May Flea Market Finds

Last month I shared my finds from the Kane County Flea Market, which is held the first weekend of every month. I decided I would continue to share my treasures each month from the flea market revealing what I paid for each item. I always try to find a bargain but I'm sure there will be times when I overpay for something. This month I found a few things, but not as impressive as April's flea market finds, in my opinion. It seemed like prices were … [Read more...]

White Ironstone from the Flea Market

The first weekend of every month is flea market weekend in Kane County, Illinois and I try to never miss it! Hundreds of vendors are spread across the local fairgrounds and it takes a few hours just to walk past them all. Known as the best in the Midwest, the Kane County Flea Market never disappoints. Some of your favorite bloggers have booths at this flea market held in St. Charles ... Jennifer Rizzo, Rosemary of Villabarnes, and Urban Farmgirl … [Read more...]

Embracing the Farmhouse Kitchen

When I think of farmhouse kitchens, I think of my grandmother and also Aunt Bee from the Andy Griffith Show. Remember the episode when Aunt Bee and Clara entered the pickle contest and Aunt Bee's pickles tasted like kerosene? Just like Aunt Bee's kitchen, my grandmother's was simple yet comfortable. It's where all the important conversations of the day took place. Her kitchen was truly the heart of her home, which is the same characteristic I try … [Read more...]

Christmas Boxwood Wreaths in the Kitchen

The past few weeks I've been a bit frustrated. I haven't been able to find the Christmas decor I want when shopping at local stores. First and foremost on my list are boxwood wreaths. Nobody's got 'em. And I don't want big, honkin' ones either. They need to be sweet and petite to fit my built-in kitchen hutch. This weekend was the monthly flea market and although I didn't find boxwood wreaths, I did find some boxwood ... a bunch for six … [Read more...]

Keeping It Simple at Christmas

This year I've vowed to keep it simple for Christmas. Our tree is smaller, I'm only using about half of my decorations, I don't know if I'm even putting out my Santa collection. Instead, I'm focusing on greenery, vintage ornaments, and the philosophy that less is more. Using ordinary items around the house, an ironstone dish becomes a vessel for vintage baubles. To add a little Christmas greenery, I used Spanish moss instead of evergreens. Just … [Read more...]

Seeing Red and Some Photo Tips

No, I'm not mad. The only red I'm seeing is a few pieces of red in the house. In about a month we'll all be seeing a lot more red with all the holiday decorations that will be flying around the blogosphere. And speaking of blogs, November 5th is my one year blogiversary! Anywho ... back to seeing red. The lovely Lucy at Craftberry Bush inspired me to pick up some pomegranates. Would you believe the first time I ate one of these luscious goodies … [Read more...]

Fixin’ a Decorating Boo-Boo

So I thought I was done with my dining room. But then I submitted a couple photos to Hometalk as part of a Favorite Room thing they were doing and they posted my dining room pic (along with other people's favorite rooms) on their Facebook page and that's when the fun began! Some people said nice things, a couple other people said my Windsor chairs looked ridiculously gigantic compared to the other chairs at the table. After I brushed off my … [Read more...]

Dry Sink Full O’ Fall

When I bought the new buffet, it replaced the dry sink which meant the dry sink needed to move. The dry sink took up residence where the bookshelf used to be. The bookshelf didn't belong in the dining room anyway. The dry sink is painted white using regular latex paint. I think I'm going to paint it Old White using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. This way, it will match the dining table and buffet. The mirror used to be gold. I painted it today in … [Read more...]

Thinkin’ about the Kitchen

When the weather turns cooler, I find myself spending more time in the kitchen. Fall always puts me in the mood to cook and bake. Maybe it has something to do with harvest time. Last year this time I was busy canning tomatoes from the garden. This year, the crop wasn't so hot and there's not enough left over to can for the winter. Maybe that's a good thing because it frees me up to do other things. Like think about the kitchen and changes I … [Read more...]