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April 26, 2010


Marianne & Mindy

Oh how I wish I could be there. Sigh...I'll just have to settle for all of the wonderful pictures I know you will take and share with us.
I am however, looking forward to our trip on May 1 to a place called Aberfoyle, Ontario. The antique market's opening day is May 1 and my hubby and I will be there. 30 acres of antiques and fabulous finds. I can't wait!
Have a great day!

Kathleen Grace

Oh my, kittens that age are so adorable! I love those sweet little faces:>) Wish I were in Lakeland for the flea. It looks wonderful!

Privet and Holly

Kim, your photos are REALLY special. You INSPIRE me to plug away with my own camera! The Fancy Flea sounds AMAZING and I can understand why you are so excited about it. And, you are sharing it with friends, which makes it all the SWEETER. You can bet that I'll be checking back for MORE about the big event! Happy Monday..... xx P&H

Lynda Bee

Wish I lived in Florida ! I would love to catch the FANCY
FLEA ! Lori's things are just divine! I live in Central
Illinois, so that would be more than a day trip !
Hope you had a great weekend and I'm sure this next one will
be even better! Enjoyed your posts Kim !
Thanks for sharing !

Karen Davis

Sounds like a wonderful that you'll have at this Fancy Flea!!! Wish I lived nearby, or close enough to hop on a plane for it... S. Korea is a bit far!

Janet (Shabbyfufu)

Hi sweets......looks YUMMY!! Wish Lakeland wasn't a several hr drive from Miami or you KNOW that I would be up to shop! ~xoxo~ Janet


I, too, wish I lived in the vicinity. I really enjoy your photos Kim, and wish you could come and redo my whole house. My heart lives in an old two story house full of character, but in reality I live in a ranch that I'm determined to give some character to. I'm trying to practice contentment where I'm at. But thanks for your lovely scenes that I look forward to each morning.


What beautiful photos Kim!

I will be hoping to make the Fancy Flea!

Have a blessed week!


The Fancy Flea sounds like so much fun....we have nothing like that here so it's so much fun to see your photos....what a treat! Kittens are so sweet....but Maggie probably doesn't want to share. Judy

Trish Rowley

Hi Kim, I would love to come to the Fancy Flea it sounds wonderful but I live to far away and you can't get on a plane out of Australia for the next 2 weeks because of the backlog of people from the vulcano in Iceland. But not to worry I know that you will have a great time. Have a great day. Trish xox ;)



I'm sure you notice that almost every post has the word "WISH" in it!! That's one of your great talents, I think---you kindle wishes. And dreams.

The outing and the entire day sound wonderfully fun, with all that creative air and the beautiful treasures.


I so wish I could come to this, Kim. It sounds like there will be something for everyone! I know you will have lots of pictures. Can't wait!!


Robyn Fields

I will be shopping with you in my heart Kim. I noticed that the address reads Kentucky Ave. so since I'm from KY you'll have to think of me when you are there. Daisy Mae said to tell you that she does not like "puddy's" either. There is one that visits her while she is sunning by the sliding glass doors in the afternoons. And it drives her nuts! Is it a Doxie thing? Who knows? LOL Love you muchly! Robyn and Daisy Mae


Oh I'm so so so sad!! Did I hear a tangerine vanity??? I will have to live vicariously through your photos:(




Wow! It sounds like a lot of fun, but I live too far away to come. I am sure there will be a lot of wonderful things to look at and buy. Those kittens are so cute! My puppies do not like kitten either.

I hope you have a wonderful Monday!


Julie Harward

I don't know what kind of a camera you have but those are the most vivid photos I have ever see, I felt like I was standing there myself! Love the kittens too, with such sweet faces, I don't understand how anyone could ever be cruel to kittens. Love that mosaic water can..beautiful. Wish I could be there....come say hi :D


Darn it! DH wanted to stay till the end of April and I should have LISTENED - forgot the event was on May 1st. I wished I could be there - your downtown is so unique and everything set up will just be icing on the cake.

Thanks for the email about Beth's garden.


Amy R.

Beautiful stuff and such bright pictures! My kids loved the pictures of the kittens too! Wish I could come to the fancy flea!
Thanks for sharing,

Black Eyed Susans Kitchen

Have they perfected the Dorothy method of transportation yet? If only I could click my heels together, I would be there for sure. While we are at it, could you please pop those little kittens in an envelope for me...I would love to have them live in my home...our Pixie will be very nice to them,
♥, Susan


Aww those Kitty's are adorable! Have fun during the Fancy Flea event :)

Carrie@ My Kinda Boring Life

What sweet kittens.

