Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Empire State of Mind (Part II) 9/11 Tribute

The events of 9/11 have been weighing heavily on my mind this week.  I'm sure many of you can say the same.  If you haven't seen this touching tribute, please take the time to view it.  Be sure to turn up the volume.
THIS is my New York.  

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Friday Finds and a Guest Blogging Gig

This past Friday, my youngest and I hit the roads looking for treasure.  We hit a couple of barn sales and an estate sale, concentrating on finding smalls for Wild Rose and the upcoming barn sale at Chartreuse & Co.  Here's a peek at some of what we found.  Check out the wooden tool box with the leather strap handle, the ironstone pitcher and bowl, and this pair of incredible baskets.   I am so tempted to keep the baskets.  I am envisioning them on top of a pair of chippy cabinets or bookcases. 

In other news, head on over to Wild Rose & Company where I am guest blogging today.  Be sure to follow along as each vendor will be introducing themselves in the coming weeks.  

Thursday, August 18, 2011

at the shop

Just a quick post today....sharing some photos of my space at Wild Rose.  Check out the slide show in the sidebar to see what's at the shop now. 

I wish I had a wall in my kitchen big enough for this hutch!
Perfect for displaying my collection of vintage kitchen scales and other weaknesses!
Check out this vintage wire horse muzzle:

 I  am also carrying a new selection of lined wire baskets.

Today I'm busy getting ready for our once a month tag sale at Chartreuse & Co.   If you are in the area, or up for  a road trip, it would be a great weekend to check out both locations!

Monday, July 4, 2011

funnel cake, elephant ears, or zeppoles?

It's carnival season in these parts, quite appropriate as I started reading Water for Elephants over the weekend.   So far, it is an excellent read.  It drew me in right from the start.

Looking forward to the carnival this week. Before leaving, we usually let the kids pick one treat- ice cream, cotton candy, funnel cake, etc. They almost always pick cotton candy, but  I never pass up a funnel cake.  This year what I'm really craving are zeppoles.  I wish I could find them around here.  I love the fact that we live in the land of fire house carnivals and county fairs, but it is a bit different from my New York childhood of church bazaars and street fairs. 

In other news, we just got back from a weekend in the Catskill mountains.  Lots of campfires and family time. I even had a chance to go out picking!  Can't wait to show you what I've found, but for now I'm just checking in to wish you a safe and happy 4th of July!

So tell me, what's your fried dough of choice?  Funnel cake, elephant ears, or zeppoles?  

Monday, June 20, 2011

Chalk Paint Giveaway over at Molly's!

Be sure to head over to Molly's blog for an awesome chalk paint giveaway with Wonderfaux Studio!   Today is the last day!
Even if you're not the giveaway enterin' kind of gal,  be sure to check out her beautiful work!   I was able to catch a peek at some of her latest work coming in to Chartreuse & Co.  yesterday.
Gorgeous pieces!  So head on over and check her out!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Outdoor Spaces

Have you discovered Pinterest yet?  If not, you can thank me later ;)   Be prepared to spend time, I mean like the equivalent of when you first discovered facebook kinda time...... 

Every summer I vow to myself I am going to spend more time outside, enjoying our yard.  Nine times out of ten, the dishes in the sink, the laundry, or one or all of my children, are calling my name.  Gone are the days when I can truly relax.   Maybe, just maybe, this summer will be different. 

Happy Weekend!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Lucketts Finds

As promised- here are my finds from Lucketts.  It's probably a good thing I had limited space in the truck coming home because I would have ended up spending a whole heck of a lot more!

These were for my husband- he's been after some old seltzer bottles for a while now.   A set of six, with the crate, for an awesome deal.

I didn't have to walk far for this sweet piece by Cassie of Primitive and Proper.
It's part of an old vanity. The drawers would be perfect for holding papers; they're about 8 1/2 x 11 inches, probably slightly larger. I was on the fence trying to decide if I would keep it for myself or give it to the girls for their trinkets.  Well, as you can probably guess, it's now in the girls' room.  They played tea party with it for a while, and now it sits on their dresser....so pretty!

Check out this spool of wired "pearls" from Findings at Summerhouse.
 I can't wait to create with these:

Remember this post?   Well, look what came home with me....
filled with ice, perfect for serving cold drinks at a backyard party:

I've been out picking this past week, so I'll be sharing some more finds with you soon!

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Here are some shots from the Wild Rose tents at the Lucketts Antique Market:
(you should be able to click on each photo to enlarge it)
This was the left side of our tent.
Those chairs (a set of four) almost didn't make it to Lucketts.  I hated to part with such solid Ethan Allen chairs. I finished them while we were revamping our dining room, but I needed a third side chair, so I decided to go with a set of shield backs.   I'm glad I did because the woman who purchased these had driven all the way from Ohio and was thrilled to find these chairs. It made me feel a whole lot better about selling them!  

This hand painted French Market hutch by Wendy and Lindsey got ALOT of attention!
This was the right side of our tent, and to the right of this tent was Cassie of Primitive and Proper and Emily of Misadventures of a Furniture Fairy.  They are so sweet!  I'm not sure why I didn't take any photos with them! I'm sure it had something to do with my allergies kicking in late Saturday, and by Sunday I was a sneezing, sniffling mess! 

