Monday, November 7, 2016

FROM OUR HANDS SHOW

The countdown begins....just a few short days ( and even shorter working nights), will be one of the most beautiful folk art and antique shows...."From Our Hands"....a show that originated from Lori Ann Corelis and Rebekah L. Smith's  dream of having a show featuring the wonderful, original works of artisans who followed their passion of textiles, needleworks, and antiques.  Lauren, Melissa, and I are so honored to be part of this show this coming weekend.  We are known as the "Eclectic Jewelers", mainly because our works are from various mediums...silver flatware, wool, linen, threads, and vintage beads and bobs.  Below are the banners that are being featured.  Please click on the link on my sidebar for the list of vendors and then also, to view a wonderful Smilebox presentation of both last year's show and the show this past April..





This was our display in April.....this weekend it will be filled and decked out for the Christmas season....


Hope to see you...The show is starting on Friday, November 11 at 4pm and then on Saturday, November 12 from 10 am to 3 pm...




Friday, October 28, 2016

TALKING 'BOUT CHRISTMAS....

Seems everyone is talking about Christmas...I think it's because we all have a love of country and primitive decorating that we just can't wait to start getting our homes ready for the Christmas season....plus...it comes and goes so fast, it just doesn't seem fair to have our homes decked out for only a few short weeks...

Earlier this week, I got the urge to start digging out my most favorite Christmas books...full of ideas and inspiration....Here are the books I hold near and dear to me during this most festive season:

First...the books that really got me into primitive decorating...The Country Living Book...Country Christmas and Country Home...Olde Fashioned Christmas...these two books just spoke to my heart when I first laid eyes on them...I still love them today..


Next...is from the Time Life Country Book series that came out in the late 80's, early 90's.  I have the complete set and just love them....this Christmas book is just gorgeous!! 


And who can forget Mary Engelbreit?  Her books were so cheerful...they just put a smile of your face as soon as you open the cover!


This next one was published by Country Sampler about 25 years ago.  I bought this one at a thrift shop for 25 cents!  


A set of three Christmas with Country Living...these books are pretty good...it was before Country Living transitioned into a Martha Stewart style magazine....There are nice stories about collectors and their collections...


I don't think I have to say a word about this wonderful book or this wonderful lady......except...if you see this book and you do not already have it....get it!!!  Beautiful!!!


A great reference book for those that collect antique-vintage ornaments....I love this book...I think it's about 20 years old.

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Last, but not least are the two absolutely gorgeous books photographed and written by Tina Woltman...both of these books are treasures.....The homes she has illustrated are just breathtaking...her photography is beautiful...I think her latest book is still available...well worth purchasing!


Stacee Droit, Arnetts Country Store, will be releasing a new Christmas book on December 10 .  You can pre order her book by emailing her.  It will be lovely pictures of her home and decorations.  I can't wait for that one!

Well....I hope I haven't bored you too much....I've really been up to nothing...making some jewelry for an upcoming show..trying my hand at some Christmas ornaments...and just mainly hanging around the house..which is always fun!!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

INTRODUCING...THE SUN!!

After four days of dismal, drizzley, and torrential down pours...we have the sun!!  I was glad for the rain...but after a few days...enough already..so much flooding of streets and basements...UGH!   I've had such a busy week...going here and there and accomplishing nothing...but I did have a fun weekend.

I have been working on a sampler from Stacy Nash "From Me to Thee".   I stitched one a few years ago and sold it, so now I'm stitching another one for the October update of EWM.    

Love my little sewing box that I purchased from Lisa Evans, "Folk For All Seasons".  She does the most beautiful folk art with old boxes, pieces of woods, etc.  


Inside the box are little cubbies and then she has lined the lid with a piece of antique Victorian crazy quilt. 

You can find Lisa on FB under Folk For All Seasons.  She posts daily and updates her etsy also.


A couple of pics of the items I purchased last Sunday while out and about with my friend, Earlene. The small wood butter churn


And then this long skinny shelf just wide enough to place my small collection of leather books...


Lastly...my little grand daughter, Alexandra, will be coming up on Wednesday for a five day visit.  So excited to see her!!  We haven't seen her since June and she is growing by leaps and bounds!!  She fixed her own hair for this picture..hence....all the bows!!


Have a happy and blessed Sunday...hopefully, the sun is out in your neck of the woods!!

