Nov 5, 2013

Fall Decor

All done with halloween and approaching thanksgiving.  How crazy is that???


I cannot believe it is November already!  Um, where the heck has this year gone?

Well, I'm still doing what I can to enjoy autumn some more.  I was a little late in getting fall decor up but I did it!  I thought it came out nice and actually all fit onto our little porch.  Chicago bungalows don't have the biggest ones.

I LOVe autumn colors.  There is something so perfect about them.

Hope you're still enjoying fall time.  It will be gone before we know it!

Oct 28, 2013

Holiday Market Preview

Two markets to go and the 2013 season is over.

It has been fun.  Tiring.  Exciting.  Long.  Encouraging.  Overwhelming.

These last two are the ones I'm looking forward to the most!  The vibe is very different with the holiday markets.  Everyone is cheery and excited for the festivities coming ahead.

I can't wait to do Kane County November 2nd and 3rd and Three French Hens November 15th and 16th.  I will admit I'm a little nervous for Three French Hens.  This will be our first time and so, new territory.  You do feel a little lost at the beginning and set up will be harder since we've never done a show there before.

Here is a preview of some holiday items we will be selling.  Tell me what you think!

Happy Monday and enjoy your week! 

Oct 24, 2013

Give Thanks and Holiday Banners

Hi Everyone!

So, is it as cold by you as it is here in Chicago?  We went from summer, to a bit of fall then straight to winter! Already all bundled up in scarves, gloves and the heavy coats. 


Is summer almost here yet???

I had the pleasure of making a custom banner for Marie with Made Lovely M&M.  They are also local and will be setting up a booth at the Kane County market in November.  Their first time there!  You should go by and check them out at Made Lovely M&M on Facebook or Made Lovely M&M's website.

Marie sent me some pictures of the custom banner I made for her.  It looks great on her LOVely mantel.  LOVe the fall decor!

If you're interested in a banner for the upcoming holidays come on over to my Etsy shop and see what I have available.  Bungalov's Etsy shop is HERE!  I've been busy putting all sorts together!  I also do custom banner orders if you have something in mind you would like made.

Here are a few snapshots.

Cold or not hope you all have a LOVely day!

Oct 17, 2013

Catching Up

WOW.  It really has been a while.  Last time I said hello was in July.  Feels like yesterday.  Summer is gone.  Fall is here.  Yay!  My second fav time of the year.  LOVe the smells, colors, sweaters and hot coffee.  We've even already gone apple picking, which is what I LOVe the most about fall time.  And maybe all my Yankee Candles I burn thru...

So much to catch up on.

Annie turned one in July.  15 months now.  Getting so big and always very happy.  Walking all over the place.  Says Mama, Dada, Kona, mine, hi (more too just can't think of them all.).  LOVes to shake her heard no telling us the things she does NOT want.  Points at everything.  Already throws fits.  Eek.

Bub started kindergarten.  Yikes.  She's lost one tooth, on the verge of loosing another, and has a third and fourth loose.  Time sure flies!  They get big so fast.  Sometimes it just feels so weird touching her hands and feet and knowing how small they once were.

I've grown another year older.  No happy dance here.  I didn't mind turning 30 but the last few years not so good.  Does it get better?  Or worse?  Who knows!  Wish I enjoyed my twenties more instead of always wishing I were older.  Kicking myself now, huh...

Still busy working on shows.  That is why blogging for me has taken a back seat.  Something had to give.  I needed to focus my time on my family and getting things ready.  Two more to go before the season ends.  Kane County is November 3rd and 4th and the Three French Hens holiday show in Morris on November 15th and 16th.  If you are local please try to come out and support the end of our season!

So, what is going on with you all?  Anything new and exciting?  Look forward to being back in touch!

Jul 10, 2013

Snapshots of July Kane County Flea Market

Hi There!

Hope you had a fabulous fourth of July weekend! 

The fourth was perfect this year.  Weather was great.  Not too hot like last years.  Spent time with family.  Ate great food.  Watched fire works being blown off in our alley.  Yep.  In Chicago the alleys are filled with people blowing off illegal fireworks.  But it is what we do here!  Ha!

I also had the July Kane County flea market to sell at.  Now I know I say this every month but this was our best sale yet!!!  I think it is a good thing, right, that our sales increase every show???  We also are now getting a following and have so many people revisit us from the past shows.  Loyal customers!  And we get so many compliments on our upcycled items and how we put our collections together.  I never dreamed in a million years this would all become a part of my life and I LOVe that is is now.  I enjoy every minute even though my life is hectic as ever and I spend many long nights getting product ready to sell.

