Flea Market Finds: Cabin Fever

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We are nearing the end of the school year here, and dreaming of slower summer days. We made our first batch of popsicles this week, and the kids have been splashing in the kiddie pool out back. One of my summer dreams is to some day have a rustic cabin on a lake, or a cottage by the ocean. I would love a quiet spot to hide away with the kids for the summer, where they could read books, run around without shoes and sleep out on the porch. A big part of this dream of mine revolves around the decorating. I long to eat off of stenciled Jackson china, cover hardwood floors with handmade rugs and tuck the girls into cast iron beds under vintage quilts. Here are some summery cabin finds we have been stocking up on in the shop:

*Antique Basket

*Vintage Apple Cutting Board

*Vintage Box of Arrows

*Handmade Vintage Doll Furniture

*Four Vintage Hooks

*Antique Ironstone Cups and Saucers

*Bouquet of Vintage Arrows

Spring Flowers

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Spring is my favorite time of year out in the garden. We are on year two of planning a cutting garden, and the bulbs are a thrill to see this time of year. It makes me really happy to run out back and snip some of our own flowers for the vases around the house. I am especially in love with these little checkered Fritillaria, which I think have gotten bigger flowers this year, and the pretty double Narcissus we planted the year before last.  Here is a list of some of the bulbs we planted.  I am a little unhappy with the colors of the Hyacinths we chose, so I have been cutting most of them and bringing their amazing scent indoors…maybe I need to plant more.  There are lots of buds on the Lilac we put in last year, and our tiny little cherry tree from the Arbor Day Foundation had exactly nine flowers last week.  Let’s hope the bees did their job and we will see some little cherries in the fall.  We are realizing that it takes years to choreograph a garden’s blooms.  I started a Martha-inspired garden journal last year…which I promptly forgot to fill in.  So Chris has started using his phone to record the dates and progress of blooming.  We can look back over the year and plan ahead to fill in any empty spaces.  Meanwhile, I am enjoying our little home-grown bouquets.  We have some newly-listed vintage flower pots and vases in the Etsy store if you need any spots for flowers in your space.

*White McCoy Flower Pot with Attached Saucer, So pretty with planted geraniums on a windowsill!

*Weller Jardiniere Vase, I love the matte green glaze.

*1940s Haeger Bowl, Perfect for cut hyacinth or hydrangea.

*Large Nelson McCoy Butterfly Pitcher, Great for long stems of tulips or sunflowers.

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Happy Friday!

We have been having such a busy spring, (thus the lack of activity here).  We escaped the city for spring break last week and spent time in beautiful Vermont and New Hampshire for Easter.  We were excited to return to spring in Brooklyn!  Our flowers are pushing up and blooming in the back yard, the bees are super busy gathering pollen and the tulips we planted out front are opening.  I found lots of great antiques in Vermont and have been listing them on our Etsy site.  Dare is desperately trying to crawl after spending a week with big kids.  Here are some pieces of the last few weeks:

*Cameo Ring.  I found this Victorian ring in a little shop in VT and fell in love with it.  Then I saw that the box was from an old jewelry shop at 1 Market Street in Portsmouth, NH.  Before I moved to NY I worked at the beautiful Flower Kiosk just a block away on Market Street.  Such a small world.

*Pansy Detail, Webber Vase

*Cloudy Drive Out of the City

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*Vintage Bingo Cards and Ada’s New Numbers

*Vintage 1950s Arrows in an Antique Pitcher from Greenpoint Brooklyn.  Who knew that Greenpoint was a huge pottery manufacturer in the 1800s?!

*The Most Beautiful Building in the World

*Pretty Cameo Pin

*Jesse’s Snowman, April Snowstorm in Vermont

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*Have a lovely weekend!

Flea Market Finds: The Littles

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We have found some tiny vintage treasures on our hunts recently, and listed them on our Etsy store.  I am not sure what the above cocktail shaker was for, but it is adorable!  It stands 2 1/4″ tall and was made in Germany, probably in the 1950s.  Here are a few other mini vintage finds:
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*Collection of Wooden German Vehicles, Buildings and Blocks.  The largest of the tall buildings measures 3″ high.
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*Set of Six Little Bakelite Knives. These measure 4 5/8″ long. These are from the 1950s and may have been butter knives to a larger set. I love that they are perfectly kid-sized.112WoodAnimalsPencil
*Set of 29 Miniature German Froebel Animals. These are so sweet! The tiny little brightly-painted animals measure around an inch tall.  These would make great Easter basket gifts!

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Happy Friday and Happy Spring!

