Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June Farmisan Market

Another Farmisan Market has come and gone, and although we did not have the big crowds that I was hoping for, it was still a great market.

The Jazz Alliance played some of my favorite 1940's music, my favorite BBQ guys were selling their fantastic BBQ and of course the Peach Truck was selling their delicious peaches.
Sales were pretty good, I measure my success by if I make enough money to cover my booth fee, any cost for my materials and still have some cash left to go flea marketing with. Because, let's be honest, my little business is just to fund my flea market habit :). I will not have a ton in my pocket to take to the flea market this week, but I have enough to make me happy, not a huge profit this month, but enough to make it worth my while. Plus we really had a good time visiting with other vendors and  the people that usually drop by our little market. I really enjoy meeting the people that come to our market.  The market itself is starting to look better and better, we organized into groups this time, had some new vendors and I think the market looked great!

The Peach Truck! Yes,  I know what you are thinking...it's not a truck, it's a tent.

Mr. Mac's wonderful local honey and produce, We have been buying from Mr. Mac for years and a big jar of his local honey came home with us last weekend, we buy at least two big jars of his honey a year, my son is addicted to peanut butter and honey on toast and he swears Mr. Mac's is his favorite honey, I agree, it is so good!

These sweet guys make the best BBQ!

 Oh my, the soap, I could smell this booth from thirty feet away. My daughter the handmade soap junkie came home with a huge bar of "Clean Hippie" soap, I am not even sure how to describe it other than saying...ahhhhhh...lovely.

Such a pretty display!

This will be my last Farmisan Market until this Fall, I have found that once everyone has their gardens in, my stock does not really sell very much until people start thinking about Christmas presents. I plan to be back possibly for the September market, definitely for the October market. I am planning some new spoon art, looking at different ideas, its a fun process...one that I can work on while standing in the pool enjoying the rest of this wonderful long hot summer!

The Nashville Flea Market is this weekend! I am going in with my mind open and not as focused on my "wish list" hopefully I will stumble across some fun finds!

We are in the middle of a pretty wicked Southern heat wave this week, so we are spending lots of time floating in the pool, I hope you are keeping cool and having a great week!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

I love the rain

Taking pictures after a rain storm is just about my favorite time to take pictures.  I love rain drops on leaves and flowers. So pretty.

Rain drops and morning glory's. Perfect combination.

My heirloom Fern Morning Glory's are starting to crawl up my sunflowers and the chocolate morning glory's are creeping up as well, I hope to have some blooms soon. I will have to get out and snap some pictures of their progress. I cannot wait until they bloom! I am dying to see that the flowers look like!

This is only the second year for these Day lilies, we have them planted around our pool, and I am just in love with them.

The rain cleared out and we had beautiful weather for the Farmisan Market tonight. The Jazz Alliance played, and they were wonderful. The BBQ guys were there and the food was fantastic. And we did more shopping than we should have, it was a really fun night!

Pictures to come tomorrow!

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

So sad......

Before I picked up and dropped off stock at Creative Village on Saturday, My daughter and I stopped into my favorite flea market to see what treasures we could find.

And this was all we walked out with. Sad huh? We walked through twice. Saw a lot that we had seen already, obviously not a lot of turnover, and found very little we were interested in. My daughter loves the blue milk glass so she had to have the little dessert cup, I thought the aluminum funnel would be great to add to my antique biscuit cutter and sifter cup and low and behold, another swanky swig...I am up to three now, does that count as a collection?

I fear that I am suffering from a major thrifting dry spell. 

The horror!!!

Oh well, I will get over it. I still have the Nashville Flea Market in two weeks, maybe my dry streak will end then?

I started out this beautiful Sunday with some blueberry breakfast bread out on the front porch, and ended it floating in the pool. It has been a lovely day to say the least.

I am in pretty good shape for Saturdays Farmisan Market, herb markers are complete, necklace pendants are finished and I only have sentiment spoons to worry about, but with my shoulder on the mend and feeling much better, I think I should be able to deliver.

I hope you have had a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Slowly hammering away

Trying to take it easy on my shoulder is putting me behind preparing my Farmisan Market stock for next week. When will I learn that I need to hammer for a half hour a couple nights a week and for a little while on the weekends to keep ahead of the game?

I can be a slow learner.

Not the best picture, I think they need another go over to darken up the print. But all three are new sentiments for the Market on the 20th.  Sore shoulder or not, I am excited for the market as usual. I really do love having it the park!

In the mean time, I keep looking for new ideas!

And taking ibuprofen. And slathering my shoulder with Tiger Balm. I smell like an old lady and I don't like it.

Heading to Creative Village on Saturday to drop off some new spoons and pick some up to bring to the Farmisan Market, and I think I will have to sneak in a trip to my favorite Flea market on the way. Bum shoulder will not keep me from hitting the Flea Market that is for sure! Wish me luck!

I Hope you are having a great week!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Summer sunshine

A bum shoulder has sidelined me from hammering this weekend, I think I must have overdone it a bit one night last week trying to catch up on my stock for the Farmisan Market. I did play around with some windchimes and cut and buffed some beautiful pendants for necklaces, but, for the most part I have been taking it easy on my shoulder.

Not that I was bored at all, This weekend has been perfect pool weather!

Pool, Tazo ice tea, and a good read, Is there a better way to spend a beautiful summer day?

I think not.

Hope you had a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Just do it...

Remember my ugly duckling?

Well, it may not be a full fledged Swan now, but it sure looks a lot better.

I decided to just do it, just give re upholstering a try, so I did. I watched a couple tutorials read a couple blogs and just jumped in, and you know what? It was fun and not as hard as I thought it would be. Yes, it was picky and time consuming, I think I spent a total of 5 hours (or however long Gladiator and LA Confidential are back to back~I was on a Russel Crowe kick that day) tearing it down and putting it back together again. Cutting, stitching, stapleing, staining the wood, adding more padding and hammering it all back together. It is not perfect, I made a couple mistakes, but, it was an excellent learning experience and now I know that I CAN do it if I want to.

And you know what? I would totally do it again! 

Would you believe the most fun part was the part I was dreading the most? The part that scared me was that scalloped back. Yes, it was picky work, but again, I took my time, looked it over and thought of it like wrapping a very large present. I swear, it was fun! Oh, and it helps that the chair was in excellent structural condition, the fabric was rotting, but the rest of the chair was sound. I should also give a shout out to Lara Spencer, my Flea Market Flipping hero, watching her show taught me so much more than I realized. Lara, you rock.

My tacks are a bit wonky but, for a first try? I am fine with it. I covered it with a soft oatmeal color cotton drop cloth, it is very soft and snuggly and I am sure will easily show dirt in no time (yes I do plan to scotch guard it anyway) but, now I know now that I can easily change it up when I get tired of it.

So next time you are intimidated a bit by a project...just do it, if nothing else, you learn!

Now to get the pendant light hung up, it is re wired and ready to go, now just to make the final decision on just how to hang it. 

Hope you are having a great week!