Round Top 2016 Recap

It is hard to believe that I was leaving for Round Top Antique Week a month ago.  Things did not start out well, the transportation I had arranged did not work out so I had to rent a U-haul at the last minute. I was able to get all of my things to Round Top and I got them unloaded.  Unfortunately it was so late in the day when I got there all I could do was unload and put a tarp over my pile of treasures. I had to drive the U-haul back to Houston and get my truck and then check in to my accommodations for the week.  That night I woke up to a terrible storm, furious winds and rain. I prayed that my tarps held and that all of my treasures were safe.  The next morning was a little scary driving to the Rendezvous to assess the damage.  Thankfully everything was fine. I started unpacking and setting everything up.

 

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I had brought my own tent with me, a 10×20 white tent, but I knew it was not that sturdy. The winds were whipping so wildly all day that I kept waiting for the wind to stop before putting up my tent. I ended up waiting all day. I put tarps over everything for the night and headed back to the house. I was finally able to get my tent up the next day. IMG_8611

 

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Broken china jewelry in green transfer ware and a vintage French top. IMG_8670IMG_8663

A wildflower field in Burton.IMG_8685

This year part of Antique Week was over Easter. That definitely affected the traffic of customers, but it did give my family the opportunity to come out on Easter Sunday. A local brought a couple of horses and the kids all got to go for a ride.  It turns out my kids love horses and have no fear. IMG_8728

The Conservatory at The Rendezvous, on Monday night The Rendezvous had a party at the field. There was a bar set up in this building and there was a band outside. We had food trucks set up and it was a good time.  There was a list of well known people that came and I was really looking forward to meeting them, but I had so many shoppers I didn’t get a chance to mingle! A the end of the night I did get to meet Ki Nausser from Flea Market Style and Kelly Leggit from City Farmhouse. IMG_8636

The drive from the Rendezvous to where I was staying was a beautiful country road. This church was on my route. IMG_8744

The wildflowers were pretty amazing as were the sunrises and sunsets that I experienced. IMG_8742

I unwrapped this sweet girl just for this show, but when my husband saw her he asked if we could keep her. One of the hazards of the job. IMG_8747IMG_8749

This set from Germany found a new home at the end of the week. IMG_8768

I saw this sweet lamb in Warrenton on Easter Sunday. I went to church under the beer tent at Zapp Hall with a friend and her daughter. It was awesome to hear hymns sung, the word preached and an invitation given. They even served communion at the end of the service. The Budweiser banners were flapping in the breeze, but the Holy Spirit was there. IMG_8696

Of course the Royer’s Pie Haven was a part of my Antique week.  I may have stopped their to get a piece of pie for breakfast at least 3 times. IMG_8784

The Houston Art Car made a stop, how fun is this? This car took close to 6 years for the creator to finish. IMG_8774IMG_8776

This beautiful set was made in Holland. I bought it at a market in Belgium. It is still available if anyone is interested. IMG_8779

The last day I was able to visit Marburger Farms with another friend. These boots were calling my name and they fit perfectly, but at over $200 they were out of my shopping budget. IMG_8818

This sweet little metal rack was a seriously amazing piece. It also did not come home with me. IMG_8800

These baskets were such fun colors, and the story behind them was so fun. They have a particular name, but I can’t remember it now. They were made my people with special needs and then painted. The seller of these baskets said they were probably all made by the same person based on the pattern and colors. I love them so much. Again, their price tag at $495 was a little steep for what I was looking for. IMG_8803IMG_8804IMG_8805IMG_8806

This bench caught my eye on the way out, can you see the little pink arm rests? The rubber ducks in the bird bath were a special touch.IMG_8807

On my way home I grabbed a strawberry rhubarb pie to share with my Bible study group. It was a fun treat to share with my friends.IMG_8865

Overall this Antique Weekend was a great experience for me. I learned many more lessons and met so many fun people.

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Pink and Blue Garden Party

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  We had a wonderful holiday season with family visiting and lots of fun.  Now that the new year is here I have been working on setting goals, both personal and professional.  Last January we new that our year held a lot of unknowns and change.  This year we are anticipating more stability.  With stability comes a higher expectation for myself of what I should be able to accomplish.  Can you tell what one of my new goals is for the new year?  That’s right, BLOGGING!  I am planning on sharing my adventures on a more consistent basis again.

I am starting the year off with a preview of what I am taking to my first show.  These are all treasures that I found in France or Belgium.

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Enamelware is still one of my favorite things.DSC_0057

I would like to introduce you to Max, our newest addition.  He is a sweet lab mix puppy that we adopted from the local Humane Society.  He is about 10 weeks old now.  We had forgotten how much work a puppy is, but he is a great dog and he is worth it.DSC_0047

I love this little pink glass vase.  DSC_0060

Pink and blue are very popular this year, with the new Pantone colors coming out. Rose Quartz and SerenityDSC_0061

This precious pink enamelware tin was one of my favorite pieces.  This transfer ware bowl is a beautiful piece and very functional.DSC_0062

These little pear plates have such a delicate pink on the rim.  I adore them.DSC_0063

I hope you enjoy these photos from my garden party. DSC_0069

All of these items and more will be available at the Vintique Flea. The Vintique Flea is a great event held in Houston.  The next show is being held on January 30 and 31.  There is a $10 entry fee, but the collection of vendors is inspiring.  There are food trucks and rescue animals too!  I had so much fun at the last event and I can’t wait to meet new people at this next show.  Please stop by and say hi if you are there.

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Green Transferware by Badonviller

This set of dishes came from the same vide grenier in Normandy, but a different table.  I was not planning on buying another set of dishes, but when I saw this set I had to bring it home.

