Yesterday I had the most phenomenal day attending the Chapel Market and I can't wait to share all those details, but this post is about a treasure I found along the way. My friend and I went up a day early to go treasure hunting and looky what I found:
Isn't she a beauty!! Okay, truthfully I have to say that my friend found her first, but she knew I have a thing for old bicycles so she let me have it. Isn't she sweet?! (Plus, secretly I think she thought that since I was driving if she didn't want to walk home then perhaps it'd be a good idea to let me have it. Not that I would leave her stranded three hours from home or anything. Well, I don't think I would...) It was so funny too 'cause on the way up there I was telling her how I wish I could've bought a bicycle I had seen at City Farmhouse when we went to Franklin, TN last week. It was all kinds of rusty yumminess, but even if I could've fit it in the car it was a little out of my budget.
Well, all good things come to those who wait, and here was my payback! So, I get her in the house and even though I was tired I couldn't wait to get her in place, but the question was "where to put her?" Then I looked at the table behind her which is behind the sofa and I thought hmmmmm.... Yep, I put her up there! See!
Of course, I'm not sure how long she's gonna last up there. She's pretty steady, but I'm thinking the first time a big ol' teenage boy flops on the sofa its a goner. I told my husband I was gonna give it a whirl and see how it goes. I have a couple of other places to put her, but for now I really like it here. Speaking of teenage boys, mine came home and walked right past this and didn't even see it! How in the heck can you walk by a rusty old bicycle that has never been there before sitting on a table behind the sofa NOT friggin' see it??? Boys!
So after I get it up on the table and make sure it's not gonna fall off (ok, well maybe it did fall off one time, but it was my fault and luckily I had those slip covers made out of a drop cloth so I can just drop them in the washer! but first I'm gonna make sure a teenage boy doesn't knock it over, although I think we're pretty safe since he only emerges from his room to go to the kitchen) Now, as I was saying, once I got it up there I was arranging some old framed photos around it when I had a light bulb moment! I could attach photographs to the spokes!! So I dug through a box of old photos my mom gave me and picked out a few and clipped them to the spokes.
I added them on the other side too so that it looked nice from both sides.
Don't ya just luv that patina!
Check out that seat! (yes, that button is a pic of me from a family vacation to the beach when I was about 11 or 12, a very long time ago)
Aren't those petrified tires the coolest!! (and yes, that's another photo of me when I was about 10 with my 10-speed. Remember when those were the coolest?)
And check out all this rusty yumminess!
Luckily Mr. Flower Child luvs old rusty things as much as I do. I think we were made for each other!