Archives for February 2016


I love going to tea. Get dressed up a little, have some cute sandwiches, gossip with your friends, and drink amazing teas, that’s my idea of a fun day. Add a flea market after and I am in heaven. At home it’s a different story, I have to brew the tea myself! Somehow it never feels the same. So I decided to make a tea counter in my kitchen, to enjoy that experience at home.  image

It turned out to be easy and best of all, makes me reach for my tea cup instead of a soda. Start with chipboard letters from Hobby Lobby, about 3 inches tall, an old book from the thrift store, and Mod Podge. Tear out a book page and rip it into little pieces. Good way to get out some aggressions!                     image

Mod Podge the paper to each of the letters and let dry about 2 hours. Cut to fit each letter evenly with an Exacto knife. Then take a brown ink pad and rub it across the front of the letter and a little more on each edge. That’s it!! A simple craft that all of us can do and I get compliments all the time. You could make a Coffee or Drink Bar or even a Goodie Station for a party. Hang with foam squares from the dollar store and this will leave no mess on the wall when you want to change it.


Mason jars are perfect for holding your tea bags, sugar, spoons, and tea infusers to complete your area. I added a drawer pull and old key to spice mine up. A cute picture I framed from Etsy adds to the layout. Cupcake liners also work perfectly under a Mason jar lid to hold your sugar. Changing them out for holidays is a cute way to highlight them. Add a favorite tea pot and I’m ready to serve. All I need is to find enough tea cups for my friends-may have to go to the flea market and pick up some.. image

Tea anyone???

Thanks for reading…Bonnie

P.S. Shabbylogy hosts tea partys also, check their web site for dates.

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Flea Market Frenzy

Flea Market Addicts unite!

Being obsessed with recycling, antiques, shabby chic, remade or re-imagined items had put us in a spot. We have been visiting flea markets, yard sales, swap meets, boutiques, and thrift stores for years in Southern Calif. It was time to find some new ones. Pouring through vintage magazines, craft magazines, and flyers led us to  discover  some new places that are now open, and helped us think back on some of the oldies but g0odies. Amy moved to a new area not so long ago near Temecula so we are exploring it. Old Town Temecula has some great antique shops and interesting places to wander around. So get ready, Mapquest is gonna get a workout setting up directions for you.

FleaQuest, advertises as a nationwide online vintage guide, full of info about stores and boutiques and flea markets and swap meets. Easy to use, and for every state, we found it to be our go-to site. Internet searches by city will often bring you one-off sales. We always look at every place we go for flyers left out by vendors promoting their next event. Most are happy to let you know of markets they like. Another way is to check city calendars if you are going to a certain town to see what might be planned during your stay. We found a great antique sale in Orange in December by following their street signs. Talking to store owners and even other customers in a new area is where you find the lesser known local shops. In Utah for a trip in Jan. we googled recycled stores and found a really cool place we had driven right by. Store fronts don’t always show whats hidden inside.Search around, let us know what you find.Borrowed from Pinterest

Best Flea Market ever has to be the Rose Bowl. Whatever your heart fixates on you will find there. 2nd Sunday of each month, free parking but admission is charged-$8.00 last time we were there. Don’t worry, it’s worth every penny. Also on the 2nd Sunday in the other direction, is Driving Miz Daisy in Mission Viejo. Full of booths, free admission and free parking, we love this one. Food, nice restrooms, shade, easy in and out, music-can’t ask for more-except all the handmade, antique, shabby chic, re-imagined, recycled, repainted, distressed stuff we love! (Ran out of adjectives or we’d keep going.) There’s so many great places to explore-check out our Pinterest page for more.

The list above should be enough to get you started. Just think about it,  a day in the sun with friends, a few treasured finds, a nice lunch somewhere new, sounds like an adventure to us. Invitations are always accepted-hint, hint! And pictures of finds are welcomed.

Thanks for reading…Amy and BonnieBorrowed from Pinterest


The Christmas tradition in my family is to give a gift to all adults that cost under $10. This keeps the spending down and forces us to get creative. One year I decided to make a SPECTACULAR  gift for everyone. I had seen something similar and loved the idea. Initial boards.

Fortunately for me, I have a husband you enjoys projects as much as I do. This was a great one for us to spend time together creating. I went down to the local Lowe’s and purchased 1″ thick planks of wood, approx. 3′ long. I had these cut to the size I had determined I wanted them, about 15″, with a small piece left over.

I recruited my husband to help with this project. We began by prepping the boards, we used a light-grain sandpaper and sanded all sides, including the edges. The goal was to have a nice smooth feel, taking off any protective finish the manufacturers might have used. We then proceeded to stain the boards, using Minwax Classic Gray stain.  There was a little experimentation with the staining. We tried brushing it on, but it came out thick and left drip marks. The technique that worked best, was to use an old rag. Dip and swipe. The wood absorbed the color perfectly. We wanted a weathered gray look, as though it had been beaten by the ocean wind.

Next we took a piece of burlap and cut it to size. Sadly, this is not as simply as it seems. There is a trick to it. From there we stretched the burlap and fastened it to a portable station. You need it taut in order to achieve a straight letter. After much tweaking to the placement of the stencil, we used Design Master flat black spray paint to transfer the letter onto the burlap.

Now that everything is perfectly primed, placed, and painted- you wait. For it all to dry. In the winter months, this takes some time. We then positioned the burlap on the board and used Loctite spray adhesive to apply. For finishing touches, we created decorative borders around the burlap. This is where my hubby gets to use his table saw. Sadly, the one he had for years, would not work. Poor guy (not really) had to buy a new one. I don’t mind him buying his “toys”, because I give him excuses to use them. See how that works? He gets new toys, I get someone to do the dirty work. (Wink wink)

The initial boards were a huge hit! Score one for Amy.

I would love to hear your thoughts about these boards!

Thanks for reading… Amy

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Recycle me

As a baby boomer, and admittedly one who didn’t plan her retirement well and therefore needs to be frugal, I am often teased about being so. Couponing and thrifting are a way of life now. I think that’s why I am so drawn to flea markets. The idea of finding something that has been used, loved, cherished, spit up on and then used again gets me everytime. I love love love seeing the creative things that have been remade. When I see a pallet board made into a Christmas tree using only nails and imagination I am so happy (and jealous). Last week we came across a garden of plates, vases and knobs made into flowers. Who thinks up these things? So cute and what a great recycle idea. Just look in the thrift stores-there’s a million trillion used pieces of art waiting for you. So that was my theme this week-to redo a well used object. Simple huh? Simple things are never simple, but this actually turned out to be …simple. Sometimes I think I should wear a crown that says “junkin wannabe” or “frugal sometimes” or “junker in training.” But this time I found my inspiration-from Pinterest of course. Also from my backyard shed which holds all my finds from flea markets, including about 300 cups and saucers. So here goes my tutorial for making a succulent garden in a teacup or a small bowl or a teapot-whatever you can find.

Step one-find a cup, glue a saucer to the bottom with E6000 if desired

Step two-put in a layer of small rocks

Step three-fill 3/4 up with a mixture of landscaping sand and potting soil

Step four-put in plants, 2-3 of them, and tamp down dirt

Step five-put in decorative pieces-fairys, mushrooms, birds, benches, arches

Step six-fill with more potting soil and tamp down again

Step seven-use rock or moss to cover soil

Step eight-water lightly and put on your kitchen counter

Step nine-mist about every 3-5 days

Step ten-show it off to everyone who visits and congratulate yourself-You are a recycler!!

Thanks for reading…Bonnie