Thursday, March 27, 2014

Ooh la la...

noun: lavender
  1. a small aromatic evergreen shrub of the mint family, with narrow leaves and bluish-purple flowers. Lavender has been widely used in perfumery and medicine since ancient times.
    • the flowers and stalks of the lavender shrub dried and used to give a pleasant smell to clothes and bed linens.
    • dated
    • used in reference to refinement or gentility.
      "she had a certain lavender charm.

This just in from Provence, France. Gorgeous, fragrant, lovely lavender.
Oh, How I love lavender, it's beautiful color, it's clean, fresh, natural scent, it's healing properties. I have searched and searched for a supplier of quality lavender and alas I have found them.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

fun finds...

Good morning!

One of the most fun and most challenging things about having this business is finding the merchandise to fill our shop. People are always asking, "where do you get all this cool stuff"?. My answer is always the same "everywhere"! I have a long and growing list of regular stops from one end of the county to the other. I go to estate sales and auctions regularly. 

(these are a few finds from this week)

A nice size yellow tin canister with beautiful tole painting...

Can't make it all out in this picture, but it is a old bevel edged mirror in a wood frame, a gorgeous ornate gold frame and a lovely picture of what looks like to me like a young servant girl in ancient Rome.

A large wooden crate with very pretty advertising on it...
As I was sitting at an auction this week I noticed an older couple, I thought to myself that could very well be my husband and I in 30 years-lol.
 This business is a A LOT of hard work, but we enjoy it and we're in it together and for that and so many other things I am grateful.


Saturday, December 21, 2013

sweet little aprons...

I just got back from picking up some very sweet little girls aprons. I designed them and cut them out then brought them to my Amish friend who sewed them up with her meticulous sewing skills. They will be available at the shop this afternoon.
I have always done my own sewing but these days I am grateful to have a bit of help when I need it. Her farm is only about a mile or two from our house so it's nice and convenient... She left a message on my phone last night that said I could come by this morning between 6-7-lol...yes that's A.M.! Not a problem, because I am almost always up by 5 a.m. at the latest.

Just added updated quilting class information. Julie is a wonderful teacher! I can personally vouch for her because I took her class in the fall and learned so much!

Annie is in the shop this morning and I'll be in about noon.

 How is your Christmas prep coming along?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


My intention with this blog is to journal a bit about the business, to make it a spot to go for information regarding the classes we teach. Share some before and after shots of our projects. Maybe a tutorial here and there. Who knows...

We'll just have to wait and see how this thing evolves...

I started journaling about 20 years ago. I have volumes filled. My personal journal has always been just on ongoing letter to God. I have taken a couple of classes on journaling I have even given a talk on the topic at a women's retreat, a bunch of years ago.

Journaling has been a powerful tool in my life. It helps me to reflect on where I've been, where I'm going and most of all, It has kept me aware of God's presence in my life through it all.