Archive for April, 2008

Child’s Mural/Wilmington’s Grand Opera House

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

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This morning I was looking for something to write about. I came across this photo of a mural my partner and I painted a few years ago. The woman was pregnant with her first child. She had gotten the book as a gift and loved the cover, rx so she commissioned us to copy it and paint it on the wall of her baby’s nursery. At the time, medicine I guess I was too much into the job, nurse and I never really paid much attention to what it said, until this morning while looking at the photo. I wanted to share it with you. I like what it says.

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Yesterday afternoon, Bill and I took a short drive into Wilmington. I wanted to drive past the historic Quaker Hill area and take some photos. I didn’t take any, but I will go back when I can get out of the car and walk around. I was disappointed to see that the area was pretty run down, and saw very few buildings of historical significance. When Bill can come with me, we’ll go back. I took this photo of Wilmington’s Grand Opera House. Our opera house has been a fixture in Wilmington since 1871. In those early years, it hosted minstrel shows, Victorian melodramas, burlesque, plays, etc. The Grand was built in the style of the French Second Empire, with Masonic symbolism that was incorporated into the cast iron fascade. I think it’s so cool. Love that eye!

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In the late 19th century, the Grand was packed with dramas, vaudville comic operas, and sports expeditions. Warner Bros. took over the lease in 1931, and it was used for showing lower caliber films. It closed down in 1967. In 1971, it was rescued and transformed as part of the Wilmington renaissance. When my daughter, Melissa, was young, I enjoyed takingher to Christmas shows, and the ballet. She loved it, and so did I. Gee, that seems like a long time ago.
Happy day!
Carole

Music From John Adams Series

Monday, April 14th, 2008

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Don’t you love the music from the John Adams series! I know I keep talking about it, pharm but it’s just incredible. If you missed it this time, advice next Sunday they are running the entire series again, healing starting at 2 o’clock. Here is a link to the music. I love it, it’s very haunting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4arisEQOmek&feature= related
Here are more. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1TEtDvX_aU Honestly when I listen to it, it makes my hair stand on end. I’m crazy about American history. Of course my favorite guy is Thomas Jefferson. Is he sexy or what! George Washington had such a huge presence, and I have to say when he was sworn in as the first president of the United States, it gave me goosebumps. What remarkable men they were. Well, I’m off to visit my momma.
Happy day!
Carole-oh darn, I just tested those links and I find that you can’t click on them. Let me try this one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6DPeCXV5bI&feature=related–oh, heck. This one won’t work either. Well then, try goodleing utube. You have to listen to this music!

Chalkware

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

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Good morning. I mentioned Sharon Mason in my last post. She is the artist that makes these wonderful folkie pieces of reproduction 18th century chalkware. Each piece measures 5 1/2 inches to 7 inches in height. I love the way they look in my hanging cupboard in my hallway, unhealthy and I plan on collecting more of her pieces. These three, sovaldi will be for sale soon in my American Artisan store in the next day or two. Let me tell you a little bit about it, unhealthy and be sure to check out the link I have provided. Chalkware was reproduced to mimic Staffordshire, for those that could not afford these fine figurines. These pieces were available during the 18th and 19th centuries. I was surprised to learn that Rufus Porter mentioned in one of his books, called Interesting Experiments, how to cast images in plaster. If you have been reading my blog for the past year, you probably know that Rufus Porter is the inspiration for my murals. He was a true renaissance man. If you are not familiar with him, here is a link. Ok, so, getting back to chalkware. It was hard to find an artist today that reproduces some of the old pieces, so when I met Sharon, I was thrilled. When I saw her chalkware pieces, I knew I found the right artisan for my store, and I was so happy that she wanted to participate in my American Artisan store. I hope you will like them as much as I do.
Carole

Real Quick

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

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BE SURE TO REFRESH THIS PAGE SO THE PHOTO IS NOT DISTORTED.

