While I was away with the girls, we popped over to the local flea market that was going on in Ventura. You know I love a flea market; there are always treasures to be found and sights to be seen. I think that's the first time I've been in ages and ages, desiring more time in my life and less stuff overall these days. You see, when at the flea market I want to see it all, which takes hours, and then there's always lots of things to be rescued, or begging to be made into ____ etc. etc. It's just better if I stay away for the most part these days, but that said, I sure was excited to go.
I texted Kaari the night before to ask where it was and hope she'd come meet us, which she did, bringing sister Molly along. Seriously, how cute are those Meng sisters?!? They went with Syd and Mary on their Mexico art retreat recently, thus Syd's photo bomb reunion pose ;).
I took some photos of pretty things as I walked around. Look at these colors:
And yes, I did succumb to the call of the flea...here's what I bought:
This sweet little tied quilt (or is it a blanket?) for $10.00! I couldn't pass up that sweet blue fabric for that price. It's washed up nicely, although I've got some mending to do in spots.
The fabric is vintage and super soft and sweet (I know I already mentioned that, but I think it deserves repeating.)
a little black metal tray for $3.00 It's not tole painting, but stickers:
Ack! I'm always a sucker for vintage ribbons, especially velvet. These were $6.00 for the bunch and are prettier than they look, I just have the hardest time photographing pink and red.
These two old oils on canvas boards for $7.00 total. One or both might become journal covers in the future...
Love the obvious signs of age. (On oil paintings that is, my neck, not so much.)
And my favorite, this old painted canvas. I've been wanting some old paintings on canvas for a few projects in mind, but now that it's home, I'm not sure I can cut into it. I've pinned it to the upstairs landing for now.
I love this instagram Charlotte took of me holding it when we got back to the beach house so much that I've printed it large and have it in my Project Life that's in progress. And look at how great this other instagram she used it for is too...you can see how the canvas would have a million good uses, can't you? Well for now it's doing a great job covering the electrical box I had installed in the hall when we moved in-and have yet to buy a sconce for it still. (It might be awhile before it's not needed for service there.)
By this point in the morning's adventure someone in our group texted that they were "hot and hangry and waiting in the shade", so we hit the vegetable stand and headed out. I'd spent more than I needed to anyway, maybe that should be my system for successful flea marketing; bring a friend that doesn't really want to be there, that clearly worked better than my self control!