A D.I.Y. Project for Humanity

It’s been a week since my last post- I can’t believe it! Coach and I had a little getaway with some dear friends, this time to Vermont, and I took just a short respite from my blogging duties.

DIY Ben and Jerrys

That is not to say that I didn’t take photos, or shop for “junk-tiques”, but those I will be sharing in the next few days. In the meantime, I wanted to share with you a blog that does more than just share DIY stuff.

One Project Closer's The Better Half

I began following One Project Closer’s The Better Half when I discovered their weekly DIY link-up contest.

DIY Contest 1

Loads of DIY blogs host these: you share your own favorite DIY post of the week, and a bunch of others bloggers do as well, and they all get posted on a link page. Then you get to see all the awesome ideas that craftspeople come up with! But this one has a twist: you link up your own before and after projects, and each week they choose a winner who receives a $50 gift card. And on behalf of that winner, they donate $100 to Habitat For Humanity!  (I did submit my Oh, Deer Towel Rack, but, sigh, he didn’t win…)

Deer Head Plaque Instagram

On top of that, these ladies have been involved in a project on a much grander scale. Over the summer, Jocie from The Better Half took part in the GMC Hidden Treasure Adventure, where she, along with 5 other DIY bloggers, ventured along the World’s Longest Yardsale. They drove and shopped and purchased items to refurbish and completely decorate one fortunate homeowner’s newly built Atlanta home, courtesy of Habitat for Humanity.  Today was the reveal, and what a reveal it was!

DIY Habitat for Humanity Home1

Habitat for Humanity

An entire home furnished with reclaimed, refurbished and reloved items! Amazing! This is Jocie’s Living Room.

DIY Living Room 1

Living Room by One Project Closer’s The Better Half

And this was the boys’ bedroom designed by Liz Marie Blog.

DIY Boys Room1

Boys’ Room by Liz Marie Blog

Loving this colorful, sweet girl’s room designed by Carissa from Good N Crazy.

DIY Girls Room 1

Girls’ Room by Good N Crazy

There are loads of other spaces and fresh DIY inspirational ideas- just click here:

DIY Framed S

And if you want to learn more about Habitat for Humanity in your area, click here:

Habitat for Humanity

Well done, One Project Closer and friends! You have taken an empty house and created a warm and loving home for this grateful family. Keep up the great work, and hopefully inspire us DIY’ers to use our skills for the greater good. Have an inspired week, everyone! Susan

Messages In My Garden

Over the weekend, Coach and I had a barn sale to get rid of some old books and old stuff (basically to make way for some new old stuff).

books

We did quite well, thank you, and managed to make some dough while making some space in the barn, so that’s a good thing. Our two story barn sits adjacent to our home, with a white picket fence and arbored entrance connecting them. The fence separates the driveway, where all of the “junque” for sale was displayed, and our back yard, which is sectioned into a stone patio, a perennial garden with a small pond, a rose garden, a second perennial garden divided down the center by a brick pathway leading to yet another arbor.

Red Rose Bush

As potential customers moved closer to the barn to search for treasures, the gardens were in full view, and I overheard more than a few folks exclaim “what an incredible yard”, “such beautiful gardens” and “it’s like an oasis” that we have hidden behind the fence. Now, I am not going to take any credit for this, as the green thumb in the family belongs to Coach. Other than an occasional “grab a few weeds as I am playing fetch with the dog” kind of gardening, I simply do not have the time nor the inclination to nurse the flowers, shrubs and occasional green frogs that habitate our back yard. This little guy is actually quite noisy!

Frog In Lilies Closeup

As luck would have it, I just finished reading “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.  Without revealing the plot, I will share that the book follows the story of a troubled young woman who finds her way in life through the meanings of flowers. Never having given this a thought, I nevertheless found the idea of flowers having true meaning quite compelling, and I started looking at our gardens in a new light. Although we have literally hundreds of varied flora and fauna, I am sharing just a few of my favorites. The Black-Eyed Susan’s that are scattered in bunches throughout stand for Justice. I like having those in the garden.

Black Eyed Susans

And the simple Daisy, my favorite flower,

Daisies

and the name of our much-beloved and now since passed best furry friend. She loved to lay out on the grass in the sun, surrounded by the gardens. Daisies stand for Innocence.

Daisy in the Garden

Intertwined with the Daisies are these pretty yellow flowers. Growing in abundance, we have to keep cutting them back or they overtake everything. I don’t have the meaning of them, because I don’t know their name, but I will call them Happiness. (If anyone can identify them, please tell me so I can share their true meaning!)

