This is our space in Dallas, Once we took all our pallets out of the booth, I took a photo to show what we start with.
This is the start of our "structure". This is new to us this year. Bob the builder built it for me, and Kelly and I painted it to give it that "distressed flea market look."
This is it after. The idea is to make it look like individual French Flea stalls. Each stall had its own vibe or theme......The garden area, the manly room, the girlie room etc....
This is way out side the box for me. I can't believe it myself.....RED????? Yes, I did do some things in red. It is not bright red. It is antiquated washed out, muddy red. So therefore I think its okay. I call this vignette "carnivale" It reminds me of a wonderful old carousel.
These are my new palette paintings. I actually did something like this when I first started the line, but now I added a little bit of dimension. These are actual paintings, and I have the artist actually put the paint on the palette, and use it from there. Then when they are done, I have the brush mounted with old wire to the palette.
I collect old palette paintings from Europe so these are my rendition of that wonderful art form I love.
The girls who paint these for me, are absolutely adorable, and I am always so thrilled when I get to send them pictures of customers with their works of art.
This is a fountain that is outside the mart building. I am an absolute animal nut, and I think this sculpture is fantastic. I would love, love, love to have this fountain in my yard. One day maybe I can make a tabletop version in sandstone.
We called this the "manly" room.
This amazing Valance is one that I purchased in Paris at a Flea Market. I adore this one, and it fit perfectly over our new structure.
A view looking down the isle can give you an idea of the "flea market" feel that we were after.
everyone asks if we have a "plan". No we just figure it out when we get to each show, because it always is changing.
my new stage. I just love this new design. It will be so great when I get all the "kits" done that will have a different background with new players for every occassion and season.
I need to get busy. I wish there were more hours in a day.
This fantastic scale is an antique, but I am going to produce a version of this. Can't you just imagine how cute this will be in a kitchen filled with onions or fruit, or on a porch with plants, or in your bathroom with towels????? Ohhhhh so many options. Stay tuned for that one, it hopefully will be ready by summer.
We were honored and happy to recieve the booth award for the third time in Dallas. Thank you judges "whoever you are" they are secret people who judge I think.
I really am considering changing my name to STORMY. Everywhere I went there was a storm to follow. In Atlanta, the ice came and shut down the city. In Dallas there was record cold and ice, and then in New York......Oh, my there was 12 inches of snow in 4 hours. This is Broadway during morning rush hour. It is unbelievable. And just think, they can't just shovel it away, because you need to get to the curbs and everyone walks.........soooo what do they do???? they have big bulldozers come in and scoop it all up, fill the backs of trucks, and dump it into the river. It helps that Manhattan is an island.
This is a bronze statue of an owl hiding underneath all that snow.
The storm delayed everything, including getting our freight. But it did make it, so this is our space this time in New York. It was shaped like an "L". Here is the tricky thing.....We have one less booth than we had in Dallas, and the complete show traveled here. So now we have to put it ALL in less space. YIKES !!! We were LOADED.....too loaded , but what can you do right??? We made the best of it, and stacked and packed. Pictures were layered. Customers thought it was a genius way to display art, we explained, we liked it, but we really were trying to make more room on our precious wall space, or what little of it we had.
Here we go again !
I have a wonderful friend who manages a terrific Resturaunt in Detroit. He saves his corks for me. I love them, I had baskets full of them. Thank you again Nino....I really appreciate it.
I always bring lots of antique props for display. Usually they are for sale, but there is a few that I just can't part with. These Antique leather clown shoes are one of them. Aren't they fantastic..... Well the truth is my husband bought these in an antique store for my Dad for Christmas, he said it is because he is such a clown. He is....we laughed till we cried when he opened them. There was a great love letter that went with them describing how he searched for a special gift, for a special guy etc, etc....it was a riot. It just so happens that my dad is my husbands best friend and vise versa. You can't ask for anything better can you??? The are total teasers though and always are trying to "one up" the other one.
I love this worn wood clock,. I love the deep turquoise color, and it runs on 2 AA batteries, and keeps perfect time.
I love the lanterns and all the new tissue paper goodies. So did my customers.
I still sell a ton of crowns, hey, who doesn't love a crown right?
Our mascot....these are beyond beautiful....don't worry, they passed of natural causes.
I cannot begin to thank all of you !! The store owners who have purchased from me in the past, the shops that just became part of the Peacock Flock, and all the customers of the stores who put my items in your homes. It is so great to hear from all the stores that the items are selling....yes, selling..I am THRILLED. It is one thing to get orders, but to get re-orders. Wow, that means that other people like it too!! My goal is to design some great looking fun decor, and have it affordable, so we can all change it up as often as we like, and not feel like we have to live with it, because it costs a fortune right??
So again, I am Thankful for everyone of you for reading my blog, following me on my creative journey and giving me your wonderful kind words of encouragement.
THANK YOU , THANK YOU, THANK YOU .
Merci , Merci, Merci Beacoup !!!!