Saturday, October 29, 2016

October Flea Market

Finally, after a ridiculously hot summer, I got to go to the Flea market and not feel like I was going to melt into the pavement.
So nice!
And I walked out with some new treasures! But maybe it was because I actually looked around and was not just skimming because it was so hot that all I wanted to do was get back into the air conditioning.
Heat or no heat, there was no way I would have walked away from this little gem.  Now, the last thing I needed was another ceramic Christmas tree, but this one is just the most perfect size for the kitchen table, it is missing a few lights and needs a new star and to be cleaned up a bit, but I was tickled with it!

And my spoon guy was back. Lots to choose from.

But a couple I decided I had to keep.

I am a sucker for oddly engraved/marked flatware.

The lodge? Don't know, but I love it.
And this beautiful plate! Bavarian. I spotted it from afar and had to bring it home with me.

At first I thought they were pea pods, but as I got closer I could see they were lily of the valley, and I love Lilly of the Valley.
And this sweet vintage tablecloth for 3.00, a few light stains, but otherwise perfect to use outside.
And another vintage tray. Smaller, but perfect size to carry snacks out to the she shack!
 A sweet Fire King fridgie. My fridgie collection is getting pretty large. But darn it, this size is perfect! have used it several times already this week.

And last, but certainly not least the green soup mug.
This is the mug that I wanted last month. I stood around and waited for the vendor to show up, and waited and waited until I got totally disgusted (and freaking hot) so I put it down and walked away, just decided to skip it. Well, when I walked around the corner this month and saw their booth  the mug caught my eye right away, there it was just sitting there on the half price table waiting for me to come get it, This time I hunted the vendor down, he was across the way chatting and not paying attention, but it was worth the wait, 3.00!
I love these mugs, perfect for soups and chili. Not that I am eating chili right now. October 29th and it was 85 today. Not chili weather.
I cannot believe that the next market will be Thanksgiving weekend. Where has this year gone? I have two weeks to finish getting my stock together for the Holiday Show at the community center. Gonna be a very busy couple of weeks! But worth it, I will want some pocket money for that after Thanksgiving market!
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Poppin Tags

The newest rage with my 17 year old son and his friends are vintage sweatshirts....yup....they are into hitting the thrifts and looking for funky cool pullover sweatshirts. I crack up when I think of these big 17 year old football players all going into Goodwill together after practice and digging through the racks trying to out do each other and find the coolest sweatshirt. So my son dragged me out (not a lot of arm twisting required) to hit the thrifts with him and help him find some cool sweatshirts.
And we did, and he scored some really cool older, but in great shape local sweatshirts, including one from his Dads Alma Mater in East TN. Now that was a fun one to find!
While he found lots of sweatshirts, I scored a few finds myself!
Our first score was at Southern Thrift. My son collects the Fire King Game Birds plates and these  old liquor glasses match perfectly! He loved them! I am so happy to have a kids who enjoy vintage finds as much as I do!

Next Goodwill we found this cool old ashtray for my Cigar loving husband.  My son will probably end up snagging it from his Dad, he loved it too.
But the next Goodwill I found my favorite score! Pyrex bowl and this cool retro platter. I love my platters, use them so often. And this Pyrex pattern has always caught my eye, but I had yet to find a bowl for my collection.

I seldom find Pyrex bowls in good shape at Goodwill so I was really tickled to score this one, my son and I both practically skipped out of the store, what can I say, we are easily amused.
So after my thrift finds, I was feeling pretty lucky going to the Nashville Flea the next day, and my thrifting luck did hold up for me! But I will show you those finds next time!
I am hammering away this week, trying to get ready for the Holiday Market on November 12th, I have lots to hammer and a bunch of flowers to make in two weekends.
I hope you are having a great week!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The last of the Baby Love pictures

What a fun and beautiful weekend!
Finally some cool fall weather, watching my son and his team win in an awesome Friday night high school football game, visiting family in town, great food, shopping and of course thrifting!
I had a great time at the Nashville Flea this weekend, and also had some good luck out shopping at the local thrift stores, but more on that later this week! First, I have one more Baby Love picture to show you. Finally got my hands on the last soap that needed it's picture taken, Love Spell...such a sweetly scented soap, I really like it.
I had a lot of fun with this one. Vintage hankie, pearls, my favorite picture of my husbands Grandmother and a postcard that my Grandfather had. I need to have it translated, I do not speak German and the handwriting is really spidery and difficult to read, one of these days, I will find someone to read it to me.
I actually hate that this project is finished. I hope she needs me for more photos in the future! This was so much fun to do!
Hope you are enjoying some beautiful fall weather this weekend!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Here come the hoildays!

