A Friday Chat

Happy Friday my friends! It’s been a quick week here with lots going on in the kitchen. I have more updates to share, but I wanted to give you a break from all of the kitchen projects I’ve been posting lately, so I thought I’d just share some other happenings going on…like fresh tomatoes, spray paint and all night flea markets.

Fresh garden tomatoes. | chatfieldcourt.com

We had a cool and somewhat wet start to summer in Illinois this year, and it’s greatly affected our garden. We’ve been running a few weeks behind but we finally have some tomatoes that are ready to be eaten. The cherry tomatoes are abundant and so sweet and delicious while the big tomatoes have struggled to grow, but we are enjoying every one that we are able to pick.

Fresh garden tomatoes and a robin's egg blue stool. | chatfieldcourt.comThe stool that the tomatoes sit on was a recent $5 garage sale find and it’s, hands down, my most favorite thing right now. It was a lovely shade of green but I wanted to put it in my new kitchen so I could sit and talk to my husband when he’s fixing dinner (yes ladies, he’s not only handy but he likes to cook too 😉 ), so I painted it in this pretty shade of robin’s egg blue. Love it!

A $5 garage sale find painted a pretty shade of robin's egg blue. | chatfieldcourt.comThe wall in this picture is one of the very last ones to get painted (which I’m in the middle of right now). When we moved into this house, every wall was painted in this pinky beige flat wall color. It marks up if you just touch it and forget about wiping it off. I’m so glad to see it go.

A $5 garage sale find painted a pretty shade of robin's egg blue. | chatfieldcourt.comLast weekend we went to an all night flea market, a first for both of us. It opened at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon and went all the way until 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Crazy, I know. We ended up going around 7 p.m. and it was already crowded, and not at all what I was expecting. I saw a few things that I liked, like these cool vintage pulleys, but the prices were outrageous. The only thing I ended up buying was an oil painting for $2. It was a bit disappointing but it was fun to look around.

Vintage pulleys at the flea market | chatfieldcourt.comThere was fair type food, music, celebrities and lots of vendors. I go to a flea market to look at vintage items but there were a lot of vendors selling things you’d find in a dollar store. Nothing wrong with that, if that’s what you’re looking for, but it’s not for me. One of the vendors had this cute little vintage camper that she lives in. She even let me take a peek inside. It was tiny but so adorable.

Flea market | chatfieldcourt.com

Flea market | chatfieldcourt.comWe hit every vendor (I peruse very quickly) and walked out the gates at around 9. The lines to get in were outrageous, hundreds of people, and a lot of them were complaining that they had to wait 2 hours to get in. No thank you!

That’s what’s been happening around here lately, between all the projects in the kitchen.

What have you been up to lately? Have you ever been to an all night flea market?

I share a lot of what’s happening around here on Instagram. I’d love to have you follow along.

My latest project is a DIY mason jar lamp. Have you checked it out yet?

Tutorial on making a DIY mason jar lamp with mirror effect spray and a lamp kit. | chatfieldcourt.com

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  1. Phyllis Cooke
    Friday,August 21, 2015 / 7:29 am

    I am in love with the step stool and the lamp. You have such good taste in color and decorating.

    • Kristi
      Friday,August 21, 2015 / 10:04 pm

      Thanks so much Phyllis, that’s so nice of you to say. Great to hear from you. 🙂

  2. Friday,August 21, 2015 / 7:57 am

    I’ve never been to an all night flea market, sounds cool, but I’m not one for lines. Flea markets in my area are pricey, so are thrift stores actually…and many of the yard sales around here are run by estate sale companies. I’d like to live in a state where there are bargains! 😉

    • Kristi
      Friday,August 21, 2015 / 10:22 pm

      We didn’t have many flea markets, thrift stores or yard sales when we lived in Florida either. I’ve never heard of yard sales being run by estate sale companies. That just stinks because I’m sure the prices are super high. We have some good flea markets and thrift stores, but I’ve never had a lot of luck at garage sales around here. I guess that’s good because I would probably buy a lot of stuff that I didn’t need.;)

  3. Friday,August 21, 2015 / 8:58 am

    I quit going to Flea Markets years ago. Our local one is all Dollar Store merchandise. If you find anything vintage you are finding a rarity. I have watched Flea Market Flip and wonder if those are real Flea Markets and if so, where are they located. I love the blue stool. Perfect for your kitchen. My mom always had a steep stool that one of us sat on and talked to her as she cooked. Great memories.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,August 22, 2015 / 12:19 am

      I don’t understand why so many flea markets are selling dollar store items now. If I want stuff like that, I certainly don’t go to the flea market. I’ve never watched Flea Market Flip, I don’t have time anymore 😉 , but I see some gals on different blogs show some awesome garage sale finds and I can’t help but feel envious (just a little). My grandmother had a stool similar to the one I found too. I love that it’s compact, with the steps folding up, so I can put it in the kitchen.