Daisies and Yellow Flower

We do have a Dogwood that just flowered for the first time this spring. Unfortunately, as with much of the garden this time of year, the beautiful flowers have gone by, and we are left with the leafy greens. But they will return next spring, so… Love Undiminished By Adversity.

Flowering Dogwood

There is quite a bit of fern that grows naturally in the shady parts of the yard. Simple and green and soft to the touch. Sincerity. 

Fern

An entire grapevine arbor behind the barn grows larger each season, sprouting curly tendrils that reach out in all directions.

Grapevine on Tree

The more you cut it, the higher and wider and stronger it grows, which is great for making grapevine wreaths!  Abundance

Grapevine

Just recently, the Hibiscus has blossomed, with massive, stunning blooms the size of dinner plates in multiple shades of pinks and reds.

Raspberry Hibiscus

But they shrivel and die quickly, to be replaced by even more exquisite blooms. Hence the meaning…Delicate Beauty

Peppermint Stripe Hibiscus

Along the entire length of the stone-walled perennial garden are the tightly-packed Iris.  Message

Iris

And along the porch are holly shrubs, like the kind you see at Christmas with the bright red berries. Presently they are yellow, but as the seasons change, so does the hue, a harbinger of winter to come. Their meaning is Foresight.

Holly Berries

And then there is Ivy, loads of it growing over the stones surrounding the pond, essentially hiding everything but the water. (I call it the chia pet pond).  A strong vine that grows freely but creates strong,protective bonds with everything within its green grasp. Fidelity.

Pond with frog

And scattered through all of the gardens are Phlox. In every shade of white, pink and purple. they constantly cross-pollinate (thank you, bees!) and sprouting new pastel shades each year. Our Souls Are United

Phlox

Periwinkle borders much of the brick walkways and stone-lined paths. For one short moment each season they display their pretty little purple buds. Tender Recollections

Periwinkle Border

The magnificent orange tiger lilies bloom for a very short time, then leave behind a wall of green stalks. But while in bloom, they are Majestic.

Tiger Lillies

And then there are roses. All shades of pinks and reds.

Hot Pink Rocket Roses

I am not particularly fond of roses. Why is something so beautiful apt to cause so much pain? And yet the messages are of Love (the reds)

Red Roses

and Grace (the pinks).

Pink Rose

So, the next time you stop to admire a beautiful garden, or choose a bouquet as a loving gift, just for a moment think about the meaning of the flowers, not just the colors or style. You’ll be surprised at the messages those blooms can convey. Have a meaningful Monday, everyone!! Susan

Take Your Pic (Monkey)

I recently happened upon this awesome photo editing website I would like to share with you: Pic Monkey! Pic Monkey Logo

I use photos all the time for my blog, my Pinterest page, Facebook and my Etsy shop. That’s a lot of pics! Although most of the time I just use my Iphone 5 to take photos and my desktop Paint program to crop and resize, oftentimes I need to edit or enhance my photos. I do use Instagram and Photoshop express on my Iphone or Ipad, but I’ve been searching for an inexpensive desktop editing tool and this is it!

Pic Monkey Front Page

Cheap is good, free is better. For free, yup, no $$$, you get a multitude of editing options including fun enhancements like backgrounds and collage layouts and text additions. You don’t even need to sign up, just download, edit and go! But, for less than $3 per month, you get an ad-free, amazing program with loads of extra goodies!

Pic Monkey Lux-O Design

In a short amount of time, this is what I produced with the basic, free, super easy, drop and drag online editing tool. This is the original collage I built from some photos of the amazing St. John wedding (almost a year ago, is that even possible?!)

St. John Original

This is the same pic, enhanced using a basic editing effect.

St. John Brush Effect

And again the same pic with a burst enhancement

St. John Burst

And this one is with the dusk enhancement. So many options!

St. John Dusk

Once you are finished editing, they ask you how you want to save the picture for the best resolution, depending on whether you are printing it or digitally saving it. They talk you through the options in regular language (not techno-speak) and have a bit of a sense of humor as well : ) LOVE.

Pic Monkey Print Settings

And then you get to save it to your own computer files or share it via email or social media such as Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr. I’m pretty sure they thought of everything. But I really just started playing with the program, so I am certain there is so much more to discover!! Try it yourself, and send me a pic to post. And have a picture perfect Friday, everyone! Susan

Big Rack Attack Towel Rack!

