A Forever Vintage Christmas Market In Pictures!

Get a look at our booth from this past weekend’s market!

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Hey everyone!  Hope y’all are having a great December & looking forward to the coming holidays.  I’m sure ready to finish up my shopping & enjoy time with my family.  There are so many great plans for this blog and my business for the coming year.  It really is an exciting time!

This past weekend we had the pleasure of being a vendor at this year’s A Forever Vintage Christmas Market in Belleville, IL.  This event has a long history in our area & just happens to take place really close to where we live – bonus!!  The ladies who run this show are a joy to work with and boy do they draw a crowd.

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We are still getting our feet wet with these huge markets, but we are learning!  Hopefully everything we are coming away with will make our booth, the merchandise we carry & the overall experience for our customers even better for future events!

There’s a lot of work that goes into doing a show of this size.  From getting the goods, prepping everything, packing, unpacking, setting up and tearing down ~ show life isn’t easy!  Yet, I really love seeing everything come together & meeting the people who support my business.

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If you came out to the market, leave a comment below telling me what you loved about our booth & what you thing we can improve upon.  The best way to learn is to hear from you!  Many thanks if you came out to see us and we can’t wait to jump into show season next year!

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Thanks for stopping by ~
Crystal

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A Forever Vintage Christmas Market Event Details You Need To Know!

Join me at A Forever Vintage Christmas Market December 8-10th!

A Forever Vintage Christmas Market Flyer

If you follow me over on Facebook, you probably already know that we are going to be out at the Forever Vintage Christmas Market this weekend with lots of farmhouse goodies for everyone on your shopping list!  It’s going to be a great event with yummy food trucks, live music, a wintry-themed photo booth & much more.  I wanted to make things super easy & give you all the details in one place.  Here’s what you need to know according to the Facebook event ~

Forever Vintage Market Presents A Forever Vintage Christmas Market held at The BELLE-CLAIR FAIRGOUNDS in Belleville, IL. December 8th-10th 2017

A buying weekend to Find the most perfect CHRISTMAS gifts! Vendors from all around the Country with Repurposed, Industrial, Vintage, Architectural Salvage, Antiques, Primitive, Handmade, Furniture, Boutique & More! 
Live Music-Cash Bar-Stray Rescue STL
HOURS
Friday December 8th 3pm-8pm
Saturday December 9th 10am-5pm
Friday December 8th 10am-4pm
Admission
TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED AT GATE!!!
*A portion of all proceeds benefit Stray Rescue STL
1st Pick Friday -$10 good for all weekend
Saturday and Sunday – $5 good for both days
Children 12 and under are Free
For more info please go to www.Forevervintagemarket.com

Christmas Decor Display

I hope to see lots of you there!  Bring the entire family & be sure to say hello!  I’ll let everyone know where my booth will be located on Thursday.  Until then, have a great week!

Thanks for stopping by ~

Crystal

 

 

 

Christmas Gift Ideas For the Farmhouse Freaks In Your Life!

Holiday gift giving is something that most of us probably have a love ~ hate relationship with.  If you’re like me, you love finding the perfect gift for your loved ones, but struggle with figuring out what will really make them smile on Christmas Day.  With that thought in mind, I wanted to give you all the gift of some help with finding the perfect present for the farmhouse lover in your life!  So I came up with the top 10 things that are on any farmhouse freak’s wish list…lol ~ yep, I’m a freak just like you…Let’s take a look at my top picks!

Top 5 Gifts On Every Farmhouse Freak’s Wish List

Crocks ~ Vintage crock pottery pieces are a must in any farmhouse.  Originally used for storing food, crocks are made of durable stoneware & remain water-tight even without a glaze.  In the modern farmhouse kitchen, crocks can be used to store various items such as kitchen utensils.  They are also popular for indoor and outdoor planting.

Vintage Crock with Wooden Spoons

Ironstone ~ Ironstone china is a very popular modern farmhouse ware that began showing up in America in the 1840’s.  Brought here by the English, Ironstone was harder than china & stronger than porcelain making it a very popular choice in the vintage kitchen.  Look for markings on the bottom of the pieces you find that indicate that they are ironstone china.  If you aren’t sure what piece to choose, I’d go with a pitcher.  They are my most popular sellers!

Ironstone Collection Vintage Buffet

Quilts ~ Tattered, worn & to some, no longer useful – vintage quilts are a marvelous find when you are a farmhouse lover.  These hand stitched works of art took hours to create & come in a variety of colors, patters and styles.  I love a soft vintage quilt….no matter the condition.  When looking for an authentically old quilt, take notice of the materials used and how the quilt feels.  A vintage quilt will not have modern batting, the stitches will be uneven & the fabric will be super soft!

