I love to shop with Cathy, a good friend of mine. She has the best eye for bargins. Cathy lives in Georgia with her husband who recently retired from the Air Force. We met them while we were stationed together at Andersen AFB, Guam. They came up to visit us a few weeks ago and of course, we shopped. We went to a flea market in Strasburg, VA. I was looking for a tea kettle to start an order I had. I walked by a kettle that was rough around the edges and well worn. The thing I liked about it was that it was old and that it was large. But even that couldn't persuade me to buy it. I continued down the aisle turned the corner and walked down another aisle. There at the end of the aisle was Cathy and what did she have in her hand? That kettle. She said "here you go" and pushed it into my hands. All I could say was "uh, uh, uh, thanks". She said "you were looking for a kettle weren't you". I told her I had seen this one but had decided not to get it. "This would make a great kettle to paint on" she said ignoring my slight protest. I eyed it a little closer and decided she was right. Here's that kettle all painted and decorated for a wonderful whimsical Christmas. I adapted a Terrye French pattern to fit this large, well worn kettle. It may have been discarded by its owner and almost discarded by this painter, but it has proven life can give you a second chance. What do you think of this kettle's second chance? You can find this item in my Etsy shop, just follow the link to the left.