Monday, May 28, 2018

Grail Piece....

It has been a pretty busy month (ok six weeks) since we last chatted. A lot and not much has happened. The a lot part, two flea markets, weekends packed with yard work and gardening, two birthdays, mothers day, a graduation and a death.

After four months of caring for my sweet pit mix Daily, we had to make the decision to put her down on April 23rd. What we thought was an inner ear infection that she developed New Years weekend, was most likely a stroke or possible brain tumor, with her advanced age there was not much we could do other than keep her safe and comfortable. But, once she could no longer walk on her own, we made the decision to let her go. It was more difficult for me than I expected. Although she was not our first dog, she was my first dog and we really had a special bond. I will always miss her. I had a rough couple weeks, although I felt better after getting her ashes back. But even then decided I needed something else to remember her by, so of course I turned to vintage. She was a Pit Bull/Dalmation mix, so when I saw this Takahashi figurine I decided it was a good representation for her.

 Rest in peace my sweet girl, I will always miss you.

Ok so, onto the not much.

Not much crafting. As a matter of fact June will be our last month for our booth at The Basement. We are really not selling very much. I think I am the highest grosser of the bunch of us. I make enough to cover my booth fee every month with a little extra spending money to play with, but really, not enough to justify an expensive booth.

So what is next? Honestly, I have no idea. I still plan to participate in the Fall show at our community center, but other than that? I am not sure yet.

But until I do know for sure, I am still most definitly be going thrifting and treasure hunting! So are you ready for the last two months of flea market finds? Get comfortable, there is a lot.

First off, the least popular addition to my quirky collection. The chalkware Chipmunk. I swear someone had one when I was growing up and vacationed in the Upper Peninsula of MI or maybe Door County WI?  Reminds me of the North Woods and I love it! And I am the only one that loves it LOL, my family was not impressed, so my sweet Chipmunk now lives in my she shack where I can enjoy her.

No way I was going to pass up a couple swan salt and pepper shakers.

Mix and match of random glasses. Love the size and shape of all!

What, more purple bottles? Yup, love them!

 I just love this tiny bottle!

So pretty together and with the rest of the crew.

Tuplip cannister, will be lookig to find the topper!

I already have the smallest bowl from this set, working my way up!

The Library of Entertainment and Wisdom. Love this old beautiful German book. Who am I kidding, I love all old books.

 No way I would pass up taking Sherlock home!

So beautiful!

Terrible picture, but this is a large Chenille Bunny crib blanket. Almost mint condition, I initially walked away from it, changed my mind, came back in time to see someone else eyeballing it, thankfully she put it aside and I swooped in and grabbed it. LOVE the size and weight, not to mention the bunny!

An assortment of pink pyrex!

What? A cream and sugar found together? Unheard of, so I brought this pastel Hazel Atlas set home with the stray saucer for sure!

Oh and speaking of Hazel Atlas, my obsession with Hazel Atlas childrens dishes is still alive and well. Little Red Riding Hood childrens tumblers. Love!

And last but not least, my Grail piece. I NEVER see the Fire King 1970's Daisy pattern outside of the internet. I love this pattern, I never see it in the wild. So to say I cussed with excitement when I saw it is an understatement. I was that excited! Smallest of the cannister set, you bet I will find the rest, no matter how long it takes. Best part? 5.00.

So that is it for me right now. But you ask what is going to happen to the blog now that I am pretty much out of retail opportunities? I think I will still keep it going, maybe just slightly change my focus a bit. Regardless, hope you are willing to hang out to see what comes next!
Hope you have enjoyed a good long weekend!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

That did not take long......

I was prepared to spend the next several months looking for the fourth Hazel Atlas "alphabet" tumbler, call it luck, but one popped up on Ebay right away! And I grabbed it FAST! 

And I love it!

Love having a set completed, now what to go after next?

And I sort of scored at my favorite indoor flea market. These Esso mugs have been sitting at my favorite indoor flea market for months, as a matter of fact. I bought the bowls that were sitting with the mug set months ago. Every time I went back to the flea market they were still sitting there and I stopped and looked at them, then passed them by because they were selling as a set and I did not want six mugs. I suspect  that may have been why they were still sitting there months later, no one else wanted all six mugs either. Well, I finally just bit the bullet and bought the entire set. Works out to 5.00 each which, based on my research is pretty much the going rate, so, not a bargain, but not a bad price either. And my husband and son like them as well, win/win I say.

And we finally (almost) finished our front porch update. I still need to stain the main posts, (if it ever stops raining) I am really happy with how it turned out. It was in desperate need of an update.

And finally, what is going on in the workshop? Well, I did get a bunch of new herb markers hammered out and delivered to the Basement. And, I decided to make a couple new boxes. Only one has sold so far, so it is not like they are flying off the shelves. But I wondered if it was because they were stained and not painted, or if it was because they had specific herbs attached. So, I am making two more, bigger, square, painted (soft ivory) and probably with a handle of some kind attached, making them almost basket like. I plan to put more general spoons on this set like, flower garden or kitchen herbs, maybe that will be more like what people are looking for, not everyone loves the look of stained wood as much as I do. 

Sales at the basement have been ok,  but we have had such a cold wet spring, I don't think anyone is getting out as much as they usually do, and no one is out gardening. Hoping as the weather starts to warm up we will see sales pick up with the temps!

Until next time, hope you are having a great week!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Knocking those Spring projects out....

We are not having the prettiest Spring. But looking at the weather channel, is anybody having a pretty Spring?