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Happy Sunday

It's a beautiful day in Michigan...just a couple of pics to post...hubby is away on a fishing trip so I have two whole days to do what I want....not that I can't when he's home....it's just different being on my own...for a while...anyway...my good old dry sink...I told my son he'll have to bury it with me when I go...


A few little goodies I picked up in Ohio last weekend...don't have a clue what I'll do with all of it,,,but I'm hoping I can make something from this pile....I love the little "half dolls"....I'm going to try and make pincushions.


And then, my little grand daughter Rory...petting her favorite animal....Suzy the Sheep at the apple orchard.

Then...my little South Carolina Belle....Alexandra giving a wayward look likes she's either done something mischievous or about too!


It's such a great day...after all of the hot, hot weather we had over the past couple of months...this fall like weather is a welcome relief...have a great day every one!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER....

I meant to post pictures of the Early Homestead show days ago...but I kept putting it off...then my friend Linda from Florida send me an email to post...so here goes...the pictures aren't very good..there was a glare from the windows and I couldn't get a good picture of some of the booths to save my life...then four of the booth pictures I took were completely black on my phone.....


This was my booth...it was a little bigger this year...


Sandra Nolan from Curtice Ohio...she has the most beautiful primitive furniture....her shop is in Curtice Ohio also..a great place to visit and shop!



Above was Jamie Blunt's booth.  Jamie is from Millbury Ohio and has a beautiful prim shop as well.


My friends, Sally and Wendy's booth...beautiful, early smalls....


Then there was Lauren (Rugs and Pugs) and Melissa's booth.  Stocked full of beautiful hand made jewelry, hooked rugs, and wool applique. 


This was a beautiful small cabinet with lovely wool applique made by Melissa.  I just love it!!  She does the most beautiful stitching...
and her color choices are gorgeous!



And then this....I made a trade with the dealers from Kentucky..I had a bucket bench that was a little too prim for me and the dough box was too colonial for him....so we both left happy campers!

I'll post more pictures this week of our antiquing journey to Ohio this weekend!  Have a great evening!!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

EARLY BLUES....

Once great thing about painting....you get to make a fresh start with your decor.  I'm though with color on the wall...from here on out, it's white, off-white, and more white on the walls!  I like to change things up so often, that it's more of a pain when you have a dominate color to deal with...

My husband just painted the second bedroom last evening, so I decided to make it my "Blue Room"...here are some pictures...it's a little plain...but for now..that's fine with me!




My old $10 bed I bought at a garage sale many years ago.


A little hand made quilt from my pal, Lori Rippey...the little doll was made by her as well...



An old quilt with really vibrant blues...I had it tucked in the basement for years....


A sampler stitched by me, design by Pineberry Lane.  The pinkeep...another creation of Lori Rippey...love her work!  The homespun on the table is early, 1800's...another thing I had packed away...


 And little miss Rosa Heywood, hanging over a reproduction mustard colored cabinet.



A small grouping of early blue quilts that I purchased in Maine about 11 years ago.  I hooked the rug a while back, but again, had it rolled up in a basket.

Next week, September 10th is the Early Homestead Show in Holly MI...I'll be vending and my pals Lauren (Rugs and Pugs) an Melissa Masterson, are also sharing a booth selling their beautiful jewelry and wool items...so happy that they will be spending the night with me before the show...just shows your never too old to have a sleep over!!

Friday, August 26, 2016

SO BUSY.....


I don't know what happened to the cool dry weather we were supposed to be having this week..but it's
been hot and steamy almost every stinking day!  I open my windows for a few minutes in the morning and then on with the AC....oh well...it wont last forever!

Hard to believe that in two weeks, the Early Homestead Show will be here!  Seems like I just did the spring show and now getting things tied up for the fall show.  It is a great show and so much fun.

Just a couple of things I've been working on.  First...the sewing totes using early 1800's homespuns and calicos...I'll be adding a few little sewing needfuls to each little tote..




And then...boxes upon boxes...I've been painting since the beginning of July and have just about all of them done.



A small table top trunk that I picked up at a barn sale last month...I've yet to antique and wax it...



And then I have a couple of black sock dolls from the early 1900's that will be making their way to the show as well..both are in red.... My basement is full of prim goodies that I'm taking to the show...all packed and priced...I'm way ahead of the game this year....I hope!


It's been a busy, busy day today...had six of the grand children over...between chasing them, feeding them, and watching a movie...I'm exhausted!   Have a great weekend!!