Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Three Flew Over (to) The Magpie's Nest

You all know that I love meeting my blogging friends in "real" life and have had the pleasure to do so on numerous occasions. This past Saturday, Jane of Artfully Graced, Tracy of Ms. Bake-it and myself had plans to attend a vintage flea market in central Florida. The three of us have met on several occasions and they've both become dear friends. Another blogging friend, Becky of Junk to Joy was coming over from the east coast to meet up with us. The good thing about Florida is that it's a skinny state and getting from one coast to another is do-able in one day. So, the Gulf Coast Gals were meeting up with Becky and then we were all flying over to see Sheila from The Quintessential Magpie. Well, actually we took my car, but when I was trying to come up with a name for this post Three Flew Over (to) The Magpie's Nest just seemed appropriate. It was going to be my first time meeting Becky, but most of you know that Sheila and I have become very close friends. We've lunched and shopped and partied together for close to a year now and talk on the phone several times a week. Our ancestors were neighbors in the 1600s, so our connection goes back a loooooooong way.

The plan was for Jane, Tracy, Becky and myself to visit the flea market, have lunch and then drive over to Sheila's for dessert. Everything went beautifully, except that Tracy ended up having to work at the last minute. Knowing how much she loves thrifting, this was a true tragedy and we were all disappointed Ms. Bake-it couldn't Make-it.

Jane and I drove together and Becky, coming from the opposite direction, met us there. Let me tell you this flea market was a FEAST for the eyes! So many fabulous goodies from antiques to repurposed, repainted furniture, handmade baskets, hand-sewn purses, dresses, signs, soaps, candles, paintings………I could go on and on, but the jest is that everything was made, painted or repurposed by a group of incredibly talented and delightful women! There were no tube socks at this flea market!

The Fancy Flea happens in Lakeland, Florida twice a year, once in the Spring and again in the Fall. We ran into other bloggers and many of those displaying their wares have Etsy shops. I've been to many arts and craft shows and often run into people who don't want you to take photos, they don't care if you have a blog and getting two words out of them can be a challenge. Not true here! They "get" the whole blogging thing and by the time we moved on, my jaw was sore from talking so much!

I should probably tell you that the morning started out nice and cool, but the temperature rose to 94°F by early afternoon. The good news is that there was a nice, cool breeze and the street was lined with shade trees. It was a lovely day, spent it with lovely women!

Look at some of the cool stuff we saw:

One Eighty Designs

One Eighty Designs

Loved everything here! Then I found out they have their goodies in a shop just a few miles from where I live. Summer House is located at 3517 S. Manhattan Ave. Tampa, Florida. Several other women I met have goods there also.

from Lori, Founder of The Fancy Flea

Loved this table and Lori was just as nice as good be! All the painted furniture I saw at the flea market and in Blogland has inspired me. When I get moved later this year to Neptune Beach, I'm going to paint all my furniture! Gone with the stained wood, I'm going all out in beachy colors — bright and tropical!

Now this next lady has created such fun pieces, don't you think?

Only One Originals by Joann

This next one was my favorite from from Joann, a piano table, very cool!

I don't know who to credit this Little Piggy with, but I just had to show you this cute, whimsical piece…

The little Piggy was AT the market

I thought of so many of you when I saw this…

Infinite Caboodles

Her collage work is so gorgeous and unique. I love this one for dog lovers…

Infinite Kaboodles

The photo slips out so you can add one of your own. 
AND she has an Etsy Shop called Infinite Caboodles.

Victoria's Whimsy products from Used To Bees

Lovely soaps, bath salts and more from Used to Bees, a mother and daughter run operation. They have a storefront for their home decor and repurposed items located at 104 West Reynolds Street in Plant City, Florida, they do events in Florida and they have an Etsy Shop featuring their Victoria's Whimsy product line pictured above.

Next up is Vintage Soul Linens…

Pillows from Vintage Soul Linens

Pins and hair bows from Vintage Soul Linens

I'm so glad you can't see me sitting here drooling by my computer. I fell in love with these pillows from Vintage Soul, but do you want to know my favorite item of the day? These…

Bags from Vintage Soul Linens

Oh my gosh, shut the front door! I love, love, LOVE these bags!

They are light as a feather and oh, so girly! I swear my heart stopped when I saw these lovelies. I'm on a very strict budget, but if I was able to buy one thing that day, it would have been one of these!!!!!!!

