Treasure Map

I spend a LOT of time at thrift stores and flea markets, picking old barns and storage sheds, shopping sales and waiting for discounts. It’s safe to say I like a good treasure hunt. So this weekend, I had one thing on my mind. Flea Market. I let my pale legs out of their winter prison and hit the road with Dave and our friend Amanda.

Of course, Dave had to stop at the taco truck on the way.

Once a month, Nashville has an amazing flea market at the State Fairgrounds. Sometimes I come home with a car full, sometimes (like this weekend) I come home empty handed. It’s always fun to dig through all the booths and see what everyone has to offer. Here are some of my favorite things from this weekend’s trip to the Nashville Flea Market and a guide to the best (in my opinion) booths. Much like the grocery store, your best best for finding quality items is to stick with the outside aisles and avoid the center (where you’ll find things like bulk packaging for tube socks, and cheap rugs).

My friend, Amanda, and I literally gasped when we walked around the corner and saw this couch. It’s similar to the couch I already have, which I love to pieces. Plus it had already sold, and according to Dave, “It smells like a barn.” So it was easy to pass up, but still a beautiful piece!

There was a TON of vintage clothing at the Flea Market this weekend. There isn’t always a whole lot of it there, but what they do have is usually great quality. If you’re in the market for some seriously cute vintage (women’s mostly) clothing, check out the furthest back barn and the rabbit building. They tend to be the best places to find vintage clothing.

We found these beauties next to the rabbit barn as well, but there are usually a lot of other large decorator’s pieces on the far west side of the flea market as well. Be sure to make your rounds if you’re looking for large, unique pieces.

My favorite booth ever is usually in the next to last barn (sometimes the last barn – the furthest barn isn’t used in the slow months) and half of the stuff I get from the flea market, I get from this booth. The guy who works there is a ginger like myself – so you’ll spot him. He’s super friendly, gives good deals, and is happy to talk about his finds. I like this kind of vendor, and I think you will too. He seems happy about what he’s doing and I admire that. Check his booth out for sure. He’s usually got cool retro furniture, toys, electronics, and great decorator pieces. He told me his name last time I went, but I forgot it. How rude of me!

Here are some of the other fun things you’ll find in the back two barns.

Man I love the flea market. Do check it out if you’re in Nashville! You won’t be sorry!

Twinkle Toes

There’s this place called Essex. It’s a magical world full of bargains and discounts on bargains where they have things like Espresso machines and cribs and witch-craft popsicle makers. Also they sometimes have overstock shoes from Urban Outfitters for $10. And cute glasses. (Cute kid not included.)

I am to bargains what a divining rod is to a natural spring. I just can’t help myself.

Anyway, I found these shoes at Essex and knew immediately that I had to paint polka dots on them with gold paint. That’s a normal reaction to have to things, I think.

So I grabbed this… (gold leaf pen bought from Wal-Mart a few years ago)

And made this happen…

Quickest DIY ever.

Get Stuff Done Playlist

I make playlists like some people scrapbook. Each new event or time period in my life has it’s own playlist devoted to it. Fall of 2007? Lots of Bethany Dillon. That camping trip we took? Tallest Man on Earth brings me right back to the campsite.

Right now, I’m rockin’ a pretty fun motivation soundtrack. I listed to this playlist on repeat for SEVEN HOURS STRAIGHT the other day when I was working on a fun project. You should check it out – it’s the best dance-party-in-the-middle-of-the-afternoon playlist I’ve made in a while. For the Spotify playlist, click here!

  1. Say Hey – Michael Franti
  2. Lisztomania – Phoenix
  3. Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machines
  4. Paris – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
  5. Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
  6. Say It Ain’t So – Weezer
  7. You Got Your Cherry Bomb – Spoon
  8. Little Talks – Of Monsters And Men
  9. We are Young – Fun.
  10. Comeback Kid – Brett Dennen
  11. Float On – Modest Mouse
  12. Howlin’ For You – The Black Keys
  13. You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
  14. Rock & Roll – Eric Hutchinson
  15. Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
  16. Love Song – Sara Bareilles
  17. The Outsiders – NEEDTOBREATHE

Shop Opening Coming Soon!

I do this thing when I’m working on a big project, where all my time, energy, and attention go into that project for days and days until it is finished or I burn out.

