Wednesday, January 18, 2012

One of my first projects and my first trip to a flea market!

It all started last summer.  I had never been to a flea market before.  The idea of looking at other people's stuff did nothing for me.  Nothing.

I started hearing some people talk about the flea market that is near my home.  It is one of the largest in the state and people drive from quite a distance to go there, I live ten minutes away. I decided one weekend to check it out.  I have no idea what compelled me to do so!  I made asked my teenage son to go with me.  (poor guy was the only one home) I did not want to go to my first one alone!

We paid our $5.00 to get in and off we went. It took a matter of seconds before I realized how cool that place was!!  From the very first dusty isle I was in.  I did not know where to look first!  We walked around the entire place to get a lay of the land, then doubled backed to look again.  At this point I knew my son was loosing interest fast.  It was hot & dusty and I am sure very boring for him! 

On that first trip I found an antique mirror that I love! It was my first flea market find and it will always hold a special place in my heart! :) 

As we were leaving the man at the gate asked if we wanted our hands stamped.  He said if we get a stamp we can come back the rest of the day for FREE.  SO I drove my son home (grateful he was a good sport and checked it out with me) and drove right back to the flea market!  I spent the rest of the afternoon there.  I must say I was hooked! 

My flea market bench-$18.00.  I love the fabric that was already on the bench, but my vision was for a white simple bench.

Here is the bench after.  I removed the seat and back and spray painted all the wood areas white.  Then I sanded them to rough them up abit.  I decided to go with drop cloth fabric.  Nothing fancy.  I washed the drop cloth first in bleach to whitened it and soften it.  Then I used my staple gun and stapled away.

I even attempted nail heads on the back!

This little bench has come in quite handy!


I will always be thankful to my son for joining me on my first adventure to the flea market.  Lucky for him I have found a partner.  My sister came with me to the next one and she is as addicted as I am.  Every single thing we buy from a flea market has a story to tell! 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A few of my favorite things.

I have so much I want to write about.  I figured a good place to start is showing you a few of my favorite things!

Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Provence

Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Aubusson Blue

I am lucky enough to live about 30 minutes away from Carter's Cottage in Dekalb, IL.    This awesome shop stocks Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint.  I have used this paint on several pieces of furniture in my home.  I love it!!!

I also love birds, old books, and shiny things! 

                                                 and all things pretty and white! 

I am in the process of going from a home full of a great deal of BROWN to a much more lighter feeling home.  I never realized that the only colored I ever chose was brown.  Brown walls, brown furniture, brown candles, brown curtains, brown pillows, you get the picture.  It was a safe and easy pick at the time.  Now I am having so much fun lightening up all my brown.  :)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

My first blog~Thank for reading!!

My name is Debbie.  I am a wife and mother of two teenagers.  My priorities in life are God, my family, and decorating!  This blog is mainly going to be about decorating, my passion!  I chose the name "My Ever Changing Home" because that is exactly what we live in.

A few months ago I found some decorating blogs online and was instantly hooked.  I also knew it was something I I would love to be part of!  My only problem is I am not very computer savvy. I finally decided to just go with it and hope my knowledge of how to run a blog evolves as I go on!

My husband TJ, daughter Bryce, and son Brady at my parents home this past Christmas.
 What I know I can do it share my love for decorating.  My blog may not be fancy, but I plan to have fun exploring ways to show everyone what I love to do!