Monday, August 31, 2009


Good Monday morning gals! Oh yes, I have a day off - HOORAY!!! What a busy weekend this has been though. Yesterday I had a wedding shower for my step-son's bride, Val, and then on to Abbey's birthday party. It was all fun though.
The contractors have started on our new "home" and that's also exciting, but I have SOOO much to do before we are ready to move. We started taking pictures of each step, so someday I'll share with you.
I have enjoyed all of the texture pictures that you have all put on the blog, so I decided to get the camera out this morning and get on the bandwagon. There's lots, hope you don't get bored, but I knew today would be my only day this week to do this. Get ready for lots of pictures! LOVE old shoes and socks!
Old rusty bucket and sampler.

Big old sampler.
Chocolate molds.
A-B-C candles and rusty holder.
Says it all.
Needle punch.
"Peace" to all.
...and your's too.
Black dolls and old pictures!
Old shutter with wire basket attached.
Our home in the late 1800's.
Old crows everywhere.
Kitchen scales.
Old lampshade.
Chippy old trunk.
Drying rack.
More pinkeeps.
Hose nozzles.
Love the old car clock.
BIG piece of homespun.
And, or course, wooden bowls.
Hall's silouette dishes.
Scrabble letters.
Chippy old split door.
Sweet paper mache lamb.
Mirror from old ceiling tile (made by Chad).
My mom's old doll buggy.
Stack of suitcases.
Longjohns and old socks - one of my favorites.
More old socks.
Old game cards on a chalkboard.
Medicine cabinet door.
Towel rack. Soap saver.
Sweet Annie wreath.
Bathroom faucet.
Well ladies, that's it for my textures. You're all right, you could take 100's of pictures around your home. There are so many things I skipped, but...
Time to move on to painting and baking dolls, picking up some furniture for the shop, and HOPEFULLY going to look at more cars. (By the way, I think I've decided on a PT Cruiser - at least the back seats fold down.) Hope you have a restful Monday and get lots of fun things accomplished.
Until next time...

Saturday, August 29, 2009


OOOOOH, it sure does feel like fall in Michigan! It has been rainy and really chilly for a couple of days - only hitting the 60's today! It actually makes it fun to put out all of the new fall goodies when it's not in the 80's! Oh yes, more wonderful wares are hitting the door almost every day. I am SOOO lucky to have such talented artists - just wait until you see what we have planned for Christmas!!! This old, black witch stocking is amazing! It has bumpy, grubby paint and the mice have really gotten to it! $39.95
The old witch didn't mind when the mouse made a nest on her toe.

But she wasn't too crazy about it when the other one brought his candy corn out the top. (Isn't our Terry amazing?)She brought in these cinnamon buns that look good enough to eat! $6.95/ea

I LOVE these wax pumpkins. They would be so cute with a battery or real candle behind them. We have one brown and one grubby orange. $14.95/ea

Oh no!! The bats have gotten into the shop! $9.95/ea
Another truly wonderful creation by Terry! These old witch's shoes are amazing. Love the striped socks sticking out the tops. And, again, the mice have really gotten to them! $39.95
Oh so special! Our Sally (the cardmaker) has really outdone herself this time! She is such a talented artist. She handpainted this woman from a photo and put the lovely verse with it. More to come soon! $39.95
Everyone loves a few Halloween "pokes"! These witches and pumpkins are adorable. $9.95/ea
I only have two of these fabulous "hurricanes" left. They are made by an artist in Indiana. The "hurricane" is scented wax and a votive burns inside. When the votive gets warm, it gives off the scent of the hurricane. I have the willow and a bunny right now. $24.95/ea
This little pantry bag is so sweet with the little doll coming out the top. $14.95

Only two turkey candy containers left. Remove the turkey and fill the pumpkin with candy. They are paper mache and cute as can be. $19.95/ea
I am so lucky to have Terry, Debbie, Sally, Kari, and Carol bringing in their talented creations! Most of our handmade wares are one-of-a-kind, which makes them even more special. Can you even imagine life without creativity? Wouldn't it be so boring??!! I will be sharing more great creations after this weekend - they just keep rolling in!
For you local gals, don't forget that tonight Holly is having a classic rock concert in Battle Alley (right next to our shop). Bring your lawn chairs - it's free!
Our adventure to our new "apartment" is about to begin tomorrow. The studs are being put in and the work will be underway. The contractors said it will be about a month and we will be ready to paint and carpet - and prim it all up! I hope by October we will be settled in by the wood stove and watching the wildlife on the canal. It's hard to imagine not being in our old, historic home, but we are trying to make this a fun journey too. I am SOOO lucky to have such a wonderful husband, not many men would leave their homes behind to do what Dick is doing. He is just the best!
I bought lottery tickets yesterday (over $300,000,000), but I heard someone else won! Darn! I rarely ever buy a ticket, but I was so hoping... The first thing I would have done is brought Dad home and hired a full-time nurse. Sorry Dad, I was really trying!
Well, time to head to town. I want to hit our new Farmer's Market this morning before I open the shop. What a treat! Along with our new coffee shop and candy shop that will open soon, we are also getting a Michigan made shop and Autumn (the new owner) has started the Farmer's Market in her parking lot. Way to go!
Hope to see some of you soon!
Until next time...