Around the Shop

We have been so busy that I haven’t had much time to post to the blog in quite a while. I can easily post a few photos here and there to Facebook…but for some reason getting onto this blog is harder for me. But – here I am! So I will make this short and sweet with delicious photos from around the shop. Afterall, it is all about the eye candy, right?!


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Art Deco Display Cabinet – Before & After

Art Deco was a popular design movement in the 1920s & 30s. Art deco design/style features bold geometric shapes, stepped forms, chevrons and curves. It is such a distinct and recognizable style – not to mention glamorous…which is what drew Clare and I to this piece!!




Even in the condition we found it – we were immediately drawn to the sexy curves, rich wood inlay and rounded corner detailing this display cabinet had to offer.

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With a little love and care (aka a lot of sanding, stripping, painting and re-staining)…we were able to2014-06-11 2014-06-11 001 004 bring this piece back to life. We used Country Chic Paint’s “Pebble Beach” on the interior and “Vanilla Frosting” on the exterior.

What do you think?

A truly gorgeous piece!





Brainerd or Bust!

The Where:  Brainerd, MN

The When: Memorial Day Weekend 2014

The What: The Olde Depot JUNKtion

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We were thrilled to once again be vendors at The Olde Depot JUNKtion on May 24th & 25th. The event is held in The Northern Pacific Event Center Campus and was filled with Antique Vendors from across the Nation. Everything you could dream of finding was displayed for the incredible weekend event! Whether your style is rustic, shabby, farmhouse, chic, industrial or you are just looking for junk gems…this is a TRAIN worth catching!

These lovely ladies are modeling there new “old” suitcase from Upsy-Daisy.

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And…I am modeling my new “scrappy” skirt from LaDeeDa Design.

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More of our space…

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COUNTRY CHIC Paint ~ Coming Soon!

We are extremely excited to announce that we have signed on to be COUNTRY CHIC Paint retailers!


Country Chic Paint is a chalk and mineral based paint that is specifically designed for DIYers with a love for refinishing furniture and home decor. This fabulous paint is VOC FREE and contains no harmful solvents.

Applying Country Chic paint couldn’t be easier – whether you want to make a new piece look old or transform an old look with new color and style, you will love the beautiful smooth matte finish and all the delicious color choices. If you want to distress your piece, then this is the best paint for the job. You will love how simple it is to create a shabby chic look with Country Chic Paint.

The best part? There’s very little prep work with Country Chic paint, only fabulous results!

 We’ll announce when it is in the shoppe and ready for you to purchase!

Decorating with Vintage Collectables

Are you a collector? I sure am! From my vintage drinking glasses with fun prints (daisies of course), to groupings of petite glass bottles (inherited from my husband’s grandmother) to mid-century dinnerware (and so-on), my collections reflect my love for the hunt! I enjoy shopping (aka treasure hunting) for vintage treasures and have fun with displaying them.  Displays of vintage collections can give your home charm and interest.

Let’s face it, most of us love to collect vintage pieces because of their history and unique style, but there is something extraordinarily satisfying about the moment you “find” the perfect piece…and that is what hooks us in!

Many pieces can be purchased at bargain prices, and yet sometimes it is worth paying a little more for rare pieces that will be the star of your grouping.

When you step into my shop (Upsy-Daisy) you will find a treasure trove of items that may be the beginnings of a collection, or perhaps the piece you need to finish the collection you’ve been working on.

Today, I thought I’d share some of the hot items to collect, as well as some tips for decorating with vintage finds in an appealing way so that your house doesn’t feel cluttered.

Vintage pottery: There are many vintage pottery brands which are sought out by collectors. (McCoy, Abingdon, Hull, etc.) Collectors may choose to collect by style, by brand, or by color. If you have bright or various colors of pottery, consider putting the display against a neutral pallet to make the colors pop.


Grouping of McCoy pottery. Photo via Pinterest.

Grouping of McCoy pottery. Photo via Pinterest.


Vintage suitcases/picnic baskets/hatboxes: These are fun collections because they work double duty, acting as storage and display. A large stack of suitcases provides a dramatic statement. This would work great in a living or bedroom, or in the case below a craft room. 

