my day at the artisan market

Saturday night I received my acceptance letter into the Fulton Street Artisan Market. I ripped open the envelope and was SO excited, then I immediately got to finishing all of my crafts I’ve been putting off! I’ve been to the market a couple of times this year and it was amazing to be a part of it this weekend.

My (first) favorite part was setting up the display of all of my stuff. I practiced on the kitchen table the night before. I also loved the people watching, and when people smiled at the quotes on my pillow or told me that they reminded them of their family. But, my favorite part by far was the culture and people at the Artisans Market. The two ladies on either side of me made gave me crafting advice and shared stories throughout the day. The older couple two tables down (who, when they are not knitted stuffed animals, are performing as santa and the easter bunny) stopped by often and insisted that they, “Still don’t know what we want to be when we grow up.” They even made a special stuffed animal for my sister and brought it to our house later in the day.

I met Theresa from The Old White House, who gave me so much insight and is the kindest lady. It made my day when she gave me her lavender laundry soap and fabric softener for my new house. It smells amazing! Make sure to check out her blog.

What a great day, and an amazing community to be welcomed into.

     

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Chalkboard Mirror

I’ve been looking for an old, wooden mirror to transform into a chalkboard for the house next year, and I finally found one this weekend! The mirror was only 3 dollars at a garage sale. I decided on a grey/green paint from the basement and already had by chalkboard paint. The project took four easy steps and about 2 hours (including paint drying!)

1. Prime the mirror with spray paint primer, let dry.

2. Add two coats of chalkboard paint.

3. Paint the wood, let dry.

4. Use sand paper to add an old, distressed look.

That’s it!

This is a simple DIY project and a great way to add a cute little (or big) accent to your house .

Chevron Painted Table

I’m loving the new chevron stripe trend, and I was excited to give it a try today! I began with an old sewing machine cabinet from my Grandma’s attic, painted it white, and then started the fairly easy chevron process. I first printed out a pattern; I used this one, but you can use whatever size you want or draw your one. Next, I used painting tape and taped the pattern right on to my table like this:

I wasn’t too worried about making the lines perfect, but perfect is definitely doable! I painted the areas outside of the tape, waited for it to dry, slowly removed the tape, and wa-la chevron!!

I finished off by priming and then painting the drawer pull turquoise. Because the table was given to me for free and I used left over paint, the project ended up being very inexpensive (less than 5 dollars!) Here is the before and after:

Thrifty Thursday!

To celebrate Emma’s birthday today, we visited all of our favorite Grand Rapids Thrift Shops. We started with Plato’s Closet and then headed to lunch at Marie Catrib’s. Emma and I both ordered the chicken cranberry sandwich- delicious! The little restaurant  is friendly and adorable.

After lunch; Found, Lamb, Minty Keen, One Girl’s Treasure, MoDiv, and Imagination Creations. All of the [locally owned] shops are in about a 10 minute radius and the perfect combination of vintage, clothing, and crafts.

We finished the day with coffee from West Coast Coffee, and bought our Moms a little treat for Mother’s Day. After being away at school for 9 months, today reminded me how much I love my city as it continues to grow and impress!

Simple Pleasures on a Rainy Day

It was a dreary, rainy day in Michigan. And so, my fall back pick-me-up was to go thrifting and antiquing with one of my best friends, Emma. We spent a lot of the day running through the rain to our favorite little antique shops. But, by the end of the day, we were cheerfully skipping through the rain with our new vintage floral umbrellas.

We spotted them in the Salvation Army Warehouse on Division Ave. in Grand Rapids. They had no price tags and so we asked a couple of sales associates for the price. After waiting for fifteen minutes and making a game out of guessing their price (our guess was $15!), we were pleasantly surprised that they were only $1.99! I couldn’t help by buy one for me and one for Kat. The dreary, rainy Monday was instantly turned around!