Friday, March 27, 2009

Family Night, Sissy's Birthday & Taco's

We all got together to celebrate my sister, Gay and brother-in-law, Randy's birthday. I took these little treats for dessert instead of cake. Sugar Free white chocolate pudding with fresh fruit. They looked adorable and were tasty, all but the one that landed on the floor. Too slick on the tray, I'll know better next time.

Enough with the healthy stuff. We were having tacos, salsa and chips. Nothing fancy. That's the best sometimes! We just put all of the trimmings on a table and told everyone to help themselves. When I told them that I needed a pretty picture for my blog, it became a competition.

My sister Lori had picked up these taco stands that hold 4 tacos, so Gary thought he had hit the jackpot.
Randy's open faced soft shell taco.

This was Eddies.


One lonely dessert left!
My dad always works on a jigsaw puzzle. He had some help that night and completed it!
Puzzles drive me crazy. I can't concentrate long enough to work on them!
A really fun time, but we always have a good time together. I've been sick ever since! Caught a terrible cold. Boo hoo!!! But I'm getting better.
Until next time

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Windy & Stormy March Day---Go Fly A Kite!!!!!

On this dreary windy day when strong storms are expected I'm kind of sitting tight. I'm afraid of storms. I don't mean a little bit, I mean I AM AFRAID! I get my storm kit ready, set it by the basement door and watch, wait and listen! I happened to look up at the top of my corner cupboard and I saw my little boy bear friend sitting there holding a kite. Sweeet!

I picked him up in Nashville, Indiana--he's a special homemade little guy. I love him Better go for now. Today is my sister's birthday, so I gotta get busy.
Until next time,

Monday, March 23, 2009

Welcome Spring!

It's springtime. Yippee. It's great tohave weather warm enough to work outside in. We are gathering up some great stuff to take to the Midwest Antique Show in Cedar Rapids Iowa in a couple of weeks. Here is a picture of the most adorable little vanity. It is child's size, white, possibly a homemade piece made in the 1930's. The mirror was cracked so we had it replaced. I love the creamy color. What looks like a streak in the picture is just a reflection from the mirror. It priced at only $149.00 The German Duck Candy Container is something that I don't think I'm ready to part with yet. I kind of have a big collection of them!
I'll post more things as we get them ready. We'll take this to the shop for now. No need in it sitting here at home.
Until next time,


Well, we're getting ready to go to the Midwest Antiques Show in Iowa in a couple of weeks, so I'll be posting some pictures of great pieces we are gathering up to take with us.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Gary's On a House Call--I'm Stuck Doing Taxes

Well, as usual, I've known since April 15th of last year that taxes would be due again this April 15th but I have put it off until now. Down to the wire---I get it ready and drop it off at the accountant's office, but I really get stressed out and grouchy. Add to that--we got a call--a house call and Gary went and I didn't. As you can see from the pictures, dozens of treasures that I need to go through and clean up. I haven't looked inside the boxes yet. They are on the front porch, right in the middle of our subdivision. I bet the neighbors just love it! Oh well...I might take a break from the taxes and root through it today! I'll let you know what I find.

So much to do, so little time! What should I do????Taxes--I still have a couple of weeks? or look through the boxes! Hmmmm...........

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Toppa Da Mornin To Ya!

"Patrick" my little bear is dying to show you the inside of the old Stix, Baer & Fuller hat box. He thinks the box is his, he loves green and St. Patrick's Day, but first let me tell you how I came upon this hat box. My nephew used to work summers with me so he knows the kind of stuff I like. An aunt of a friend of his was getting ready to move and was having a big yard sale. He had been to the house to help with some stuff, and in the basement there was all kinds of holiday items all sorted and arranged on shelves. DJ told the lady that his Aunt Pam would like this stuff and she said well, bring her over. Talk about JACKPOT! I got some of the most incredible Christmas, Halloween, Easter and all of this St. Patrick's Day. The St. Patricks Day was all in this green hat box!

An overview of the items, all in mint condition.

