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what would fit in my carry on…

I already shared that I found several pieces in New Hampshire that I would've bought in a heartbeat if I had my van.  But, I didn't. And, since my suitcase was already over 50 lbs, I could only buy things that would fit into my carry on bag. Of course, that included ironstone!  I feel like I can find ironstone anywhere I go.  This sweet old sugar jar was just $16.50.  I saw it and immediately  (read more …)

antique haul | 6.27.16

Last week, I acquired a few fun things.  One of my "pickers" brought me a load of ironstone (plus I brought in some pieces from my house) and I found some goodies at a local antique shop. Here's a video showing everything... This is the small blue & white pitcher I mentioned in the video... Isn't it so sweet? After studying it a bit, I thought it looked familiar.  I matched the  (read more …)

ironstone, a tool tote, bottles & tags

After all of the craziness of Lucketts, I decided to take the week off.  I knew I probably would, so I cleared the calendar.  Sometimes I think I'll want a break and then I don't. I feel the momentum and I am raring to go.  This time I thought I would want a break and I was right.  I really needed it.  So, I had a "jammie day" and splurged on a massage and I even did a little antique shopping just  (read more …)

the whole house makeover & painted ironstone

When I was out shopping a couple of weeks ago, I came across this sweet little birdhouse... I almost passed it up, because the colors were a little drab, but I decided to give it a chance.  I decided to paint it in MMS Milk Paint Grain Sack with Boxwood on the "grass".  Kriste loves little projects like this, so I asked her to paint it while I was working on something else. For some contrast  (read more …)

ironstone brush boxes & grandma Shoemaker’s pitcher

It's no secret that I love ironstone.  It's my favorite thing to collect and I am totally honed in on it when I'm out shopping for antiques. I get excited at just about any piece of ironstone, but uncommon pieces especially get my heart pumping just a little faster.  Such is the case with brush boxes.  I own a couple and have sold a few, but they aren't very easy to find and usually they are a  (read more …)

more farmhouse finds

I know May is months away, but I have learned that I can be pickier if I shop well in advance of an event.  The Lucketts Spring Market in this case.  Pickier means better goodies and better prices for my customers. So, I set out on Thursday of last week to do some shopping and I found some really great things that fit with my "Farmhouse White" theme. This cupboard was an awesome find at a great  (read more …)

teacup & pedestal advent wreath

Last year, I made an advent wreath out of an ironstone ring mold.  I was planning to do the same this year, but my ring mold was at the studio when I was in the heat of the decorating moment, so I shifted gears.  (Of course, I could've hopped in the car and made the two minute drive to the studio to get it, but that seems like too much of a disruption to someone who is in the thick of a creative  (read more …)

the transferware jackpot

I know this is going to be an incredible shock to some of you, but I love ironstone and blue transferware.  I would say it's out of hand, but I do sell far more than I keep, so it's not totally out of hand.  You can tell the minute you step in my house, though, that it's a soft spot. So, when Kriste told me she spotted a bunch of blue & white transferware pitchers she thought I would like  (read more …)