Sunday, May 8, 2011

These are a few of my favorite things.....

First and foremost...
"Happy Mother's Day mom, you're the best!"

Second, I had this big long post planned, but that has all changed. We went to vend at the flea market this morning, therefore woke up at 4 am. I am beyond ready to go to bed. So to avoid me falling asleep at the lap top and boring you to death, I'll keep this as short as possible.

Yesterday I went to a few tag sales to buy some additional things for the flea. I got some great stuff for great prices. Much of it still has to be refinished, but I tackled a few things for the flea.

Two of my favorite things were a chair I got for $5 and a tool box I got for $4.

The caning on the chair was ripped, so I tore it out and put a piece of plywood underneath the chair. This way, flowers could be planted in the seat. I kept it the color it was, but added some distressing to it. Because I didn't have any time to plant anything in it, I just displayed some bottles in it. I painted the tool box gray and added some vintage bottles with foliage. This is how they looked at the flea market.

I was so pleased with how well we did with sales at the flea today. We had hardly anything to pack back up. Basically a side table, two chairs, and some small miscellaneous. Would you believe me if I told you my two most favorite things of the day didn't sell...It was a sign that I was meant to keep that chair and tool box.

Here is the tool box all in its glory....(Remember the before which was $4)

And then there is the after.....

As for the chair, I planted Impatiens in it. It looks a little boring and drab right now, but once they grow, the piece should look pretty awesome.

On a quick side note, at the end of the flea market Sami and I were walking around checking out the stuff the other vendor's had. When many are cleaning up, they throw away things by the trash cans that they don't feel like lugging home. Would you believe I found this by the garbage....

It's pretty large and I plan on tackling this tomorrow. I should have the reveal by tomorrow night.

To those who are mother's, I hope you had an amazing Mother's Day and weekend.


  1. Happy Mother's Day to you too!

  2. chairs and old boxes, and flowers in springtime,
    rusty old kettles and worn paper headlines,
    vintage brooches and be-jeweled rings,
    these are a few of my favorite things!

    great finds, lisa!!!

  3. Nice job on the chair and toolbox! I'm sure the impatiens will be beautiful very soon. I love the paint job you did on both of them.

    Happy Mother's Day!

  4. Happy Mother's Day Lisa!
    I spent my day painting and crafting.

  5. Dear Lisa,
    Happy Mother's Day! I'm so excited, I'm more creative than I ever thought or believed. Last summer, I bought for $1.50, a white milk paint chippy chair with a "blown" cane seat. I did exactly as you did and turned it into a planter filled with pink geraniums. Maybe there is hope for me after all. Who knows, with your help and enthusiasm, I may accomplish another project this summer.

  6. Yay for lots of sales at the flea! Woo hoo! Happy Mother's Day Lisa!

  7. Oh love those flea market finds, you did great! The impatiens in the chair are going to be gorgeous as they grow, they're my favorite summertime flower. And isn't that tool box the perfect planter?! Thanks for sharing with us at Homemaker on a Dime!

  8. What cute creative ideas. The chair is my favorite. You have such a talent. I lack any motivation for such projects but love admiring yours.

  9. It was great to see you and your family at the flea market yesterday. It is so cute that your whole family goes:) I can not wait to see what you do with that great box. I know it is going to be something special.
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

  10. This planter turned fab! Thanks for linking this awesome post at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. It's a great Mothers' Day present for me :)

  11. you have the best luck. awesome finds! I love chairs as planters!

  12. I love what you did with the chair, so glad you got to keep it. It was meant to be. Happy mother's day to you too.

  13. Love the tote! I just made a bunch of these for a sale I had (my signs, etc) and they were so pretty with the flowers in them...just like you did! Heidi
    (came via Romantic Home)

  14. I like how you used the toolbox to hold flowers. I originally was thinking you would paint it but use it to store tools. Why store tools in it though when you can store your own beautiful flowers.

    -Zane of ontario honey