Debbie of Vintage Soul has a shop located at 1020 New York Avenue in St. Cloud, Florida. Her shop is full of shabby chic furniture, accessories and more. You can see more of her fabulous goodies on her blog. Yep, Debbie is one of us out there in Blogland.

Of course, there were lots of flowers for sale…

fun, whimsical art…

I'm telling you,

The Fancy Flea

was made

for you and me!!!!!

I met so many wonderful, creative women and I can't leave without showing you the talent of Three Sisters Basketry. Look at these handmade baskets…

Three Sisters Basketry

Know you know I fell in love with the one shaped like a pineapple, but I'd love to have the wine and glass basket to take to the beach for a picnic or to watch the sunset. They were the sweetest ladies and although they don't have a blog, I did encourage them to open an Etsy Shop. Please, please, PLEASE!

Birds of Hope

I was so impressed with these two young girls! They sell little cloth birds and t-shirts to raise money to buy bio-sand filters for the people of Zambia, Africa. I spoke with the youngest of the two and folks, let me tell you she was a wealth of information on the water crisis in Zambia and the only thing brighter than her smile was her passion for this cause. You can learn more about their mission to change lives at Birds of Hope.

I just spoke on the phone with Debbie of Vintage Soul and she shared with me yet another blogger who was there. Kim, is a professional photographer and writer whose work appears in magazines such as Cottage Style, Romantic Country, Somerset Life and Artful Blogging. Not only will you LOVE her blog, Dear Daisy Cottage, she really captured the Fancy Flea experience beautifully, do stop by and see much more of what was available. Trust me, it will make you hop on a plane or jump in the car in November when the next event will be held! The Fancy Flea is blogger's paradise! Oh, and Jane and I are planning on being vendors there ourselves!

Meeting Becky of Junk to Joy for the first time was such a treat. What a darling, talented woman she is and a fellow Floridian. Look what she has in her Etsy Shop

There was so much to see, but we had another destination that day. The lovely Mrs. Magpie had invited us to her home for dessert, so we dragged ourselves away from The Fancy Flea and made the drive to Sheila's. Like I said, we live in the skinny state and we were already in the middle, what's a couple of hours when you're talking dessert? And for those who know her, you know that Mrs. Magpie would have a delightful tablescape for our arrival.

We were first met with a beautiful wreath in red, white and blue in honor of the Royal Wedding and Sheila greeted us wearing a lovely gift from our friend Lindsay of The Cross Stitch House who just recently was visiting from England.

Now take a gander at this Spring/Easter table…

There were bunnies and chickies galore, this was my favorite…

Well, at least until Mrs. Magpie brought out dessert…

In case you're wondering, yes, we had chocolate ice cream too!

Of course, that wasn't enough in The Magpie Book of Entertaining! We each got the cutest gift bag filled with a flower headband, chocolates, a little chickie of our own, gardening gloves and flower seeds…

and in honor of the new Duke of Cambridge she included these seeds…

Sheila is the BEST!!!! We all talked and laughed for hours and I finally got to meet one of her dearest friends who has plans to become a blogger herself. Yes, the family keeps growing.

I also delivered to Sheila one of my driftshell hearts she had ordered for her MIL for Mother's Day. She put it on a table where she has a wonderful beachy vignette set up, so that she could take a photo…

Oh my gosh, doesn't it look gorgeous! She made me look good! Then my dear, sweet friend decided she wanted if for herself and ordered another for her MIL! I was in heaven! Thanks Sheila!

I've had other darling friends take photos of their driftshell goodies at their homes and post them on their blogs — Sue @ I Need Mom posted here and Janey of Constant Chatter of the Crazy Chick posted here. I can't tell you how much this means to me, I swear the tears just start flowing when I think of all of you.

Our day was magical; time spent with blogging friends is one of the most rewarding experiences you'll ever have. If you haven't done this yet, I encourage you to plan a lunch, a shopping excursion, a day at the beach or whatever else your heart desires, with one of your blogging pals. I have made some of the best friendships through blogging and I can't imagine my life without all of these remarkable women.

Well, if you've made it this far and you're still reading I want to share one more bit of advice I got from Joni @ Desert Dreaming

Enjoy Every Sunset!

