Archive for April, 2010

Saturday Antiquing

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Having some trouble getting my photos to show today. Stay tuned. I’ll fix it soon. Friday evening, prostate at the last minute, nurse I decided to get up early on Saturday, medical and go to Adamstown, Pennsylvania. It was their extravaganza weekend. Shupp’s Grove was open as well, and I have not gone there for years. It’s a flea market. I used to go years ago. It was wonderful then, lots of antiques. I got up bright and early, poured my coffee in a travel mug, and off I went. On the way I stopped at this antique shop. Each time I’m in Narvon, PA. I stop to see if they are open. They never are, and today was no different. I looked through the windows and took these pictures.

There were still a lot of antiques in the store, but there was something about it that just seemed sad to me. Then I saw the sale sign. Was it for sale with the contents? It didn’t matter, I was just too anxious to get to the flea market. Yuk, it wasn’t worth the trip. Too much junk! There was not one thing that tempted me, so I left and drove to the Black Angus, I knew there would be lots there. I decided to stop at the outsides vendors first. It was good. I found a few nice things for the store. Tombstone breadboards, a wonderful 19th century bridle embellishment, a picture, early initialed hand towel, a small Amish doll, and a few other things too. The best was yet to come.

This large 19th century Amish horse was too wonderful to resist! I have such a weakness for things like that, and Amish animals this large are a rarity. This one is the best! The Queen Anne wooden doll is wonderful too. Both will be for sale in the store very soon. They are both fabulous. It was a wonderful day, and I had lots of great things to bring home for the store. I felt really good. Stopped for gas, filled my coffee mug, and headed back home. Life is good!
Happy day

More About the Murals

Saturday, April 17th, 2010


Many of our murals were painted in historical homes in the Chester County, cure Pennsylvania. Some areas are sometimes referred to as “horse country”, and many of our clients requested hunt scenes in their murals.


This house was a gorgeous old stone house that sat on top of a hill. The view was breathtaking, but it was the house that was the “wow”! We painted their dining room, a floor to ceiling mural. The woodwork and the built-ins in this house were so pretty, and all original to the house.


This is hunt scene painted in another Chester Country historical home. It was a small early stone house, and said to be the oldest house in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Painting on the walls going up steps are always a challenge!


With the two of us climbing up and down the stars, stepping over our paints, AND one another!, was a pain, but we loved our job!

The most challenging commission of all was the historic painting a mural of the Saint Andrews Golf Course located in St. Andrews, Scotland. Our client hired a team of about 25 professionals, from architects to artists, all for the purpose of transforming his huge basement, a little Scottish town.


Our job was to paint a mural on both sides of the staircase leading to the basement where the town was to be built.


He wanted the 18th hole painted on the wall that faces you as you went down the stairs to the “little town”. It was impossible for us to reach and we had no place to put our paints, so he had his carpenters build a scaffolding for us. This is what you saw as you walked up the stairs. Notice the door was also painted as part of the mural.


Going down the stairs, the 18th hole was on the overhang wall straight ahead. The owner wanted you to feel like you were walking to the 18th hole.


A lot of research, was involved in the preparation of this mural. Our client was very particular and wanted every detail just right, just as he did for the town he was recreating, that’s a story in itself! It was a little scary taking on this project, it was a big challenge for us, but we were confident we could do it. We were very happy with the way it turned out, and most importantly he was too. It’s a wonderful memory for me, and I hope you enjoyed hearing about it as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you today.


More Murals

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

We finished the mural at the group home yesterday. I’m told ladies were happy and excited to see it when they got home from work. That makes me happy. Carole and I had fun doing it. It really warmed up the entry of their house. It felt like old times. As we were setting up I felt a little rusty, search but it didn’t take long to get back into the groove again. Those years were just so fun for us. I don’t really know how many murals we painted, pills but I can say there were a lot! Many of them were done in historical houses. Now I wish I had taken a picture of the houses tool We met some of the nicest people. Many of them had coffee ready for us when we got there, and and some made us lunch. They really made us feel right at home, and we became attached to their families. I didn’t have a digital camera back then, so my photos aren’t the best, but I’m glad I have them. I enjoy looking at them and I hope you do too. The next two photos show a couple of our commissioned pieces.

This blanket chest was supposed to sell in the showroom, but the owners of the business liked it so much they decided to keep it for their home.



This is the back of the chest.


This fireboard was inspired by a 19th century folk art painting entitled “Lady Liberty”.


Here’s a before and after shot. Look at how the mural warmed up the room. We also antiqued the rest of the room. That made a big difference too, it pulled the whole room together. This little boy was as excited as his mother when the mural was finished. Can’t you tell by his expression?


Hope you enjoy the pictures. I have more in couple of days.

