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I think I am going through a mid life
crisis!! My husband came home to the house torn apart and three paint
cans opened in the living room. Black, Grey/Blue and Canary
yellow................... (the yellow was for our office). "Have you
lost your mind?"....is what I am sure went through his mind. My house
is very muted and well, I was sick of it. I craved something dramatic
to shake it up a bit. And let’s face it, paint is a cheap
makeover. First, I couldn't wait to paint the wall of my fireplace
black. "Yes, black!!!" Yep, your first reaction was right, it was awful. It was not at all what I had envisioned. There is a
very cool shop in Ballard, WA called Lucca that has black painted walls. Ever since I first went
there six years ago I have wanted to paint a room black. After painting
the wall, I felt like maybe my kids would be seeing a therapist throughout
their adulthood if I kept it that color. Although, I must admit, I do secretly
wish the color would have worked. The grey blue on the other hand turned
out very nice, which then made me start looking at my armoire in that room and
realized I had to paint it a different color too. One thing always leads to
The crazy (yellow/green) canary color that I picked out for our
office looks like one flew over the coo coo's nest. I just bought the sample;
it came out really uneven, as you can tell by this picture. I think I
will like it for this room, I just need one more so I can apply a full coat. Hey,
why not it is just paint right!
One more new change is a great new lamp............
The world is a great big place and this great lamp will always remind
me of that. The vintage European fabric is cut out to look like a globe.
Thanks to some of my best-est girlfriends that bought me this beautiful lamp
from Anthropologie for my birthday. Wel,l actually, it was suppose to be a
pair of boots that I wanted but when I found this lovely in the sale room at Anthro
it had to come home with me instead of the boots.
What is it about a secondhand market, also known in French
as “brocante,” that stirs our souls? It is where we search for weathered
chairs, vintage books, and antique linens. It is where we find objects that
sing to us as we invite the power of potential to unleash our imaginations as
we seek to elevate how we live, what we create.
If the hunt for flea market treasures is something you’d
like to discover for the first time, or enjoy in the company of like-minded
friends, it is our hope that you’ll join us for a special outing as outlined
A limited number of
goody bags will be dispensed at 9:00 a.m. at the front entrance gates. Once
they’re gone, they’re gone. After the goody bags, we will enjoy quick
introductions, followed by a review of friendly flea marketing tips, and some
fun surprises. And then, we will all enter the grounds to shop. You are free to
roam the aisles alone, or with other guests, or alongside Heather, Pam, Amy, or
Lunch Time: 12:00 p.m.
At noon, you are
invited to join us at the green picnic tables with a lunch that you have packed
for the day, or purchased at one of the food stands. During lunch, we will
enjoy the best part of flea marketing, which is a “show & tell” of what
you’ve found with others. After we have re-fueled, Heather, Pam, Amy, and Jenny
will award very special handmade prizes to those with the best flea market
“tote-ables” as follows:
Carnival — in terms of the activities planned by Heather, Pam, Amy and
Jenny — is a free event that will officially conclude with the best
tote-able awards, but of course everyone will be welcome to continue
shopping until the flea market closes at 3:00 p.m. Please note that in
order to enter the flea market, regular admission of $8.00 per person will
need to be paid at the gate. For details regarding admission, please visit
are encouraged to visit Heather’s blog post containing her best flea
marketing tips to help you prepare for the event here: http://heatherbullard.typepad.com/heather_bullard_collectio/2008/04/flea-market-tip.html
Throughout the day, photographs will be taken as
we aim to cover the adventures of Brocante Carnival in a future issue of Somerset Life magazine.
we be seeing you there? Let us know. We are looking forward to meeting local
flea market loving people from the blogosphere! xo
Reflecting back after attending the amazingly talented Janice Lowry's funeral a week ago makes me realize how precious time is. How quickly loved ones can be taken from us. And how important it is to let people know how much we love them or how special they are. I want to make sure that I take opportunities to encourage others to achieve their dreams and to praise them when I can. It was so amazing being in Janice's home how much you could feel her in her beautiful surroundings that only a truly creative person could create. I have been in quite a few expensive homes but money cannot buy creativity and it is always so fun to go into the home of an artist and feel their soul. Their artwork spills from room to room. Their attention to detail explodes and you feel like you have taken a trip into their mind. What a wonderful journey.
Hearing Janice's good friend's pain in her voice during her eulogy of her dear friend Janice hurt me to the bone and made me remember how precious people are and how no one will be here forever. May you hold those dear to you close.
I found an old metal paint case that I had bought in France when I was there last year. I remembered how excited I was when I first saw it. It still has its originally stickers inside with the color names written in French. Why was everything made so beautifully years ago?? It made such a nice backdrop for this bracelet.
I think I have finally captured the beautiful color of these stones. They are so lovely in person..........