fancy little flea

Marian Parsonsa slice of life

I can’t believe I haven’t share about the Fancy Little Flea, yet!  I just got busy with other things, but I have to circle back and share about this event.  It was a small market put on by Stephanie Jones of Me & Mrs Jones in Germantown, TN (near Memphis).

The venue was absolutely adorable.  Little barns and gardens, beautifully maintained.

The community, including the man who made the park what it is, came out to support Stephanie and the event.

I was there with my good friend, Shaunna, to teach a MMS Milk Paint demo and host a “chat” about running a creative business.

For the demo, Stephanie hauled an empire dresser OFF OF THE CURB for us to paint!  Shaunna and I took turns painting and talking through the process of prepping, painting, and finishing a piece of furniture.

I’m so glad we were able to do it together, because it’s hard to paint an entire piece of furniture while teaching.

It was a good tag-team effort.  We did manage to finish the piece in two sessions, but it was very chippy!  Definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but it was dramatic and one woman in the “audience” loved it enough to buy it.  (We suggested new hardware and a second coat of Tough Coat before she takes it home, though!)

Anyway, the chat about running a creative business was perhaps my favorite part of the day.  I’ve learned over the years that I have a real passion for encouraging creative entrepreneurs.  It was an intimate session and was good for both of us and we’ve already heard that it was encouraging from a few of our participants.

I love this picture.  It pretty much sums up me and Shaunna… talking with our hands, at the same time, looking at each other, on the verge of a laugh.  Classic.

We also did book signings throughout the day…

It was fun to see our books together on the shelf.  When we first met, we both had very small blogs and I remember Shaunna talking about her love of writing and how it was a dream to write a book.  I love that we’ve been friends throughout our journeys.

And, in our free time, we did some shopping and visiting with the vendors.  As I said, the venue was amazing and the vendors only added to that.

Every nook and cranny was so pretty.

I was especially drawn to the booth curated by Rene Day of A Day in the Life.  She and her husband lived in Germany as well, so we were drawn to similar things.  I ended up buying quite a few goodies from her (that I still need to show) and she gifted me with a lovely ironstone mold.  I think Shaunna bought the small blue and white ginger jar for her home…

I bought the German stag antlers on the right…

And there were so many other lovely handmade items and antique treasures…


I especially loved this sweet piece that was painted in Flow Blue MMS Milk Paint…

…and the little label inside telling the story of the table was just too precious!

And, true to my word, I left room in my suitcase to bring home some blue and white hand-made pottery from Bridgman Pottery.  I just love, love her work.

It was the first Fancy Little Flea and Stephanie, her crew, and the vendors did an amazing job.  It was such an honor to be a part of that event.

And the sign says it all…

fancy little flea

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