Mom, can I have some more creative juice please?

It’s true, I was out of juice, steam, whatever you want to call it. I took a break, and yet, it seemed like it was going to be harder than ever to start back up and write a post. But, then the best thing that could have happened, happened! Miss Mustard Seed came to town and a bunch of other creative people (some bloggers, some not) met up at the Flea Market for some good ole thrifting and antiquing! I begged my friend Holly from Storywood Designs to join us and so we set out early (well early for the weekend) to the Raleigh Flea Market. I forgot how much fun and how many cool objects there are at the Flea market! I also forgot (or never noticed) scores of men (older than 40) carrying around their small dogs with them. Yes, I said carrying! Cradled in their arms as they looked over tables laden with everything from antique silver platters to dodo birds!

I’m not sure where these guys are normally, but Saturday morning at the Flea Market seems to be a congregating place. (I wish I had snapped a picture of them.)

But enough about men and their dogs — what I really enjoyed was getting to know some of these creative gals:

From left to right: Carol aka Tracy’s Mom, Rie from Home and Harmony, Marian aka Miss Mustard Seed, Tracy from Tattered & Timeless, Fiquet from Farm House to Home, Kristen from Sophia’s Decor and moi.

Sadly, Holly, Kim, Esther and Mekala ran off before I got a picture of them. Next time (shaking my fist), just you wait, I’ll get you my pretties!

Letting some of their creativity rub off on me was very therapeutic. I didn’t take a lot of photos at the Flea Market, but SuzAnna’s was full of great eye candy.

Here are just a few of the sights I saw (SuzAnna’s, Two Old Birds, Vintage Carolee and more!):

I adore all the Santa inspired gifts at SuZanna’s .

My two favorite signs:

Afterwards we hopped over to Café Capistrano for some yummy Mexican food. Sitting down to eat with these new friends was like getting together with old girlfriends. We chatted and shared our likes, taste in decor (which was fairly similar) and just talked.

Hopefully we’ll get to see each other again sooner rather than later.

Oh and if you are wondering what I bought. Not a lot, just some old rusty bed springs, a small doorway rug (I’m hoping to paint), and these gorgeous spoon carved organ panels. Truly beautiful. I can’t wait to sand them and see what lies beneath the dirt. Then I will decide whether to paint them, stain them or just leave them in their gorgeous nakedness!


  1. Hi Brittany.. Looks like you ladies had a wonderful time! Is all the places that you took photos of at the Raleigh Flea Market?

  2. LOVE the 2nd sign from Suzanna’s and the santa mugs! Wish I had been with y’all to see those. Thanks for inviting me along; it was so much fun hunting with kindred spirits. I wish I’d been able to stay for the whole day… next time! :-)

  3. such amazing markets!!!! I WISH we had such places where I live – but sadly we don’t. certainly not with as much variety.
    awesome finds.
    c x.

  4. So glad you girls all had fun! I am sorry I missed it, but I was at the State game. Next bloggy get together trip to SuzAnna’s, if you let me know ahead of time, we can plan something fun and festive for you guys!!

  5. lovely pictures! I specially love the be nice or go away sign 😉

  6. Brittany,

    I’m glad you renewed your creative vibes with Marian and the other bloggers. I follow Miss Mustard Seed daily, and will be checking out the others you mentioned.

    I have the same struggle with my ((little)) blog, without the excuse of having an injured bub to take care of. My husband and I just bought a house, and between packing prep from our rental, to figuring out the next step in our journey of home ownershpip, I’ve just totally neglected my blog.

    Someday, I want to have 2k+ followers like you, and I hope between now and then I churn up half as much creativity. Thanks for keeping me inspired and informed.

  7. Hi Brittany-
    Looks like you had a great time – looking forward to when the Creative 8 can get together like this.
    My best- Diane

  8. Brittany,
    It was fun wasn’t it. My mom had a good time also. She loves to hang out but is very shy. Glad I made her come. I too was feeling a bit of my creative mojo hiding. But being with you creative ladies stirred it all back up. Now if I can only get my special orders done then I can sit down and try to create something new.
    Hope we can all hook up and do fun things again.

  9. Haha! That is so funny about the older men and their dogs…so true. Did you see the guy with the pet lizard on his shoulder? Again, so good meeting you and hopefully we can all meet up again soon.


  10. Loved meeting you & look fwd to hanging out in the future. Your blog is great! I need some handy-woman lessons!


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