Sunday, November 26, 2017

More flea market finds!

November Flea market has come and gone. I am lucky that my company is closed both Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving so while everyone else was hitting Black Friday sales....I was hitting the Nashville flea.
I think I got the better deal...certainly nicer people to shop with.
Although a lot of my regular vendors were not there, I still managed to find a few things to come home with me.
The most squeal worthy find of the day, Hazel Atlas Range set, mint condition. An unbelievable 15.00 for the entire set. Caps are missing, but I know I can replace those pretty easily.

And I have been looking for something purple to use as a vase with my Jadeite Restaurant ware. This beautiful old jar fit the bill nicely!

Love how it looks!
This vendor always has a great selection of vintage bottles, and this little blue bottle had to come home with me as well!
But as much as I loved the beautiful bottles and Range set. The copy of "The Wizard of Oz" from 1954 is probably my favorite find of the day. I have been looking for one for years. A couple scribbles, but nothing that ruins the book, and for 3.00, I can handle a couple scribbles.
Another cool book from the same vendor. I love the cover, so beautiful!
Already at home on my mantle. Love it!
That was pretty much it for the Flea Market, but since Saturday was "Small Business Saturday" we stopped into a few local places. An antique store just down the road from my home, The Basement and a local bakery. Love shopping small.
And love what I found! Yes another Enid Collins box bag, great shape, only missing one bead and pristine on the inside. 12.00, you bet I grabbed it.

  1. And another Jadeite restaurant ware chili bowl at the Basement 12.00, and a second one my step daughter picked up for me!
And....I have been out Ebay shopping a well...a couple scores, one, yes....another Enid Collins box bag. It needs some love, but the price was right and I love it! So cute!

And yes, my obsession with vintage children's dishes keeps up. I have watched for one of these for ever, always too expensive, 18.00 and up, but for under 10.00 including shipping I will take that deal.
I was happy to walk into Whole Foods on Saturday morning and find that the Satsuma's are in season, seems a bit early this year but I am not complaining, I love these wonderful little gems!
They are so beautiful, I had to do a mini photo shoot. So gorgeous!
Looking forward to eating a lot of these beauties this month!
Hope you enjoyed a long holiday weekend!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Settling in...

The weather has finally started to feel like Winter may really be around the corner. Not that I am complaining, I love the change of seasons and I am really enjoying dragging out my sweaters and hoodies and spending Saturday nights outside by our fire pit.
I have also enjoyed not hammering a darn thing this week.
But I did get out yesterday morning for a quick run through my favorite indoor flea market. As always it is a relaxing stroll through, did not even matter that I did not find much.
One thing that I will always bring home with me are handy dandy kitchen items, and when I saw this Jiffy measuring glass I had to grab it!
Teaspoons! How handy!

It also measures pints and OZ, I will get a lot of use out of this I am sure!
And I had to grab this little Pyrex mushroom bowl. Smallest of the set, I love this size bowl, so useful!
And I cannot explain what drew me to this silly woodpecker! I thought he looked like he belonged on the side of my Antiques sign on the front porch. When I look at him,  I cannot help but be reminded of the North woods of Upper Michigan for some reason.
And one Ebay score to share. Another one I cannot explain. But everyone should have a cow creamer right?
Cute little stinker.
I have to admit, it is really nice being able to hang out and relax for a little while on a Sunday afternoon and not have to hammer or work on crafting projects. This holiday hiatus may be permanent.
Or...maybe not.
Certainly Bruno is enjoying hanging out and being lazy on Sundays!
Actually, he enjoys being lazy any day of the week.
Hope you are have a great week!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

October Nashville Flea market and Home for the Holidays....

I guess I could have broken this up into two posts...but honestly I don't have a lot to say about the Home for the holidays show.
Not that it was a total bust, it was fine, but we had some obstacles. First off, we were a week earlier than usual due to some scheduling issues with the community center, which meant that a lot of vendors could not be there because they were booked into one of the many School craft shows going on in our general area that are always scheduled for the first weekend in November. Yup, this was a BIG Church and school craft market weekend. So, double hit on vendors and customers. Still, I did ok bringing in over a hundred. But I usually clear over 200.00 for this show, so...kinda a bummer.
I did have all my usual stock, but to be honest, I was just not into it this year. My enthusiasm was way down.
I definitely need to step back for awhile and think about my next steps.

Christmas ornaments did sell better this year!

Some stuff still is not moving...

As always I really enjoyed chatting with fellow vendors and DANG we had some good food! BBQ, Bundt Cakes and the most amazing kettle corn!
 So, excuse my whining, I did have some fun.
But now what? Finished with my last big show for the year and still have plenty of stock for the booth at the Basement, not sure what next year will bring, one thing for sure though...I am going to keep thrifting! I enjoyed hitting the October Nashville flea market. Did not walk out with a ton, but really enjoyed my finds!
Not sure what is my favorite find is, but I do love the Jadeite measuring cups. Although, I admit, I am not 100% sure they are not reproductions, I just don't now very much about them to tell the real from the fakes.
I passed on this bottle last month, I decided since it was still there, maybe it needed to come home with me.
Knoxville milk company this time!
I was obviously on a bit of a bottle kick.
Love these beautiful old bottles.
And I am still on a vintage children's kick. I grabbed this Hazel Atlas children's tea set creamer for 2.00. I saw several of the same one on line for more than 12.00. Why??
My daughter found these darling tiny cordial glasses.
And who can pass up a bowl for a buck?
These cute little deer were a Goodwill find, ran in there super quick Friday night looking for bargains on Jeans for my Son...score for both of us!
So what is next for me? Not sure yet. But I can tell you one thing, I am going to spend the next two months enjoying the holidays. I plan to enjoy the last two Nashville Flea Markets of the year, Thanksgiving prep and Christmas shopping and most of all New Years! And I am going to stick to my January off this year! A month of relaxing and recharging after really taking time to enjoy the holidays may be just what I need.
But keep checking back in, you know I cannot stop thrifting or crafting. Even though I do plan to spend plenty of time in the next few weeks sitting on the couch with a book my Ipad and my best buddy!
Have a great week!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Final Countdown.....

