Archive for April, 2008

A Simple Pair of Scissors

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

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They are just a simple pair of scissors, medicine but oh what memories they have. I was powerwashing and painting the garage at mother’s house last week. Way in the back of the garage, viagra there is a cabinet that my father used to keep some of his tools in. I thought I have gotten everything cleaned out, sickness but while I was powerwashing this cabinet, I opened a drawer, and discovered way in the back, a pair of scissors. Immediatly I recognized them. Sounds silly, but I held them to my heart. What memories they have. I have not seen these since I was a young child, maybe 5 or 6. I remember my mother and I would love to cut pretty pictures out of magazines, and these are the scissors, I just know they are!! I took them home with me and I put them on my kitchen counter. When I brought my mother over on Friday, I showed them to her. She too remembered them. She told me they once belonged to my grandmother. I don’t know if that is really true, but I think it’s very possible. They’re just a simple pair of scissors, but they’re treasure to me, and I am so glad they found their way back to me.
Happy day.
Carole

Fireboards and Memory Lane

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

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While on my day trip a few weeks ago to New Oxford, search I took this photo in one of the antique shops we visited. In the description, unhealthy it didn’t say what it was, ed just that it was “hand carved curtains”. I think it might be a fireboard. Are you familiar with them? Fireboards were used the in 18th century, placed in front of the fireplace opening, when not in use. It also helped to keep animals out. When I was in my late 20′s, early 30′s, I had a few businesses. You might have read this in my bio.

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Back in the day, there was a lovely upscale furniture store in Wilmington, DE. I made custum fireboards and floorcloths for them, Hunt Country Furniture and Ethan Allen Furniture Store too. These photos are very old, but I am glad I still have them. It brings back wonderful memories for me. I loved my little business.

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These are two of the fireboards. I am thinking of making one for my fireplace, but I’m not sure yet. I love seeing the opening. If I do make one, it will have to be very plain, I don’t want it to take away from that wonderful hooked rug.

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In my 30′s I made “country plaques”, I called them, or “country store signs”. I made so many different kinds, I couldn’t tell you how many, but alot! They look so “cutesy” to me know, but back then, they were popular. In the late 70′s and 80′s, there were lots of country stores. Country was just getting popular and it was just the right time for me to be in that business.

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This was my little kitchen. Oh, I loved my little house, it was my first one.

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I loved stenciling too. Gee, I seem to have gotten a little carried away. I guess seeing these photos got me thinking of how much fun I had and how much I enjoyed decorating and making things, back then too. I think I just took you down “memory lane” with me, hope you enjoyed it.
Happy day.
Carole

Thank You!

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

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Already I received my three emails for the three free DVDs. Robyn, there Lisa and Kim. Enjoy! Tomorrow I will be gone all day. In the meantime I hope you enjoy these photos.

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My One Year Blog Anniversary

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

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On April 5, store it was a year that I started writing my blog. It slipped by before I knew it. This photo was my first entry, seek and my very first comment was from a dear friend, pills Christine Crocker. I have enjoyed it very much, and I love meeting so many wonderful girls. Some of you email me and tell me how much you enjoy reading it, and also tell me a little bit about themselves. I enjoy that very much. I want to thank ALL of you that read it, and leave comments, and also those that just enjoying reading, but choose not to leave one. Every day that I can, I look forward to telling you something that I hope you will enjoy. I love sharing my photos with you. It’s a passion of mine. So thank you, dear friends, for taking time out of your busy day, to visit me and my world. I am so looking forward to another wonderful year with you, and hopefully, making many more new friends. To celebrate this anniversary, I would like to send a copy of my DVD, “Early America” to the first 3 people that email me at caroleholt@comcast.net. Remember, have a–
Happy day!
Carole

Springtime

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

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No doubt that Spring is my favorite time of the year. It was wonderful to enjoy my day at home yesterday. Everything is popping and my yard looks so fluffy. I was walking in my yard and noticed a lot more violets than most years. When ever I see them I think of my mother, cure her name is Violet. I picked a small bouquet for her. I brought her over for a visit. I have not seen her in over a week, and I missed her. She was having what I call, a good day. We had a nice visit. She loves chocolate chip cookies, so we made some together.

