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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christmas Gift Shows - It's that time of Year!

Last week was my first Christmas show of the season. 
I only participate in a few, but this one is one I have enjoyed.

It is held in a barn that is over 100 years old and is about an hour away from our home. 
It is a really fun show, with lots of vintage and vintage style items. 
I have to drive an hour each way every day, 
but it is worth it because I have so much fun!

Here is my display for selling our sparkling cider. It is a party offering tastes of each 
variety of cider to everyone there. 

There has not been a store in this community, Moses Lake, WA,  
that carried our cider until just after this show. 

Many people suggested the store to me as an option to sell it there, and then the store owner 
came and made arrangements with me!
Everyone at the show was thrilled that it will be available in their community.

I have really loved using my baker's rack for my cider display. It holds many bottles and 
I don't have to spend so much time hauling cases into events.

This is an awesome cabinet that I bought at a yard sale last year. I could not decide 
how to refinished it... 
Do I paint it? Do I just stain it? 
I have gone around and around about it 
in my head for the last year. 
You can see in the picture above that hubby cut the top center out of it so he can put a 
drawer in it for me. 

It will be great to have a drawer to hold all my .... Stuff... scissors, tape, tags, pens,
foil cutter and such. 
All the doo dads you need to have 
close at hand at a show. 

This gives you a better view of the front. 

It needs some work, and it only has one knob on the front. 
I added the faceplate to it, 
I liked the look of that.

The knob screw was bent from it being hit very hard, so hubby straightened it for me. I love the backplate, I purchased a few of those on ebay to add to the cabinet. 

I am not sure if it is exactly what it needs..... 
It hides the routing on the 
front of the door a bit, we will see.

It begs for some TLC for it to look a bit nicer. 
It was a hand crank record player originally, 
but the record player was removed before I purchased it. Hubby had to glue the veneer down on one of the door fronts, too.  
But it is ready to have the rest of the work done.

I really liked the idea of just sanding it down a bit, to soften the areas of the finish, 
so the wood would accept some more stain. Then I wanted to make it look darker here and there. 
Not completely refinished, but I applied a deeper finish on it. I used a dark glaze and applied it with a paintbrush and let it sit a bit and absorb in. Then I wiped it down with a towel.

I love the added depth in color. 
Hubby is still working on the drawer and I have a few things I want to do to finish up the inside. 
I plan to add paper to the inside to brighten it up so I can see my paper towels, bags, hand sanitizer, hand wipes, my water bottle and those 
other items I store inside the cabinet. I love that I have a lightweight piece of furniture that I can carry myself to store necessary items in that keeps clutter to a minimum in my area. 

I have another show tomorrow and hope
to have it all finished. 
I will take pictures to show you what it looks 
like all completed and with everything in it! If I change my mind about the color, I can always paint it white with chalk paint and then over stain it with a dark stain. 

It is just right for what I need!

Happy Christmas Shows to all of you! I love going to see all the lovely handmade 
Christmas gifts and decor that are available for purchase from artisans this time of year!!!

Hugs, thanks for coming by!



  1. Betsy, dawno u Ciebie nie byłam , wspaniała kolekcja cydru, ja też robiłam w tym roku, zapraszam do mnie i pozdrawiam Bea:)

  2. That barn sale sounds amazing and CONGRATULATIONS on having your cider in a store!! That is so exciting! I love how your cabinet turned out after you glazed it. It's very rich in color and it's a great color! Hope you're keeping warm! xo

  3. So great to be able to sell your sparkling cider at that show and may be available to the community after that!
    Your cabinet looks fantastic! I love how you are finishing it. I don't think you will be disappointed that you have stained it at all and above all it will be completely the thing to store all your creating goodies.
    x Suzy

  4. SURPRISE !!!! I have come to visit !
    Thanks so much for popping over to my flower world to visit me from time to time. It means the world to me :)
    You old record player cabinet is so lovely. One part of me was screaming "paint it a lovely shade of mossy green" to compliment your cider on your stand. The other part of me enjoys timber as it should be….stained or natural. I guess it depends on the look that you are after.
    Maybe rub it back to it's natural wooden patina and give it a clear stain so you can enjoy the natural timber colour ?
    One things for sure, it will look gorgeous when you are done.
    Sending you hugs across the many miles between us xo


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