Final Countdown before the Home for the Holidays Craft fair!
And I am still getting ready.
Got plenty finished this week, really I am down to hammering out a few more Christmas ornaments and getting everything in its display and organized, really a piece of cake, I think I can make it.
Happy with how the signs are coming along, I may tweak them a bit more this week if I have time.
Got my pieces and parts together.
Then the assembly line!

I think I have decided this one needs some bells across the bottom.

I have never done a lot of Christmas stock before other than the ornaments, the Christmas sentiment spoons have never really sold in the past. I hope that mounted and made into a sign/decoration they may sell!
I even re did my "My Hobby" sign, I am in the same booth with the ladies of "Ornamental" but I wanted people to be able to find me.
the last one has had a few accidents since my last craft show, I actually like how this one looks more than the old one
Lots more to do this week to get ready! I will be back next week to let you know how the sale went!
Hope you are having a great week!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

High Gear.....

I have officially kicked it into high gear to get ready for the Home for the Holidays craft fair on November 4th.
This week I managed to finish all the herb markers I needed for my basic stock. Hammered myself a new blister I did....

Got a several more pallet pieces stained and ready to be made into sentiment spoon signs, I am thinking these will have a Christmas theme. Maybe some snowflakes? Hummm..Love this part of project planning.
I went ahead and made another bird feeder and candle holder.
Look at this tiny late blooming wood violet I found! I never see them bloom in the fall!
While I had the red stain out, I finished off my acorns. I am very happy with the end result. I think they look better in person.
And I finally got around to tweaking the drop cloth slip cover for the couch. I decided not to get the furniture recovered until Spring since I do not want to be without furniture over the holidays while it is getting recovered and I figured it would be a couple weeks job, but I could not stand the way the slip cover I bought at Old Time Pottery fit, so a couple drop cloths and some creative folding  ad tucking solved the problem. I can live with this until after Christmas.
Don't worry about the Pug, he looks dead...but he is fine.
I am really happy with how this room is coming along.
I think I am in pretty good shape for the show, a lot done last week and this weekend means I will still be able to hit the Nashville flea market next weekend! I am actually amazed at how much more time I have in the evenings now that my commute is shorter, not sure if I mentioned that but my company built a new building and moved most of the departments almost 14 miles closer to my home. I went from a minimum hour and twenty minute commute one way to about a 40 minute commute one way...all gorgeous low traffic back roads and over the lake, no more highway for me! I am so thankful for the shorter commute, it is no secret that drive was burning me out big time.
So I should have more to show you next week! With my extra evening time I am going to be furiously hammering and crafting sentiment spoons and signs all week long!
Hope you have a wonderful week!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

In a bit of a pickle......

Well, I have gotten myself into a bit of a pickle.  You see, I have committed to sell at the Home for the Holidays craft show in a couple weeks...gulp...and I still have not hammered a single thing.
Thankfully I have quite a bit of old stock still on hand...and that I work well under pressure. So I will be feeling the pressure over the next few weeks!
What have I been doing instead? Well...enjoying my new shorter, commute to work and back home with all the beautiful back roads scenery. I get home lot earlier as well. And  I am still working away at the house, more going to Goodwill, lots of tweaking and refreshing. I am really happy with how things are coming along. We had to replace the kitchen floor AGAIN after yet another water line break in our fridge, so that sucked up a couple days as well.
I have managed to squeeze in a trip to the September Nashville Flea market and hit my favorite thrifts over the last few weeks.
I scored this beautiful Bavarian bowl and plate at Goodwill of all places!

And how about some French Limoges from Southern Thrift for 1.50?

I never leave an Anchor Hocking bowl behind, even the plain white ones, and especially when they are only .99!

A couple more fun scores from my favorite indoor flea market.
This sweet little swan.

And bowls...always bowls!

This one look familiar? I scored one in yellow this summer, sadly, it did not last. My son broke the yellow one. The risk you take when you actually like to use your vintage finds. This size makes the perfect popcorn bowl, and is exactly what my kids grab them for.

And we had to snatch up this Cherry Glasbake cup for my mom who loves her fruit dishes!

I really did not find much at the September Nashville Flea market, but my fascination with kids dishes seems to be lingering on!
Love the BC Fire King bowl for 3.00!
And I had to grab the two Hazel Atlas striped cups, 10.00 for both!

And this darling tiny chair for my daughter to sit on while she blow dries her hair in the mornings!
And I think that was it....not a lot at the Nashville Flea, but of course I have high hopes for October!
I love the month of October, and even though it has not yet felt very fall like, I have been enjoying the weeks coming up to Halloween by binge watching some of my favorite scary movies!
What? "Sudden Fear" is not a horror film? Hey, as far as I am concerned anything starring Joan Crawford or Jack Palance is terrifying. For the record, "Sudden Fear" is a rocking great Film Noir, I highly recommend you watch it!
And I have been reading Agatha Christie non stop. I have loved her books since I was 13, but I have not read them all.
Of course we started decorating for Halloween! Grabbed pumpkins, gourds and mums!
And I am having fun with our skeletons!
More to come on that for sure!
and I have been baking and cooking up a storm!
This Wheatberry Fall Salad is to DIE for!
Peanut butter cookies! And chocolate chip, and Molassas...lots of cookies have been baked the last few weeks.
And still more to bake in the coming weeks!
Hope you are enjoying this shift into Autumn!