My weekends are changing as quickly as the holidays are approaching!
One thing stays the same though, Sundays are always a day off! A day for whatever! A day to wear "morning trousers" all day if I want! A day to reflect on the past week, or maybe a day to not reflect at all, just lounge around and eat these for breakfast ! Lovely blog, and great recipes, by the way!
We all need a day like this, don't you think?
A day to think ahead about Christmas!
Yesterday, in between customers, I began hanging garland and Christmas trims. I made a stuffie. He looks lonely setting under the tree all by his lonesome, don't you think? Stuffie#1 desperately yearns for a stuffie #2, 3, and 4.
I found this red bouncy pom-pom garland yesterday at this place and I absolutely love it! I'm hanging it everywhere!
On the risk that I might offend someone, I must confess, I do not care for Halloween that much.
When I was a kid I guess I probably liked it and remembering dressing up, if I remember though I always dressed the same. I was a bum! I dressed in overalls, bandanna handkerchief and an old hat. Hmmm, guess I never really got into it then either.
My all time favorite holiday has to be Christmas! I like everything about it! I like baking Christmas cookies, and decorating my home with fresh pine garland while I listen to Christmas music, and hanging our stockings on the fireplace mantle, and watching anxiously when the weather man calls for the first snow. I love the spicy smells that fill our home, as the holiday soaps aromatic smell travels through our heat ducts with it's fragrant aroma of cinnamon, orange, and cloves. I love picking out the perfect gift! I love sled riding down our huge hill! I love to look up at the dark night winter sky stars on a cold November night, somehow they look brighter to me.
So you can surely see how little old Halloween easily gets lost with me.
Having said that, I feel comfortable telling you that I have began decorating Bittersweet with Holiday Cheer! I can tell from recent orders that I'm not the only one thinking that way. The Cranberry Spice Soap is almost gone! I have but a few bars left. It's cutting it close to make more to have ready by Christmas, so I will ponder that thought carefully.
I am decorating the studio with simple holiday touches here and there. The next time you see this little corner, I'm sure it will look much different. I'm digging out the Christmas tree's and the pine cones.
While Julie and I were flea gazing last weekend I spied a holiday decorating idea I liked. The idea although simple, captured my eye. Someone had painted a basket of pine cones different colors. There were green cones, red and white cones, yellow, a mixture of colored cones. I think a basket of different white hues would be stunning in a large glass vase and even more stunning with white lights glittering amongst the white and ecru tone on tones.
My blogging will soon become short and sporadic as I am heading into my busy time of year.
I will keep everyone posted on the Bittersweet Giveaways, and will be announcing a winner next Wednesday afternoon. This months lucky winner receives a bar of CranberrySpice Soap included in the Pretty in Pink October Giveaway!
Sunday's flea market finds might possibly be small to most, but they are mighty to me!
In fact, one of the thrills I get is going and not knowing what I'll find before I go. I know I'll find a special something, but never know just what it might be. Usually I have a good idea on what kind of things I'm looking for before I leave the house, but sometimes I'm awarded the big Flea Market Prize and come home with a treasured find, thinking to myself when I see it, why hasn't anyone bought this before me?
I felt that particularly about Sunday's sale, since Julie and I were going on the second day, and always feel the good stuff will get taken. In my instance, not the case, I found those special little vintage items that are special to me and even gave me a few ideas.
Perfect example number one..
A 1950's hat stand that will be perfect for displaying the crocheted hats. $10
Perfect example number two
A Pink Calico Pinnie in perfect condition. $10
Perfect example number 3, 4, 5, and 6.
A wire basket for displaying soaps. $4
A vintage garden tool for photo shooting garden soap this Spring. $7
A tiny posy of millinery flowers, my absolute favorite find every time! $3
A precious tea towel, tag still attached. $10
Perfect example number 7
Adorable vintage paper cards and stickers, the kind you lick! $4
This was my favorite find of all!
I thought I was purchasing the box alone, and then I look inside and see this darling assortment of tiny cards.
When I went to pay for the box of cards, Claudia, remember Claudia? Well Claudia says, " I have some old stickers that go with the box of cards too! I absolutely love these tiny little good wish cards! So much that I made my own. But before I show you that, I need to finish my finds...
Perfect example number 8
A hand made wooden folk art bird. A gift from Claudia!
I was drawn to these little birds the moment I laid my wondering flea market eyes on them. Maybe because they're birds, and I love birds, or possibly because I know the work that it took to make them. Not sure exactly, just knew I liked them!
These are the little birds I mentioned in yesterday's post that Claudia's husband makes.
I couldn't believe they offered me one , two as a gift. A blue one, and a green one, both having the polka dots painted on the breast, another reason I was attracted. Claudia, thank you for the gift!
Flea market finds are as unique to the person as the person is to the find.
What a wonderful hobby, flea market journeys. The anticipation of finding that perfect treasure never grows old. Anticipation, at its highest form, and thethrill of thehunt is always fresh and exciting!
Oh, I almost forgot to show you the little cards..
I loved those little cards so much, that I thought it would be fun to reproduce them. I had boxes that were the perfect size for holding the petite cards. I used my collection of vintage greeting cards. A mix of baby, birthday, wedding, Valentine, and anniversary. They will soon be available on Vintage Two. I am wanting to make a box filled with just Christmas cards, so I'll be working on that before listing them.
