to market to market



flea market, that is ...

ever since i can remember, i have been very attracted to old things ... the appeal is incredibly strong ... i crave to be surrounded by vintage and patina ... and not just for show, but as reclaimed purposeful pieces ... it is deeply soothing somehow ...

is it the stories they could tell? is it that they have withstood the test of time?
it actually made me sad, as a little girl, to see something that had been loved once, be discarded and thrown away ... a very tender spot for me ...

i think, too it is just part of the whole being in me that needs to take care of mother earth ... let's r.r.r. when we can...

i am so grateful to those who see the potential and preserve the past while making today's world a better place ...

so, i guess it's natural that i love what ki at junk camp does ... and what carol of carol's time again treasures does at 'what would martha do?' ... of course, the best finds at magnificent knack, the crazy folks at barn house, and for certain layla at the lettered cottage! ... etc, etc ...



this is a wee look at what flea market style magazine has in store for you!

sooooo ... that's why i am pretty darn excited that ki has announced the officially launching of flea market style magazine blog! if you love a good flea market, love to learn how and be inspired to repurpose ... then you know what to do ... ki's button is on my sidebar ...

and now ... here's a peek at a few pieces that i have salvaged and use daily in my studio space ... which is still a work in progress ... which btw, is an old garage we hauled into the yard from down the road and have given a new life (a story for another day!) ...


i found this chair 'bed' at a yard sale ~ i had never seen one quite like it ~ the back slips back and lays down flat ~ add the ottomon and you have a single bed! one very cold winter weekend i covered old couch cushions and brought it to life ... i wonder what name knack would give her ...



i love suitcases for storage ~ i wonder what places these ones have travelled to? they sit atop the base of a baby carriage that once toted my niece and oldest son!
and a rocking chair for someone to curl up in ...



i often use the old battered coffee pot that sits on top of the suitcases as a vase ... and today this perfectly imperfect sunnyflower smiles for us all!
when we moved the studio in, i wanted it tucked right back into the trees, but wanted to do so with as little disturbance to the trees and undergrowth as possible ... and thankfully we only had to remove one pine tree that was dying ... (i still couldn't watch it being taken down) ... but i did save the roots and wove them into the large wreath that hangs above the suitcases ... keeping the tree as close to where it lived as possible ...




every piece has a story ~ this cupboard in the corner was given to me by someone dear years ago and couldn't wait for this space so that it would have a home again ... and it sits on a wooden bench made by my husband when he was a child ... and doesn't everyone use an old crock as a waste dispenser?



another little cupboard that sat forever, waiting for this spot so it can hold my treasures ... more suitcases ... and a picnic basket, boo boo ...



can you believe how this side cupboard that we rescued from our grandad's basement fits so perfectly? sigh ...
oliver likes it too, of course ...




i was never so delighted when my husband came home from a local farm auction with this clock ... more history than we have time for ...

most gratefully, my husband knows what makes my heart tick and has thoughtfully, over the years, lugged things home for me! thanks honey!

one more note ~ it seems that my friend gigi from the magpie's fancy and i were on the same wave length when we titled our postings! visit here for her delightful market visit ...

16 comments:

Gigi said...

I love that we are on the same wavelength this week, my friend! What a wonderful post. You have a gift for discovering true treasures, as does your husband--I love that clock. I also use old suitcases for storing things. They are so practical and so pretty. Thanks for the inspiration! xoxo

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

What beautiful finds and what creative use you have put them to - your studio is lovely. I like the paint color you chose for the walls too.

Simply Mel said...

Prairie girl,

Your words and your 'salvage loving of old things' soul always make me happy! You are a beautiful beacon of hope when it comes to r.r.r. and the love of our beloved Mother. I became misty-eyed just reading how you made the wreath from the old pine tree just to keep it close - my are extraordinary!

And each comment you leave on my blog posts are favorites...you always have the greatest stories to go along with the themed post. I especially loved your great-grandfather's story of the tree and his naps.

Your words and the way you live your life warms my soul...

~Melissa

Deidra said...

I love your studio and this sentimental post. I would love to spend an afternoon in the studio, drinking tea while you tell me stories of all the pieces you've rescued and restored. The clock made my heart skip a beat. My grandmother ran a general store in Virginia, where friends and neighbors stopped to fill their tanks with Esso gasoline! And yes...let's rrr whenever possible!

