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more furniture to paint…

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I have had a tough time getting back in my groove since the Christmas holiday.  It's mostly because of this... No, not an amazing old mill.  The snow!  The boys keep having two hour delays and full days off from school for snow and ice.  I love my days off with them, but it's tough trying to balance work with two boys home all day, especially on the heels of a long school break!  We're  (read more …)

“I knew you were here”

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It finally occurred to me on Monday that Christmas was right around the corner.  You'd think with all of the decorating and Christmas music that it would've occurred to me sooner, but it still managed to sneak up on me.  I had only purchased a few presents and it was time to get with the program.  I spent Wednesday out and about and was able to check almost everyone off my list.  With a little  (read more …)

good reads

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I really enjoy reading.  I don't read novels very often, because I get so engrossed in them that I neglect everything else and stay up until 3:00 in the morning to get to a "good stopping point."  So, I usually refrain unless I can't resist or I'm stuck in bed for some reason.  But I enjoy flipping through a good decorating book or reading something that's inspirational and maybe helps me learning  (read more …)

recent finds & photo shoots

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When we were in Charlottesville last week, Jeff extended the invitation to me to do a little antique shopping.  He knows this means I will most likely fill our van with a bunch of things he doesn't really "get."  It means I'll buy things that I expect him to fix and it even may mean he gets longing looks from me over a beastly piece of furniture that I want to rearrange everything in our van for.  (read more …)

epic craig’s list find

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I have found a lot of great pieces on Craig's List over the years...chandeliers, dressers, hutches, cupboards, chairs, sofas...you name it.  I've bought a lot off of Craig's List.  When I'm getting ready for a market, I troll the local antiques & furniture sections daily in our local areas to see if I come up with anything good (and I often do.)  And I have another ace up my sleeve when it  (read more …)

workbench & walls

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When I attend antique markets as a vendor, I try to keep blinders on for the most part, so I don't end up bringing home a van load of stuff!  I think Jeff would be less than pleased if I did that!  When I find I'm getting sidetracked, I try to remind myself that I'm there to sell, not to shop, but sometimes there is a special piece that just cannot be ignored!  Last year, I bought a chippy white  (read more …)

get your beautyrest

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As I'm sure you've noticed, there's been a lot of shuffling going on in the guest room.  I hand painted a bed in a Bavarian style and started decorating the entire room around it.  Then, after I had it for only a few months, I sold it. Now, I like change and I'm fickle when it comes to decorating, but I'm not quite that fickle.  I really loved this bed and it was hard to sell it, but there was a  (read more …)

transferware, a ring mold & more

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We are back safe & sound from The Chapel Market, which is quite an accomplishment given our high-mileage van.  It's very reliable, but it might've decided at 202,000 miles as it's hauling a very heavy trailer, that we've asked too much of it.  It didn't, though, and brought us there and back home again with a sigh of relief.  We've already decided that the time is near when we need to get a  (read more …)