Monday, December 24, 2012

The Year In Review

I started out the year with a blog called “Twelve Discovery Drive” and the premise was to try twelve new things throughout the year to discover a little more about myself. I had read book after book on things like “How To Discover Your Strengths” and “The Secret” and “See You At The Top” just to name a few.

I was tired of reading!  I just wanted to try something…. anything. 

I started the year off with a jewelry making class at the local Cultural Arts Center.  I made a beautiful bird shaped nickel bracelet while learning a lot of new skills along the way.

Next, I gave screen-printing a try and I really, really liked it! I liked it so much that I started making screen printed ipad and messenger bags and started selling them on Etsy.  I continued on the self-journey.

My husband won a trip enabling us to travel to London and Rome. We also went on a ten day cruise and visited places like Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada and Puerto Vallarta.  My head was filling with ideas after visiting these places!

But I’ve got to tell you, I hit gold when on a whim, I attended my very first live auction out in the country this past August. It was truly an “aha” moment.  I LOVED being there and I was so excited - it was that feeling I had been chasing for so long! 

My Very First Auction Purchase was a Vintage Typewriter
Since that moment in August, I have been attending auctions on a weekly basis. I  expanded my Etsy shop and opened a small vendor booth at a local antique mall.  It is a lot of work, but I never get tired of it.  I LOVE all things vintage and when I look back at my life, it had always been there, I think just had to realize it on my own.  My hubby tried to point it out to me one time, but I blew it off as a dumb idea. I remember him saying, “you really like finding stuff at the thrift shop, can’t you do something with that”? Ha, ha, little did I know! 

So my message is to embrace who you are and go with your gut even if it doesn’t make sense at the time. I am so glad I started this little blog as “Twelve Discovery Drive.” I finally found what I have been looking for!

Yeah, me :) 

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

1, 2, 3, 4 - Antique Chest of Drawers!

I have been taking a bit of a break from keeping up with the blog posts.  I think if I did not have a full time job, I would enjoy writing this little blog a whole lot more!  I don’t plan on going anywhere though as I’ve discovered it’s a great way to chronicle life, family, and adventures, my favorite three things in the whole world!  So, my personal adventure continues….
 
Over the past month of so, I took a break to open up a small space at an antique mall in Columbus, OH.  After attending a live auction at the end of August, I have been full steam ahead.!  I think I knew this all along, but I am now 100% sure that I love all things vintage and/or antique!  Well, most things. 

Take this chest of drawers for instance.  When I picked it up, it had a huge water stain on the top and one of the drawers kept sticking. 

I looked at it and looked at it and finally thought, I like the bones of this piece. I want to make it beautiful again!

It sat in my garage for a few weeks…I thought about it each each time I passed by. I wanted to pick the perfect color and I don’t start painting until I have a plan.

I chose gray, with homemade chalk paint! I really, really want to try Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, but that paint is so darn expensive! I also wanted to try a technique I had been reading on  some of the blogs I follow where they number each drawer – so I gave it a shot!

I’m LOVING the way it turned out! What do you think?

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This item sold quickly!

Friday, August 10, 2012

London Craft Market and Shopping

In hindsight, I wish I would have taken more pictures at this market, but some people do not like for their craft ideas to photographed.  So, here are the few I was able to take.

Old beer bottles turned into glasses.

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These looked like jewelry boxes with a compass attached to the lid

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Love this display piece!

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Ladies, you will need at least two full days to shop in this area!

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More shopping!!

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Of course, the Apple Store in London

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This is an old deli turned t-shirt shop.  Love how they use the old meat cases to display the t-shirts!  This place is called Johnny Cupcakes.

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I only wish I had more time there!



Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Taking the Tube in London

So we fly into London’s Heathrow Airport, both of us lugging around a 50 pound suitcase and a carry-on.  I also had a purse and souvenir bag from Rome. 

We’re not really sure about the best way to get to our hotel which is on the outskirts of London (about a 45 minute drive without traffic).  Probably should have researched before leaving! 

