Saturday, June 28, 2014

Repurposed Heaven-Vintage Bazaar, Summer 2014

Last Sunday, I went to the Vintage Bazaar at Pettengill Farm in Salisbury, Massachusetts. Last year, I went to the one in the Fall so this year I thought I might enjoy the Summer market.

There were so many vendors covering the fields. I knew I could not cover it all in the time allotted. Of course, I was stopping to take photos and talk to the vendors so I know I missed so much.

I love ornate furniture and this one was clearly repainted and distressed. Great green color and love the knob and hardware.

What a cute idea, combining two chairs to make a bench. Fabulous color too!

I wanted this vintage moped! How adorable! I asked the vendor about it. He said it was from 1968 and he wanted $1200 for it. It would have been fabulous to tool around Boston with it but I had to say no.

I did buy one of these steampunked shoe lasts. I think it would make a great business card holder.

This is so funny. Wouldn't this yield table be perfect for a high traffic area of the home? The guy that made this is fascinating. He's a young man who loves anything old and can repurpose anything. My sister and I spent some time talking to him. He wants to open two shops, one in Portsmouth and one in Portland.  I will definitely keep an eye out for the shop openings.

Here is another one of his creations, the fire escape bookcase/shelf. As you can see, his stuff is one of a kind.

Whenever I spy a tea cart I take a photo. I already have 3 carts so no need for another one.

If you were hungry, you could order lunch from this trolley car restaurant. Too cute!

Aren't these birdhouses fabulous? I would love one of these for over our patio at my condominium.

We had a celebrity in attendance too. Cari Cucksey of Cash and Cari on HGTV was signing autographs and chatting with fair goers.

Her booth was fantastic and I loved her style. That apron makes the outfit.

Since we were short on time, we decided to bring our own lunch. Pinwheel sandwiches of eggplant, tomato, mixed greens, cheese and roasted pepper dressing. Delicious. My sister's SUV hatchback turned into a café.

Some people arrived fashionably late, animals were welcome too. This puppy was adorable. Oops, that's my sister's feet!

Back to the shopping! What a cute little trailer turned vintage clothing shop! The owner certainly had a flair for merchandising.

I have a friend who would wear and look good in the dress on the left. I wish she had seen it.

Yes, inside there were more items. A mobile vintage shop, genius!

The interior was as cool as the exterior. Just so cheery and adorable!

Not sure if the trailer is named Rosie or the shop is named Rosie. Maybe both. We did not see the vendor.

Ok enough with the photos of this shop. Time to move on.

Wish I bought this for Molly. She would have liked to cat nap in style. Perhaps I could DIY one?

Not the best photo but I wanted to show the creeper table/bar. My sister bought this one for her porch.

Do you know what a creeper is? It is used by auto mechanics to slide under the cars they work on. It is actually much cuter than depicted in the photo. My sister liked that it was repurposed and a narrow piece.

I liked this big piece with the shelf and cool hooks. It was too wide for the space in my house so it stayed on the market.

There was musical entertainment scheduled for the whole day. You can tell by the blue skies that the weather was fabulous. A perfect day to be outdoors.

We did not stay to watch the entertainment but we heard them and they all sounded wonderful.

So what did we buy? My sister as I mentioned bought the creeper table. Here it is on the porch. It may actually make it's way to my sister's art studio as my Dad was not all that fond of it.

From the back of my sister's SUV, I photographed my new old box collection. Yes, I bought all of these at the Fair. I have big plans for the breakfast cocoa box. I have a small shelf with ornate black wrought iron brackets that I think would look great with this box atop of it. It will be cute in my kitchen.

I like to use this type of box to hold photos or teabags. If I ever do fairs myself and sell my photos I might use these for display.

The tall box in the middle has a leather strap. It was used to hold window glass. The boxes were purchased from different vendors. If you like vintage boxes and crates, this is the place for you.
The next Vintage Bazaar is September 20-21 at Pettengill Farm in Salisbury, Massachusetts. If you don't live to far away, you might want to make the trip.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sailing the high seas- A Sunset Lighthouse Cruise

A sunset lighthouse cruise has been on my bucket list for a while now. So when I realized there was one happening just over the border in New Hampshire I jumped on it. By jumped on it, I mean I emailed my sister and strongly hinted that a ticket to the sunset lighthouse cruise would make a really nice birthday gift.

Luckily she agreed and she bought a ticket for herself as well.

 I left work early to beat the Friday night traffic heading north. I packed a small dinner for the two of us and some extra jackets. I am definitely glad I had the extra layers with me. It was quite chilly out on the open seas.