Hold on tight, here come the holidays barreling toward us at 100 miles an hour! Wow...where has this year gone? I don't think I ever remember another year clipping by as quickly as 2016 has.
During our last Farmisan Market last week, one of my sweet crafter friends, who is one of the main organizers of the Farmisan Market and also the organizer of the biggest holiday craft show in our little town community center, asked me to join her in her booth for the Holiday show.
I was so relieved!
I wanted to do the show, but did not feel like my spoons would really bring in enough to make it worth my while. But, with two other ladies in the booth with me, and my booth fee waived because I am basically going to be acting as sales person for all of us while they tend to the needs of running the show, it totally makes it worth my while.
And more fun, not only working with these sweet ladies and because it will be like running our own mini store! I love this idea! There will be at least three of us selling in the booth, which means lots of variety, which means lots of customers will stop to browse, hopefully. A win, win for all of us selling in the booth!
So....I will be hammering furiously over the next couple of weeks!
My main focus will be the Christmas ornaments! I have a good start already.
These were really good sellers at Creative Village last year, I plan to have more stock for them this year as well!
Oh Fudge is a big seller! So cute!
And some new designs, oops! Where did Joy go? I need to check my tool box, I think I have a stray lost in there.
This is Nashville Flea Market weekend, I am really excited. October show is usually pretty big, AND it is actually going to be pretty and cool outside. So for the first time in months, I will not feel like I am dying from heatstroke while I shop!
I cannot wait!
Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The last Farmisan Market

Bitter Sweet ending to out little Farmisan Market. It never really caught fire like we hoped it would. I have really enjoyed being a part of it. I met some wonderful people and got some really fantastic opportunities because of it. I did not participate this year as much as I have in past years, but I will really miss being a part of this group of vendors. What sweet people.

Great music, Pizza, sweet treats and a good showing of some great vendors, but we still did not manage  big crowd.
Anticipating a small crowd. I did not go full tilt and bring everything with me. It was so windy I did not even bother with my tent.
But my sign looked great! I was really happy with how it turned out!
I did not even sell one jar of sugar scrub. Believe it or not it has always been a good seller! But I did sell some of the single Sunflower stems, I will be making a bunch of single stems to sell at the Fall Holiday market in November.
Why did I never think of using the kids old wagon before? Since my "help" was gone watching the Tennessee vs Alabama Football game I was on my own to haul my stock out and set up. Having the wagon was the BEST! My stock fit perfectly and it saved me from having to drive the truck up into the park and I only had to make two trips, one was just to grab my sign, so I could have managed it with one trip if I had skipped the sign.

I only sold one Christmas ornament, but that is ok, they will sell well during the Holiday show.
But it was a good ending to a wonderful endeavor. I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to participate!

 Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Halloween Spoons!

I love Halloween!
And I had a lot of fun hammering out some Halloween Sentiment spoons for Creative Village. Dropped them off last week and I hope they sell!
This one made me giggle.
A couple with more of an Autumn vibe.

Some inspiration from "The Nightmare before Halloween" Not a movie I was interested in when it first came out, but my daughter loves it and she got me hooked as well.

We have had beautiful weather this week, but it still feels more like Summer than Fall, I haven't even really thought about decorating for Halloween yet, I better get going, Halloween will be here before I know it. I will have to check out my Halloween board on Pinterest and see what I can get going!

Hope you are having a great week!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

A little vintage goodness....