A few weeks ago, I started a mini-reno on our downstairs half-bath. Well, it started out as a mini-reno…

Bathroom floor

 While that project is still ongoing and will be unveiled shortly, my Big Rack Attack Towel Rack project is ready to share with the world!  Having seen them used for decorating, both in print and on TV, I had been searching endlessly online and in stores for a white porcelain deer head to add to an old tabletop (you’ll see…) without much luck. Everything was either too big, too small or too pricey to use for a budget bathroom remodel. It didn’t make sense to spend more on an decorative accessory than we did on the new toilet. So, while in Maine a few weeks ago, I grabbed this one in a flea market for three bucks and thought “perfect!”

Deer Head Before

Apparently this is intended to be stuck to the outside of your car window so that it appears he is busting through the glass. Is this 6 inch buck head with the super cute face supposed to be scary?! And who would be driving around with a deer crashing through the window anyway? But instead of hanging him outside the window, this little guy enjoyed the ride home on the dashboard in the blazing sun to soften him up so I could reform his antlers, because they were a little smooshed together.

Deer in Window

So while he was basking in the sun, I stuck a hair clip between the antlers, then allowed them to cool and we were good to go. So here’s the how-I-did-it:

Making a Big Rack Attack! Towel Rack From An Old Tabletop and a Plastic Deer Head

1.Used a decorative piece of wood for the base.  In this case, it was a small cherry tea table top without any legs. I cleaned it, then taped off the center for a decorative painting technique.

Prepped, taped wood plaque

2. I wanted an aged, colorful middle, so I grabbed my folkart crackle medium. To create a crackled finish, you paint the surface using an undercoat, whatever color you want to appear through the cracks, in this case white. Then you paint on a layer of the folk art crackle paint medium,

Folk Art Crackle Medium

then add the top coat. The crackle medium makes the top coat crack apart, instantly aging it like 100 years easily.

Wood Crackled Blue

This top color is Behr Midnight Dream , a color I chose to co-ordinate with the new bathroom color scheme. Behr Paint Midnight Dream

3. Waxed the frame edges to bring back the original cherry luster. Used my Annie Sloan Soft Wax for that. Really brings back that glow in the wood.

Wood Wax Finish

4. Propped the buck on something to allow spray painting on all sides. I placed it in an old mason jar, impaled on a screwdriver surrounded by a plastic bag (that’s even worse than crashing through a car window!) Poor deer…

Deer Head Shiny

5. Primed first. Since this was plastic, I wanted to make sure the paint adhered well. Used Rustoelum Speciality Plastic Primer.

Rustoelum Plastic Primer

5. Painted with gloss white paint to give the appearance of porcelain. Used Rustoleum Gloss White which made it super shiny!!

Rustoleum Gloss Paint

Deer Head Primed 2

6. A friend had suggested that I use a little brass plaque to give the deer a name or tell the date of his capture. I went with some old scrabble letters that spelled out “Oh, Deer” but use your imagination. The letters were too blonde (is there such a thing?), so I used this furniture scratch touch up marker to give them a little color. Love those pens!!

Oh Deer Letters

7. Adhered the deer head to the center of the plaque with hot glue. Now, unbeknownst to me, while all of this had been going on, my amazing children surprised me with a beautiful large white deer head from West Elm for my birthday!! Even David Bromstad said it was a really nice deer. So there’s that.

West Elm Deer Head

It’s much, much larger than my daughter’s little guy Bartlet, but he wasn’t scared, so much as just a wee bit worried, perhaps?

Deer and Bartlet

Unfortunately, the big buck was so big it didn’t fit in the middle of the plaque! So he has to go back to whence he came, West Elm, and since they don’t have any more of the small ones, we are going to shop for another beast instead. A rhino, perhaps? Who else would have a rhino in their bathroom? So, I didn’t permanently fixate my little deer head to the plaque, just hot-glued it for now, in the event that he needs to move on to greener pastures.

8. I needed to add a bit more rustic glam to my piece, so these metal stars were perfect. Again, used the stain marker pens to change the stars from silver to bronze. The result was kind of a mottled look, which was perfect.

Deer Stained Star

9. Attached the hook at the bottom. This is going to be the guest towel rack in the new bathroom so it needed a hook or two.