The boat left Rye Harbor around 7:00 on a picture perfect night. There was a nice breeze that was not too strong. The weather was what I call sweater weather. We seriously could not have asked for a better night. My sister was saying she hoped the sunset cooperated because there was not much cloud cover. Sunsets are so much more interesting with clouds.

We cruised along at a good pace and were at the Isles of Shoals in no time. Our first lighthouse of the evening was the White Island Light. And we had clouds!

My sister was already wearing her extra layer of clothing. She was thoroughly enjoying the view as I snapped photo after photo.

The texture of the water was stunning. I loved seeing ripples in the water. They are more defined at sunset. The colors are enhanced as the sun does not wash them out at this time of night.

A lone boat added to the feeling of peace. I am always at peace when I am on the ocean. I felt cradled by the boat as it rocked from side to side. It was a gentle rocking, nothing to worry about really.

We passed by the mostly uninhabited Appledore Island. I wonder if the men caught any fish.

See what I mean? Peaceful scenery all around. Could it be more relaxing? It doesn't take long to switch to vacation mode. This trip was just a 3 hour mini vacation.

There were no words for the beauty surrounding the boat. We had a nice cloud to sky ratio, making for a beautiful sunset.

Here's a view from the edge of the boat. I did not venture out for too long. 

The photographers were lined up as if they were the paparazzi. We were all looking for that perfect shot.

We cruised along and made our way out to the next lighthouse. We had spectacular views from every seat on the boat.

Lighthouse number 2 was called Whaleback. I think this one was my favorite. I love that it's made of stone.

The sunset was very dramatic at this point. I wanted it to stay this way forever.

The boat changed positions several times so everyone got a good look at each lighthouse. The tour guide was obviously a photographer as he stopped talking a few times to take photos.

This woman in the red coat made for a nice contrast to the blue scene. I often try to find an interesting subject for the foreground of the shot.

Goodbye Whaleback. You are a spectacular lighthouse!

Our next stop and last stop was Portsmouth Light. The beacon was green. Very interesting. Our photographer guide had the boat positioned so we would have some nice orange color behind the lighthouse.

Indeed, it was spectacular and the light was starting to fade. That meant photo opportunities were limited.

The colorful cloud brushstrokes were becoming smaller and smaller.

One last look at Portsmouth Light before heading home.  I left with a headful of sweet memories of yet one more beautiful New England experience.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Celebrating all weekend

Today is my birthday and it is also Father's Day. I was actually born on Father's Day so it is kind of neat that my birthday falls on the holiday again this year. I decided to celebrate all weekend.

When I went outside Saturday morning, I could not believe how our condo garden has grown. This is my neighbor Emily's doing not mine, but I benefit since the best of the little garden is right outside my window. The flowers bloomed beautifully for my birthday weekend.


Molly is enjoying her new kidney diet and her coat is looking great. That is a nice birthday present that Molly is healthy.

We practiced selfies.
Percy gets jealous. He likes all the attention.
We decided to have my birthday on Saturday so Dad could have his day on Sunday. My sister took me out for brunch on Saturday. We both went with the Eggs Florentine.

After we had brunch I went to visit my Mom at the nursing home. Afterwards I had to go to Molly's vet's to buy her special food.  This chapel is on the same road as the vet's and I have always wanted to see it up close.

So I drove down the little path and took a good look. It is such a pretty stone chapel. I could not get inside but the exterior was spectacular.

The doors were impressive. The chapel, called West Parish Chapel was featured in Yankee Magazine.

The doors are fantastic. I love all the iron scrollwork on them. Oh look there's my shadow.

My friends came over to my Dad and sister's house for cake and presents. Chocolate cake filled with chocolate mousse. It was a very caloric weekend. I got some nice gift cards and my sister and I are going on a Sunset Lighthouse Cruise in Portsmouth on Friday night. This was her present to me.

I got up early today and drove up to Todd Farm Flea Market in Rowley. It was a gorgeous day, sunny and not too hot. I will show you what I bought in my next post.

I was so happy to have found a new radio station for my car radio. On the way up to Rowley, I heard a Fleetwood Mac marathon and some tunes from Pat Benatar. Driving home it was all U2. I was loving it. It brought back memories. My kind of music.

After I got home I made myself a latte, took it out to the patio and read some favorite magazines. Look at the photo above I think I have found my next daytrip location.

My sister and I went for our usual Sunday breakfast at Aroma Café. Dad went golfing. The man is on oxygen 24/7 yet he has managed to still keep up his golf game. Unbelievable!

I checked on the flowers and I swear they grew taller since yesterday. Tonight, we gave Dad his gift and had Legal Seafood takeout. He gave me my gift and we ate baked schrod and birthday cake. Life is good!


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