Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A few items from my Grand Ma's French Attic!

It was a day of wonderful surprises.

First, my USPS Mail Carrier called me {yes, you heard it right} 
while he was standing in front of my Lucky Junk Shop 
and said that I had received a package from France 
& that it would not fit in my mailbox.

You had me at "Hi, this is your Mail Carrier" 
and then you double barreled me with...
"you have a package from France".

I couldn't get to the shop fast enough.

A little back story...before we get to the French Package {sorry}.

It was our Chanceux {Lucky} Day in September 2012 
when we met Delphine & Oliver and stayed at their B & B
 {words cannot even describe the incredible charm}
in the French Countryside of the Burgundy Region.

Let's start with a...
stone floor, 
a dog to greet you, 
champagne from their favorite local vineyard,
vintage galore throughout our room,
and they still drive their vintage Citroen that they drove on their honeymoon!

Charming French B & B where we stayed!

The note that was carefully tucked inside of my French Package
In past correspondence Delphine had told me 
that she might send me some French Vintage Items...a girl can only hope!

Well, keep hope alive...cause dreams do come true!

The anticipation of it's contents was too much to bear!

I carefully {OK, I ripped through the postal paper} to find wrapped items, too many to count.

The first item {and my favorite} is this shabby chic green tin adorned with birds.

As I opened up each of the packages I was so amazed at how many of the items looked like they could have come from an American Grandmother's wonderful is that!

What...some of Grand 'Ma's beautiful vintage clothing...I thought I was going to faint.

I've blogged about the value of relationships before...
but it truly makes the world go round...even oceans away!

I'm now dreaming of the special package that I will send Delphine.

Merci Beaucoup!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

GUINNESS® + Irish Soda Bread = Lucky Love

I have written in previous posts about the "combo platter" in life..  
and this would be one of those times!
Combining GUINNESS® with an Irish Soda Bread recipe...BRILLIANT!
It creates a combo of Brown Bread and Soda Bread which produces 
a rich, dark, moist luscious loaf.

Lucky GUINNESS® Irish Soda Bread


1 C regular rolled oats, plus additional
2 C whole wheat flour
1/2 C brown sugar
2 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/4 C melted butter
2 t vanilla extract
1 C buttermilk
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle of GUINNESS® beer

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C)
Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking pan

Mix together the oats, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.  
In a separate large bowl, stir together the butter, vanilla, buttermilk, and GUINNESS®.  
Pour the flour mixture into the beer mixture, and gently stir until well blended. 
Pour batter into the prepared baking pan, and sprinkle with additional oats if desired.

Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 400 degrees F 
(220 degrees C), and bake for an additional 30 minutes.
Turn the oven off, open the door, and allow to cool for 30 minutes in the oven 
before turning out onto a wire rack.


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Monday, March 3, 2014

Lucky Day . Lucky Paint

It was a LUCKY Day when I went with my gut 
{as a college girlfriend always told me to do...she said your gut will never fail you}
& selected Vintage Market & Design Furniture Paint 
as the new Chalk-Based Paint line for the Lucky Junk Shop!
I researched MANY companies...and Vintage Market just felt right!
From the first hour long phone call with my {soon to be} paint rep where we energized each other with creative ideas , stories of vintage retail life and hearing all about 
the Vintage Market & Design story.
It was a done deal!
LOVED every minute of it...and couldn't wait to get my first order placed & share ALL of the excitement with you & my shop customers!
Lucky Junk is SO proud to be the exclusive Chicagoland Northwest Suburban Chalk-Based Furniture Paint Retailer & Workshop Studio for...

Look forward to continuing to share more of my Paint of Lucky Junk Paint Projects...along with LUCKY customers Paint awesomeness!

Join in on ALL of the FUN & excitement!

Sign up TODAY for the First Workshop!
{spaces are limited and will fill up fast}


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