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While we continue working through our ~enORmous~ project,

Elkhorn -last show 2013(of inventorying my late Uncle’s Wizard of Oz collection)

I thought I’d go back a little to share some of the great treasures I saw at the last Elkhorn flea market for this season!

1st~It seemed to be a little later in the month than usual.  It was still “dark” as the market opened, AnD, it was foggy -WeiRD.  But once the sun was fully up and the fog burned off. . .WhaT a beaUtiful day!

I showed you my fun purchases, but here are some more things that had my attention!

Well–you know I loves me some furniture!  Uuuh–how I wish I could have bought that Victorian sofa!

as always—click on the pics to see them biGGer!

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Do you recognize what these super CooL “mirrors” uSeD to be-?


ps–I hope to get back to my own “work” really soon~fingers crossed!

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Life is FuLL of peeks and valleys—but sO mANy in oNe dAy-??

The alarm was set for 3:10—I laid awake from 2am on.

I should have been out the door by 4am—it was 4:15.

Oh well~I still made the early entrance line~barely!

Which means I could park in the vendor area!
Which means it’s WaY easier to make trips back to the car when my finds get heavy!
AnD–shed clothing as the sun finally begins to warm everything up!

So, LooK what I found!

Elkhorn -last show 2013

First, I found the antlers.  I’ve been interested in getting some of these for a while now, but haven’t pulled the trigger.  These were in pristine condition, well sized, and bleached and mounted–for a negotiated price of $25.

Second, I found this cool clock! (about 4″ in diameter) I have and love, 2 smaller versions of this one, so I was eager to capture this—for $20!

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In the purchase of one of those items—I “lost” $20.  :’ (

I had CRISP, NEW, bills from the bank, and even though I WaS mindful of this–I gave extra money out by accident.  I only realized it while checking my cash in negotiations for a really cool 5½ ft section of intricate fret work.  I had to re-group at this revelation–and didn’t buy thAT piece.

*I’m giving whichever vendor the benefit of the doubt that they didn’t realize it either~but lucky them.

Silver lining~it seemed to open the door for OTHer great luck!

Like the bed pictured above–that will most likely become two benches for resale–$50.

And the alabaster, fluted, urn-styled lamp, omG–for a whole $20!  It’s in eXcellent condition, only needing to be rewired~which I would have done aNYway for safety-sake!

I also found that fabulous vintage sheet music for future projects—only 50¢ each~I took $5 worth!  The black & white interior sheets are perfectly worn, aged, and discolored–and I luv the titles!

As I was leaving, I saw the burlap feed sack I saw first thing in the morning -but no vendor to be found-  happened to stiLL be there (waiting for moi?).  It’s a great size and inCREDibly soFT!  $2

*it will definitely become part of some upholstery project!

Next stop—the amusement park!

O! m! G!  WhAT fUn!

Can’cha see!?!  ~WHO was tired~??


last day at the amusement park!

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Elkhorn flea market!It’s the last show of the season for the Elkhorn Flea Market.

And you know the drill. . .

Up at 3:15.

Out the door by 4am.

There by 6:30.

Broke in 45 mins, or less.

I don’t shOP  -I BUY-!

But thIS time~I need to head back right away to hit all the FAST rides with my little great-niece!  You see, it’s also the last day of the season at her local amusement park–and everyone’s afraid of the gOOd rides, but her FAVorite (no fear) Great Auntie!  ; D

So~YES!  There IS something better than a gOOd flea market–

Roller Coasters!

It’s gonna be a gOOd dAy!


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Découpage.  French for “trimmings.”  Seems I’ve been trimming just about anything not moving–ah, c’est la vie!  ; D

The back story—

Mom and my bf traded this bookcase for this drum table–which became the base of mom’s breakfast table, with a larger glass round!  Very cottage-y!

UnTIL I found thIS table base.  Then this one became orphaned, used here and there, and eventually landed for sale in the antique mall.

the trade--

But it languished -unwanted- so I pulled it out for a facelift~ découpage-style!

