Sorry, last week was missed because I was at the coast with the hubby!

Miss Sophia was asked to bring the forgotten items found in her garage or shed.  She let me know this morning she couldn’t find anything so I snagged Miss Dee as she came into the shop and grabbed some of her treasures along with 6 zinc lids of mine.  (Someone is always bringing in treasures!)

First I have to tell you the zinc lid story:  YEARS ago Hubby and I purchased a box full of lids (because I was an early lover of canning jars).  When next I went to look for them they had disappeared and I have looked off and on for them throughout the house. (Giving him a hard time every time because I KNEW he had done something with them!)

Fast forward to this month and we are going through that darn garage recovering things we had forgotten.  (Hmmm, sounds like a new blog series!)  Last week before we left he sheepishly brings me in a box that is just filthy and hands it to me.  When I open the top there is my box FULL of zinc lids!      54 of them!!  I spent a couple hours washing and drying them and here are the first six I have decided to share.


Glass Bottles – $5, $6

Rawleigh Antiseptic Salve Tin – $3

Lady Esquire Leather Creme (dbl sided) – $6

Cavalier Boot Creme Jar – $4

Zinc Lids – $3 each

New Pieces in the Shop this week!

I took a few days off to visit the coast in honor of our 33rd Anniversary but the girls have been busy!  Here’s a look at what they have done:

Miss Evie’s Projects:

Upright Lane Cedar chest in Smoke Signal

Upright Lane Cedar chest in Smoke Signal

Desk #1

Corner desk and chair in APC's Voyage

Corner desk and chair in APC’s Voyage

Desk #2

Desk in Limoges and Sackcloth - great combo!

Desk in Limoges and Sackcloth – great combo!

Miss Sophia’s pretty little buffet:

Buffet in APC's Beach Glass

Buffet in APC’s Beach Glass

and a secret:

The tray pulls out for service!

The tray pulls out for service!

I had better get busy and make up for those relaxing, non-painting days!!


New series to help me (and the rest of us, I hope) re-discover forgotten treasures that need to be in the shop and out of my garage.  I contacted them all yesterday so we will see what happens.  Meanwhile, I asked my hubby to choose 6 things from the garage that he thinks I have forgotten – he was correct!

I know there is cool stuff out there-it has been forgotten…

IMG_0072Here’s a collage picture that includes closeups:

2014-04-01From the left we have:

An Armstrong insulator – $7

A huge Pickle Jar – $35

an aqua Kilmer’s Bottle – $6

a jewelry box (watch?) – $5

 a Kaleidoscope necklace – $20 – Sold

a cool old wooden case – $24

I see more of these days in my future!

APC’s Sackcloth Buffet (and a cute story!)

One day a couple of weeks ago, a very nice couple visited the shop and proceeded to buy a number of pieces of furniture – table and chairs, desk and chair, end table. The husband was very supportive of all her purchases but he specifically was looking for a tv cabinet!

I had bought a nice buffet just that weekend and based on the description of what they needed for the television I told them about it and sketched it for them.  Called my hubby for dimensions and described what I had in mind for the paint and they were interested!

Enter rainy weather and a slight delay finishing it completely but they loved the picture when next they were in just a couple of days later to pickup the furniture.  So much so that she paid for it on the spot!  Never had that happen before!!

No before picture, but it had previously been painted and antiqued in a style reminiscent of the 60′s – yellowed white, not pretty antiquing.

After  (and SOLD):

Painted in Sackcloth and lots of dark wax used

Painted in Sackcloth and lots of dark wax used

I really hadn’t planned on the faux grain look but it garnered lots of compliments while in the shop awaiting pickup.

Closeup of the top

Closeup of the top

Yep, loving APC’s Sackcloth!!!

French Provincial Upcycle – Lovely in Duck Egg

Miss Sophia has come to the end of her can of duck egg but we have found colors we love just as well in the APC line one of our vendors carries.  This combination on a round French Provincial dining room set is just lovely:

 The chairs are marked Broyhill but the table isn’t marked at all.

French Provincial in Duck Egg and dark stain

French Provincial in Duck Egg and dark stain

The chair:

Lovely fabric coordinates beautifully with Duck Egg

Lovely fabric coordinates beautifully with Duck Egg

Another lovely springy look!

APC’s Waistcoat

You love it or you hate it to judge by people’s reactions to this color-I happen to love it!!  Painted this little cabinet with it and I find it a very refreshing color to accent with!

No before picture-what else is new?  Picture reddish brown and blah.



APC's Waistcoat

APC’s Waistcoat

 So bright and springy – perfect for the first official day of Spring!