Today's Ocean Fact: Much like wetlands on land, coral reefs act as a nursery for the sea, providing space for fish and other marine life to spawn, hide and feed. –Earth Gauge

26 Thoughtful Comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Rhonda, you made me cry. This is just the sweetest post, and I hope you know how very much I love you. Beautiful photos and beautiful words. AND I adore my heart not only because it is wonderful, but especially because you made it.

Thanks for your friendship. It's something I deeply treasure...


Sheila :-)

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Rhonda Sweetie...
What a gorgeous share today. You are SO darn lucky. I could just hug and hug Sheila. I would so love to join you all one day.

Loved all the shopping and you showed just the best of the best shopping spree ever. I loved so many things. I would love to make some of those fabric torn roses, they are especially pretty. Can think of a zillion uses.

Loved the tables painted, like the piano and the keys with the letter. How cute was that? Loved it.

Now Sheila's table setting. Made for Princess of 3 for sure. What a treasure to be sitting at one of her tables. I loved the cake and ice cream too? WOW. Loved the treats for each of you. She doesn't miss a beat does she? So very pretty and I especially loved her little apron that she wore as she greeted each of you.

Just darling my friend. Just darling. Thank you for taking me along to Sheila's. I so loved my ride. Many hugs and SO much love, Sherry

Leo said...

Wow - such a fun filled post! Love all the wonderful things at the Lakeland Flea Market. Looks like it was definitely worth the trip. So nice that you were able to meet so many wonderful bloggers...that you have become such wonderful friends with.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

OH MY! I don't know where to start with a response! When I saw your shell heart on the table with all of the beautiful treasures...I said, Oh my gosh is looks gorgeous! And then I read your sentence after the pic and we were saying it together! How special to meet blog buddies! And you are right....those pillows and bags are wonderful! I should try to make some! lol I'm on a roll right now sewing! Lovely post! You are such a good writer and a sweet friend! ♥

Julie@beingRUBY said...

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!! hehehe you crack me up.. I haven't heard that one before.. love it.. I'll be walking around saying for days now...

Well missy your heart shell is such a winner!!! so beautiful.. and love all the goodies you saw at the market too... so much to look at!! the silver teapots in first had me reaching in to grab them.. no one will miss just one!! haha.. Well I must check out Becky's etsy!!! I can see silver there also!!!

Alrighty.. have a lovely week.. and.. yes.. perhaps one day we will both live in The Land of Everything Is As it Should Be!!! hehehe ciao ciao xxxx Julie

Della said...

It looks like you all had a ball! The baskets are amazing. This was a better than average Flea Market, and I'd love to go sometime. The handmade items are my fave, and you found some goodies! Thanks for sharing! It was fun to attend the flea market through cyber space!

Blondie's Journal said...

SO many great things to look at at the Fancy Flea. I know it was a great time for you. agree with Della. the handmade pieces are what I adore.

How nice that you met up with Mrs. Magpie again {and the other bloggers}. One of these days I will meet her, I feel like I have known her forever! She set a beautiful table and her gifts were just lovely!

Keep up the great work, Rhonda! I have my eye on a few things!


Linda @ A La Carte said...

The Fancy Flea looks like a great place. I am so happy you had a get together and had so much fun. Your shell heart is amazing. hugs, Linda

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

This is just such a great post Rhonda!
What a great flee market, the colors, the wares, the friendships!
And that Sheila is so ultra-talented and creative! I adore her table and the gift baskets are just the cutest things!
Isn't blogging wonderful!
Hugs to you,

BECKY said...

What a delightful post, Rhonda! I sooo love that picture of your heart on Sheila's table! It sure makes for a stunning centerpiece! You are so talented!

Thank you for the shout out for my shop! I had already decided before reading this that I was going to talk with you about featuring your work and shop on my blog! :o)

It was such a joy to meet you. You are such a warm, down to earth gal...with a big heart!

Have a fab week!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for making me feel like I was there with you. What a lovely way to spend the day, and the ladies you wrote about seem as amazing as you.

Now if you ever visit me, it will be Ritz crackers and instant tea, but served with love. :-)

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Rhonda
WOW! Your pictures from The Fancy Flea are amazing. It must have been such fun to go there. I love the pineapple basket and I agree those bags are wonderful. I look forward to seeing before and after pics of your painted furnitire. That's something I would like to try but I am not brave enough! Glad you had fun with Sheila too. She is one of the loveliest people I have ever met. We all miss her so much.

