Heyyyyyyyy, world! Did you hear that it’s SUMMER?! And the best part of SUMMER is getting more free time to do fun things with fun friends. Today’s fun friends are the 10 bloggers I teamed up with to do a flea market swap meet! Basically, my friend Charlotte from Ciburbanity hatched this amazing plan to have a bunch of our friends send each other thrift store/flea market finds that we could fix up. We each got a blogger’s name and a material to send them (wood, glass, ceramic, fabric, metal). I was lucky enough to receive glass items from my girl, Bee at Windgate Lane. Seriously, check her out. While you’re there, peep her Ikea hack card catalog and her amazing knock-off West End shelves!
A few weeks after Charlotte hatched this plan, I received a box from Bee with my goodies in it.
I know this might sound dumb, but I was REALLY excited. I loved the bottle right away. The top reminded me of the flower “frog” tops you can get for Mason jars to keep the stems upright. The green of the votive was SO deep, I instantly wanted to revamp my Christmas decor and simultaneously wished I had gotten it in times for St. Patrick’s Day. Who am I kidding? I didn’t decorate for St. Patrick’s Day. But, I would’ve wanted to if I’d had this votive!
I got some end-of-year flowers from kids at school so I decided simplest was best with the bottle and gave the votive a candle and BAM! They were ready. I know you’re like…duh…and you’re right, but I loved them both as is. I paired them with some books and a brass bowl I purchased from the thrift store and it made me want to go around styling basically every flat surface in my house.
The cheese plate was MY FAVORITE. Why? I love cheese. That’s not why. I do love cheese, but about a million (three) years ago I saw this post on Young House Love about them redoing a cheese plate. I loved it and immediately started looking for cheese plates with a glass dome because I’m too cheap to buy a real decorating cloche. I found a cheese plate last year and it was more money than I was willing to pay. So, Bee read my little thrifting heart and sent me one anyway. 🙂 Bee also sent a cute note because she’s the cutest thing ever…but that cheese plate design. I mean, hey 90s. My mom’s old kitchen wants its cheese plate back.
My first impulse was to paint the wood, but I really like a good natural element. My second impulse was to curse because we got rid of our little cheese spreading knives since we never used them. This is how a cheese plate functions at our house:
Then, I decided to go kinda obvious and cover my cheese plate with scrapbook paper. I’m actually really interested in trying to cover it with fabric, too, but I didn’t have one I wanted to cut a circle out of for this project. I didn’t go quite as permanent as Sherry because I wanted to be able to try a few different things. Really, you could use tacky glue, Mod Podge, double-sided tape, or just lay the paper on there. I used double-sided tape so I could try a few different things, but the tacky glue probably wouldn’t stick *too* badly if I ever wanted to change out the design. I don’t really want this to end up being super food unsafe, but I figured if I really loved a particular paper design I could stock up on it, change it seasonally, etc. I will probably end up using it for pine cones in the winter because I put them in EVERYTHING I can find. Since it’s summer, I decided on two different options.
The first was a simple striped orange paper and the second a fancier light green with some swirly stuff on it. I’m really good at technical descriptions. Spoiler alert: the orange ended up being my favorite.
I really like the stripes under glass. I feel really nerdy saying that, but I was really pumped. Also, the only fruit we have in our house is an orange. Pitiful. I also tried this guy out as a cloche with some fake oranges and limes I picked up from Michael’s two years ago and thought it could be cute even sitting up on our floating shelves just to have some color around.
Then, for kicks and grins, I tried the fancy paper. I figured this might be less casual if I were throwing a shower or we were trying to act like real grown ups. Truth is, I really love the dang stripes with a love that is ridiculous for a cheese plate and scrapbook paper.
Ooooh, so fancy, right?! Indulge me.
Here’s an “after” of all of my stuff.
I realize I didn’t do anything super glamorous and I didn’t TOTALLY change the look of anything, but they’re functional and I love ’em. I’m sure that you’ll be seeing these items pop up in the future. This cheese plate is going on the counter (with those orange stripes) RIGHT now. 🙂
In summary, I love blog friends. I love surprise treats. I love Bee. I love cheese plates.
I got to send ceramic items to Lindsay at The White Buffalo Styling Co. No pressure. Kidding, she’s a flipping ROCK STAR. Check out her tie-dye curtains, her amazing master bedroom, and, of course, her swap stuff while you’re there! 🙂
Here’s a list of all the “swappers”. Check them out and see what amazing things they sent and transformed!
1. Dena @ Hearts and Sharts
2. Jen @ The Chronicles of Home
3. Bee @ Windgate Lane
4. Me 🙂
5. Lindsay @ The White Buffalo Styling Co.
6. Danielle @ Two Little Superheroes
7. Charlotte @ Ciburbanity
8. Melody @ My Passion For Décor
9. Jessica @ Décor Adventures