Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A LITTLE MORE CHRISTMAS PICTURES...

Another Christmas has come and gone and I can honestly say, I'm glad this one is over.  I'm usually sad when the big day has passed...but it was just too darn hectic this past week....I'm ready for the new year to start....I'm ready to get on with my stitching and rug hooking.....and I'm getting ready to purge, clean, get organized, and stop spending so darn much time looking for stuff!!!  But I think everyone feels that way this time of year.....

Here are a few more pictures of my decorating....nothing fancy....just a few things here and there...a little lighter and brighter this year...

My shabby little white stepback cupboard....I have a red and cream colored, antique linsey-woolsey tree skirt from the 1800's draped over one of the doors.  I purchased it last month at the show in Ohio.
I can only imagine how many Christmas' it has seen!


                         

And my crock stand...I placed it in the center of the kitchen as an island.  It was the perfect height!


My version of DIY open cupboards...I just unscrewed the doors & removed them.....


Lots of red and white this year....placed in my antique jars.


A little cross stitch design by Pineberry Lane I stitched about 5 years ago and set it in this sweet, little red and white vintage tray. 


My chalkware snowmen....by Teena Flanner and Kathy Bejimy of Walnut Ridge Collectibles.


Another pair of  friendly snowman

Just a few pictures of the bedrooms...nothing great, because my bedroom is rather plain..


I love this old coffee bin...bought it from Earlene...but it was too big for my kitchen so it has found a home in the spare room...


One of my friendly little early bears.....


A collection of brush trees....

A quiet Santa sitting in a cradle watching over sheep....




Now my bathroom....I had so much fun decorating my bathroom...the first time in over 30 years, I did not have to worry about sticking with the color scheme...you know....the pink and black scheme?  I can't tell you how nice it was to have a neutral field to play with....





And last but not least...my early, wood horse that I purchased last summer in Marshall MI.  He's all decked out with Christmas greenery and ready to roll....


Thank you all again, for viewing and commenting on my blog.  It mean so much.  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the new year.....I know I am!
















Sunday, December 25, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

WARNING...PICTURE HEAVY...BUT IT'S CHRISTMAS...

Since I only seem to be posting about once every six weeks...terrible....so here are some pictures of my home for the Christmas season this year.   My husband said I didn't really decorate much this year....really??  LOL!! He was serious.......It is a little picture heavy but here goes.....

This is my living room with dining area...







My little bear my grandma made me a long time ago....it's poor little paws are worn out... and he is missing his eyes.....I think one of my sons must have gotten to him when they were little...





My pie safe that I bought for $75 at a barn sale four years ago....






My small collection of little leather Bibles, hymnals and a poetry book...



My husband bought this picture in Ligonier PA a few years back...


An antique feather tree that I purchased this past August in Blissfield MI





My foyer...



Well...that's it...I warned you...picture heavy!  I have more to share,  but I'll save that for next week!  Have a great weekend and stay warm.....













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!