Hook for Rack

10. Stood back to admire my new Big Rack Attack Towel Rack!!

Deer Head Plaque Instagram

So, next time you stop by for a visit, you’ll be hard-pressed not to notice the big rack (insert joke here) Sometimes we just have to take things a little less seriously, folks. Now I just have to finish the rest of the room, seriously. Have a wicked awesome Wednesday, everyone and just remember: If a big rack attacks, turn him into a towel rack!  Susan

Copper Cleaning Accomplished!

Copper Coffee Pot Before

After much trial and tribulation and multiple attempts utilizing all sorts of natural and chemical cleaning formulas, my copper coffee pot is now perfect!

Copper Pot with flowers

Since my last blog, I have received multiple suggestions from several sources on how to get my copper pot clean and shiny. After posting the question on my “Antiques Are Green” LinkedIn group, the cleaning options were endless from the many dealers and collectors of all things copper! Among the home remedies mentioned were vinegar, salt, lemon, ketchup (yup, ketchup-apparently not just for hotdogs anymore…), 0000 steel wool pads, Brillo pads, Chore Boy pads, Never Dull wadding or just put the damn thing in the dishwasher.

Copper cleaners

I also tried my Magic Eraser sponge and my Cape Cod Metal Polish with some luck, but still not perfect.

Copper Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

Also mentioned on LinkedIn were lacquer thinner or acetone (nail polish remover) and kerosene (really?!?), or having it dipped. Not sure what that means, but it conjured up images of my helpless coffee pot being immersed in a boiling, bubbling hot vat, and that made me sad. Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble…

Copper Kettle Turbo Squid

Among the commercial polishes I could try were Siege, Wrights, MAAS, Liberty, Brasso, Twinkle, Silvo and Bar Keeper’s Friend. But I was hoping to keep it “green” clean, so I started out with the natural method, utilizing heated vinegar in a large pot.

Copper Vinegar Gallon

Once I placed the pot in there, the bits of bubbling lacquer appeared floating on the surface. Yuck.

Copper Floating Varnish

But it was working!

Copper Pot half dipped

Or so I thought. Flipped it over and immersed the other end. This was the end result. Double Yuck.

Copper Tarnish Mess

I finally decided to go for the commercial products, and the one that was mentioned more than once was Bar Keeper’s Friend, which I found on the shelf of my local Home Depot for $1.48. I got some Brasso, too, just in case that didn’t work.

Copper Cleaner Cans

Make a soft paste of BKF and started wiping the pot with a sponge, instantly removing years of tarnish and varnish and dirt! Copper Tarnish In about 3 minutes time, my copper coffee pot, and even the brass handle, was gleaming and shiny and pretty! So the Bar Keeper’s Friend is now my friend as well! As a disclaimer, I am sure the other products mentioned would have worked just as well. But this is the one I saw first, and the Brasso was at the hearty recommendation of the Home Depot clerk. Who, BTW, could not have been more that 17- I am curious as to just how many copper pots he has cleaned?!?Copper Pot Complete Since my Barkeeper’s Friend worked so well on the coffee pot, I grabbed a copper sconce I was planning on painting, but now it’s got a whole new shiny life as well! Copper Sconce Then this plaque, which was so dark and tarnished, I couldn’t even tell what the picture was until I started cleaning it. As I was rubbing the bunny, I noticed a signature at the bottom and the date was 1502. So I stopped. Did a Google search and discovered that the Young Hare was painted by Albrecht Durer in 1502. Copper Bunny You know when you’re watching “Antiques Roadshow” and the expert says “gee, it’s too bad you cleaned this. It would have been worth a million dollars but now it’s ruined and worth about twenty bucks”? I’m pretty certain that this copper engraving by Albrecht Durer isn’t the real deal because it’s mounted on a backing that appears to be a more modern substance than what would have been available in the 1500’s, but the tag says made in Germany, so I’d better check it out before I ruin it! So there you have it, 2 weeks of work on a $1 copper pot that finally came clean with Bar Keeper’s Friend. Have a super sunshiny Sunday everyone! Susan

National S’Mores Day!

Hi everyone! Just discovered it is National S’Mores Day-who knew!?! But since it is, and I know you always love a quick sweet treat, I thought I would re-publish my Yummy Popcorn S’Mores recipe. It’s easy, quick and you don’t even need a campfire, just some marshmallows, chocolate and popcorn. It makes a ton, and it’s absolutely so scrumptious- handful after handful after handful-enjoy!

