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the new old desk

My desk-sitting days pretty much ended when I left the corporate world over 12 years ago.   Since then, I prefer to spread out on the floor or a large table, perch at the kitchen counter, or prop a laptop on my lap while I lounge on the sofa.  I have had a desk at the studio for a couple of years, but I rarely, if ever sat at it.  It was basically a large, disorganized filing cabinet and  (read more …)

drawers galore, a tiny hutch & more

I don't know about you, but I love things with cubbies and drawers.  I know I'm not the only one who feels that way, because those pieces tend to be pricey when I do find them!  But, when I was out shopping before Thanksgiving, I tripped across these... They were such a good price that I made my mom stand with them while I fetched a cart!  I was paranoid someone would snatch them before I  (read more …)

antique pine hutch

I went out antiquing last week and I wasn't planning on purchasing any furniture.  But, I just can't help myself.  Furniture seems to find me the way a lost dog often seems to end up in the path of a dog-lover. I mean, literally...within five minute of shopping, I spotted and purchased this beautiful step-back hutch... It has the original wavy glass...    ...and a beautiful  (read more …)

a goat bell for a horse

When I was out shopping last week, I found a little goat bell.  It was inexpensive, I think $4.00, so I picked it up.  I initially envisioned using it as a Christmas decoration, with some evergreens, etc., making it into a small wreath. The leather was really dry, but a little Hemp Oil hydrated it and made it pliable again. As soon as I finished photographing the bell, a thought hit me...  I  (read more …)

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 …)

$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 …)