Coming This Week – Gypsy Market

Starting Thursday night I will be set up at the Gypsy Market here in Spring, TX at the Klein Multi Purpose building. The building is on 2920, not far from the Grand Parkway. The doors open Thursday at 4, then all day Friday and all day Saturday. There are some truly great vendors and yummy food. There is an admission fee, but it is worth it.

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I will have some of my treasures from France and England.

My broken china jewelry will be there too. These necklaces have so much character and are one of a kind. They make a great gift too.

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As well as a few Texas treasures that I have found.

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Blue and White Enamelware

I love Instagram, and @MyIdealMess started a new hashtag this week, #EnamelwareWednesday. I like using hashtags for inspiration and to see what other people do with the same prompt. I have been needing to organized my enamelware collection and seeing this tag gave me just the encouragement I needed to gather all of these beauties. These pieces were all gathered across France and Belgium during our time living in Europe.

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There are so many layers of character in here. And that crate, one of my favorite finds in France. DSC_0349

Looking for something in particular? The dark blue tray is a wonderful farmhouse piece. I will be listing a few of these on Etsy and the rest will be coming with me to my fall shows.  My schedule is coming soon. DSC_0357

This 6 is one of the pieces from my personal collection, I love it for our family of 6.DSC_0360

This blue and white check pattern is a full set of pans. DSC_0362

Some of the pieces are a little rough, but I love the character they have. That little dark blue tea pot in front would be so charming with some flowers. I might need to go to Trader Joe’s to get a bouquet. I am feeling inspired.DSC_0364

If you have a piece of enamelware that you would like to share you can head over to Instagram. Make sure you tag @MyIdealMess, the host.

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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

 

Old books!IMG_8652

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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Vintage French Bible Collection

Something that I love to collect are Bibles in other languages.  My collection started with a Tagalog Bible after my mission trip to the Philippines when I was 14.  Then I had a Spanish/English Bible that I loved to read in high school and college as my Spanish got better.  In Norway I was excited to find a Norwegian Bible even though it isn’t old.

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Here in France I have found a lot of old books, but finding a Bible took me a while.  I found 2 great examples in Lille at the Grand Braderie last year, a Bible and  a New Testament.  I found another New testament along my adventures and then this weekend at the Porte de Vanves I found this velvet covered book.  I knew the size was right, but I have been disappointed so many times.  I opened the front page and I saw this.

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None of the family information was filled in in the front of the Bible, but it is a complete Bible in pretty good condition.

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In the back of the Bible this page shows that the book was printed in 1949.DSC_0419

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Both of the Bibles have their own covers that have probably helped to keep them together.  I love how this book was truly used and loved.

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This is a very special little stack of books in our house.

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My New Old Underwood Typewriter

I credit my sister with my growing typewriter addiction.  It all started after my sister’s visit here in July.  She found a couple of vintage typewriters while she was here, but she couldn’t get them home because they are so heavy.  After looking at typewriters with my sister I started looking at other typewriters while I was shopping.  I found some that were very nice and very expensive.  I started picking some up when they caught my eye.  I now have several of my own typewriters and I love them.  My newest and favorite typewriter is this Underwood No. 5.

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 This one is special because it was made for sale in France.  It has an AZERTY keyboard and this plaque on the front.  I love this piece of Americana with a French twist.

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The vintage style of this beautiful piece makes me so happy.  The fact that it still works is a testament to the craftsmanship of the early 1900’s.  I am so pleased to have a piece of history in my home.

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