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Monday, September 1, 2014

Flea Market Decor


My flea market treasures
   make a lovely romantic space.
 Vintage floral containers are a pretty solution for storage.
 Pillows made from vintage bark cloth add softness and comfort to my space.
 A little chippy shabbiness in my space makes me happy.
 Tattered millinery flowers are always one of my favorite finds.
A scarf like the ones Grandma wore draped across an old lamp softens the light and adds to the comfort  factor.
 A basket filled with vintage hats is a nice pop of color in a corner of my space.
 Candles are a must here.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you find something inspiring here and will come back sometime soon. It  always brightens my day to read your comments.

karen

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Perfect Picks From Pittsburgh

Tarentum, PA
Fleatique

3rd Sunday of the month
From May to October
Flea Market 
Pittsburgh, PA
Oakmont Antique Mall
Weekend Treasure Hunt








karen

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Simple Handmade

As some of you may have noticed…I can't decide what to do with the header on my blog, but I'll get it figured out eventually. Anyway…I've been working on a few simple projects this week. I finally got around to making my tote bag from the old bark cloth that I've been collecting. 
For the past year or so I've been finding small pieces of vintage bark cloth at flea markets and the button is one that I bought from an Etsy shop a couple of years ago. I think the shop was Button Boy. Okay I just checked and it's called something else now, but they are still selling the buttons. Just click on www.buttonboy.etsy.com and it will get you there.
 I used some pretty floral linen fabric for the lining that was once a couch slip cover. It's nice and light and has tons of room. I gave my new leather bag to my daughter and I'm using my handmade, BOHO tote now every day.

Yesterday I stopped in at the Dollar Tree and picked up a few things.
I'm not crazy about dollar stores, but sometimes I find crafty type things there and yesterday was one of those times.
I purchased some of their simple tall jar candles and did a little upcycling to them.
 I just used scrap book paper and some Elmer's glue to give them a whole new look.
 I already had the paper and glue, so it cost just $3 to make 3 candles.
They look like the expensive ones that I saw in the gift shop a few weeks ago.
I'll be back soon with some more crafty ideas using Dollar Tree finds.

karen

Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy Flowers

I always think of Sun Flowers as Happy Flowers.
 They make me smile and the bees and birds love them too.
 They're my favorite thing in the garden.
 I love the way they seem to dance in the breeze as they reach for the sky.
Just Happy

karen

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Remembering Grandma's Farm House

Every year the month of August brings back special memories of my childhood and time spent visiting Grandma's farm.  
 I loved playing under the great weeping willow tree in her yard and the arbors covered in climbing blooming vines. It felt like such a magical place and I would spend countless hours there breathing in the heavenly fragrance and sharing secrets with my dolls.
Yesterday as I shopped for antiques with my daughter, I found this pretty piece of teal and white transfer ware that reminded me of those days at Grandma's house.
 Her china cabinet was filled with treasures like this that were off limits to everyone but Grandma.
 I'm not sure what happened to all of those special treasures that belonged to my Grandmother, but when I see something that reminds me of those days I bring it home and relive those wonderful days from so long ago.
To me, Grandma's house was the original Shabby Chic Decor, even though it wasn't labeled as such back then. It gives me such a feeling of comfort.

karen