Friday, July 30, 2021

Removing Chairs

Hope everyone is doing well. 

When planning out my kitchen,
I knew that I was going to lose two chairs,
and add my bench.
The brick is the back of our fireplace.

Our table is really a settee bench.
These were used near fireplaces
for the hearth was the heart of the home
in early times.
To change into a bench we take out the pegs,
turn the top on its side and re-position the pegs.
The chairs I removed were not from the 1800's.
Now the remaining chairs and bench are.

I also changed out our oriental rug,
for this new rag rug.
True color is in the last pic.
Gramma B always had rag rugs everywhere 
in her farmhouse.
It was a yearly job...
one which I enjoyed...
to rip old clothes into strips and then 
make piles of different colors.
Once gramma had enough color piles,
she would gather them up,
and we would take them to a lady she knew who 
created any size rag rug you wanted.
Gramma would mend and sew for her,
in exchange she would make rag rugs for gramma.

Next I purchased this French grain sack.
Both grammas had grain sacks on their farms,
but I wanted a French blue to be incorporated
into my blue and white kitchen.

I have another one that is red and blue stripe
that I put out for my patriotic displays. 
I also have a gold stripe one for Autumn.
They make great runners!

Next I placed my wood riser back on the table.
Oh yeah, another quilt on the back of the bench.

Gramma H used cloches in her garden.
It protected her seedlings.
Oh how I wish I had even one of her cloches.
These are reproductions I purchased at Hobby Lobby.

The large one holds a faux pot of French lavender.
Again a nod to my paternal French heritage.

The small one has an antique iron bunny.

The medium one has a pitcher of faux rosemary.
My Great Gramma H's first name was Rosemary,
so a nod to her.
She actually was born in France.

Well this is my first table display 
since kitchen reno.

The grands actually liked sitting at the bench
when they came over for dinner before
we all went to the fireworks.
It has a large pillow on the seat.
Will need to show in another post.

9 days and I start the Halloween Displays
for our store.
Am feverishly trying to finish all of 
the many projects that still need to be completed.

On the other hand,
every one of my suppliers is now charging
an additional 5 -10% freight fee.
I was sent emails from them all,
because of the rising gas prices...
which is due to the
 keystone pipeline being shut down.
The cost of fuel has gone up significantly.
Even our small town went from
$2.50 a gallon to $3.29 now.
I feel for those pipeline 
workers who lost their jobs
 through no fault of their own.

Bob and I work hard each day
at our small businesses.
I am fortunate to work from home right now,
but most days after I am done with
that job, I spend a few more hours at our gift shop.

I just hope we will still be in business a year from now.
because I will have to pass the fees on to my customers, 
else we wont make any money.
This all sucks! 

I also feel bad for those on fixed incomes.
Even food costs have gone up.
I changed my mind on retiring now,
and will keep on working.

We have lost our Canadian customers due
to the pandemic because they cannot cross
our river to shop,
 yet illegal immigrants 
can cross into our country every day.
What gives?

Wear a mask, dont wear a mask,
wear a double mask.
What gives?

I am so tired of all of this....

Well enough of my rant.

O hope everyone has a great weekend.
Please support your small mom and pop stores.
They are the heart of all small towns.

Heart Of The Home Blessings To All!

Monday, July 26, 2021

Summer At The Gift Shop

 Can it be Monday already?

Thank you everyone for the sweet comments.

Just no time right now to respond back.

That time of year with so many things going on.

Do appreciate them though!

Right after Easter, I started getting our
back room ready for Summer.

We are 11 miles from Lake St Clair
and 31 miles from Lake Huron,
plus we are a hop skip and jump from the St Clair River,
which connects these two lakes.

Being a river town,
lots of folks stop in looking for nautical themed items.

Even at our antique store,
so it only makes sense 
to have a river and lake theme
for our gift shop.

I search far and wide to find unusual items.

It pays off because our room is emptying out.

Which is also good because our storage room
is not that big.

Plus with me starting Halloween
in 13 days.....

well it is less I have to pack away too.

Still finishing up the last of my Halloween
crafts...oh how I wish I still had more time.
Oh well, it will have to do.

I have regulars coming in now
 asking when Halloween will be out.

They are excited as I am.

Some even asked if they can preview before
I open up the back room.

Every time I set op the back room
for the next season, 
I put up a heavy quilt in the doorway.

This makes sure no one can see in
whilst I am getting it ready.

Well have to go to work now.
Hope you enjoyed the pics,
even though not prim...I so enjoy
decorating for the seasons.

Summer Blessings To All!

Thursday, July 22, 2021

The Rest Of The Story

 Did I get your attention. :-)

Today is the remaining pics of my kitchen.
My plate rack.
The remaining are in the cabinet.
Both grammas had indoor plants,
so this lil faux one is in a granite berry bucket.

This is the space underneath the now spice rack.
The wood box holds my dish rags.
The opening will fit a toaster though.
In front is my salt and pepper holder,

Decided I wanted my prim spoon rack
on the side of my cabinet.

A wider shot.
So sorry Robin...still cannot see those blue 
pantry boxes on top.

The stove area.

The stove stayed where it was originally.
The only thing new here was the tile
and a new stove vent.

I love how my new stove light gives
off the shadows of my display.

This is my new spice cabinet.

I had to show the inside
because that dang pipe is still there.
Bottom shelf holds the garbage bags and 
dishwasher pods.
The rest are spices.

My wooden spoons are still here to the right
of the stove on the counter.

The sink.
Don't look at my ugly window.
We get new ones soon.

This enamel piece holds my sponges.
The candy mold is of course bunnies.

Both grammas had castor oil stashed
 in their kitchens, so I decided to add 
a bottle to mine now.
I like these round graters
because if you add a candle they give
off a cool pattern.
This display is on a marble cheese board.

Place some blue flowers in a blue Ball jar in back.

A bit dark, but its been raining a lot.

Another shot.

Tried to get a better pic of those pantry boxes.

Different angle.

Finally looking in from the living room.

Now if Bob hangs the item

above our table I will show you that.

PS thanks to all who commented on my last post.

Not enough time to answer them, but so

appreciate them!.

Rest Of The Story Blessings To All!


Sunday, July 18, 2021

A Bit More Patriotic

 July here in Michigan had been more like April.

More rain than sun.

Hopefully everyone else has more sun than rain,

Come take a stroll with me to see
some more of my Patriotic decor.
This is an up close of my chalk ware Uncle Sam.
Paired with this Americana bank.

Handmade flag bunting I made a few years back.

This flag is not old, but love that it says 76.

Winnie gifted me this lil pot holder,
which is underneath my candle.
Thank you again Winnie.

Wrapped patriotic ribbon around my dress hoop.

Tucked in my linsey woolsey blanket
in with my blue tick pillows.

Another gift from Winnie was this basket.
A perfect fit for my stars.

More ribbon around my violin.
Just a simple touch don't you think.
I purchased this coverlet for $25 at an antique store.
It is faded a bit and has a few holes, but worth so much more.
I truly do not think the vendor knew what they had.
Lucky for me though.

More red white and blue in my pillows.
I so love red and blue,
and so perfect for July decorating!

20 days until I start decorating the gift shop.
Just hope the last of the Halloween I purchased
arrives in time.
Will be taking a week vacation to get it all done.

Have a great rest of your weekend!

A Bit More Patriotic Blessings To All!