I have decided that this is not a bad thing because since it is so cold and nasty, we are having no problem throwing on our coats and working outside on yard cleanup and projects. I am sure that once it does warm up, I will be so happy to have my front porch complete and my she shack back together. 

First project to finish up, the address blocks!

Leftover wood from our front port column project, I just thought they would be fun as address blocks. Love how they turned out! I think they are just a fun kind of funky addition to the porch.

Originally I had painted our front porch shutters as part of the make over, I was not thrilled about painting them because I really wanted new wood shutters, but I was not willing to spend the 500+ to buy them. But once I painted the shutters what turned out to be a painful garish raspberry color (oh so NOT the Oxblood I had picked out~bad paint mixing I think) my husband decided, yup, he can build wood shutters. The style I wanted was very simple, and he was able to make them very quickly and easily for a grand total of 50.00. Much better than the original price estimate. I stained them this past weekend and we should have them up this week. Cannot wait. All that is left is staining the columns and a good pressure wash and I will be able to do the fun decorating part and the front porch will be finished and ready for Spring!

Surprisingly, the continued cold weather has not really bothered me for some reason. I am still content wearing my hoodies and baking muffins. But what is bugging me is that my poor violets are taking a beating. They keep trying to come back, but after two nights of hard freezes, I counted myself lucky to be able to salvage a nice little bundle. I like to get at least one good violet picture each Spring!

And my poor tomato seedlings.....they are surviving and looking pretty good, but, they are looking pretty wild and squiggly, they need some good sunshine so they will stand up straight! But I am excited at the prospect of having some beautiful tomatoes this summer!

The other thing about the weather staying cool, I don't feel bad spending time inside at my favorite indoor flea market, made a couple trips......more on that soon!

Hope you are keeping warm and looking forward to when we finally get some nice Spring weather!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Odds "n" Ends

Saturday morning, I set my alarm with the hope of being able to hit the Nashville flea market, the weather channel changed the forecast so many times during the week, I decided that I would just have to accept the fact that I would not actually know if I could go until I got up out of bed on Saturday morning. Lucky for me the forecast went from rain all morning and thunderstorms all afternoon, to cloudy with thunderstorms in the afternoon.
We did get thunderstorms...sort of...after 11:00 PM.
I swear, forecasting the weather is the only job that you can do, never get right, but never get fired for it. Geez....
Anyway...not a lot of vendors, I am sure the weather scared some off, it was cloudy and cold, but still a very pleasant morning to stroll around outside looking for treasures.
I came out with a couple fun things.
Some odd Hazel Atlas pieces.
I love the little custard cup.
It was a bowl day...Fire King Kimberly bowls, the green replaced one my son broke and since I have several of the gold mugs, I thought I would grab a gold bowl as well.
A darling Hazel Atlas Ivy bowl.
A Fire King Blue Azurite mixing bowl, this is for my daughter, she loves the Blue Azurite and is getting quite a little collection going.
A couple weeks ago I picked up this cute box at my favorite indoor flea market, I gave it a light sanding and stain, love how it brought the wood back to life.
So beautiful.
And an Ebay purchase. I have been working on getting the Hazel Atlas Opal alphabet animal tumblers collected, and I found the horse, decent price!

Three out of four! Sadly, the fourth, "D is for Duckling" will probably be the most difficult to find, seems to be the most rare of the set.
But that is ok, I am in it for the long haul!
I did manage to get some work done on my house number blocks. All sanded and stained, I should be able to attach the letters sometime this week, so hopefully I can show you how they turned out next week.
Hope you have a great week!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Working hard? Or hardly working?

Has it really been a month since I posted?
Can I be both working hard and hardly working? I am going to say yes. The working hard part is the work we have been doing around the house. We tore down our porch and replaced it with rustic beams and I have been taking care of all the little clean up and decorating projects (not that I am finished yet) that spun off from that. And my daughter turned 14 so we had a week long celebration. Kicked off with the Frist center and lunch last week, then a day of shopping and pouring our own candle this week, with a nice wind down with a movie and dinner at our favorite drive in dive.
Nice week for all of us!
The hardly working part? None of my projects involved getting stuff ready to head to the basement.
That will have to be on the list for next week. The herb markers have been selling well, so I will definitely need to up that stock a bit very soon.
So, what projects spun off of the front porch renovation?
Address blocks.
My husband had to cut the beams we picked up to size and we ended up with these great "cubes" I immediately thought how cute they would look sanded and stained with our house number on them.

It will take some serious sanding to get the saw marks out. That is my project for this week.
And an update on the doily throw.
No update, I decided I hated the look and ripped it apart, going with the original design. So, project delayed, back to stitching.
I did manage to get a little flea marketing flea market find, the others? Ebay to the rescue.
I love this flea market find. It is a match holder. Repurposed now to be my key holder!
I love the touch of rustic goodness.
And I have been obsessed with tracking down this set of Hazel Atlas Childrens tumbers. These are my Ebay find, not a thrifter deal, but less expensive than others I have seen listed, and the seller, who was just awesome, gave me a deal on shipping.

They are so sweet, I just love them!
And of course, our Candle pouring experience. This is a new shop in Nashville, opened up just a couple months ago, and is just GREAT! Such a fun outing!

We have been on a Candle kick lately, so this was the perfect outing for my daughters birthday, she had a fantastic time and is excited to do it again!
They had ready to purchase candles, as well as some fun home accessories. When I saw this table runner, I knew it had to come home with me!
And of course I had to get the guys dressed up for St Patrick's Day!

Nashville Flea market is next weekend, I will be heading over rain or shine, and of course I have work to do for the booth, so I am sure I will have more to share with you soon!
Hope you are enjoying this lovely spring weather!