Photo via The Heartfelt Home

Photo via The Heartfelt Home


 Depression glass: Depression glass was available for little to no money during the Great Depression (how it got its name). Current day prices are representative of just how collectible these pieces now are. They come in an array of colors – popular ones include pink, green, clear, and pale blue – and a range of patterns (swirly and feminine to straight and angled lines).  How you display, will depend on your collection. If you are collecting one color, consider displaying in an opposing color so that the color pops and the glass shines.

Anchor Hocking Depression Glass

Anchor Hocking Depression Glass

Globes: It’s undeniably fun to collect these geographic pieces and display them in a group. How fun to examine a vintage globe to see the world as it once was! Seas of blues and creams display beautifully against a neutral/pale wall color.



Photo via Country Living

Photo via Country Living

Pyrex: (one of my personal favorites!) A collection of pyrex is both pretty and practical. They are fun to hunt for – and finding unique patterns and colors is what the thrill is all about. Vintage Fire-King is a prime example of antique glass that is affordable, durable and usable – and many designs have an opaque white background which is a nice compliment to contemporary dinnerware patterns. 

Photo via dan le townhome

Photo via dan le townhome


Photo via Couple Jones

Photo via Couple Jones

Milk glass: For me, there is something so delicious about milk glass. The crisp whites are so refreshing. Milk glass makes an impressive statement when displayed in groups. They come in various patterns, such as hobnail or lacy edges. I personally love a collection of white milk glass in varying heights when displayed in a blue, gray or aqua cabinet.

Photo via confettistyle

Photo via confettistyle

Vintage drinking glasses: Vintage drinking glasses typically come in a compact or petite form. The patterned pieces are eye-catching. They’re not always easy to find in a set of four or more, nor are they cheap compared to buying glasses at your big retailer – but – the charm is worth the money spent. AND – they make your orange juice (or cocktails) taste so much better!



Silver Serving Ware: Vintage silver (plated) tableware has to be one of the more gorgeous items you can collect. Each pattern compliments the next so well, that collectors need not worry about only collecting one pattern. Silver ware is beautiful when used as part of everyday décor – it can add a touch of glamour to any room in your home. If you don’t have a large collection, then try to find everyday uses for the ones you have. For example, antique teapots and trophies make eye-catching flower vases whereas antique sugar and creamers are great for organizing toiletries (cotton balls/swabs/make up brushes). Oh – and see below – no need to keep them clean and shiny – display with a patina to add depth and interest your pieces!



Cream and sugar sets: One of our favorite things to collect for the shop are old sugar bowl and creamer sets. Having your morning coffee, can be such an ordinary routine. Why not give it an update that will brighten your morning?



I hope you enjoy treasure hunting for fun collectibles as much as I do.

Don’t forget Upsy-Daisy is a great place to get started!



EVENT: Creative Kids for Better Communities – June 7, 2014

Upsy-Daisy will be hosting the Creative Kids for Better Communities fundraising event on June 7, 2014 at 11:00 am.  This is a public event – everyone is invited! Participating children are offering their handcrafted items in exchange for monetary donations which will support a charity that is near and dear to their hearts. (Each child will be representing a different organization.)

This event was created as a way for young people to become engaged with their communities, while raising money for needs they are passionate about. Upsy-Daisy is proud to provide an event that will inspire the creative abilities of children, while helping to build self-esteem.

Come out and support these children by recognizing their talents and contributing to wonderful organizations.  These kids need your help!

Some of the organizations your donations will support are:

  • North American Council of Adoptable Children (
  • Animal Humane Society (
  • The Nature Conservancy – Plant a Billion Trees  (

 Event Details:  Saturday, June 7, 2014 / 11:00 am—3:00 pm / At:  Upsy-Daisy, 2176 3rd Street, White Bear Lake

 For additional information or to participate:

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Milk Painted Dresser – Before & After

I have been using chalk paint for years now, and decided to spread my wings and try Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. (Finally!!) I decided on this gorgeous dresser and wanted to highlight the lovely detail that is completely lost with the original finish (hard/thick poly). 

