Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Flea Market Finds

Hello, Dear Friends, I hope you are enjoying 
your summer so far, and are staying cool. 

I promised you some Flea Market Finds
in my last post, so let me show you 
my treasures! 

My vintage step-ladder got some 
sweet little drawers to pretty it up. 

I planted them with white Impatiens.

My little potting bench....
The galvanized cans hold potting soil
and fertilizers.

I lined the drawers with small white trash bags
then aluminum foil on the bottom
 to form a drainage'tray'.

These will be indoor planters,
so I didn't add drainage holes.

Trim the bag around the top.
Leave some slack.....

Add small stones about an inch deep
 in the aluminum 'tray' for drainage.

Don't over-water these :)

The perfect country plant stand!

The vintage green toolbox 
was from the Etsy shop, Nana's Things
from AnnMarie's blog , Musings of a Vintage Junkie

It is perfect for holding seed packets. 
Etsy is like a giant flea market 
in the coziness of your own home! 

I also found some amazing galvanized containers. 
This one is perfect for holding my collection of 
drawer and shelf liners- waiting for me to clean my cupboards!

I found some galvanized trays
that are perfect for drying herbs
and rose petals :)

I found this tray, too. 

I hung it on the wall to hold 
my collection of  pale green ink bottles. 

The 'bunny' hanger was made
by my dear Mom and Dad as 
an Easter gift one year. 

My ink bottles fit perfectly :)

These are reproductions sold in a set
that I found a few years ago. 

The step-ladder makes a perfect plant stand
by the glass door. 

The galvanized tub underneath holds dog toys. 

 It brightens up my small alcove in the kitchen.

My hutch <3
One of a kind! Lol! 

I found these baby blocks, too :)

Ramblin' Man keeps the perpetual calendar up to date.

I  painted and decoupaged the wooden tray with paper napkins.

From the kitchen table....

I was so excited to find 
this little step-ladder, too! 

It fits perfectly under my spice rack
by the pantry. 

It has the most wonderful patina....

A creamy pale yellow. 

It goes so well with my hand-painted pantry cupboard. 

I found this cupboard years ago
for $25 on the side of the road. 

It was an old tool cabinet, and fairly beat up,
but a bit of paint made it the perfect pantry. 

The base coat is pale yellow, with dry brush-strokes 
of palest blue, then antiqued with watered down 
'burnt umber'. 

I stenciled an 'olive branch' on the front.

It also blends nicely with my cream colored
 Hoosier, 'Kitchen Queen' cabinet.

This small step-ladder will serve 
many purposes - extra seating, 
a side table, or plant stand.

It's too old to make a reliable step-ladder
and Ramblin' Man has forbidden me to use
it as such.

If only he listened to me the same way! Sigh....

But what have we here? 

The bottom drawer planter on my step-ladder
has been knocked over! 

We may have a clue who the culprit is by the 
evidence of the toy squirrel underneath......

Someone is hiding......Kai! 

How can you get angry at that sweet face? 

Here you go, I saved your squirrel....It's alright! xx

And the flowers were no worse for wear, 
although re-potting and clean up took a while! 

Now the tool box stays on the bottom rung
and the flowers are out of reach. 

Kai does not 'walk' anywhere. 
He runs and jumps and dances on two legs. 
He twirls like a circus dog....

Did you know that this breed of dog 
(American Eskimo) used to be 
named 'Spitz' and that during the 30's and 40's
they were used in vaudeville acts and circuses? 

The puppies were given away at circus entrances.

You can find more information on
American Eskimo Dogs Here

My dear Father told stories of his Grandfather
who farmed 800 acres and took his produce 
to Faneuil Hall in Boston to sell at the market.
I was raised near Boston and my ancestors
on my Father's side immigrated there in the late 1600's. 

His Grandfather had a little white dog
that accompanied him everywhere,
and my Father, as a boy,
remembered the dog sitting in the cab of 
the truck on the way to the market in the 30's and 40's.
I wonder if it was the same breed.......

My Father had Alzheimer's the last years
of his life and I couldn't ask when I
found Whitey Bear, my 1st American Eskimo.

Of course, I had to bring home a few pretty linens, too!

This lovely crocheted piece is destined to become
a sweet top someday :)

I'm picturing cream gauze with a square yoke.