      Thanks for dropping in today Debbie. It’s great to hear from you. Hope your weekend is a good one.

  4. Pat
    Friday,August 21, 2015 / 10:43 am

    I did check out the Mason jar lamp and was impressed most of all by the lampshade. Loved the neat trim on the rustic burlap.

    • Kristi
      Friday,August 21, 2015 / 10:24 pm

      Thanks so much Pat. I liked that the trim just added a bit of style to the plain burlap.

  5. Havok
    Friday,August 21, 2015 / 5:35 pm

    Yay for tomatos! 😀
    I love those kind of camper vans, I’ve always wanted one (and would totally live in one – it would be cramped, but so cozy!).

    • Kristi
      Friday,August 21, 2015 / 10:25 pm

      Tomatoes are awesome, aren’t they?

      That camper was teeny tiny. I don’t think I could even stand up straight inside. A bit too small for me. 😉

      Thanks for stopping in and I hope you have a great weekend!

  6. Friday,August 21, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    I’ve never even heard of a nighttime flea market! How strange…. Although, I’d like it better than having to get up at the crack of dawn to go to the one here. I am in love with your new stool too 🙂

    Great lamp!


    • Kristi
      Saturday,August 22, 2015 / 12:05 am

      I know, strange right? I thought it was different but I’m with you, I’d rather go at night than the crack of dawn. 😉 The only problem is that you can’t really see anything very well…but the flashlight vendor was very popular.

  7. MaryJean
    Friday,August 21, 2015 / 8:51 pm

    Never heard or went to an all night flea market, Interesting . . . my cousin just put on Facebook that there was going to be a yard sale all along one of the routes in a town near me. I’ve heard of those and would love to go to this one. In Western NY if you serve food, they will come.
    Ah, tomatoes. I just picked our first tomato last week. It was delicious and now I see some more ripening. I have a few green peppers on the vine, but they’re small. My garden didn’t do so well this year. Although the rain was good for the plant itself, it didn’t do much for the fruit.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,August 22, 2015 / 12:26 am

      The yard sale by you sounds like fun. The ones they have around here are never worth stopping at. I rarely find anything (except for my “new” stool). I think your summer was a bit like ours. We’ve gotten 2 tiny peppers and that’s it. The tomato plants have grown a little but they look kind of pathetic. Not much you can do, I guess, but hope that next year is better.

      Great to hear from you MJ. I hope your weekend is awesome!

  8. Friday,August 21, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    Great looking tomatoes and what a great deal you got on that stool…I love those vintage stools!!…Great lamp too!…Have a most wonderful weekend!

    • Kristi
      Friday,August 21, 2015 / 11:52 pm

      Thanks so much Shirley! I love that the stool steps fold up and it fits in my small kitchen. Anything that fits in that small space is a big plus. 😉

      Have an awesome weekend!

  9. Nancy
    Monday,August 24, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    I’ve never heard of an all-night flea market before. I’d hate to be a vendor open all those hours. Your stool is delightful. Love that color. It’s hard to grow tomatoes here because our nights are very cool. I have them planted in 5 gal pails and have to drag them in and out of the “tomato barn” daily. Next year I’m going to find a better way. . .maybe leave them inside all season. Have fun!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,August 25, 2015 / 1:02 am

      Dragging 5 gallon pails outside every day to grow tomatoes…that’s true dedication Nancy. I hope you’re able to get some for all of that hard work. 😉

  10. Shirlee
    Monday,August 24, 2015 / 10:09 pm

    I’ve never heard of an all night flea market. I can’t imagine poking around in the dark trying to find a treasure or two.
    Fresh from the garden produce is such a treat! I want to add a garden next year but planted a few pepper plants as a trial run. My banana pepper plant is producing well and I’ve got several green peppers (that will turn red if I leave them on the vine).
    We decided to check out the local farmer’s market a few weeks ago and are hooked. It’s going to be tough this winter having to go back to crappy grocery store produce.

    I love your new kitchen store and the fresh colour. Isn’t it great that spray paint comes in so many colours now?

    The vintage camper is tiny but adorable.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,August 25, 2015 / 1:33 am

      It is really tough going back to store bought after you’ve eaten fresh all summer. I guess it’s good that we can even get produce year round so I shouldn’t complain.

      There are so many great spray paint colors out now and I’m having fun trying them out. My husband has been teasing me that he needs to get a second job to pay for all the paint I’ve been buying. 😉

      That camper was adorable but, my goodness was it tiny.

      Thanks for stopping in and chatting with me today Shirlee.

  11. Wednesday,August 26, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    I didn’t know that spray paints came in that color?! Love it!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,August 27, 2015 / 2:15 am

      I know, isn’t the color awesome? I figured I could just repaint it if I didn’t like it but I love the color.

      Thanks for stopping in Vel.

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