Today I was getting ready for my trip to Toronto. It suddenly occurred to me yesterday that even though I’m driving about the distance I would to visit family in Raleigh, I am going to another country! I needed to call my bank and cell phone provider and get everything lined up, so my credit card isn’t turned off for suspected fraud and I can call Jeff. I also tried on outfits, did laundry, checked and double-checked my list and the usual things one does before heading out of town. I’m bringing some things from my house to populate the booth at the Home Show, so it looks very “me” to my readers. I also had to bring things for demos, etc. We’re packed pretty close to the hilt and my mom and I will be putting our van over 200,000 miles on this trip, so we’d appreciate prayers that we make it there and back safely!
As I was getting ready, I also gathered some things together to give the MMSMP retailers who are coming, including little vials of MMS Glass Glitter. They looked so cute, I just had to take a picture.
I found myself getting a little anxious about the trip today as I was trying on outfits…you know that stupid girl thing that makes you wish you bought new clothes and lost 10 lbs before leaving…and I was feeling a little intimidated about being on the main stage and Canada AM, so I just needed to take a timeout from preparing and do what I do.
I oiled the top of the counter (click HERE for the story behind the FREE antique counter) and installed a paper and twine holder to the top…
This holder has a special story. Do you remember when I took a trip up to Long Island, New York, to help a church whose building was severely damaged in Hurricane Sandy? Well, one of my readers who lives there came to help. Her name is Diane. She was an amazing help and it was so great to spend time with her and get to know her. She has been a shopper at the Lucketts Spring Market, so we’ve chatted in passing, but it was so different to work with her, sit down for dinner and hear her story. She is such a neat lady and she gave me this as a gift. Now, it has found the place where it belongs…on this amazing counter.
It really is perfect there. I bought the paper and butcher string off Amazon.
It’s attached to the counter with two screws, so it’s sturdy, but it can be easily removed down the road.
I love the little holder for the string…
…and the fact that it says “New York” on it. I’m not sure what the twelves are for, though. Any ideas?
Since we met her in Long Island last April, Diane has retired from being a New York City police officer and has started her own blog. She also rented a new space in an antique mall! I’m so excited for her. Her blog is Pretty Antiques Wonderful Salvage or PAWS, a nod to her dogs (since she was a K-9 cop).
I had about 45 extra minutes before I had to be home for the boys, so I decided to put some paint on the counter. It was another way to relax and put the upcoming event in the back of my mind. I turned up the music and got lost in the brush strokes. So many of you voted for me to paint the counter in Mustard Seed Yellow, so I went with that. It was a close call, though!
I was surprised at how beige the original color looked next to Mustard Seed Yellow. (The side is painted and the front is still as found.) I am going to sand a bit to distress it and reveal some of the original color.
That will have to wait until I get back from Toronto, though.
I have posts written and ready to go up while I’m away, including a couple of posts on styling and more updates on the studio and my house. I’ll be sharing the trip on Instagram and Facebook if you want to follow along!