Thursday, March 31, 2011

Giveaway Time!!

All That Jazz Vintage is having a giveaway to celebrate our 1 year anniversary!

Here are the goodies~

16"x16" French inspired tote.  This bag is a lightweight linen/cotton type of fabric- great for the flea market, a book and water bottle and sunscreen......or your lunch! It has a fun grain sack look with "Belle Jardiniere" stenciled on it.

A cute "soda" dish, would be darling hanging in your kitchen.

Also, a vintage bottle embellished by my cousin and Jazz partner Tara, using vintage crocheting, some bling, and pages from an old hymnal. A sprig of lavender will make everything smell wonderful, of course!

There will also be a SURPRISE gift from the Pottery Barn!

This will be based on the winner so it is "to be determined" (will take into account the winner's interests and favorite things.... this will make the giveaway even more personal and FUN!)

Okay, here is all you have to do to be entered!

1) Leave a comment on this post by Sunday April 10th by midnight. Please answer the following question: what was the very first blog you remember reading?

2) For a second entry, do a post about our giveaway on your blog. Come back and leave us a comment letting us know you did so. Feel free to use our photos from this post in your post.

If you have a blog, please make sure your email is on there so we can contact you, or include it in your comment.

Thanks for playing and thank YOU ALL for helping All That Jazz Vintage have a wonderful first year!!

~michelle &  tara~

Monday, March 28, 2011

Reese's Country Wedding


Did you hear that Reese Witherspoon got married over the weekend? (No, I'm not ashamed that I know these things.)

I couldn't help but share the details I read on US and OMG yahoo celebrity gossip today. I think if you read below, you'll understand why!

"Reese Witherspoon married Jim Toth early Saturday evening at her 6-acre ranch in Ojai, Calif., a rep for the actress confirms to Located 90 miles north of Los Angeles, the Ojai ranch -- where the star gardens and keeps horses, donkeys, pigs, goats and chickens -- has been Witherspoon's rural escape for years.

Decor details of the country-themed soiree: Lanterns and chandeliers hanging from trees, mismatched antique chairs and distressed benches set throughout the property, a wood plank dance floor, antique leather sofas, jute rugs, wagon wheels and Turkish textile pillows.

Different arrangements of white, blush and lavender flowers were set up on each table in mason jars, fish catcher lanterns and antique pots. And large moss-covered pots with lavender were set up all over the estate."

They had me at mismatched antique chairs. No wait- the distressed benches. Or maybe it was the moss-covered pots with lavender. No- the lanterns and chandeliers!! was all of it! The only thing missing are pictures of how it was all put together. Although I certainly respect the privacy of celebrity weddings, I selfishly kind of hope they share just a few photos with us.......


Friday, March 25, 2011

Are You a Rachel or a Phoebe?

I was in Pottery Barn recently.  Do you remember Phoebe from that episode of Friends, where she disses PB so Rachel lies and says the apothecary table she bought is antique, along with many subsequent purchases that Phoebe falls in love with- not realizing Rachel is outfitting their whole apartment with Pottery Barn!?

Although I kind of hate to admit it, I do love the Pottery Barn. Despite my addiction to all things vintage, thrifty, and antique, when I walk into that store I always find a plethora of things I covet. They really have a pulse on what is hot right now. Their collection of white faux coral and sea shells and frosted beach glass bottles is lovely. And in their defense, they do carry old things from time to time. For example, these found wove wine bottles are actually vintage (on sale they range from $99-279.00)

They have many other "found" treasures. Wouldn't it be fun to do that for a living? Be the "finder" for Pottery Barn's limited quantity vintage goods? Are ya hiring Pottery Barn? I'll get you my resume pronto!

I saw this bedding on display in the store and fell in love. I love crisp white beds with mountains of ruffles and textures. I know it can be a bit girly, but it is also romantic and peaceful, reminding me of a vacation someplace beachy.

I think the shelf above the bed is perfectly chippy and the display on it is quite nice.

 Except I have a phobia of things on the wall above my bed. I would worry they would fall on me in the middle of the night! And living in the Pacific Northwest where we have the possibility of an earthquake, I suppose that fear could be real!

I didn't see these tumblers in the store or I probably would have bought them at $36 for a set of 6. I love that the colors are varied, if you got a of couple sets you'd have blue and green beach tones for spring and summer table settings, and the red and yellow for autumn and winter settings!

Another favorite find was this drink caddy. Pottery barn took the words right out of my mouth, "With its silvery surface, riveted construction and utilitarian origin, our Galvanized Metal Collection is perfect for entertaining with farmhouse style." It was fairly priced and I almost scooped it up!

So, are you a Rachel or a Phoebe? Is Pottery Barn your thing, or no?

Happy weekend to you all! I will be back next week with our giveaway post~ we have some fun
goodies for you!!

Perhaps including something from Pottery Barn, too????


Saturday, March 19, 2011

All That Jazz...An Anniversary, An Evolution

"Post by Tara"

Today was the one year anniversary of All That Jazz. We opened our booth for business this time last year. We started off in the same shop we are in now, The Painted Lady Vintage. We were tucked upstairs in a corner half the size of what we have now. It was half the price too!