Smores Popcorn Trays

https://countrydesignhome.com/2013/07/19/yummy-smores-without-the-campfire/

Have a yummy Saturday everyone…Susan

Mainely Antique Attractions

Recently, Coach and I spent a few days in Maine at the Bethel Inn and Resort for a little R & R. On our way there, we stopped at the Undercover Flea Market in Oxford Maine

Undercover Flea Market

(they don’t appear to have an internet presence, so no direct link. Ah, so maybe they are really undercover…) Thought long and hard about this table, but decided against it-too pricy to paint and flip.

Table

While in Bethel, we discovered not much going on downtown, so we ventured out to find some antique shops in the area that were listed in several brochures he had picked up at the visitors center. The Steam Mill Antiques

Steam Mill Collectibles

was right around the corner from our hotel. Looked promising, with a vast array of junk and stuff all around the property. We visited, several times, but it was never open! Will definitely have to return another time…Next stop, the Picker’s Paradise in Welchville (again, no links here).

Pickers Paradise Sign

We were drawn in by the beautiful Great Canadian wood canoe in the parking lot.

Pickers Paradise Canoe

Inside was a variety of antiques and collectibles. Wishing I had grabbed this chubby old cow doorstop. I often experience what I refer to as “non-buyer’s remorse.” I see something that I love, hem and haw about it, because I don’t need ONE MORE THING, so I leave it, then lust for it when I am back home. Oh, well.

Pickers Paradise Cow Doorstop

This shop featured several pieces that were reclaimed and repurposed, like this LOVE sign, created from old frame pieces and lace. LOVE.

Pickers Paradise LOVE

On our shopping expeditions, I noticed quite a few “Boston” items,

Pickers Paradise Boston Beans

which made me feel very nostalgic for the place we call home. Across the street was this shell of an old building, now being dismantled and sold for parts.

Burned Out Antiques Building

In year’s gone by it was the Welchville Methodist Church turned antique shop.

Burned Out Building Sign

But after being on the market for quite some time with no bites, the owner decided he could no longer afford the upkeep. So everything, including the bell tower,

Bell Tower is for sale. If you are in the market for some architectural salvage, this might be your place! Next up, Pa’s Tradin Company in Oxford, Maine.

Pa's Tradin Company Sign

…a huge co-op shop that was neatly organized into departments like furniture & outdoor gear-snowshoes, anyone?

Pa's Tradin Company Snowshoes and more Boston collectibles.

Melrose Crate

I did score a couple of great items, like this gorgeous cupboard (the vendor literally was loading it in the back door when I spotted it, and he and Coach moved it right back out the back door into my CRV!)

Pa's Tradin Company Cupboard

and my little buck (projects in progress : )

Pa's Tradin Company Buck

Drove by this place, Pic-N-Paw in Norway, Maine a couple of times, but again, it never was open! What’s up, Maine?!?

Pic N Paw

On our way home, we discovered Bridgton, Maine, a country town with some fun shops- again, many not open. But we did find Harry Barker’s Emporium and Harry Barker’s Two, antiques co-operative shops, with some donated items being sold to raise funds for the local Harvest Hills Animal Shelter.

Harry Barkers

There I found Exit, stage left.

Harry Barkers Exit Sign

Nearby was Flowerbed Farm Antiques in Bridgton. True to its name, there were exquisite, colorful flower beds surrounding the property. There are so many massive white homes in Maine with attached barns! Can you say barn envy?!

Flowerbed Farm Antiques Sign

Outside and in, an array of restored, repurposed and reclaimed items for your shopping pleasure.

Flowerbed Farm Entrance

Beautiful minty green bedroom set. Sooo country pretty!!

Flowerbed Farm Mint Green Set

Adorable rustic antique horse cart.

Flowerbed Farm Antiques Horse

Following Rte 302 South to Portland on our way home, we happened upon Naples, a picturesque resort town. And there we discovered Antique Revival. Again, no media presence, but this guy doesn’t need it. Sprawling property loaded with anything and everything you could possibly want or imagine you need!

Antique Revival Sign

A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

Antique Revival Entrance

Enormous, three story barn,

Antique Revival Two Story View

packed to the rafters-literally

Antique Revival Rafters

Greeted by the human-sized roosters at the entrance,

Antique Revival Rooster

once you step inside, you are transported back in time.

Antique Revival Boston Beans

Room after room of antiques and collectibles and junk,

Antique Revival 2nd Floor

an overwhelming assortment of furnishings, goods and finds.