This reproduction Swedish clock deserves a whole 'nother post in itself.   It turned into a labor of love for my husband and me. Another piece I wasn't sure I wanted to part with, but I was glad to see it go to an adorable couple furnishing their first home.

We were diagonally across from the Chartreuse & Co. tent, which worked out well since a number of us from Wild Rose had items for sale there as well.

It was so much fun getting to hang out with all of the Wild Rose girls; it's not very often we are all in the same place at the same time!
I finally got to meet Jami of Freckled Laundry, but as I said, by Sunday I was a sniffling, sneezing mess, so I'm sure she wasn't too impressed!   Sarah, The Thriftress, stopped by our tent too! And of course we got to catch up with Marian, a.k.a. Miss Mustard Seed.

I'll try to post pictures of my Lucketts finds soon!  I'm hoping to get over to the shop tonight for wine & cheese Thursday....

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Catching Up

I know....it's been a while. Again. I have good intentions, really, I do. Hopefully now that the whirlwind of the month of May is over, I will be able to blog more regularly. I feel really bad about not monitoring comments, because I recently logged on and saw I had comments from my last post I hadn't approved yet!  One of which was from one of my best friends from college. I had NO IDEA she was reading my blog. We haven't seen each other in waaay too long, but ours is the kind of friendship where we can pick up right where we left off.  Well, maybe not exactly. Like I probably would pay the pizza delivery guy with bills this time, rather than with handfuls of pennies. Her pennies, not mine.  I just did the dirty work. Yes, we're talkin' that kind of friend. One of the few people I'd be willing to do that for.

Sooo....back in business. Sort of.  I have lots of pictures to share, but I am having a hard time with my photo editing software lately.  Working on a solution.   
In case you were wondering, I accomplished everything on that list in my last post, and then some.

My daughter's First Communion was lovely. Had family visit from out of town, finished painting the family room and kitchen, and even gave the dining room a total makeover, minus paint.  Compromised with my hubby on the gallery wall in the family room, and we are both happy with the results. Cleaned out the tupperware cabinet, and it is actually staying organized. Cleaned out the scary closet, but it is already back to scary. It's just that kind of closet.

On the business side of things, Wild Rose & Co. had  a tent at Lucketts, so we were incredibly busy preparing for that. The weekend of Lucketts coincided with a big change for Wild Rose at Chartreuse.  Our space has not only moved downstairs in the barn, but it's doubled in size!  We were extremely busy with preparations for the weekend, but it was definitely worth it! 
I can't wait to share pictures from Lucketts, along with my finds. Stay tuned. 

Lynette has started  a new blog to keep you up to date with store happenings. Be sure to check it out:  http://wildroseandco.blogspot.com/

Thursday, March 31, 2011

list and a link

Trying to accomplish a few things in a few days....
  • pick a new paint color for the family room and kitchen....open floor plans stink when it comes time to paint.  The family room desperately needs a paint job, but unfortunately, the family room and the kitchen are only separated by a knee wall, which means this project is snowballing. The ceilings in both rooms also need to be painted, which means I will end up painting the ceiling in the main hallway leading out of the kitchen as well......
  • choose portraits and frames for a gallery wall over the sofa.....this idea needs to pass the committee's inspection (aka my husband). Hopefully this won't take too much convincing because I am tired of looking at the two nails sticking out of the wall.  Did I tell you I left the Christmas wreath hanging way longer than I should have, just so I had something on the wall?
  • clean out the scary closet in the kitchen, as well as the scary tupperware cabinet....
  • paint the sideboard and china cabinet sitting in the garage....
  • find the perfect First Communion dress for daughter #1,which both girls will most likely end up wearing. 
  • help hubby finish up a major project which just needs some finishing touches, but those little details will make or break this piece.....can't wait to share....and, no, it's not a farm table.
  • take out the Easter decorations.
So........these are ambitious tasks for an indecisive gal like myself.......chances are, this list will not be completed by Sunday, but a girl can dream.....

Oh, and here's that link- in case you haven't seen this-  a great way to envision paint colors you may be considering for your home: http://www.favoritepaintcolors.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Handcrafted Farm Tables

Here's a look at some of our handcrafted tables:
These chairs were finished by Wendy and Lindsey of Beans and Buttons, another vendor at Wild Rose & Co.  
They looked great with the blue washed table below:

This tapered leg table recently sold to a local family. The table top has a gorgeous grain pattern.

The table below is currently at Chartreuse & Company.  It has incredible 5 inch turned legs:

In the coming weeks we plan on revamping our dining room. We'll be building a pine table similar to the table below.

The table below is one of my favorites. It sold within 30 minutes of putting it out on the floor.  I think it was 7 or 8 feet long, and it had a great worn finish.   The family who purchased it had planned to use it for an Oktoberfest.   Another customer was considering using it as a desk along with some industrial elements for organization- wheeled crates for storage below, metal bins on top, etc.

A weathered table like this is perfect with some long benches for backyard gatherings.
Hmm......with the warm weather coming, we may just have to get to work on one of these tables for our own yard....

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

new year, new look

I'm back for 2011!  Notice the new banner, and a link in the sidebar for store hours and info.  As I'm sure you've noticed from my last few posts, my little "mommy blog" will continue to take on a whole new direction this year.  While I'm sure tidbits from my family life will be infused somehow, this  business endeavor of mine will most likely steer the course of the blog.  I know it's been a while, but stay tuned for more frequent postings!