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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Flea Market Fun!

Hello ladies, hope you have been having a great week!
My favorite shop in town has been hosting monthly flea markets this summer, and I decided to participate in the one this Saturday!  So, I've been busy creating, painting, distressing, and glittering my little heart out!  Not to mention making tags and pricing everything!  So, I thought I'd give you a sneak peek at a few things that I'll be taking to the show!
 I adore candle holders of all shapes and sizes, and I especially love this big iron candelabra!
 I gave this giant iron wine rack my "shabbyfied" treatment with some Heirloom White spray paint, and distressing!  This is one piece that I wouldn't mind keeping for myself:)  It has a pretty floral and leaf motif, and the distressing really brings out all of its character, I think!

 I'm taking my upcycled petite pastry tin magnets.  I love the way they look on my silver tray! 
 I'm not selling my tray, I love it too much!  It is just beginning to get the perfect amount of patina!
 This chalkboard started out life as a mirror!  I was planning on keeping it that way, but when I purchased it from a garage sale, the mirror was so dirty that I couldn't tell that it had a few tiny marks on.  Well, I personally like a bit of patina on mirrors, but I imagine not everyone does.  So, after painting the frame a bright and cheery turquoise, I transformed it into a chalkboard!
 Believe it or not, I found this antique bottle while walking on our beach!  I decided to turn it into a "message in a bottle", complete with driftwood, shells and sand found on our beach, along with a rolled up "note"!
 Cute corner stand.  Love!
 I found this pretty frame last week, and thought my bird and nest themed paper would be a perfect addition!
 I'll be sure to take lots of photos Saturday and share with you all!
 Today my neighbor surprised me with this gorgeous tussie mussie that she made!  She has the most gorgeous flower and herb gardens, and added a very fragrant old fashioned rose, surrounded by mint, rosemary, and thyme.  I wish that you could smell it!
 She knew that I was feeling a bit blue and homesick (which she knows all  about, as she and her husband moved here years ago from England), and thought this would give me a lift!  Boy, did it ever!
 She even wrapped it in a pretty little white paper doily, and added pretty ribbons.  So sweet!
Enjoy the rest of your week!


Kim K. said...

Best wishes with your sales. You've created some lovely things. I'll be anxious to hear how it goes. What a thoughtful neighbor. Such a gorgeous bouquet.

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

Love the magnets. Good luck with your sale!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Oh how nice of your sweet neighbor! Sorry you are homesick, maybe being busy this week will help. I hope the market is a huge success for you!!

BECKY said...

Wow Donna! Love it all! And what a sweet neighbor!! Your tussie mussie is beautiful!

I'm sure the market will be great!!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

How exciting that you are participating in the flea market!!! I love the message in the bottle!!! Best of wishes for your sales! Such a nice neighbor you have!!!

June@I will craft said...

Great pieces Donna. Good luck this weekend, I hope you have a good turn out and sell a lot in your booth.

mizdarlin said...

Great job on those items! I'm sure you'll do well, especially since it will be weekly, and i know from experience that people like to get to know you and your creations, and will come back to visit you..
Can I please trade neighbors with you? My new ones are the reason I want to move again (already!)
Have a blast...

Veronica said...

Good luck with your sales and looking forward to your show and tell!


Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Donna,
Oh my gosh--how did I miss all this? So beautiful!!!!

Linda said...

Hope the sale went well, Donna! Sounds like a lot of fun! That was such a sweet gift from your neighbor!

Bente said...

So many things I would like to have there.

Have a nice week