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fun finds

I haven't been on any big shopping trips lately, but I've picked up some fun things here and there that I haven't shared here on the blog, yet.  I thought today seemed like a good day to do that. A few weeks ago, I bought this white toy truck from one of my "pickers". I decided to keep it for now!  I happened to have just bought some old bottle-brush trees and one fit perfectly in the  (read more …)

recent finds – quilts, ironstone & more…

When I was out shopping on Saturday, the main purpose was getting out of the house and away from the studio, but I was also hoping to find things to list in the online shop. I usually find a quilt every now and then.  Maybe a few each year.  This shopping trip, though, I found three quilts!  It was just my day when it came to finding pretty quilts at decent prices. I have always loved "penny"  (read more …)

antique “art cabinet”

I have been pushing towards a few deadlines over the last several weeks and, while it's all been fun work, I was really ready for a change of pace!  Jeff gave me a chance to get away on Saturday, so I went on a trek to HomeGoods and to a local antique shop.  I am almost always shopping for things to sell and I did some of that on this trip, but I also took some time to shop for myself. And I  (read more …)

using & caring for silver every day

A couple of years ago, I decided I wasn't going to keep my pretty things hidden in cabinets and drawers.  I was going to either use them or let them go.  Since I didn't want to get rid of it, I decided I would use the silver pattern I inherited from my mom, Oma, and both great-grandmothers as our everyday flatware. There are moments when I cringe at how expensive each piece is, but then I  (read more …)

$100 craigslist drafting table

I have realized that as my work changes, my work space needs to change, too.  When I work on furniture and photoshoots, I rarely sit at a desk or work table.  I'm usually crawling around on the floor or scooting around on one of our wheely stools.  I'm in a season right now, though, where a lot of my work involves sitting, painting, sketching, and writing. I've been spread out over one of our  (read more …)

personal shopping | quilts & coverlets

I hope you had a great weekend!  For the most part, I stepped away from work, so I could rest up for the busy week ahead. Anyway, I browse for cool things online pretty regularly.  I particularly like Etsy, eBay, and craigslist.  I sometimes trip across really great buys that I snap right up, but I'll also find pieces that are a good price, but not a good enough price for me to resell and I don't  (read more …)

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 …)

deconstructed chair progress

Sorry I was a little late getting the online sale up and running tonight!  I will be switching to another shopping cart that will allow me to schedule events, so that doesn't happen.  Anyway, just hang in there as we're going through a blog redesign and other updates to make things run faster, smoother, and look even prettier! Anyway, the sale is live now and I have listed the latest antiques as  (read more …)