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Friday, January 17, 2020

Changing Up Thats All


Well my friends,
we might be in for a doozy of
a snowstorm this weekend.
I took today off and will do
 my grocery shopping this morning.
Then Bob and I are off to shop for our new store.
Bob is building cabinets...
and needs more wood.
I need more fabric...
and well we need some time together.



This is how my bench looked like
during the holiday season.
 My granddaughter
Mikayla asked me 
"Gramma did you buy a new blanket?"
She calls my coverlet a blanket.


"Nope Mikayla, gramma just turned it over
now for Winter."


Changing up thats all!

Have an awesome day friends!

Thursday Blessings To All!
Janice


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Peep Peep


A
BIG
PEEP PEEP
hello to all of my friends!

Well Saturday we had 2 inches of rain
with snow overnight.
It was pouring when I went out
to the grocery store,
but then I stayed in the rest of the weekend. 


A few weeks back
I decided to make these peeps bunnies.
Now I was so excited to take these pictures,
I did so before I stitched their bottoms closed.
It is like someone took a bite out of them already.


I sewed 8 of them in fun vibrant colors.
They are pillow size at 12 inches high.
Each just a bit different...
but that makes handmade more special.
Not made in China,
Great for Easter!


I know these are not prim,
however will be sold in our new store.

Once the paperwork 
comes back from the state of Michigan,
I can reveal what our store
 will be and the name.
For now I still have to keep it a secret.

Peep Peep Blessings To All!
Janice



Saturday, January 11, 2020

Adding In Some Green


Even though it is still green outside.


This weekend the temps ar in the 
high 40's to low 50's. 


Not normal January weather for us
folks here in Michigan.


In fact we are under a flood warning all weekend.


Those folks on the North end of
Lake St Clair already were flooded
 a few weeks ago.
Home were lost along with one of our
favorite restaurants.


This weekend we may get up to
3 inches of rain. UGH


If this had been snow,
we would have been getting
up to 3 feet of snow.
Guess the rain is the better evil of the two. 


At least once I get back home
from taking my FIL grocery shopping
this morning, I will be dry.


I will continue to work on Spring items
for our new store.


Today I showed you a part of our
spare bedroom in Winter mode.
This is the view looking into the bedroom
from our hall.


Corner view.


Wider angle with the closet door.
All of the interior doors in our home
were salvaged from a 100 year old
farmhouse that was to be torn down.
We gave them a new life.

An update on my aunt.
Her doctor opted for radiation now,
instead of surgery.
They will start on Monday.
Thank you all for your prayers.
It is much appreciated. 

Will your weekend be dry or wet?

Adding In Green Blessings To All!
Janice


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Getting My Winter On


Saturday in between working on bunnies,
I decided to get my Winter on.
Even though there was no snow
on the ground until Sunday evening,
I decided to start taking some
of my Christmas down.  


I don't like the long dark evenings,
so keeping up the trees and lights,
keeps me in a better mood.
I just take the ornaments off for another month.
Maybe add new ones fitting for Winter.


I also like to create Winter displays.


Create I did!


20+ years of collecting,
with so many wonderful antiques,
affords me the opportunity
to mix and match to change with the seasons.

This display greets folks as they come
through our front door.


Do you keep any lights up 
during this time of the year,
or do you take everything down?


On another note,
my aunt Louise who is also my godmother.
She knitted these wonderful mittens
I showed off in my last post.
She is undergoing surgery Monday
for 2 masses in her brain.
I just found out yesterday,
so if you could,
please say a wee prayer for her.
Much appreciated and thank you.

Getting My Winter On Blessings To All!
Janice



Saturday, January 4, 2020

January CupboardScape

My first CupboardScape of the year.
W O O H O O

I was going through my Christmas cards that
I received and saw one in there 
with a one horse sleigh as the picture.



This gave me the idea of my latest display,
which included mittens.


My sleigh bells.


Pops of red like these faux poinsettias.


One of my antique feather trees
with antique silver garland.


A horse.


With my sleigh (antique child's sled) 


My version of a one horse open sleigh.



So loved creating this display.


A big thank you 
to my cousins Judy & Kurt
for providing me the inspiration 
in creating my January CupboardScape
with their beautiful Christmas card.

Now if you look closely at these pics,
you will notice I had originally added a candycane
to the mittens...but realized I had more bells,
so I changed it up.

Today after I take my FIL grocery shopping,
more bunnies will be multiplying.
Working on Peeps bunny pillows now.

What will this first weekend of January
find you doing!

Sleigh Bell Blessings To All!
Janice


Thursday, January 2, 2020

A New Year


A New Decade.
Happy 2020 to you all!

New Year's Eve Bob made it to 9.
I made it to 11.
I tried to see the New Year in.
I failed.


Today my vacation is over.
Have to go back to work.



I have been in bunny mode these past two weeks.
Instead of counting sheep when I go to bed,
I count how many bunnies I have made. LOL
They are multiplying.
(25 now completed)
Plus one Easter Egg.

This new year will bring a new adventure
for Bob and I.


Last year we opened a second store
called The Urban Garage.
Unfortunately it did not turn out as well
as we planned.
We made the difficult decision to close
December 31st.


On another note,
we will open a new store in March.
This one will be in the same place 
as our Urban Garage was.


You know the old adage
"If at first you don't succeed,
try, try again.
Well try again we will.



We will be moving our candy, pickles,
jams, popcorn and candles from
our Back Porch store and expand
into the new one.
Bob will be making handmade wood items
while I will make more of my handmades.
Thus the reason why I have been on
this bunny kick.

This new store will be jam packed
with all kinds of goodies we have planned.

This is all I can share 
with you right now friends.

We are very excited and have been
laying out the design for this new store
for the last month.
We have also been purchasing 
unique things that will also be for sale.

When the time is right, I will share more.
Hopefully this new year and decade
will be a good one for a second store.

Our Back Porch Antique store is still going strong.
A big thank you to all of our customers
who come far and wide to shop.
Without you, our dream of having
a small business would fade away.
Just remember small business owners
put their heart and souls into their work.
Bob has done that for the last 12 years
at Back Porch.
We hope we can continue the success
with our new adventure.

Wishing you all a big success in whatever
you choose to do this new decade.

Well back to work I go.
Tim Horton's here I come. LOL

What will this new year find you doing?

A New Decade Blessings To All!
Janice










Monday, December 30, 2019

My First Winter


DISPLAY

Hello sweet friends!
Yesterday it rained most of the day,
so in between working on more bunnies,
grabbing Bob some lunch,
I decided to create a simple Winter display.


I took one of my Child's chairs
which is Winter white in color.


Added one of my many wreaths.


Then placed my log cabin in front.


With my mom staying with us for
almost a week,
she reminded me that when she was little
she actually lived in a log cabin
for a few years until their farmhouse
was built on the property.

She said their first Christmas tree 
in the log cabin had all homemade
paper ornaments on it,
and gramma B's polish ornaments
which were handed down to her.
It was all they could afford.

I imagine that simple tree and even
though their tree was not ornate,
the love that was poured into
those ornaments was so special.

Simplicity at its best.

The new year is almost here.
What will your New Year's Eve plans be? 

Bob and I will spend a quiet evening
at home this New Years Eve.
A few appetizers which I will make,
whilst Bob whips up some frozen Margaritas.
We will try to stay up until the new year...
but one never knows if we make it or not. LOL

I want to wish all of my friends a
HAPPY and BLESSED NEW YEAR!

Be back in the New Year.

A Winter Display Blessings To All!
Janice