Don’t call it a comeback…

I been here for years. J-bird here. Well, maybe I was a little MIA during the month of April- but now I’m back on track!

Great news. This upcoming weekend is the Spring into Summer sale at Rust and Feathers!!! And it is also the annual Spring Market at the old Lucketts store! So many shopping opportunites I can hardly stand it! So, do your spring cleaning at home and make lots of room for the treasures you will find out in Lucketts this weekend!

Also, special shout out to my fellas for a great Mothers Day! They gave me a lovely necklace and pair of earrings and I bought myself some sheet metal and a random orbital sander! SHHHHHHHH! Don’t tell ’em! And my boys of course brought home lovely projects for me from school- and we had cupcakes from The Rising Flour which were AMAZING! (obvi). If you ever need cupcakes, The Rising Flour is the BEST!

Anyhow- all 4 of us have been busy bees (birds) and there will be lots of new stuff out in the store this weekend! I personally have been switching things up a bit and rather than focusing on my drawings, I have been fixing up some furniture! Who ever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, right?! I love experimenting and doing new things.

Today’s projects include distressing sheet metal that will ultimately be a cool magnet board and cleaning/restoring a 1930’s era waterfall style nightstand! We would love to hear about and see what you are working on so please leave us a comment!

O.K., here are some photos of our space as of today, but I have it on good word that all 4 birds will be adding to and/or adjusting their wares prior to the weekend! So come on out and keep your eyes open for newly added treasures and markdowns on some old ones!

Just ignore my little helper there in the middle ;-)

Just ignore my little helper there in the middle😉

the whole shebang

the whole shebang

wait, what's he watching?!

wait, what’s he watching?!

western pine bench and vintage milk crate

western pine bench and vintage milk crate

Pizazzy Pants towels!

Pizazzy Pants towels!

chicken wire display board. perfect for displaying everyday ephemera!

chicken wire display board. perfect for displaying everyday ephemera!

wine in a handmade wine bag makes the perfect hostess or birthday gift!

wine in a handmade wine bag makes the perfect hostess or birthday gift!

Flour sack towels

Flour sack towels

magnets made from salvaged materials- recycled chic!

magnets made from salvaged materials- recycled chic!

Kyhl spent 5 minutes counting and re-counting these graphic stools!

Kyhl spent 5 minutes counting and re-counting these graphic stools!

antique German bread board

antique German bread board

all sorts of great treasures!

all sorts of great treasures!

A mix of prints and original drawings- great decor for any space!

A mix of prints and original drawings- great decor for any space!

What's better than a golf towel?  A gold towel showing your support for breast cancer!

What’s better than a golf towel? A golf towel showing your support for breast cancer!

An antique Canadian pine wash stand looks even better with Ann Layne's towels on it!

An antique Canadian pine wash stand looks even better with Ann Layne’s towels on it!

Green gypsy jewelry and vintage lamps

Green gypsy jewelry and vintage lamps

Sallie's lovely china cabinet- the perfect way to brighten up a dining room!

Sallie’s lovely china cabinet- the perfect way to brighten up a dining room!

vintage dinner trays!

vintage dinner trays!

another view of that milk crate shows that it would make a great wine holder!

another view of that milk crate shows that it would make a great wine holder!

an assortment of tables in many sizes and throw pillows galore!

an assortment of tables in many sizes and throw pillows galore!

Unique small cabinet!  perfect as an end table or night stand to give any room some flare!

Unique small cabinet! perfect as an end table or night stand to give any room some flare!

Canadian walnut nightstand- gorgeous color and detail!

Canadian walnut nightstand- gorgeous color and detail!

placemats, linen towels and a beautiful sunburst clock

placemats, linen towels and a beautiful sunburst clock

just what your sunroom is missing!  A peacok chair straight from the 1970's- complete with vintage sari drape and coordinating throw pillows.

just what your sunroom is missing! A peacok chair straight from the 1970’s- complete with vintage sari drape and coordinating throw pillows.

A Grand Opening Weekend!

The new road sign!

The new road sign!

It was a beautiful weekend for shopping! (aren’t they all?) and there were tons of people out and about finding treasures in Lucketts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! A special shout-out to ALL of the friends and family of the 4 birds who came to support us and check out our space! Again, we cannot begin to tell you how much this means to us!!! We love you and if you took any treasures home, make sure to send us a photo of what you bought and where it ended up in your home! Anyhow- here are some photos from the weekend! Enjoy and come visit us soon! The space will look ENTIRELY different the next time you see it because all 4 of us are working on new things! I LOVE exclamation points!
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white hutch

white hutch

Check out the delicious cookies that Ann Layne made!

delicious treats on display!

delicious treats on display!

delicious treats!

delicious treats!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some close ups of the 4 Calling Birds space:

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tweet tweet tweedly deedly deet (spell check that)

Window shelf

Window shelf

Artisan Toolbox numero uno- verde

Artisan Toolbox numero uno- verde

Artisan toolbox- numero dos rojo

Artisan toolbox numero dos- rojo

vintage goodies

vintage goodies

Green Gypsy jewelry display

Green Gypsy jewelry display

pizazzy pants butterfly pillow

pizazzy pants butterfly pillow

Hello my name is Simon and I like to do drawrings...