Here are some snapshots I took at the show.

Best part of the weekend was in the last picture.

Make sure you look close.  Real close at the passenger.

Yes, that is a poodle!!!  It had a bow and was sitting up just like a person. 

I thought I would die.

Jun 27, 2013

Being A Mother

Our dear Annie is about to turn the big O-N-E.

What a roller coaster of a year.  It has been much different with the second baby.  I've felt a lot of different emotions.  There have been mostly great days, some OK days and rough ones between.  Lots of juggling and learning.  Trying to balance everything going on.  It really was much easier with just one.  Two is A LOT of work!

I've felt happiness but I've had nights were I just feel like I'm not doing a good job.  Nights where I've cried and gone to bed feeling like a failure.  Like I can do better as a mother.  Waking up the next morning, though, and having Annie smile at me helps make me feel like maybe I am doing something right.

I sometimes let myself get overwhelmed.  And them ashamed I feel overwhelmed.

Being a mom is hard but so rewarding.  I LOVe being able to see my girls grow up.  It is amazing watching them.  Smelling them.  LOVing them.

I LOVe watching Bub take care of Annie.  Show her things.  Kiss and hug her.  Being a big sister.

I truly LOVe my girls and would do anything for them.  I LOVe them to the moon and back!

If I could give any advice on being a mom it is to be honest.  It is OK to have those good AND bad days.  We are not perfect but do the best we can and our kids will someday appreciate that!  And stop paying attention to all those on social media that pretend they have the perfect life because you know what?  They don't.  We all have faults and it is our imperfections that make us better.  So be honest and true! 

For them.

Jun 24, 2013

What's Going On & The End of Google Reader

Hi Friends!  Happy Monday (Or blah it's only Monday)!

Hope you ALL have been doing well!  Super excited summer has finally made it's way here.  We have so many fun things planned.  I'm in the midst of getting ready for Annie's first birthday party.  It'll be a big one!  Just sent out the invitations.  I used Simply to Impress and plan on using them more.  I got a great deal as a first time customer and they did all the work for me!  I paid a little extra to have all the envelopes labeled and mailed out.  Totally worth it since I'm swamped (as always).  I'm learning that sometimes it's totally worth paying a little more to take some of the work of my plate.

You may already know but Google Reader is on it's final limb.  It's going buh bye at the end of this month. 

So, if you were a Google Reader user make sure you switch yourself over so you can keep up on your reads.  For now I switched to Feedly but plan on trying the others until I find the one I like the best. 

Here are some options to check out.


Jun 5, 2013

June 2013 Kane County Flea Market

Another show in the books.  This one started off slow but it allowed us to finish getting everything set up, staged and priced.  It really is a whirlwind getting the booth ready and until this show we are usually finishing up after the shoppers start coming through.  Which is a disaster because when you don't have things ready and priced you start just calling prices out on a whim.

It all starts Friday night, packing up the cars like we are playing Jenga.  Fitting our pieces into every nook and cranny.  Waking up early Saturday to line up with hundreds of vendors and get into the gates at 8 am.  We get four hours to set up, which sounds like a lot but boy oh boy.  It feels like much less.  We unload the cars, set up the tables and displays, unpack our items, stage and finish pricing.  I get tired just thinking about it all!

The biggest snag of the weekend was not having electricity in our booth on Saturday.  It is amazing how having lights make a huge difference and help to show off the product.  When I was stringing the lights too I had an accident and busted several out.  Big bummer.  We decided to keep them up though and good thing we did because power was working on Sunday.  Woot!

This being the sale before the fourth of July we decorated with red, white and blue.  We hung super cute vintage tissue balls.  I made American flag and sparkle USA banners.  My sister tea stained flags.

My favorite sales this weekend were our succulents, a wall hanging made from an old tea towel named "Country Fruits" by Lee Parry and tons of scrabble tiles.

The best sale was our tea/bar cart.  It went home to a nice woman who plans to set it up in her yard and said she came to the flea market looking for such a piece.  Great call to my sister!  I initially passed up the cart when out scouting for things to sell.

Our most popular item, again, were our chicken wire frames and lots of those buyers scooped up our glitter glass clips to use with them!  Every show we come with more and sell more!  LOVe it!!!

We will be back at Kane County July 6th and 7th and already hunting for and prepping more goodies to sell!  Busy bees!

Make sure to stop by our Etsy site and check out what we have for sale.

The flag and USA banners are up and were a hit for us. 

Oh and we do custom orders too.  So anything handmade you see and want tweaked let us know.  We can work out an order for you!!!  We've been getting so many from customers at the show.  Very grateful!!!