Last night I participated in the one-year anniversary celebration at the Vintage Thymes Monthly Market -what a blast from the past!

History PlanterThere was delicious food and drink, great live music and sooo many shoppers (the line to get in started forming at 4:30!) I have been involved in this vintage market for a few months now, and have been continuously impressed by the owners, Robin and Nancy,

Vintage Thymes Founders Robin & Nancyas well as the many talented vendors,

Vintage Shades of Grey Mantel

who pull out all the stops to create breath-taking vignettes within the confines of their booth spaces. (this is my space : )

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This month, in particular, was more fabulous than ever, IMHO!

Vintage Bike VignetteThe range of vintage items available, from rustic tin pigs

Big Tin Pigto gorgeous florals

Vintage Shades Floralto ingeniously funky remade home wares-whoooo would think that two old saws could be so adorable?!

Saw Owlswas overwhelming, and I noticed that many shoppers stayed for hours trying to take it all in and find some perfect pieces for their homes and shops.

Harvest ThymeI had a chance to take a few pics before the mayhem began

Autumn Waresto give you an idea of the breadth of talent that is showcased in this monthly event.

Vintage Thymes Trunk(Disclaimer: some of the items in these pics were sold last night, but I assure you there is so much more to see and purchase over this long weekend!)

Vintage Cream and HydrangeasSo, if you have a chance to get down (or up) to the south shore this weekend, make sure you head on over to the WinSmith Mill Market to take it all in.

Starfish Tablescape

And, on Sunday, a special treat-there will be an outdoor anniversary fair as well, with music and food trucks and more vintage goodies with over 30 dealers! Have a happy harvest weekend, everyone! Susan

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The 80’s called and they wanted their dusty rose cabbage roses back. So I obliged. And our downstairs 1/2 bath, that used to look like this

Before Mirror
now looks like this! (I need to apologize for the not-so-great-pics. Do you know how difficult it was to squeeze into a 5 x 8 bathroom to take these?!)

Bathroom Completed 2

Many of the DIY projects in this tiny bath have been featured on my blog, including the vanity transformation, from boring beige

Vanity Before White Coffee

to rustic navy

After Tile and Vanity

the American flag art piece

Map and Sign on Wall Signed

and of course, my Oh Deer Buck Towel Rack.

Oh Deer Towel Rack
So what was once pink and beige with roses and LLadro dolls and shiny brass fixtures

Before Dolls and Statues

is now all dolled up with the new color palette of navy and green and polished nickel fixtures. The inspiration came from the fabulous wallpaper.

Bathroom Color Palette

This paper, that I scooped out of a clearance bin over a year ago for $10, has the appearance of old barn walls with textured crackled vertical striping. The woodwork, once Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee, is now Benjamin Moore Snowfall White.

After Toilet Side Vintage Vignette
The floor, previously smoky pale blue tiles (many of which were broken or cracked)

Old Bathroom Tile Removal

is now a stunning slate subway tile I picked up in a clearance bin at Lowes for $1.12 per s/f!

Slate Subway Tiles

Love our new faucet from Home Depot, which resembles an old well pump.

Faucet

The sconces used to be shiny brass and hung next to an ornate, floral gold mirror.

Before Cabbage Roses and Brass Sconces

but when I (my daughter found these, actually, but as soon as I saw them I had to have them! She and I installed them together, so thanks Kate!)

Sconce Closeup

found these at Home Depot I knew they would be the perfect complement to the rustic old mirror Coach had picked up at a yard sale. I just cleaned it and added some Annie Sloan Soft Wax for a glowing finish.

Mirror Wall Complete

This cute little tin shelf came from a downtown shop, and its the perfect size for holding tissues, soaps and some reading material.

Tin Shelf Complete

Love this feature wall. Well, this was the feature wall until I was blow-drying my hair the other morning and the needlepoint picture ($1 at a flea market, oak frame from AC Moore with a coupon) that was resting on the shelf got blown off the shelf, taking the brown wood vase with it, smashing them onto the new slate floor. Luckily, the floor was spared any damage.

After Toilet Side Vintage Vignette

So now this is the feature wall.

Toilet Wall After 2

This was a budget makeover, with the only major changes being a new toilet, new faucet and the sconces, all from Home Depot. The towels, candle holders, soap dispenser, toilet paper holder and scatter rug were from Home Goods, of course. Everything else is reclaimed, refashioned and repurposed, like these beautiful Mason Jars, once filled with preserves, now preserving the past while serving as functional containers.

Mason Jars Edited

The only thing I am still on the fence about is the sink. It is old, and has lost most of its shine, but it is granite. And blue.

