Monday, May 30, 2011

A Recent Trip To The Nashville Flea Market

We had a great and interesting trip to the Flea Market on Saturday.  I scored a personal find that was serendipitous!  The picture above is a hint.  It also works well with a little project I've been working on the last week or so.  I'll post pictures when I'm finished.  We also found a few items that we will work on for our booth there next month.   

Perhaps the most interesting part of our day was observing everyone's reactions to the multitude of cicadas prevalent at the flea market.  For those of you not in the South, or familiar with cicadas, these are huge bugs that apparently emerge every 13 years.  They also make a humming sound that can be pretty loud.  The woods behind my house are full of them and I feel like I've been living in a Stephen King movie for the past 2 weeks.  They were dive bombing everyone at the flea market.  There was a constant scene of shrieking, hair swinging and limb flailing.  I thought I was going to get a case of whiplash myself from trying to shake them out of my hair.  I felt bad for the vendors as some people just gave up on trying to look at things as they seemed to be targets while standing still.  These crazy bugs are only supposed to stay out about 6 weeks. I'm not sure which week we are in now, but I sure hope they are gone soon!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Alabama Barn Wood

There was a little old, dilapidated barn that sat across from our Dad's house in Alabama.  It sat on property that belongs to his high school friend.  Dad remembered me discussing the charm of old barn wood when his friend decided to tear down the barn, and brought me several pieces.  I painted a piece white and propped it up on my kitchen counter.  For months.  After I finally got organized enough to choose a phrase and print it out in a pleasing font, I found it difficult to transfer onto the wood because of the wood texture.  At that point, I was so tired of looking at a plain white piece of wood on my counter, I decided to free hand the letters.

 I was fairly pleased with the results. Even though it isn't nearly as special as the signs I've been drooling over on other blogs.  At least I liked it better than the plain white wood.  I actually put some hanging wire on the back and hung it on the wall.  I decided I wouldn't intentionally show it to anyone in an attempt to get a genuine reaction.  When we had a small gathering for my daughter's graduation last weekend, Pam and someone else spotted it right away, with favorable reaction.  That may just inspire me to try this again.  After all, I still have some Alabama barn wood.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Tissue Pom Poms And Some Tweaking

I’m sure most people in my forty-something age group had “simple” childhoods like mine, compared to today’s standards and technology. You know, the days when we only had 3, sometimes 4 channels to watch on television. Of course that was plenty since you had get up and walk across the room every time you wanted to change the channel. One of my simple childhood activities I remember was making Kleenex flowers. It was a momentous occasion when we got the really big box of alternating pastel color tissues in one box. Glorious day. Take that and a pack of bobby pins we used to secure the middle and I was in flower heaven. I guess we didn’t get out much because the bright multi color tissue paper flowers they sold in the gift shops at Opryland Amusement Park were a major treat. They came attached to a long florist wire stem. Growing up in Alabama, I recall making a trip on the church bus to Nashville to visit Opryland, and bringing some these home with me.

Thankfully this craft has evolved into a more trendy and practical activity today. I suppose we can thank Martha for that. Beautiful tissue paper pom pom balls are frequently featured on blogs, hanging over party tables. Coming straight out of Debutante Ball weekend into Graduation weekend, I needed to put together a small but pretty party fast. A quick trip to the Dollar store for some tissue paper took care of most of the decorations.  I used some picture hanging wire I had to secure the middle, and twisted it around the strips of cotton for hanging.

My Mother-In-Law found another treasure she shared with me.  This vintage metal chair was hers when she was a child.  The patina on this is beautiful.  Since it is fairly small, I was determined to use it inside the house where I could see if often.  I decided to move things around in my powder room again.  This area still needs a little tweaking.  Maybe I'll find something at the flea market next weekend.  We're going to shop around and hopefully firm up our vendor space for next month.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Treasure Hunting

We hit the road early Saturday morning looking for treasures to share.  We even took our treasure-hunters-in-training.

One of them is hanging on the double headboard we found.  When Pam transforms this, you will hopefully find it with us at the flea market (we're planning on June and hope to confirm by the end of this month).

Unfortunately we didn't come home with much on this trip.  But that didn't stop us from having fun.  We like to travel in comfort, so we packed up this vintage Coleman cooler with treats.

I did score this awesome vintage drink dispenser.  I've been wanting one of these for a long time. It is in need of a good scrubbing. Luckily they didn't charge me extra for the dirt :) 

It will be a few weeks before we have time for another treasure hunting trip.  We still have several great pieces to work on for the flea market, but hopefully we can find another great piece to add to our project pile.