I took it with me to Kane Co this past weekend, but it was such a bad market—from the holiday weekend to all their storms~boohoo~it didn’t sell.  Now it’s baCK at the antique mall  -with its NeW LooK-  fingers crossed . . .

changing the look of the drum table--

I refreshed the white paint job with touches of thinned out Revere Pewter for contrast.  And then I découpaged the top–which sadly, was a leather top in BaD condition.

At the end, I waxed it clear and added touches of CeCe’s Light Aging Wax.

I think it looks FABulous now, and hope this change will attract a new home and appreciation for it!


a new look for the drum table!

the new decoupaged look!

I’m sharing this project with these inCREDible linky parties!


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ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

. It seems like EVery plan I’ve made since May has been foiled by sOMEthing all summer!

So, I just try to roll with the punches.


While I was gone to Haven last month, mANy things sold out of my antq mall space–a gOOd problem to have ~but.

It’s left me busy working on projects for the store AnD I promised to do the Kane Co flea market for the 1st time in two years, so I needed stuff for thAT too!

~and don’t forget the storm damage we’re stILL dealing with.

At last I have sOMe things to share ~just not everything I’ve been working on.  I was too hurried to take pictures of everything, sorry.

I’ll start with this simple chalk board!

the chalkboardI found a cabinet door at the ReStore with a nice arched top and applique!  I ran it through the table saw to remove the outer door “frame,”

sanded everything, painted it with chalk board paint, decoupaged the styles and rails, and framed the door with leftover bullnose-

-which I painted with a gold leafing paint, and hit some oTHer edges while I was at it!

And I sold it at Kane Co to the loveliest woman!


And btw— I’m in the Spot Light at The Power of Paint Party!

the chalk board--

the chalk board--

Kane Co flea market

I’m sharing this project with these FABulous linky parties!


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the birthday people!O.  M.  G.

I.  am.  sO.  tired.

There was sO mUch going on to get READY for the party–and then sO mUch to do cleaning up AFTER the party~oy.  I fell asleep rEAlly early last night, and slept through till 7:30 this morning. . .and finally feel a liTTle less exhausted.

But guess what—

I have 3 days to put some aMAZing things together for the antique mall before EAA brings in a hUge crowd with out-of-town buyers!

Stand by~

Until then, let me show you the current state of the outdoor china hutch.  I still have to roof it with ceiling tin, and I haven’t built the doors yet either!  (work~work~work!)

The general view~

the outdoor china hutch*Note that all the wine that would otherwise be under the glasses—has been drunk!  Sorry you missed it.  ; D

the outdoor china hutchI worried about a solid cabinet back against the clapboards–you know, outdoor ventilation issues.  So I decided to attach aluminum window screening instead.  Everything can breathe, and bugs are [hopefully] kept at bay.

Finally, just a few detail shots!  I’ll show you more as I close it in, and finish it!


--the tin trimmings!

~a view of the wine glass racks!

the old farm table legs I found at Kane Co flea market a few years ago!

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My fAV flea market vendors at Elkhorn invited me to travel down on Saturday for the Early Entrance shopping–!  They said to “come down, meet up [with them] by noon, and jump in [their] truck to go in for free!”

The Early Entrance fee is $25.  The regular fee is $5.  Some might say I’m cheap~but thAT’s giving up $20 of shopping money.  Yea–I can’t dO that.  EsPECially because—


And I hAVe been tightening my budget more and more, show by show.  You can blow through a lOt of money there!  And this last show was inCREDible for the things I’m interested in!

Unfortunately, Elkhorn was in storms Saturday, so I was told most vendors wouldn’t come for early set up and therefore, early shopping. :’ (

Elkhorn flea marketSo I got up sUper early Sunday morning to travel the 140 miles.

Omg—I made 3 fABulous new contacts to feed my passion of architectural elements to build with!

*That’s like, better than Christmas morning!

Entering the market, I spied this head.  A mold actually.  Hmmm–gives me some ideas. . .

