Niles Antique Fair and Flea Market

This morning I got out of bed early, not because my 3 year old got up early, but because I headed over to the Niles Antique Fair and Flea Market! Oh, it was so exciting to see all the wares the vendors had. Streets were blocked off and parking was already at a premium at 6:40 AM! 

I strolled slowly along the streets, checking out the yard sales I passed as I went to the fair. Then, as I got to the fair, there were so many vendors selling so many wonderful items. 

The area that hosted the fair also had many antique shops open for the event. 

I saw this AMAZING chest of drawers! The colors were beautiful and the size was just right. But, alas, it was a little too steep for my wallet. A girl can dream. 


A stunning antique Singer sewing machine in fabulous condition. 


A baby bassinet full of linens and doilies. 


Beautiful paintings. 


Fun wooden BINGO cards in an old wash basin. 


Lots of vintage hankies! Inspiration struck when I saw them and I purchased a few. Can’t wait to show you what I will have in the works for these delicate hankies. 


Then I came across a quilt shop that I have been meaning to check out for ages! Color Me Quilts. What a darling little shop! And best of all the ladies working inside were so nice and friendly! We chatted about my kids and quilting. I will be heading back soon!


They had this amazing wall hanging quilt. 

They are participating in Row By Row and I picked up the two patterns the were offering. I don’t know when I will have a chance to make the rows, but hopefully soon.  

Here are the samples ones in their window. 


Another vintage sewing machine. This one came with a sewing table. 

If my mom is reading this, do you recognize this metal doll house? I do!  

A friendly older gentleman showed me his vintage quilt collection. He has quilts dating back to the 1920s. Hand quilted, too! They are for sale and I wish I was able to purchase the red and white one! 

I spent just about two hours wondering the streets and loving everything I saw. So many wonderful items and happy people. I would have spent more time there if my baby wasn’t quite so heavy in my belly. I spent the rest of the day recovering. 



Giveaway Time

It has been quite a while since the last giveaway. And what better time to do a giveaway than now! About a week ago my Facebook page reached 200 likes! I’m very happy that so many of you enjoy my work.

As a thank you, I wanted to make something for you. So here it is, “The Knitter.”  This whimsical and beautiful mug rug will be the perfect accessory to your desk or table. The mug rug measures 5 1/2″ x 12″, Perfect size for your drink and a small snack, like your favorite cookie.

See how adorable she is sitting atop a giant ball of yarn, among beautiful flowers. Perhaps she is knitting a scarf, or a blanket.

I love her knee high, lace up yellow boots!

So follow the link to the raffle for your chance to win this mug rug! Also, a runner up will be selected and will win 50% off any item in stock in my shop. 50% off! Now, that’s a deal. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you all!!!!!


I found this meme on Pintrest the other night and I found it very fitting. 


Saturday morning I finished making the quilt for my baby boy who is due in October. I am so happy to be finished with lots of time to spare. So many more projects I want to get done before he is born. 

I am really proud of this quilt since I had to sew seams on the biased. 

I’ve named the quilt “Joy.”  It is a happy quilt for a happy event for a happy baby. 

Here is the back of the quilt. I used a layer cake from American Jane ABC123 collection.  Twenty 10″ squares on the front and 20 on the back.  
Argyle stripped blue binding.    

Quilted with a blue grey thread from Guttermann. 

A simple label. I know it is a little hard to read but I really like this blue. 

Onto the next quilt!