Saturday, April 19, 2014

Traditions....

 When I was growing up, my mom was the one who always hosted our family get-togethers. She filled them with food and pretty tables and wonderful people.  We always had what I referred to as "Mom's strays" at the table. People who had nowhere to go and needed an adopted family for the holiday....
 When I was little, I always wondered who would show up...the excitement of the holiday was always bubbling up inside of me....
Food was the center of any celebration and it was always delicious.


 Eggs Benedict was our Christmas and Easter brunch tradition and still is... we always had just our little family for that, maybe one guest or two but traditionally, just us... We look forward to it each year.....
 I still give my kids (Marissa 19 yrs old and Ben 22 yrs old) baskets... When they were little they got very little candy...toys and books and little treasures filled their baskets... Now they want just candy and that's alright by me....
 We celebrated Easter this morning because Ben works tomorrow. We had our Eggs Benedict and my mom's pecan rolls...yum! This afternoon a young mom and her sweet toddler will be joining us and we will cook a ham for dinner...It is a quiet holiday this year but for me...it's perfect, my mom is 83 now and cannot handle big crowds so it is perfect for her also....
 Just a few last snippets of the booth....


Hope you have a wonderful Easter...enjoy your loved ones and maybe make a tradition or two!  karen....

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Rearranging the Booth... Sideways pictures and Ebay listings....

Okay, I know I am a techno-dork but I did flip these pictures around in the picture manager and they won't post correctly! They are phone pics because my batteries died in my camera and so they aren't great to begin with....Uggh!  Hope you don't mind cranking your head a little!
 
 We added that wonderful garden bench on Sunday and moved the hoosier over...I really like how it turned out....

 We also added this little sideways ladder-y shelf...I like it too....
 I found this Nipper bank last week and a friend found the planters...
I love this little floral bench....

 And here is my favorite picture.... I made the rag wreath...love the little garden orb/plant climber thingy....

On another note, I have added some things to my ebay...
These are two darling Italian creamers.... $12.95 for the pair

 This Royal Sealy Vintage Japan 3ring footed Teacup and saucer...$54.95
 And these beautiful Limoges dessert/bread plates which are all hand painted and each one a little different....  $62.95 for a set of 6
Well, I hope you don't need a trip to the Chiropractor after reading this post! Have a great week!  karen....

Friday, April 4, 2014

Random Spring images....

 Life has been busy around the recycled household lately....but in a good way. My best friend from childhood is out from Texas (her mom lives next door) so I have been trying to sneak little moments with her between her visits with family...love her so much!


 This is my terrarium that my friend Liz gave me for Christmas one year...it sits on our credenza. A little bunny is visiting it right now....


 This little silver bowl just became a catchall for vintage items that have either left the shop or are going and I just love the way it looks right now...I think it will stay like this for a short bit!


 I went to the Antique fair last weekend but only came home with a couple of finds...this cute Nipper bank....



 And this beautiful chalkware Mary... love them both....
And on another subject, we went to the booth 2 weekends ago and came home with this baby....





 Our youngest car was 19 years old and the 21 year old car (my mom's which my daughter was driving) was dying so we bit the bullet and found this beauty. She is so comfortable and has so much room to pack in lots of vintage goodies! We are so happy!


 And last, but not least... I started this rag wreath...it is my first and I am really happy with the results....


Here it is in the booth... I had a friend take a picture of it (mine came out blurry )  and it is sideways...still cute though in my mind! I am linking up to the Be Inspired party at Common Ground, Hop on over and see all the talent from these bloggers!  Hope your spring has started off great!  karen.....

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Ventura Flea Treasures....

 I promised I would show you the goodies we found at the Ventura Antique flea... then I got the flu! So the only photos I got were today as I finished adding them to the booth. Above is the sweet metal basket I got at the flea...
 Here is my coffee filter up against the brick wall, I love that wall! (sorry it's a little blurry!)



 Here is the darling Therm-a-jug, it even still has the little cup inside!
 The glove mold, flower frog and powder box are from the flea...


 This old chair is very chippy but so charming too! It has gold underpaint and gold stenciling on it... I love it!



 And that little jewelry manny peeking out from the frame...a new addition...



The sweet stool is also from there, it even has a little storage in the seat!
Well, hope you enjoyed my little tour...I hope to be back soon! karen...

Monday, March 3, 2014

Random Pretties....

I don't have too much to tell you but wanted to show you the coffee filter wreath that I finished last week.
I added a pretty linen bow to finish it off, I am pretty happy with it and now it is in my booth.



Here is the view from my cupboard one morning... I love robin's egg blue and turquoise and white so I was happy to look in and pick out my coffee cup...just  randomness...







Here is a little corner of the booth... I love vintage hankies and this apron makes me happy too!



And here is a little shelf in the booth... more randomness...


Hubby and I took a little trip on the 23 and 24th up to Ventura to the flea market and we stayed overnight at a pretty historical hotel... a much needed getaway. We got some fun things at the Antique flea, the weather has been too gloomy to photograph it but hopefully this week since we are looking to weather in the high 70's and 80's again.
Well, I hope your week has started off good... I was lucky enough to make green eggs and ham for 7 little toddlers who were bouncing in their seats to help scramble those green eggs (and who also would not try a bite of them- heehee) I am a lucky girl!  karen....

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Clearing out...breathing room



 I have been busy gathering things that I have kept for a long time and loved but they need to move on. Also donating things that can't go to the booth or my etsy...(clothes, housewares, etc...)
It feels good to clear out and let someone else enjoy those treasures!
 I have probably shared this cute Hoosier cabinet but here it is again...
If this doesn't sell in the next month, it may find a home in our kitchen, I am just so smitten by it!


When I found these frogs, I fell in love! They lived at my house for a couple of years...now I am sending them out in the world....





This little rocker was one I found a week or so ago and the pillow too. It is a Hedstrom rocker...so sweet and chippy....
This  Crown birdcage only lasted a week...I would've kept it too had I the room..... (and didn't have 3 other birdcages!)

We painted the little table and brought in the little rooster caddy from our home. The apron and plant holder are new (vintage) stock.


I wanted to keep these awesome chairs...but alas, no room...my mom made some pretty pillows to display with them... hopefully someone else will love them too....





And this picture is blurry but I love this little bicycle basket....

What are your favorite vintage goodies? What do you collect?
Have a great week! karen....

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Shaking off the January Blues....

 I often experience a kind of "funk" in January... now that I have experienced more life, I know to just go with it and make the best of it...so I got to making felt flowers, Valentine banners and sweet hearts to perk me up...

 I was discouraged about my booth space...the good stuff has been so hard to find and so pricey here in Southern Calif. and I can't just get up and travel to dig for the good rusty gold. I, like many people have family obligations and a day job and am tied down to vacation time.  But this weekend my funk blew off!
I found the perfectly chippy bassinet & stand above and the darling portrait of the little girl with the big bow.



 Here are the recycled sweater pins.... I love to make these, they make me smile....

 I'll let the pictures do most of the talking....









The sweet little table above made my  heart go pitter patter....






How about a pretty hankie?
Or a wonderful old  terrarium.....







This chippy planter is soooo cute!

And here are the hearts... (only 6 left! gotta make more!)
Well, I hope you didn't have the January blues but we are in the month of love...so shake it off and make something pretty! karen....