October at Mama’s Happy

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Can it really be October already?  Where did September go?  Not only is it October but this upcoming weekend is the second in the month, which means another occasional sale begins out at Mama’s Happy-Independence this Wednesday night.

Despite feeling a bit frenzied the week leading up to a sale,  it is so fun to step back and see it all come together.  We added some fun pops or fall color to our neutral palette from last month and I love how it makes everything feel cozy and bright.  I am excited to have some new bold upholstered pieces and lots of fall accents added to the space.

Come check it out if you have a chance!  Each of the spaces offer a different flavor and personality.

7888 County Rd.6 (Watertown Rd.)

Independence, MN

Wednesday 6-9 (free wine, while you shop)

Thursday-Saturday 10-6

Sunday- noon-5

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Inspired

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Wow, what a great weekend!  I headed out to the Artisan’s Market on Thursday to do some shopping of my own.  As I pulled up to the store my little shopping buddy exclaimed, “Woah, look at all the people at Mama’s Happy!”  Neither he or I could have ever imagined the crowd that we were entering into.  The weather was glorious and it was so much fun to bump into friends and family that made there way out. I was able to make a couple purchases but the activities for the kids were our home base.

The weather stayed perfect for the rest of the weekend and it was a huge success.  By the time the vendors rolled out on Saturday evening over 4000 people had come out to support the local artists.  I am so inspired by the fantastic work of the other vendors.  For an introvert this weekend was strangely energizing.  Here is a link to pictures from the event.

http://tracyjeanphotography.pixieset.com/artisanmarket2016/

Artisan Market and September Occassional Sale

This morning the rain came down and the clouds hung low, but it did not get the spirits of over 50 local artists down.  I went out to Mama’s Happy in Independence to help set up for the Annual Artisan’s Market that starts tomorrow morning at 10.  Vans, trucks, and u-hauls rolled in and bins of beautiful things began pouring out.  Tomorrow there will be over 40 local vendors set up, plus all the fantastic Mama’s have their spaces fully stocked and beautiful inside the store.  Come…shop, eat, listen to music, be inspired.  Fall inspiration and great gift ideas abound.  It is a beautiful 20 to 30 minute drive west of the cities and the turning leaves make the time go fast.  There are things for ladies, men, and kids.  I have included pictures from my vendor space inside Mama’s Happy but there is so much more.

Occasional Sale-September 7,8,9,10,11

Wednesday 6-9, Thurs/Friday/Saturday 10-6, Sunday noon-5

Artisan Market-September 8,9, and 10

10-5

7888 County Road 6

Independence, MN

Mama’s Happy August Sale

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This spring I was asked if I would come on as a guest vendor at Mama’s Happy in Independence for the months of August, September, and October.  It was an opportunity that I knew would stretch me, but also be an amazing creative outlet.  The number of hours that went into preparing for the first month exceeded my expectations, yet I found out exactly how much can get accomplished in one month of concentrated effort.

Last night was the first night of our occasional sale.  It felt so amazing to step back, see it all pulled together, interact with the happy customers (shopping and sipping wine while the flood waters poured down outside).  All us mama’s had our paint and sawdust cleaned off of us, put on nice clothes and could enjoy our weeks of hard word.  All the spaces look amazing and have their own flavor.  The creamery gets transformed in unspeakable ways in the days leading up to the sale.  There are four more days left of the sale, come on out if you have a chance and feast your eyes on all the beautiful home decor.  There is something for everyone.

7888 County Rd 6 (Watertown Rd)

Independence , MN 55359

Wednesday 6-9

Thursday-Saturday 10-6

Sunday noon-5

Here are are some pictures of the space I share with another mama.  We have a deconstructed theme this month.

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Hollywood Regency Chairs

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Sometimes we think we know what direction we are going and for some reason or another we just can’t get there and have to change course.  Back in November I found a pair of free Lewittes Hollywood Regency style chairs. Research informed me that they are quite valuable even in vintage condition, but the foam on the back was deteriorating and I knew they needed some love.  Not to mention gold velvet just doesn’t have the look that most people like these days.  I had this wonderful vision for them to be Hollywood glam with high gloss black paint and some really beautiful black and gold fabric I purchased, but I sat on this vision for six months and never executed it…probably because I knew the look would appeal to only a select group of buyers.  So when I was asked to have two chairs at the July occasional sale for Mama’s Happy and found out the theme for the space was Maine/coastal/cottage I decided that these chairs would work just perfectly and abandoned my vision to appeal to a greater audience.

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I painted them in ASCP Chateau Grey to freshen up the wood and cane.  Recently I had purchased some wool/linen blend fabric for some other chairs and realized it was not going to be a good fit for them, but it ended up being a wonderful fit for these chairs albeit a nightmare to sew with.  To finish them off I covered the backs in matching coffee sacks and glued on a green and brown trim.

They look fantastic with all the other beautiful pieces out at Mama’s Happy Independence.  I forgot to take a picture of the space after we set up but will add one when I go out to the sale on Wednesday.

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A before picture to show how far they came

Update:

Here are some pictures of the July occasional sale out at Mama’s Happy.  Lots of fun stuff!

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Coffee Sack Arm Chair

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Repurposing jute coffee sacks for upholstery has become such a fun way for me to infuse some personality into furniture. While I don’t mean to suggest that animal print fabric lacks personality, it just is not my thing and I don’t think it every will be.  It fact I am not sure if I know anyone who has a home that the ‘before’ chair would have fit in.  I feel like the ‘after’ could fit in almost any space….entry area, office, dining set, fireside, living room, bedroom.

