April 26, 2010

Weekend wrap up…

by Shelly

Daddy went out of town this past weekend, so the little one and I got to spend some fun time together.

Ellie got her first manicure and pedicure! Seriously funny! I loved watching the poor girl doing her nails try to repaint her smudged fingers every 5 minutes or so. I actually told them NOT to paint her fingers because I saw that it was not going to work. She didn’t hear me..so what are you going to do?
I was sitting across from her getting my mani/pedi and yelling “Ellie, robot hands sweetie…don’t bend your fingers!”. It sort of worked, but I spent the evening trying to scrape off pink polish from her clothes.
Then I treated my little girl to her very first In n’ Out cheeseburger. She ate a bit of the burger, but her heart was set on the french fries and lemonade. 
The next day my mom joined us for an early morning trip to the Santa Monica Flea Market (I’ll post my finds tomorrow!) and to the Long Beach Farmer’s Market after. How pretty are all those berries!
Lots of beautiful, colorful veggies..we bought a TON!
A woman was buying all of those flowers piled on the table when I was browsing the booth! 
The orchid man is always a huge hit with the locals.
Hope you had a fantastic weekend and your Monday has been painless!

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I have been one busy girl lately! This past weekend as I have been sharing with everyone, quite often, was my trip to the Rose Bowl with Eddie and Jaithan. Our little flea market group wasn’t meeting until 10am Sunday morning, but since the hubby agreed to watch our girl while I shopped I took advantage of my alone time. I got up nice and early and headed over to the Bowl way before 10am to see if I could score deals. To be honest, I was overwhelmed!!!! I don’t go to many flea markets..actually I think I’ve been to one. I usually hit up estate and yard sales for my deals. So, I didn’t really know my prices and I was a bit nervous to buy anything in fear that it would be a piece of…well you get the idea.

Well, that’s where Eddie’s little trip totally helped! Our group was fun, enthusiastic and ready for those deals and finds. Eddie was SO informative and full of so many wonderful, creative ideas for gifts, decorating, and general antique knowledge. He and Jaithan are the sweetest guys and so down to earth. I wish I could bundle up their positive energy for myself. Really, truely,…these guys are the real deal!

With Jaithan and Eddie!

One particular highlight of the day was meeting the bloggers behind some of the blogs I follow and admire. The three girls were none other than Grace from Grace Happens, Alex who owns Rustic Rooster Interiors and Melissa from Seagrass Interiors who works as a junior designer at the Rooster. I was thrilled to finally meet the Rooster chicks from Encinitas, CA and will definitely be taking a day trip down there very soon to check out the store!

Me, Melissa, Grace and Alexandra

It was awesome that they came to the event because the three of them had a design sense similar to my own. Since I didn’t take a friend with me, I kept bouncing ideas off them and getting their approval on some things I was seeing and liking. Thanks girls for putting up with me!

So, you’re wondering…what did I find? Here are my flea market goodies:

I found this gorgeous mirror with the scallop shell at the top for over our living room fireplace. Its a bit more Shabby Chic than I had planned on going with, but I’m liking it a lot. But, knowing me I’ll decide it isn’t right and want something else. And that actually is fine because it would look great in our guest room which is beachy with white painted furniture.

Oh, and did you notice the cane woven demijohns on the mantel? Those were my first find of the day and I LOVE them! 

Well the living room is coming along slowly but surely. Still need tables and some other things, but its coming together. Any thoughts…opinions?

On another note, this sweet little Craigslist find from this past Fall is still sitting in our living room. I’m perplexed…do I paint it, leave it alone?? I can’t find any markings to give me an idea of how old it is. It doesn’t have any veneer. Its solid wood! I think that means its older than say 1950s. But after hearing all of Eddie’s great ideas this weekend I’m feeling like painting it and adding new hardware like…..
I also have quite a large collection of blue and white dishes and pottery. I’ve been collecting it since I was in high school as blue is my fav color! Eddie talked about these plates while on our tour Sunday and I snatched them up quick!
Flow Blue plates…a little chipped, not perfect, but beautiful!
This one is my favorite!
So it was a good trip and I met lots of new people who I hope to see again! Well, I’m off to fabric shop for an e-decorating client who lives—–>
Here! Gorgeous!


Can you tell I am super excited!? I’ve been a So Cal native all my life AND I grew up very close to Pasadena and I’m ashamed to say I have never been to the Rose Bowl Flea Market. I think the task always seemed too daunting to me. I’ve done other, smaller flea markets, but I’ve always wanted to hit the Rose Bowl one.

Last week when I was catching up on my blog reading, I found out that Eddie Ross was going to be in town doing his flea market shopping trip! If you live in the Southern California area you need to sign up now for the event which is on March 14th. There may be a few more spots open for you to join in. Its going to be a fun day for sure!

Here are some photos from his last Rose Bowl trip. Sign up HERE!

all photos via Eddie Ross

Oh…and what am I looking for? Here is my list of hopeful finds:
1. Silver pieces
2.  Old crocks
3. Oil or watercolor paintings
4. Campaign furniture
5. Faux bamboo furniture
6. Pretty linens
7. Ironstone
8.Old books
9. ??? The unknown….there’s always something unexpected that may catch my eye!