While we were killing time waiting for Creative Village to open last week so we could drop off spoons and pick up soaps, we stopped into our favorite indoor flea market. The second week in a row and I did not have high hopes to walk out with anything, but ....I was pleasantly surprised! I was half looking for something fun to use during the soap photo shoot, and I did end up only using one thing I found. So it worked out just fine.
I just love these delicate little tea towels! And for 2.00 it was a great deal!
Here is the Dr. Pepper bottle I used in the Baby Love shots, Just cleaned it up and filled it with orange soda. This one is pretty beat up, but if Ebay auction prices are any indication, even in this condition my 2.99 investment was a good one. They were going online for much more.
Some fun vintage kitchen utensils. Again, a good price at 2.00 a piece.
Some Hull pottery! It has been a long time since I picked up any Hull or McCoy pottery, but I loved the color and the shape. It now holds Baby Love soaps in my green bathroom. Love how it looks in there.
And I loved this little enamelware box. It was way out of my budget at 18.00, but the vendor had a close out sale, so 70% off everything in the booth and that put it in my budget range! Still no idea what I am going to use it for, but it was one of those things the kinda leapt off the shelf at me and begged to come home. No doubt I will find something fun to use it for. Maybe it should hold some vintage game pieces or even some old photos?

And last but not least. A saltines tin. I just realized I photographed the Spanish side~ LOL not sure how old it is, we had one growing up, so I am guessing it is 1970's. I had to grab it, my husband is a saltines junkie so he was tickled to get it. Washed up and yes, now holds our saltines!
And I totally forgot to share this find from the Nashville flea market last month. Another great buy, I love my fridgies and this was a steal at 5.00. Again, if you believe Ebay prices, I found several going for as much as 28.00 plus shipping. It does have a tiny chip under the lid, but it is minor, almost a flea bite. These things are so darn handy. I started to use it immediately.
I will be spending this week getting ready for the Farmisan Market next Saturday. Will be our last one as I don't think anyone can pick up and run it again next year. It just never gained the popularity that we thought it would. So sad, it had potential to be a really great community event. But, I think the location has just never been right and we just could not get the community attention.
But I will keep hammering away. I have a couple local craft shows that I am considering joining and of course Creative Village. And, I am considering opening up an Etsy shop. Not to mention there are always more fun projects to tackle, I have no doubt I will find a way to keep myself busy.
We FINALLY have some Fall like weather here today, so cool and wonderful! Hope you are having a great weekend and enjoying some beautiful Fall weather as well!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Baby Love part 2, and my 200th post!

First off, wow...200 posts. Cant think of a better way to mark my 200th post than with the rest of the Baby Love photo shoot!
Well, most of it. We had one missing soap that got left out of the box but will be probably be photographed soon, other than that, It is a wrap and I could not be happier with how the pictures came out!
The Body Butters!

The Candles!

Lets not forget the sugar scrubs!

But still my favorite, the soaps!
I wanted to garnish the pictures like you would a plate of food, with one of the ingredients!
Loved the pop of color the strawberries gave to the oatmeal soap.
I also tried to incorporate vintage items into as many shots as I could.

Vintage Dr. Pepper bottle with some orange soda!

Ok, I actually had no problem incorporating vintage items in most of the pictures.

Love the scent of this lime. If I had it to do again, I would photograph this with lime slices and lots of salt!

And I found plenty of greenery in my yard to use. My lemon balm and mint are still growing like crazy.

Lavender...can you say favorite? Oh I love lavender!

 Ended up reshooting Rebel with more of a masculine vibe. Love it, any excuse to drag in yet more of my vintage collections. The vintage Velvet tobacco tin and pipe are some of my husbands favorites.
I was tickled that I could work in a vintage blue ball jar. Love my vintage blue ball mason jars.

And all together! I think they are so beautiful!

Dare I say they look yummie? Yup, they almost look like you could eat them!

Such a fun project. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and hope I have another opportunity to do this kind of work again. With any luck the pictures will help sell these wonderful soaps online. They sell themselves in person with their intoxicating scent and wonderful texture, I hope the pictures online make people want to give these wonderful soaps a try as well!
Web page should be ready soon so you will have to stop by and see the finished product!
So here is to my 200th post, I think I will see how much longer I can keep this going, with projects like this, I think I could easily keep going another 100 posts!
Hope you are having a wonderful week!