Vintage Quilts

Signs ~ This is a little bit of a trendy piece of the modern farmhouse movement, but signs are huge right now.  You can find both authentic vintage signs & new handmade signs at vintage markets, decor boutiques & antique malls.  There are also lots of nice reproductions signs out there.  Hobby Lobby probably carries one of the largest selections of farmhouse signs, and if you watch their sale ad, you can usually get them at 50% off!

Vintage Market Days Booth

Wooden Crates & Boxes ~ Who doesn’t love a good wooden crate?!?!  Wooden crates & boxes can be used all over the home for storage, to elevate other display items or stacked to create a shelf or end table.  These pieces come in all shapes, sizes and price points.  Look around your local antique mall or flea market and you are sure to find one to meet your needs.

Vintage Wooden Soda Crates

 BONUS IDEA ~ Okay….just one more!!  There are 2 must-have books for those who love farmhouse style.

  1. The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines.  You can find my full review of the book here.
  2. City Farmhouse Style by Kim Leggett.  I haven’t done a review here yet on this one, but it is a must for those looking to add a farmhouse touch to their home!  The pictures are so beautiful & you’ll find useful decor tips on every page!

There you have it!  My Top 5 {plus one bonus} Gift Ideas For the Farmhouse Freak in your life!  What do you think?  Tell me what you plan on giving your loved ones here in the comments & over on my Facebook page!  Happy Gift Giving!

Thanks for stopping by ~

Crystal

Budget Friendly Christmas Tablescape

Find out how I took inexpensive items from the Target Dollar Spot, vintage finds & items from my home to create a beautiful tablescape for the upcoming holidays!

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Nothing thrills me more than finding inexpensive items that I can make look like they cost me a lot more money!!  This is especially true when I am decorating my home for any particular season.  I just hate the idea of shelling out lots of money for something we are only going to enjoy for a couple of months a year.  This is when I turn to my trusty Target Dollar Spot!

The Target Dollar Spot is a great place to find on-trend, seasonal items for your home.  On this particular trip to my trusty Dollar Spot I picked up items I would need to transform some vintage estate sale dinner plates into a lovely tablescape for the upcoming holiday season.

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These plates caught my eye because there were a set of 4, they were a wonderful shade of blue & I knew they would play nicely with some green & natural wood elements ~ perfect for a neutral farmhouse/country Christmas table!

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When I arrived at my local Target store, I was so happy to find a great selection of goodies in the Dollar Spot.  I picked up some green garland, wooden coasters, tiny Christmas trees & white ceramic houses.  Everything I grabbed was $3 a piece!

Since I don’t have my farmhouse table yet, I decided to set-up my goodies on a chippy white buffet I have in my living room.  It made a great backdrop for my plan.  So I went to work & this is what I came up with ~

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To create the look, I started by making tiny wreaths from the garland I picked up. This was accomplished by cutting the garland into 4 lengths and wrapping each length around itself three times.  Since the garland was made from wire, I was able to secure the wreaths by twisting the wire back onto the layers I had created.

Then I added the wreaths I’d made to my plates and filled in the circles with one of the wooden coasters & a few tiny Christmas trees.

For the backdrop, I used 2 other matching garland strands to line the back of the buffet.  If you were doing this on a dining table, you would run the garland down the middle of the table to create the same look.  Once it was in place, I took the white ceramic houses and placed them out in front of each place setting.  (The little white houses also have a spot in the back for a candle – how fun!)

Finally I added some wine glasses and antique ball mason jars from my personal collection.  I decided to leave the jars empty for the pictures, but thought they would be adorable with a napkin and silver ware for each place setting tucked inside.  The blue/green hue of the jars also plays nicely with the other colors going on in the space.

What do you think??  Does this scream simple, neutral farmhouse decor, or what!?!?

I hope these ideas inspire you to create something beautiful on a budget over the holidays.  If you do, find me over on Facebook and show me what you created!

I also wanted to let all of my followers know that I have started providing Finding Services!  What does this mean for you?  Well, it means that if you are wanting to create a certain look for your home, but need help finding the items ~ I’m the girl to ask!  All you do is tell me what you are looking for, set a budget & off I go.  This is designed around vintage & antique items that I can locate using my eye for design & knowledge of the vintage/antique picking world.  Let me know if this is something you are interested in & we can talk!  Again, just find me on Facebook & shoot me a quick message.

Thanks for stopping by ~

Crystal