EASTER/SPRING TABLESCAPE. How was your COVID Easter? It’s sad that it has a depressing name associated with it, but I am grateful for my daughter and her boyfriend being here with Mr. Rust and Refind and I to celebrate and be thankful for the health that both my daughters, my family, and those closest to us currently have. Having dinner for four when many were alone was a blessing indeed. I maximized the occasion by (1) taking a break from all the cooking and supporting a local restaurant that just opened, The Black Sheep Restaurant by ordering our Easter Dinner from them. It was fabulous…they delivered (contactless) and the spread was bountiful and delicious, (2) finally went out briefly to buy some perennials to fill my front burm and supported another local business, Merrifield Garden Center, Fairfax. Please don’t yell at me about social distancing. We have minimized our ventures out and practiced good Social Distancing and Stay At Home, had gloves and masks, and were in and out! and (3) I used the fresh florals as my Easter table centerpiece BEFORE I plant them this week. I simply tucked them in a vintage dough bowl, layered a couple faux greenery garlands (also purchased at Merrifield) over a linen and burlap runner, and added a wooden Easter Bunny that was a gift to my daughters from their grandparents when our girls were little. I took out floral china I haven’t used in years, and used twig placemats that signified the Crown of Thorns, and green Italian charger plates for signifying new life.
Easy, Simple and quick for any one to do, and has such a splash that is worthy of celebrating this holy day or any occasion without letting the events surrounding us weigh too heavily. I felt so happy being able to do this, and I know my family was very appreciative of the efforts. We watched Easter services on TV and Andrea Bocelli’s concert at the Duomo in Milano was breathtaking. It was a semblance of normality.
ONLINE or IN STORE SHOPPING, CURBSIDE PICKUP
With the festivities over, it’s back to business…well, as much as business currently allows us. I will remind everyone that we will continue with COVID-19 mandates and hope to resume normal and full operation soon. We are posting our products daily where you can purchase in a myriad of ways, and we provide contactless curbside pickup, local delivery and shipping. Curbside pickups are Wednesday and Saturday 11-2, and we also accept appointments to view and pick up. We wear masks and gloves, and continue to sanitize the shop. We offer DIY Kits to mail out to your home as well. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for daily updates.
HOW TO VIDEOS, DIY PRODUCTS
As we continue to steer through the current events, we are all stepping up our online shops (Etsy and Website), and how-to videos, too! Check out our feature artisan this week, Cathy of Forever and Always Vintage as she shows you how she transforms a cabinet door into a tray.
She is our resident UPCYCLER and does magic with everyday objects and transforms them into new uses like a TV into a wine bar (SOLD), or a cabinet door into a tray using IOD transfers and handles. Want to learn how to do your own? Check out how to Upcycle your own wood tray here.
The Rust and Refind Artisan Market hosts 6 artisans, interior designers and fine artists and we continue to strive to be your local go-to home interiors, design, gift, and DIY shop. We offer vintage, European, antique, upcycled, painted, and custom work and are retailers of Paint Couture, Saltwash, General Finishes, Howard Products, Wise Owl and IOD products. All these can be purchased in store, curbside, online, and shipped. We hope to help you make your home beautiful, and continue to tell your story through things you collect along the way. We miss seeing you, but hope to see you all again soon.
Until then, smile and make life fun. B