Julie arrived yesterday morning to pick me up so that we could travel west to one of our favorite flea market events. This event is held only twice a year and I always get excited to go, knowing I'll find some great vintage pieces. I grabbed my Canon and stuck it inside my back pack thinking maybe I'll have time to take a few shots in between my searching flea market treasures. On our way I noticed the trees are beginning to show true signs of Autumn's arrival. They're beginning to preview their stunning showy shades of orange, yellow and red. Missouri landscape is lovelier than any you'll ever see!
The flea market is held inside an elementary school. As we walked into the school, I gazed down the hallways to see both sides of the hallway filled with booths upon booths of vintage finds anxiously adding to my excitement and initiating me to begin the treasure hunt.
As I began to find small treasures here and there, I decided that it would be fun to talk and possibly take a few shots of some of the nice men and woman that were selling their wares.
My first stop led me to Claudia Aakers booth. Claudia had a wonderful mix of vintage that I was immediately drawn to. Claudia's husband makes the cutest little folk art wooden birds. I purchased several items from Claudia, but you'll have to wait to see them on another post. I picked up a little something for my friend Leigh Ann while in Claudia's booth. Ahh, the anticipation!
After visiting with Claudia I traveled a few isles down and met husband and wife team, Randy & Donna Klein from "Pen & Pencil Antiques". This couple stood out not necessarily because of their unique pieces they had in their booth, but more so their personality and their sincere kindness and obvious team work they put into their work. Julie bought a darling cabinet similar to the one in this picture to use as a display piece in her shop. By the way too, thanks Randy for loading the cabinet into Julie's vehicle.
After I got going on all the picture taking and visiting among vendors I decided why not continue. After all, these people put out an enormous amount of work preparing for such an event. I know, cause I've done it many times. I'm impressed with this show more than any I've seen in awhile. It's apparent to me that there is organization and commarodity among each vendor. They even served food in the school cafeteria. Not just any food, but home baked pies, and huge baked potatoes topped with cheese and broccoli. As I sat at the lunch room table eating my baked potato, I people watched and reminisced feeling a little nostalgic while setting in the school cafeteria.
After re-rejuvenating my body with some potato carbs I met Mrs. John Kramer. Both her and her husband own and operate their company, "Kramer's Best Antique Improver". It was interesting to talk with Mrs. Kramer, as we had a common interest, creating products without the use of chemicals or harsh additives. If you own antique furniture, you should try Kramer products on your heirloom furniture, as it is the same ingredients your Grandmother used while cleaning and maintaining her wood furniture.
My journey continues to this booth, where I met Betty Caldwell and her husband. Sorry, I forgot husband's name, but a super nice guy. I had met this couple last Spring at this event. Betty had a unique collection of Vintage Christmas, along with wooden hat stands, and the cutest little calico pinnie that drew me in like a kid in a candy store. Sorry, have to wait on those pictures!
Next, The Snow-berry Lady! Remember my blog about snow-berries? The snow berry ladies booth is always a favorite. She has a great eye for detail, and I always enjoy looking through her wonderful finds.
I was drawn to the picture of the little girl. Isn't she a pretty girl? The snow berry lady told me it was a painting of the daughter of a prominent family from St. Joseph Missouri.
Lastly... I met Kathy. Kathy had some of the cutest baby stuff I've seen! Little vintage sailor outfits, baby rattles, vintage chenille, and oh so cute!
There will soon be frost on the pumpkins and the days will be spinning closer to the holidays. I'm beginning to embellish some studio corners with holiday sparkles. Remember the little house Bonnie made? It makes a charming setting in the little Bittersweet room.
I've began making festive origami pouches. I love the simplicity of origami! I'm particularly fond of that red paper too. These little pouches offer an adorable presentation, and are perfect for holding bath salts or soap. Or fill them with a few home baked holiday cookies. They would make cute Halloween treat pouches too.
I picked up this fabric in the juvenile section of the fabric store the other day. The opposite side is checkered. I stuffed them with chamomile and lavender. You place the dream pillow inside your pillowcase. The soothing combination of chamomile and lavender will aromatically swoon you into a calming relaxing hibernating winters sleep.
During my trip to Joann's the other day I spotted a scrap booker's haven. An isle filled with Amy Butler paper products that are utterly adorable!
I fell in paper love with these scalloped cards. The sky is the limit on paper ephemeral available nowadays! Love it!!
Tomorrow Julie and I are traveling west to one of our favorite twice a year flea market shows. I can't wait! I always find delicious stuff!
Although I placed soap and facial brushes inside the bird cage I also like the love bird packets and the bird note cards setting on the table.
I've been working on new stuff the past few days. I have decided since I make over one-hundred things that I should assign a number to each one. This is a project that will surely take both Fall and Winter to complete, but nevertheless I feel will make it easier to keep track of stuff, offer better inventory control, and too, be a cool way to market my products.
Today I am seriously setting at my sewing machine and making more wide leg trousers! I am completely out, and I just know the wide legs are going to be a HOT Item on customer's Christmas lists. Part of the problem.. I don't want to sell the pants after I make them. I want to keep them for myself! Enough already!!! I have more than enough trousers to see me through Fall and Winter.