Thursday, September 23, 2010

Elkhorn Antique Flea Market

Getting ready for Elkhorn Antique Flea Market this week.  The market starts this Sunday, Sept. 26, at 7:00 am.  It is held at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, on Hwy. 11, in Elkhorn Wisconsin.  We have made another batch of cookies for all our customers.  Hope to see you there. 

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Fall gourds, pumpkins and indian corn, make such great subject matter for pictures.  These pictures were taken on the road trip home from Minnesota.  Local farm stands are the best for fall produce.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Road Trip to Junk Bonanza 2010'

We are off to Minnesota on Wednesday evening to attend the annual Junk Bonanza in Shakopee, Mn.  Looking forward to the road trip, which is always fun, as well as seeing all the fabulous vendors at the show.  We will post some pictures of our trip when we get back. It's still not too late to attend this year's show.  It runs Thursday thru Saturday.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fleamarket Finds

We had a pretty successful day at the flea market considering we were rained out the first part of the day.  We were excited to share lots of new finds we had.  I wanted to show some pictures of them.


Love, love, love these.  They are so cute all together.

Wool blankets, our favorite thing for fall.


One of the two enamel top tables we have for the sale.  Anne scored this one, along with the great vintage canister set at an auction.


Some estate sale finds.  Again, perfect for fall!

If you missed us at Grayslake this weekend, come see us at Elkhorn in two weeks, Sept. 26.  If you've never been to Elkhorn, you've got to go.  It's a great flea market. 

Friday, September 10, 2010

Grayslake Antique Market

This weekend come visit us at the Grayslake Antique Market. We have lots of new little stuff, and some new furniture too. We also have adorable and delicious acorn shaped cookies for all our customers. Hope to see you there!

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Read & Recycle

Homemade Bookmark

Tonight I was packing an item I sold on Etsy and needed a freebie to throw in the box as a "thank you".  I don't know about you, but I love getting little extras when I buy something.  I had a pile of small rectangular cardboard I had been saving, which came off vintage seam binding.  It's what they used to wrap the seam binding around.  I kept them because I thought they would make the perfect book mark.  I was right!  I wanted to share with you my first attempt. 

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These were my supplies.  Notice the green post-it note which has the note to "make bookmarks" on it.  This note was attached to the little cardboard pile forever. I finally got around to it.

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This is the backside.  I first wrapped a vintage dictionary page around the cardboard for a backdrop.   

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Not much to it, but it turned out cute!  I think this will be my new freebie for all my Etsy customers.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day!

Hope you are having a great Labor Day!  I just made the most delicious banana nut muffins thanks to Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa, of The Food Network.  

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Right out of the oven.  They smelled amazing, like cinnamon and bananas.

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I got a total of 23 regular sized muffins, which is great because I can freeze half of them.  I added three bananas and about 1/2 cup of chopped pecans to mine.  I left out the coconut,granola, and banana chips, and swapped out the walnuts for pecans because I had them on hand.  I also added a brown sugar and cinnamon mixture to the top of mine, instead of all Ina's toppers. 

Basically I kept the recipe very simple and made it my own. You should too!  Use what you have on hand.  Next time, I may make these with apples instead of bananas for a change.

Banana Crunch Muffins


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 bananas)
  • 1 cup medium-diced ripe bananas (1 banana)
  • 1 cup small-diced walnuts
  • 1 cup granola
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • Dried banana chips, granola, or shredded coconut, optional


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Line 18 large muffin cups with paper liners. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the melted butter and blend. Combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas, and add them to the flour-and-butter mixture. Scrape the bowl and blend well. Don't over mix.

Fold the diced bananas, walnuts, granola, and coconut into the batter. Spoon the batter into the paper liners, filling each 1 to the top. Top each muffin with dried banana chips, granola, or coconut, if desired. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool slightly, remove from the pan, and serve.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Old Barns

Lately, we have gone on junking journeys further out into the country.  When your driving in the country, you can't help but be amazed at how beautiful everything is. One thing I never get sick of seeing are all the old barns.  Earlier today, I received some pictures of one of these old beauties.  The barn is going to be torn down in a couple of days and they were wondering if Tattered Tiques was interested in any of the old barn wood.  It is located in Iowa.  I wanted to share some of the pictures of this fabulous old barn, and some other ones I have found along my way.  

 I love the color.  Such a vibrant red.


This poor horse has no idea what's about to happen.
 About 10 years ago, I used to live in Iowa.  If I had known then what I know now, I would of better appreciated what I had.  We had 5 acres surrounded by corn fields, a huge beautiful garden, and plenty of room for out buildings.  These out buildings could of housed all the farm animals I dream about having one day.  The only problem was, I was too far from family!  I would love to have all that again, but closer this time.

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Off the historic Lincoln Hwy in Illinois.  I believe, the Lincoln highway was the first coast to coast highway. 

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These two belong together.

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This reminds me of the kids movie Cars.

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Beautiful typical country sky.

 White round barn

This round barn has been taken care of.  It is beautifully manicured.

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Last but not least.  Some of you from the Chicago area may remember this old beauty.  It used to stand along interstate 90 at the corner of Randall Road and I90.  Sadly we lost it years back.  This barn dates back to 1885, and was the only 16 sided barn of it's kind in Illinois.  It was a true marvel. 

According to the 2010 census, there are 664,264 barns built prior to 1960.  That's a lot of old barns.  You can learn more about the old barns being preserved at the following link,

Tattered Tique Vintage

We have so many great smalls, that we've decided to open a sister shop on Etsy called "Tattered Tiques Vintage".  We don't have it up and running yet, but hope to get most of our things up this week(don't hold us to that).  We will also bring most of these items to the upcoming markets we are doing.  Here are a few of the vintage items you will find in our new store.

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Chalkware bookends.

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Vintage tin can furniture.

 Vintage Kitchen Cannisters


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Vintage bluebird salt and pepper shakers

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Vintage flash cards.  

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Vintage patterns.