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This chair made it’s way over to Mama’s Happy yesterday.  Speaking of Mama’s Happy I will be bringing out a couple chairs to the July occasional sale in Independence and then will be a guest vendor for the months of August, September and October.  I am excited to expand beyond chairs and experiment with a larger space.  All of the Mama’s Happy stores are special, but the Independence location is really fun.  It is a nice drive 15 minutes out into the country and the shop is located in the old Lyndale Creamery.  It is an occasional shop open for only 5 days a month (Wednesday-Sunday the second week of each month) and draws quite a crowd.

Dina

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I was super excited to deliver this chair to Mama’s Happy today.  As a coffee lover, I can only hope that someone will spend hours sitting in this chair drinking coffee and reading a book.  It is big, comfy, and has tons of character.

Craigslist interactions can be so funny.  When my husband picked up this chair and informed the man that I was planning to redo it, he replied that I would not have to do anything to the chair because it was in such good condition.  He was proud to let him know that the fabric came from Egypt and was in excellent condition.  My husband used the word putrid to describe the fabric to me and it literally disintegrated when I touched it because it was a very light weight silk which was never meant for upholstery.  Needless to say I felt no guilt ripping the fabric off and giving this great chair a new (and in my opinion, better) identity.

I was able to get my hands on some jute coffee sacks and really wanted to try to use them on an upholstery project.  Coffee sacks are unique and have lots of character but would not be comfortable to sit on so I paired it with taupe linen to not only make it handsome but also comfortable.  For this chair I ventured into the darker shades of Annie Sloan Chalk paint and used graphite paint on the wood and buttons.

I had the opportunity to learn some new skills on this chair such as button tufting, as well as having to navigate challenges such as having a zipper split just when I thought I was on my final step.  It may have taken me way longer than I expected, but when it was all said and done it was worth it.

Botanical Wingback

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Another chair for Mama’s Happy.  This one is for the Grand Ave. location in St. Paul.  I found the chair on Craigslist and it had a lot going for it, in that it was solid, had great lines, and didn’t smell.  The bad part about some of these older chairs is that they were made to last and that means the demo takes lots of time and muscle.  I think you could have  drove a semi truck on this fabric and it would have held up and it was put on with upholstery nails that are harder to pop out than staples.  It may have taken me more time than I hoped to get the chair stripped down, but I think it was worth it to give new life to this one.

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I decided to go with darker paint and fabric for this chair.  The paint is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen.  Every time I do a chair I am still surprise how finding the right trim really puts the cherry on top.  So often chairs are just finished off with piping, but I love how using decorative trim adds such interesting detail.  I am a little sad to see this not stay in our home after I saw how it fit in our living room; however, I hope that it looks just as great in someone else’s home.

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Linen Bergère

 

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A little while ago a friend brought me a wonderful bergère chair.  It instantly became a great place to read.  The upholstery on the chair was a tradition peach and cream French fabric and in decent condition but it just didn’t do much for our space or fit my style.

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One of the only before pictures

I found a nice large remnant of some greenish grey Robert Allen linen at my favorite online fabric resource, Fabricguru.com that just happened to be from the same collection as my wingback fabric.  This chair had a million upholstery nails lining every border.   I loved them, but after spending days popping them off with my children’s help I vowed they would not go back on.  Bergère chairs are quite straightforward to upholster with the hardest part being the seat cushion.  With its elaborate coil construction and wide front it is stiff and not compatible with a zipper closure and instead needed to be hand sewn.  On an outing to Hobby Lobby  with the kids I found the perfect trim which by some chance matched to a tee without having a swatch to compare and had the exact yardage needed left on the spool.

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We are going to get much use out of this chair in our living room.  In a home that less than a year ago felt like it was dominated by kid-friendly style and lacked the feeling of being a grown up space,  this chair adds a nice touch of luxury and is fit for a queen.  Now to finish the coordinating ottoman so we can kick our feet up and read.

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Woven Wingback

imageAnother chair ready to head over to Mama’s Happy in the City.  This chair was without a doubt a labor of love.  I purchased the chair in the fall and forgot to give it a good sniff test.  The weather had just turned and it was too cold to work on the chair outdoors.  When I got it home I realized that the upholstery was filled with the odor of smoke.  I couldn’t bear the smell so, it sat in the garage all winter while I contemplated whether I should just accept that I made a bad purchase.  Then a few weeks ago we got a glorious springlike Saturday and I was able to take the chair in the front yard and strip it all the way down.

The caning on the sides was in moderated condition but was a larger size and felt dated, so I ripped it all off and decided that I would replace it by weaving in cotton webbing.  The whole chair got sprayed down with several coats of shellac to address the smoke smell and I began to have hope for the chair again.  I painted the frame with Annie Sloan Old Ochre and went with my trusty safe color scheme for fabric.

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My eldest and I had a fun time weaving the cotton webbing onto the sides.  I mention this because he was lamenting that he never gets any credit for his contributions in reupholstering the chairs.  He thinks weaving is one of the best things ever.

I am so pleased with how this chair turned out and glad that I was determined enough to not give up hope on it.  It is whimsical and eclectic and unique.  Hopefully someone else appreciates the style as much as I do.

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