Luckett’s Spring Market – Yes I’m overdue for an update on this one!

I may be trying to live a more mindful, intentional life, but I still love shopping for antiques and old stuff. I went to the Luckett’s Spring Market last May, tredging through the mud with two of my beloved friends that came into town just for our shopping day. The Market no longer takes place on the grounds of Luckett’s and sadly, it lost some of it’s charm for me. It felt more spread out with more vendors and some of the vendors did not have those rare gems that I look for at these markets. Luckett’s puts on a great day rain or shine, but I felt nostalgic for the shop and the vendors from the past.

Here are some of the tents and items that were really fun & inspiring.

And here are me a my dear friends, Kris and Sarah, soaked and happy.

….toasting our friendship and shopping day with cider beer.

So, my favorite vendor for the past few years has been Olde Thyme Market. I love their look so very much. I bought 4 shabby stools from them to go w/ a shabby table I also found.

I saw so many girlfriends meeting at the entrance and excitedly shopping together. Even though it’s not as it was, it is still a great day!

Art Therapy

I wanted to share with you a list of exercises that are useful when you start to worry or ruminate, have anxiety about a specific memory/event or even generalized anxiety during your day. I have found it really helpful to have a list of activities that will help me. These are things that will let your right brain take over for a bit and let your left brain take a break from fretting.

I actually have little stations around my house that support these creative exercises so they are easily accessible. I have been told that binging a Netflix show does not count, sadly.

My go-tos are painting, reading, meditating, embroidery, puzzling, lots of tea and lots of cats…or a very, very fluffy dog.

I am working on making my own embroidery design, but it’s a bit harder than I imagined.

If nothing is working for you to calm down your anxious mind, try one of these things. You don’t even have to leave your house!

 

 

Vintage Chess Set

I decided it was time to teach my kids chess. And of course I needed to teach them on a cool, vintage chess board. Etsy is the perfect place to shop for things like this.

There are so many beautiful, old chess sets on Etsy! What I found fascinating was that most of them were sold from sellers in Russia or Eastern Europe. Who can explain this to me? I know nothing about the origin of chess. My beauty was shipped from a seller in Sofia, Bulgaria.

I love the board with letters and markings. I wanted a set that was pretty enough that I could leave out all the time. The set is sitting on this really cool shabby table that I found at this year’s Luckett’s Spring Market. It needed a little work to make stable, but the chippy quality makes me so happy. I also found four little stools from Olde Thyme Marketplace to perfectly go with the table.

I have been stunned by the fact that Reid continues to beat me every time and he’s never played before. Must practice.