Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas from My House to Yours

A few images around my house this season to wish you a very Merry Christmas.

Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Vintage Shopping, Past and Future

What a fabulous event Homegrown Hootin-Annie's Fall Festival was! As guests arrived, they were transported up a long drive by truck or by horse and carriage, and then dropped off to walk up the remaining drive where they were greeted with charming and whimsical vignettes created by participating vendors.

My creation...a faux dress form scarecrow I named Miss Autumn

Unfortunately most of my indoor pictures of the actual boutiques and wonderful wares didn't turn out very good, but I've shown a few (blurry) photos of my own space.

You can see much more by visiting the Farmstead blog here.

Along the lines of fantastic, fun events, I have one more event coming up to tell you about. Then, I'll be taking a break from shows until spring, and HAPPILY will be doing much more blogging than I have in the past few weeks. But first, without further delay, I must announce...

See a window display preview by visiting the Northland Vintage Market blog here.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Only One Day Till Fall Farmstead Fun

Things are cooking at the Farmstead...

It's almost here! Everything is coming together at this beautiful setting. Soon all these stalls plus a ginormous barn, carriage house and 2 out buildings will be brimming with vendors' unique creations, vintage wares and savvy shoppers.

Besides the shopping, there will be all the food and drink you would expect at a fall gathering ~ prize-winning chili, apple cider, smores ~ oh yum! Hope you can make it!

Friday sneak preview 5-8 PM, Saturday 10AM - 4PM
11905 Mellon's Bridge Road, Platte City, MO
For more sneak peeking at the Farmstead and to get directions to the farm visit darling Kelly here.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Homegrown Hootin-annie's Fall Festival

I have an exciting announcement to make, but FIRST, I'd love to share some pictures with you of the fabulous Visions of Paris event held 2 weeks ago at Zona Rosa in Kansas City. The first three are vignettes from my own space.

Some of Jill's woooonnnnnderful handmade soap creations.

A small sampling of the many other multi-talented vendors' spaces.

All of these photos are courtesy of Jill at Bittersweet & the Little Soap Co.You can visit Jilly here.

I'll have news soon of another event coming in November at Zona Rosa. But the real news of the moment, and what is consuming all of my time, energy and thoughts, is a not-to-be-missed, fun and festive fall event that I am so, so excited about.

Can't wait to tell you more about it soon. Must get back to work creating now. But first, big hugs to all my bloggie friends, who I have neglected to visit :( but are in my thoughts and I will eventually make it by to say hi.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Crowns Baby

My most recent rusty wire creation ~ a crown cloche, with a porcelain baby-head finial.

The baby wears vintage rhinestones around her neck. Kinda quirky, I know. I'll be adding this piece to my shop soon.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Peek in the Window at Visions of Paris

Neeeew, neeeew, neeew, not just yet! Window shopping is all that's allowed for now at the store front where several talented vendors will soon be gathering to hock their Frenchy wares.

Northland Vintage Market's Chapter Two event, Visions of Paris, will be held at the beautiful Zona Rosa in Kansas City September 10, 11 and 12. (Window display photos courtesy of Northland Vintage Market and The Pink Chandelier ~ Merci!) I'll share photos of a few of my own displays in a future post. If you live in the Kansas City area, I hope you'll make plans to attend this fabulous event.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Handbag Harvest

This adorable vintage purse came with one broken handle and one handle missing. Sad huh? Not really, because . . . with a little help from some pearls and crystal beads, it will soon get a makeover that will make it as good as new ~ maybe even better. I'm busy preparing for Visions of Paris, and will have photos of that to show you soon, but as soon as I can set aside a few spare minutes, I can't wait to give the veggie handbag its new handle and add it to my store. I'll share the "after" shots with you then. Hope you're enjoying a bountiful summer harvest.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Blooms & Views, #5 ~ Hello Baby Boos

Hello, you adorable Baby Boo pumpkins, how sweet of you to make your arrival. Signaling the nearness of autumn, this is the way my little white pumpkins looked a couple of weeks ago.

And this is how they look now.

