Monday, November 27, 2006

Tidy Treasure Hunt



So like I mentioned, my long weekend included a long visit to the flea market. Is it becoming cliche to say I scour flea markets? Doesn't everyone?? Anyway, I particularly like having a mission when I go. One mission this go-round was finding little things to hold littler things.



Two of those little things turned up under a bunch of lesser things on a dollar table. It was one of those jolting rushes of excitement too, wondering why no one had snagged these precious boxes already. Then you see the long lines at the corndog stand and it makes sense. The blue one is so pleasantly scandinavian. And while I don't think its authentic or even actually handpainted, I was encouraged by the made in norway pressed into the bottom.



Mission number two was to find a big thing to hold lots of other things. The old little red bookshelf in the playroom was suffering from being stuffed. Hmmm. Just like everyone else thanksgiving weekend. Anyway this new blue one is wonderfully roomy and has space for more books. To think I was acutally considering getting rid of some books. Then, oh riiiight, it hit me. Bigger shelf.



As our kids grow up, the furniture is needing to grow up a bit too. Our playroom is slowly becoming more of a cheerful family room, and doesn't so much look like a daycare anymore. Still sounds like one. Just not nearly as clean. In fact somedays I'm pretty sure I don't even meet the licensing requirements on the adult-to-child ratio.



I think I'm doing my new year nesting a little early this winter. I'm wanting things in their tidy little spots. Trying to simplify our days a bit. Proabably just my standard clearing-the-way-for-creative-time routine. Packing my guilt over a less than well-kept house into a pretty little blue box. Should do it for now.

We also tidied Juliana up with some vintage duds compliments of the Nashville Flea Market. I'll share as soon as I can find her.

xoox,AM

28 comments:

  1. Great finds. I can't believe you found that bookshelf at a flea market. Wow.

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  2. Looks like you did very well at the flea market. That bookshelf is really great. I want one. I share your attitude: don't get rid of the books, just buy a bigger bookshelf. Touche'

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  3. great finds. love the shelf color and the tins. i appreciate color more when i see what you do with it :)

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  4. What a great room! Your flea market finds are excallent, well done. I especially love the blue Scandi-ish tin! You're making me want more blue around my place!

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  5. Beautiful vintage tins! I love your blue bookcase ~ nothing nicer than a bookcase filled with favourite books.

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  6. Oh my goodness, Anna Maria! I love the fun bookcase! Did it come in that pretty shade of blue, or did you paint it? I need to hit the flea markets and find something like that for our girlies! We have the same book dilema (too many!) I need to go shopping with you! Hahaha!!! We are tidying up around the house today. Brrr....cccold outside!
    Love, Laurie~

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  7. Hi Laurei-It was already painted blue which sang to me from anout 50 yards away.
    I don't think you can ever have too many books, just too small a shelf!
    stay warm, xo,AM

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  8. Gosh, I'm so jealous. I live in a place that doesn't have flea markets! I have never actually been to one. But since my blogger days have started, everyone keeps showing thier flea market finds! I need to find one and quick. I'm a few hours from Salt Lake-there HAS to be one there. I just don't know how to go about finding it!

    I am going to go to the big Rose Bowl Flea market in March. I've heard it's the best place on earth-maybe I'll find some goodies there. However, I'm limited to what I can stuff back in a suitcase!

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  9. Cool tins! I love finding unique things to store all those little pieces of our world that accumulate! Great book shelf, I agree, you can never have too many books! I don't have as good as luck at flea markets as I do thrift stores or yard sales, so great find!

    lucy

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  10. The tins are beautiful and the bookcase is exactly what I have been looking for! I have soooo many books that need another home.

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  11. Shoot, I left you a comment yesterday but it didn't go through? Anyway - LOVE your book shelf and the colors going on in this spot!Glad you kept the books! Great tins too! I collect those also.
    Kim

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  12. Hi Kim-sorry your comment didn't get through yesterday! Thanks for trying again and for your nice words. Colorwise, I tend to be a nut and have learned to simmer a bit. About ten years ago there would have been colorful patterns painted on everything....this view of a solid bookcase against a solid wall is my own form of minimalism. :)
    xo,AM

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  13. I just feel a twinge of jealousy everytime I read of scouring flea markets and such. When we lived outside of Toronto, prior to the kids being born, we often spent our weekends doing just that - auctions, flea markets, estate sales. I do miss that up here in the north! So I for one, love to share in what other folks have found ...

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  14. Love your finds! It's amazing how much inspiration and memories can be found in those children's books. I have the hardest time giving them up too!

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  15. So fun to see your blue tin, it brings back childhood memories! I am Norwegian, and I had an identical tin when I was little. It belonged to my father when he was a boy. :)

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  16. Wow! Really!? I like it so much more now, glad it takes you back in time a bit to a hppy spot!
    thanks for your comment! xo,AM

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  17. Hi, a comment from another Norwegian,
    i have a tin like that! Originally it was a tin sold with bisquits from Saetre. It is old, I hav had mine since early childhood, and am now 53 . Mine I use for my pastells, I keep it at the school were I am teaching art & crafts.
    Oops- hope it is still there, gotta look for it to morrow. i think I have to post a foto in my blog.
    You have a wonderful blog with lots of inspiration.

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