Friday, September 12, 2014

Saving Memories

I most likely won't be blogging very much in the future.  I think my blogging days have come to an end and feel like I don't have anything new to say that hasn't already been said in a dozen different ways by more talented women.  
I will however use my blog to save memories and photos.  I think what I have always liked best about blogging is that it is a diary of sorts where I can look back and review my life.
So . . . in the future, I will just be posting a few pics, with or without comments, as a place to keep a record of my life.
You may feel free to comment or just look around.  I will still be reading other blogs and visiting around.
Random vacation memories . . . 
Mother dear

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Much Needed Rest

Time away for a much needed rest.  It's a sister's week at a beach house at Dauphin Island, Alabama. This is our view of the bay side.

And here is the ocean side.
When we arrived, this sweet heron was sitting on our back balcony waiting to welcome us.
We left the scorching heat of Ohio only to have it here - but at least there is an ocean to cool off in. 
 Here's to rest and relaxation, and no agenda.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Successful Market Day

Kate had her first show and what a success it was.
Her new business, Rustic Market, is off and running with many customers 
inquiring if she had a shop.
This magnificent headboard did not sell, but I think most people couldn't 
see it's potential as anything other than a headboard.
I would use it as a piece of art on a wall, set it on a mantel, or put vintage 
hooks on it and use it in an entry way for hanging coats.
Check out this unique vintage bike that she turned into a table/shelf.  It was a little hard to display to it's best since it needs to be attached to a wall to make it stable.  But regardless, it was noticed by many for it's uniqueness and found a loving home.
Her rusty letters practically flew out the door.
This piece of furniture came home with us.  Although it looks like it has many drawers, it actually is a dresser with only 4 drawers.  I think it would look great in a boy's bedroom, an entry way or fantastic in an office with a black printer on top of it.  Plus, it would allow great space for storage.
This altar table we found on The Longest Yard Sale.  It is such a beautiful piece.  It was missing a drawer (which we didn't notice until we got it home), so we added a piece of decorative wood carving where the drawer should be to hide the hole.
All in all, it was a very positive and fun day.  Exhausting, but fun.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Going to Market

Well ~ it's time to go to market.  The big day is just around the corner 
and we're putting on the last minute touches.
These photos are from a staging that Kate did in our garage.  We have 
lots and lots of rusty, chippy items.
Dried gourds mix beautifully with vintage dishes.
A quatrefoil mirror and baby Alpaca wool from Peru in a rusty, chippy wire basket.
Only time can create this beautiful rusty/chippy look.
We found these gorgeous rusty metal orbs at a trade show. 
 Love, love, love these.  I want to keep one of these, but she won't let me.
Here's a vignette she made with an old suitcase that she filled with travel items.
I am amazed at her creativity and the ideas she comes up with.
A huge thank you to Sherry from The Charm of Home for featuring Kate's beautiful dresser.  She was so ecstatic.
Linking with
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Chip Off the Old Block

My daughter decided when she was in Peru that when she came home, she wanted to pursue refinishing furniture.  I did what I could to discourage her knowing that it is so much work and very little money ~ not an ideal way to make an income.  And then there was the fact that she is living with me in our little house with no basement, so that meant that whatever piece she was working on would sit in the middle of my living room.  Having done furniture myself for a couple years, I was not ready to relive that experience through her.
But . . . she insisted and drug home her first piece of furniture from a weekend road trip to St. Louis . . . a lovely chest of drawers that has real character.
She bought it at an antique store and paid way too much for it considering she was flipping it.  But after painting and distressing it, it came out absolutely stunning.
She used Caramel Color's Reclaim black paint on it and then 
distressed it to perfection.
 It is a perfect piece for a bedroom or any place in the home.  It just seems to have a stately presence about it.

After all those years of watching me paint and showing no interest in it, who would have thought that she would end up being a "chip off the old block"?
To say I am proud of her would be an understatement.  The  surprising part is that she has sucked me back in to doing furniture with her.  I'm not doing as much as she is because I'm trying to slow down the "extras" in my life.  But I am helping her accessorize and trying to pick up small things that don't need a major makeover.
If you're in the Columbus, Ohio area, we will be doing a show together on Saturday, August 23rd at the Columbus Arts and Vintage Market Place.  It will be held at the Aladdin Shrine Temple from 10am to 5 pm.  We would enjoy seeing any of you who are nearby by and I will of course be so proud to show off my daughter, Kate.
You can see more of her items on her Facebook page Rustic Market.
Linking with 
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
The Carm of Home for Home Sweet Home
Miss Mustard Seed for Furniture Feature Friday

Saturday, August 9, 2014

My Least Favorite Summer Chore

Every summer I can tomatoes, and every summer I wonder 
why I can tomatoes.
It's not like I really enjoy doing it.  Dread is the word that most describes how I feel about canning.
And yet ~ I do it every year.
It is such a process - cleaning the jars and lids.
Putting the tomatoes through a hot water bath and then a cold water bath to loosen the skins.  Then packing the jars and finally putting them in the canner to boil for 55 minutes.
I have always found it never fails that canning needs to be done on the hottest days of summer.  Summer heat, plus all that boiling water leads to one hot kitchen.
I think I do it because I can't not do it.  Because my Mother did it and it is part of my growing up years.  Because it is providing for my family at the most basic level of living, taking nature's gifts from the ground to the table.
But at the end of the day, after all the work and all the sweating, there is the satisfaction of looking at the beautiful jars all lined up.
I usually leave the jars set on the kitchen counter top for a few days so I can enjoy their beauty before storing them away. I do love looking at them and it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside.
And there is nothing like going to the pantry on a cold winter day and pulling out a jar of home-canned tomatoes to make a pot of chile or tortellini soup.
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