I’ll Be Painting A Mural Today

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010


It been a few years since my partner and I painted a mural. Today we will be getting together, cialis just like old times. We’re going to paint a mural for a group home. It won’t be anything elaborate, just enough to give some warmth and interest to the room. My daughter Melissa lives in a group home. She moved in about ten years ago. I did a lot of decorating for the house. I painted a mural in their center hall. It was such a big hit. The girls loved watching me paint. They were so interested in what I was doing, watching closely as I painted their house on the wall. Now I get asked to paint for other group homes. I love doing it. It’s my way of giving back. My partner, Carole, helps me, and we love it. It brings back good memories. Painting a mural is a lot of work. We won’t be painting a lot of detail work, the idea is to just make a large plain wall and warm things up. I was trying to get some ideas this morning. I came across some photos of murals that I hadn’t looked at for years. It brought back good memories. Gosh we had so much fun. This picture is an original Rufus Porter mural. I am pretty sure that I showed these a couple of years ago on in my blog, but for those that didn’t see them, I wanted to show them again. One of our client’s friends invited us to their home in New Hampshire. They lived in a very old house that had ORIGINAL Rufus Porter murals. They were painted in the early 19th century and they were in amazing condition, and we were thrilled to be able to actually see them in person.
Come back tomorrow and I’ll tell you more. Until then-
Happy day!

American Artisan Pam Gill and Her 18th Century Style Sewing Pockets

Sunday, April 11th, 2010


I have always admired beautiful needlework in the 18th century style, sildenafil crewelwork is one of my favorites. When I saw Pam Gill’s beautiful work I asked her if she would like to be one of the talented artisans featured in my American Artisan Store. To my delight, she accepted! Pam makes so many lovely things, but one of my favorites are her 18th century style sewing pockets. If you are not familiar with sewing pockets, I’d like to tell you a little about them. In the early 18th century, woman very often wore these hand made pockets tied around their wastes with string. The photo below shows several early sewing pockets. The one in the upper right hand corner is very similar, and was the inspiration for the sewing pockets Pam has made for the artisan store.


Most women made a pair and wore two at a time. They placed them under their skirt and over their petticoat. Slits in the side seams of the woman’s skirt would provide easy access to them. They were used to hold their sewing and knitting needs. Many were plain in their style, but a good bit of them were elaborately embroidered. Mother’s often taught their daughters how to sew, and the sewing pocket was a good project to teach their daughters the valued skill of sewing, and of course the little girls loved wearing a sewing pocket just like their mother.



Remember the nursery rhyme, “Lucy Locket lost her pocket”? That rhyme was most likely referring to a sewing pocket. In fact in Lucy’s day, misplacing a pocket was not at all unlikely, because it wasn’t until around the 1840′s that pockets were actually sewn into women’s clothing. This gorgeous reproduction of an 18th century pocket is one of the pockets Pam has made for my American Artisan Store. The inspiration for it came from the early one that is shown in the Time Life American Country series entitled The Needle Arts. These pockets are so lovely, and are made of 100% linen, and sewn with wool yarns. They have been aged and worn to give them that nice early look we all love. Pam has also made one in a child’s size, sewn in the same meticulous way. The colors of the yarns are more subdued then the pictures show.

Now, I saved the best for last! This amazing ladies pocketbook, completely done in the Queen’s stitch, with two pockets and lined in a salmon colored fabric. If you are a serious collector and love the idea of owning a one of a kind piece, this one is for you.


This gorgeous, reproduction pocketbook, took Pam almost 8 months to create! The original can be seen in The Needle Arts book by Time Life’s American Country series on page 26.


The Queens stitch is extremely hard to do, and woman only used it to make small pieces in the 18th century. Pam has given me the honor of selling it in my artisan store, so if you love one of a kind pieces, you will love this! It’s truly a family heirloom. Pam has done a beautiful job with her crewelwork and hand sewn linen pockets, and pocketbook. She is a true American artisan in her medium, and I am thrilled to have her and her beautiful work available in my American Artisan Store. Welcome, Pam!

Happy day

Thursday, April 8th, 2010


I know I have not been writing on my blog as much as I would like to lately, help but not much has been going on. It’s been a harsh winter and I spent most of my days inside by the fire. Now that Spring is finally here, viagra I am looking forward to getting out, there driving those back roads, and taking more photos. This weekend I’ll be going to Adamstown and Shupps Grove. I’m looking forward to going and looking for some treasure. Shupps Grove is an outdoor flea market and it’s opens on Sunday. I’m going to try to get an early start.

This is my first post since getting my new computer. I have been thinking about getting a new one for about a year now, but putting it off for as long as I could. Well, couple of weeks ago, I was taking some pictures for my store. I tripped on a cord, and the coffee went flying. As it ran down my computer screen, I panicked and began wiping it up with my bathrobe. Too late, it was ruined. I didn’t have to think about buying a new computer anymore, it was ruined. A word of caution, DO NOT DRINK WHILE USING YOUR COMPUTER! I learned the hard way. The only good thing about it was that I had just backed up the day before, so I didn’t loose anything, but it was scary, and I held my breath until everything downloaded safely. It did and I’m lovin’ my new one.

Time for garden work again.

The DVD Winner Is-

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Thank you everyone for your emails. I appreciated the nice comments too. Because of the amount of emails I received, drugstore I decided to pick two winners. Wish I could send everyone a DVD to show my appreciation. The winners are, Judy Castor, and Deb Himes.


Happy Easter everyone!!