Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Transformations at the Pleasanton Antique Faire

I didn't get a chance at home to take pictures of some of my recent transformations, so I tried to get in a few shots before the shoppers showed up at the Pleasanton Antique Faire.  They recently changed the rules and no longer let the vendors sit on the sidewalks, so I had to figure out how to make room for my bod, a chair, and a place to keep all my supplies.  It worked, but was a bit crowded.   I really missed the shade of the big tree I used to sit under:(

I carried around this frame with the mystery lady inside for the longest time.  It was time for a makeover. I fixed the frame up a little, painted it white, and then turned it into a chalkboard. 

I had to do something with Ms. Mystery, so I stole borrowed this idea from October's Country Living.  I didn't want to destroy her, so I folded over the sticky part of a post-it note to attach the construction paper mask and bat.  She's all ready for her Halloween costume party.

A small chunk of the design on this frame was missing, so I built it back up, painted it, and added the chalkboard.

This old razor, complete with box and directions, makes an unusual picture holder.  I added this photo to the outside of where the razor would go, and then locked it in.  The shaving lotion brush also holds a picture.

I salvaged 4 of the drawers from a dresser I bought at the city wide sale last month.  The top of the dresser was coming off, so I pieced it all out.  I used Mod Podge to attach the vintage sheet music in each drawer and then put a hook on the back so it can be used as a shelf.  The bottle is a recent find.  I tied it up with some vintage lace, sewed on a rhinestone button, and added a few shells.

These little pumpkins say TRICK OR TREAT on the other side.  I sprayed them with a clear matte sealer after stamping them.

Since I was by myself, I didn't get a chance to get out for some visiting and shopping.  I always like to get out to see what goodies other vendors brought to sell.  Pleasanton also has some really fun shops, but I can check those out another time.


  1. So many great creations! I esp. love the vintage razor and the cool drawer shelves. You're so inventive, Betsy, I love having access to your creative world.

  2. Great job on the booth. I love the Mystery lady and her mask!

  3. Enjoyed seeing your booth and treasures - Would love to have been there. Hope you did well.

  4. Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog
    I am so glad to have found yours = everything is so lovely, I just love your style.
    I am also your newest official follower!
    Hope you'll stop by again (and maybe even follow me, too? I'd be so honoured)


  5. Wonderful ideas!! Thank you for sharing!

  6. I want to come and shop-I see so many things I want!

  7. Love your site! the key jewelry below is so neat!!

  8. They're all wonderful, Betsy! I didn't realize you were into other creative endeavors besides jewelry. It looks like it was a fun show, and a successful one for you, I hope.

    Thanks for linking to my party. It's fun to see what you link up each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  9. Fun picture and frame redos! I'll have to borrow your stamped pumpkin idea, that's all the pumpkins I bought this year, 3 mini ones.

  10. Betsy,
    Wonderful ideas with the razor and brush as photo holders.

    Thanks for such a great place to visit.

    barbara jean

  11. Yay Betsy! Kudos on your fine work! I simply love the razor picture holder! It is simply perfect for a picture of one's father. (or grandfather) The chalkboards are wonderful. You, my dear, are a very hard worker bee. (Lucky for us) I see you are getting quite the following. I knew you would. You are so talented and unique. *hugs*


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