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This set came with 49 pieces, including 23 dinner plates and 14 bowls.

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There is only 1 chip that I could find on the whole set.

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Here is the mark from the back.  I believe this set dates back to around 1923.

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This is an amazing set with great serving pieces, all in great condition.  This is heading to the container for my shipment home.  I am almost done filling my container so this is one of my final purchases.  It is very exciting to be almost done and kind of sad.  I have had so much fun shopping to fill it.

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And this is what my youngest thought of me taking more product photos.  Really he just wanted a snack.

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New Furniture Fun

This piece of furniture sat at a local thrift store for quite a while.  Last month I had decided that if it was still there I was going to buy it.  Once we got it in the house I loved it even more.  St. Patrick’s Day came and I used that as my inspiration to decorate it.  I pulled together several of my green pieces.

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My Underwood typewrite sits on top of the marble and makes a great resting place for a piece of Mason’s transfer ware.

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My teal plate is a piece of St. Hamand, from the north of France.  The small plate has a scene with Josephine and Napoleon, 2 of my favorite characters from French history.  I have a whole series of these plates that I would love to display more prominently on day.  I found the plates at the Waterloo Brocante, quite fitting to find a piece of Napoleon memorabilia.

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The little green enamel tea pot is a recent find from this past Sunday.  I took all 4 of my children (ages 7 and under) to a local brocante and we all had a good time.  It was a more casual sale with a range of items for sale.  All of the kids got a toy and I got a few treasures.  I love the memories that go with each of my treasures.

Here is the other piece of furniture that I bought the same day.  This piece came with a mirrored door that was no longer attached.  I am planning on using the mirror separately, I love the open shelving look that this piece bring to our living room.  There is a piece of trim missing at the top, I have it, but I need to get wood glue in order to fix it.

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Here are close ups of each of the shelves.  Transferware, enamelware, milk glass, and old books; a few of my favorite things.

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I love this shelf and I love having a place to display all of these special pieces.

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You will notice there is no glass on the bottom shelf, my youngest is only 17 months old so I have to be able to decorate around his curious little hands.

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Have a beautiful day!

Puce du Canal, a Thrift Store, and a Brocante on Vacation

I love taking advantage of our family trips to do some shopping.  Unfortunately an illness delayed our trip by one day and put a serious dent in my planned shopping activities.  Thankfully I made up for my missed opportunities and I came home with a full car after all.  I mean, with 4 kids my car is always full, but I brought home plenty of treasures too.  To fit in this kind of shopping with 4 kids I plan stops during our drive, get up early, make sure there are fun things to do near by, and I pack food, lots of food.  It is wonderful how often there is a play ground near a brocante.  I have the most amazing husband in the world that gets excited about my treasures.

These green canning jars were a favorite find this week.  I have quite a few of the clear glass, but these heavy green jars from different companies are beautiful.  The enamel box has holes on the side that would make it easy to hang.  There are so many possibilities.

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Books, lots of old books.  The big one on the end is the “Codes de la Legislation Francaise”.  The date on the inside is 1858!  These books are all in French and all date back to the 1960s or earlier.  The Ville de Paris book is a translation of a Norwegian book into French.  I love it.

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This enamel pot stopped me in my tracks.  I was in a small town called Beaucaire at a Wednesday morning brocante.  We almost couldn’t find the brocante, thankfully my husband kept driving around this medieval town and we came across a parking lot with about 30 vendors.  I found this pot towards the end of my shopping.  I had to play it cool when I talked to the seller.  One handle is broken, but the size and paint job make up for any other defects in my eyes.

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It is hard to see the handles on the sides of this enamel pan, but I love them.  I have quite a collection of vintage tins and these are really cool shapes with great patina.

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I found a thrift store in Avignon that we had to go to the Industrial Zone to find.  My husband thinks I am crazy at times, finding in treasures in Europe often involves going to sketchy parts of town.  The thrift store was worth it, I was able to find this great vintage bowl and the fleur de lis glasses. The transfer ware bowl was from the brocante.DSC_0375

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These glasses were exactly what I was looking for.

This image from Pinterest has inspired me to collect dark colored glasses in all shapes, colors and sizes. 

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Ah numbers, I love these enamel numbers.  I found these at the Puces du Canal in Lyon.  Again, not a great part of town, but some truly great collections.  We got there just as most of the outside vendors were closing up, but I did a quick walk around and found a few things worth dragging home.

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This pitcher and basin is in great condition.  It is French vintage and I love the simplicity.DSC_0389

Blue transfer ware that is extremely dirty.  I am going to clean this up and we will be using this as part of our every day.

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My glasses again and a great vintage book about champagne.

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I picked up this little red suitcase in Lyon.  I used it to carry all of my purchases for the day and I got several comments from the dealers about how cute it was and how practical it was.  Have I mentioned that I love red?

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The yellow and green makes me think of my Baylor friends back in Texas.  The cowboy boots are Sanchez, Made in Spain boots.  They are too big for me, but they made me think of home so I had to get them.  How cute is this little book?  Bill, le brave Cowboy, printed in 1951 in France.  I was definitely feeling a little home sick as I did my shopping. All of my friends back in Houston are posting their Rodeo pictures and I am feeling far from home.  It is hard to believe that I haven’t been in Texas in almost 3 years.  I am not from Texas and I never thought I would feel homesick for this state, but life is unpredictable in so many fun ways.

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A couple of fun road signs finish up my finds for this week.  I love the 5 sign, how can you even go 5 km per hour?  Th 1 Km sign is going to look great with the rest of the red in my house.  I just have to find a piece of wall to hang it on.

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