Wednesday, May 14, 2014

22.5 hours to Dallas and Back

This week was supposed to be amazing! Going on my third year of selling Chalk Paint®, this was going to be my first trek to the Annie Sloan Stockist Conference in New Orleans.

There she is, Annie Sloan herself and there I'm not!

Michelle Black and I trekked out of the house at 4:30 am on Monday morning to make our way to LAX, board a plane and head to New Orleans, the city where Annie Sloan Unfolded is located.

We had an 8:00 am flight which was going to get us into New Orleans just after 3:00 pm local time.

But...the pilot didn't show. Another plane had mechanical issues. Our flight was delayed 30 minutes...then 60 minutes...then two hours...then three hours. Finally, four hours later at 12:00 pm they allowed us to board a plane. But wait, we sat there...for two. more. hours.

At this point, we had already missed our connecting flight in Dallas plus two additional connecting flights that had been re-scheduled on our behalf.

We finally land in Dallas to head to our connecting flight terminal that was scheduled to leave at 6:30. But, that was delayed to 8:10. With 44 people on the flight stand by list, we decided to wait in line just to make sure we had seats on the plane. 45 minutes later and at the front of the line, the flight was cancelled. Cancelled I tell ya! Next flight out; 5:00 pm on Tuesday. Oh, and by the way, all of the airport hotels are booked.

The real question was, do we wait in the airport for another 18+ hours to catch a flight on Tuesday night in hopes that it will in fact leave at said time, arrive to New Orleans to attend the conference for just one day (because I already had to cut the last day short to return home) OR do we try and head home.

I think you can guess what we did...

Back to LA at 9:30 pm...errr....11:05 pm...just kidding, 12:15 am.

Michelle and I did make some use of our time in the hours of idly sitting by.

We worked on some marketing materials. We did some planning on launching our rental line. We talked about opening another store. But, we didn't go to the Annie Sloan Conference for which I am completely and totally bummed out. Finally, at 2:37 am I pulled into my driveway...just 1.5 hours later and it would have been a full, 24 hour day.

While I have my week completely open (which NEVER happens), I am catching up on some big initiatives. One of which is meeting with some leasing agents and potential landlords for a new and second location in Claremont. So far, I haven't been successful in sealing the deal for a Claremont store, but I am being picky and figure I have all the time in the world to find the right place, at the right time, for the right price.

I toured several available store fronts in the Old Schoolhouse in Claremont this morning. It's a beautiful building in a gorgeous location so we'll see what comes of it.

As for the rest of my week, I have a birthday party for my daughter to plan which will be fun to photograph and some sleep to catch up on. Plus, the June BAZAAR in a couple of weeks and the end of school. Isn't it amazing how quickly and open calendar can fill up?

BTW, in case you are wondering, we were flying American Airlines. They told me I wouldn't get a refund. They haven't heard the last of me!

Monday, May 5, 2014

My Latest Haul

I'm on the cusp of recovering from a crazy, busy weekend. Sometimes I think I am suffocating myself with my own ambition. Coming out of planning and participating in the BAZAAR, attending (and helping to coordinate a booth) at the school Carnival, hosting a Moms group I participate a business networking event, AWANA awards (this was all just Wednesday to Saturday)...we hit up one of my favorite, junky bi-annual flea markets nearly two hours away in the desert...on Sunday. Such is the life of business owner, mom, friend, wife, etc. etc. etc...

I know I'm not the only one that is crazy!

All that to say that despite my lack of sleep, I had great fun picking my way through and over-priced (admission and parking costs) and poorly coordinated flea market near where my sister lives. I scored a large vintage fan at the very first booth. 

This mid-century (I'm guessing early 1960's) dresser with some fabulous detailing. This piece is screaming for some Florence Chalk Paint® and was so cheap that my sister said it's probably haunted. 

A gorgeous twin headboard that is pretty as-is or will look nice painted. I'm going to freshen it up with some hemp oil and see if someone will appreciate the natural wood. 

An antique dresser and mirror. Classic and simple. I can't wait to paint it and refinish the top.

And, this cool little chest opens up to a cabinet on the right side and a bank of narrow drawers on the left. Milk Paint will go on this piece for sure!

This cute scalloped table has a heavy duty iron base and awesome details.

And, of course little things here and there. 

When it was all said and done, we made a side trip to the poppy fields to catch butterflies.

I can't be the only one having all the fun, afterall! 

Stop by the shop to scope out the new goodies along with a table of old goodies that are marked down 70% off! 

Now I'm off to bed to recover from my crazy life. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

knot too shabby BAZAAR-May 3rd

It's here again...

...with even more vendors than last month!



Vintage Decor!

Antique Housewares!

Shabby Chic Party Supplies!

Handmade and Vintage Jewelry (just in time for Mother's Day)!

Handmade Quilts!


And so much more...including a knot too shabby giveaway for a $115 gift certificate good toward a Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Workshop!

Don't miss out!

Saturday, May 3rd
7:00-3:00 pm 
Corner of Glendora Ave. and Bennett Ave. in the Glendora Village

Thursday, May 1, 2014

knot too shabby BAZAAR-My Secret Chef

About a month ago, I was sitting in Allure having my hair cut and Tim walks in the door passing out weekly menus for My Secret Chef. He explained that they were running out of the Village Kitchen Shoppe and preparing a weekly menu, complete with healthy meals that they would deliver. Yes Please! Since then, Tim faithfully delivers the weekly menu to the shop. And, the food is delicious!

Two weeks ago, when Tim brought the menu I had a revelation. "THIS WOULD BE PERFECT FOR THE BAZAAR!" My Secret Chef signed up for a spot and will be the only on-site food vendor!

The owner and founder of My Secret Chef, Julie Bolton had this vision of creating healthy gourmet lunches and dinners to for the active person.  It started many years ago when she wanted to change her eating habits and starting eating “clean” without the processed food and chemicals.  She found that her energy was so much better, she felt great and wanted to spread this to those around her.  A couple of years back, a neighbor who had a recent surgery needed meals and the business was developed. 

For the same price as fast food, why not have a healthy hearty meal that is made 100% from scratch with all of the finest ingredients.  She also wanted variety so she changes the menu every week to give you the opportunity to not get tired of the same old menu items.

My Secret Chef works out of the Village Kitchen Shop on Glendora Avenue.  They are open Monday thru Thursday from 11:00 to 5:00.  Just call in your order for lunch and it will be available in a few minutes.  They offer hot sandwiches, soups, wraps and other special lunch items each day as well as two unique dinners each week.  

My Secret Chef has prepared a special menu just for the BAZAAR.

Breakfast and and Diet Coke for us soda addicts! 

Plus, vendors will receive a special 10% discount. 

You can find My Secret Chef on the web at or on FaceBook at My Secret Chef.  Make sure you like them as new menus are posted every Friday for the following week. 

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