Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Brimfield!!!

 I've been going to Brimfield for almost 10 years now and it never gets old!  Or...I should say it's always old...in the best way possible!  Antique treasures galore!  There are numerous fields that you couldn't possibly walk through in one day, or even two.  Maybe if you started in the morning and took all day to simply walk up and down the aisles without any overlap and without actually stopping to look and certainly not stopping to buy....then maybe you could do it in a day.   We tend to shop the field we park in the most.  My usual Quaker Acres was full, so we parked at another field nearby and saw a whole new set of faces (vendor faces I mean).  It was nice! 

 
Ben and I loved these marionettes.  The vendor was MIA, so I didn't even get to ask how much these cool skull and bunny heads were...but now looking at these photos again I wish I had!

The cast was vast.

Old rusty stuff is always popular.

Ben snapped this photo...I didn't even see all of this stuff!  That couldron is amazing.  I can picture a life sized witch hovering over it, ready to drop in some rat tails and toad skin. 

They were filming the HGTV show Flea Market Flip in the field we were shopping in.  We kept running into them and trying to stay out of the shots, but it was fun to see.  The producer asked the two brothers who were on the same team to stop and tell them why they're going to beat the sisters, trying to egg on the competition.  lol...tv.  

This booth was amazing!!!  It was like walking into a terrarium!  Everyone else liked it too...it was crowded!  I missed my chance to buy one of their amazing carnivorous pitcher plants.  I planned to come back for it at the end of the show, but couldn't find their tent again in the sea of other booths!  Sigh...oh well.

Ben wanted to take this coffee table home.  A lady walking by said, "good luck having guests visit you again!" 

I wanted to take all of this home!  This booth was full of extremely rare cotton, dresden and every other type of antique german Christmas and holiday everything.  

Sigh...this is what got me spinning in the first place.  :)

Similar to one of the elephants I make!  Surely inspired by this guy. 

Come on...this is cool.  My dad definitely needs to make this asap.

We brought a few things home.  We had a specific list of things we were looking for.  This awesome wire cart was not one of them, but made it's way home anyway. 

This vintage but modern chair was definitely one of them.  We were looking for three chairs total, but upholstered items are not plentiful in the 'floods when it rains' fields of Brimfield.  This beauty has it's original upholstery, which is in amazing condition and is so soft and silky.  It's incredibly comfy and ikat is in right now, so...score!

Yum...right at home with our yellow craigslist chair, craigslist sofa, and Great Uncle Jack foot stool in the reading room.

This mini vintage child's sled was on our list too.  Destined for an almost life sized Santa and team of foxes.

Also on the list, three frames for shadow boxes I plan to create this summer.  I bought a fourth one, but the scoundrel vendor who promised to put it to the side for me took off with it before I came back for it.  I had a gut feeling about him.  Oh well!  Everyone else was very honest and nice and certainly hoping for repeat customers!  It was least pretty of the group anyway.  Aren't these grand and amazing!

So overall it was an amazing day!!  :)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Wonderful Things Happening In Brooklyn!

Last weekend Ben, Olive and I visited some friend in Brooklyn.  Spring had barely started up north in planting zone 5 at our house, but three hours south in zone 6, things were happening. 

We swung by a community garden nearby and it was just amazing to see green grass and flowering trees and people planting things....

They even had picnic table ready for when harvest time rolls around and you can eat right out of the garden.

Lettuce galore!

And best of all...chickies!!!  Olive was very happy to see them.  Especially since our flock has the worst luck.  This time it was 2 loose dogs breaking in in the middle of the night two days before we left for NYC.  All of them.  :(  We have 15 new chicks coming in a few weeks.  Try, try again!  I can't wait for Olive and I to raise these new ones together.  :)

Happy Spring!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sweet Paul Makerie! Unbelievable!!!

Phew!  What a weekend!  That's what I keep saying!  Ben and I spent the weekend in Philadelphia hanging out and making cool things with an amazing group of people.  The air was buzzing with fun and creativity and all fingers were busy moving and making.