Hello my name is Simon and I like to do drawrings…

Can't quite remember how many of these there were...

Can’t quite remember how many of these there were…

Sallie bird

Painting a wall mural

Painting a wall mural

Hi Bird Watchers! It’s Sallie bird. If you saw the small bio of me, you know I’m an art teacher by education. Every art teacher I know has a favorite medium, and I’m no exception. Mine happens to be paint. There’s something magical to me about paint- the fluidity of the medium, the smell of it, the quiet rhythm of bristles over a surface, how it can transform the most plain paper, or the most hideous furniture into a thing of beauty. I truly believe that everything looks better when you frame it, and most things look better when you paint it. As a sidebar, I have a hard time understanding when people have a fear of paint. It’s PAINT. Make a mistake? Paint over it. Twice if you need to.
Private Client, Loudoun County, VA

Private Client, Loudoun County, VA

My first mural was for my best friend’s mom. She knew my background and asked me if I could paint a mural for her. That was about 11 years ago, and the rest is history. I’ve done murals under the business name The Gilded Lily for homes and businesses throughout Loudoun, Fairfax and Fauquier counties. I LOVE nurseries and children’s rooms (so fun!) and most notably have a mural in the Rust Manor House in Leesburg that was featured in the 2008 Loudoun County Design Showcase.
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Loudoun County Design Showcase House, Rust Manor House, Leesburg, VA.  Dining Room


Loudoun County Design Showcase House, Rust Manor House, Leesburg, VA. Dining Room

I’ve been so fortunate to paint commissioned murals and watercolors, but 4 Calling birds is about my own vision. What I think would look amazing. How I’d like to transform a piece of furniture into something beautiful. Something that someone would like to have in their home, and choose to look at every day.

Generous George's Pizza Place, Dulles, VA

Generous George’s Pizza Place, Dulles, VA

So here I am- using my dining room as my painting studio (I have a very patient husband), and turning trash into treasure! I love when a piece speaks to me, and it’s my job to give it new life.hutch

This upcoming weekend!

Come one, come all to the grand opening of Rust and Feathers this weekend! The grand opening will run from Friday April 5th through Sunday April 7th. There will be treats to eat as you walk around! Bonus! Plus, April is working behind the counter from 10:00 to 2:00 on Saturday. This is a great weekend to come out and shop for yourself Mother’s Day presents! Please shoot us a comment, email, Text, etc if you plan on coming out and WHEN you think you might be there! We would love to see you and say hello. We will be around for much of the weekend,but not the entire 3 days, so please, if you would like to chat with one of us, let us know!

Just want to take a minute again to thank everyone so much for the support we have received! Hopefully we can thank you in person this weekend!

All of the lights…

J-bird here. Been working on this today:

All of the lights...

All of the lights…

And I have had this stuck in my head while I have been working on it:

Turn up the lights in here baby
Extra bright, I want y’all to see this
Turn up the lights in here baby
You know what I need
Want you to see everything
Want you to see all of the lights

Much to my children’s chagrin. And never thought I’d say this but shoutout to Kanye et al for today’s earworm that provided some much needed motivation when re-wiring all those crystals!
I bought this sconce on a foraging trip last year for my birthday and it looked like this:
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All it needed was a little TLC! And Kyhl just declared it “bootiful” and Jonas called it “cool”, so we’ll call it a success🙂

Detail shot #1

Detail shot #1

no really, look at the detail people!

no really, look at the detail people!

Spaces I love

Hey all! J-bird here. Yesterday at Carpool in Herndon I was busy NOT watching the NCAA tournie, eating potato-jalapeno bites, playing skeeball with Kyhl and drinking a Star Hill Northern Lights IPA… OK, forgot where I was going with all this… Oh Yeah! and I met this super nice couple who are friends of friends of Aaron and me (shoutout to the Wicklines!), and we got to chatting and the guy, Nate, casually mentions that their house was written about on a blog recently and I’m all like “what blog?” and he’s like “Have you ever heard of Younghouselove.com?”- well, color me speechless!!! and color me so excited to check out the post about them, which I promptly did on my friend’s phone, and then again when I got home! First, I love younghouselove.com! and I love the book! and I just think that the Petersiks do such an amazing job of explaining projects and ideas while still keeping it real about the amount of time and effort that go into those projects. Plus, I just love their story and I am a big fan! Second, the House Crasher post that they did on Nate and Michelle’s house is just amazing. Let me re-phrase: Nate and Michelle’s house is just amazing! And come to find out after reading it that Nate and Michelle have their own blog! And also, they love Lucketts (says Nate)! So I told them all about 4 Calling Birds and Rust and Feathers and told them that they have to come check us out next time they head out that way!

