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It’s Almost Here!

As many of you know,  I not only have a brick and mortar antiques shop and an Etsy shop, but I also do a few shows each year. My  favorite show, The Vintage Home Market,  is coming up very quickly and I have been busy planning and making. Martin and I even have ventured to make a curtained back drop for my booth to give it some extra character!

In a previous post I gave you a glimpse of some of the goodies that will be for sale at the market but now I have more to show you. These are all things that I have made. I will take pictures of the booth with the antiques also when I get it all set up on May 2nd.

Cute Little Baby Tags

Cute Little Baby Tags

Close up of some baby tags.

Close-up of some baby tags.


These are baby themed hang tags that I made using German die-cuts. Each tag is a little different but I think they all turned out really sweet. These tags can be used on a baby gift and then hung somewhere in baby’s room for a decoration. When baby outgrows them, they can be put in a scrapbook.

Lots of vintage fabric half aprons.

Lots of vintage fabric utility aprons.





Very bad close up of me wearing a utility apron.

Horrendous close up of me wearing a utility apron.


I can’t believe I am even including the picture of me wearing one of the utility aprons but I wanted you to see how cute they are on. Instead you can see a very unflattering picture of my stomach looking poochy because my belt got stuck under the strap. These aprons really are cute when worn correctly and the pockets are large and deep so they hold lots of stuff!

Up-cycled vintage train case.

Up-cycled vintage train case.

Top of train case.

Top of train case.


Here is another worn train case that was rescued with vintage sewing patterns and pictures. You could use this for make-up or art supplies when you are on the road!

Four drawer house.

Four drawer house.


A little scrapbook paper, distress ink and Mod Podge transformed this boring little drawer unit into a cute hiding place for all sorts of treasures.

Regular sized spool necklaces.

Regular sized spool necklaces.


These regular sized spool necklaces have already been seen on my Facebook page, but I wanted to include them anyway. I also made a batch of tiny spool necklaces that have lace around the spool instead of patterned paper.



If you live, or are visiting, the Richmond area around the first weekend in May, you MUST come see this show. Everything at the show is either vintage or made (up-cycled) with vintage elements. Each booth is set up beautifully and with a lot of thought. Come on out and see the cutest show in Virginia. And plan to pick up some one-of-a-kind goodies for yourself, family and friends. Look for the Mossy Cottage sign and please introduce yourself if I don’t already know you. I love to meet new people, that’s my favorite part of the show!




Up-Cycled Train Case

A couple of weeks ago I bought a huge pot of Mod Podge at the Re-Tail Thrift Shop run by Rikki’s Refuge. My last blog post shows  how I up-cycled  popcorn containers into a beautiful May Baskets. They turned out so well, I’m starting to use Mod Podge to up-cycle other items.

Following are a couple pictures of a well worn, bland blue train case that got the special Mod Podge treatment. I also bought this case at Re-Tail. Take a look at the transformation!

Now I have a feeling that nothing is going to be safe from my foam brush and Mod Podge. Martin, Adam and the cats had better keep moving or they might be next!!!



Top of Case

Top of Case



Front of Case

Front of Case

Back of Case

Back of Case



Side of Case

Side of Case

Other Side of Case

Other Side of Case

Neat New Stuff

My brick and mortar shop, Mossy Cottage, in old town Fredericksburg carries all things girly. By that, I mean rosy, shabby, blingy, shiny and pretty vintage goods. Many of you may not know that I also rent a small space upstairs at that same location. Until recently it also was full of pretties. Well my friends, times have changed! Mossy Cottage Too, which is how I refer to the upstairs space, now if full of really neat and different vintage things. I want the upstairs to appeal to the more “artsy and boho” crowd. So here are just a couple pictures of my redone space, Mossy Cottage Too!

neat5Here is a big wooden box stuffed with handmade tags and envelopes. See the red and yellow milk carton holders next to the box. Do you remember having one of these? I couldn’t believe it when I found these. The memories just came flooding back. So fun! And the aqua ice bucket is cool enough to make me want a cocktail and I don’t even drink!


Here are two nice vintage train cases on the bottom shelf and on the floor. Above are a cool red tool carrier and a white wire drinking glass holder. You can see a part of a handmade fabric banner dangling down.

neat4Here’s another red tool carrier with some vintage office binders, ledger paper and two complete 1950’s bingo games.

neat2How about a vintage Girl Scout uniform?

neat1A little boy’s genuine Hawaiian shirt. I love the sea turtles on it!

neatThis cool rusty box has such a great patina. I just thought it needed a little something because, well, you know me. I can’t leave anything alone!

neat6And here’s just a picture of one wall at a distance. I really love Mossy Cottage Too because it let’s me sell neat vintage stuff that just doesn’t go well with my pretties downstairs. So now I am blessed to have the best of both worlds. Lucky me!!!

How Did This Soccer Mom Score?

Picture of Adam at another tournament for his other team. Bad mom!

This weekend I got to go to Adam’s Phoenix soccer tournament in Richmond. I love watching him play soccer. He is super fast, kicks the ball really hard and has more energy than the Energizer bunny. I always pack a cooler with fun foods we don’t usually eat.  And I get to socialize with the other soccer mom’s for hours on end. What could be better? WHEN I SCORE TOO!

You see, before we left for the tourni Saturday morning, I went to a local estate sale. It was packed with people but I was able to breakaway and score a bunch of goodies. Conveniently (dripping with sarcasm), the first items I got possession of were a stool and some pieces of glassware. I had to buy a big basket (all of $2.00) to assist me with all my small items. Then I had to start a pile with the stuff I scored because I couldn’t hold it all. A nice little girl  marked all the stuff  I scored with “SOLD” stickers so everybody would know those items where out-of-bounds. Naturally the check out table was nowhere near my score, so I paid the nice little girl $1.00 to help me schlep it to the checkout. Now I had successfully moved my mountain through the checkout, but not even close to my car. I paid the nice little girl another $1.00 to defend my score as I tackled the job of getting everything to my car (which was safely parked on the OTHER SIDE of the highway).

First thing I “scored”!!

Mirror plateaus and dresser sets. They didn’t charge extra for the dust either!

Oooh looky. Vintage sewing stuff!!!!

Cute rosy table. Pain in the %#$@* to carry!

On the way home from the estate sale, I HAD to stop at a yard sale up the block from our house. I scored a 1960’s Samsonite train case and 36 small cookbooks there.

36 Little Cookbooks in a BIG Basket

So I went home, picked up Adam and we went to the tourni. While we were waiting for the Phoenix to start their game, my friend Linda happened to mention that she passed a flea market on the way (thank you Linda!). My friend Barb and I made it our goal to go to the flea market between games. It was so awesome. Unfortunately it was already 2PM when we got there and people were already packing up. However, I was able to score a neat wire basket (in the background) and these.

Eight really cute vintage amber-colored glasses.

Barb and I used caution and made it back to see the Phoenix play their second game (awesome job guys).  But I was so excited about all the stuff I scored, I forgot to take pictures of either game. Bad mom!

All in all it was a wonderful day, mixing two of my favorite things, soccer and scoring great stuff. I praise God for giving me such great blessings.

All the great stuff I “scored”!!!!