I took a leap

And now I’m flying!

Two years ago I took a leap with my friend Kristie Herlong (now owner of Dorcey’s).  We naively set up at the Springfield Antiques Show and Flea Market in July, a traditionally slow month.  Kristie and I had NO idea what we were doing, but embraced the adventure and figured it out.  We were thrilled with our sales and decided to launched Flown The Coop.  I had no idea that a little experiment with junking would turn into a passion and sustainable business venture.  Making it up along the way and carving out our individual niches, Kristie and I have both “built our wings.”

These little wings have flown some distance since then.

Last month I shared a space at the Dallas Market Center, Vintage Home section with my good friends and mentors Brian and Meloney Russell of the Seed Box Designs.  Needless to say, I am in awe of where Flown The Coop has taken me.

It helps to have talented friends in the business!  Congrats to The Seed Box Designs for winning Best of Vintage Home!!!

A flight home

This month I will return to the Springfield Antique Show and Flea Market.  Two years ago I would have never guessed that I would travel such a distance to shop the flea.  I am still excited about the journey and the unpredictable flight pattern.  I’m so glad that I took the leap, Flew the Coop and continue to build my wings!

If you have a dream, take the leap!  You’ll figure out how to build your wings on the way down!  If you are a leaper, what is your experience?  I’m sure there are kindred spirits who could benefit from sharing your experiences.


And the birds fluttered around her writing “YES” in the sky.


Crazy for letters…or a N E R D?

Ya’all know how crazy I am for letters….

Unfortunately some of them have been reduced to a “scratch & dent” pile.  The letter fronts seem to get damaged moving from show to show.

Not willing to throw anything away… I decided to upcycle.  “Just for FUN!”

Another great passion of mine is travel!  I recently started a collection of fun maps, not even sure what I’d do with them until today.  I decided that my beloved letters could represent all these great destinations on the maps.  So operation upcycle began.

U is for Universe

While I want to see the world… I’m not sure I’ll ever want to see it from space.  🙂

R for Rome

We actually used this map walking around Rome last year….

E is Europe

Always dreaming of Europe….

R is for Road Trip

Love that someone highlighted their trip on this map… to one of my favorite cities… Memphis!

D is for Dreaming of Europe

Putting it all together seems to spell NERD.  🙂  

Call me a crazy or more like a “nerd”… I love the idea of saving these letters from the landfill!  These letters still aren’t perfect and still a bit rough around the edges, but have become fun reminders of far off destinations and dreamy trips that I’d like to take.

At $25 each… they could be your nerdy display of dreamy destinations.  Let us know if you are interested on the Flown The Coop Facebook page or by commenting here.

BTW:  What destinations do you dream of?  I love to share dreams of traveling!!!!