80 Main Street, Sutter Creek, California ~ ~ ~ Attempted Hours: Open Daily 11am-5pm, Closed Tuesdays

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Great Finds

I received a phone call the other day about some garden furniture for sale.  I have people asking me all the time to come by and take a look a one thing or another.  They always end  by saying "It will be perfect for your store!"  I have seen some pretty interesting stuff...some of it is great...some of it is not so perfect for the store in my eyes. Well, last week I hit the mother lode!

The nicest couple invited me to their home and gave me the opportunity to buy some of the best garden antiques I have ever found.  These four metal garden chairs are just a few of the things I was able to buy for the shop.

Below are the two blue chairs in front of the shop after being scrubbed down.  I haven't done a thing to these except clean them off.  The patina is amazing.  The perfect blend of shades of blue with a little rust mixed in.

This is one of the hardest parts of having a shop...I want to keep all the really good stuff!

 Below is one of the green chairs after a little elbow grease.  If you look in the first picture these chairs are badly oxidized.  My secret...a little Liquid Gold furniture polish.  I love how it looks on metal - makes the color come back to life.  Although, if you are planning to leave these outside I always recommend a fresh coat of wax - just be careful that you don't lose too much paint.

I am going back for more treasures....I'll be sure and post more pictures soon!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Our Fall Postcard has Arrived!

Our Fall postcard has arrived from the printers and I think it may be my favorite of all time!  The shop has definitely "gone to the owls" because of our nest of baby barn owls this summer.  I searched and searched for a vintage owl postcard and completely fell in love with this sweet face.  (By the way, my owl photo from a previous post won first place at our county fair and prints will be for sale at the shop) 
I have posted our upcoming fall events here on my blog and a list of upcoming classes is available here.  Private classes are also available for garden clubs or groups of five or more.  If you would like me to add you to our 'snail mail' list just send me an email and I can get a postcard in the mail to you.

The shop is filling up with great stuff for fall...more on that very soon!