Saturday, March 27, 2010

Goodies From Trade Show!

Good Saturday Afternoon Friends!

What a beautiful Saturday we are having! It is sunny and just about 60 degrees out, but unfortunately I am stuck in the house cleaning.

It has been a week since my last update, and what a busy week it has been. Ed and I had a absolutely wonderful time at The Offerings Cash & Carry Show, and I have some pics to share with you all of some of the things we purchased for both ourselves and the website. I got 4 pieces from Doug of Olde Tyme Sales. He does beautiful work and has some really unique pieces. Here are 2 of the pieces in the dining room along with a taller cupboard we purchased from "The Settlement Trading Co.

Love this hanging cupboard with the rough sewn edge, and lumpy finish on the interior section.

The Pie Safe is my absolute favorite piece if that is even possible! ;-)  How do you even pick a favorite? I love all my pieces obviously, or I wouldn't buy them! lol!

The two  pieces together, and I didn't buy them with the intentions of displaying them together, but when something comes together and works... well, why mess with perfection!

This taller cupboard is from "The Olde Settlement Co". I did buy two. This one and another done in a brown color.

Another hanging cupboard from the same company.

This is another item from Doug at Olde Tyme Sales! Isn't it just wonderful?! Anna has fallen in love with this rocker, and I had no room for it, so I have actually moved my desk from the kitchen and made room for this in there. :-)

Last two pictures are a couple wood candle sconces I grabbed. Love them booth!

After we did our stint at the show we headed about 30 minutes north of Columbus and stopped at Delaware, OH so I could see "The Seraph" with my very own eyes. I have been drooling over this place for a couple years on the web, and to see it all in person was just so...yummy!!! I bought a throw rug and a swag curtain for my dining room window at The Seraph! I have taken so many pics, but with the light coming in the window I just can't get a good one. We plan on adding bottom shutters to this winow so I just wanted a simple swag for the top and this fit the bill perfectly!

After leaving there we headed back toward home, and swung by and stopped at "North Shore Primitives"...Wow!!! This place was great! So much to see and drool over. I did buy myself a little treasure! I feel in love with this guy.

We got home late Saturday night, and we then spent the next 3 days filling orders and trying to get the house ready for out of town guest. My cousin and her husband from NY came for a little visit. We had a wonderful time with them both, and only wish their visit could have been longer. We took them to Glendale for a little Prim/Antique shopping and I got this little darling!

Is she too stinking cute or what?!

They left yesterday morning, and my sister Lisa and Mom are due to arrive later this evening from Maine & NY, so I have been busy cleaning again. Mom and Sis will be here a week, and then we are following them back up to Maine and will stay there for about a week, so the next couple of weeks are going to be crazy, and I probably will find little time for blogging. Hopefully after we get back from Maine we can get the last bit of the kitchen finished and done, which I of course will be sharing with my blog friends!

One quick last picture is a x-stitch I finished up a couple weeks ago and forgot to post. This was done using a wonderful pattern from Stacy Nash! It is suppose to have a longer loop on it to hang around your neck to hold scissors, but I wanted it to hang on a cupboard so I shortened it up.

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a blessed next week. Thanks for dropping by!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Kitchen Floors Done & Grills In The Windows!

Happy FRIDAY Friends,

And what a glorious Friday it is going to be! Lots of sun with temps in the 70's. Woo Hoo bring it on. Ed and I are leaving this afternoon for Ohio to attend the Offerings Handcrafted Marketplace Cash & Carry Show! I am excited about going to the show and getting away with my wonderful hubby for a few days.

It has been a couple weeks since I posted so I thought I would give you all a quick update about the kitchen, and show you a few pictures! Ed has been in and out the last few weeks, but we did manage to get the floors finished and I love them!
We spent just about 3 days sanding, staining and polying the floors. We of course had to move everything out of the kitchen including that monstrous Island...a big job to say the least, but oh so worth it!

I hope you can get an idea of the finished floors from the pictures. I'll have to get some better pictures of the floors and the window grills when I have more time to fiddle around with this camera!

