Mothers Day.


My Mothers Day was mellow and sweet. Some flowers from Pete, a little sleeping in, a couple of hours with my girlfriends at the flea market, and some time to sew (alone!). Oh, and oatmeal-chocolate chip-macadamia nut-peanut butter cookies bakes up by my three lovelies. Yum!


The flea market was the highlight of my day. I don't often thrift without my kids and it is a delicious treat to wander the isles talking to friends instead of chasing my little people.

I've had three thrift obsessions of late: chickens (vintage roosters in particular), farmer folk art, and vintage bluebirds. But I never buy any for fear of having several half-thought collections cluttering up our already busy space. On Sunday my girlfriends talked me into several of each to combine in one grouping to make big art out of small pieces. Here is the finished product, wrinkles and all (I ironed it, really!):


What do you think? Do smalls really combine to make a large? I'm still on the fence. Here. Take a closer look at all that vintage sweetness…


It is amazing to see the combination of bluebirds and farmers on one piece and roosters and farmers on another. Love. What is your second-hand weakness?


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Happy mothers day to each of you who've embarked on the journey of motherhood. We are changed forever for the transformation. Each of you is an inspiration.

16 thoughts on “Mothers Day.

  1. Kara @SimpleKids says:

    I think smalls combine to make a larger – it looks really charming 🙂

    You had me with this post at “oatmeal-chocolate chip-macadamia nut-peanut butter cookies” … oh. my. stars.

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  2. Cassandra says:

    I LOVE your finds! I have a huge wall I need to cover in my living room and I’ve been purchasing ephemera to (eventually) sort of do the same thing you did. My flea market weaknesses are: Green Apple Blossom Roseville, stereoscope cards with images of ghosts (or specters as the Victorians called them), hat pins (that I have far too many of!), and glass candy dishes. We weren’t able to go last year because of the baby being so small…but this year come heck or high water I am spending an afternoon (wearing my baby) at the flea market! We used to go all summer long before kids and actually I have been thinking about starting a blog about the topic.

  3. Laura says:

    I like small items grouped together to make one large and have done it with miniature and small framed needlework.

    Your display is lovely!

  4. Cassandra says:

    Got the Ergo and it’s so wonderful that I’m actually thinking about strawberry picking this year! Thanks for the whole babywearing week…it’s made a difference with me for sure!!

  5. Peggy says:

    I second Kara’s comment. Smalls really DO combine to make a large! Your finds are beautiful, sweet & lovely. So glad to hear you had a wonderful Mother’s Day…

  6. Sarah says:

    My weakness is cast iron trivets…my grandmother had one that I just adored growing up, and she gave it away during a move not long before she passed away. I’ve missed it ever since, associating losing it with losing her, and tried to fill the void with the ones I find in antique stores.

  7. Meagan Grant says:

    I, too, am a bit thrift obsessed and the way I look at it, each small item brings its own story into my house, making the larger story that much more special! So glad you enjoyed your day and my goodness, those cookies sounded amazing.

  8. Melodie says:

    I love second hand kitchen stuff too. Old kitchen gadgets, tea towels, square plates… oh yes, and furniture. Actually I love everything second hand. It’s pretty much my entire life.

  9. Rachel Wolf says:

    Its funny how memories get tied up in old, lost things. I had a vintage potato masher obsession for a while until I found the one my grandma had given me.

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