Thursday, November 24, 2011

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


Well hubby out did himself again this year!.We usually do a whole turkey, but since it was just him and I this year we opted for a breast.It doesn't present as pretty as his whole turkey,s do but it was just as Delicious as the past years.  Hope you all had a great turkey day and are as blessed and thankful as i am?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

FIRST TRY WITH ANNIE SLOAN CHALK PAINT


I love this new "chalk" paint.Theres no prep work...you just slap it on like a 3rd grader...it drys faster then you can imagine, slap a second coat on......wax.....sand off/distress the area,s you want to show wear and tear.....wax with a darker color......and WELLA!....your done.......I have to admit i was a little worried about the cost of the paint(35.00 a quart)..but it didnt take that much to cover this chair..plenty left for the hutch and corner cabinet..........  IM SOLD!.....now off to go buy another color to try..........


PAPER WHITES STARTED FOR CHRISTMAS




I love forcing paper whites for the holidays!.Its so simple and yet it adds elegance .I started last year adding them to vintage mason jars and have found that the jar adds some stability to the long stalks.I usually end up adding twig branches to the ones in the white ironstone containers to help the stems stand up.The dried moss around the bulbs also adds charm, as does anything natural.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

it,s that time of year again for home made pumpkin butter.

i love fall with all its colors and seasonal foods.One of my favorites is pumpkin butter or apple butter.This is a great recipe from a neighbor who made it one year for her guest at a longaberger party.Its simple to make and also makes a great gift.I made this for the open house at my antique space.I will probably make mini peacan pie muffins and snickerdoodle mini muffins...........just a nice bite size............

recipe for pumpkin butter
2 cups pumpkin
2/3 cps. brown sugar
1 T FRESH LEMON JUICE
                                                                                    1 T lemon zest
                                                                                    1/4 t ground allspice
                                                                                    1/4 t cinn
                                                                                    1/4 t ground ginger
                                                                                     1/8 t ground cloves
Combine all in sauce pan and simmer on med/low for 20 to 30 min.Stir often till thick and dark brown. store in clean glass jars in refrigerator  for several weeks......very yummy!!!!!! i like cream cheese on a club cracker and then spread the pumpkin butter on.......

Monday, October 31, 2011

I cut my cutter quilt!


I cant believe i cut a quit up! As a novice quilter i know the labor of love that goes into each and everyone of them. I wanted something unique and primitive to go along with my new couch and my mind keep coming to this quilt that i hung on the banister up the stairs.The stairs turn as you walk up to the second floor and until you are half way up you do not even see the quilt.So......i thought...wow! wouldn't they look primitive hanging at the windows with the shutters?.(holes and all!).I just didn't realize how guilty i would feel cutting it into pieces.Well the deed is done and im happy with them.....now i have to pack everything up so hubby can start painting before the couch arrives!..oh.and shhhhh he dosnt know he is painting yet! hahahahahahah

Friday, October 21, 2011

I cant belive i forgot to post this KEEPER!

If you have read my older post you know i like squirrels.I have even blogged how i feed my little friends some home made frosted lemon cookies i had made and it killed one.:(........so when i saw this little guy just hanging out in the antique store with those sweet beady black eyes i knew he was MINE!.I do have to tell you my hubby really thought i was just pulling his leg when i said...i want that. But let me mention for the record, I have a buck staring at me in the office across from  my desk that makes me cringe everytime i look into his eyes. He should be out romping thru the Forrest making cute little does and bucks..but alas hubby got him and he know hangs out there.So its only fair i get to hang the squirrel on the sun room wall.

DONT LEAVE YET... THERE'S STILL MORE......

This butcher block tree log will be used as my coffee table in front of the fireplace in the living room.I just love the shape of it and how primitive it is.
The shutters are oak and tall, almost 4 feet high.I want to hang them flat on the wall going up the stairs on the new "woodlett" paint color.
So i think i did good!

AND NOW ON TO MY KEEPERS!


You cant travel from WEST VIRGINIA to VIRGINIA to MARYLAND and then on to PENNSYLVANIA with out buying for yourself....or at least i cant.So here are a few of my finds.......A old wire mouse trap.It goes with my old wire rat trap thats on my wall.
A grey and blue saltware crock.
And a old quilt to hang on the upstaires Bannister.