Laura Trevey said...

i love that awesome clock ~~
don't you just love finding treasures like that?

enjoy your day!
xo Laura

Prairie Girl Studio said...

goosebumps all around! and, it looks like the clock has caught everyone's fancy ... i truly nearly fell over when my hubby presented it to me ... somewhere in the box with the tools etc, etc!
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isn't that funny, gigi? i had started this posting last weekend, before the hectic work week and just never got back to it ... and then i saw yours and i was going to change my title and thought ... ah nah ~ i think gigi will get a kick out of it! thanks so much kindred friend!
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thank you bonnie for your kind words! i just can't help myself ... i've been collecting 'things' for years and years ... and the paint colour? ... it all started with an enamel bowl that i picked up at carols' time again treasures ... i knew instantly it was the one and was able to match it to 'quaking grass' green ... the antique white is 'queen anne's lace' ... and the trim is 'pure white' ... i thought those names pretty much suited this prairie girl ... truth? i am a scaredy cat when it comes to selecting paint, but i have been 100% happy with this ...
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oh mel ... cut that out ... now you've got ME misty eyed! seriously, i hope you feel this big hug i have for you, as i truly believe we share many thoughts and feelings ... thank you for listening to and enjoying some of my stories ~ i sincerely feel so blessed to have lived so many rich experiences and now have such great souls to share them with ... muwah ... xo
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hi deidra! yay! when can i put the kettle on? i am so happy that the clock brought back those memories for you ... i would love to hear about your visits to your grandmother's general store ... the sights and sounds! hmm ... maybe something you could write about ~ that would be cool!
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oh my goodness yes, laura ~ finding treasures is the best ... especially the ones that make your heart race and say ... 'take me take me take me home' ... and how can one resist? xo

My name is PJ. said...

I would REALLY enjoy a shopping spree at your house! Love what you did with the suitcases and carriage wheels!

Journaling Woman said...

I love everything. Good finds.

pve design said...

While we were up in the Catskills, we took a scenic train ride and my youngest took the best photo of these old suitcases.
I would love to see a photo of your home?
Have you ever posted a photo.
It looks so lovely inside.
pve

Prairie Girl Studio said...

hi pj! thank you so much for always coming by and giving me a smile ... so many of my ideas come from ideas ~ i wish it was my full time job! xo
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hello journaling woman ~ so nice to have you visit! thank you!
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mmmm pve, i can only imagine how incredibly scenic your train travels through the catskills would be ... i hope you share your daughter's picture ~ one can never tire of seeing old suitcases! thanks for your kind comment ... xo

Joyce said...

I want to come and hang out at your home. It is beautiful!!! I love vintage things and hold each piece wondering what stories it would tell. I have a small church pew I posted last year. Nothing fancy, but I bet there this little bench holds many secrets, some happy and sad tears. I like mixing old and new into our home.

A very beautiful home my friend. xoxo

Prairie Girl Studio said...

c'mon over joyce, and let's hang out! i would love to hear more about your pew ~ can you imagine the tales it could tell ... hmm ... and i think your home must be so warm and welcoming as you are! xo

Elise said...

Good morning - I just had to stop by and leave you a note because you have the most wonderfully fabulous blog. I've loved reading your interesting posts, all very creative and great pictures too. What could be more perfect ? Thanks for sharing them all and best wishes...

orange sugar home said...

what a perfect post! what do you do in your little haven? I wish I had a little house to run to sometimes - every woman/mom needs a room for that. You are a natural at decorating!! gorgeous!!

Prairie Girl Studio said...

hi osh! thanks for coming by for a wee visit and for leaving a lovely comment! this little space of mine truly is a bit of heaven on earth for me and i try not to get too daydreamy when i am to be working on my computer doing my graphic design work ... i am most blessed to be able to do this work from 'home' for people here and there ... xo

GUGAW said...

beautiful pictures! i love flea markets and went to an absolutely beautiful one whilst i was out in aus, but it was cruel because i couldn't bring very much home with me on the flight! but found some gorgeous pots which i'll blog about soon :D