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As I was shopping last week for props for my photo shoots, I found this awesome German enamel wall pocket. It’s labeled to use for “oven cloths” but I thought it would make a nice holder for chalk and a cloth (eraser) for the new chalk board wall in my kitchen.


I’m quite smitten with it.  I just love it when you find the perfect thing you didn’t even know you were looking for!

I also recently purchased this brass stencil from one of the vendors at Lucketts.  I just thought it was cool, but wasn’t sure what I’d do with it.  On a whim, I hung it from the mirrored armoire in my office and it just works.  It almost looks like a tag from an auction or something.


I’m still working through my shot list, but I’m making some great progress and I have the bulk of the room shots behind me.


I still need to shoot my bedroom, which I’ve been stalling on because I still have some work to do in there (and laundry to fold.)  I will hopefully finish the photography in the next couple of days.  We’re also working through editing phase of the text and it’s going smoother the further we get into the book.  I think it took me a while to settle in the groove.

Thanks so much, again, for all of your encouragement and support!

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  1. Those are the best finds….the ones we didn’t realize we were looking for. Love the way you’re using it to hold chalk. The brass stencil is the perfect touch:-)

  2. Love that. I need a little chalk holder too. Actually, more than one.

  3. I love finding cool vintage pieces and using them in a fun way!

  4. Love your finds. The wall pockets are fab. Wishing you all the best with your shoot.

  5. you are totally rocking this series of moves. keep at it… a little at a time. and you will be selling the nth edition of your books in no time. good thing your folks have a house coming, so you can start your second book reworking their spaces.

  6. Isn’t happenstance wonderful. I love your new find!

    Art by Karena

  7. I love that wall pocket! It looks perfect with the chalk, etc. I am looking forward to reading your book!

  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I love all your stuff, and work, and stuff, and work, and projects. My post that I have up today made me think of you. In fact I think some of the elements were saying Mustard Seed HA! Have a great night. winks, jen

  9. Janet Lawson says:

    What great finds and I bet you are getting so excited to see your book finished and in print..

  10. Love your finds!!!! So fun to have props to tinker with:)

  11. So I wonder what topflappen means? I can think of a few things…. but it’s not usually a good thing when someones tops flappen.


  12. Love your chalk holder, what a great find! Your chalkboard wall is so cute. Carrie

  13. Oh – that is too cute. I call those happy accidents.

    ~ robin

  14. These would be a few of my favorite things!

  15. …so funny we call our kitchen cloth a lappen…my husbands family is mennonite (Russian) & that is what they always call it!
    What a great find so perfect for your chalkboard!

  16. OK, 2 days in a row, I have more than 1 comment:
    1) I’m almost ready to say…stop blogging already and get that book done…that’s almost but not quite! I’m sure the book will be “Mahvelus Dahling” and I’m sure I’m not the only one waiting on the proverbial ‘pins & needles’ for when it goes to press.
    2) I think I’m going to plagiarizer that ‘oven cloth’ saying for this little basket that I use for mine! That’s using he meaning ‘close imitation’, not the other one (wrongful appropriation, hmmph!)…Coreen

  17. I am a huge fan of serendipity!! I like to think of it as a little divine intervention helping when I didn’t know I needed it. I love the stuff you found here and I have a few reproduction pieces that are somewhat similar & just waiting for my laundry room redo. They don’t have any cool words on them, but I might just create my own on them now! Very cute inspiration!

  18. Debbie Byrd says:

    …..I’ve got to tell you…HOW IMPRESSIVE and PRECIOUS it is, that you left your child’s ‘contribution’ to the the chalkboard. Being beautiful and tasteful is one thing. Being thoughtful and letting his letters stay for the photo shot = PRICELESS in my book!!! I cannot wait to purchase your book!

  19. I seriously cannot tell you how excited I am for your book to come out!! All the teaser shots are killing me!

  20. So is the cabinet $45.24 or $4,524? LOL Love the tag, and the chalk holder, great finds. Throw the laundry in the hall, to take the pics, who’s gonna know? I won’t tell.

  21. I really love that chalk catcher :). I’m so impressed by how quickly you’re powering through your book! good work!

  22. Marian…so exciting following your progress! It’s going to be a great book! Love your new finds!

  23. WooHoo for you! Glad it’s going so well on the book:) Can’t wait! And that german container is darling for holding the chalk and eraser.

  24. Amy Miller says:

    I just did something similar! I have a chalkboard in my kitchen that I did last year, and I just mounted one of those enamel matchstick holders for chalk and homework pencils. Works great! Mine wasn’t as pretty though- yellow roses- so I just painted it ASCP Provence- much better. :) Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  25. Love your find and the way you are using it is a cute idea.

  26. The brass stencil was most likely used by a business to label bins or crates. I use them in my hand stenciled bags. I wish I’d been there to snap it up before you got it, ha ha. Great find.

  27. Topflappen is a German name for Potholders.
    Potholder are the first thing a very young girld learns how to crochet and knit in school. I knitted 2 green ones with white edging around them when I was about 8 years old. I gave them to my Mother as a present. The very same day she unravelled them because she needed the wool for something more important. I was very sad.

  28. I love the wall pocket! I found one like that a number of years ago at a street market and didn’t buy it, then kicked myself for the next ten years. :) Yours looks so great!

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  30. Very cute! I have never seen these with “Topflappen” written on them… they were usually used for garlic and onions and they either say “Knoblauch” or “Zwiebeln”. I was cracking up when I’ve seen this! Sometimes one finds the oddest things. Love it

  31. Hella says:

    Topflappen does not mean oven cloth but potholder. It’s what you use if you don’t want to burn your hands moving a hot pot on the stove top or from the oven.

    Love your website and I try to follow your blog whenever I can.!

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