Antique Revival Store

For the serious collector (may the Force be with you)

Antique Revival Star Wars

or the casual collectibles shopper,

Antique Revival Patches

this is one spot that’s worth the trip!  So I’m adding a few more pins to my map, and we’ll be heading out again soon. But for now, it’s good to be back home.

Boston Embroidery Print

Have a great weekend, everyone! And if you are in the mood for some antiques shopping overload, head up Rte. 302 to Maine.

Maine Map

It is so worth the trip. OK, it’s TGWB (time to go wallpaper the bathroom)… Susan 

Global Studies

Globes Multi Vector Jungle

Globes by Vector Jungle

Awhile ago, I wrote a blog post entitled “Map It Out”, showcasing ideas to utilize maps in your interior spaces. Now, since every shop I visit and every page I turn in decorating magazines features globes, all kinds and styles of globes, I figured it was time to round out my orbital perspective. In searching the web, I discovered quite a few DIY variations on the plain old circa 1930’s globe,

Globe B & W Corbis Images

Children and Globe by Corbis Images

and hundreds of ways to use them as your decorating inspiration. I love all of the smaller globes inside the table base, with the larger ones scattered outside. Escaped!

Globe Apartment Therapy

Global Vignette by Apartment Therapy

I discovered stand-alone globes that are painted

Globe 1st Dibs

Painted Globe by Rumba via 1st Dibs

and lighted (this one has DIY instructions…)

Globe Lamp DIY Suite 101

Globe Lamp DIY Suite 101

and chalkboarded too!

Globes Chalkboard Design Sponge

Chalkboard Globe Design Sponge

This child’s room becomes a bit more sophisticated using globes on the ornate mantel. Oh, the places you’ll go, little man!

Globes CorynnePless

Child’s Room Globe Mantel by Corynne Pless

I love taking room color inspiration from globes- the colors of the earth are so pretty!

Room by Jenny Mitchell

Button, button, whose got the button? Amazing!! I spotted this on Pinterest and I actually purchased a similar globe at-where else-HomeGoods, to try this button technique. Yeah, that didn’t happen.

Globes Button Art World of Designers

Button Art Globe by World of Designers

This organizing wall becomes a feature with maps and globes as the background.

From House to Cozy Home Blogspot

Take a look at these breathtaking hand-decorated globes by Wendy Gold on ImagineNations on Etsy.com.

Globes Wedding Etsy Wendy Gold Globes

Hand Decorated Globe by Wendy Gold

This Flower Power globe would be stunning in any interior!

Globes Flower Power Wendy Gold Etsy

Flower Power Globe by Wendy Gold

Globes, both old and new, are available in all sizes and colors. The muted tones in the space below blend perfectly with the vintage sepia globe tones.

Globe Oz Architects

Family Room by OzArchitects

Whereas, this colorful, eclectic space takes its cue from the multi-colored, more modern globe on the side table.

Globe Slicinteriors

Global Space by Slic Interiors

Just remember, you don’t have to be a world traveler to look like one! Just grab a globe, add some pins and you’re off on a virtual tour! Have a time-travelin’ Tuesday, everyone!

Flea Market Finds

                           This past weekend, Coach and I took a trip to the south shore on a flea market discovery mission. Gotta add more pins to my map.

Flea Market Map

We visited the Raynham Flea Market and the Cranberry Flea Market in Wareham, stopping at a few tag sales along the way.  So saddle up, you’re in for a ride!

flea saddle up

 First stop, the Raynham Flea Market at 480 South St West in Raynham.

Raynham Flea Flags

This huge market is primarily an indoor flea, with thousands of square feet of space lined with vendors booths, although there are a few “junk”tique sellers,

Raynham Flea Antiques

both indoors and out.

Raynham Flea Outdoor Vendors

If you are looking to furnish your man cave, this is one stop shopping for you! Wayne’s World Records awaits,

Raynham Flea Waynes World Records

as well as the $1 VHS tapes booth,

Raynham Flea VHS Tapes

baseball mementos

Raynham Flea Baseball

beer signs

Raynham Flea Sign

vintage liquor bottles

Raynham Flea Tbird

and even some cool liquor bottle lamps.

Raynham Flea Lamp Bottles

For the ladies, we have vacuum cleaner repairs,

Raynham Flea Vacuum Hoses

faux wooden roses

Raynham Flea Wood Roses

Pretty straw hats

Raynham Flea Hats

beads, lots of beads,

Raynham Flea Beads

and a huge selection of cheap curtains and drapes!

