A few months ago, I wrote that I was not sure how I felt about continuing my blog and decided to take a break for a while.
Actually, the “break” ended up being a good bit longer than I had planned, but I justify that by saying that I must have needed it. I’ll fill you in at the end of this post on some of what has been going on with me the last couple of months, but first….The Pioneer Woman! I know, big surprise, right?!
Her lovely tablecloth is the base for my tablescape and I used the cream-colored cowgirl lace dinner plate.
For the plate stack, I chose the aqua cowgirl lace small plate. I decided to fold her mix and match flea market napkins and place them between the two plates for some drama.
Since I last posted, I purchased the flea market ramekins, and I really love them. Ramekins serve a lot of different purposes; I use them to hold small quantities of things that I have chopped for a recipe, such as herbs, or to hold a snack that I would like to eat in a small amount, such as nuts. Why am I using them on my table this week?
Appropriate for The Pioneer Woman, I have decided to go Tex-Mex! My Dollar General chili pepper dishes will hold salsa and the ramekins will hold queso dip…or vice versa, your choice.
Of course, a Tex-Mex meal should serve margaritas, so I pulled out my old margarita glasses. The Pioneer Woman goblets can be used for water or a soft drink…or how about sangria? You can take your choice!
I used my everyday Chateau flatware, and then started thinking about the centerpiece.
After going through several possibilities in my head, I decided to keep it simple with silvertoned candlesticks since silver is popular with Mexico.
My Pioneer Woman pitcher finishes off the table. I decided to use it not only for its colorful pattern, but also it will be perfect for holding sangria.
Love my Pioneer Woman table! I was so happy to read on her blog a while back that she will have new products out for both fall and the holiday season. Score! I’ll surely be requesting some items for my Christmas gifts.
As for catching up on my life so far, I haven’t time or space to tell everything. However, I’ll start with perhaps the biggest news to my readers: we have closed our flea market booth. I won’t go into the myriad of reasons that we did so, but I will say that the main one was because of our time and money. Did we make a profit? Yes, we always made a profit and we made more each year than the year before. However, when we looked at our net profit and compared it with our time and effort, we realized that we were really just barely breaking even. David still repairs and refinishes furniture for his private customers, and he doesn’t need to put them on hold in order to get something ready for our booth.
We closed up the last day in April. Have I missed it? Let me be perfectly honest here. I really thought that I would, but I have yet to miss it. Instead, I feel more like a child freed from school. My not missing it has really brought it home to me how much time I was putting into it these past 4 years. However, I am realistic, and I know that I may miss it at some point. I just haven’t yet.
What did I do with our merchandise? Well, I ran several good sales and reduced the stock a good bit. Even after doing that, we still took home a good bit. Our town did a citywide yard sale in June, and we decided that would be a good start for selling our leftovers. In addition to our leftover merchandise, we also cleaned out different spaces in our home the way most people do when they prepare for a sale. Another boon to our yard sale was that we had helped my husband’s parents close their business (booths in a different mall in a different town) and had their leftovers to sell also.
It was a lot of hard work for a couple of days, but well worth it. We sold a lot of stuff. As a matter of fact, we had so much stuff that we did not even get it all out! I cannot even begin to tell you the large number of items that we had and how we just ran out of time and space to get it all displayed. After taking some time to rest and regroup, we have now decided to have another sale in a month or two. After that sale, we will see what is left and decide them what to do.
By the way, our sale was part of the citywide sale, and we had people come back to us several times. Everyone was saying that we had the best sale of all of them! In addition, I had put the word out at the flea market that I had antiques and collectibles that, while not priced at typical yard sale prices, I would price them low enough so that vendors could make a profit.
All of the main vendors at our flea market showed up, and several of them came more than once. All of them bought things. It was very rewarding and I love how we all support each other.
I’ve had some nice comments on my blog and privately since I took my break, and some good suggestions about continuing. I’ll go ahead and put it out there and say that I have not yet made my decision about how to continue. I am taking it one day at a time at this point, and I’m just glad to be back today present this colorful Tex-Mex table. Ole’!