Teresa, St. Paul, TX

I wish I could drop everything and go to Florida! I could even visit my family in West Palm Beach (after the Fancy Flea, of course). But, I can't make it. :( Have a wonderful time and please be sure to show us the goodies you bought.


I wish that Fancy Flea could be here in my city! It looks like just my kind of happening. The turquoise chest is so me.

Those kitties are too cute -- and "Fancy: is good. Maybe not "Flea" though!



Fay Marie Torzsok

Goodmorning Kim

Like everyone else, I do wish I was not so far away(Ontario) because it sure sounds like a lot of fun. I guess I will also have to wait for all the lovely photos you will share with us after. I'm assuming you will be. Right? Have a good rest of the day.

Fay Marie

Daisy Cottage

Good Morning Everyone!

Dear Fay,

Only if you all want me to.





Oh, I wish I could come - if only I lived in Florida! That one photo of the lamp with the adorable tan with pink roses and blue leaves lampshade is beautiful. I wonder how much it is????

I wanted to let you know that I posted some of my favorite Flickr photos of Ms. Maggie and Marley for Mary's Mosaic Monday and hope you don't mind. They are such sweeties and I couldn't resist showing them off on my blog.

Have a lovely day dear Kim!

Teacup Lane (Sandy)


I want those kitties!!!! I'm too far away to join in the fun. Have a grand time with all the goodies.


Wish I lived near! I'd come! What beautiful things!! And those kitties have such lovely eyes. How could you resist??

Fay Marie Torzsok

Thanks Kim

I am looking forward to that.


Fay Marie

The Lady of the House

Love that buffet! The Fancy Flea sounds like so much fun! Wish I could come :) Idaho is just too far away though... Happy Day, The Lady of the House

P.S. Good idea on the names for the kittens! I loved that!

Susan Freeman

Bentley doesn't like cats either, so no Fancy or Flea for me either I am afraid. I wish I could come visit for Fancy Flea. Your photos are so enticing! I know you all will have a fabulous time. Make sure to take lots of pics to share with us!!

Susan and Bentley

Lynn Paterson

Oh......those kittys are so cute.....and those eyes! Just captivating! I can see why you wanted to bring Fancy home with you. Hope you have a good sounds like so much fun and my kind of flea market! Hope you can stop by and visit my blog and become a follower too! Lynn

Shelly Virtue

It looks just WONDERFUL! Wish I lived close so I could come.........I'm sure there are things there I NEED! that watering can for one. I hope you have a great turn out and I'll be back here in Indiana eating my heart out knowing what I'm missing out on. :( Darn it!


Oh how I wish I could be there to meet you and all your fabulous friends whose homes I adore. About those adorable kittens...don't you think it might be bad karma to name a kitten "Flea"? I'm just saying...

Sandi ~ A Cottage Muse

How could you resist those beautiful faces ~ and those eyes! Fancy and Flea are perfect names! Thanks for the beautiful photos full of happy colors! Definately brightened my day!

Shelly Virtue

HEY ALL, maybe we should designate May 1st as "National Fancy Flea Day" Then everyone that wants to participate and shop can!!! We can have one in our home town and know if we are traveling there will be Fancy Flea's along the way. Now that sounds like a great time!
NATIONAL FANCY FLEA DAY........I like that! ;)


Oh how I wished I lived close enough to come to "The Fancy Flea".
And those kittens sure are adorable!!

Barbara Anne

I could spend the day on your blog and the wonderful photos you take of home interiors and all things delicious! Love the music, too.

Wish I could be there on May 1st. Sigh!

Remember this poem?
The trouble with a kitten's that
All too soon it becomes a CAT!

We have two cats, so I can talk. Our Tom used to look like Fancy but he's now Tub o'Tom or Ton o'Tom!


karen reddan

I do wish so much that I could be there at the Fancy Flea!!! Oh well, maybe next year. I love Lori's painted furniture. That is my love. Right now I am working on a dining room table and chairs that I bought for only $26 for the whole set at my favorite thrift store. I can't believe it!!! I'm so excited!!!
Thanks for the daily dose of inspiration. You are my favorite blog!