We did the kitchen floors the same as we did the dining room. We used 1"X8" pine boards, biscuit joined them to one another and screwed them into the sub-floor. Counter sunk the screws and plugged them with wood buttons. One coat of "Early American" Minwax stain, and then 3 coats of poly.


I tried getting some shots of the window grills, but didn't have much luck, but you can get an idea of how much better the windows look with the grills in verses without them.

Well I need to get moving and get my bags packed. I hope you all have a very blessed weekend, and if you are having warm temps and sunshine this weekend, get out there and enjoy yourselves!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Antique Corner Cupboard & A Train!!!

Hello My Friends,

It's been a while since I have updated. Not because I didn't want to or because I was too busy...well I am busy, but that isn't the reason! ;-)
I just haven't had much to update about. My days are absolutely filled with busyness, but it is nothing really exciting. It is the same thing day in and day out. I'm not complaining, just saying my day to day life isn't all that interesting, so I have nothing to update that would be of interest! :-)

The kitchen remodel has come to a standstill right now. Ed has been traveling a lot the last 3-4 weeks, and when he is home he has to catch up on the furniture orders he has, so it leaves no time for the kitchen work. I am starting to get depressed about it. It has been a long 2 1/2 years since we gutted the upstairs, and though we have made a lot of progress it still is NOT completed. I just want it done already. Living with the house tore up or half finished is so chaotic, and really does cause me to feel a little depressed. It is hard to explain, but I feel out of balance if that even makes sense.

Ed was home for a few days in between trips, and we had a beautiful Saturday afternoon a couple weeks back with temperatures in the 60's, so we took a little trip to Glendale. It is this quaint little town about 20-30 minutes from us, filled with antique shops and prim stores. We had a wonderful day together, and I did find the perfect antique corner cupboard for my dining room.

Ever since we finished the dining room there has been this one corner that has given me grief! Nothing I put in this corner looked good. No matter how I decorated it or what I moved into that corner looked good to me. Well I am happy to say that finally after a year of hating that corner, I am now thrilled whenever my eye wonders to that part of the dining room!
The cupboard originally had doors on the bottom section which have since been removed. I do want to see if we can come up with something to replace them. I may for now put a piece of fabric up to hide the bottom two shelves?

See the stack of antique coverlets? I have a few projects in mind for some of these pieces. I have used some of the pieces already.

I made this little school girl purse awhile back, and have a couple more cut out from the different coverlets. Just need to find the time to finish them up!

I used a red and white coverlet to make a couple pillows for the love seat in the kitchen, but I'm not sure yet about them. I love them, but not sure if I love them on the love seat! I can always put them downstairs in the family room. My furniture down there is a red and white check so they may look better. I am having a hard time finding pillows I love on this piece. I had some new lovers knot pillows on there, but thought I needed something that popped more? What to do!!

I have to share this item I got off ebay for Ed! Ed is a huge train buff. I mean huge. He  has model trains, he has books, magazines, tapes and dvd's, posters, coffee mugs...well you get the picture. He is a big train enthusiast, and has been since he was a child
The problem with his love of trains is I don't share it!!!! ;-) Well that, and the fact that it does NOT go well with my decor. He has tried over the years to sneak some train items into my home decor, but I quickly move it to a well hidden, inconspicuous place. Hopefully someday he will be able to display and enjoy all his trains in his very own train room, but until then, being the loving and thoughtful wife that I am, I bought this item off ebay for him, and I am displaying it on the kitchen mantel!!!!

Isn't it wonderful!!!! I fell in love with it when I saw it. I wasn't even looking for it, just kinda stumbled across it, and the price was awesome! It is made from wood, and is over 100 years old. There is one wheel missing, but that doesn't take away from it at all. I would imagine it has been lovingly played with by many over the years, and now we get to care for it until it passes to the next care giver.
Okay, I admit it was just as much for me as it was for Ed. ;-)  I never thought I would see the day that I would like a train, and actually display it in my home!

Well that's about it for now folks. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great evening.