Monday, February 8, 2010

Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Give Aways, Awards and My Surprise News

First of all My Surprise News, which while may not seem like a lot to some of you, is actually a pretty wonderful and exciting "Big Deal" for little ol' me. Since last February when I had to pretty much "cease and desist" from the scene of antique store spaces and flea market booths due to health reasons, I have felt a void in my life. Yes, I needed to cut back drastically and slow way down, but I still missed the junkin' life. I have had a small "closet" booth at Spring Creek Tea Room and Antiques, and it was good for me to have, but because of the size (5x7) I was really limited in my display fun and amount of merchandise that I could bring in.

Spring Creek Tea Room
Ozark, Missouri
(photo taken last fall)

This place is always packed, Tuesday thru Saturday.
With the best lunch in the area.

And as you sit here savoring
your wonderful chicken salad
and drooling into your Milky Way Cake,
you will be able to see my
 new booth space.


This is my "little closet"...


That I have right now.

And this is where I will be headed as of March 15.
Twice the size, and in a wonderful location.

Now keep in mind
 this is not my "stuff",
but the space itself.
It is directly across from the tea room
and highly visible. Yeah!!

I have tried doing a close up of these chippy doors
which I will get to keep,
but my computer will not cooperate.
So these are the "befores" of the space.

Keep a good thought for me as I get to redecorate
this spot and bring in lots of fun things...
all things vintage, shabby, cottage, farmhouse, girlie,
garden, and just a touch of "ooh la la"!

And now for the Give Aways!

"World's Sweetest Blogger"
is having a celebration giveaway
for her 3rd. Blogiversary.

And the super talented Rebecca from
is having a give away
of the most gorgeous necklace,
to celebrate her 200th follower.

And thank you sweet Debbie from Talking Trash
and the vivacious Robelyn of Red Neck Chic
for awarding me with the 
Not a Stepford Blog Award. 
Love You!

Thanks for hanging in there with me
for this multi-faceted news program!

Hope you're off to a great Monday!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Silver Sunday, Vintage Jewelry

I have to admit that last week when I said
 I was running out of silver to share,
 I had forgotten about my jewelry pieces
 that I have put together in the past.

I started playing with making jewelry a few years ago,
but when I left my space last year
 I didn't have a place to sell it,
so it sort of landed in my own stash,
and I have been enjoying the fruit of my past labor.

OK, as my bloggy bud Anne calls it,
the hoarder's disease...

Guilty as charged.

It's hard to locate the right vintage pieces that
are "cost effective" as my CPA husband calls it.
So lack of resources and lack of an outlet to sell,
have caused me to just play and let that be that.

But I wanted to share with you a few pieces
 of gorgeous vintage rhinestone pins and shoe clips
that I found last weekend.

I have thought about a "blog shop" and may
try to list a few things here a little later.
Etsy feels intimidating at this moment...

and I have some exciting news
to share this next week...

so stay tuned.

Can I say I'm totally pumped and excited?

Yes, I'm totally pumped and excited!

I found this vintage looking mercury glass votive cup
 at  Inspirational Home this last Christmas.

I love this old painted silver mirror,
all chippy and wonderful,
and for some fun displays
a couple of items from my silver stash. 

Come back next week and I'll share some plans
about a new space at Spring Creek.

Thank you Beth at Gypsy Fish Journal.
I'm looking forward to the monthly party
that will be coming up!

Have a wonderful Silver Sunday!


Friday, February 5, 2010

Vintage Black Friday No. 1

Vintage Black Friday

is here again
and I almost missed it!

Jill, from Gypsy Brocante's
wonderful Friday Party from last Fall
is returning to the French Cupboard,
the first Friday of each month.

I found this wonderful turn of the century graphic
a few years ago at a local flea market.
It's original glass was broken,
so I paid a small fraction of what it was worth.

I had the glass replaced, and saved the original piece
then recycled it into smaller sizes.
I couldn't throw it away.
It was all wavy and bubbly.

This usually hangs in our stairway,
but the lighting is poor,
so I had to bring it to the Dining Room.
Sorry the glare is so distracting.


I love the black frame and background,
and those sweet "lily of the valley".

I love the sweet sentiment.
It is a prayer to me.
God Bless Our Homes

I'm so excited that Black Friday is returning!
 Click the link to the French Cupboard
 to see the rest of the party-goers.

Have a wonderful Vintage Black Friday!


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Helping Hands

Look at this adorable little hand,
I love the dimples.
and the loving heart...
that goes with these
tiny hands.

Many of you know Libbie from her blog,
And if you know Libbie,
you know her cutie pie daughter,

She has the most precious heart.
She loves people and Jesus,
and when she heard about the earthquake in Haiti,
she wanted to go and help,
or at the very least
send all their money.

Libbie, being a wonderful and wise mommy,
wanted to use this opportunity to help,
and at the same time allow her daughter
an expression of brotherly love and giving.

So Annie made beaded bracelets,
to sell to raise funds for the people of Haiti.



and more...



She has sold them door to door...

At church, and through many other people and businesses.
All so she could help the people of Haiti.

Here are my two bracelets that I purchased,

made just for me,

with love,

from Annie.

In a time when there are so many
bad things going on in the world,
I wanted to share what is "good",

a child whose heart
and hands
work together.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

White Wednesday and an Introduction

With only one more White Wednesday
before Valentine's Day,

I wanted to share with you what I put together
 for my daughters for their little Valentine's gift.

I like to take everyday objects and dress
 them up with a little inspiration.
Ribbon and shredded book pages with a few candies
decorated two sweet vintage cow creamers
from my herd in the kitchen.

After Valentine's Day when the kisses are gone,
they can change out the ribbon for Easter.

And speaking of "Inspiration",
 I want to share some good news,
especially for you in the area.

I will be hosting a "Shop Blog"
for my good friend,
Debra Moore of

(click to visit her new site)

There will be updates and current photos
 of all the wonderful merchandise
that is "in store", and posts of beautiful new things
that will soon be coming in from Debra's trip to market.

If you are interested in merchandise
or have questions, just give her a call.
 Or better yet, come by the store in

 Springfield, Missouri,
for yourself, and bring a friend!

You will love the Garden Room...

And her wonderful displays.

You'll Be Inspired!

Even if you don't live in the area,
 you will enjoy seeing the shop,
and all the great things that are there.

Drop by the shop site,
and take a peek.

and while you're there,
give Debra a big bloggy hug,
by joining as a follower,
so you won't miss what's coming.

Thank you Kathleen, for another

Have an Inspiring Week!


Groundhog Love

Just wanted to wish you a little
"Groundhog" Love today!

And here's to thoughts of an early spring!


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