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Friday, March 27, 2020

Palms & Artichokes


Good morning my dear friends.
With Social Distancing the new word for 2020,
at least I have all you wonderful
ladies and gents to talk to.

I am trying to stay positive.
There will be no Easter with family this year.


Today I wanted to show you what 
I did with my palm artichokes.

If you remember from my March CuboardScape,
I purchased these for our new store.
I brought some home for my Spring decor.  


This is what I did with the others that were
not featured in my CupboardScape.
I added my faux artichokes purchased
from Hobby Lobby.


So love the simplicity of the two colors together.


In other news, since working from home now,
at least I did not have to drive in this the other morning.
Looked pretty though.


Finally hopefully these adorable kitties will
put a smile on your face.
Shadow covering his eyes while sleeping.


Ace sprawled out on the couch behind me
where I sit daily for work now.
Normally when I would come home 
from work he would be sleeping in our bed.  
Now he sleeps here during the day.

Well off to turn my work computer on.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Stay safe my friends!

A BIG thank you for all those who are working
the front line to help us all out.
Without their service where would we be?

Palm & Artichoke Blessings To All!
Janice
  




Monday, March 23, 2020

A Feature Wall


Good morning all!
Hope everyone is staying safe.
More of the big box stores have closed now.
Kohls, Best Buy, Joanne and Michaels
to name a few.
So glad I have a stash of fabric and wool. 


Working on both strawberries and a 
new lil witch for Halloween.


Sunday I spent the morning
re-arranging our living room
for Spring and Summer.


With that I wanted to Spring up
my dry sink. 


Tied a sweet light green and white
gingham bow around my horse. 


Added my Spring floral garland
on top of my picture.


Changed up my bench a bit too.
Am thinking though I need to add something
to the left of my sampler.
Not sure yet.

Bob has been working on Summer themed
wood projects at the new store.
A few folks have been coming in to purchase food.
Some even thanked him for staying open.
We will keep the antique store closed
until the end of the month for now.
Am hoping we can re-open again,
but not sure yet.

How did you spend your weekend?
Are you changing up for Spring?

Feature Wall Blessings To All!
Janice



Friday, March 20, 2020

Getting My Wool On


When I was planning out one of
our Mother's Day window displays,
I wanted to create a black and red themed one.

Now with the virus creating havoc,
we are not even sure 
if we will be open or not.   


Part of my red and black theme
was to create this candle mat.


I created this mostly from wool.
The pink check fabric is flannel though.
The red is a muted one in color.
The black wool has flecks of red in it,
while the other wool is a grey/ white houndstooth.


It fits perfectly with the candles 
we currently sell, creating a flower.
Perfect for Spring! 
In fact a new shipment of candles 
came in yesterday,
and I have to label them Saturday morning
when I go to the store.


What a wonderful addition
to one's home no matter what
style you have.

Last evening Bob and I took his father
to the grocery store.
I am not one to hoard food,
and like to plan my meals weekly.
Because I heard the store was getting sparse,
I just started grabbing what I could. 
Bob was doing the same.
The only meat that was there were
a few steaks and a roast.
I also grabbed shrimp, imitation crab,
turkey sausage and bacon....not what
I normally eat....but these are weird times.
I grabbed lots of  fresh veggies to freeze.
No eggs or condiments to be found.
No canned veggies and only frozen
brussel sprouts, which I bought.
I will be getting more creative 
in our meal planning.

Hopefully you are able to find what you need
at your own store.
My son told me he went to 4 different stores
near him and all were mostly empty as well.
Thankfully my daughter is set with food
 for her and the kids.

My mom reminded me that this is what
it was like during the Depression and war.
I never thought I would see this myself.
I can no longer say that.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Stay safe my friends.

Getting My Wool On Blessings ToAll!
Janice

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

March CupboardScape


Going for the green.


With more green appearing outside,
I thought, why not bring some inside.
Although everything pictured here is faux,
its its still springlike. 


I so love these fern plants with the exposed roots.
We sell these in our new store.
Paired with the glass vase,  
which we also sell....
they look really nice together.


I purchased the topiaries from an estate sale
many many years ago.


Mixed in with my butter molds.


Plus a bit of green on top,
completes my green CupboardScape.
Perfect for St Patty's Day.

Erin Go Bragh!

With all of the restaurants and bars now closed
here in Michigan, there won't be any
Irish celebrating here.
No movies, theatres, gyms.
Even the zoo and casinos are closed now.
We may be forced to close our stores.
It was dead in town yesterday.

Hope everyone stays safe.

Green Blessings To All!
Janice 

Saturday, March 14, 2020

A Giant Spring


In my Step.
Spring is definitely around the corner.

So are you worried about COVID-19?
We have a case in our county now.
Our county is pretty rural. 
We were told this gentlemen travelled
Domestically and caught it.

Schools throughout Michigan
 are now closed until April.
Any venues with 250 or more folks
must be cancelled.
Churches have cancelled services.
A friends sisters wedding was cancelled.
I feel so bad for her.   
My only question regarding all of this,
is why was this not as big of a deal
during the H1N1, or the SARS virus?
What are the statistics of those who die 
from the flu each year.... because it does happen.

My daughter is afraid of losing her job,
as her company does displays for venues
like Coachella, Lollapalooza, all of the
auto shows throughout the country.
They have lost 28 accounts now.
When is this going to end? 

