…favorite things friday: architectural doormat

I heart the girls behind Antique Farmhouse and Decor Steals. They now have their very own site, Bits of Vintage, where you can purchase wares that are not a steal of the day, but a steal anytime. (They are not even paying me for this, I just love the products!)

Bits of Vintage has lots of fun decor, but also practical decor that makes a big statement. I know we do not often look at a doormat counting for anything, but what is the first thing that people see when they arrive at your door? I know I look at the door mat! I think sometimes we get distracted by colored mats with fun sayings or logos or we get trapped with thinking that a cheap-0 rubber mat will suffice. Hmm. If the doormat is a precursor to what is inside, don’t we want it to look stunning?

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I bought my iron pineapple mat when we moved into our home. It was one of the first things i purchase because i wanted it to reflect the inside. Not only has it lasted 7 years and will probably last 77 more, but it is PRETTY! AND WE LIKE PRETTY, DON’T WE?!

Check out the one that they are selling at Bits of Vintage. Architectural Doormat found here for $49.50.

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Beautiful! Makes me want to rub my shoes on it, ring the doorbell and come in for a cup of tea! xo

 

…reader comment and fraud

“I’ve only been painting furniture for about a year (you’re my main inspiration) however I often feel like a bit of a fraud.” – Melissa

Dear Melissa,

Thank you so much for your vulnerability. I think we all feel like frauds at least a few times every single day. I know that when I lay down my yoga mat and pretend like I am trying to get into Crow pose, I’m really just trying not to fall on my face. Quite literally.

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I think there is something to the phrase ” Fake it ‘Til you make it.” It sounds trite, but I do think it’s a way to trick our brains into believing that we go this. When we don’t feel confident many times it is based on how we think others will perceive us. We are worried that they will find fault, be disappointed or even turn and run from us. We are scared of the rejection that we could potentially see in someone’s face and we don’t want to feel that pain. I know I don’t.

My advice to you, Melissa, is to practice, practice, practice at what you are trying to become good at. Then when you are ready to show the world what you have been working on, act like you’ve been doing it your whole life. If you fumble and can’t answer a question, it doesn’t mean that you are a phoney, it just gives you an opportunity to say “Hmm, I really don’t know.” And there are many smart, successful people that really don’t know everything either.

The good news for you is that art is open to interpretation. When I started out I used lots of dark wax. The past 2 years I have not used dark wax once. But, I look back on those images of those pieces and I love them still. It worked and they carried their own look.

When you are ready to sell I want you to stand confidently next to your work. Make sure the craftsmanship is always the best it can be (this is one place not to leave to chance) and then tie a price tag on it and know that it is worth someone else’s money and space.

Namaste.

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…luckett’s spring market is coming!

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It must be Spring! Like many great barn shops in my area, Luckett’s is having their Spring Market May 20, 21, 22nd. For those of you that have never been to Lucketts but have heard me talk about it, this is the time to go. It is 170+ vendors selling over one weekend. You can totally make a weekend of it with your girlfriends and/or drag your husband along. He can sit and listen to the bluegrass music and have himself a funnel cake if he’s not tempted by the amazing vintage wares.

Last year, the gals started offering a VIP day on Friday. It is a $40 ticket that will get you in early. What does this mean? It means you that you get first pick. Why is this amazing, because if you are anything like me you will rush around in search of the coolest and best pieces. It is a really fun time and I always feel like I am on a scavenger hunt.

Here’s a question I received from a reader to start us off.

Could you or would you recommend a hotel in the Leesburg area?

Yes. There is a list of hotels on the Luckett’s site here.

As a local and when I was a vendor I chose to stay at Lansdowne. It’s clean and close and good for a getaway.

I am happy to answer questions about the fair as I am hoping to run into you all! I will definitely be there buzzing around on VIP day.

xo

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