Milk paint is unpredictable in how it will distress. It can grip the piece really well and just comes off in a fine powder or the paint could cracks and flakes away, creating a wonderful chippy look. You never know.

Dresser BEFORE:

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You do not need to prep before using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint (especially with raw woods). However, I had a few things to take care of before I began – this piece is special and needs a little extra love.

This is what I did before painting:

  • Washed the dresser
  • Gave it a nice sanding – Knowing that milk paint is unpredictable in how it distresses and that I didn’t want a crackled or chippy look, I sanded the piece down to give more texture for the milk paint to stick too.
  • Completely stripped the poly from the top surface – decided the natural wood needed to be shown off.

It is really easy to mix milk paint. Equal parts milk paint powder to equal parts water. I also added Miss Mustard Seed’s Bonding Agent to my paint to be extra sure there wouldn’t be a crackled look.

I applied two coats of “Ironstone” and used “Grain Sack” to accent the piece in the center of the drawers. There is not a huge contrast between these two colors, but this is the look I was going for. (There is a contrast, but camera didn’t pick it up very well.)

The milk paint dries really fast. First coat less than 30 minutes and the second coat within an hour.

After painting 2 coats with the bondng agent, there was no chipping or flaking. The bonding agent works very well! I lightly distressed the edges with a sanding block. To protect the paint I gave the dresser a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s wax and buffed it out.Lastly, I stained the top and used hemp oil to protect the finish.

Dresser – AFTER:

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I went with a more classic look, but Milk Paint can do so much more. It can be layered and wiped with a damp cloth to give a dimensional look. Without the bonding agent, the paint will crackle and chip away (all on its own) leaving an aged look. Overally – I really liked using Miss Mustard’s Milk Paint!


This gorgeous piece will be in the shop soon!




Grand Opening Event – November 7, 2013

Thank you to everyone who made it to our grand opening event. What a fun night. Downtown White Bear Lake was so festive, the wine was ready and excitement filled the air! Here are a few pics from the night:

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Upsy-Daisy  will soon be in a brick/mortar shop! *** Grand Opening: November 7, 2013 5-9 pm *** Location:  2176 3rd Street, White Bear Lake *** Please join us as we celebrate and watch our Facebook page for additional sale dates and to watch progress as work on pulling the shop together!

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More on JUNK BONANZA’s Art of Junk – Sept. 26, 2013

Check out this segment on Fox9News this morning. They are in the Art of Junk area, where Upsy-Daisy’s “Clara Bow” necklace is on display with the other finalists.

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JUNK BONANZA OR BUST! Sept. 26-28, 2013

Junkers unite at Ki Nassauer’s Junk Bonanza!! “The twice-a-year Bonanza provides a gathering spot for purveyors and shoppers of vintage finds, beautiful antiques, and one-of-a-kind and artisan-repurposed pieces. The three-day, indoor events each offer best-of shopping experiences and a day of hourly cash coupon giveaways, drawings and special appearances. We saw so many familiar faces, vendors, friends, customers and made new friends too! If you weren’t able to make it – save the dates for the Spring Event: April 10-12, 2014.

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Junk Bonanza The ART OF JUNK – FINALIST!! Sept. 26, 2013

I am absolutely elated that the Upsy-Daisy piece I entered into Junk Bonanza’s The Art of Junk was chosen as one of the contests 14 finalists! “Clara Bow” is a multi-layered piece of mixed metals, vintage brass filigree/stampings, wire-wrapped crystals and a vintage rhinestone finding as the focal. The Art of Junk Contest at Junk Bonanza Mama’s Artisan Market (September 12-14th) Mama’s Happy in Independence, MN June 24, 2013 Winner Announcement: Upsy-Daisy Jewelry Giveaway We are excited to announce the winner of the Upsy-Daisy Jewelry Giveway is: Mara Larson! Thank you for all who particiapted. We are a word-of-mouth business; therefore we appreciate every comment or shared picture that you post on your facebook page! It helps us tremendously! 2013-09-08 2013-09-08 001 005 2013-09-08 2013-09-08 001 001