Vintage Glasses + Flea Market Finds!

March 23, 2012

Hi everyone, thanks so much to all of you who linked up to the Spring Craft Link Party yesterday, I’m enjoying all that creativity you shared! There’s over 300 links to fantastic projects, be sure to check them out!  Today I’d like to give a shout out to one of my favorite stylists Mr. Matthew Mead and thank him for allowing me to be a (small) part of his latest publication Flea Market Finds.

Matthew asked me to contribute to the publication with my most favorite vintage find so I chose to share about my mid century Empoli colored champagne glasses!  Read the whole story of why they’re so important to me on page 7.

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You’ll see a few other favorite bloggers featured too, hey there’s Kim and Marian! Turn the page for even more peeks at favorite finds by other stylists and bloggers too.

My Matt and I snagged those champagne glasses on a visit to a shop in the West Village in NYC called The End of History.  We were so inspired by all the imported colored glass we discovered that we bought ourselves those glasses ten years ago – they’re one of my most favorite things on earth.  I popped into the shop again on my trip to NYC last spring, and it never disappoints.  Take a tour of the shop with Apartment Therapy here.   

Back to Flea Market Finds – I’ve read the entire publication front to back and I think it’s some of Matthew’s very best work.  Article after article of projects to inspire you to create with vintage and flea market finds.  Inside the 150+ pages (no ads!) are new uses for paint, old maps, fabric transfer, milk glass, fern fronds, textile dyes, gilding, the list goes on and I love it all!

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Flea Market Finds will be available for shipment next week, but you can preorder your own copy here.  As a special treat this weekend, I’m giving away three copies – that’s right I’ll ship it right to you if you win this weekend’s giveaway!  My gift to you!

Eligibility to win one of three copies of Flea Market Finds by Matthew Mead:

1) Leave a comment on this post answering this question:  What’s your next spring project?  Is it planting some seeds, painting a fence, or sprucing your patio?  Share your next spring project to be eligible to win.

Three winners, US and Canada only, chosen at random.  Giveaway ends Sunday March 25th at 8 p.m. PST.  By entering this giveaway, you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

I’m off to spruce up the porch and add new annuals to my planters, I’m feeling the need to have a little dirt in my fingernails. 

Have a great weekend all!



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352 Responses to “Vintage Glasses + Flea Market Finds!”

  1. Kim Perry says:

    I have several projects that I would like to start (and hopefully finish) this spring.
    The most important, and first on my list, is a new front door for my home. My current front door is blah beige and the green paint on the casing is chipped and peeling. I want a front door that says “welcome friends” instead of “please donate to the disaster relief fund”.

  2. edie3 says:

    We have enlarged our deck, so I would love to work on some container gardens to brighten it up.

  3. Delores says:

    I am recovering a chair in hand-emberoidered fabric. I’m in the process of embroidering the fabric for the ottoman now.

  4. Korby says:

    Painting at our lake cabin….it is filled with vintage finds:o)

  5. Melissa says:

    We are in the process of painting out kitchen cabinets white! Next up: replacing all of our carpet with hardwood! So excited!!

  6. marsha says:

    I am thinking raised garden beds are in order this year!

  7. Janet Cas says:

    Our house is on the market so hopefully I will moving and setting up a new home and workroom/sewing room!!

  8. My next spring project is organizing all my closets, making them pretty and functional!

  9. Gwen says:

    I’ma paint the front door…and some planters, when I finish all my other half done projects. Morgan is ready to brain me right now…

  10. Tracey says:

    I want to paint my foyer, hallway and banister. Recarpet the front stairs in a print and then create a gallery wall of family photos, favorite quotes, vintage letters, found objects and framed nature. Think I can get it done by the end of spring??

  11. Jen in NM says:

    I’m planting some xeric plants – plants that need little water, which is crucial here in the high desert – and can’t wait to see the surprising color when they bloom. Who knew I could move to NM and still have gorgeous blooms in my front yard? My daughter and I also are going to reupholster a footstool we found on Craigslist. Gwen – :D – yeah, I get that – this footstool will be coming off our own half-done project list.

  12. Lindy Crain says:

    i will be spicing up our patio and doing some landscaping.

  13. Soledad Ravendo says:

    Work on our garden and spruce up our backyard for some summer entertainment!

  14. Tracie says:

    My next spring project will be to clean off the deck and dress it up for spring!

  15. Elizabeth Conway says:

    I plan on repainting the basement and trimming down some overgrown ornamental grass that is outside.

  16. Linda says:

    The plan is to plant spinach seeds in my little garden and re-do my mother’s bathroom with my hubby’s help.

  17. Jacqueline says:

    This weekend I’ll be making new curtains for the kitchen. I chose a lovely fabric with shades of green and blue, but now I’m thinking I should add a fun, quirky trim. Pom-poms, maybe?

