As Jess mentioned, I recently traveled the Midwest to make it to a friend’s wedding.  We hit 11 states in 10 days! Whew. It was so much fun and I’ve got a ton to share with all of you. My mom and one of my sisters went with me and we thrift/estate sale/antiqued shopped all along the way. I wanted to mainly visit places that I had seen on the blogosphere and friends recommend. We did just that, and it was amazing. I’m ready to do it again!

On the way up to the wedding, I knew I had to make a special stop at Bearly Makin’ It Antiques. They’ve got a huge barn full of stuff and they have a store in Marion, KS. It was featured on American Pickers but they didn’t show the store in town. Personally, the store was the best part. I heard about this place from Meg at Whatever, and knew we needed to make a special trip there. After stopping at Antique shops/markets in KS, MO, IL, MI, and OH, this was by far the best stop we made! I could spend hours and hours going through this shop. I’m most definitely going back!

We drove straight to Marion from my parent’s house outside of Ft. Worth, Texas. After a night’s rest in Marion, we headed to the shop.

First off, my photos with vintage graphic design. I really love old tins, and if the practical side of me were to vanish someday, I’d have an antique tin collection.

 Coffee is bliss, after all.

Look at this little gem! A Kitchen Maid Cake box. So pretty. I can just imagine being at a party where this was brought in and a delicious homemade cake was served. Perfect!

Since I spend my days working with children, I’ve really come to love old children’s books. Not to mention, Dr. Seuss was a genius.


Mason jars! I love the blue and the lids.

How sweet is this little lipstick caddy? The ribbon font is just too lovely. I’m kinda regretting not buying this.

Quilts!!!!! I’ve shared my love of quilts, right? The past several years, as I’ve developed my tastes more, my love of quilts has remained the same. There were so many and they were so nicely rolled that I was a little overwhelmed to pick through them. After seeing that $18 price tag right there, I wish I would have.

How great is this clock? What a cool piece for a kids room. The little gold feet, the green casing, the unique hands, and the man and monkey just make it look so playful. But considering the condition and the $45 price tag, it didn’t go home with me.

This place was amazing and soon I will be posting about all my buys from the trip. It wasn’t much, but I love what a got.

If you’re driving through Kansas, you must make a detour to check out Barely Makin’ It Antiques. Their inventory is so extensive, and the people who work there were great! We weren’t able to check out their barn because for some reason it wasn’t open, which turned out to be okay because I’ve got no clue how we would have brought back large items.

Stay tuned for more from my trip! Update: Here’s the rest of my write-up from the lovely little town of Marion, KS.

I linked up over at Her Library Adventures: Flea Market Finds.


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Last week, Kyle and I went out for Thai food. We live about 30 minutes from any thai restaurant and about 55 from any good one so we don’t have it nearly as much as I’d like to. We happened to be trying a restaurant we hadn’t been to before. The food was delicious and I was also excited to find a pretty collection of dainty thai tea infuser mugs. Our Hyvee grocery also replaced it’s bulk grain section with a bulk tea section so now I’m excited to get a pretty infuser mug and try a couple varieties.

 You can’t really tell from the photo, but the lid on this Tea Spot Steeping Mug sets steady on the table and holds the infuser when you’re done steeping your leaves. Clever!

If you want a bolder design, etsy has a few options. My favorite is this Vintage Royal Windsor Porcelain Tea Mug by thisandthatok on Etsy. It’s gorgeous! I don’t even think you’d need a book to enjoy with your tea, you could just study the design.

Tea Forté makes an entire brewing system based on this model. They don’t have the pretty porcelain loose leaf infusers, but I like the shape and size of the outside. I kind of prefer a cup without a handle sometimes.

Well, this post has me officially wanting a book, a comfy chair, and a glass of tea until the combination turns into a long afternoon nap. Happy tea times!

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Nellianna on Etsy

*** I search Etsy far and wide to bring you some absolutely beautiful finds from the artists and vintage shops on the site. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feel free to send over any shops you think are worthy of attention. Click on the images to be taken to the listing. ***

These lights made the front page of Etsy this past Sunday and immediately caught my eye. They’re pretty amazing.

Paper Origami Lampshade by Nellianna

I would love to have one of these in my house. I enjoy all of the designs and the shapes, textures, and pure white of them are fantastic. The shop owners are based out of the Netherlands and so shipping costs to the states are pretty expensive. But I’d love to get my hands on some of this handmade goodness.


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Dahlhaus’ Shop

*** I search Etsy far and wide to bring you some absolutely beautiful finds from the artists and vintage shops on the site. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feel free to send over any shops you think are worthy of attention. Click on the images to be taken to the listing. ***

I love pottery. It’s a weakness really. When I was in grad school, Jess and I went to a free pottery class and I made my own bowl. I also stopped multiple times at the fundraising booth the art students held in front of the campus library. We still use our bowls from there everyday. Sure, handmade pottery is more expensive than a package deal you might buy at Target,  but I love it because it’s unique, colorful, and for the most part irreplaceable.

Here are a few of my loves from Dalhaus’ Shop on Etsy.

I love the blues and greens. This teapot makes me want hot tea in the summer. It’s so beautiful

Wouldn’t these be so pretty displayed in a kitchen against white cabinets- with or without flowers.

Again, the tourquise and the hot tea. So pretty.

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Bubblegum Pink light fixture on ModerncountrystyleI saw these bubble-gum pink light fixtures the other day on ModernCountryStyle and thought they would look pretty awesome in an office. Nevermind that my office is navy blue, I think bubblegum pink and navy blue look great together. I’m going fabric shopping soon and might test it out soon with a new headboard for the guest bed in the room.

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