I just love meeting new people and fun coincidences and I love spreading the word about cool people and places and websites, etc. And I just have to share with you my favorite part of Nate and Michelle’s house (and it is hard to pick a favorite, let me tell ya) and that is the coffee table that they made from a huge slice of a huge, old, red oak tree. They counted 110 rings and it weighed 350 lbs before they hollowed it out with a chain saw!!! It was from a tree that had fallen down in one of the big storms that hit our area. I love the finished product, it is beautiful- but I also love the resourcefulness of how they found the tree and the amount of effort that they put into this piece. I have this vision of family of theirs, generations from now, telling the story of this coffee table while still sitting around it- it has such a gravity and permanence and natural beauty in it- just lovely.

One awesome coffee table in a room of awesomeness...

One awesome coffee table in a room of awesomeness…

And second place runner up in the contest in my head of favorite thing in Nate and Michelle’s house (promise I wont stalk them) is the workspace in their garage. Look, now you are just rubbing it in guys. Your house is awesome and you have an awesome workshop for making all of your awesome things. we get it. Now you can erase speechless and just color me jealous
😉

Jilly is Jealy

Jilly is Jealy

The Green Gypsy: An artist profile

small GG logoHello, friends – April ‘bird’ here. Let’s chat about The Green Gypsy.

I have been making my own jewelry for about 11 years now… well, that’s not counting the fashion-forward macaroni necklaces I rocked in kindergarten art. It all started for me during a summer in the mountains of western North Carolina.
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I was a counselor and rock climbing instructor at a girl’s camp and we had a few treasured days off sprinkled throughout a very full and challenging schedule. For those of us who had the same days off, we’d scoot off campus and spend the days browsing in downtown Asheville, journaling at local coffee shops, and soaking up each hour without commitments and preteens to herd. One of my favorite places to stop was a bead shop. It was the creative outlet I needed, quiet and filled with ideas for solitary, individual projects. It provided calming ‘head space’ when I craved it.

 

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I have also always loved using my hands in different art mediums – mostly: drawing, painting, pottery. Jewelry making in NC opened up a different world with new tools, textures and possibilities; I have loved it since.

That was a special summer for me in many ways. Other than finding a new art love, I experienced growing pains, surrounded by pines, trails and rivers. I have loved the outdoors for as long as I can remember; crediting my mother for instilling in me an awe and respect for nature. The two, art and the environment, came together for me in 2006, when I began the journey of The Green Gypsy. It is my handmade jewelry business for making and selling pieces with a portion of the profits going directly the protection and restoration of this creative earth we share.
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I have done a lot of custom pieces for wedding parties and gifts. Some of my line is sold at the San Juan Soda Company shop in Lake City, CO. Right now, I am channeling my energy into the 4 Calling Birds as the sole jewelry artist of the group, where my creations are being sold in our collective space at Rust & Feathers.
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I am currently working on launching an Etsy page and intend to sell more than jewelry (including original paintings, vintage décor treasures ) – as my tastes are varied and eclectic! Stay tuned for the ‘grand opening’ announcement.

Please feel free to ask questions & leave comments.

Be Well. Peace & Love.

April, The Green Gypsy

Thank you Great Aunt Mary Lee!

Well, there is no time like the present to give a shout out to my Great Aunt Mary Lee who passed away about 9 years ago. I recently got thinking about her because I made pillows out of a quilt remnant that I purchased at her estate sale. It was a quilt done up in beautiful turquoises with red and pink accents, and even though it had a large hole in the middle, I knew I wanted it and that I could do something cool with it to give it another life. Fast forward 9 years down the road and I am really excited about the pillows that I made out of it that show off the unknown original quilter’s stitches! I managed to make eight 12-15″ pillows from the remnant and they will be for sale in the 4 Calling Birds space at Rust and Feathers. After of course keeping one for myself to use on my couch, which will serve to remind me of Aunt Mary Lee and the snacks of lemonade and cake that she always seemed to have when we visited.
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Coincidentally, Her house was purchased by the owners of the Red Truck Bakery in Warrenton. If you ever get the chance, stop in and try their baked goods because they are AMAZING- and I have a feeling they would go really well with Lemonade.

For an article on the Red Truck Bakery from the Washington Post click here.

The bells and whistles

The little things

The little things

So of course all 4 birds have been truly enjoying all of the creative energy that has been flying around this whole venture- but the parts that I have enjoyed the most are the details. And some of my favorite details include the business card and stamp that include our logo and which were designed by April. It is one thing for me to do a drawing that I am proud of and it is a whole ‘nother thing to place it in our space and hang one of the beautiful tags from it. It makes it REAL. This is REALLY happening- that is the feeling! And so I just wanted to share the behind the scenes creativity of April with you! I think the first time she sketched this logo for us was on a napkin- and I happen to believe that many of the world’s great ideas begin on napkins- so let’s all hope that this is one of them!