Saturday, July 16, 2011

I Just Can't Believe It.

Maybe I should call these the frustrating days of summer. We planted a new tree out front because a truck hit and killed one of our two trees. So I wanted to put some plantings under each of them. Guacamole Hostas and Heucheras (coral bell) with purple on one side of the leaves and green on the other. The plants are compliment to one another.

The Heucheras are little limp but they will perk up. I was very satisfied with how it all looked until I woke up this morning. I guess deer prefer Guacamole Hostas over traditional hostas because until last night I never had an issue. 

 The good news is she got full after 4.5 hostas, I planted 6.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Hot Summer Lazy Heat

There is only so much listing I want to do on etsy and ebay when sales and views are slow. I think these are what is referred to as the hot lazy days of summer! So instead of being discouraged and lamenting over the lack of sales I spend time in the garden. It does help that the weather this year has been very co-operative with just the right amount of sun and rain. Since taking theses pictures lavender has been moved from one side of the house to the other.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My Love for Armoires

I love antiques and even more so an antique armoire! When I found this armoire I was so excited but my the majority of my family doesn't share my love for antiques so I have decided to enjoy it for a short while and pass it on. More pictures of this beauty can be found here:

Here are some uses for these beautiful pieces of furniture.

Below is a nice example of an armoire made into a bar. 
Courtesy of ladolfina blog

This next piece of furniture has been repurposed into a pantry by Martha Stewart.

I love this next one! Make a kitchen pantry!

And lastly, don't forget the baby's room!

If you have your own armoire that you have repurposed I would love to see your pictures and post them!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I love my job!

This is the time of year that I really start to enjoy my job. The townwide yard sales start. One of my favorite towns is a historic town called Hackettswtown in NJ. Over 150 years old with beautiful well kept old homes. 

One of the homes on this rainy sale day had a sign that said "sale under porch." My problem was I got sidetracked by the overpowering flower smell. I didn't even notice the nice lady sitting in her stone porch screened-in alcove. I just had to find that smell! There were so many flowers to try smelling. Flowers I didn't recognize, lilacs, rhodos and then the owner popped out to check me out! I was too busy looking for right flower to be embarrassed. The owner sweetly pointed out the Lily of the Valley which at the height of 4" I easily missed.  She explained that the flower had come from her grandmother and that her husband had spent years creating their heritage garden. It looked like Eden. 

The linens I bought from her were just a nice bonus. I also bought that day a suitcase and crate but what I really wanted was a Lily of the Valley plant.

Monday, February 21, 2011

I LOVE Typewriters

I really love typewriters! If you follow my etsy store I am sure you have noticed that. I love them in any shape or color. To get them in color isn't easy. I still remember when I let a pink typewriter  slip through my fingers because I didn't want to lay out the money. 2 years later I am still kicking myself!  All these different typewriters type differently and behave differently. They even sound different.

Many of my customers buy them for their photo shoots. I would REALLY love to post their photos to my blog. Sure would beat my photos!

Above is a 1928  Duotone Remington No.3 currently in my shop:

Below is 1960 Royal Pink Typewriter. I really want one in good condition! 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Olivetti Typewriters and Instructions for the Lock

The Olivetti shown is the Lettera 32 in blue. The lock is on the right. You simply move it up or down as needed. I have also had the 22. I think the lock was on the left. It seems Olivetta puts the tiny little lock in places that are hard to find but your typewriter DOES work you just need to find you lock. When you find the lock and unlock it your carriage will move.

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser Instructions

As seen in Country Living magazine 9/10. Remove glass insert from lid and drill a half 1/2" hole to fit pump insert. Inserts can be found at for $3.75.  I have loads of jars and lids in many styles so come shopping or send me an email.