Sunday, June 26, 2011


Hi ya all well I am just so excited about having my little comment & name in the August 2011 issue of Victorian Homes.

I had wrote the editor of Victorian Homes and commented on Richard's My Old Historic Home's article that was published in the June 2011 Issue. I am sure if you read his blog you seen the tour of his house through the magazine.

Also my friend Christine In Oregon look where all she has been publshed.

well anyway back to what I was going to say I wrote Hillary Black,
 the editor and told her how much I was in awe of his fabulous gorgeous house and wanted more. So on page 6 in the August 2011 issue  another article about his house and his excellent epergnes collection.

Also my little paragraph of what I said , I had never seen my name in any magazine and I have through out the years of have subscriptions to several magazines never been "published" I just think it's so funny because I read and sure you do also several  fabulous blogs where ladies show & list where they have been published.

I often write in and give sweet comments . I have wrote prominent people before like President Obama's  Grandmother, when  was very ill, I just said hoped she recovered from her illness I sent her a get well card  and I received a very sweet card and note back from his sister in Hawaii and I have wrote other's like  David Bloom's wife , He was an NBC anchor who went to dessert storm and died of blood clots while there. His wife wrote me a letter I still have these (of Course).

OK i have tooted my horn enough  so will get on with what I bought at an estate sale yesterday I just had to go, LOL
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     I have always admired painted furniture and always thought the Hitchcock chairs are beautiful. I found this chair at the estate sale yesterday and very very reasonable priced so here it is in my room with my black chest in my entry way.

This little white chair is same style and I bought a round table and 4 chairs at a yard sale where the people was using the set for the back porch and I was wanting white in my kitchen so , still using it until I find another set I think I just have to have or until this shabby chic phase is over?

I have mixed pieces of furniture in my house , when first married I thought wanted all cherry furniture so had it through out my entire house and have eliminated several pieces and have different style in each room guess you could say. Years ago(back in the day) people had all cherry or Oak or pine through out there house. Thank God it's a new day and we can mix and match LOL
              I also stopped at a yard sale Friday morning and found this beautiful lady she is in a very large like poster on heavy paper and I thought I have an old frame I could put her in but she may go to the flea market July 2nd ? I didn't buy her to sell just stopped to think I am trying to quit putting so much in my studio etc                                     

I found this card holder at a resale shop for 50 cents

       I decided to rearrange the top of one of my cabinets in the kitchen

          still love my button flowers and my spools

  after I covered up my flat screen TV so it would look so modern LOL

I tried this first


However I ended up with these things on my old white shabby chic dish cabinet

there is one more picture I wanted to share , in the mirror you Can see my red tranferware dishes in my plate rack, click on the picture to make it larger

          Here is the list of Parities I am joining in this week

Under The Table & Dreaming Sunday                               
 Keeping It Simple Motivate  me Monday                                                       
French Cupboard                                                                     
 Coastal Charm Nifty Thrify Tuesday
 A stroll Through Life
It's a Very Cherry World & Rednesday
 Faded Charm & White Wednesday
WoW us WEdnesday @ Savvy Southern Style
 Somewhat Simple
House of Hepworths
Tales from Bloggeritaville
The Coloradolady Vintage Thursday
Cedar Hill Ranch has a fabulous give a way
 No Mininmalist party
   Moments has a give a way
Frugal Friday at The shabby Nest
My Romantic Home
Finding Fabulous at Frugalicious Friday !
Ms Mustard Seed furniture feature

Thursday, June 23, 2011

New Duck & cleaning Silver

I haven't been in our resale shop here for some time maybe 2 months anyway soon as I stepped in I spotted this duck casserole. My Mom had the same duck my youngest sister has it in her kitchen for the time being she is remodeling and discarding all her old kitchen items. I told her  I would be up to get a few things I don't want her selling  it for a dollar in  her yard sale. LOl Like I need more stuff.

Anyway the duck is living here for a while and possibly my Mom's Duck

Sunday after I finished  painting the bakers rack and moving it inside I had intentions of cleaning a few silver pieces.

also the baker's rack is in my bedroom and I think I will put all my white ironstone dishes on it also the brown & white transferware

Today while reading a blog and I really forgot which one , one I hadn't read before anyway she was cleaning her silver trays with baking soda and aluminum foil. I thought I am trying that this afternoon after work.

So stopped at the local grocery got my baking soda and here I go.

       this is before pictures , oh wait the duck first

before cleaned

this oval covered is silver plate

This is just my cracker container cleaned sitting with the dirty silver to compare. I bought this at an high end estates sale I say that because some estate sales are really yard sales.

     This little child's dish   is sterling as the  three bowls they are marked sterling with other marks on them  and was a lot easier to clean than the plated silver guess you could say didn't take as long to soak the tarnish off.

It has a name on it and I didn't even know that till I was cleaning it love the bay cherub face on the handle                                                           

    Mary Leighton Taylor    June 19 ,22 I love monogrammed items


  they all look so much better I don't care if the new thing is tarnished silver I like mine cleaned                                             

These are the sterling silver bowls very light weight . I have several sterling silver  baby cups  & spoons also to clean

It all looks so much better this took a little over one hour and I have about 8 more trays to clean, well another day after work I will get to it I need to mow my yard this evening

                     this is what the cleaning process looked like.
you use very hot water and about 1 cup of this baking soda and put aluminum foil in the container you use and just soak your item about 5 minutes then take it out and start wiping with paper towels. The lady I read about this used old towels . I had one of those aluminum foil pans and it worked great

Here is the new shop I  have mentioned before,  it is  repurposed great things .

