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Monday, March 21, 2011

They Spoke To Me



Like many of us in this business, we find objects, collections of things and discardia "calling" us.
In this first picture, these tiny cabinet doors called me, and so to the workshop they were stored til I passed them the other day and it hit me!! They wanted to have this interesting vintage fabric fit up into them. Next to it, in the eleven pane window, is a old California potato sack, and finally vintage "C" clamps and a heat grate become wall art. If these items called me, they wanted to be something...in time it comes to me. I hope you see what I see:)

Saturday, February 26, 2011


On My Way To The Market

One of the things I love most about this business, is the early mornings out on the road. The weather is still cold here, but if I'm dressed right I find it so invigorating to be up and out before dawn. Getting the "itch" to scour the flea markets I head out by 5a.m. As I drive west from my home, I am surrounded by farmland. The geese gather in a field bathing in the morning light. Approaching the market I can see from a distance the vendors are few, but I know I will find something, I always do! I come upon a dealer I've seen before, but haven't actually met, turns out his name is Mark. Well, Mark and I became acquainted...I spent a good hour or more buying from him!! Yellow ware, pyrex, vintage kitchen utensils, vintage fabric, old prints, mirrors...the list goes on! And by the way...another reason I love the flea markets, the people, they are so real!! Its was great to meet you Mark!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011












Vintage fashion...shabby chic furnishings ...and collections of findings for your home, artists and crafters! 2600 square feet of INSPIRATION!!! Open 7 days!!


Monday, February 7, 2011


We opened Saturday and had a steady flow of customers even tho the weather wasn't quite cooperating. I am so pleased with the way my vision for the store has evolved, the space has a special aura. I will update the website soon with new items and delete what has been sold. Requests for specially sought after items are always welcome, please email me and I will do my best to find them!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

What to do in the wee hours of the night (~_~)


...when I am going thru a sleepless period in life I sort of enjoy being all alone at night with NO demands on me, I can do as I please if I have the energy:)
The night before last, with an impending snowstorm upon us, I felt, as I usually do before a snowstorm, like "super" nesting! When I food shopped that day I was sure to pick up the necessities for such "nesting"! A whole chicken, lots of veggies, yeast, tea, honey, and more! So....yeast, yes, i was thinking homemade bread. Baking is NOT one of my strong points ( Sure I have my "tried and true", and they ARE somethin' to write home about, but they are few, no matter, COOKING is where I shine in the kitchen!

So back to the bread . It took 5 hours to make basic, Laurels Kitchen recipe, whole wheat bread. It's good, but I think the last stage of the pre-cooking is where I blew it:( it needed to rise a bit more...as is always the case in my household, its getting eaten!! now on to a new recipe for next time i happen to wake up...... in the wee hours (~_~)
...P.S. here's a great spread, not uncommon, for toast. soften 1 pkg. cream cheese and mix with 1/2 cup or more of finely chopped stuffed green olives...YUM!!!! Be Back Soon. Happy cooking and baking:):)

Been a Long Haul

Another beautiful snowy morning to awaken to! This picture is looking out from my side porch, to the back yard.

Well, the end of construction has finally come near, not quite done, but close enough to start bringing my inventory in...take two! haha! Movers scheduled for Saturday and it HAS to happen and will!!
Yesterday we finished the floors in the rear section of the store. It's an interesting idea and looks great and...big plus, INEXPENSIVE! I had 2' square pieces of chipboard plywood cut at the Depot and we glued and screwed them down then two coats of polyurethane. What do you think?!


Thursday, January 6, 2011

"Get up...and do it again"


....well, it's the ongoing saga of the "floor situation" at my store! agghhh! but I'm not even gonna go there, TOO boring! it'll get done!
I have the movers scheduled to bring inventory in today before the next snowstorm hits, which will work out well, as it will give me those snowy days, when most don't venture out, to start setting up the store. YAY!!! So, work clothes on, and off I go....here's a picture of my house after last snowstorm!