Hubby stops and asks airport information “what’s the most inexpensive way to get to East Croydon.”  After what seems like a ten minute conversation, hubs comes back and has a plan.  We are headed to the Underground to take the Tube.  At this point, I’m excited!  It’s just another adventure in a brand new country!

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What I didn’t realize is that this little adventure would take almost three hours and require us to change train stations at least three different times, all while lugging these 50 pound suitcases – right into rush hour!  At one point we were packed in like sardines and I started to panic trying to figure out how we were going to be able to get off the train together with all our luggage before the doors slammed shut. 

Can you imagine the look I gave Greg as we began hour three of this seemingly endless journey! 

Well here is the look he gave me when I took one too many pictures:

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Trust me, my look was much worse!

I was thinking, where did he book this hotel?  Why is it so far from the airport?  In his defense, everything is far from Heathrow.  Poor guy, he didn’t realize we would have to change trains so many times.   Luckily, the hotel he booked was brand new and it ended up being a really nice place to stay.  It was the Hampton Inn in East Croydon.  Rooms are small, but that's typical in London.

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Lesson learned:  Learn a little about the transportation options before you get to your destination – especially when in a different country! 

Travel Tip: Buy the Travel Card. It is only about $8 and you can use it for 24 hours. We bought one each day we were there. It gets you on the Underground and city buses.





Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Summer Olympics 2012, A Salute to London

A few pictures from our April trip to London in honor of the 2012 Summer Olympic games.

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Changing of the Guard

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Cool transportation!

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One of my favorite pics!

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Things you will only see in London!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Vintage Saturday

More great finds from this past week!

Vintage Fry Cowboy Boots - SOLD!

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Vintage Bayer Aspirin Tin - SOLD!

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3 piece Vintage Hairbrush and Comb Dresser Set - SOLD!

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Which one is your favorite?

If you love vintage, please visit my Etsy Shop for over 100 vintage items!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Furniture Flip Friday– Chalk Painted Teal Kling Dresser

This is one of my favorite make-overs so far!  I picked up this beautiful vintage Kling dresser on Craig’s List.  The only scary part was asking hubby to pick it up sight unseen by me!  He just picks up, he has no idea what he is really buying….fortunately, this was a fabulous buy!

I always let my furniture sit for a week or two while I contemplate what color I think will match the look and feel of the dresser.  After two long weeks, I finally decided on a shade of teal. 

It’s funny though, my original plan was to paint an undercoat of green and then put teal over it so when I sanded it, some of the green would show though.  For some reason, this did not work.  When I sanded, the original wood came through.  In hindsight, I think I know what I did wrong and how to correct it the next time.

Plan B – forget about the green and go with the shabby teal look!  One thing I have learned, always have a Plan B!

I used home-made chalk paint and gave it a couple coats of teal.  I then applied a dark stain and before it dried, wiped it off.  I finished with mini-wax paste to give it a polished look. 

I always try to leave the original wood top if it is in good condition.  I just removed the old stain, sanded it down and re-applied the new stain.  I then applied some wipe on poly to the top to help protect it.

I listed this piece on Craig’s List and I had at least ten people that wanted to buy it.  I eventually sold it to a girl that will be using this piece in her new nursery – I think it was meant for her home!

Before and After pics:

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It was so hard not to keep it!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Screen Printed Shaving Kit

My most popular screen print item this past week was the Fish Print Shaving Kit/Toiletries Bag:

Screen printed fish (fish graphic from The Graphics Fairy)

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This item is available at The Gypsy Chix Company.

Love this print, such great detail!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Furniture Flip Friday

I was walking through the thrift shop a few weeks ago when I came across this end table for $5.95!  It was solid with no broken pieces.  The inside was in pristine shape.  I snatched it up! 

I let it sit in the garage for a few weeks while trying to decide on a color.  What color would sell quickly on Craig’s List?   That’s always a tough one.   I finally decided on light gray since I had some extra lying around.

