Posts Tagged ‘Antiques’

Whenever I’m on the road,  away from home,
I try to find time to go to local Historic Downtowns…
I love going in and out of little shops,
(although I mostly do window shopping).



My favorite has to be the little antique stores…
I especially enjoy when I get to go with my daughter
because we both love history and we ooh & ahh
over the old stuff, wondering who it belonged to
and what their story was.

One of the things I’ve enjoyed getting are Cookbooks…




I never pay more than $3 for one…




I found these for .10 each at a Library Book Sale.





I’ve been looking for this one for a long time!
Couldn’t believe it was only $2.50.



I took the book jacket off and I like the hardback cover so much more!




I was so excited when I found this one…
I’d been looking for a Rachael Ray cookbook for ages.





These magazine-style ones are usually between .25-$1.00.
I got this one because it had lots of cheesecake recipes…

(My husband loves cheesecake, and I love him, so…)



Next time you’re driving through a small town,
check out the historic downtown…
you might find something that you can take home 🙂

Happy Hunting!

Have a blessed weekend!



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Recently,  my husband got me a gift…

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I was very surprised, since it was HIS birthday, not mine.

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It was beautiful… a dozen red roses, each one a masterpiece.

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I smelled them, gazed at them, took many, many photos of them.

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I don’t particularly like the color red.  I own very few items (maybe 2 or 3) that are red.
How can I not like these??
Together they make a truly amazing display.

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I didn’t have any place to put them except for this glass jar I bought at an antique store…

I’m learning to look at the details…
They can be beautiful, too.

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My husband is always thinking of me, how to make me laugh, bring me joy…
Every time I looked over at the roses, I couldn’t help smiling.
Even now…

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I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but one of the things I’ve been
re-learning this year is that, “Actions speak louder than words.”

Let your loved ones know you care.
In our house, we say the words, “I love you” many times a day to each other…
But somehow when we do something totally unexpected,
it speaks so loudly,
and unforgettably.


Have fun thinking up ways to surprise your loved ones!

(Let me know how it goes :))



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During our time away,  (I posted about it  here) one of the places we were able to visit was an old farm, way up in the mountains. . .




This is the marker at the top of the hill:




A closer look, so you can read it:



This is the farm house.  We weren’t able to go inside because the park rangers weren’t there, but we were able to walk around and see everything.  We did peek inside the windows. . . everything looked just as if time had stood still back in the 1880’s.



Here’s a view from the porch.  I just love porch swings.  Makes me think of family & friends, children’s laughter, ice-cold lemonade. . .




There were several gardens with many, many butterflies. . .





They were everywhere!




Here are some beautiful ones . . .







I love barns.  Maybe I’ll live in a Barn House someday – they’re becoming more popular now.





The flowers were beautiful. . .



Wild flowers as well…




As we approached the Chicken House, we heard them inside. . . We also heard a rooster several times.
I love the sounds of a farm!  Can you tell I live in the city??




The root cellar (I could almost see the veggies stored there, as this was used over so many years!)




There were many tiny birds.  So beautiful.




A few were perched on the clothes line.  That’s right.  There was a clothes line.  That’s another thing I miss while living in the city.  I never thought I’d say that!  When I was a kid, my Mom would tell me to hang the clothes up on the line.  Inevitably, it would rain before I had a chance to run and take them inside!  I used to wish for a dryer.   Now that I have one, I miss both my Mom and the assigned chore of hanging the laundry on the clothes line.




While we were there,  someone was working on the garden, planting & weeding.  This bench was among the fragrant flowers…




These are the stairs to go back up to the parking area.  I didn’t want to leave.  I wanted to stay and visit the country folks and have a nice tall glass of lemonade with them.  What was it like for the folks who lived on this farm?  How did they get up & down the steep mountain paths with no car or truck?  How did they survive with no TV, internet, or cell phone?  It was a simpler time.  But it wasn’t an easy time.  These people knew back-breaking work, and plenty of heart aches.  They probably never would have imagined that well over one hundred years later, there’d be “tourists” visiting their farm, admiring their work & perseverance.




It was an unforgettable experience.  I can still feel the cool mountain breeze.

These are the kind of places that stay with me for a long, long time.  By that, I guess I mean that when I remember them, when i see the photos, I can’t help but smile and want to visit again.


Thanks for visiting with me.  🙂

Love to you all,


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Vintage Pattern

I have so much fun going into antique stores…




I was able to find this large magazine ad, along with several others (I’ll be posting them soon), for sewing patterns.  For those of you who love vintage or old sewing patterns, I thought this would be fun to see.

Happy hunting,


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I really enjoy going to thrift stores.  I find all kinds of cool stuff at great prices.  One of my favorite things to look for at thrift stores is furniture pieces that just need a little TLC to bring them back to their former glory.

This piece was ok but was just blah.  I saw so much potential and just loved the shape.  I thought it would be fun to paint it and use it at my son’s Rehearsal dinner.  I forgot to take a picture before I started painting, but here it is just after I sanded it and began the first coat of paint.  Not very nice yet…


I also bought a desk at a thrift store and painted it the same day as the other piece:


I gave each piece three coats of paint. I added pink antique glass drawer pulls to both.  The glass sliding doors on the china cabinet are original.   The desk was only $3.98 at the thrift store! I really like how they turned out and now I’m trying to decide which room of the house I should put it in.

What do you think?




They both looked great at the wedding rehearsal dinner; they added a lot and were fun to decorate!

Can’t wait to visit the thrift store again! 🙂



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