Checkin’ In

Hey ya’ll!! I’m still alive…I promise…though I might just be hanging on by the thread of a few crazy strings! I knew keeping up with a blog was going to be an entirely different game once our little girl arrived…and the challenges of being a working mom with a million hobbies has proved to be…well…difficult. There are lots of friends I haven’t seen, date nights that I haven’t been able to have, errands that don’t get run and small craft projects that just don’t get finished. And I’m learning…that it’s okay. I am also learning to just focus on the things that I truly love and that bring me peace and happiness…like playing and reading to my daughter, working on an occasional home project with my husband, spending the occasional Saturday visiting my favorite thrift stores with my husband or my parents. What also brings me happiness is my career. I thought that once I had a baby, that I’d have to give up on building up my professional life…but over the past year, with the loving support of my family, I’m able to have a happy balance. So…this year I’m also focusing on my design work, teaching and a few side projects.

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So…where does that leave the blog? It’s still here and with a slight refresh. There are lots of fun home improvement things that we’ve been working on, as well as some fun family friendly antique treasures that have come and gone from our household. I’m going to probably write shorter posts about each of these things in the coming months…but there will be new articles coming!

Here are just a few things of inspiration lately:

Vintage inspired bathroom lighting updates!

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Collecting Roseville Pottery!

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Shopping for antique furniture casters for an antique wrought iron bed!

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Giving wooden porch columns an updated facelift!

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And a much much needed home office/man cave makeover!

 

Sweet sriracha! This room is frightening!

Sweet sriracha! This room is frightening!

So stay tuned…lots of fun stuff coming up this spring!

2014 Fall Antique Show Guide

I don’t know about you, but fall is my favorite time of the year. There is nothing better than grabbing a hot cup of tea or coffee, a warm biscuit, tossing on old boots and soft flannel and heading outdoors on a crisp fall morning. Just remember to grab your tote bag so that you can fill it full of treasures at one of these many fall antiquing events…

12th Annual Williamsburg Fall Antique Show & Flea Market

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What: 12th Annual Williamsburg Fall Antique Show and Flea Market
When: Saturday, September 27th – 8am – 2pm – Rain or shine
Where: Williamsburg, VA 23188, 4615 Opportunity Way (Warhill High School parking lot)
How much: FREE
What’s gonna be there: 80 vendors featuring antiques, collectibles, jewelry, crafts and more!
More info: http://www.virginia.org/Listings/EventsAndExhibits/WIlliamsburgFallAntiqueShowFleaMarket/

Liberty, NC Antique Festival

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What: Liberty Antique Festival
When: Friday & Saturday, September 26 & 27 – Rain or Shine! 8am – 5pm
Where: Pike Family Farm, Liberty N.C.
How much: $7 admission fee
What’s gonna be there: 400 dealers from more than 25 states pack a 100-acre farm with 18th-20th Century antiques. No craft and no reproductions! Sounds like a good time to me!
More info: www.libertyantiquesfestival.com
Need more info? Read this: www.ourstate.com/liberty-antiques-festival

55th Shenandoah Antiques Expo, Fishersville, VA

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What: 55th Shenandoah Antique Expo
When: October 10th – 12th – Rain or Shine! 9am – 5pm
Where: Fishersville, VA
How much: $10 admission fee
What’s gonna be there: One of my favorite events! Tons of indoor and outdoor vendors with everything to advertising, shabby chic, rustic, primitive, high-end to flea market style…it has it all.
More info: http://www.heritagepromotions.net/events
Need more info? Read this: http://thesavvyseeker.com/2014/05/12/54th-shenandoah-antique-expo-part-i/

25th Annual Harvest Festival, Bowling Green, VA

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What: 25th Annual Harvest Festival
When: Saturday, October 18th – Rain or Shine! 9am – 4pm
Where: Town of Bowling Green, VA
How much: FREE
What’s gonna be there: Antique car competition like you’ve never seen, antique tractors, crafts, food vendors, a stage for live music, bluegrass, pony rides for the kiddies and a farm petting area. There are two small antique stores in the town’s main strip, along with some of the most beautiful Victorian homes you’ll ever see.
More info: http://www.townofbowlinggreen.com

51st Annual Delaware Antique Show

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What: 25th Annual Harvest Festival
When: November 7th – 9th – 11am – 6pm
Where: Chase Center, Wilmington, DE
How much: $15 for non-members
What’s gonna be there: 60 dealers highlighting the best of American antiques and decorative arts. There will also be a lecture by Jessica Fellowes – author, historian and niece of Downton Abby creator Julian Fellowes.
More info: www.winterthur.org

4th Annual Vintage Home Market 

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What: Vintage Home Market
When: November 22nd & 23rd – 9am – 5pm
Where: Richmond Raceway Complex, Richmond, VA
How much: $5 admission fee
What’s gonna be there: A wonderful hodgepodge of everything vintage, shabby chic and more! I had the pleasure of attending last year’s Spring show and had a ball!
More info: www.thevintagehomemarket.com

If you know of another great vintage/antiquing event, please send the info my way and I’ll add to this list!

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