Coming Soon-Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint!

I have been so busy with the Brimfield Antiques Show and Workshops that I haven’t had time to share the exciting news.  I will be carrying Miss Mustard Seed’s new milk paint line!

As many of you know I am a big follower of Marian Parsons and her popular Miss Mustard Seed Blog.  I am thrilled to be working with her as a retailer on her latest undertaking–the launch of her new Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint line!

Marian’s products will be available at Sea Rose Cottage by early August  (if not sooner!)

If you have followed her blog, you know that Marian loves to restyle furnishings with a variety of paint (including Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan), but she has always had a special place in her heart and her practice for milk paint.

She has achieved stunning results using this medium but has often longed for a bit more variety in the color palette.  Now, with her hand-selected custom colors she will have everything she needs at her fingertips.

 

The best part–she is sharing it with the rest of us!  Not only through her retailers but also through her series of Tutorials on how to use her milk paint to achieve a signature finish.

Marian has been revealing her colors one by one with a blog series of painted dressers in her new milk paint colors.  One of my favorites is Miss Mustard Seed’s Tricycle!

Right now I am busily working to get ready to launch the paint line in my retail and online shops.  As soon as I receive my first shipment, I want to be ready to go!  In celebration, I will be doing a special giveway with my friend Danielle from Finding Silver Pennies to make it twice as fun.  Stay tuned for the Giveaway and more news!

In the meantime, if you want to reserve any product from my first shipment, please email me at nan@searosecottage.com.

 

 

Back from Brimfield – Part II

It was a busy week unpacking from the Brimfield Antiques Show!  Luckily this time I was able to sneak off to do a little shopping at Brimfield as my friends and I took turns watching each other’s space.

For the very short time I had to shop, I was pretty happy with what I came home with…

 This 1930′s sofa table is my favorite.  I love all the details.  I think it will look great painted!

 On the smaller side… a 1940′s map of Newport, RI…

 Old cast aluminum street signs…

A coat rack made from the remnants of an Eastlake headboard…

A frame in the same style…

A saddle style stool with spool legs, a handmade bench with fretwork and an old wooden bowling pin lamp base.

 A 4-light globe tole light in need of rewiring and and some fresh paint!

 

And finally an Ironstone Soup Toureen in perfect condition—ladle and all!

Do you have any fun finds or favorites to share from the latest Brimfield Show?

 

Back from Brimfield – Part I

It was a fun but very hot week at the July, 2012 Brimfield Antiques Show.  I must say I prefer the heat to the torrential rain we experienced last Fall!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Brimfield Antiques Festival is really a collection of shows.  I participate in the New England Motel Show.  The field opens at 6 a.m. sharp on Wednesdays of the show weeks scheduled for May, July and September of each year.

I was still pricing and tweeking my space at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning after doing most of the set up on Monday and Tuesday.  After the work was done my space looked like this…

I set up a wall area to display some Annie Sloan product and sample finishes.

For seating, I brought along my restyled wicker chair painted in a mix of Provence and Old White Chalk Paint™.

My friends Robyn and Mohammed from Kingston Krafts are my nearest neighbors in the co-op tent we rent for the show.  They are the sweetest couple who do fabulous painted and restyled vintage and antique furniture.

They have a gorgeous Etsy Shop and a Workshop/Studio space in Providence where they do custom furniture refinishing.  A number of their pieces are finished with Chalk Paint™ so our spaces are very complementary and visitors flow freely between them.

The star of the show was their amazing zinc top table!

Since most of my booth consisted of antique and vintage smalls, and my friends had some large furniture installations, I opted to share part of my space for the July show.

Just shortly after the show opened, my largest piece–a rustic white farm table –found a new home on Martha’s Vineyard along with a folksy hand made boat and a dotty 50′s era glass ice bucket.

This vintage aqua bottle is going to be used to house a sea glass collection — only the very smallest fragments.

One of my gothic cabinet doors (salvaged from a former Newport Mansion) was sold to a sweet couple who are making an old church their new home.

The pre-1940′s carnival wheel will be gracing the walls of a family game room.  The yellow Abington Acanthus art pottery vase (directly below) is now in the home of a collector that was admiring its rich color and near mint condition.

 The Daniel’s Auto Radiator sign was happily carted off by another ‘Daniel’—no doubt!

One of my favorite finds was a pair of vintage green and yellow water skis.  I just love the color and the slightly worn finish.  They were purchased by a sports collector.

I also, love-love-love this sculptural deco watering can!  It came home with me from the show so I get to enjoy it for a little while longer.  The pair of candelabras in the background were purchased by a Connecticut photographer to be used as studio props.

I didn’t get a great picture of the vintage yellow and red Royal Crown Cola cooler, but it had spectacular color and just screamed nostalgia. The couple who bought the cooler were not collectors, they just loved the color too!

As things get sold (or not sold!) the space is rearranged multiple times before packing up and heading home.

By the end of the show, it is hard to even remember the initial set-up as items are re-grouped, moved to a more prominent location or set aside as ‘sold’ to be picked up later.

All in all, it was a fun and successful week.  Thanks to all for coming by to visit!  It was great seeing all my old friends and meeting some new ones, talking antiques and vintage-and of course Chalk Paint™.  Now off to unpack–and then luxuriate in some air conditioning! More to follow…

Off To Brimfield! Shop closed this week…

The shop will be closed this week. I’m heading back to the Brimfield Antiques Show to finish set-up for a Wednesday Show opening. I’m hoping for a quick set-up and some time to shop later this afternoon!

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I’ll be at the New England Motel Antiques Show from Wednesday July 11th through Saturday July 14th. The weather forecast is looking good—at least for the first several days. I hope you will come visit if you are at the show. I’m in space 303A&B. It is just past the food court that has the green and yellow umbrellas (if the food court is on your right). It is the second tent on your right when you come through the main (parking) entrance to the New England Motel Show.

Earlier I posted some tips for attending the show—I have one addition. If you are lucky enough to find central parking (New England Motel is a great spot!), you can make several trips to your car to drop off your treasures rather than carting them around all day.

Hope to see you there and happy hunting!