Thursday, November 26, 2015

Vintage Ice Skates and Flea Market Friday #6


Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to the #FleaMarketFriday party!
I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your families today.
The girls and I have been baking and getting ready to go shopping in the morning!
I don't really have a must find gift... just meeting up with more family members and having a girls day.  Walking off some of the calories from today I hope!
 For this week's Flea Market Friday I am sharing these lovely vintage skates and an antique box display.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Glimpse of Christmas in my Cottage Kitchen

Welcome!
I know it is not even Thanksgiving yet...
But I wanted to share a little bit of my holiday decor in the kitchen today.

 In years past I have totally stripped my kitchen to the bare bones for Christmas.
I had dozens of snowmen in red, greens and blues.
But with the new cottage look... the snowmen got the boot!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pair of Antique Glass Lamps and Flea Market Friday #5


Welcome to the 5th Flea Market Friday!
Again, I am sorry there was no party last week.
My hubby being sick took up most of our week.
Thank goodness, all is well now.
Be careful if you get this respiratory thing going around.
It is awful this year here in the Midwest. 
As you might have seen in yesterday's post, I have started the holiday decorating.
Aka... my house will be a mess for the foreseeable future.
For our family we love traditions, one of them is the "candy bar" on the antique sideboard.  I enjoy decorating this area every year.  This area always looks so pretty with the lights reflected in the mirror.
 This year I decided to go very neutral, letting all my glassware sparkle.
 For today's FLEA MARKET FIND I wanted to show you these antique lamps.  I found them this past summer for $1 a piece at a rummage sale.  One works and the other needs rewired.  I added the crystals from EBay.  I love their size and how they balance this area.  I will try to get them both working this winter.  ( One of several projects to do) 
 I broke apart two large sprays of glittered ferns for the swag.
 I love this elegant, yet simple idea and the champagne color is perfect. 
 What is in the candy bowls?  Chocolate and mints so far... things don't last for long!
 This is about all I have gotten done so far.  I am still going thru totes and putting my fall stuff away.
 I am hoping to make some burlap flowers and other goodies for this area soon.
I went to a Christmas Fair last week and have many projects I want to do!  Now I just have to find the time and energy to get on it!  

Okay, let's enjoy some lovely features...

Kathleen of Charm Bracelet Diva found some awesome goodies this week in her travels.  I especially love this footed cup and the Chippendale nut dishes.

Easy Fall Outdoor Decor | FrugElegance | www.frugelegance.com
Randi of FrugElegance shared some wonderful outdoor fall decorating ideas.  I am in love with her outdoor fireplace!

Miss Rita at Panoply has outdone herself again in lovely ideas!  I cannot tell you how much I love your pretty lady all decked out!  Wow!

Vintage Fan at Adirondack girl at heart
Diana of Adirondack Girl @ Heart shared another terrific week of thrifting too.  I just love your metal fan and rattan wrapped bottle!  Oh the treasures to be found at Goodwill!  I keep about three around me in business!!

If you have been featured.... grab your lovely tag!

Thanks to much to all that share every week.
I am still getting the word out about this party,
so any shout outs would be most welcome!

Okay, lets get this party started!
Please use the little tag here and/or give me a link to www.creativecountrymom.com


-Party Rules-
Only posts with my link will be featured.
Please become a follower of Creative Country Mom.
By linking you allow me to featured your posts and images on my site.
All posts must have a repurposed, vintage, upcycled home and garden theme.
I reserve the right to delete any posts that do not comply with the party theme.


Thanks so much for stopping by and please consider becoming a new follower too!
~Brooke~

Brooke Berry Kroeger is the creator of the Creative Country Mom blog started in 2009. There she shares her photography and country lifestyle. She enjoys incorporating vintage finds and repurposed treasures in her Southern Indiana farmhouse and garden. She loves to talk about gardening and decorating and often lectures at local gardening education events and area organizations and clubs. She does freelance photography and DIY publication work.  If you would like her to contribute on a project, email her at creativecountrymom@gmail.com.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hiding Light Cords in a Tinsel Tree - DIY Holiday Decorating

 Welcome Back and I am so glad to be sharing a new post!
It has been a rough last month here at the lake.
I was really sick for over two weeks, then my husband got it.
He ended up with pneumonia and spent a couple days in the hospital with it.
Thanks goodness, he is back to work this week and we are feeling better.
So I am sorry I missed the link up party last Thursday, but we will pick it up tomorrow.
Last year I purchased this sweet little tinsel tree.
It is kind of a Charlie Brown meets Vintage sweetie.
Not white, not quite silver but a little bit gold.
I wanted to have it lit, but the problem was... white lights were really too bright.
What to do??

Thursday, November 5, 2015

An Hour of Prayer and Flea Market Friday #4



 Today I am doing something I don't normally do here at Creative Country Mom.
Today I am talking about the realities of the world we live in.  
The not so pretty, decorated world where real tragedies happen to everyday families.  

Let me explain...

A few years ago this could have been our family.  
It could be your family too, right now.

Cancer.  
I hate that word.  

I heard it a few years ago with my dad.  
And it just breaks you apart.  
Such terror and pain in one little word.  
Everything changes and slows to a stop.  

We were lucky, my dad did respond to his treatments.  
But we will always be fearful.  
So when I hear of another family and their pain and sorrow I have great empathy.  
And I remember.  
More than that, I pray.

