Sunday, June 18, 2017

The fourth little pig....

As soon as we got back from the last Nashville Flea market with my surprise pig dish set, off to Ebay I went to see if I could find any more pieces that belonged to the set. I cannot say I was surprised that I did not find many, I was really hoping to find a plate. But thinking about it, it made sense that I would not find one. These were obviously intended to be "toddler" dishes. But what I did find was a wide plate/bowl.
Now, I will admit, I paid a bit for this, at 14.00 with shipping, it was not the bargain the other pieces were. Oh well, you pay for the convenience and for being able to find what you are looking for quickly instead of scouring the Flea markets for months. I freaking love these little pig dishes and have been using them non stop since I brought them home.
Worth the extra couple $$$$ to complete my little set!
Yes, I do realize that these are baby dishes....but hell with it. I love them!
I found a divided dish in this pattern and another slightly different pig bowl as well....stalking those on Ebay too.
Will this be a big collection? No, I would like to find one of each piece though, love the thought that I have reunited a set that was meant to be together.
Next weekend is already the next Nashville Flea Market! I am (per usual) looking very forward to it! and can you believe the 4th of July weekend is right around the corner? This year is speeding by at a dizzying pace!
 Hope you are enjoying your summer so far!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Leather and Pearls........

When I was walking through the Lebanon Antiques and Uniques show last week with my buddy Kim, we stopped into a booth selling beautiful leather and bead jewelry. One of the things they were selling were lariat necklaces made with free form baroque fresh water pearls. I really liked them. And with every intention of coming back to buy something, we wandered out to go visit with our booth buddies. But, me being me..we finished our craft business brain storm session and said goodbye. I strolled right out never stopping back to buy the necklace, remembering it only when I was about half way home.
I was not very happy with myself. Too many things swirling around in my brain makes me very forgetful sometimes.
But I am a crafty gal, so I was sure I could make one myself. As soon as I got settled Saturday night, I jumped online to track down some pearls. And would you believe Ebay had the nicest pearls and the best price? Seventeen 12mm Baroque pearls, large hole, 13.00 Free shipping, I had them by Wednesday.
Can't beat it.
A quick stop into Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon for some leather cord on my way home from work Thursday, and I was good to go.
I just love the size and shape of these fresh water pearls, they are just so beautiful. Hard to photograph, but beautiful!
Such a simple design, just pearls, and knots tied with leather cord.
Ten minutes of calculated tying later. And you have a cool boho lariat necklace!
Ok, still difficult to photograph. How about on a model?
My daughter immediately claimed this one and asked that I make a bracelet and earrings to match.
Off I go to fill that order, and, make myself one.
Not something I plan to make and sell in the booth, but what a great quick handmade gift. It has a lux feel but a small price tag,  and it was a lot of fun, and very easy to make!
It finally really feels like summer here in Middle TN, time for Blackberries and afternoons in the pool!
Bruno is especially happy to be back in the pool!
Hope you are having a great weekend!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Three little pigs....

How is it already June?
We had a wonderful extra long Memorial Day weekend, started off strolling through the Nashville Flea Market, Farmers Market and shopping around town. Then plenty of good times and good food with family and great friends, all balanced out with a good dose of quiet and relaxation. I actually read an entire book and a stack of magazine's over the long weekend! Almost unheard of lately!
After all the craziness of the last few months it was a very welcome break!
So I was all set to ease into my crafters semi retirement....and it turns out I may not end up being as semi retired as I thought I was going to be. I will be back doing the Lebanon flea market again in July, and I am talking to several of my crafting buddies about kicking off a new project together.
Apparently I just cannot accept slowing down. And yet, somehow, that does not really seem like such a bad thing.
One thing that certainly has not slowed down is my thrifting, and I found some great stuff at the Nashville Flea market this month!
I have to laugh at  myself sometimes at what catches my eye. Like this 1930/40's Hazel Atlas dancing pigs mug.
I cannot explain why some of these things jump out at me, but I loved this silly little kids pig mug.

 Walking out of the booth,  I was really tickled with my find....then a few booths later...dang...a pig bowl!

And I thought, how fun! Now I have a set.
Then a few booths more....a dessert dish. By this time I was really laughing at myself.
Three different booth's Three different little pigs. Total investment? 12.00.
And I may or may not have gone home, jumped directly on Ebay and found that there is a  matching pig plate/bowl. What can I say, I get a little obsessed sometimes.
It's not like piggies were the only thing I came home with. Apparently I was on a Hazel Atlas kick and really feeling the color red. Hazel Atlas stripe bowls! And at a freaking bargain price.
And a Hazel Atlas milk glass fridgie!
There is a guy at the Nashville Flea that sells the coolest selection of Succulent plants, I figured it was time to change up my lunch box!
And of course, how could I leave the Farmers Market without my first bag of  Peach Truck peaches of the season?
They are as delicious as they are beautiful, and as wonderful as they tasted just sliced up, they made an amazing peach cobbler!
 And on we move into Summer!
Hope your summer is off to a wonderful start!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

A little light crafting.....