Below is the 1st of those 3 contacts–Dave! 

He salvages old MANsions!  Sign me up for some of thAT!!!

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I bought this pair of colonettes from him, which I’ll integrate into a tall bookcase for sale!

Elkhorn flea marketI also stumbled onto a pair of old plaster architectural niches.  I couldn’t resist them, and got the pair for $25.

I have to tell on myself here.  I forgot to go back to the vendor to pick them up before leaving the market.  Yes~I LEFT!  I stopped for lunch.  I got on the road to head home.  About four miles down the highway– “Oh NO!”  I couldn’t leave them behind!  And forfeit my prize AnD $25–??   -As If-    Can I tell you—going back in was very Déjà vu!  ; D

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Here’s a variety of things that caught my attention!

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I love old concrete (grave-side) urns like above, cheap at $15–but I noticed these repos ALL OVER the market-?

And I loved the simplicity of just adding a table top to the old sewing machine base below!  I’ve seen many re-uses of the old bases, but they tend to look too contrived.

Elkhorn flea market  Elkhorn flea marketIt would be so fUn to have one of these old tandem bikes!

Elkhorn flea marketI don’t know what should have warranted the $150 price tag for this sign, but, it would make a good warning sign for the current condition of my Page 10 Studio. . .aGain. . ??  It’s what seems to happen EVery time I work on projects out of my studio. . ??

Elkhorn flea marketJeanine's new sign!

Speaking of signs—Jeanine from ChiPPY SHaBBy made a cOOl new sign for her blog and business!

~I love how the letters are raised off the old door panel at different heights!


And I have to share these items from another of the new contacts I made for architecturals!

Among Becky’s incredible items were these 2 awesome finds~

Picker's Playground, Inc.Picker's Playground, Inc.How I LUV flea markets!

*I didn’t want to inundate you with all the USUAL, inCREDible treasures this market holds. . . just click on “flea markets” under categories and you’ll see!


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I’ve been tackling quITE an ARRAY of UN-interesting projects.  Y’know~things I wouldn’t want to bore you with.

That’s mOstly why I’ve been absent—and of course, there’s been a mAjor upheaval from the new (self-proclaimed redneck) neighbors.

*They have removed ALL of the landscaping but the trees and grass. :’ (   No joke.  Lilac bushes~out!  Numerous arborvitaes~out!  Lots or lillies, clematis, peonies, iris~out!  It looks just awfull.  I think the trees will be safe because of tree-removal costs—BUT LOOK OUT GRASS, you might be next on the hit list!
*The “hate fence,” or “Berlin wall,” is being installed Tuesday–Then I can begin to RElandscape.

the outdoor china hutch~~On to HAPPIER THOUGHTS~ at lAst!

Remember my OUTdoor CHINA CABINET project-?

~I’m trying to re-focus on all gOOd things~

1. I picked up my prized barnboards yesterday-!

2. I’ve been pulling some “parts” to make decisions on the absolute design.

3. I’m heading to the Elkhorn flea market in the morning, hope to find some additional~or beTTer~ “parts,” fingers crossed!

~beginning the process!

See ya after Elkhorn tomorrow!


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My   work~work~wORk   nEVer-ending project list continues.

But aLL work and nO play. . .

So when one of my fAVorite Elkhorn flea market dealers contacted me through my blog to say I should travel to Mukwonago—I Mukwona~WENT!  ; D

She called it perfectly—it’s more of a swap-meet full of junk -bUt- there are a few treasures hidden in there for dIRt cheap.  It was a perfect description.

MukwonagoI saw more of these vEry cool~vEry popular letters coming in the gate!

And then I saw a dealer with a table of silver~ like I really nEEd anymore.  But I was drawn in-!  There were a lot of great pieces—but nothing beTTer than any I already had, so my cash was intact!  UnTIL I saw this piece!

MukwonagoI don’t have one of thESE!  And it’s monogrammed!