I have two big projects that I’m working on right now, and it’s overtaking my life in a really fun way. One is a secret right now. Not a secret secret, but I’m not quite ready to share about it yet; I want to wait until it’s finished before I show you. You’ll find out soon enough, I promise. It involves lots of rearranging and craft projects. I can’t wait to show you what I’ve come up with!

The second big thing has been in the works for almost an entire year! whoa. It’s the Buffalo Mae vintage shop for kids. This project is so much fun. Thrift shopping, scouting out garage sales and antique stores, photo shoots, etc. And guess what! After a year of collecting and measuring items, Buffalo Mae is going to open shop NEXT WEEK! Here are a couple peeks at some of my favorite items in the shop.

I’ll be sure to announce the shop opening right here with a link to these pieces and more! So check back next week!

A Very Lillian Fundraiser

It’s that time of year again folks. The time where I realize that Haiti trip of mine is coming up awfully quickly and I’ve got some money to raise!

Last year, my friend Lillian gave away a session to anyone who donated $20 or more. Each $20 got another entry into the drawing. My friends Chad and Kristle won the giveaway – I think they’re saving up their photoshoot for when their two African babies get here!

Here’s some of Lillian’s amazing headshot work.

And here are the details to this year’s fundraiser: she’s offering $50 off headshot sessions. So all you folks who need new headshots for acting, business cards, dating websites, or Facebook – now is your chance! For $100, you can sign up for a headshot session and Lillian’s generously donating $75 of each session directly to my Haiti trip. On Sunday, April 29th, Lillian and I will be doing headshots from 4-6pm. Mostly I just stand there and fix the hair that the wind messes up. Important work, friends.

So sign up now! You can email lillian@lillianbphotography.com with the subject: “Send Steph to Haiti Headshots” and she’ll set you up!

Trust me – you’re going to love the pictures!

My Friend, Petunia

This weekend, we were invited to some friends’ house for an evening of sitting around, laughing and eating. We’re really good at that. My friend asked me to come inside because she had something to show me. When I walked in to her room, there was a giant wrapped box with a bow on top, sitting on her bed. FOR ME. It’s nowhere near my birthday, so I was confused. I opened the card first, as every good kid does, and it was so sweet. They said something along the lines of “this is a gift of encouragement – we know you’re going to be a great mom some day.” I did a really good job of not turning into a sobbing mess.

So, I opened the box and saw my dream diaper bag. The most beautiful bag ever. My heart leapt. There was a moment that I stopped breathing, I think. It was a mixture of utter surprise and extreme giddiness.

A month or two ago, I put a link up on Facebook with a caption that said something like, “My dream diaper bag is on sale” and “this is actually the diaper bag I’ve wanted since before Dave and I started trying to get pregnant.” With this picture of the Petunia Pickle Bottom Cake diaper bag in Buttercream Yellow below.

My love for that diaper bag knew no bounds. It was discontinued, so I knew I just wouldn’t ever get that bag. The problem is, I’m not pregnant, and I can’t justify spending almost $200 on a diaper bag (on sale) ever.

But my sweet friends had bought it for me as a way of saying, ‘It’s going to happen for you. You’ll be a mom someday, and a good one at that.’

The thing about infertility is that you see things come and go that you’ve got your heart set on. A diaper bag is the least of my worries, really, but I loved that bag, and I was bummed that it wasn’t going to happen for me. But names I’ve liked have become too popular, or a friend used it before I did, nursery designs have become out of fashion, really good deals on cribs or strollers I loved came and went. It’s a little sad to watch that happen year after year, you know? So this bag was more than just a bag for me. It was an encouragement and a little hope.

But hope and encouragement aside, it’s still the most beautiful bag I’ve ever held. To paint a picture for you of just how much I love this bag, I opened it as soon as we got home, and LITERALLY drooled when I took it out of the package. Realizing my lack of bodily control, I said “Dave. I just drooled… did you see that?” Dave said, “yeah. I did see that. That’s embarrassing.” Whatever, man. You don’t understand Petunia the way I do.

Then, as Dave was drifting off to sleep I whispered, “I know this sounds materialistic or whatever, but that bag is like, a dream come true.” I have a feeling he opened his eyes just so he could roll them.

So thank you, thank you, thank you friends, for such a thoughtful surprise. I can’t wait to fill it up with baby stuff and lug it around town. It was honestly one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. It was right up there with my puppy Oreo and my Kitchen-Aid mixer.