My bear Patrick with a "Hat" candy container.

You can see the mint condition of the container.

An Irish chenille couple--again in mint condition. Crepe paper skirt, wood pipe etc. They are about 8 inches tall. I've never seen these before for this holiday.

A close up of the couple.

Vintage plates, shamrocks and hats.

Another shot without a flash!

A dixie cup on a styrofoam shamrock--cute for nuts or candy.

Small felt hat party favors or nut cups.

Irish Flag toothpicks for appetizers or cupcakes.

Unused plates and coasters.

Tally Cards! Sweet...

Shamrocks with paper fringe and wire stems.

Did I tell you that it was a terrific find or what! If only we could find things like this on a regular basis. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. I gotta get to the store--still don't have my corned beef! Late as usual! Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day.
Until next time!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Fiddler's Inn Antique Show--Rain-Rain-Go Away!

We just returned from Nashville---what a fun but wet time! There was rain, sleet and snow, but more importantly---there were customers in the mood to buy! I didn't get rich from the show, I still can't retire, but it was worth it and we look forward to the next one. Several repeat customers that we had just seen at the Music Valley Show. Here is a look at the weather on opening morning!

This is my Gary--known that morning as the Weather God--checking out the situation!
This is a shot of the outside parking space where all of the furniture and larger items were. The white flecks in the picture are snowflakes! We only had one day of uncovered merchandise. It's hard to sell when it's covered up, so we sold our smalls from inside the hotel room! It was cozy in there.

Finally, uncovered and dry outside!

Another outside shot.

Now for the inside. This was all set up on 2 6 foot tables. A lot of stuff!

The little boxes on the wooden stacker were old herb boxes from a pharmacy. They all went home with one collector. Many of them still had the herbs inside.

I love red and white and this part of the display looked pretty. Several Old Judge Coffee Jars with one having the original label.

More smalls--cookie cutters, rag balls and framed post cards.

An overall shot of the room.

Great pictures--pages from an old book. Also some candles.

A family of rag dolls.

All in all, we had a wonderful time. Scott Jenkins and his crew went out of there way to be helpfull to everyone. Including the goodie bag! Tricia and Ellen from The Red Door Antiques in Eddyville Kentucky stopped by. Chatted with Scarlett Scales, and had dinner and too much fun with our friends Doug and Ty Wyant from Cassapolis Michigan. They were set up at Heart of Country. Ty had started a blog " Wyant Antiques" so be sure to check it out. They specialize in Sports, Folk Art, Americana and anything of interest! Our friends Tina and Dennis came down from home and stayed a couple of nights, so of course more dinner and fun!
Be sure to check my blog tomorrow. I have a really cute St. Patrick's Day collectible to show.
Until next time,

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Always a Surprise in the Box

No wonder it takes me so long to get my smalls ready for a show. We're getting ready to head back to Nashville this coming week for The Fiddler's Inn Antique Show. I have dozens of big boxes full of small boxes and there are always treasures inside of the little boxes. I have gathered some wonderful advertising tins, spice boxes, and store display pieces. When I ran across this Gelatin Capsule box--probably from the 40's or 50's I liked the green color. It will look good in a spring display. But inside was the treat!

Many years ago, someone decided to store old beads inside of the box. What made these special enough to be stored in a box? Hmmm..... On the top there was a roughly made necklace of small wooden beads. Very colorful and on the biggest, thickest string you can imagine. Maybe a project for a kid?

On the bottom of the box there was this heavy,clunky--chain bracelet with 2
coin holders. Maybe for lunch money!

A string of seeds crudely strung!

And then my favorite. A long strand of bright glass beads. It is
very heavy and could be remade into something wonderful.

A better shot of the wooden beads.

All of this crammed into one little box. Now you see why it takes me so long!
I'd better get back to work! We get the truck Monday morning and as usual,
I'm not ready! Hope you can come to the show---March 12th-14th at the
Fiddler's Inn, 2410 Music Valley Drive in Nashville. We'll be in Room 156.

Until next time,