I think I saw our tulip shoots push up another inch or two yesterday. I need to get out back and remove my over-zealous straw mulching from the fall.  This is our second year of growing a garden and we get very excited when plants actually grow out back.  I think I even see the start of flowers on one of my hellebore plants, which everyone else in our neighborhood seems to be able to grow except us thus far…Maybe this is our year.  One of our bee hives was bringing in lots of pollen this week.  I am so amazed that those girls know when and where to find the tiniest bit of pollen in the otherwise gray landscape.  I need to take a peek inside and see if we need to feed a bit more before the flowers really start providing nectar.  We are keeping fingers crossed for a warm weekend.  Hooray for Spring!

Instagrams from the week:

*Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

*Headband Crown Production for the lovely Acorn Toy Shop

*Ice Cream Weather, Ample Hills

*Long Shadows

*Dare

*Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

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Flea Market Finds: The Woods

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Some new vintage finds in our Etsy shop:

*Antique Dough Bowl

*Pair of Mini Clover Shelves

*1950s Trees Painting

*Turned Wooden Candle Sticks

*Antique Folding Hat Rack

DIY Party Games for Little Kids

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We realized a few days before Josie’s birthday party that the kids were old enough to play games this year.  We came up with a few simple games that were inexpensive, easy to put together and that kept the kids occupied between cake and party hats:

The Scavenger Hunt consisted of manilla shipping tags with hand-written clues tied to things around the house.  The older kids helped the little ones read the clues and they ran around finding tags until the final clue led them to a box with a small prize for each kid.  While three-year-olds may be able to play games, they are not good sports about just one prize for the winner, so we made sure each game had little thing for each person.

We had a Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey game in our party supply box.  I thought it would be too complicated for them, but the kids had fun playing and laughing.  There may also have been some cheating.

The Pass the Package Game is similar to Musical Chairs.  A package is passed around a circle of kids while music plays.  When the music stops the person holding the package tears off wrappings until the music begins again.  This continues until the package is completely unwrapped.  We used streamers from the party store and I divided marbles from the dollar store into little plastic pouches for each kid:

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Flea Market Finds: Heavy Metal

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119CarLettesFront107SpoonsFront107Numbers2We have been gathering lots of vintage and antiques the last few weeks and posting them to our Etsy shop.  I am loving the color of these silver metals.  The Car Letters and House Numbers are such great graphic shapes.  I love how the font style tells a story about the era they came from.  The letters from automobiles practically scream style and speed, while the older house numbers seem neat and pretty, but also practical and simple.  These pieces look great in a group on a mantel, and I like how their shapes and lines play off of each other.  These Antique Coin Silver Spoons make me smile.  They were made in the 1850s in Haverhill, Massachusetts.  They are monogrammed on the back and were used for many, many years by the same family.  I imagine the spoons being used at the family table and lovingly cleaned and polished.  The smallest spoon is only 3 5/8″ long and would have probably been used to spoon bits of salt.  So sweet! Here are their pretty monograms:107Spoons
We are looking forward to spring and green and, (just as importantly), stoop sale weather!  Just one more week of winter!  Keep your eyes open for more vintage treasures coming soon.

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Ballerina Cake

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Josie changed her mind a few times about what cake she wanted for her birthday.  We finally ended up making layers of both chocolate and yellow cake and covering them with strawberry frosting.  I used my favorite Deep Dark Chocolate Cake recipe from Country Living Magazine for the center layer.  The yellow cake was Barefoot Contessa’s Birthday Cake recipe.  The frosting was from Sprinkles’ Strawberry Frosting recipe.  We decorated with ballerinas and flowers that we got from Dash & Dollop’s Etsy shop.  The kids dissected the parts of cake that they liked best, and Josie was a happy girl. Cake2

Paper Love

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Today is Josie’s birthday. Happy Birthday little Jo!  We are having a party tomorrow with her friends and working on cake-baking this afternoon.  I picked up some party things last week at two of my favorite places in Soho.  Pearl River Mart and Sunrise Mart are full of beautiful imported goods.  I love wandering around and getting ideas and treats in these two spots.  The paper goods are the best!  Here is some of what we found:
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*Paper Goldfish Balloons – for party decorating.

*Paper Flower Kits – good gifts for future birthday parties.  I like to keep a stash of gifts in the party box.

*Hello Kitty Stickers and Tissues – pretty much tailor-made for a three-year-old.

*Puffy Animal Stickers – Josie gifts.

*Paper Balloons – good, inexpensive gift bag loot.

*Paper Lanterns – you can never have enough of these.

Happy Friday everyone!  Have a wonderful weekend.