March 16, 2010

Spring has FINALLY sprung!

by Shelly

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!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

nameisgrace March 17, 2010 at 6:19 am

it was SOOO much fun meeting you! hopefully we will get to meet again when you visit the rooster. i LOVE your finds too. the mirror looks great, and the cane demijohns are awesome! i would have snatched them up if i had seen them. thanks for the sweet mention on your blog. you are such a sweetheart!


Johanna March 17, 2010 at 6:40 am

Hi Shelly!
I have to say that I just absolutely LOVE what you are doing! Love your blog…Your home is beautiful! Did you know that my mom goes to the Rose Bowl almost every month? She has gotten some amazing stuff and great bargains! When I make it big, and everyone who is anyone is carrying a beso bag, I will have to hire you to help me decorate my house :)


Shelly @littlemrsdoitall March 17, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Grace, it was great meeting you girls as well! I wish Encinitas and Rossmoor weren't such a drive from one another. I guess its not that bad…but So Cal traffic. Well, you know how it is!

Johanna..thanks so much for checking out my blog! I think I am now hooked on flea markets too. I will def. be back to the Bowl! And I know you are going to do great with your line. And I would LOVE to help you decorate your house!!


eddieross March 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm

WOW what a fun post! you are so sweet thank you so much for coming on th eshopping trip! That mirror is so perfect for above the fireplace and I am so excited you got the plates they look great! xoxo
Eddie + Jaithan


Jennifer April 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Hey, I just found your blog through Eddies blog. I love your living room.
Although we didn't formally meet we did chat for a minute :) I was there too.


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