They're in various stages, but at least 25 of them are ready to pluck off the vine and be pleasingly arranged into a white on white on silver autumn display. And it's only August! I think last year they weren't ready till the end of August, but they stayed gracefully in service as long as they were needed, through Thanksgiving.
I ©Baby Boos.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Best Catch

Here are just a few of my "best catch finds" on the trip home from our recent fly-fishing excursion. All the items in this pic will be for sale at the next Northland Vintage Market in September (if I can stand to part with them all).

I am on the hunt! In keeping with the "Visions of Paris" theme for the upcoming NVM event, the rest of my month will be spent scavenging around for all things vintage French and French-inspired. Stay tuned...more to come about NVM in a future post. And I'll have news about an October event (oooo, love the fall!) at a different venue that will be a total blast. Can you believe fall is just around the corner?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Spread The Love

Sweet Tamerie at A Little of This That and The Other gave me this award. I almost decided that I couldn't decide who (not) to give it to and therefore wouldn't pass it on. But, I couldn't not "spread the love" could I? So here goes. A few friends who I suspect prefer not to participate in the award stuff were not included in my list, and please know that if you prefer not to, it won't hurt my feelings at all. I pass this award on to:

Suzy's Vintage Attic
A Thrify Mrs.
The Beautiful Life Blog
The Summer Kitchen Journal
Bonjour Madame

No rules were given with this award, so send it on however you like.©

Friday, July 31, 2009

Blogging Etiquette: Am I Doing Something Wrong?

RING PHONE RING! Ever feel like that?

Feeling a little down about my lack of comments (i.e. friends) so I decided to cheer myself up by compiling a
List of Possible Reasons:

1) I have a big sign over my blog that I can't see that says, "Stay Away From Her!"

2)To have a friend you must be one. But I've left hundreds and hundreds of comments...

3)It's summer and everyone's too busy. Yeah, yeah, I know. So how do I explain the abundance of comments everywhere I go.

4)I came in too late in the game. Okay, but doesn't anyone have room in their heart for a newbie?

5)I have a comment-neediness that is so obvious that it repels would-be commenters.

6)My lack of consistency with posting ~ working on that one...

7)My text is too small (grasping here).

8)I was put on this earth to be a comment fairy, going around sprinkling comments about.

9)My posts are just self-absorbed and boring.

10)My posts are just too amazing, leaving the reader speechless.

Don't get me wrong, I am not aiming for some large number of comments or a sense of popularity. Just some human connection, that's all. A group of friends that stop by to say hi on a regular basis would make me smile. And I do have a couple of those that truly warm my heart with their visits. Posting a rant about not getting comments is probably not the way to endear you to me and invite comments, but at least you've allowed me to vent. Whew! I feel better. Bottom line, I love to read your blogs and I love to express myself in writing, so I'll keep blogging no matter how many comments I get.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Promise not to laugh...

Oh go ahead and laugh ~ I did! Back from my first fly-fishing experience and it was everything I hoped for and more. Here I am in my chest waders.

Not only were they not pink, they resembled an oversized paper bag made of heavy, scum-green rubber. They were neither comfortable, nor cute, but despite my fashion-starved surroundings where the only bling to be found were the beaded nymphs dangling from our fishing line, I can actually say I had a good time. Standing in the stream for hours each day had sounded like a bit of a chore to me before going. But the air was so fresh and the spring so cool and peaceful that the hours passed without even noticing.

By the second day I had perfected my cast and I even caught a fish!

One of G's catches.

And the 6-hour road trip home was dotted with several
small-town antique shop stops where I found my best catch (I'll save that for another post). I can't say that I'm totally "hooked", but I will definitely go again the next time my husband invites me along.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 fishing?

Yes, I'm going to learn to fly fish! We're getting ready to go on vacation-mini #3 for 2009. Trip #1 and #2 were both Ann-oriented, so I've agreed to try something my husband loves as our #3 destination. I'll be donning the lovely and fashionable hip waders (please, could I have pink?), learning to cast, and finding out what it is that makes my husband go berzerk for this past time. Time spent in the cool springs of Montauk State Park will be refreshing and, who knows, maybe I'll get lucky and actually have fun catching fish?! I'll post pictures in a few days when we return.
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