  18. I will be painting my front door once the weather warms up enough around here!

  19. Joyce says:

    Cleaning out perennial flower beds and overgrown ivy from backyard natural areas; planting annuals in containers for deck.

  20. Rx says:

    Finishing my kitchen remodel; i.e., bumpers for cabinets/drawers, seal marble backsplash 2 more times, fix undercounter light, install new knobs/pulls, get floor refinished, load cabinets & reorganize, hang 3 new lights, decorate with accessories, STAND BACK & ENJOY THE VIEW, MAKE A GREAT MEAL ON NEW INDUCTION COOKTOP.

  21. DIY an old stereo cabinet into a buffet with mirrors where the old fabric was! So excited! Oh & paint it some dramatic color like turquoise or green!

  22. Alison A. says:

    My “plan” is to make a stacked herb garden from clay pots of varying sizes. I have some old spoons I found at a lake in the dirt and I would love to have the names of the herbs on them, so that was the inspiration. I’m excited to get it all started and put together.

  23. Joy says:

    Waiting for good weather to plant flowers and veggies on front deck and raised beds on terrace. Very windy and cold from snow on the mountains here in Oregon. I long for Spring.

  24. Laurel says:

    We are planning on building a deck as soon as the ground thaws!

  25. Becky says:

    YEA! Next Spring project is blowing out eggs, silk tie dying some and decopage flowers onto some. Doing this with my 2 grown daughters over Spring Break. Happy Spring!

  26. lisa says:

    Just painted my front door from turquoise to green. So fresh for spring. I had black but hubby thought it always made the door look open.
    Now, I’m cleaning today.
    Note to self: Don’t use swiffer duster on sprayed ceilings! I have most of it in my eyes!

  27. Melissa says:

    My next spring project is building raised garden beds and a chicken coop!

  28. Jennifer says:

    My spring projects are all about the garden…feeding the roses, getting warm weather veggies in the raised bed, repotting…it goes on and on.

  29. Laura says:

    Spring projects for me are sprucing up the front porch with new hanging baskets of annuals and creating a raised bed herb farm.

  30. Sherry says:

    My spring project will be to plant flowers everywhere. In containers, in beds, in the ground, in baskets, flowers everywhere.

  31. My spring project is going to be painting n glazing my kitchen cabinets. Im a newbie to this paint “re-do” decor but im an addict and i cannot wait to tackle this new project

  32. Lara says:

    We are going to redo some landscaping and finish putting in a bathroom upstairs.

  33. Kristina says:

    My next spring project is going to be a surprise for my hubs. He HATES the paint color in our bathroom, so while he’s traveling in April, I’m not just going to repaint the room, but I’m going to add some board and batten as well. Hope he likes it!

  34. Ronnie D. says:

    My spring project, which will take five minutes, is so awesome! I bought a can of Fusion Spray Paint by Krylon ($4). I had two sun-beaten, plastic adirondeck chairs out in the yard. They were green, but practically white from the sun. So I sprayed them in literally minutes and now they look BRAND NEW. With the left over, I sprayed some plastic flower pots that were in similar shape. So exciting and easy! Try it – you will be hooked on spray paint!

  35. Claudia says:

    Already have the seeds started inside, ready to get them in the ground! We’ve enjoyed a mild winter, so we are chomping at the bit to get started. The BIG summer project is to build a screened in porch over our deck we finished last fall. I can hardly wait.

  36. my next spring project is a revamp of my closet. it’s so small and i live in a rental so my options are somewhat limited but i am working to be real creative and use the height of it to hopefully get more use out of it.

  37. Lisa says:

    My project is painting! I have shutters and an old 1946 Bendix radio to paint. :-) Can’t wait!!

  38. Beth Rhamy says:

    I’m in the process of sprucing up our screened in porch with new fun vibrant cushions. I love Spring! It seems to get me motivated to get projects going!

  39. SoulandGrace says:

    What isn’t on the list is probably a better question! Putting down grass seed, cutting down a lilac stand, moving a shed, putting up a fence, putting up new gutters, water proofing the foundation of the house, planting… I’m exhausted just thinking about it!

  40. Megh says:

    We are staining our fence and redoing our flower beds! We kind of let things go last spring/summer because we had an infant in the house. But this year, we are going to get things done outside and increase this home’s curb appeal!

  41. peggy says:

    I am planning to give a new look to my front porch. I want a comfy place to sit and a little color to brighten my days. Flower beds are already getting some attention.

  42. Mary says:

    Definitely yard work – specifically pruning. With the heat wave, spring came early!

  43. Judy says:

    My next spring project is to install an antique wrought iron fence in our yard.


  44. …Re doing the pool….yeeeehaw!!

