I couldn't pass up this big platter, which is a sea-foam green/blue that is my weakness (one of them)
Three Speckled Hens
Just for fun
Last Saturday, I put aside my brushes, pens, and paper and headed to the wonderful antique/flea market put on by three talented women, Carrie Millan, Susi Fuller, and Kathy Marquart, who call themselves Three Speckled Hens.
The ladies are great business women, motivated, high energy souls who wanted to create an antique show for lovers of all things country. Their strong personalities and work ethics have turned this event into one of the most anticipated events along the California coastline. It was so much FUN!
The day was perfect, and for the first time in awhile, I was free-as-and-free-of-the-birds.
Normally, I am out of town this time of year, but this spring has been devoted to my book, so no scheduling has been made. I finally got to enjoy an afternoon at the Paso Robles MidState Fairgrounds in the company of some dynamic and lively folks.
One of my favorite tents (below) was Atelier de Campagne. Everyone loved this show of French home and garden antiques.
The funky tin buckets, which I loved, are used for washing olives. I can think of lots of ways to use them in a home. I also love the bottle drying rack to the left of them. Wouldn't this be great holding terra cotta pots of all sizes?
Shopping with husbands is the pits. "Where are you going to use that?" is a familiar refrain.
The tin, house-shaped thing in the middle is...
...a GREAT, old-fashioned dehydrator from Gray Duck Antiques. Solar style. What could be more classic? I wanted it, but to tell the truth, I don't know WHERE I would put it. I guess I need a big barn.
For some reason, I love dust pans. Jeff says it is because I am so danged focused on keeping things neat and clean. Anyhow, he totally got why I bought this oversized dust pan. It is hand-made of tin and wood. I left it twice, returned, carried it around, and finally gave in and bought it (from Gray Duck).
Bulb baskets from Holland (Atelier de Campagne)
I was happy to see Karrie Machado's Serendipity at the show. They have one of my favorite shops along the Central Coast. Located in historic old-town Arroyo Grande. You'll have happy browsing there!
A great, never-been-used, vintage California tablecloth in the booth of Barbara Grigg (she also had the platter that I bought. LORI ANN, you would've LOVED this day!
Meet the Three Hens and the little chickie holding the copy of Flea Market Style magazine is the editor-in-chief Ki Nassauer. She has a creative eye that turns what is overlooked into a highlight of a home.
I'm going to end this posting with a short video, but first let me announce the winner of The Birding Life, published by Clarkson Potter.
CONGRATULATIONS to KJ, Options for a Better World
Thanks to all of you who participated! Leave a comment on this posting, and you're eligible for a give-away of a blue Moon Birdfeeder from Gardener's Supply Company of Burlington, Vermont.
Paso Robles is not only a wine and olive oil region, but also a horse lover's paradise. We have cowboys and round-ups happening around us all the time.
We had an unexpected musical treat in the booth of Barbara Grigg. We met Cow Bop performer Pamela Forman, who serenaded us with a good, old-time yodel. She is also a great singer and performs with her group throughout the country.
Also, please stop by my recent Lowe's Creative Ideas blog (top row) and leave a valued comment.
Joys to you all,