I made some home-made chalk paint and lightly distressed the table after painting.  I stayed with the original hardware by spray painting the pulls in copper.  I also waxed the sides and front and sealed the top since I know this is the area that will get a lot of use and wear.

Here is the before picture:

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And the after:

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This piece sold within a few weeks on Craig’s List for $50.  Love it when they go quick!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Tower Bridge Looks Like it Belongs in A Fairy Tale

This is one of the coolest bridges I have ever seen. Plans for the Tower Bridge were devised around 1876 when the east of London became crowded and a bridge across the Thames seemed necessary. 

The bridge used to open almost 50 times a day but now it is only raised about 1,000 times a year.  Bridge lifts are pre-scheduled (for cruise ships, etc) so check the bridge's website to find out times.

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But the best view requires you to be on the bridge – see what I mean, looks like a fairy tale bridge!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Look Left, Look Right, Look Both Ways

Where am I?

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Did you guess right?

Since Londoners drive on the left side of the road, it's important to make sure you look the right way when crossing the street. Often times you will see directions painted on the street at crossings to remind you to look the right way. This was definitely the hardest thing to get used to and London streets can be so busy! If you go with kids, please be careful!
   
Happy Traveling!!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Vintage Saturday

Some of my cool vintage finds from this past week.

A Vintage Bread Box:  SOLD!

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A Vintage Cheese Box

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A Vintage Kodak 8mm Brownie Movie Camera Eastman Kodak Company

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What’s your favorite item?  I’m loving some vintage cameras right now!

Friday, July 20, 2012

I Went to My First Auction – Hooked!

I have been toying around with the idea of going to an auction and since the weather was not cooperating for boating, I decided to find an auction to go to instead.  Luckily, I was able to talk hubby into going with me!

After quickly searching the internet, I found an auction that sounded interesting and was only about 40 minutes away.  The auction started at 10:00 a.m., but by the time I decided to go it was already noon.  I called the auction to make sure it wasn’t too late.  The lady that answered the phone told me to come on out.  The auction would be going on until at least 5 p.m. 

Hubs and I headed out and found it pretty quickly.  At first there were signs “Auction Ahead” and then there were lots of cars with very little parking!  I didn’t care, I was super excited!

There were two auctions going on at once (outdoors).  Household items were being auctioned off in the front and tools and furniture in the back.  My mind was going a mile a minute trying to figure out if I should go to the back or stay in the front! 

I finally saw something that I wanted to bid on, but found out you needed a tag with a bidder number in order to bid.  I went to the little trailer to pick mine up.  I told the lady at the trailer that this was my first auction and she smiled and encouraged me to have a good time.

I walked away with my bidder tag in hand and headed to the back where I saw a couple things that interested me.  The auctioneer then picked up a vintage Smith Corona typewriter and something inside of me said “I want that” so I raised my hand for my first ever auction bid.  I wasn’t going to stop until I won that thing :) 

SOLD – for $12.50!  I won!  Yeah, I won!

It was a fun kind of rush – I won three more lots/items before we headed home.  

I am definitely hooked….

I love auctions – who would have known! 

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Can’t wait to go to my next auction.  Have you ever been to an auction and what was your first find??




Thursday, July 19, 2012

London’s Iconic Red Telephone Booths; A Little Red Eye Candy!

Those adorable red telephone boxes that adorn the streets of London were designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. The color red was chosen simply to make them easier to spot.

I read an article while in London that said some people in the UK want to get rid of the red telephone booths.  I will admit that I saw some that either had grafitti or broken glass.  I stepped into one to make a pretend phone call and it smelled of urine - yuck!  Pass the hand sanitizer please! 

But those that were intact were beautiful - I say don't get rid of them London!  They make for a great marketing opportunity.  I stopped by to take a pic whenever I had the chance as did countless others. 

They’re nostalgic to say the least… I would love to have one sitting in my backyard although I’m not sure if my neighbors would appreciate it very much!

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