Kaybe said...

That Ms. Magpie knows how to set a table! I've always loved Lakeland. Maybe your next vehicle should be a hybrid SUV for your blogger galavanding tours...heehee

iLoveShelling said...

What a fun day!!! Nothin better than a girlfriend getaway

Anonymous said...

I knew we could count on you to take us along!

Your shell heart is gorgeous. Really exquisite.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Your post today was magical! I felt almost like I was right there with you looking at everything. I love flea markets! The ladies with the baskets do need an Etsy shop - gorgeous. But you are right - those bags were the stars of the show!

It seems like you have a real winner there with your driftshell hearts. Good for you. Thanks for another winning post!

BECKY said...

Thank you, Rhonda! You're a delight!

Loui♥ said...

what a fantastic post!
I feel as tho I was packed right in there with the traveling blogging sisters!! What a fun day you all had!! As I hastily scanned the words..drooling and savoring each delightful,one pic after another..
all I could think was..THIS is EXACTLY where I NEED to be..
laughing and smiling!
so inspiring and uplifting..
the excitement flowed from the printed words right straight into my heart and soul..
Each of you are definitely treasures of the heart!!
okay, my sweet Mersister, I'm off to visit those lovely posts and shops you mentioned..
warmest sandy hugs..
much love always!!

michelle said...

What a beautiful post and a wonderful place to visit. So many talented woman and such gorgeous treasures. I absolutely adore the pig!! Shut the front door, that is the best!! I love it!!! And I do love the bags as well. Your shell heart is so beautiful!! What a perfect vignette. I am so happy that you were able to spend a wonderful day with wonderful friends. That cake looks or looked so yummy!! ;) I am off to go check out the links. :)
Have a wonderful day!

Completely Coastal said...

Ah, I got to experience a little bit of the flea market, so nice!! I know that Sheila's house is amazing..., and your shell heart is just the most exquisite thing ever! Oh, and thanks so much for the link to the pronouncing site!!! If you heard me..., after all this years I still have a very strong Swiss German accent..., and yes, don't know how to pronounce certain thing. I should live on that site for some time, haha.

Simple Daisy said...

What a lovely post!!! It looked like the perfect day! How fun to spend time friends:):)

Arabella said...

What a great day and I think I want every single thing you photographed!! Your shell heart looks superb in your friends vignette...of course, it looks superb all by itself too!! ;o)

CHERI said...

Oh, I am so, so envious! I would definitely love that flea market. Please let me know when the next one will be held...we're not so far away I think and I'd love to attend. My heart was just fluttering looking at all your gorgeous pictures. Other than my son and I, we are the only people that I personally know that have blogs. My friends just don't "get it." They just don't know what they're missing, do they???

rjerdee said...

Hey Rhonda Shell Sister,
Such a fun post! You covered your day with your blogging sisters so fully that I feel as if I came along for the ride...thanks for sharing the day so well...your shell heart looked so great with all the other shell things. I still have to find a way to display your shell frame...it's up on my sofa table with a picture of my son and his wife in it on their vacation in Mexico...but it isn't surrounded by the "right" things yet. When I get back to Florida, I'll do a post when I get 'er done!
Meanwhile, thanks for taking me along on your blogging-friends day...wish I could have joined you in reality...but, come November, we'll be drinking something down at Sharky's :)
Hugs, Becky

Anonymous said...


What a great review of The Flea! I'm in NJ so unable to attend but feel like I was there after reading your adventure. I know Victoria (Used to Bees) through blogging: http://confessionsofanewoldhomeowner.blogspot.com/
Becky too!

Love the items at Vintage Soul Linens.


The Decorative Dreamer said...

I am very glad I caught up with you on this one! Wow! I am jealous! What fun you must have had to go here and to spend time with such wonderful bloggers too. I love all the painted furniture and think you definately should do this when you can. I've been investigating vacation cottages in Tybee Island and found a website called mermaid cottages.com. Most of their rentals are painted like this by a lady named Jane Coslick? Have you heard of her? She has a blog too. I just love the vacation feeling that brightly painted furniture gives. That pink table in your photo is fantastic! So glad you got to have such an enjoyable day with friends!

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