I just experienced my dream kind of weekend. Friday night I went to my friend Amy's house to scrap with our friend Yvonne, I worked on a Halloween banner, ate some yummy cheese with fresh figs and pears, laughed and visited. Then I spent 3 hours Saturday at a Come Play event held at Jill's lovely shabby chic house with another group of really fun and talented women working with a kit from Cocoa Daisy and learning to make a beautiful journal in a class taught by Michelle Geller.
Then, on Sunday, at 6 a.m., flashlight in one hand, 20 oz. cup of hot coffee in the other, tote filled with a tape measure, a wish-list, a pen, some cash, a granola bar, gum, a camera, and a notebook, myself and 20 other women who had taken part in the class the day before embarked on the ulitmate treasure hunt at the annual Coburg Antique Fair. My friend Ali, her family, and I browsed and bought to our heart's content. It was fun to spot an item that you knew someone else was looking for and see their excitement when they held it in their hands. And by the end of the day I lost a little of my shyness about bargaining- saved me just enough to buy my last few purchases. Below are some of my favorite finds of the day, and believe me, were money no object I could have added to my treasure trove!
I have innadvertantly begun a collection of old license plates- it began 10 years ago when I brought 2 plates (my 2 favorite are from New Jersey- the garden state and Maine, Vacationland) home from my husband's grandparents house in Maine. And boy were there some cool old plates to be had yesterday. Two of the three came home not only because of what their state motto said but also because they were from the year my husband was born.I also collect vintage architectural moulding- I have never seen a curved piece like this one, love this vintage rusty-blue metal hook- and the bonus flashcard, the typewriter keys spell out my word of the year, joy, and couldn't resist this reproduction garden sign.A pitcher flashcard to go with my sugar and creamer collection, thanks Emily for your eagle eye for flashcards, and two small cookie cutters- I seem to have a growing spade collection.A sweet deal ($5) for this doll quilt (hard to find this much fabric for $5)- and an especially sweet deal for someone who does not sew. Emma is already in love with this little quilt, she's dragged it behind her all day.Flashcard heaven, an old clock stamp, and a Bingo card- displayed on an old schoolhouse desk chair we have in our family room.2 bags with vintage ribbon, lace, chennille and flowers, a button card, 3 yards of hand tatted lace and 3 yards of hand sewn-hand embroidered trim- can't wait to create with these- but for now they make a sweet little display.One of these vintage brilliant blue locker baskets came home with me- it will house scrapbook products or maybe mini-books. They were not very expensive (under $20) and I must have gone back to look at them a half a dozen times before I picked the one with our house number on it. My one big "splurge" of the day.This lovely little bucket did not come home with me today but I am planning on doing something similar with my own collection of lovely little buckets soon.A long,really fun,really inspiring weekend was had. Oh, and all day Sunday I didn't have to cook- it's been a long time since I could make that claim. And Sunday night, after 9 hours of walking through the streets of Coburg I was ready to put my feet up. I have to give a big thanks to my husband who not only took the seats out of the back of our van for the big items I didn't buy, but also for helping me to take a much needed break this weekend. I decided I need to do it more often because the 3 of them seemed pretty happy to have me home by Sunday night (and don't tell them but I've already marked this weekend away on the calendar for next year too!)