I am going to tell you something I believe with all my heart.
Prayer works.
Prayer changes things.
Prayer can heal the body, but more the heart.

A couple years ago my mom was gravely ill.
Honestly, we could feel the prayers of our churches and friends.
It was a peaceful, strong feeling that we 
were doing everything we could to make her better.
I know how loving and immense that feeling is.
Faith is so important.
So is the peace that follows.


Why am I so worked up this week?
Because like so many of you I have been deeply saddened by the news of Joey Feek.


I have to tell you, I can't remember a time I have been so wrapped up in such sad news.
I remember seeing this lovely couple on a CMT show a few years ago.
I loved to hear them sing together, but more than that... I was drawn to Joey.
She is a country girl like me, who wears jeans and cowboy boots.
She grew up in Indiana not too far from me.
She loves gospel music and proudly shares her love of God in her music and life.
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She lives in an old farmhouse with a big garden and loves to cook for her family and friends.

When I saw her I thought, this is a woman I could be friends with.
This is a woman I would love to know.

She just had her 40th birthday and her husband bought her the horse she dreamed of.
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Her daughter Indiana turned one a few weeks ago.
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She has a wonderful successful recording and tv show career.
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She is a stepmom to two older girls and has a happy marriage.
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In so many ways, she is living to country dream.
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Except someone said that word I hate to much to this wonderful woman.
Cancer.

It just breaks my heart.
Joey has stage 4 cervical cancer and they have made a decision to stop treatment.
They brought her home to her family for whatever time she has left.

Throughout all of this they have shared their story bravely.
Every note breaks my heart.
Her husband Rory writes "This Life I Live
and somehow finds the strength to put his emotions into posts.   
 I cannot ask you enough to go read this site from the past few months.
You will cry, and laugh, and pray, and say "Why?"

Why this 40 year old mother?  Why anyone??
It is all of us, any of us.
For what?
I will never understand.

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The Feek family is asking for an hour of prayer this evening, November 5th at 8 pm.

I had been struggling with what to share for today's post.
This entire house is filled with "Flea Market Finds"
and none of them shouted out to me.
My heart said, write about what your are feeling.
So yes, I try to make this a happy place for you to come to.
But I also want you to know, for you I will pray.

I know some of the most tender hearted, loving souls are my friends online.
I know so many have a personal relationship with faith in their lives.
So I ask you to take a minute this evening to pray for Joey.
And for everyone touched by this heartless disease.

So for this sweet girl... who grew up just down the road.
Who could have been so much more, and is so much to so many.
Tonight I will pray, and keep praying.

(All photos ©Joey and Rory Feek, www.thislifeilive.com)


Okay, let's start the party for the 4th Flea Market Friday with some lovely features!
Rita at Panoply shares the story of a lifelong collector in "Dealer Friends Living Estate Finds"
Rita you and your sisters seem to be having too much fun this Fall.  I love all your finds, but these iornstone molds are WONDERFUL!  Love to hear the story about sweet Emily too.

Fall Grapevine Wreath | FrugElegance | www.frugelegance.com
Frugal Elegance's "Fall Grapevine Wreath" is a lovely quick project perfect for the season.  I am glad you told me they were dried putka pods, I can never remember the name, but they are so cute!

Parlor Room Pondering's "Unexpected Iornstone Find"
This platter is so lovely and different.  I have not seen anything like it with the windmills.
I can see why you snatched it up Diane!

Antique photograph of a man

I was so tickled when I saw the lovely finds in Adirondack Girl at Heart's "This Week's Vintage Finds"  This handsome dude reminds my of my "Willie" that hangs in the family room!  
They are so neat and we wonder who they were and how they ended up at a flea market right?
We say Willie is our ghost and blame things on him all the time!  He is a friendly fellow!  I too got mine for only $5!  Love that.

It may seem a bit early for Christmas posts... but I have a secret... I already have a tree up in my entry!  So when Janice at Curtains in my Tree shared her "Projects in the Making"  I was in love with the vintage feel!

Deanie's Stash shared a fun post called "Step Back From That Cupboard"
I loved her before and after and vintage goodies.
And yes!  For only $1 I will buy all the vintage lace this girl can find!

Our last feature today is Jane from Bluebird 1959's "Fall Treasures"
Jane I love your warm country touches and feel right at home in your lovely spaces!

If you have been featured.... grab your lovely tag!

Thanks to much to all that share every week.
I am still getting the word out about this party,
so any shout outs would be most welcome!

Okay, lets get this party started!
Please use the little tag here and/or give me a link to www.creativecountrymom.com


-Party Rules-
Only posts with my link will be featured.
Please become a follower of Creative Country Mom.
By linking you allow me to featured your posts and images on my site.
All posts must have a repurposed, vintage, upcycled home and garden theme.
I reserve the right to delete any posts that do not comply with the party theme.


As always thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!
xxx....Brooke


Brooke Berry Kroeger is the creator of the Creative Country Mom blog started in 2009. There she shares her photography and country lifestyle. She enjoys incorporating vintage finds and repurposed treasures in her Southern Indiana farmhouse and garden. She loves to talk about gardening and decorating and often lectures at local gardening education events and area organizations and clubs. She does freelance photography and DIY publication work.  If you would like her to contribute on a project, email her at creativecountrymom@gmail.com.
I am linking to the parties found on my main page.
"Take my life and let me be, a living prayer, my God to thee."
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