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Vintage Market Days – St. Louis

May 27, 2014 in Get the D-Tails

Vintage Market Days is an annual shopping event featuring found, repurposed and crafted goods.  The event first originated in Tulsa, Oklahoma but has spread to several other cities.  St. Louis’ 2nd annual event was held in April. I grabbed my shopping tote, bought a Groupon for the gate admission, and headed that way!

Vintage Market Days St. Louis

- and since a picture is worth a thousand words, I should probably stop yapping and just SHOW you!



This was one of the vendor tents. I believe this tent housed 5 or 6 vendors, many of which offered furniture and other larger items.

Reclaim Renew was in this space.  They had the cutest United States wood cutout:



Also inside this tent was Rescued Furnishings.  They had some great furniture rehab pieces, like this antique dresser with barnwood top.




Shades of Blue  had some gorgeous furniture makeovers. That’s her kneeling to the left in the photo below (rocking the awesome green skirt!):



Red Door Furniture Co. never fails to impress:



I was also digging this chunky stool from Barn Trash (is there even such a thing?!

VMD9They also had these great leather cuff bracelets:


How cute are these sewing pattern flowers!



…and of course I love the bold chairs cozied up to this metal table.



I’m toying with the idea  of being a vendor at this fall’s event.  We’ll see!  If I’m going to do it, I need to start hitting some auctions and Craigslist to build inventory of goodies to make/repurpose!






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Balancing It Out

May 12, 2014 in Get the D-Tails

If we’re not careful, work can easily take over… everything. That’s where I’ve found myself for the last year. Struggling to find that coveted work-life balance. My position is littered with hard deadlines and requests coming from every direction. It’s challenging, which I enjoy, but I’ve allowed my job to take over holidays, weekends… and even week nights. I’m determined to find a better work-life balance!

My sharing this with you is two-fold:

1) Accountability. You can hold me to it! I enjoy all of the emails and social media conversations I have with you and miss the interaction when I don’t post.

2) Explanation. (Sorry – couldn’t think of a better word!)  In short – I owe you an answer on where I’ve been! I went from posting almost 5 times a week to every couple of months.  That’s like a friend just not calling for months on end. Unacceptable.  Forgive me?

We’ve hired a couple new people on our marketing at work. I’m hopeful they’ll be able to take on more responsibility as they settle into our company. That would be a HUGE help in giving me back my free time after-hours.  - and how GREAT that would be!

So what would I do with my time? Do more of the things I love!

I started riding again recently – and man! I missed it!


Riding 1


(Say “HI!” to Davey! This handsome man is a popular guy at the barn where I’m riding.)

I’ve been doing more DIY – now I just need to blog about it!  I’ve created some new art for our house, redone some furniture and even made my first Kreg Jig project!  I can’t wait to share it all with you. I’d share photos of things I’ve made, but that would just ruin the surprise!

So stay tuned – I’m really excited to reconnect with each of you and share all the shenanigans that are my life. It’s time to balance things out and enjoy more of life!


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I’m Back!

September 1, 2013 in Get the D-Tails, Snapshots

Say you’ll take me back.

I know – I disappeared. I didn’t tell you where I was going. I didn’t tell you when I’d be back. It was just something I had to do. You see – you’re so good for me, but I don’t know how to have just a little bit of you in my life. So I had to stop. I had to walk away. I had to make myself do other things.

…and for that –


But guess what – I’M BACK!

…and I have SO much to share!!!

Can you believe it’s been FOUR months since I blogged?! Insane, right! So much has changed since then and it seems only right that I give you an update on the good, the sad and everything in between. So sit back, scroll on and pop some popcorn for the next chapter in my life.


Let’s start with the sad… that way we can end on a positive.  It’s hard to share so let’s just get this over with…

Roxy Girl


I said goodbye to a friend of 16 years on May 16. My little Roxy was so sweet and unbelievably loyal. It’s hard to believe I’ve had her for over half my life. I can’t even begin to say how much she is missed. Heaven is so very lucky to have her. Pardon my brevity on this topic – it’s still not easy to think my little Bink-Bink is gone. I know many of you loved her too. Such a sweet face – and a big heart to match.

Inhale… exhale… Okay – one more tough one –



Sly is no longer mine. He’s now giving lessons and being leased at a local barn. It was a tough decision, but one I had to make. I miss him… and I miss having that ‘outlet’ on a bad day. For those of you that ride, or have ever ridden, you know how therapeutic it can be. He was a cranky boy, but he was MY cranky boy. We didn’t always see eye to eye, but we found a way to make it work. I wish you luck Sylvester… and I miss you.

Okay – enough of all that before I have to take on Kleenex as a blog sponsor…

Let’s talk about all of the GREAT stuff that’s happened in the last four months.

Let’s make this short and sweet so we can get on to the REALLY big news at the end!

Dana red head

Wait – Who’s that?

I’m no longer a blonde! What!

Yard sale)

Yard Sale

Christy came to visit and helped me hold an epic yard sale. Three years of a hoarder blogger living under one roof… well let’s just say this girl amassed quite the pile! Special shout-out to the lady that single-handedly bought over 1/3 of my ENTIRE sale. (No joke – she made three trips with her minivan!)

Side-note – the picture above cracks me up. I look like a giant next to her!

Side-note 2 – we had matching Home Depot aprons to hold change, extra price stickers and sharpies. Same-Sames!



I took a much-needed week-long vacation with the Big Guy and two great friends.

…and a few other short trips along the way – Mom’s lake house for 4th of July, Big Guy’s hometown a couple times, Denver for a long weekend, Orlando and Jacksonville for a work conference and fun weekend… and there’s a chance I could be forgetting some places. This summer has FLOWN by.

But the REALLY big news….


That’s the reason why I had to disappear. You see – I’m a professional procrastinator. – and blogging is the perfect distraction. I had to focus on getting my house on the market and (hopefully) SOLD!

My house was on the market just under three weeks when I had my first offer. I’m happy to say that offer is still moving forward… and just this week I also received a backup offer. EEEEP! So it sounds like sooner or later (hopefully sooner than later) my house will be SOLD!

So where am I headed? Not far… just closer to all the fun stuff!

Will I buy? Not right now. I’ll rent for a year and see where I’m at next fall. I’m a little bummed to know I won’t be able to just whip out a crow bar and tear down some shelves or install board and batten on a whim… but I’m sure I’ll have more than enough projects to keep me busy! – and of course I’ll blog about everything along the way!

This week I’ll share a mini-house tour from when it was as clean as it’s ever been. Be warned – it’s not magazine ready… just home-buyer ready! (Because let’s be real – no one really LIVES in the rooms in those magazines)

You’ll see sneak peeks of project tutorials and updates to come. That’s right! Just because I wasn’t writing about my projects these past few months doesn’t mean I wasn’t taking pictures as I worked so I could share them with you later!

Until then – Follow me on Instagram (@craftedniche) for project sneak peeks, life updates and nonsensical foolery along the way. …and feel free to scroll back and see even more photo updates on Instagram from the last 4 months.

And lastly –

Man, it’s good to be back.dana red signature 400



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