Melissa Sobo

Well, we do live close enough and are planning on coming up from the Fort Myers area!! Super excited... I assume we take 75 to 4 but what exit should we take from 4?


I would love to be at the Fancy Flea but live out of state. Way out. I have the same wrought iron chairs (black)that your friend has in her garden but mine are in white. I've been thinking about painting them and the black looks beautiful. Hmmm.

magpie chic

I am so envious!!! It looks wonderful. I can only dream of such things ...

Nancy Hutson Maisenbach

So many adorable, beautiful, cute, delicious and precious things to feast my eyes on. Love the hardware on the chest and the fat white chicken on the chair. The kittens are as cute as they can be. I am remembering last years photos you took at the Fancy Flea. Lakeland, FL is a lovely place.
Hope the weather is pleasant.


What a fun way to spend an afternoon being surrounded by such beauty as well as such creative and inspirational people! I wish I could go : ( Hopefully you will take lots of pictures to share! Have fun!

Barbara Theobald

Kim, If I didn't live so far that would certainly be where I would spend the day.. with hopes of meeting you too! You capture such beauty through the lens of your camera... lucky for us we can visit Daisy Cottage and go along with you to the Fancy Flea. Such yummy colors you describe that Lori has for treasures... Have lots of fun Kim!! Thank you for sharing.. Love, Barbara :)

Debbie from Texas

Wish I could be there! I would probably buy too much, though.:) Have lots of fun. Hubby and I are going to the Hill Country (that is west Texas) for a few days. Should be just beautiful-all the flowers are in bloom. I will be thinking of you, though. Love, love your pictures of the kittens! So cute!!

Lavender Dreamer

The kittens are so sweet, Kim! Look at those baby blues! I sure would love to come to the festival! I'm not too very far away! I wish! ♥


What a fun colorful blog. I want to go to the Fancy Flea and I want those kittens!!


Oh, you are going to have so much fun Miss Kim! I can't wait to see what you bring home... and then were it will all go in Daisy Cottage.
The kittens are so cute. But I'm glad they're only on my computer screen, my eyes would be swollen and red if they were any closer! I am so darn allergic to cats.

Mary Lou

Wow, a fancy flea is right! If only I were closer.
the kittens are so cute but I wouldn't want to rock Miss Maggie's boat..I'm just saying.

Samantha Martz

I would happily take Fancy and Flea home with me and live happily ever after.

judy hale

Well darn wish I lived there I would come for the day.Sounds like sooo much fun.I loved everything in the pictures including those adorable kittens.I guess I'll just have to shop around here in Illinois Saturday hope to find so good buys I know you sure will!! Have a great day and thanks again for sharing with us.


I wish I could come. Sigh. Fancy and Flea look so cute. But I can imagine Miss Maggie would not be too pleased to share the house with them :)


Oh no, I'm going to miss out. It was love at first sight, that watering can, um, oh, sigh... how I wish I could be there. "The Fancy Flea" sounds like a fun filled picture tak'n day. Oh! and BTW Fancy and Flea are so cute.


good morning on this bright and sunny day -- oh, boy vintage is my cup of tea, coffee, milk - i get so excited about the whole shabby chic/vintage thing - i just learned a new word "fancy flea" i wish i were there - i have a buffet sitting in my garage ready to be painted - i haven't decided on the color - all i know is it will be a bright and lively color - have a blast from the past kim - the kittens are so cute i want to squeeze them. lot's of love and have lots of fun for me. i can't what to see pictures.
maria - cottage feel -xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox


Oh Kim you have to come to my blog and see the little kitten we found Sunday. We brought her home and she is our baby! Our dachshund is 15 and is not too happy about it. Our lab thinks she's the mama. It's the most precious thing you've ever seen.

April aka The Junk Goddess

What a wonderful thing to read that soooo many people "wish" to be in our delightful Lakeland. I absolutely can't wait until Saturday to do a Kentucky Ave stroll from the curbmarket to The Fancy Flea.


I want to buy everything she's selling! How I wish I could be there!

Fiestaware rules:


I REALLY want to come this time! I missed it last time. But I dont know if I dare. I cant buy anything, but I know I will want to if I come! Do you know if they'll be doing it again?

Bridal registry

I like black cats and their eyes are glowing in the dark.


I will be there and I'll be looking for that tangerine vanity & stool.

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