Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Changing up my lunch....box

I am still totally in love with the little metal lunch box I picked up at my favorite indoor flea market last December. Although I was perfectly happy with the pretty cyclamen  that I had in there earlier this year, I like to switch things up from time to time. When I saw this beautiful begonia at the Nashville Flea market last weekend, I knew it would look perfect tucked into my little black lunch box!
 
And I was right!
 

 
It's the little things that just make your day right?
 
Almost ready for the Expo on Saturday! Hope you are having a great week!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Finally a real taste of spring.....

So far, we have not had nicest Spring. A lovely warm snap, followed by several killing frosts that wiped out most of our usual Spring blossoms. This included the Bradford Pear blossoms and since I am highly allergic to them, I was just fine with the trade off. I detest Bradford Pear trees, sadly, most everyone around here seems to love them, I swear there are two in every yard.
 
Not my yard...Yuck.
 
But today we actually had a nice Spring day, perfect for wandering around the Nashville Flea Market, and perfect for just enjoying...well...Spring!
 
In the last week the Wood Violets in my yard bloomed, they seem to have doubled in number since last year so I was down on my hands and knees taking pictures and snipping a few blooms before they fade out. Their "season" is just too short for me, I wish they bloomed all summer long!
 

I love how they looked tucked into a vintage aluminum cup I picked up a couple years ago at the Nashville Flea Market.

 
We found several little treasures at the Nashville Flea Market this morning, one of  which were some gorgeous fresh strawberries, Florida strawberries. Our TN strawberries are still a few months away.
 


But these tasted pretty darn wonderful with some fresh homemade whipped cream.

 
Once I get myself organized I will have to show you some of my finds from the Flea market today. This week I will be hammering out more herb spoons in preparation for the Lebanon Antiques and Unique's Expo on April 1st.  I decided to do the show one more time, but am only bringing the spoons, that is all that sold last time, why bother lugging the other stuff in. I am interested to see if they is a better market, lets hope the weather cooperates this time.
 
We sure did enjoy our first trip back to the Flea Market since November, oh how I missed it!
 
Hope you are enjoying some beautiful Spring weather this weekend as well!
 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Losing track of my days!

I really meant to blog about this find from the Antiques and Uniques Expo this past week, but I somehow managed to totally lost track of my days.
 
How to I do that?
 
Well, in my defense, the kids were on spring break which kinda had me off schedule, and my daughters birthday was Friday so I took a day off  to spend with her, short week also throwing me a bit off kilter. I ended up spending my usual Wednesday blogging night enjoying a very rare Netflix binge (ok, an hour long Netflix binge, it was a weeknight after all) ....I did not actually realize it was Wednesday, until I went to crawl into bed an looked at the weather on my iPad and realized what day it was.
 
But I digress....
 
My find from the Expo...was right under my nose. It was on Kim's table, my booth mate. I never really saw it until the very end of the show. Its a vintage enamelware chamber pot. Yes, I brought a pee pot home.
 
 
But come on, do these up cycled sunflowers not look adorable in this vintage pee pot?
 
 
No worries,  it appears to be unused. The original sticker was totally intact. It actually came from Kim's family home, she had it up on a shelf in her kitchen for a long while. It now lives in my kitchen, what can I say, we have a similar sense of humor.
 
So my hammering hiatus may be delayed a bit, I did decide to commit to the April 1st Lebanon Antiques and Uniques Expo. This time I am only going to bring the spoons, that is what sold, that is all that I am going to bother dragging in.
 
I really hope the Ice Cream and BBQ guys are there, I am not gonna lie, that was a big motivator to go back, I am not ashamed to admit, I was motivated by food. Got my daughter to agree to come with me for the day, she is motivated by ice cream. Apple does not fall too far from the tree. I could probably get the boy to help as well, he is a BBQ junkie.
 
And who knows, maybe I will find another treasure while I am there!
 
Hope you are having a great weekend!
 
 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Lebanon Antiques and Uniques Expo

Turned out to be more of a bust than a boom.
 
Bummer.....
 
This is a fairly new event, it began this past November and, according to the other vendors there, it has done nothing but grow since. They started with only a handful of vendors. This month was full up, and next month has a waiting list of at least 10 vendors the last time I looked.
 
But, we had snow that morning. For the most part, Southerners don't venture out in the snow. Foot traffic ended up being non existent in the morning, but decent most of the afternoon...but people were looking more than buying. I ended up packing up at 4:00 and heading home. They were open until 5:00.
 
