Thursday, June 21, 2012

Road Trippin' Antique Stop

Hello Lovely Friends,

This past weekend I went on a little road trip with my Dad, my youngest sister, and my youngest brother. We were heading to Columbus, Ohio for my cousin's graduation open house. While traveling, I spotted a huge Antique mall just off the highway in Findlay, Ohio. I ooh'd and ahh'd about how big the place was and my wonderful Father asked if I wanted to stop in. My sister and I were super excited!

 Here are my finds and a few treasures that I admired ~

Look at all that chippy goodness!

Don't you love the blue doors!? I really wanted to take them home with me.

I'm really liking the cabinet look. 

I've been looking for a nice set of books to display. This purple set is so pretty so I just had to have them. They were $3 dollars a piece. 

Look at all the transferware ~

I've been searching for a set of four matching transferware plates for quite some time now to put on plate racks. Brown or blue are about my only requirements. 
The plates I've looked at online are about $25 dollars a piece. 

I bought this whole set for $25. I'm not really sure what I'll do with the rest of the set though. I actually like this pattern enough to build up a collection, but transferware seems to be scarce in the Grand Rapids area. I don't know why but I just can't find it there. 

I wish now that I had bought this little guy...

Love the Coffee Tin!

I fell in love with this little vase. It matches the blue in my living room perfectly. 
(I forgot to take a pic at the store)

The blue pitcher was $9.50

A big ole' thanks goes out to my Dad for letting us stop in and not flying by the place like a certain husband of mine would do! Just kidding, my husband is a saint about my antique obsession.

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A few of my sisters super cute Instagram photos of our antique stop ~ 

She bought this cool vintage suitcase and also a large, oval shaped, chippy  white mirror. Her items were amazingly cute!

Her photos are so much cuter than mine too...

Jeffrey's Antiques ~
11326 County Road 99
Findlay, OH 45840

You can visit their website here.

Have a wonderful week everyone, I know I will! I'm off for another weekend excursion visiting family. This time I'm going to the town where I grew up for an antique shopping trip. I'm pretty excited! 


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Monday, June 11, 2012

Thrift Finds: Table & Basket

Hello, lovely friends!

finally finished my little $7 dollar table from Weekend Pickers. 
I had a very hard time deciding what color to choose. I do a lot of white so I constantly want to do something different, but I always seem to go back to that tried and true color.
At first, I spray painted the table a darker sage green color. I kept it like that for a few weeks, but I just needed it to be lighter color in order for me to be in love with it. 
I also thought about finally going for it and doing a transfer to the top of the table, but since we're moving in a few short weeks I just decided to leave it for the time being. 

In case you don't remember what the table looked like when I originally bought it, you can go to my post here about all my finds at Weekend Pickers.

I love the scalloped design of this table. Really scratching up the paint on those types of areas for more definition is a favorite look of mine.

The circular design in the top center of the table is also the sort of embellishment that's always fun to distress. You can really see all the sanding, scratches, and scraping on the legs of the table in this photo.

I bought the iron basket at a Salvation Army store for $4 dollars. The color wasn't actually too bad to begin with, just a little too much gold for my taste. 

I'm really into the iron basket thing lately. I like the look of filling a more industrial looking item with pretty things like vintage books, old doilies, grapevine, and yarn decorations. 

Anyway, I spray painted the basket several colors before deciding on the Antique silver paint by Glidden. 

I actually sprayed it green, white, brown and light blue first. I distressed the whole thing so that the blues and the rest of the colors would come through a bit. I love how it finally turned out!

Anyway, that's a little look at my soon to be packed away belongings...

Hopefully, before I move I can have my posts ready about the antique  lawn sale that I went to this past weekend and the shutters that I painted for my living room decor.

Have a lovely day!

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The Shabby Nest ~ Frugal Friday
My Repurposed Life ~ Catch as Catch Can

Monday, June 4, 2012

Greenmeade Antique Flea Market

Hello, lovely friends!