I trust God knows the plan,
I have always believed things happen 
for a reason...even though I may not 
know the reason at the time.


OK, enough of my rant.
Let's take some time to enjoy 
my first Spring display,


This chicken crock has some damage, 
but I love it anyway. 


A Spring wreath.


More crockery and white flowers.


Hoping that soon blooms will appear outside.


For now will enjoy the inside view.



Well Bob and I are off to work.
He will work our Back Porch store...
I am working our Blue Water Gift Shop.
We intend on washing our hands 
after each transaction.
Our workers were told to do the same 
when they work.

Hope everyone stays safe.
Have a Pre-Spring wonderful weekend!

A Giant Spring In My Step Blessings To All!
Janice

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Pantry


Happy hump day all!
Spent last night after work at the store.
Still working on taxes....
not my favorite thing to do.


I have one more spot in our new store to show you.
This is what we are calling our pantry area.
Jams, pickled everything, salsa, soups,
Bone Suckin' BBQ sauce and pretzels. 


Our honey and tea spot.
I still have to buy bags to sell the other varieties,
as I screwed up and ordered it by the pound.
Right now we have cool mint,,,
andit smells awfully good for tea.


I so love the blue and white together.


Ground coffee for sale. 


A little bit of kitchen items,
with coffee mugs.
Teacher ones, 
TGIF: This Gramma is Fabulous,
Papa: The Man The myth The  legend.
Mom and Grandpa mugs too. 

We are still doing good in sales...
don't want to jinx myself though.

I made a bunch of crocheted dishcloths.
Sold a bunch, so made more.

I am going to work Saturday again.
I actually look forward to it!

Getting use to the time change now.
How about you?

Pantry Blessings To All!
Janice

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Winter Carrots


Boy this time change is kicking my butt.
It is 10:00 already and I feel like
I have not done anything yet....
just took my FIL to the grocery store.
Worked on taxes for hours after
the stores closed last night.
Bob neglected to keep up the inventory.
Now we have to do the whole year
for both stores 
NOW
UGH 


I decided to make a pillow
at the last minute for the gift shop.
I always remember gramma H planting
winter carrots...which made me create this one.


I hand sewed two carrot pieces together,
turned right side out.
Added green wool for the tops,
then sewed to the green fabric.


Oh yeah, I added the wool strip
behind each carrot too.


Stuffed with rags for the old fashion look.

Today I desperately need to do laundry.
Desperately clean my house.
Desperately take a nap this afternoon.


What are your plans for today?

Winter Carrot Blessings To All!
Janice

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Apothecaries



Is it Thursday already!?
Yep it is.
Where has the week gone?
Well for me it has been going to work each day,
then spending a few more hours at our new store.
Things are going well, so am very grateful.


Today I would like to share a bit
of history on apothecaries.

Apothecary was a term for a medical professional
who dispensed medicine. Apothecaries were
the earliest form of a pharmacy.
 These early pharmacists investigated
into the healing properties of herbs and medicine
to dispense to physicians and surgeons
of the time. You might say they were our
early chemists.


In addition to dispensing herbs and medicine,
apothecaries provided vital information
to both physicians and surgeons as well as
patients who frequented them.

Apothecary as a profession dates back to early
Babylon days of 2600 BC and has recorded
over 700 different drugs available at that time.
Those are amazing numbers for a time when
medicine was not as advanced as it is today. 


Apothecaries used pottery, glass and wood
to hold their herbs and medicines.
Aromatherapy was also considered 
a treatment back in the day.
Chamomile, fennel, mint, with hazel,
along with catnip were used. Also used were
animal fats, urine, saliva, earwax to name
a few...which is now considered unsanitary
and basically non-effective.

My apothecaries are glass and wood.
The first picture is one which has a glass stopper.
The second picture is my wood one.
The third one has a tin lid.

If you also noticed my lil sheep...
it references that here in Michigan,
March came in like a lamb.
Hopefully it will go out that way too!

Apothecary Blessings To All!
Janice

Monday, March 2, 2020

We Are Open



For Business!


HELLO


Welcome Folks!


Have some brownies or cookies.
Tea or Lemonade or an Arnold Palmer.

It was a huge success.

We only had one incident.
I watched a man look around and
put a pack of gum in his pocket.
He also bought over
$25.00 in more candy and pickles.
When he did not take the gum out of his pocket,
I politely said to him.
Sir would you like to pay for the gum in your pocket?
He took his arms and looked for pockets
in his shirt (which there were none)
Said I dont have any pockets in my shirt.
I then said your pants.
He then grabbed his one pocket....
turned it inside out and coins flew on the floor.
Guess he thought the distraction would help.
Once he picked up his money 
I again said the other pocket.
He finally pulled out the gum and paid for it.

Guess some folks think they are
entitled to steal 
even when they pay for something else.

After he paid, I asked him if he wanted
to add his name and number into 
our drawing.
He was so nervous he walked out so fast,
that I said to Bob he did not want us
 to know who he was.
Doubt if we see him in again.

Well have to go to work.
It is raining right now.
I am not feeling so good.
Had the chills last night and could not get warm.
Hope I am not catching something.

Have a wonderful Monday my friends!

We Are Open Blessings To All!
Janice