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!

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