One of my very favorite events for antique shopping is at the Greenmeade antique flea market in Livonia, Michigan. It's held on the first weekend in June and September. I now save a lot of pennies for this event!

Greenmeade Park is a historical farm complex, village, and also a picnic facility. Many old buildings have been preserved and put on this spot of 95 acres of land. 

Newburgh Methodist Church ~ built in 1848

This church is beautiful inside as well! 

So for the flea market, booths are set up all around the village. It's a lot of walking but well worth it. The prices are very reasonable! The sellers are always so nice and ready to come down on prices before you can even ask.

Here's just a few of the items throughout the flea market

The Kingsley House ~ built in 1843

It's very pretty inside. It's set up the way a home would have looked in the mid 1800's.

Alexander Blue House ~ built in the mid 1800's

I don't know if you can go inside this building. It sure is pretty on the outside though! 

I love these old milk bottles ~ I'm not sure if $12 each is a good price, but they're neat and would look so cute in a farmhouse-style kitchen.

I bought the tin in the far left corner that says Washburn Crosby Co. for $4.

This metal basket was my favorite purchase of the day for $10 marked down from $20.

I also bought some old laundry pins and a toy tea set

My haul

I went in with a $140, but I just couldn't find a lot that I wanted to buy this time. I only spent $20 dollars total. Not bad at all. It's not that there weren't a ton of cute things to buy, it's just that my shopping is a bit stunted at the moment.

See, my husband and I are moving once again. God has graciously provided my husband with a teaching job back home. We've been gone for two years and had finally come to terms with living here on the east side of the state.  We recently found a wonderful church family and we were getting to know some lovely new friends here.We never thought that we would get to go back to our wonderful hometown of Grand Rapids. We will be moving in a few short weeks here and packing needs to begin soon! We're putting almost everything we own in storage and living with family while looking to buy a house. This is truly a dream come true and an answer to many prayers. It's a very exciting time for us. God is so good! 

The Shaw House ~ built in 1843

I always enjoy this event so much. Seeing all of the old buildings and steping back in time is just beautiful! I've so enjoyed every visit I've had there. The employees and volunteers do such an amazing job. I'm so grateful that there are people that care so much about preserving the past. Getting to shop for antiques while seeing all of this is such a lovely way to spend an afternoon! 

Thanks so much to cousin Jillia who spent the day with me enjoying all the antiques! 

20510 Newburgh Rd.
Livonia, MI 48152

They also have a Facebook page. You can see it here.

Until next time Greenmeade antique flea market!


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My Repurposed Life ~ Catch as Catch Can

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Recipe ~ Bacon Quiche

Hello, lovely friends!
Today, I'm sharing my favorite quiche recipe. This is the most decadent quiche that I have ever tasted! I only make it occasionally as there's nothing healthy about it whatsoever. I guess that's what makes it so amazing!

~ Bacon Quiche ~

1 single crust pie pastry (recipe below) or 1 sheet refrigerated pie pastry
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1 Tbs. butter
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup unsweetened apple juice
1 lb. sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded Swiss cheese

(note: one piece equals 739 calories)

Line a 9-inch pie plate with pastry; trim and flute edges. Set aside. In a small skillet, saute green onions in butter  until tender.
Meanwhile, grease a baking sheet and bake the bacon for 10-12 minutes (or until crisp) at 400 degrees in the oven (no grease splatter mess all over your kitchen counter). Let cool and then crumble.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, cream, and juice. Stir in the bacon, salt, pepper, and green onions.
Pour into pastry; sprinkle with cheese (I actually just stir the cheese in with everything else) .
Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting. 

Yield ~ 6 servings 

Source ~ Taste of Home Magazine (June ~ July 2008)
By: Colleen Belbey

~ Classic Pie Pastry ~

1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup shortening
4 to 5 Tbs. cold water

In a small bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in the shortening until mixture is crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with fork until a ball forms (I just throw everything into my Kitchen Aid Mixer). Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

* I usually serve this with fresh fruit in the summer and muffins in the fall and winter months.

Source ~
Taste of Home Test Kitchen (Taste of Home cookbook)


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