Raynham Flea Curtains

For the spiritual among you, I present this paranormal booth

Raynham Flea Spiritual Cave

and even a few psychic readers. (I wonder if they could have told me how much money I was going to spend?)

Raynham Flea Psychic

For the outdoorsman, there are fishing poles,

Raynham Flea Fishing

and rain slickers (could have used those at the ballpark the other night…)

Raynham Flea Slicker

Wrapping up in Raynham, on to the Cranberry Indoor Flea in Wareham on 3065 Cranberry Highway, Wareham, about 20 min south.

Cranberry Flea Sign

This was more our style, with upper and lower floors filled with rows of glassware,

Cranberry flea dishware

interesting antiques (could someone make a lamp out of this?!?)

cranberry flea scale

vintage jewelry

flea jewelry case

and bric-a-brac (for those of you not familiar with this term, from Wikipedia: “refers to lesser objets d’art forming collections of curios, such as elaborately decorated teacups and small vases, compositions of feathers or wax flowers under glass domes, decorated eggshells, porcelain figurines, painted miniatures or photographs in stand-up frames, and so on.”) Like this little statue of the dancing dude and lady.

cranberrry flea cribbage table

Flags for the Fourth…

cranberry flea flags

There were more than a few $1 tables, which I always enjoy, and loads of vintage furniture, art and accessories to choose from.

cranberry flea hutch

So, between the tag sales and the flea markets, we came away with quite an array of fabulous finds. Here is my “loot shoot” of the day!

flea market loot shoot

Some of these items will be making their way down to the Vintage Thymes Market, some of them are staying home with me ” ) Speaking of the Vintage Thymes, next Friday, August 9, there will be a one day clearance sale!! So if you were looking for something at the market but were hesitant about the price, now’s the time to go back and grab it!! My booth will be 50% off to clear the way for the fall merchandise. TGIF everyone!! Susan

Amazing Murals

I love it when something comes across my “in” box that instantly inspires me and gets my creative juices flowing! This morning, I received an email from this company : “Murals Your Way“. If you have ever longed for an instant change of scenery, without all of the packing and moving and traveling, this is your go-to. This company offers wall-sized murals of any type of art and photography you can imagine, including your very own! I love this view of sunrise on the dunes. Makes me want to grab a towel and head down to the ocean.

Mural Beach Sunrise

I started looking at all of the samples, 8000+, and instantly imagined these in my home- I am certain you will find yourself doing the same once you take a look.  Here are a few of my personal favorites (but there are hundreds to choose from, so don’t stop now- click here to go to the website and browse around.)Ever traveled to the Italian Riviera? No, me either. But I could imagine having a cup of espresso sitting on a veranda gazing at this sunset view of Manarola Italy

Mural Manarola Italy

I have never wanted to tag a bridge with graffiti, but I often admire the artwork displayed. You can add a touch of graffiti to your home without breaking any laws with this Home Sweet Home Mural…

Mural Home Sweet Home

Always longed for a view of the Eiffel Tower? Ooh, la, la!! I’ve seen lots of prints, but love this colorful pop art version, because it doesn’t take it too seriously.

Murals Paris

Imagining a trip to outer space? This Solar System 2 would be perfect for a budding astronaut’s room.

Mural Solar System 2

So soft and sweet- perfect for a bedroom or dressing room. Delicate Flowers

Mural Pink Floral Delicate

If you have a barn (like we do) but don’t actually live on a farm (like we don’t), here is your inspiration in Ready or Not

Mural Ready or Not

Imagine waking up to this view every morning? This is the Manitou Lighthouse in Michigan

Mural Manitou Lighthouse

Need an Instant Garden? Add a pop of color with Miami Blooms

Murals Poppy

And, if none of those inspire you, they can create a giant mural from your own photos!

Murals Make Your Own

And if you like the idea, but not sure how a mural would look in your home, this feature will seal the deal. You choose a mural, then you can build a virtual room, deciding on the style and size of the mural that fits with your furniture. Brilliant!

Mural Design A Room

Believe me, this website is a time-stealer like no other. You’ll find yourself transported to another era, another country, another world while browsing all of the photographs. The artwork is so striking and colorful, and Murals Your Way makes it simple to add drama and design to any room! So take a look, then tell me, what’s your favorite?!? Susan

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