  45. Michelle Hayward says:

    To get my Easter Decor unpacked and put around the house….

  46. Tagati says:

    Hoping to create a little glen in the wooded trail by the cabin. Right now it’s full of leaves and fallen trees/branches. There’s a culvert at the top, so sometimes a little waterfall is also present.

  47. Love your blog. I’m new to the blogging world but long in the DIY world and am loving all the great ideas I get from you and others. My next spring project is to attempt to reupholster some great chairs I found at my favorite consignment store.

  48. Ashley says:

    I am planning to paint the lower half of my daughter’s room in magnetic and chalkboard paint. She has been asking for a big bulletin board to hang her ever expanding collection of drawings, letters to the tooth fairy, lists of why girls are better than boys, her future restaurant menus, etc. I am not thrilled at the prospect of thumbtacks around the house so magnetic and chalk it is. Since the lower half of her room seems to collect handprints and footprints (?) along with said artwork hung with blue painters tape, why not make it all functional? She has also asked for it t be framed in purple so part of the project will involve cutting molding to create the frame and then choosing the shade of purple that will please a 7 year old and her mother at the same time. Suggestions anyone? Wish me luck!

  49. julie says:

    I have so many projects planned that I don’t know which one to do next, but it will probably
    be planting some new shrubs and perennials in the garden beds, that project can’t wait for later!

  50. Krista says:

    We just moved so I’ve got a hundred “next” projects! We need to do the planters in the front and back yard, get the koi pond up and running. Yay! Also we doubled our square footage so I need lots of furniture. And not a lot of money to buy it so I am really excited to find old things and turn them into something that fits my space and style!

  51. Shannon C says:

    So many things I want to do, but first is paint a mirror I have had in the basement for some time.

  52. Carolyn says:

    So many projects, and not enough time! I WILL complete our office remodel, buut not before I do some landscaping/gardening projects before the Texas heat becomes to high for man or beast to be outdoors working.

  53. Linda Owens says:

    My main project this Spring is to refinish a swing that my Dad made for me about 30 years ago. This will be the 2nd or 3rd time I’ve done it and it’s always a pleasant project with lots of memories.

  54. Katy says:

    Next up: spray painting an old patio set teal and painting the front door navy blue!

  55. kathy w says:

    Our next project is to redo the flower beds in the front of our house.

  56. Annie H says:

    Does purging your belongings count? We move this September and I’m getting rid of what I don’t use or love.

  57. tracy says:

    I plan on making a kids area-1st thing is to paint a large board with chalk paint and attach it to the side of the house.

  58. Kristin says:

    Hi Kate,

    Now that it’s warm enough to open windows, my next project is to “transform” my kitchen cabinets from orangey-oak to white, a la your guest suite.

  59. It’s not particularly exciting, but my next project is painting the door from the garage into my cute mudroom :) The mudroom is cute, the door? Not so much!

  60. LuRae says:

    Sounds like a book I would love to read – and drool – over. Today I am re-covering and re-painting an ottoman for our deck.

  61. Megan says:

    My next spring project will be applying chalkboard paint to pots for a small herb garden; and also painting & distressing a new side table for the patio.

  62. Traci Niese says:

    I’ve already planted my container garden. My next spring project is going to be to paint the walls in my powder room, so I can decorate a large shelf with vintage hangers, I found at consignment!

  63. angela says:

    Can’t wait to read this book! This spring I am attempting to totally renovate the outside landscaping — YIKES — on our new home.

  64. claire rose says:

    My next project involves a cool teacart I scored at Club GW-thanks for the great giveaway!!

  65. Tracey says:

    This mag looks great! My next project is tearing out the carpet and refinishing the wood floors in my upstairs hallway. Along with that, I am painting, replacing the light fixtures and updating the trim. Whew!

  66. Carol Ann says:

    My deck is getting an overhaul!

  67. I’m in the middle of finishing roman shades for the bedroom, and next I have my sights on making some for the living room. It’s 6 windows total – so I have my work cut out for me! I posted a little in-progress sneak peek at the ones in the bedroom today. :) It’s definitely been a learn-as-you-go situation!

  68. Emily says:

    I’m going to tackle a wall herb garden…today! Can’t wait to get started!

  69. Lelia says:

    Time to tackle the garden!

  70. Amanda S. says:

    My next project is to double the size of my veggie garden from last year and build a chicken wire fence around it to keep the animals out. :0)

  71. Nikki says:

    I need to get my lawn to not be the worst on the block!

  72. sue says:

    I need to clean out the garden, we are having an unbelievably early spring. My job is to plant some cat grass for my fur friends and to plant lots of basil, parsley and cilantro for me!