We are down to our last few days of school and all the craziness that comes with it well as High School graduation. Let me tell you, it has been a wild ride the last few months. To say I am looking forward to the long holiday weekend, would be an understatement. But even with everything going on, and with all my "de crapping" and redecorating, I have taken some time to do some simple crafting.
I picked up several beautiful frames from Creative Village as we were cleaning out, and really wanted to find a use for them.
As I was sorting through some of my vintage bits and pieces, I found a pretty doily that was damaged beyond repair. Hummmmmm, what to do?
Cut it up and use it.
Part of it made a perfect background for one of my tiny vintage spoons. This darling spoon had a tiny horse on it.
And the center piece tucked perfectly into this tiny shadow box frame.
They look great hanging together next to my antique high boy dresser.
And I decided to get creative and frame a couple of my favorite vintage glassware photos.
I will have to tweak this one a bit more, but I like the look.
But I really like how my black cherry tomato picture looks next to this freshly spray painted antique white frame.
Not exactly difficult crafting, but it was fun to flex my creative muscles a bit.
Looking forward making it through this week and then enjoying an extra long Holiday weekend filled with flea marketing, cookouts, swimming and relaxing!
Hope you have a great week!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Love at first sight....

Some months ago, I stopped into Creative Village to drop off some stock. As we were visiting and I set out stock, I noticed that they had a new display piece. This gorgeous old Highboy Dresser,  I immediately fell in love with it, the beautiful wood, the elegant shape, and was tickled that my stock was displayed on top of it.
So when I found out they were closing, I asked if I could buy it, we ended up bartering, and we both ended up happy!
But it needed a little work. Someone had started to paint it, only one side was painted, that had to come off. So, home it came with me and I started to work on it right away, pulling it apart and prepping it. I was that excited!
Up first thing Sunday Morning (Not Easter Sunday...I think it was the weekend after, I a losing track of my weekends) slapped a nice thick layer of orange gel stripper down, man, that stuff works miracles, and smells just lovely!

After 5 minutes the paint (thankfully just one layer) began wiping off very easily, hardly any scraping required.
This is after less than a half hour work.

The top was pretty gloopy, so I did a quick strip of that as well.

Good scrub to get all the residue off and it looked this clean!
Structurally it is solid, one drawer has some issues, but other than that, it is in great shape.
So, after the paint was stripped off and it got a good bath in murphy oil soap and a heavy rub of good furniture wax, I switched out the glass knobs with what I think is more like original brass knobs and put the mirror back onto it to bring it inside.
And I swoon every time I walk by it. I may also have to run my hand along the top every time I walk by, ya, I am in love.
That fabulous old mirror, beautiful worn wood, loaded up with my vintage Pyrex and glass ware, it is a perfect and gorgeous storage solution in my kitchen. And it fits in just perfectly.
Can you tell that I just love it?
And, it forced me to do a big "de crap" and re arrange in my kitchen. Win/win!
I love bringing a vintage piece back to life and making it useful again!
Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

30 for 13

Well, life continues to be on the busy side, This last month before school ends always is, but throw in kids Birthday celebrations, two proms, two graduations, end of year honors awards and school concerts on top of the usual day to day busy and trying to tackle Spring yard work, house projects and "decrapping" it has me feeling like we have been running a non stop marathon! But it will be, for the most part, over with in a couple weeks, and we should be able to enjoy some lazy summer days....well, before it all starts over again!
 A couple weekends ago, I stopped out to the shop to pick up what was left of my stock, but left with much more than just that..yes..that project reveal is still to come, but, before I ran into the shop I of course stopped into my favorite indoor flea market. Pickings were pretty slim, but I did decide to grab a pile of Melmac that has been sitting there for months. Really I only wanted the Normandy Rose plates, but it was a package deal, 30 pieces total, and with the booth running a sale, Only 13.00, 30 for 13? I figured it was time they came home with me.
I now have enough for a setting of 12. Perfect for larger outside dinner parties!
But what to do with the rest?

Well, It is pretty, and as often as we eat outside. I suppose it will all be put to good use!
I found one more treasure when I was in there, a lone piece of Jadite restaurant ware.
We spent today working in the backyard and getting my "she shack" put together, I am excited to use this new cup tomorrow morning sipping coffee in the new and improved shack!
So I keep talking about the big project I finished Easter weekend, I promise to show you that next, just have to get some good pictures taken first!
Hope you are getting to slow down and enjoy some of this beautiful Spring weather!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Strawberries and Roses.....

