’s Flippin’ Out!  

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL shopatblu farmhouse clock class Jeff Lewis

Gage must have sensed how horrible I am at selfies so he took charge! Thank God!

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL shopatblu farmhouse clock class Gage

What a phenomenal event this was!  Once again, a huge thank you to HomeRight and Plaid Enterprises for providing the wonderful tools and giveaways for this show.  Please take a minute to check out their websites and their wonderful products!  If you are a DIY addict like me, these two companies have the products to make you happy and your life easier!

And for our grand finale, we are giving away a HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer!  Enter starting March 4 through March 20, 2017 via the Rafflecopter below. Winner will be announced on March 21st.

 

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The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL shopatblu Thrift Store Swap my cart

Thrift Store Swap 5 – Shopping My Favorite Thrift Store

What did we do before thrift stores?  I know I spent a ton of money on new items I thought I wanted only to be disappointed!  Granted, thrift store shopping can be hit or miss especially today where EVERYONE is looking for a deal.  But that one incredible buy keeps us coming back!

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL shopatblu Thrift Store Swap my cart

My finds for the day

Recently I visited our local thrift store to find some treasures for an upcoming Thrift Store Swap.  Here are some of the items I found:

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL shopatblu Thrift Store Swap 5 mail center

Vintage mail station with 3 hooks. 

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL shopatblu Thrift Store Swap mini rocker

Sweet little wrought iron rocker.  Perhaps this is a salesman sample? It seemed to be made of too good of quality to be a child’s toy.

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL shopatblu Thrift Store Swap planter

This metal and wooden planter has nice embossing and is quite decorative.

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL shopatblu Thrift Store Swap chairs

Some days are hit or miss for great items.  Today there were incredible buys on chairs…$10 each!  But, alas, to big to ship.

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL shopatblu Thrift Store Swap 5 metal wine rack

I’m pretty sure this is wine rack.  But I love the industrial look of the metal.  I can think of several possibilities for this.

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL shopatblu Thrift Store Swap library stool

This is just a simple tray but could be transformed in many different ways using many different mediums.  Lots of possibilities here.

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL shopatblu Thrift Store Swap 5 chair

Another great chair!  I had to walk away as I have too many upholstery projects waiting for my attention.  See my first pathetic attempt at upholstery here.  And view my contest winning chair transformation here.

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL shopatblu Thrift Store Swap jewelry box

Just an old jewelry box.  It is missing a drawer but just think of all the ways we use full size old chests with missing drawers.  

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL shopatblu Thrift Store Swap 5 bench

This full sized bench would be very difficult not to mention expensive to ship to Arizona.  I bought it anyway…project for me!

Thrift Store Swap 5 Spring Edition

From these items, I selected two to send to my Thrift Store Swap partner, Heather who blogs at One Crazy Ride. in Arizona.  Heather just celebrated her 2 year blogging anniversary.  Congrats girl!  I love the variety on Heather’s blog but I am particularly loving her signs an crafty projects.  With 3 young children it is amazing that she has time for these wonderful projects let alone her fantastic blog!  One of my favorite things to do is make signs for my store The Blue Building Antiques. Thanks to Heather I have a few more ideas.  Pop on over and check out her blog.  She has a great post up already about her treasure hunt at the local thrift store!  Here are some of my favorite projects on her blog:

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL shopatblu Thrift Store Swap one crazy ride

Those arrows and those signs!

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL shopatblu Thrift Store Swap one crazy ride sign

I know!  More signs!  I love them!

 

There are nine bloggers participating in Thrift Store Swap 5!  What’s fun about this group is that there is a variety of gals with different specialties…several furniture gurus, family bloggers, etc.  I can’t wait to see all of the projects!  Each blogger finds two items totaling $10 and ships it to her partner.  Each blogger also receives a surprise package containing 2 items purchased for a total of $10.  We then have a few weeks to work on our projects.  The swap culminates with a blog hop in which all of the participating bloggers reveal their repurposed and upcycled items.  This edition of Thrift Store Swap goes live on March 27, 2017.  Be sure to check back here on March 27th.  You are sure to find some great ideas for your own transformations!

The Blue Building Antiques Alabaster AL shopatblu Thrift Store Swap 5 graphic participants

 

 

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