Sink Wall Edited

My original intent was to paint it white using epoxy paint. But, after reading the scary warning label (my nervous system has taken enough hits lately…)

Warning Label

and knowing that there is virtually no ventilation in the tiny space, I decided to pass for now. So blue it stays, but it does look like a sink you might find in an old farm bathroom, so I’m OK with it. This, by far, has been one of my all-time favorite transformation projects in our home. It captures the essence and stays true to our country design home style, don’t you think? Stay true to your Tuesday style! Susan

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It’s Wanderlust Wednesday, and this week I am sharing some pics from an amazing wedding Coach and I recently attended in Kennebunkport, Maine.

A View From the TentWhen you have the good fortune to witness two people, blissfully in love, surrounded by family and friends in an incredible ocean-side setting, well, there are simply no words to describe it. These photos can only hint at the incredibly beautiful celebration that surrounded this young couple as they committed their lives to one another in a joyful wedding by the sea.

Trolleys at the Ready

Trolleys at the Ready
A View From the Church Lawn

Ocean View from the Church
The Stone Church Tower

Stone Church
The Aisle Illuminated

The Aisle Illuminated
The Soaring Tent

The Soaring Tent
Their Monogrammed Banners Flying High

Monogrammed Banners
A Nautical Boutonniere

Nautical Boutinierre
Pretty in Pink

One Perfect Rose
The Perfect Settings

Perfect Place Settings
Hydrangeas and Roses on the Bar

Hydrangeas & Roses

The Bridal Party Dockside

Bridal Party Dockside
Adirondack Chairs on the Lawn

The Setting Sun in the Harbor
Boats Afloat

Boats in the Setting Sun
The End of A Perfect Evening

The Setting Sun with Chairs
As we were seated in the church, I noticed this stained glass window above me.

Stained Glass Window

So I am so very cheerfully giving the bride and groom our very best wishes for a lifetime of joy and happiness! XOXO Susan & Coach

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DIY Tutorial- Rescuing and Restoring and Reloving an old cabinet into a Rustic Rolling Bar Cart.

Country Design Home Bar CartThis antique, beat up yellow cupboard has been sitting patiently in the barn since the spring, when I scored it on my way out of Todd Farm on a sunny Sunday.

Cupboard Todd FarmThe vendor let it go for cheap because he didn’t want to load it back into his car. It was next up on my DIM(Do It Myself) list this past weekend, so I finally had to decide out what to do with it. The inside writing indicates that it was removed from an old hardware store in Haverhill,

Bar Cart Hardware Coso my first instinct was to return it to its former nuts and bolts glory. But it really is too awesome to be hidden away in a workshop or storeroom, so now it’s a rolling bar cart! Better to be holding Jack Daniels than jackhammers, am I right?

Bar Cart Finished Kitchen SignedHere is the How-I-Did-It:
1. Washed the whole thing down-inside and out-with disinfectant cleaner-who knows where this thing was before I acquired it?!

Bar Cart Topless2. It was a bit wobbly and was missing the top, so I cut up some old pieces of scrap and glued and nailed it all back together so it’s nice and solid.

Bar Cart Top Braces3. No painting necessary, pretty awesome the way it is with all of the old chipped and splattered paint. But I did matte poly the inside to seal up any odors or dust.

Bar Cart Urethane InteriorThis thing is very old and rustic, so I wanted to make sure it stayed clean inside for storage purposes.
4. Added wheels to the bottom, so it can be easily moved-have bar, will party!

Bar Cart Wheels5. The new top was salvaged from an aged piece of wood-a yard sale find.

Bar Cart Top Old Table TopWashed it, sanded it, stained it and then waxed it to keep the old weathered appearance.
6. Attached the top to the base with some “L” brackets.

Bar Cart Attaching Top with L BracketsYou simply flip the top over, attach one half of the L to that, then place it onto the cupboard and screw it into place, for a nice secure surface.
7. The hardware we had in some bins in the barn. Who knows where this stuff comes from?! But whenever I seem to be looking for something specific, it magically appears. In this case, a towel hook for one side…

Old Hookand a bottle opener holder for the other.

Bar Cart Bottle Opener8. The front panel needed some sort of embellishment, and I found this old rusted window lock. Perfect!

Bar Cart Front Adornment9. Here is the finished cupboard filled with bar stuff. Pretty cool, huh?