I have plans for this colorful doily,
which I will share with you soon.

I can't pass up embroidered napkins.

Aren't they so pretty?

I foresee these as pillows, sachets, tray liners, etc.

Never as napkins!

I also found the perfect little project bag!

I collect straw bags and this one had such
pretty embroidery!

I felt that this would be perfect to leave out
just where it is, to keep handy for whatever
crochet or needlework project I am working on.

I found the large crocheted doily and linen fabric
inside. These will be made into a pillow :)

So much better than the basket I am using now!

And last, but not least, I found this embroidered,
cross-stitched linen tablecloth.

Red flowers.....

Perfect for the holidays!

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing my Flea Market Finds,
Dear Friends!

Have you found any fun finds at the Flea Market lately?


Thank you so much for stopping by and having a chat!
It means so much to me!


  1. You have done well lots of pretty things there.

  2. Karen, I have been looking around for those galvanized containers. Jess needs one for her wedding, but I haven't been able to find a nice one. I really like that hanging tray with all the ink bottles. Your "Kitchen Queen" cabinet is so charming with all the green glassware. The stepladder is cute too. Kai has such a sweet face and is a beautiful dog. I wouldn't mind having him around all the time.

    Thanks for showing your flea market finds, Karen. I have a great time at flea markets and usually come home with lots of goodies.


  3. You found some great things, Karen! I think we have the same taste:) I love the step ladder as a plant stand and those little drawers are perfect as planters. And those linens! Oh my, they are so pretty. I can't wait to see what you do with them. Have a great Wednesday!

  4. Dear Karen,
    you found so many lovely and wonderful Fleemarket-Things! I love this step ladder and those small drawers, so lovely! And wonderful lonone and crossstichwork you found ....
    It must have been a big and wonderful Flee-Market!
    Thank you for sharing wonderful pictures from your home filled with so lovely things and filled with so much Love!
    Have a wonderful week, my sweet friend, take care,
    sending Love and Hugs and Blessings,
    Claudia xo

  5. Hello Karen, I've enjoyed seeing your finds. You've been very imaginative in order to create that vintage style look. Your corner by the glass door leading onto the decking area looks very cozy. The information about American Eskimo Dogs and about your family background is very interesting. Your playful pets must be a lot of fun and good companions to have around. Wishing you more lovely Summer days as you work on projects to beautify your home and garden.

  6. Hello again Karen. We must have been thinking of one another as when I went to look on my last blog post I see that you had visited and left a kind comment! Thank you so much. I really appreciate hearing from you.

  7. Lovely things you have, a beautiful home and you give so much inspiration!
    Have a nice summerday, take care...
    Hug, Titti

  8. Everything looks gorgeous as usual! All your finds blend in so well. I can just imagine Kai dancing about and keeping you entertained. x

  9. Karen, what an eye you have for a treasure! I can't decide what I love best! That beautiful kitchen pantry with your stencilled olive branch, with the now 'matching' stepladder is up there, but then so are your planted vintage drawers. Oh, and the crocheted collar...divine! A post full of pretties and a real feast for the eyes. Thankyou! Love, Mimi xxx

  10. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful,love those corners, love drawers

    Marina from Spain

  11. Oh gosh, so many lovely treasures you found at the flea market and they all fit into your home beautifully.
    Interesting about how the American Eskimo Dog was named we know them as German Spitz's here in the UK and they are cute little characters with some amazing talents. They so love to be on two legs twirling just as you say Kai does. Loved the photo of him hiding :)
    Have a wonderful week Karen :)

  12. How I remember embroidered tablecloths!! My mother had several in the china closet drawers and used only for special occasions. I'm wondering now, just what happened to them all.

    Love all the ladder/plant stands and the warm cozy sunlight in the room where you show off your beautiful treasures [I'm partial to all the crocheted pieces].

    I would still call the breed "Spitz". My dad had one we named Hoss. Kai is very handsome.

  13. Karen, how many wonderful things!
    I'm here to say you bye bye for few weeks as I'm starting my summer holidays this weekend.
    See you soon.

  14. Ooh Karen, what wonderful flea market finds you've brought home to give a new home! Your step ladder looks beautifully decorated and your small step ladder will come in handy. All those pretty linens will be transformed into something beautiful by you. Your new straw basket does make for a pretty container for yarn, or whatever project you're working on. You've found some real treasures!

