Friday, August 7, 2015

Summer time and the living is not so easy!!

I do not like this extreme heat.  It is interfering with the time we spend out of doors. My cat likes to go out in the mornings and sit on the patio and listen to the birds and cicadas.  We spend hours doing this. He is an indoor cat and was declawed before we got him.
I am waiting for some cooler weather,  it is 102 today, to spread a small table for breakfast for husband and I and cat.  Shown above is an antique English breakfast set. The colors are perfect for what I am seeing in my future breakfasts once fall is here.
I have several of these mostly English breakfast sets and love to use them when allowed to outside.
A cool looking set.  Light pink tones.

Part of a black white Wedgwood set.  Crisp and clean.

This is in mulberry.  See toast rack.

Another pink and fushia set. 
Villeroy and Boch set pattern Burgenland.

And lastly,  Burgess and Leigh set. 
Don't you love them and can think of lots of tablescapes you arrange using them?  I can and do.
Have a good rest of the summer,  and keep cool.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Wonderful Springtime

We have had lots of rain but spring is finally here in all it's glory!!

We have had lots of events here in Huntsville.  First the Chippy Garden Show at the Fairgrounds, also the County Fair, Airing of the Quilts, Folk Festival and some more to come.

I have been turning the storeroom at the store into a retreat for my kitty, Marlin. He hates to be left home
and is so spoiled that I felt it would be fun to give him a space at the store where he can stay while I have
customers in the store and he cannot wander around.  He would run out the door and has no claws
plus the traffic is so bad in front.

He sleeps a lot, his age is almost 12, and since he lost his older sister a few months ago,  we have tried
to not leave him alone very long anyway. He is a Burmese. Here is his picture:

So he is my baby.

His little space will have a twin sized bed for his little and often naps. He is very particular so will have to bring his heating pad which he won't lie down without.
On a very low temperature and I checked with his Vet who said it is ok unless he were confined with it where he could not leave.  He has a baby quilt too.

Am I crazy?  Some would say yes. But when your kids are grown,  grandkids busy and not available to love on as much as you would like, well, then this is the best

Note:  His claws were removed before we got him.  I wouldn't ever do that to a kitty.

I am also moving things around in the store for a new look.  You will have to wait a couple of weeks to see how that turns out.  What I have done so far gives me
hope for those changes about to happen.

Stick with me, friends.  I will be more attentive to my blog in the future. My store is open only Thurs. Fri. and
Sat.  We do not have traffic enough on other days to make it worth being open any additional days. Most of
my customers come from out of town so they are happy with my schedule.  If business got really busy again
then I might be open more days, however now I am used to this,  I may not go back.

See you soon,

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Valentine's Day soon

This is one of my favorite holidays after Easter and Christmas.

I know many are alone at this time in their lives, and for you I would suggest celebrating it by giving yourself an antique Valentine each year and display them for years each Valentine's Day. I know they
are easily found in antiques stores, such as mine(I have about 50 for sale) and also online at Etsey, etc.

I have accumulated quite a few and I often see them framed for your powder room or private space.  They are delightful as art work.  You can do a whole wall with them but they also look really well with silhouettes.

I just enjoy my antique postcards all year long such as in a bowl on a table or sometimes stretched out on my baby grand piano.  This way they are for all seasons.

Whatever you do with yours,  they are something to cherish from an earlier day. 

What about the heart shaped boxes of chocolates?  I have begged my husband NOT to give me chocolates because I cannot regulate their consumption.  I eat them right away.
A romantic book from olden days is a good gift.  It is something you can place on a table also. 
This English Chippendale transferware by Johnson Bros. is a favorite of mine to use for that special day. 
A table setting in the store.

This is a lovely framed heart made by my friend Norma of old jewelry.  She sells on Etsy.

 A cute little cake pan shaped like a heart.

So whatever you do to celebrate Valentine's Day,  enjoy it at little all year long.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

M e r r y C h r i s t m a s

Sorry I have not posted for awhile.  Been so busy with family and my husband's health issues.  We are still around and grateful for every good thing that this year has brought.
Life hands you some  hard knocks. But we have to keep on trying and hoping and loving people.
God bless each of you and thanks for reading my blog. 

Merry Christmas

Friday, August 22, 2014

Military items in store

Today is for the men who follow my blog:
Pickelhaupt helmet from Prussia WW1
Case with swords, bayonets, war type militaria. 

Above is a WW1 gas mask and bag and bugle. All WW1
Also from WW1  picture frame with WW 1 soldier

Above is a WW 1 iron bank.

Much more from American Revolutionary War to Civil War to WW 2 with books also from these periods. Also see the WW1 uniform
to right of blog.  We also have a WW 2 sailor uniform as well as some dungerees from that period
which sailors wore as part of  work uniform.

So if interested our store is open only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at this time.   Our hours are
10 am to 4 pm most days.
Thanks for looking.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring is here again????

Our weather this year has been odd to say the least. Hope you are now getting some spring weather.
We are this week.
Finally had some azaleas blooming and now this week they are going away. For another year.

So goodbye Azaleas.  Hello intense heat.  HA HA We know it is coming after our short spring.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Snow Day yesterday

We woke yesterday morning to a blanket of snow. My aunt said 3 inches. Not had that confirmed though. She is usually pretty accurate but since this is the first good snow we have had in years,
 I  hesitate to shout it from the rooftops just  yet.
My husband and I stayed home all day in jammies and robes. That was really nice. We did not go to the store or open it at all. No one in their right mind would have been out shopping for antiques is my excuse.
Above is the ST Francis statue in our front yard. His basket is full of snow.

And also in the front is the cherub. He is having fun in the snow. 

Pictures to follow are of the grandkids at their own homes playing in the snow :

LJ in this picture.  He said hot when he touched the snow for the first time in his 18 months life.
And Jayleigh and Lane with expressions of happiness on their faces. Their first snow also.

From the den window:  my herb garden just finished and planted in Sept.  It is under all that but there is a layer of landscaping material. Hope it survives.

So maybe to you this is a lot of time spent on nothing, but let me tell you we do not often get snow here in East Texas so to us it is a big thing. A time out if you will.

Happy snow days to you.