A Busy Weekend

Recently, my design partner in crime, Ericka and I entered to be contestants on the HGTV show “Flea Market Flip”. We actually made the cut and will be competing in season 8 of the show. The legendary market at Brimfield, Massachusetts is the setting for all of the purchasing.We had to go up Thursday, filmed all day Friday and stayed until Saturday so we could have time to also shop for ourselves.


I cannot go into detail yet, as the show will not air until the fall, but I promise it will be a fun story!

Shopping at Brimfield is fun, but very overwhelming and tiring because it is acres and acres of vendors and a LOT of walking. I brought Buddy along for the trip and he happily browsed with us the entire time. He even made friends with a Spuds Mackenzie statue that was for sale.

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I only made one purchase; a metal and tole painted wastebasket that goes perfectly in the powder room…


The only other thing I had to resist from buying was this…


We came home to an unusually cold and rainy day on Sunday. With our plans to work in the yard cancelled, hubby and I decided to take a ride to the New Jersey Botanical Gardens at Skylands Manor. For anyone in the Orange/Rockland/Bergen county area this is a wonderful day trip worth taking.


It is part of the New Jersey park system, officially opening Memorial Day with an entrance and parking fee, but is still accessible throughout the year. The walking tour begins at this charming cottage which inside is a mechanical station.



A 1600 foot alee of crab apple trees span the entire length of the grounds.


At the far end of the alee are four statues


Each one represents a continent


The hosta garden has 103 varieties


Mature azaleas


These were the largest and most fragrant lilacs i have ever seen!



There is a large perennial garden, meant to bloom until the first frost



Parterre garden




Statuary throughout


Even Buddy had a good time. He came home with a pine cone.



On May 23, 2016, My dear friend, Diana, will be honored by New York’s well known pet adoption service, BIDAWEE. Diana is a long time patron of Bideawee and owns a very special long haired dachshund named “Stanley Sweetheart ” whom she adopted through them.


“For more than 112 years, Bideawee has been the leading pet welfare organization serving metropolitan New York and Long Island. Through a vast array of services Bideawee cultivates and supports the life-long relationships between pets and the people who love them. Please explore the site and get to know more about how Bideawee can accompany you and your pet through your life-long journey together.”

Read more about them at https://www.bideawee.org/

My husband and I are excited to join Diana and her husband, Peter at the 2016 Bideawee Ball as she gets recognized and honored for all she has done for the organization.

Since I have been having so much fun making my pet beds, I decided to make one for Bideawee to put into the silent auction at the upcoming event. I went to the junk shop and bought an old drawer that was perfect for the new project. Four bun feet and a coat of primer later, the new bed was in the works.


I bought a blanket from the Bideawee shop and used that for the cushion.


I used their colors of brown, pink and white for the theme of the bed and also incorporated the dog and cat logos into the design.



Of course, I had to use the same knobs I put on Buddy’s bed because they are so cute!


A fun pattern finished up the other three sides…


And when it was all done Stanley  had the honors of being our model!


To make a donation, bid on the bed, attend the event, or if you are considering adopting a very special pet, please visit the Bideawee website at https://www.bideawee.org/

Stanley thanks you!!!