Now, $3 wAs cheap, but I couldn’t help myself~I luv to negotiate!  I held it up and asked if he would take $2-??  “No~it’s $3.”  Ahhh~oookay.  I handed him a 5 and while he made change he asked me,

“So~what kind of a spoon iS it ANYway??”

“Uhhhh~   i t ‘ s?    a?    s-h-o-e?  horn    ???    .”

“Oh!  I thought it was some kinda cheese-y spoon or something!”

“Dude~you don’t even know what you’re selling-?!?”  Ahhh-hahaha!

MukwonagoHere’s the rest of my stash from my trip!

A pair of rafter tails for— $5. Seriously.

A pair of column plinths for $30.

A hUge wooden finial made into a lamp for $2.

This fabulous side table/bench for $30 that I will make the base of an armoire (if the doors I have fit) or a very tall

bookcase or display case!

AND—(I forgot to take a picture) I bought an incredible vintage, 8ft multi-paneled door for $30 that I’ll have to pick up later with a bigger car.  I’m sure it will get cut down into some fUn project!

Thanks, Lisa, for the 411 on Mukwonago!

I’ve finally put some time into new things for my antique store space—so more on thAt tomorrow!


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Elkhorn flea market--1st show 2013I always say how,

“It’s better to be bUsy than bORed!”

Trust me~I have been ANYthing but bORed lately!

~We’ve had an unending job with all the spring clean up,

*as soon as the weather holds warm, the greenhouse is comin’ down and we’ll be planting!

~We’ve had a beautiful wedding,

~We’ve had a baby shower (I’m going to be a G-G-Auntie aGAIN!)–AnD

*Saw this dress form at the flea market!

~yesterday was the 1st Elkhorn flea market of the season!

You know my passion for flea markets,

and sharing pictures of the incredible things I see,

So here we go!

You’ve just got to click on the pics to see some of these treasures bigger!

Oooooh, this was p-Ric-ey for all the pieces!  Be still my heart~yea, LUV at 1st sight!  In spite of the paint and upholstery jobs they need!  *And you can see they’re nOt the original seat cushions.

05-19-13 Elkhorn, 1st 2013 show1Elkhorn flea market--1st show 2013You know I LUVs me some chairs!—check out the dolphin handholds!

Elkhorn flea market--1st show 2013Elkhorn flea market--1st show 2013This theatre seat was phenomenal~and it stILL had it’s brass seat tag for lucky #13!  When the seat is up, do you see the program holder-?

Elkhorn flea market--1st show 2013~And I love all the architecturals!

Elkhorn flea market--1st show 2013~And iron!

Elkhorn flea market--1st show 2013Elkhorn flea market--1st show 2013~And lighting, industrial-styled!

Elkhorn flea market--1st show 2013~And the traditional kind!

Elkhorn flea market--1st show 2013~And you know how I luv mirrors, frames–and some signs!

I was trying to get a picture of the (broken mirror) framed chalk board, but someone stopped in my path,  : |   but I thought it was funny how it looked sort of “cameo-like,” so I snapped the shot!  ; D

Elkhorn flea market--1st show 2013

Elkhorn flea market--1st show 2013This church pew—the details, the patina, the veRY old wood.  WoW!

Elkhorn flea market--1st show 2013

~Letters are always fUn!

Elkhorn flea market--1st show 2013Hardware. . . the flashlight was about 18″ long–very cOOl!

Elkhorn flea market--1st show 2013Elkhorn flea market--1st show 2013There’s ALways sOMEthing for eVERYone—how about a still?

Elkhorn flea market--1st show 2013This was the most unusual piece I’ve seen at a flea market!  The lidded “barrel” sits on top of the “table,” I tried to layer the pictures so you can see~these ladies do the Atlanta SCOTT Antiq Market too!


Elkhorn flea market--1st show 2013

Btw—this was a prelude-to-the-flea-market piece!  What a great idea~can you see the 3 crates the cabinet began from ?!?


Elkhorn flea market--1st show 2013

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