It is peak Strawberry season here in Tennessee, and I was afraid that because of our busy weekend schedules this month along with the unpredictable wet weather we have been having, that I was going to have to miss out on picking again this year.
Because of this panic, I again asked my husband to hit the Farmers Market in downtown Nashville on his way home from work and pick up a big flat of Strawberries for jam. Mission accomplished, that was completed last Friday night. But I still really wanted to pick my own. So, even though we had a busy day planned for today, I decided I would jump up early if the weather permitted and go pick.
And the weather we went. And we LOVED it!
We went to one of our local farms. Circle S is a beautiful Century Farm a gorgeous 10 minute drive from my house. Found out that they sell veggies in the summer as well...we will be back, often!
They had a beautiful crop this year.

We went as soon as they opened this morning, A perfect cool sun shine morning and a very successful pick!

Of course as soon as we got home I had to get some pictures of these beautiful gems and the flowers I picked up. My Peonies are not very plentiful this year, but that is ok, I filled out the bouquet with roses and hydrangeas. I think roses and Strawberries were meant to hang out together.
Don't you agree?
Oh, and I have to say, the Strawberry freezer jam that I made with the strawberries from the Nashville Farmers Market?
Its the start of the season! Support your local Farms!  Get out there hit those Farmers Markets and take advantage of those farms that allow you to get out there and pick your own!
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Busy weekend? That is an understatement.....

Well, I missed my usual blog post on Saturday night. But I do have a good excuse. Prom #2, Flower making, Strawberry Jam making, the usual house clean and grocery shop, a stop into Creative Village to help clean and take a load out, a quick indoor flea market run AND a big refurb project on a gorgeous dresser...I was one busy lady, to the point where I was happy to go to work Monday morning, just so I could sit for awhile!
More on the Jam and refurbed dresser this weekend. Tonight is all about Prom #2..this time we remembered the flowers!
Different dress for this prom, a very romantic look so I wanted to do something slightly different with the flowers. But, come Friday night, I was in a total Mom panic when I could not find the roses I planned to use anywhere. After 5 different grocery stores I accepted the fact that I would either have to run across town first thing in the morning to Trader Joes and hope they had the right roses, or change my plan.
I was tired...I changed my plan.
Plan two was inspired by one of my favorite Georgia O'Keefe paintings. Pretty white/pink roses, Baby's breath and tiny pink carnations.
I think it worked out pretty well!
His: Standard lapel flower. This time I wrapped the stem. I liked the finished look the ribbon gave it.
And hers: My Georgia O'Keefe Inspiration! Again, I wrapped the stem since the flowers were more "bouquet" like. Have I mentioned how much I loved doing this? I really did!
And they ended up matching perfectly!
They looked so wonderful! Pictures at Opry Land Hotel this time. I had to laugh at how many total strangers were asking to take their picture! we had at least four different ladies stop us and ask if they could take a picture of them as we walked through the hotel gardens. So funny!
They are awfully pretty together!
Sweetest kids ever!
I was one very proud (although exhausted) Mom.
Busy weekend led to an equally busy week so far, I have much more to show you next time, why next time? Cause right now, I am tired!
Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Girls day out!

For years I have been trying to drag my BFF Stacey to the Flea Market with me, and this past Friday I finally succeeded!
Full super fun girls day out, Breakfast, Flea Market, lunch, pedicures and more shopping.
What can I say, we know how to rock a day off work.
Now, Stac is a already a big garage saler and thrifter. When we both worked for the same company, we would run out and hit Goodwill and the thrift shops around our office on our lunch hours all the time, but she lives a good drive North of Nashville and had never been to the Nashville Flea market. It was time for that to change.
Sadly, we had epic thunderstorms and rain in Nashville Friday and through the weekend so the flea market was  missing quite a few vendors. But that did not matter, we still had a BLAST and scored some fun finds!
We both found super sweet vintage embroidered pillow cases. Love these pretty orange poppys!
Next I found some Hazel Atlas bowls, PINK!
And one stray blue, I am still finding myself attracted to blue lately. At 1.00 a piece, I probably should have grabbed the orange ones as well.
At another booth, I found a PINK Hazel Atlas creamer. The matching sugar bowl was nowhere to be seen, the vendor thought she may have had it, but was not positive and had no idea where it was packed away.
I can never seem to find both a sugar bowl and creamer together.
So cute! Now the sugar bowl goes on my wish list.
But, my most exciting find of the day? A serving bowl that matches the Pyrex Crazy Daisy set that I bought myself for my birthday last year!
5.00! I could not pass it up!
I was one happy girl.
Sadly, I did not think to snap pictures of Stacey's finds, well, except one.
The goat.
Stacey has a....... well, an obsession? Deep affection? For...yes, Goats.
Look at that girl grin.
A girl and her goat...a love story.
I think it is safe to say she will make the drive into Nashville for more trips through the Flea Market with me, I think I have her hooked, plus, she has to find more goats, I think she needs a flock of them.
Mint tea punch drinking flea market warriors are we!
I have to admit, the darn goat is darn cute!
 I like goats just fine, but I LOVE frogs, look at this handsome guy I found hanging out on the pool cover tonight.
I hope he hangs around once we finally get the pool open!
Hope you are having a great week!