  73. ashleigh says:

    my next project is updating a bunch of end tables, bed frames and dressers with paint! Can;t wait to get started

  74. Linda says:

    Too many projects! A tiny beach house with a tiny bedroom that barely fits the bed . . . lots of saved finds that my husband hates having lying around taking up space . . .HELP!

  75. Scribbler says:

    My next project will be stenciling my BR walls and then over glazing, all in white. I think it will really lighten things up in there.

  76. Erin U says:

    My next project is painting my daughters’ dressers for their bedroom. We have to decide on a color scheme!

  77. Janie Munoz says:

    My spring project is to add a fresh coat of paint to my walls downstairs and plant some new inspiring flowers and a bradford pear tree in the front yard!

  78. Esther says:

    I’d love to win. ONE of my spring projects is making new curtains for my living room and dining room. (And maybe some pillows out of the left over material).l

  79. Mari Whitney says:

    My “spring project” is to make a waterfall and a patio…we stopped at a granite countertop store, and have unlimited “pieces” of scrap granite….we are going to make a faux flagstone patio by turning the pieces of shiny countertops over and exposing the rougher granite side….and fill the cracks with the sandy cement stuff that you water and it hardens. LOTS of work, but it will be so pretty when it’s done, and at a very low cost!

  80. Melanie says:

    My next spring project is to re-do our patio. I’ve been shopping for an outdoor rug and new chairs, but haven’t purchased anything yet. Still looking online and in stores!

  81. Annette says:

    I will be readying and planting my herb and vegetable patch. Can’t wait to dig in the dirt after my morning coffee in our community garden patch.

  82. Deanne H. says:

    my next project will be planting my garden!

  83. Karen says:

    I’m eager to work in the garden and plant some nasturtium seeds as well as do some trimming and clean up. The past two weekends had rain and cool weather deterring me but next weekend I’ll be in the garden.’

  84. i have a few spring projects. one is finishing up doing some Easter projects to give a way and too i have some gardening to do, then some painting to get done by may. so i will be busy this next month.

  85. Brittany P says:

    So many projects, so little time… :) I did just get a new planter, so I think I’m in the club of getting my nails dirty and planting some succulents to spruce up the entry. So ready for Spring!!!

  86. Autumn M says:

    Well first assembling the new trampoline for the kiddos, then spray painting my “mid-century” freebie kitchen chairs white since I can finally do it outside if the rain stays away!

  87. Brenda j says:

    After putting up a new “elbow wall” privacy screen, on my front patio this year…. it is due to be painted. The re-spray painted swing chair is going to be decked-out in bright cheery new mattress and cushion covers, as are the two side chairs.
    Spring has sprung the grass is ris…. I wonder where my paintbrush is ?? LOL

  88. Carrie says:

    Re-doing some landscaping that we recently had to tear up. So thankful for our unsually beautiful weather!

  89. MimiG says:

    A pretty easy one – spray painting some iron chairs pimento red! Striped yellow new seat covers put on with a stapler. Easy fix, bright colors, makes me happy.

  90. Justine says:

    Spring project -I made a colorful quilt for my king-size bed so to do it justice we’re replacing the carpet & painting the walls!!

  91. Kathryn says:

    Hi Kate,
    One of my next spring projects is painting a dresser I found in a back alley several months ago. It’s been sitting in my garage and I’m finally getting to it!


  92. Liz H says:

    Our patio set is getting a makeover, with new paint and new cushions. Hope no black widow spiders decide to get in on the action!

  93. Eleanor says:

    I am going to paint a side table.

  94. Thornpatch says:

    My first project is to spruce up the front of my studio, dig out the weeds, plant flower seeds and place an old rocker with fresh potted purple petunias in the seat by the front entrance. Then on to more landscaping.

  95. Beth says:

    My first project this Spring is to pack up the house so we can remodel from top to bottom.

  96. Lisa Bast says:

    The first project is to repaint our front room and dining room gray. We’re adding bright white crown molding, and repurposing some old dining chairs with blue and gray damask. I landed on this site looking for good examples of repurposed furniture, because I have a side table I got for free that I want to paint royal blue to go in the dining room!

  97. Susan Taylor says:

    I am going to freshen up by back patio by painting some of the wooden chairs, plant the large moss-covered plants that sat empty last year and stain the deck

  98. Karen says:

    My next spring project is a vegetable garden for the kids. We had one in the back yard a few years ago but as the kids got older they needed more room to run and kick/throw balls without worrying about smashing the veggies. We have a nice sunny spot in the sideyard that should work. I haven’t decided the specifics yet though.

  99. Jenny says:

    That book looks amazing! Aside from spring cleaning, my first project is to revamp an 80’s laminate nightstand that has seen some better days. It will be my first furniture painting project!

  100. Teresa says:

    My next spring project is painting the kitchen!

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