It took us 5 hours to unpack all our boxes and set up for business. We had A LOT of smalls. We were worried we wouldn't have enough product to fill the shelves but we managed to stuff it to the gills!

I told you we had a lot of smalls! Most of these things have all sold by now. I can spot about 10 things that seem to be hanging around still. It's fun to look back and see what has sold. That's why I take tons of pictures. It's a great way for me to see what's sold. I'm a visual person so it's easier to tell from a picture what merchandise has gone out the door and our tags aren't always descriptive enough to tell us what an item is months down the road.

When we started we had several "display only" pieces too. Like the mannequin and the door and turquoise picture frame above. That has changed. Now if it's in the booth, it's pretty much for sale or don't put it in.
We were only in this space a month when a spot opened up downstairs and it was offered to us. We hesitated slightly because we didn't have any large display pieces but the shop owner offered to let us use some from the shop and we were off and running.

Downstairs! Things came downstairs much faster than they went up, let me tell you! All the furniture is borrowed except for the rocking chair and the bench. We started setting up at 10:00 and had to hurry because Girl's Night Out Started at 4:00. We made it with half an hour to spare.










One Year Later
What a RIDE it's been!
Happy 1st Anniversary All That Jazz!!!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

That Book!

 You know that book? The one everyone is talking about on the blogs? Romantic Prairie Style by Fifi O'Neill? Well, I went into this cute store today and lo and behold~ there it was! One lone copy sitting on a little stand. I picked it up and began to flip the pages and began to.......

drool. drool. drool!

I love everything about the style featured in this book, it speaks to my heart of how I dream my home to be.

Did I buy it? Nope. I'd entered some giveaway drawings with no such luck. So earlier this week I finally just broke down and ordered it online at Barnes and Noble.  According to them, it isn't available to ship until April 1st. It was SO hard not to buy the the copy (that was in my hands) in the store today!  I guess I'll have to wait until I can look at it over and over and read it from cover to cover. They say patience is a virtue. And delaying gratification is important, right? Right??

I also found this darling little french bag at the same store. It will be perfect for hauling my lunch and odds and ends to work, or to use when I'm out shopping at the flea market.

I would love to learn to make something like this, but honestly I'm not sure I could and for $14.95 it was well-worth not going through the trouble!

 I hope you are all enjoying your week. I am itching for spring and sunshine. I am in serious need for some Vitamin D! Here is an Irish Blessing I found in my idea file, I have no idea what blog I found it on, but I really liked it~

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Monday, March 14, 2011

Crepes, Sea Shells, and Burlap!

I haven't shared any of my adventures with Farmboy in a while. This weekend we thought it would be fun to take his daughter on a ferry boat ride.

The weather was less agreeable but the rain let up around the time we walked on (instead of driving a car across) the ferry. Or I should say ran. We parked the car just as the ferry was about to depart and we literally ran the whole way through the passenger loading area and just barely made the gate!

I'm a bit of a ferry riding expert. I grew up on the Kitsap Peninsula, and had to ride a ferry to get to college. I forget that many people have never even been on a ferry!

Once we were on the other side, my first must-stop was for coffee. Farmboy's daughter snagged us comfy chairs near a fireplace while I went to order my mocha. I have a funny story about this coffee shop which I will share later in this post.

After coffee we hit a gift shop. I found these lavender dryer sachets. I have been wanting to make some of these for myself, but honestly, for the great price on these 3 it was easier to buy them! These smell divine and I can't wait to use them next time I do laundry.

Next stop was a walk on the beach. Ah, the familiar tangy decaying smell of the Pacific Northwest beach! The sun was actually trying to make an appearance at this point.

There was a sign warning us to watch for seals on the beach, but I don't think it was seal season. If they are smart they might be wintering someplace warmer!

We walked along looking for small pieces of beach glasses and shells. We saw many pieces of cobalt blue and green glass that weren't "ready" yet.

What is Farmboy so kindly holding under his arm for me?

Well, that is where the coffee shop story comes in. As the barista was making my coffee, I noticed a stack of burlap bags sitting near the back of the shop. I asked her if they ever sell them. She said, oh, you can just have them. They get their beans in large burlap bags and go through about three a week. So like any craft loving junky, of course I snagged those burlap sacks! She didn't have a bag for me to put them in. Luckily the nice guy at the gift shop next door gave us one of his garbage bags, but it was a bit small. Since we walked across the ferry and didn't have a car to put them in we had to haul them to the beach with us. Getting back onto the boat juggling two paper plates of crepes, an awkward bag of burlap sacks, a cup of sea shells and a 4 year old was quite entertaining! I will be making pillows for the shop out of these bags, so if you end up purchasing one just know it went on a grand adventure before it became a pillow!

After the beach jaunt we could see our ferry returning across the sound so we walked back up to town to visit this place before departing.

It has been years since I've had a proper crepe and let me tell you, it won't be years until my next one!

I was disappointed to see this display empty~

The sign at the top reads, "Fresh Cut Lavender $6." I imagine they have fresh lavender bundles in the summer. We took our crepes onto the ferry ride home to eat.

