Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Flea Market Wednesday HAUL ~


A trip to Flea Market Wednesday was long overdue... 

It seems like I haven't been to the mid-week flea market in weeks! Between my daughter starting school an hour late on Wednesdays (teacher planning meetings) combined with some bad Wednesday weather, I wasn't getting my weekly fix to shop. I'm sure my husband was conspiring with Mother Nature and sincerely appreciated her wind and rain on Wednesdays!


My friend Bethany and I did some serious shopping this week....


My car was really loaded up....
Packed to the brim!!



Once we unloaded the car, I made my pile...

Do you ever unload your purchases from the car 
and notice that they have a theme?



Once again, it looks like a container sort of day...

Wood, galvanized, and wicker containers!!


First up, I purchased this tiny little wooden sign 
because the sentiment was so charming... 

"The place where were treated best 
and grumbled most ~
HOME SWEET HOME"


Collected some more old green books... 
If the price is right, I always buy green vintage books!


Old seed crates  or something... What I will do with them?? Maybe corral all the remotes on the coffee table in the family room? I'm not sure but they are super cool and have fabulous paint and very old {tiny} gauge chicken wire in them...


An old tool box carrier with the best blue paint and fabulous patina. This one is going on my kitchen table with some fresh herbs in each compartment!


Weathered wood bottle crate picked up for $5.00... 
I have an old glass bottle that will fit perfectly inside the crate.... 

Oh, and another old wicker basket... 
I just can't pass those by!


This crock was my favorite purchase of the day. The seller had it on her car... when I inquired about purchasing it, I was told 

"Not for sale"

The seller had bought it early that morning from another vendor... grrr!!!  We took another spin around the flea market and could not stop thinking about the crock!

So I went back and begged asked the seller "are you sure you don't want to sell me your crock"... she told me to make her an offer, which I did, and now I own the crock!! 

I have some smaller crocks (with number markings 2, 3 & 4) but love this one because it's huge!! I'm talking a potted tree could fit inside.... 

So what am I gonna do with it? Not sure, but I do love it!!

Okay,

I lied....



Clearly
my favorite purchase of the day... 

A GINORMOUS wood container...


Maybe an old wood trough?
It hard to see just how big this baby is... 
[about 4 feet long]

I'm telling you it's HUGE!!
and it was only $3.00... 
yes, 
three dollars...
as in 12 quarters!


It's gonna grace my dining room table with flowers inside!! 


I just need to clean it out and maybe wax it up... Not sure if I will add some colored Bri-Wax to it or just apply some clear wax... 


What say you??


Hydrangeas also from the flea market. They are large potted plants are only $5.00 each. I can usually keep these plants blooming in the house for a month or two... When the blooms fade, I will plant the live plants in our garden. I haven't had much luck getting the plants to grow in the ground but I haven't given up and continue to try....

At Christmas, I think the trough will look nice on my dining table with greenery and poinsettia's inside!

A very successful Flea Market Wednesday... perfect weather, great finds and a wonderful time with my dear friend!!

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Bare Naked Books ~

You've seen them in magazines and catalogs, read all about them on blogs... and you probably gasped at the prices Restoration Hardware was charging for them...

Bare Naked Books...



Found at every garage sale and thrift store... 
Usually with a 50 cent or $1.00 price tag attached... 

Don't like the cover? 

Rip it off... 
stack three... 
or wrap them with twine...

Call it a
BOOK BUNDLE..
(Photo credit: Picture 1 & 2 Ballard Catalog)

You know the drill...
Right?

But are your book bundles looking a bit tired? 

Remember the stencil I used to embellish my vintage bread board? If you missed that post

I was walking the house looking for more quick and easy stencil projects and spotted some bare naked books...


I wondered
 could I stencil them??

Sure... why not!!

Pulled out my Grain Sack Stencils, a paint brush and craft paint...


After a couple of taps, I got this...


Super fast and easy...


To avoid the stencil moving or sliding while I was painting, I decided to use my kitchen drawer as a vice. 

This worked well until the phone rang and I jumped...


My 'No 2' stencil moved a bit 
and resulted in a double shadow.

This imperfection is perfectly acceptable to me..


The bare book before...


...and after.

This project took less than 5 minutes 
for all three books.


I'm loving everything numbered 
and this project is no exception..


It was cheap and so easy!


I used "Very Black" paint and I think it's a bit dark... If I stencil more books, I might try a softer black paint. Or maybe I could sand the paint a bit to soften the color...


I decided to move my numbered books 
into a cubby in our hallway...


Gives just a bit more interest 
with the stencil on the spine...



So, if you are getting bored of your plain naked books... give them a little stencil love... I got mine on Etsy from EuroStencilDesigns.

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