We spent the first day at Terrain, which I'm sure you've all heard of before, but it's an amazing retail location chock full of unusual plants and home goods.  Plants were literally dripping from the ceiling and my heart skipped a beat, and Ben, who's heart needs just a bit more than mine to skip, practically flat lined.  If you're ever in or near Philly...it's a must see.  They even do weddings and events...the photo above is where we ate (the most amazing food). 






I kinda need these...

It was fun teaching the workshop...we had some special guests taking our class, including Sweet Paul himself, the Creative Directors of Land of Nod (amaaaazing kid's stuff!), and Genevieve from HGTV's Dear Genevieve (who has amazing style - that's her hair there in the middle).

The pop up shop was super fun...my friend Mimi was there and she brought all of her doll friends with her to share as you can see.

Sweet Paul did a great shop on his spun cotton squirrel.  Did you know Sweet Paul is from Norway?  He has an amazing accent.

Some of our class creations...I love how everyone made it their own.  Look at the dancer on the right!

More great pieces from another session.  The little boy in the middle is for a third birthday cake...so sweet, right?

The second day of the Makerie took place at the URBN campus at the Navy Yard.  It's the headquarters of Terrain, Anthropologie, Free People, Urban Outfitters and BHLDN.  And the space is utterly incredible!  The founder bought all the buildings for $1 from the city of Philadelphia who was planning on demolishing them.  He restored them and they now house some of the coolest looking office space on the planet.

Yes, this is the hallway.

 The "Library" reading nook.  They have every inspiring magazine you can think of and I only regret that I didn't have more time to spend there with nose in all of them, complete with comfy (and pretty) chair and the illusion of flower petals falling overhead.

 
 The lounge area/waiting room, when you first walk in. 

 The indoor jungle.  I mean, come on...look at those giant plants!  Now I really want one.  An indoor jungle I mean.  Sigh...

 
Sweet Paul's latest issue has my favorite magazine cover of all time.  Totally and completely frame worthy.

Our second day of workshops was in the spacious "Acid Room".  I can only imagine how it got that name...

Meredith & Anna had a beautiful class set up and did all the signage for the event....I wish I could have taken their class!!

This was an incredible event!  Ben and I are both still buzzing with excitement and completely exhausted!  We're happy to be home and happy to be with Olive again.  I'm not sure what plans Sweet Paul and friends have in the making for next year, but I highly recommend jumping on that creative bandwagon if you can!!  :)


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Two last minute openings for this weekend's Sweet Paul Makerie available!

Ben and I have been busy this week preparing for the Sweet Paul Makerie, which we are so incredibly excited for!  Registrations were sold out months ago, but they had two last minute cancellations, which means there are two openings available!!  If you live in or near Philly and want to have some awesome and artsy once in a lifetime experiences this weekend...now is your chance! 

If you're interested, send an email to sweetpaul@themakerie.com.  They are accepting registrations through tomorrow (Wednesday) evening. 

We hope to see you there!!  :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Easter's here even if Spring isn't!

It was extra fun decorating for Easter this year for some reason...I am really happy with how all of my displays turned out!  This giant shallow basket on the dining table is filled mostly with eggs my mom recently gave me...mostly made over the years by my little sisters.  Let's just say some are prettier than others, lol.

The mantel in the front hall is chock full of all my littlest and most precious collectibles.  

Giant German eggs and plaster bunnies and chenille poultry of myriad variety...

That little bouncy chick is super old and beautiful.

Even the upstairs hallway got some Easter cheer this year.  The vintage paper mache bunny in front is missing an ear (shhhh....).  The two in back I made from plaster years ago.  One has acorn eggs.

I love the elegant simplicity of the kitchen mantel.  Vintage ceramic bunnies galore.  And I finally planted wheat grass this year.  The cat has super easy access to the bunny grass in the foreground on the sink, but instead insists on eating the grass on the mantel.  Go figure.

Lovely tin toys in the bathroom....

This couple was made from beeswax by another crafty couple we met at the Country Living Show last summer.  They smell of cinnamon...my favorite....

And our favorite Easter bunny in the house!  Grandma and Grandpa visited last weekend from Long Island and brought her a proper set of ears!