Monday, August 24, 2009

Amy Butler Hunting

Yipee!! Our friend Michelle Wiseman has finally opened up her own dream shop called Fabritique.. a Fabric Boutique. She and her 2 business partners have been planning this for a long time and when I found out they carried Amy Butler fabric, I was off to check things out!

Their boutique is located at 3339 Hwy 34 E. in Sharpsburg. Look at their pretty business cards!! Michelle is also a Design Consultant who frequents The Vintage-Flea many times looking for that special something for her clients.
The gang is all here... Michelle, Jenni, Terri and Kelley.

It's like going to a candy shop.. look at all the pretty trims, ribbons, threads, and fabrics.

And finally... La piece de resistance.. Amy Butler Fabrics!! The fabulous fabric collections are still growing but stop on by Fabritique the next time you are in need for some fabulousness!

Good Luck Girls!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

How to Feed 50 Children... at the Flea

Want to make a difference? We all do. I found this unique company in January called Two Loops. They sell beautiful handbags and tote bags... but this time around they were introducing the World Market Tote Feed 50 Program.
Proceeds for every 1 World Market Tote purchased go to feed 50 children in India and Africa! The bonus is how pretty they are for only $14 each!!
While in Franklin last week, I went into a store called Philanthropy: where fashion meets compassion. These tote bags definitely fit that description. Get one today and make a difference in the world.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

May the Force be with you... Helping a Friend

Went to Franklin, TN this past week to help out some of Jenni's friends open up a new store called Wedding 101. Actually the concept is pretty ingenious.. a virtual wedding directory/retail boutique. Space can be rented out in 3 tier levels from photographers, planners, designers, event locations, rental companies, caterers, etc. When done, their space looks like a 3d magazine advertisement for the potential bride to see, touch, smell, etc. Pretty cool!
from the dashboard of Jenni's car....
Our first order of business from the boss woman was to rearrange their retail area. It was definitely in need of some Vintage-Flea TLC. You can see on the right side a project runway style dress that Jenni and I made for the vintage mannequin. The close up picture is the gorgeous trim made from coffee filters and left over tulle.
The next day we continued with the clean up and set up. That evening was the cocktail party to welcome all the new vendors and for the opening of wedding 101. We walked in through a gorgeous hand made awning with their logo attached and found our name tags.

Here is a sampling of our party.. wedding displays from cake chiefs, photographer displays, bridal gowns from a designer... then the delicious food from the caterers.
A toast to each other. Amy & Ashley, I wish you tons and tons of success!!
May the force be with you. -Yoda

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Cocktails and Cowboy Boots

I'll be away for a couple of days... Jenni and I are going to Tennessee. Do you remember our last trip to Franklin? We are headed back to help Jenni's friends, Amy & Ashley, get ready for the grand opening of Wedding 101. (A really cool concept to help with the wedding planning process.) I can't wait to see it all come together for them. They both came up here in January for the Atlanta Market.. still in the planning/dreaming phase of their business. Of course they will have their grand opening in style with a cocktail party to celebrate and Jenni said she will be wearing her cowboy boots!! Should be lots of fun. Have a great weekend! image from French Blue & Co.


So I have been wanting to change my office at The Vintage-Flea for some time now. When we first moved into the building, Jenni did a gorgeous wall mural on the back wall of the office as a surprise to me. Imagine a chocolate brown wall with vibrant green foliage and ginormous hot pink flowers. Very pretty.. but it has been 5 years now and I need a change. Cruising the blog world I found these great inspiration pieces from Desire To Inspire. Embroidery hoops have been turned into great design accents with the use of gorgeous fabrics. How easy (and cheap) is that!!!
This one is my favorite- used as a bulletin board or inspiration board.

Think of all the possibilities.. clothing from your child that you just can't get rid of, lacey doilies can be turned into jewelry displays, any of Amy Butler's fabrics (need I say more). Here is a tutorial from The Purl Bee on how to make the fabric hoops. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Have a Weekend Full of Smiles

new kitchen timers at the Flea..... Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Library Geek?

Am I a library geek? Definitely not.. I don't even have a library card. I am a geek with new gadgets though so I had to try out this fantastic little Card Catalog Generator. My thanks to Beach Bungalow 8 for posting it on her blog.. which BTW is one of my new favs in the blogsphere.
This turned out cute, don't you think? What card catalog would you write?

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Another Hollywood Visit

Okay I admit it.. I do get jealous when I open up the pages of Southern Living Magazine or Country Living Magazine to find wonderful glossy spreads on fabulous shopping areas in Atlanta. Yes Star Provisions is amazing and Virginia Highlands is on my "favorites" list but never do these publications go beyond the perimeter of Atlanta to seek out places like Newnan. There are so many wonderful little mainstreets outside the big city!! I can not say that about Hollywood though. You see our little town has been blessed as a filming location for many movies, television series, and commercials. Currently Newnan is being used in the lifetime series Drop Dead Diva.
You remember my posting here about the Zombieland Movie that was filmed outside my store.
Here is a partial list of other movies and tv shows that have been filmed in Newnan.

Movies on the "Big Screen"
Angel From Montgomery
Driving Miss Daisy
The Fighting Temptations
Fried Green Tomatoes
Our Winning Season
Pet Sematary II
The Sheriff and The Satellite Kid
Sweet Home Alabama
The Unseen
The War

Television Movies and Shows
Caroline Skeletons
A Christmas Memory
Decoration Day
Desperate for Love
Grass Roots
Guyana Tragedy
I'll Fly Away
Mama Flora's Family
Manhunt in the Dakotas
Motor Home Massacre
Noah Deaborn
October Road
Passing Glory
Silent Victim
Stolen Babies
White Lie
Wife, Mother, Murderer
Zoobilee Zoo

So I guess Newnan won't be in the pages of a magazine just yet.. but you can see us as a backdrop on many of your favorite shows. I suppose the Atlanta shop owners can be jealous about that......

New Goodies

"Sometimes just a little change in your routine can transform something you dread into something you love." This is a line taken from the Sweet Grass Farm website concerning their line of Farmhouse Homecare Collection. So true indeed. I fell in love with this company on my last trip to Savannah where I saw the line at one of my favorite shops, Paris Market & Brocante. I purchased it and have been using it ever since. It definitely brings me back to when I lived in France during the first 2 years of my marriage. I loved doing the laundry because my clothes smelled so darn good afterwards. I have never been able to re-create that smell until now.
This is definitely my favorite of all the Farmhouse collection, reminding me of when I did laundry in France. There are 3 sachets in each bundle. Can be used to freshen drawers, gym bags, any stinky place...
The Shea Butter Lotion is suitable for hands and body. It contains both shea butter and olive oil.
The liquid soap is a glorious, rich and creamy lathering soap with natural glycerin and vitamins. It is a great hand cleanser, but it can also act as a shower gel too.
This old fashioned laundry powder formula is wonderfully fragranced, biodegradable and very effective. You only need 1/8 cup per wash load. This is a low sudsing formula, it is kind to nature, and kind to those with sensitivities to chemicals. Safe for high efficiency and front loader washing machines. The 4lbs bag will make 58 loads of laundry.

The liquid laundry softener provides a natural, non-chemical means of softening your clothes. Made of natural, plant based ingredients, this non-chemical softener conditions water and brightens fabrics. The 32oz bottle will care for 32 loads of laundry.
Also new at the Flea.. we are bringing back an old friend. Remember our gorgeous Bakelite rings and necklaces? We brought them back for Fall. I am still amazed when I get people stopping me on the street asking me about my crow ring... they will be stopping you too!!

Hope to see you at the Flea.