I wanted to stop by real quick this morning. I am getting ready to go to Honey Brook again to do some work on my mother’s house. I am sorry that I have not posted in a few days, sickness but I have been so busy. I wanted to go to a scavenger hunt in the Quaker Hill area of Wilmington this morning. It’s a very historic area. I have too many things to do today, and they have to take top priority. I do want to tell you about Quaker Hill, and I will. Delaware, being the first state, has so much history, sometimes I forget. Actually, I need to learn more about it. Well, I have to run. I do want to remind you to watch John Adams again this weekend. I’m loving it, are you? The photo I posted was taken in Old New Castle, DE. a few years ago. I have so many photos to show you. I’ll be back soon, so dont’ forget to come back.
Happy day.
Carole

Today I’m Out With Carole and Louise

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

I’ll being going out with a couple of girlfriends today and first I have to get my hair cut. Which reminds me. Christine L., seek did you chicken out? I’m bringing this early hooked rug with me. Louise is going to repair it for me. I love the colors. It’s an old one, 19th century.

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I’ll be adding a new artisan to my Artisan Store in the next couple of days. Her name is Sharon Mason and she makes chalkware figures. I chose these three for my store, two different kinds of cats, and a folkie mantel ornament. I really like them because of their folk art look. The Santa you see in the background is part of my collection.

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I better go now and get some things done before it’s time to leave. I’ll tell you all about my day, and of course I’ll bring my camera with me, just in case I see something that I think you might like to see. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these photos.
I love the grain painted bench.

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Happy day everyone! Hope you come back for another visit with me tomorrow. I’ll be looking for you.
Carole

Don’t You Love The Reds Too

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

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Well, remedy girls, find don’t we love the reds too. Aren’t these awesome! Believe me, this was just all to much to take! All these wonderful early textiles all in one place! LOL I just can’t get enough of this stuff. Can you? Do we ever get tired of looking at old textiles? The yummy blues, reds and the browns and always so delightful to look at. Of course, owning then would be REALLY nice.

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Don’ you think that those of us that love early things are so lucky. What I mean is, the pleasure we get from the feeling we have, in owning and decorating in the early way. I know you know what I mean. It’s hard to put into words. It’s just so fun, and for those that don’t understand it, well, they don’t know what they are missing. Look at this sweet doll. Another collectable that I am crazy for. Oh, so many wonderful things, so little time. It’s just too fun!! Be sure to visit my store. I have some new goodies for you. Nice ones too.
Happy day.
Carol

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My Day Trip To New Oxford On Thursday

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

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On my last post I said I went to York, remedy PA., buy cialis but we actually spent all our antiquing time in New Oxford, PA. Yes, Linda in VA., we went to New Oxford. We left early in the morning. It’s a pretty long drive. This area is kind of new to me. I went one time before, but you know how it is when you aren’t the driver, you don’t pay much attention to where you are going, especially when you are talking and not paying attention. We had the best time and saw the most wonderful things. It was hard to look at everything and take photos too. Which do I do first!

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Arent’ these textiles yummy!!! Oh, my gosh, when I walked into this shop, my heart started pounding!!! I have a weekness for early brown textiles. I wish I had the pocketbook too! I would have bought every single one of them. Yes, Marilyn, that is a tombstone breadboard. This one shop alone was worth the trip. I need to get ready now to visit Missy. We just had her hooked up to the internet and I am anxious to show her how to write an email and find things she loves to look at. I’ll be back to show more wonderful early things. Until then-
Happy day.
Carole

Antiquing In York, PA.

Friday, April 4th, 2008

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Good morning friends. I had the most fun day yesterday, sick while shopping for new antiques for Carole’s Country Store. I have a lot to do this morning, ask so have to get moving, but here is a peek inside one of the wonderful shops I visited. I’ll be back later on today, or tomorrow, to tell you all about my day. I have lots of wonderful things to show you, AND some great early textiles that will be for sale in my country store. Until then-
Happy day!
Carole

It’s Crunch Time!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

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Oh, viagra sale boy, find it’s crunch time now!! Spring is here and momma’s house should be on the market. We will be so glad when this is done and the house is sold!! Next week we have men coming to put the liner and shower area in, advice so we are husseling to get everything else done. My honey is doing such a great job. I can’t believe he gutted this bathroom by himself. He removed a closet too! AND put everything down in the basement. Yesterday I spent some time shoveling plaster and flinging it into the dumpster. Tons of pieces of old molding too. Then heeved bags of trash. I love doing it. Feels good.

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It’s a mess now, but wait until it’s done. Gotta go now. Hi ho hi ho it’s off to work I go.
Happy day everyone. I appreciate all the comments. Bye for now.