Wednesday, December 28, 2011

English Goodies

A visit from our friends from England! Look what she brought????? Love me some chalk paint and homemade chutney!!!! Thanks Dawn!

Don' t you just love when friends come to visit? Especially around the holidays? We have some wonderful friends that live in England and they usually come to Germany after Christmas to go skiing. When they come for a visit, they bring lots of goodies from England and I wanted to share some of those on here!

Enjoying a meal shared between friends

This was the first time they met our youngest son!

Their 3 beautiful children!

Brayden and Jeremy

A box full of goodies, from Rich Christmas pudding, to clotted cream, roast and casserole to Cadbury chocolate and everything in between! We were overwhelmed!


Oh my gosh, they walked up carrying this HUGE box of British magazines!!!! English home, 25 beautful homes and so many more!

There must be over 50 in there! YEAH

A perfect time of year to start putting new decorating ideas in place!

On a side note, we are headed back to France on Friday with a 10 foot moving truck to pick up purchases that we made last week! So excited to start painting again!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Photos from my 1st Vintage Market

Here are photos from my first market "Remnants of the Past" a Vintage Holiday Market. I didn't know what to expect, but my prayer was that the people who were supposed to attend, would, and they did. We had a full house for several hours and it was an all around great day. I wish I had taken photos of my refreshment table when it was fulled and of the house when it was full. Those sweet memories will be in my heart though. I look forward to how my business goes from here! More to come no doubt.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

More Vintage Market Photos and a Belgian Flea Market

On Saturday, I woke up early and headed to Homburg while it was still dark. Flashlight in hand, I began to scour the tables and ground for great deals and let's just say I came home with a car FULL of exciting things! Following the market, I met my hubby at HELA, the home improvement store across the street and we gathered wood and trim to build the fireplace surround pictured below. I love having a "handy" hubby who enjoys working with wood!

It turned out fantastic and it was so much fun to decorate. On Sunday morning, my oldest son and I hit the road for a FABULOUS market in Belgium-and NOT TONGEREN.

We arrived at our secret, Belgian location right after the sun rose and it was so beautiful! I like the TONGEREN flea market, don't get me wrong, but it is overpriced and Americanized and now after being here almost 7 years, we venture off the beaten path and do markets that are not generally well known and let me tell you, it PAYS off! I was told about this Belgian market by a vendor that I met at another flea market last month and he said it was a good one! He was dead on. Prices ROCKED! It was a little smaller than what I am used to, but that made it manageable and I didn't feel the pressure that"maybe I missed something". Check out my photos! I will certainly be heading back there next year!

If you come to my market in December, you will see 3 of 4 of these babies up for sale-I am keeping one!! Reclaimed Catholic school/church windows! Heart*Heart

I wanted to buy these HUGE frames so badly, but I ran out of money. 2 frames for 250 euro!!!! A steal! They were over 7 feet tall!

Beautiful castle that overlooks the city

Love this pottery barn style mirror for 10 EUROS!! I already bought 2 by this point! Crazy, awesome prices

Old kitchen table that I loved for 15 euros!

YES, can you see the 20 euro sign on it?? If my husband had been there, we would have strapped that baby on the roof! The table was GORGEOUS! I always strip the tops of my tables anyways, so that was certainly not a deterant!!

My trunk filled up! Found some La Lorraine preserve jars, old clocks, old French school posters (one of my favorite finds!) and of course the school windows, a corner chair and a very cool metal clothes basket!! Oh and 3 mirrors! A great day!!!! So my word of advise if you have been in Europe long, or if you are just getting here, don't go to the traditional markets, get off the beaten path and get yourself some real, European deals!