A big tease

I happened into this one shop, or so thats what i thought it was and was in my glory to see rows and rows of white ironstone.But to my dismay......it was only display pieces for the museums.I shed a few tears........

More pictures from road trip

This one picture of the steps shows just how far i had to climb to get a bottle of wine for my BFF who so gracefully took care of my 2 dogs........i was even surprised to find they had named a bottle after her..lol....... but i have to say..she is worth every step i climbed!


The picture of the rock floor is actually in a house that is build into the rock.Look at the water flowing from a spring in the middle of the room.It sure would make cleaning a breeze. I did ask the owners when i could move in..lol.....

This next picture is a fence that someone built a  mini "stonehedge" on top..pretty cool!

ROAD TRIP!


Hubby and i took a 2 day road trip to Harper's ferry and home thru Gettysburg Pa. We had a great time and the fall scenery could not have been more spectacular.I do have to mention that hubby stopped at every antique store i saw..and without even a quibble. :).I just loved harpers ferry....how its built into a quarry on one side,even the house's where built into some of the rock(see pics).  I even sniffed out a casino in West Virginia... imagine that.,,lol.....My goal was to visit a antique store in Virginia called lucketts. If you ever get a chance and antiques are your thing...its worth the drive.  A neighbor  of mine took me there a few years ago and i have wanted to go back ever since.When my neighbor took me there i got the history of the quaint town and also of leesburg, as thats where she grew up. This time no history,  but it was just as much fun.Home was by way of gettysburg, one of my favorite places to go.We used to go every year for our sons birthday...but those days are long past since his marriage. Hopefully he will be able to enjoy it once again as his children get older and he can share his passion with them.We even had lunch at our favorite place..the Farnsworth house.here are a few pictures i took at harpers ferry.

Friday, October 7, 2011




My gas logs are installed..I love them.Nothing says warmth like a roaring fire and a great old snugly quilt.My favorite time of the year...fall with all its colors and great smells coming from the stove. 

Marketing........In the re sale business I find marketing your stuff in the right category is a high priority. I sometimes just cant figure out what category to list a item under.Take the bisque plaques ....Are they miession,lefton, occupied japan?Or do i just take a chance and list them as bisque plaques and hope for the best?
My other item is even harder to pin point.The pair of lamps are made by a OSCAR B. BACH.( how often do you find a pair of art deco matching metal lamps?).who worked in the same era as Tiffany and was as well known for his metal art work..mainly art deco looking items.But i find im wondering..etsy or ebay or contact a Private collector?.  I have found many good resource pages on OSCAR BACH with pages of infohttp://www.oscarbach.org/index.php/objectgallery/index/cranbrook/commission  but still not sure in which way to go.I would love for the lamps to go to a collector who will appreciate there quality and heritage.So we will see....SOLD THE LAMPS.........

Monday, September 26, 2011

Grandsons turtle quilt

Grandsons quilt top is done..now to blanket stitch everyone of of those little guys..ughh......then the backing, filler and hand stitch it all together.....ummm maybe i can get it done before christmas..lol! The little guy did see one of the turtle patches and quickly took it home with him claiming..my turtle...lol..I didn't have the heart to tell him i needed it for the quilt so i let him take it with him.I think he will be thrilled..ooooohhhh to be 2 again!........

Sunday, September 25, 2011

more treasures added!


 Better weather today so we brought some more small furniture in.Im pleased with how things look.Only time will tell if i will need a bigger space or another room.It feels so right to be back in a shop!Now to go rearrange my basement and garage and reclaim my space!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

NEW ANTIQUE SHOP


My new adventure started today......The shop is called..ANTIQUE STATION, located at the foot of the ST. Georges bridge.Because of the rain we could only fill my car and not the truck so tomorrow we will cart the larger pieces of furniture down. More pictures to follow........


Check out the urns.....I wanted to plant these and place in front of my house but hubby thought they were to large and that even filled with rocks for weight...they wouldn't last long before they went M.I.A!.

Can you see the nice black and white picture with the girl and her cow? I want that......but "not for sale"....isnt that always the way?..lol.....