There were more "Antiques" than anything else. And they certainly were not priced at "Flea Market" prices. I only made a little over 120.00 during the entire show.  Slow day for me in that type of venue. Per usual I sold a lot of the herb markets and sentiment spoons, but only one sign sold. We actually ended up with two booths (book keeping accident) so we had plenty of room to spread out. Our three little tables looked pretty good together. But let me tell you, getting all of our stuff in to set up and out again? A pain in the butt. Vendor parking was not good either. Thumbs down on that portion of the show.
 
Tried to get a decent shot of the entire main area. other than this, there were food vendors out in the adjacent hallway. Inside it was a really nice area, great for shows like this.
 
Oh...the food vendors? They were awesome! BBQ and Homemade Ice YUM! There were other snacks and plenty of baked goods as well. We did not go hungry.
 

 
Our little area. Both of my booth partners brought some "Antiques" to sell. Both sold more "Antiques" than craft's.
 
The little dollhouse with the furniture? Sold...FAST.
 
 
Kim makes the coolest concrete art. Succulents grow so well in her little planters.
 
 
Tina always has cool stuff! She had some pretty cool vintage as well, I fought the urge to buy her pyrex vine bowl and spice jars off her. They went pretty quickly!
 
 
 
 
I was pretty pleased with how my table looked.
 

 
Lots of interest and compliments on the signs, WT Fork got a lot of attention, no buyers. Sigh. At one point I had decided not to do the show again next month, but, thinking about it, I may change my mind. If I do, I will only bring spoons and maybe a sign or two, and probably mix in some of Kim's planters since she is booked into another show that weekend and our stuff really goes well together. But we will see. I need to get some sleep before I make up my mind for sure.
 
But I did not leave the show empty handed. Although I was good and resisted (several) bowls and more spice jars, there was one thing I could  not pass on.
 
But I will show you that later this week!
 
Hope Spring ahead does not kick your butt this week like it will most likely kick mine!
 
 
 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Just one more thing...

Finally, my stock is all ready for the Lebanon Antiques and Uniques Expo on Saturday! I am really interested to see how this goes on Saturday, this could be totally worth my time and effort...or a bust.
 
Regardless, along with the signs I made, I wanted to make just one more thing, one other little goodie to see if it catches anyone's attention.
 
A recipe box!
 
Ok did not actually "make" the box itself. But, I did stain and embellish it! So that kinda counts right?
 
 



 
I think it turned out really cute! I hope someone else thinks so as well!
 
I will try to take lots of pictures on Saturday, the fact that this is both a craft show and flea market is going to be really fun, I strongly suspect (really hope) that I find a treasure or two myself!
 
Hope your having a great week!
 
 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

And a few more signs and things....

So, I spent the majority of yesterday putting together more signs and embellishing some of the ones I made last week.
 
I have to tell you, the signs are fun to make!
 
But these two have got to be my favorite by far.
 
What the Fork?
 

 
Ok, I think they are funny, hopefully someone else will as well!
 
I also made a few more "city" signs.
 

 
And these were actually my husbands idea. A tiny bird feeder. The seed goes into the bowl of the spoon, and the birds can perch on the fork. I would be ok if these did not sell, cause I really like them and will happily keep them myself!
 

 
And one more candle holder. I think these are fun. Another one I would be just fine keeping if it does not sell!
 
 
I tweaked these signs as well, found the most darling little hoe at Hobby Lobby and I love how it looks!
 
 
This one needed a flower!

 
 
 Still lots to do this week to get everything ready, but I think I will have a pretty nice supply of stock for the market on Saturday, I am hoping this will be a successful venue!
 
Hope you are having a great weekend!
 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Sign, sign everywhere a sign....

Creative Village sells a lot of signs, they are a very popular item.
 
And why not? Signs are darn cute and fit into almost any d├ęcor!
 
So, not to be left out of the trend, I am making some signs specifically to bring to the Craft/Flea market on the 11th.
 
I have been having a little fun with these!

I am running into Hobby Lobby this weekend to find a tiny hoe to glue one to this sign. Kinda silly, I know, but fun!
 

I think this one needs an aluminum flower or two!


Always have to do something for Old Hickory! I think I will make a Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, Watertown and Nashville jut to cover all the closest cities.


And of course, I continue with the spoons, this time adding in some of my aluminum can flowers.


I love how these tiny flowers turned out!

 
Fun stuff! I hope they are good sellers at the craft/flea market!
 
Going to try to crank out some more this weekend and some new aluminum can flowers.
 
Keeping very busy!
 
Hope you are having a great week!