Saturday, February 27, 2010

Packing My Chinese Collections

We are getting down to our final days here, cancelling the cable bill, selling our cars and finding a good home for our dog. Pretty much everything is going into storage, and this includes our vast collection of cute Chinese things. It does seem quite odd that we have been drawn to these cute and kitschy Chinese images, without ever imagining that one day we would live there!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pressed Glass Plates For Kings & Queens

My newest collection is pressed glass plates commemorating royal occassions. These were made in England as inexpensive souvenirs, and they are actually still quite affordable. I particularily love the plates and bowls from Queen Victoria's Jubilee in 1887. I am hoping that the British residents of Shanghai in the early 1900s left their plates in China, and I will find these at the flea markets in Shanghai!
The winner of Flea Market Style Magazine and a handful of vintage treasures is Leah.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


Linda MacDonald's adorable daughter in

I finally found Flea Market Style magazine at Target tonight. I had been obsessively checking Borders, Barnes and Noble, and Target daily for this highly anticipated publication. I can honestly say that it is worth driving all over town for, it is truly beautiful!!! The magazine is loaded with beautiful photographs, charming collections and wonderful home decorating ideas to steal. I bought an extra copy to offer to a reader and I will include some wonderful vintage treasures from my collections. You just need to leave a comment on this post, and I will draw one name on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
I would like to thank Linda MacDonald for writing such a lovely article about me and my blog in the magazine, I am honored beyond words.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Lulu's Pins and The Pin Winner

Lulu celebrates President's Day everyday with her cool collection of political buttons. She has them displayed on a her giant 13th birthday sign from a couple of years ago.
The lucky winner of the giant safety pin is Suzy!!!!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Vintage Valentine Party

My favorite flea marketer, Joan at is hosting a wonderful party celebrating vintage Valentine cards. Please stop by and see all of the other participants.

All of the supplies are ready for our card making party. The kids mix vintage and new supplies to make spectacular  works of art. Have a wonderful party!

While you are here visting me, you can still enter your name in an earlier post to win a giant safety pin wall hook. I will be drawing one lucky winner at midnight central time, Feb. 14th.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

201 Candles

 Honest Abe portrait by Deke Crispell

Today is Abraham Lincoln's 201st Birthday, he was born on February 12, 1809. In his honor I am going to try making one of his favorite dishes this weekend, chicken fricasee. President Obama based his innaugural luncheon menu on Lincoln's favorite foods. Here is a link to the menu and recipes from the luncheon.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Hip Hip Hurray

I just read on my friend Linda MacDonald's blog Restyled Home, that the beautiful magazine Flea Market Style has been seen on store shelves! Matthew Mead, Ki Nassauer, Linda, and many other  talented people have been working very hard on this wonderful publication for what seems like forever. It has been fascinating following their progress over the past year at  I will brave blizzard like conditions to check my local bookstore and Target for a copy. If we can't have an early Spring, I will gladly take an early release date for Flea Market Style Magazine.