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After a couple of hours, she was ready to go home. She talked all the way back to her nursing home, how beautiful everything was. It gives her such joy looking at the flowering trees and flowers. That’s one thing that hasn’t changed, her love of flowers and life. Bless her heart.
Happy day.
Carole

Love This Idea

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

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Good morning again. I haven’t been around too much these days. I’m leaving today too. Every muscle in my body is being used these days. It’s a great feeling though at the end of the day. We are really getting a lot done. Before I leave, store I wanted to show this old bee skep. Someone made it into a cat bed. Now, I don’t like the idea of cutting an old bee skep for this purpose, but I would certainly use a new one. I think it’s the cutest idea and I wanted to show you. It’s gorgeous outside today. I really want to stay home and putz around my house, but I am going to push myself. So, hi ho hi ho, it’s off to work I go. I wanted to mention too, that those wonderful crows are for sale in my Artisan Store. You will love them!
Happy day everyone!
Carole

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

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Good morning. It’s gorgeous out today, cialis and I’ll be leaving soon to work on mother’s house again. Wish I could stay home and do some work around my house, but first things first, as they say. It was so fun to get so many comments about my living room, that I thought I’d ‘work the program’. lol-Actually a couple of you emailed me and asked if I tried the table I mentioned. Remember I told you about the 18th century one that I had upstairs? I could never find the right spot for it. I brought it down and put it next to my Windsor chair. Ooops, I am getting ahead of myself. I just realized the first photo I have for you is of my corner cupboard. Louise asked me if I was going to open the doors of it. She likes seeing my redware collection. I do too. I usually close it for the Spring and Summer, to give a more sparse look. I have to admit though, once in a while I open it. I miss seeing my redware too. I also added a little tilt top table, to use as an end table. I used to have it tilted with a candlestick on it’s little shelf. I am not sure I will leave it where it is. We’ll see. For now, I’m happy with it.

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Here is the table of was talking about. I love this table and it’s one of my earliest pieces. 19th century, with it’s original brass hardware. I am thrilled to have it downstairs, where I can enjoy it more. I bought this table about 30 years ago. I was invited by an elderly lady that had a small antique shop near where I live. It was a wonderful sale, at an old farmhouse. I remember I bought a hooked rug there too. At the time I didn’t know much about antiques. I only knew what I loved. Unfortunetly my husband hated that rug. He thought it looked creepy. I got rid of it. Now when I think about it, oh boy did I make a BIG mistake. The rug was pretty large and had lots of folky flowers. I am sure it was a very early one. I haven’t thought about that for a long time. Oh well. Don’t we all make those mistakes. Have you ever done anything like that? Time to go. I want to get things done before it’s time to leave. I’m feeling really energized this morning. I should get lots done today.
Happy day!
Carole

Crazy About Crows

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

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I am crazy about crows. I know many of us that love early country things, for sale feel the same way. I have a small collection of them on my sunporch. Two of them are made by well known woodcarver Jac Johnson. I will be offering these two different crows in my American Artisan Store very soon. Along with his wife Patricia, treat he has been carving folk art of all kinds for over a dozen years. I am so happy to welcome him and I hope you will love his crows as much as I do. Be sure to read more about him and his wife in my AA store soon.

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Thank You Everyone

Friday, April 18th, 2008

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It’s getting late and my son is here visiting from VA. I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone that commented on my living room. I get the feeling that I am not the only one that enjoys decorating. All of your comments were much appreciated, and very sweet. So thank you Christine LeFever, Christine Crocker, Louise, Brenda, Rondell, Michele, Lisa and TJ. I LOVE hearing from all of you. I know that there are many others out there that read my blog. I hope some day I will hear from you too. Enjoy the weekend everyone.
Happy day.
Carole

Changing My Room Around

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

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Are you like me? If I get something new that I really love, sovaldi it makes you want to “play” and change things around. That’s what happened the other day. My girlfriend, buy cialis Carole, came over, and I was telling her that I just couldn’t find the right place to put the wonderful hooked rug that my friend Louise made for me. She suggested over the fireplace, but I didn’t think I would want to do that because I like the simplicity of just the pewter. We tried it, and as soon as I saw it there I knew it had found it’s place. What do you think Louise? It just made my room feel so cozy and inviting. That evening, around 8 o’clock, I did something that I have been wanting to do for a long time. I took out my oriental rug and wing chair. The rug has been bothering me. It’s not an old one and the colors were not what I like anymore. It’s a perfectly good rug, so I kept it in there, but I was never really happy with my room and I knew it was because of the rug and the chair. The chair is beautiful but I don’t like the color and the fabric anymore. Right now it sits in my hallway, purposly, so I push myself to get it recovered. I am thinking of a tobacco and cream check, or maybe a flamestitch. I’m not really sure yet. I replaced that spot where it was with my oversized Windsor chair and I love the way my room looks now. It looks more early. I really love the bare floors. I might get an small rug for in front of the sofa, an old oriental, if I can find one with the right colors, but for now I am happy with the way it is.

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I don’t like having that lamp behind the sofa, but I need to see, right? Oh, just got an idea. I forgot to do this!! I have a wondeful table upstairs, 18th century, with it’s original brass hardware too. I love this table, but I could never find a spot for it downstairs. Maybe it will work now. Gotta go and get it! I’ll let you know.
Happy day everyone.
Carole