  15. My goodness but you did well! I'd have had a hard time passing up any of those linens - my particular weakness. The drawers planted up and places on the step ladder are a lovely idea. I liked this post and it reminded me of why I love reading blogs!

  16. O MY!! What a charming post!! LOVE your vintage ladder and the drawers filled with flowers!! My neighbor has a vintage ladder that I have been eying up . I have to try to find somewhere to put it though.... LOVE your Kitchen Queen cabinet with the green glassware!! Stunning!! This was such an enjoyable post!! Thanks so much for sharing all your treasures!!

  17. What a lovely post, you did so well too ... no wonder you are pleased.

    I do like the step ladder, it does indeed make a perfect country plant stand!
    Your new little project bag, looks perfect too. I like the colour and the size looks just right!

    Enjoy the rest of your week

    All the best Jan

  18. What wonderful finds!! They all go so lovely with your sweet home.

    I love the rug on your floor too.

    I really love your place and your style.

    Thanks for sharing all the peace and beauty that surrounds you there.


  19. So many goodies here! I thought I recognized that cute tool box. It looks great along with your drawer planters on the ladder. What a great addition to your cozy room. I just love all that you found, that must have been a great flea market.

  20. You really found some wonderful treasures at the flea market. Thank you for showing us your romantic kitchen, just love it all. But....this time your adorable Kai steals the show, what a fun dog despite he made a mess on your carpet.

  21. Congratulations on all the great finds! I particularly like what you did with the step ladder.

    You're right about Kai. How could anyone not love that sweet, innocent face!

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  22. I love the way you get creative and "upcycle" such wonderful treasures that you find! That step ladder is perfection as a plant stand like that. Such a perfect corner for it!

    I love flea markets, estate sales, antique stores etc. Such a wonderful place to find treasures. I'm always drawn to linens and doilies. As well as antique pottery is one of my favorties (especially Roseville and Weller).

    Such sweet and perfect vintage and country finds and uses my Friend!! Love this SO much! Thanks for sharing. And I love your furry babies so much too and how you share them with us. ;)

    Blessings to you Karen! xoxo

  23. I love all your finds Karen. Your ladder looks so pretty with your potted flowers. The inside of your home looks so charming and welcoming, as does your deck with all the flowers and beautiful view. I'll be looking forward to seeing what you make with your linen finds -- I can't resist them either!
    And you're right -- it would be hard to get too mad at such a sweet little dog as that!
    xo Deborah

  24. You founds some amazing finds! I love it when it all comes together. I especially like your step ladder. I recently brought home one I had found from where my folks lived. It sits on the garden porch for the time being but this winter must bring it in! Thanks for some great pics.

  25. You have some wonderful treasures. Love seeing your dogs and I didn't know those facts about the American Eskimo Dog.

  26. Oh my you did do well, I too love the old ladders, but don't know where I would put one in my house. I just had a plant tip over on my yesterday while cleaning, but it was my fault, I hate it when your cleaning and you just make more work for yourself. They look great on the ladder. Yes wouldn't it be nice if our husbands listened to us as well as we listen to them ;) Love all the laces and crocheted items.... we have not been to any of the flea markets, the days they have had them it has just been to HOT here with heat index's in the 100's

  27. Oh, my word Karen- you really found some amazing treasures! Every item is so awesome! Well done, ma'am!

    It's so neat seeing more of your home and learning a bit more of you and your life.


  28. The step-ladder really caught my eye. Has the culprit said he was guilty or not?

  29. Lots of fun treasures. I would have had a hard time leaving without those embroidered napkins too. They're just so beautiful! I really love the way you re-purposed the drawers to create flower containers. Such a lovely idea!!

  30. What fabulous finds! It has been ages since I have been to a flea market. I love the look of that step ladder and I also love galvanized buckets. I actually have a nice collection of them, but they say "Guinness" on one side. Someone, I won't say who, needs to do a blog post on things to do with galvanized buckets. :-)

  31. Thank you so much for linking up. You have such wonderful finds. That hutch is adorable and the green stuff inside makes my heart go pitter-patter. I'm in love with it this summer. Love the drawer ideas. I wonder if your grandfather and my husband are related. I love your sweet pup. They can get in trouble can't they?


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