Truly, it was much better than this picture shows. I love the plain crepes with just lemon and powdered sugar!!

Farmboy's daughter organizing her beach finds. Do you remember collecting shells when you were little? I still have some beach glass from when I was a child.

I have to admit that riding the ferry and walking on a beach did make me think about Japan this weekend, and the power of water and mother nature. My heart goes out to the people of Japan right now and to any readers who might be worried about loved ones. The time right after a natural disaster, when there are so many unknowns about the whereabouts of friends and family, has to be the hardest. 

On the way home, Farmboy was kind enough to indulge my need to stop in and browse at an antique mall. Interestingly there was a live auction going on! I have never witnessed one but did watch for a few minutes. Although a little intimidating I decided this is something I would like to try to participate in in the future, to find merchandise for our Jazz shop space.

One last thing~ I'm sorry to share that the goodies I shared in THIS post did not make it to the shop this weekend. The first of April will be my next haul for new merchandise.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!


Friday, March 11, 2011

Cowgirl Up

I wanted to take the first part of this post to send some sweet well-wishes to my Cousin B who took a spill from a horse she was riding this past week. The horse jumped sideways and she came off.  She was wearing her helmet but did injure her back and has had to spend a few nights in the hospital.

Cousin Betsy and the handsome Quarter Horse Jesse (not the horse she was riding when she took a fall.)

Horses are amazingly beautiful and fun to ride. They can also be big, dangerous animals. I have been riding since I was 7 years old. I ride with more caution then I did as a teenager. I always wear a helmet. I also try to be very aware of my environment and read my horse's behavior. Last summer I took my horse out on a 3 hour trail ride to a river. Halfway into the ride my horse started getting a bit crazy and dangerous (which is very unlike him.) To make a long story short I had made a change in his equipment before this ride, which contributed to his acting up. It was a foolish mistake on my part and although all ended okay in the end, I was put into some situations in which I was very uncomfortable and could have severely injured me. Not to mention how it affected my confidence the next few times I rode my horse, after being in such a scary situation.

Me and my "stinker." 

Dear B, I know that learning to ride these past years has taken a lot of courage and spirit, with which you have approached with amazing tenacity, love, and focus. I hope this doesn't cause you to have second thoughts about your dream of owning your own horse. I am thinking of you and wish that you are feeling better and back in the saddle before you know it!

On to my newest "Friday Favorite Find." My friend and I love cowboy boots and probably have a competing amount at around 9 pairs each. We recently discovered a used/vintage cowboy boot shop and I found myself a new pair! Another woman was trying on boots in my size and she had them on for a while, then gave them up.

The brand name is Boulet, they are made in Canada. I am not sure they are vintage, but they don't appear to one of their current styles. They are very comfortable. And the gray tones are unique and unlike anything I have (aren't the silver toe tips great?) I will get a lot of wear out of these boots!

Do you have a pair of cowboy boots?


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Coming Soon!

I have been busy treasure hunting, un-wrapping, cleaning, tagging, itemizing, and re-wrapping merchandise for All That Jazz Vintage. It is spring and I'm having an attraction to things that have flowers or blossoms or are wicker, metal, lettered, french-y, or silver!

I still have a few things to finish that involve painting and crafting....we'll see if I get those done before the weekend.

Here they are- a few of the new items that will be added to the shop next week ~

tall wicker vase, little rustic terracotta pots, faux blossoms in faux water (easy keepers!)

lettered canisters

a big metal letter "J" with shabby roses!

shells bowls~ I think these would be great filled with sand and tea-lights, or a shell collection! (sorry for the blurry photo)

more faux flowers.... loving rustic vases and topiaries!

silver tray, pewter pitcher and plate, and beachy green glass

wooden spool and funky metal basket

I'll be back Friday to share my favorite find of the week! Hint: it is something a cowgirl can wear!!


Friday, March 4, 2011

My Favorite Find Friday

After work today I stopped by a great store that was closed- I was disappointed as I've been wanting to visit this shop for a while. The sign on the door said, "We are on a buying trip." How cool! That is what I want to do! How about a buying weekend?? An hour here and there just isn't cutting it! It really takes time (and good shoes and lots of snacks) to go on buying sprees!

It is one of the things I love best about this little business~ the joy of finding those great treasures for All That Jazz. It is so unexpected, seeing that perfect item that matches the style you are going for. Truly, having a vendor space is the perfect thing remedy for someone who loves to shop! However, the downfall is I struggle with what to put in the shop and what to keep. Case in point~ this week I found a new treasure that should go in the shop, but is going to stay with me. For now.

I think this pottery jug (pitcher?) is handmade, as it is not marked on the bottom. I just loved it's rustic country feel, the blue stripes on the beige remind me a bit of a grain sack. For the photo I filled it with a bouquet of dried flowers that I'd got with another vase, but I hope to fill it with big bunches of dried lavender. Or the baby's breath I am drying out from my birthday bouquet. Or wild daisies this summer. I also think it would also make a good utensil holder!

A great find for $4.99!

Have a fun weekend everyone!