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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 …)

bunny pull-toy

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I know...again with the kid's stuff, but this bunny pull-toy was just too cute to pass up!  I got it at a good price, because it didn't have its original paint and, unfortunately, someone who wasn't very artistically inclined tried to paint a face and spots on him.  The eyes were big and black with Raggedy Anne styled lashes.  It was just a little overdone and took away from the beautiful shape  (read more …)

The Chapel Market Preview

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Here we are!  Right on the brink of the Chapel Market, which happens this Saturday, October 25, 2014.  It starts at 9:00 am and admission is $3.00.  (The address is 24 Ring Around Rd, Pike Road, Alabama 36064.)  I will be set up inside the chapel meeting hall, in the same space I was in last year. I have been shopping, painting, sewing, cleaning, fixing and pricing for several weeks to get ready  (read more …)