Maple Hill Vintage Market

106 E Broadway, Ashland, MO


Hours: Thursday & Friday 9AM to 6PM, Saturday 9AM to 3PM.

You can now follow us on facebook..Maple Hill Vintage Market.

 Linky parties I like to join In

Between Naps on the Porch (tablescapes                                                               
House of Hepworths  projects                                                              
 Beyond the Picket Fence                                                                    
 Brambleberry Cottage for purple passion
 Tales from Bloggeritaville
   No Minimalist blog party
 Pearl & Lace , just missed a give a  way
  French Country Cottage blog party
My Romantic Home show & tell Friday
Frugal Friday at The shabby Nest
Finding Fabulous
Finger prints on the Fridge                                                                                                                    


Sunday, June 19, 2011

sheep and china under lampshade

It was a good weekend. I had a family reunion with my sisters & families and 2 different sweet cousins came with their husbands. One cousin was my little rich cousin from St Louis and I was a little poor country girl LOl (I thought) Now I know I wasn't I had all my family back then.
Anyway when my rich cousin came my Aunt always brought hand me downs and I loved them. One year Aunt Lou gave me my cousin Easter hat and I had it on in our Christmas pictures LOL I took that picture to show my cousin and her husband
I made a peach and blackberry cobbler like Grandma always made for company
This is first family reunion I had been to since I was about 12 years old

Today after a nap I thought i should put another coat of primer on this bakers rack I am painting to put in the kitchen however after putting it in the kitchen well anyway that is to many things in the kitchen so I am putting it in the bedroom with the wall rack I just painted the bedroom with the round iron bed.
I bought this at an auction a couple summers ago



       in the kitchen

Another thing I did this afternoon is I took a plate rack off the wall in my TV room , guess my living room really anyway thought I would hang my big sheep painting in there

            plate rack

sheep painting 44x 31 it is larger than it looks in this picture

I see lovely blogs all day long where ladies post pictures of their beautiful new lovely large homes well some day until then here is a look around my living room a few things not setting where I would like them but  what the heck

That clock sitting at the end of my sofa has to go someplace , hopefully in someone else 's house. FOR SALE
 China under a lamp shade. I set the shade there looking at it thinking about what I could do with it besides make a chandelier out o fit

    The I was looking at my old books which I love to try and read like the french dictionary and the old Missouri book

one more old book then that's all but this old book I can't read anything except the date click on the picture and it makes it larger to read better                     
I have some silver I need to get cleaning

  Links I am joining in this week

check out this elegant office/ studio Between Naps on the Porch
Boogieboard Cottage    found treasures
  A Stroll Through Life at this ladies Kitchen
Joining Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrify Tuesdays
It's a very Cherry World today & REDNESDAY
White Wednesday at Faded Charm
Savvy Southern Style WoW us Wednesday



Saturday, June 11, 2011

June Weddings & Old Lace

June has always been the wedding month and my Mom got married in June and other family members  have wedding anniversaries this month.( I was a young June bride)

Also I have always loved white and lace and it sure is in style now we all love the old vintage lace. I still  want a lace top and have to get me one made before summer is over I am going to use one of my old tablecloths and have said that before but really I am getting it made next week!

this is a project I got done this week and forgot to take a before picture. It was a very ugly pine box

I also painted a rack I bought last summer from a shop going out of business and she used it for wrapping paper and I thought I am using it for my white linens. First of all it was a bright red color so painted it white this week and didn't get a before picture I was just thinking get it done wasn't thinking get pictures for my blog

I painted both with a primer first then a good white paint and didn't sand the corners I like them just white.
This is the wall space in the bedroom with my round iron bed that I am hanging my rack in

  I never measure with a ruler or tape I just eye ball where I want it and hang it


Click on picture to see better , there is my Raggedy Ann my Mom bought me when I was grown because I said I had always wanted one when I was little

I added a lace tablecloth to the ends

Back to my little desk thing
                      This is a little picture  I decorated once             

I have had these little cardboard tea pots for some time now I think I got them at yard sales

I love this lace on an old pillowcase I have a set

I found an etsy shop on Heather Bullard's  blog anyway loved these little initial ribbons so ordered some for my cards I like to make. I believe it was on the Flea Market magazine blog

This script  material  i bought in Atlanta at Country Living Fair last October
                 It may be a little messy looking but I love it                                        
This is a heavy cotton tablecloth quite large also really this linen  is ercu or an ivory color once I put them  in my white bedroom and on the white rack

CLick on any piture to make them larger to see better                                        

Parties I am joining in with this week
         This being Saturday It's Funky Junk Interiors
Be Different Act Normal has Saturday show & tell
 Metamorphosis Monday  @ Between Naps on the Porch
Boogieboard Cottage for Masteriece Monday
Coastal Charm has Nifty Thrify Tuesday
House of Grace has twice owned
Toot Your Own Horn  @ A silly Little Sparrow

White Wednesday @ Faded Charm
WOW us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style  
REdnesday @ It's A Very Cherry World 
The Shabby Chic Cottage has transformation Thursdays  
Commond Ground has potting benches
My Romantic Home has Friday show & tell