Baby, now that I've found you, I won't let you go.

My latest favorite obsession is the Pasadena Rose Bowl flea market.This past Sunday, we set out in search of treasures in the midst of all that trash for our DIY centerpieces. I have strayed away from my desire to use manzanita branches with pomanders for this...

Dining table full of purchases from the Pasadena Rose Bowl Flea Market

For her upcoming wedding, my friend, miss care, is asking her guests to b.y.o.C. (bring yo' own CENTERPIECE) with her color scheme guidelines, for the table they are going to be sitting at. How cute, creative, and budget-savvy is that!? I just barely met her last year, but she is one of the most creative people I know. She and her fiance' used my classroom a couple of weeks ago to film part of their VIDEO WEDDING INVITATIONS. Again, cute, creative, and budget-savvy!

mr. c and I are not as brave (and by brave, I mean trusting) as this lovely couple to put the centerpieces in the hands of our guests. But, I love that each of their centerpieces is going to be different and unique. So, I am now committed to DIY-ing all of our centerpieces by turning cheap finds into one-of-a-kind vintage-modern decor.

So, here are the pieces of trash that I am going to turn into creative centerpieces (hopefully not into pieces of trash in other forms):

Oops, and one more purchase that I forgot to mention...a 1950's ivory lace tea-length dress, probably to be worn for our Trash-the-Dress session with Chris Austin. It's totally not something I would normally wear and I love it.


  1. Oooh... those look lovely. Need help? My mom set up a sweatshop in the back of the house with me and my brother as her main source of labor back in the day :)

  2. hi!
    we bought all of our jars from here:

    they have apothecary jars, bell jars and more.
    everything is prices well and shipping was fast and not too expensive.

    and yes, we will probably be selling/giving away extra things!
    if you can wait until after the wedding in september to know for sure, contact me then!

  3. Gasp, I love EVERY SINGLE ONE of those bird cages! Where did you get them?

    Your dress is gorgeous. I'm biased because it's my style, but love, love it!

  4. Tina, you might regret offering your services later. :)

    Megan Marie, I received my jars this week...love them!

    chicncheap, the birdcages were my favorite find too. :P Everything is from the Rose Bowl flea market. It's only every second Sunday, so I am dying to go back next weekend. :)