Bar Cart OpenedI’m really happy with the final results. Looks great in my country styled kitchen!  Stayed tuned for more exciting junque transformations. In the meantime, its Monday, so make it a marvelous, magnificent, magical one. Susan

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Pettengill Greenhouse Display AutumnDespite the dire forecasts, this past weekend’s weather turned out to be gloriously sunny, with a hint of fall air-perfect for the vendors and guests of the Vintage Bazaar at Pettengill Farm!

Pettengill Farm Pumpkin VignetteThis fair appeared to be bigger (judging from the amount of traffic streaming into the parking lot-we ended up in hog heaven)

Hog Wild at the Vintage Bazaarand better than ever. Each time I have ventured up to the fair I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the creativity and artistry of the vendors who are there to showcase their wares. This fall’s talented group was no exception. Since I cannot possibly showcase them all in this blog, you can go to MyBazaarLife and check out the full listing. But here are a few of my personal favs…
This is the interior sleeping area of the adorable vintage trailer from Good JuJu. Oh, my…

Vintage Trailer Interior JuJuSo perfectly pretty in cool aqua blues. Can you imagine catching some (much-needed)  R&R in this little haven? Well, someone did, because it was SOLD!Cowgirl Emporium teamed up with Sage & Twine to create a rustic, colorful spot filled with cowgirl find and accessories.

Cowgirl Emporium w Sage and Twine

  I did have a pair of cowboy boots once. Spent a fortune for them in Wyoming. Wore them once. Sold them on Ebay. Could have done this…

Cowgirl Boot Rack

Great way for a cowgirl to store her vintage jewelry. Once again, The Greeley Girls were offering their gorgeous line of vintage clothing, jewelry & accessories.

Vintage Hats and Scarves the Greeley GirlsThis vintage necklace pretty much sums up my day as I am strolling through the fields, enjoying the blue grass music and taking in all of the sights and sounds of a country fair.

Happy by The Greeley Girls 2

Pretty little succulent plants in vintage containers from Fleurish Home and Garden. I don’t have a green thumb, but I am fairly certain I could keep these alive, at least for awhile…

Succulents by Fleurish Home and Garden

Petite Michelle Louise & Evelyn And Rose had combined to bring this lovely neutral French Flea Market palette to the fair.

Evelyn Rose & Petite Michelle Louise Vignette

Inspired French, romantic, homemade decor. I adored this vintage suitcase filled with Parisian goodies, both old and new. C’est Magnifique!

Evelyn & Rose Suitcase

The Linens Lady’s tent was sooo bright and cheerful, filled with aprons and quilts and colorful tableware. Imagine wearing one of these beauties while prepping your Thanksgiving dinner!

Vintage Aprons Linen Lady

Soap confections by French Country Chick Soaps that looked yummy enough to eat.

French Country Chick Soaps

Red Tractor Vintage was featuring awesome light fixtures made from re-purposed, recycled anything. Loved this copper sunbowl.

Copper Sunbowl by Red Tractor Vintage

Someday I am going to get me one of these. Meet Ruby the gorgeous vintage truck at Barnstormers.

Ruby by Barnstormers

At last year’s fair I featured a pic of a large planter filled with glass flowers by Creative Glass Works Boston. It became one of my most re-pinned pics on Pinterest. Apparently glass flower gardens are a thing. A very popular thing. And rightly so. Can you imagine this one perfect flower-no watering needed?

One Perfect Bloom from Glass Art

Piano Keys as art.

Piano Keys Art by Naturally Unique

When I happened upon this work by Naturally Unique, I was so impressed with the creativity and ingenuity using my three “r”s principle-recycle, refurbish, relove-music to my ears! These piano keys, which could have ended up in a dump are now restyled into works of art.

Simplicity Bike

Simplicity, new to the Vintage Bazaar, where I discovered this so very cute hanging light fixture made from an old tin milk can. Linda has a shop-in-a-shop at Flukes and Finds in Newburyport. I may just have to go there to rescue this light, if it wasn’t sold at the fair…

Simplicity Shop

And then, for me the show-shopper by The Yellow Zebra. This baby grand piano restyled into a spectacular rolling bookcase. The background was pasted with old sheet music and the piano was painted black. Amazing. Did I say that loudly enough? AMAZING.

 Piano by The Yellow Zebra

And, continuing to restore and reuse, they transformed the piano top into this sign. Words cannot accurately depict the coolness factor here.

Grand Piano Top Sign The Yellow Zebra

If you missed the fair this time around, you’ll be excited to know that The Vintage Bazaar is hitting the road and taking its show to the next level! You will have a chance to see some of the vendors at the upcoming Boston Antiques & Design Show and Sale in Wilmington, Ma this October. More info to follow. In the meantime, have a terrific Thursday everyone! Susan

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