Archive for May, 2010

Beautiful Morning

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

It’s another gorgeous morning and I couldn’t resist taking some photos of the yard. I wish you could smell the fragrance in the air. Between the smell of the honeysuckle, hospital combined with the magnolia, it’s heavenly.

The flowers along the stone wall are in full bloom right now. I wish they would stay that way all summer.

We have been involved in so many projects around the house, we had to put trimming the yard on hold for a while. One of the biggest trimming jobs my husband has is trimming all of the burning bushes. With all of the rain we have had, they grew together in the middle, so there was no way of walking through them to go up or down the flagstone steps that lead to the second level of our yard.  Bill cut an arch as best he could for now. I told him it looks like a bell. He said he had to cut it that way, until it fills in more and then he can shape it more like an arch.

We have a lot of shade on our property, so it’s hard to find the right spot to grow a vegetable garden. This is our first attempt at growing more then 3 tomato plants. Next year we’ll enlarge it, but with everything else that needs to get done, this little garden will have to do for now. I have to say that I do enjoy tending it. It’s so fun coming out in the early morning to see how everything is growing.

So that’s it for now. Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend. Don’t forget to fly your flag, and remember out wonderful soldiers that have died for our freedoms, and the ones that are right now still fighting for them.

Happy day


Saturday’s Antique Show in Fair Hill, Maryland

Monday, May 24th, 2010

There was an antique show in Fair Hill, clinic Maryland this past weekend. Maryland is very close to Delaware so I only had to drive about 35 minutes to get there. I couldn’t wait to see some new dealers, clinic what fun!

The show was organized by Cecelia Taylor of Hen House Primitives, ask and she did a wonderful job. I know it must take a lot of organizing to put something like this together, so my hat’s off to her. It was a very primitive show, and there were a fair amount of dealers for a first year show. I am told there will be another one in the Fall, so I am looking forward to going to that one too. I heard about this show through  Bobbette Griffin. She has lots of wonderful early textiles. I have bought a couple of dolls over the last year, so I was excited to meet her. This is a photo I took of Bobbette. I wish I had taken one of her standing up. She had the most wonderful 19th century blue calico apron, and it was all the way to her ankles! So yummy!!

After we finished chatting, I did the rest of the show. It was so fun and I wanted to look at every little thing, and I think I probably did! Going to a new show and finding new dealers was great. I found some new items for so be sure to stop by in a day or two, hopefully everything will be in by then. I also have a new artisan coming, so stay tuned for that. Now I can’t wait for the Fall!

Bye everyone! Thanks for coming by today.


Historic New Caste, Delaware Homes

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Don’t miss my other post I wrote today about the famous William Penn trial.

I am still trying to get used to this new blog program. Sometimes it’s frustrating. I wasn’t finished with the last post but for some reason I was not able to upload photos anymore. Who knows, look maybe I pushed a wrong button by mistake. Anyway, buy cialis here are more photos of Old New Castle, DE.

The church is gorgeous and old tombstones are always so interesting to read.

The old houses are wonderful and beautifully maintained by their owners. I love the fences, gives me ideas!

Historic New Castle Day and the William Penn Trial

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Saturday Bill and I went to Historic New Castle Day in Old New Castle, order Delaware. We have gone there a few times before, pharm so we didn’t take the house tour this time. We mainly wanted to see the trial of William Penn, here a play put on in the old courthouse.

I have to say the acting was pretty bad, but the costumes were good.  It was interesting to learn about how the courts were in those days in the late 17th century. Penn was educated at Chigwell School, Essex where he had his earliest religious experience. Young Penn’s religious views exiled him from English society — he was expelled from Christ Church, in Oxford, for being a Quaker, and was arrested several times. Among the most famous of these was the trial following his arrest for preaching before a Quaker gathering.

Penn pleaded for his right to see a copy of the charges laid against him and the laws he had supposedly broken, but the judge, the Lord Mayor of London, refused — even though this right was guaranteed by the law. Despite heavy pressure from the Lord Mayor to convict the men, the jury returned a verdict of “not guilty”.

The Lord Mayor then not only had Penn sent to jail again on a charge of contempt of court, but also the entire jury. The members of the jury, fighting their case from prison, managed to win the right for all English juries to be free from the control of judges. The persecution of Quakers became so fierce that Penn decided that it would be better to try to found a new Quaker settlement in North America.

So that was the history lesson I learned and I wanted to share it with those of you that enjoy American history. After the play we walked around town. It was a gorgeous day and I want to share  photos of some of the gorgeous historical homes with you. If you’re ever visiting Delaware, the first state, try to find the time to visit Old New Caste, you won’t be disappointed.

How Quickly Time Goes By

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Yesterday, remedy while preparing to get the sunroom ready for more painting, I took down all my baskets. There is a shelf along the ceiling line that runs across one side of the room, and that’s where I put these baskets. I hate to admit this but I have not cleaned that shelf or those baskets for many years. Oh, yea, they were REALLY dusty!  I moved them outside to hose them off. It’s easy to forget about something that is up and out of the way, and time sure does go by quickly!  There were a few that I decided not to keep. I washed them too, and today I’ll put them out at the end of my driveway. I have done that before and within a hour or two things are gone. It makes me smile when that happens, it reminds me of my younger days when I would see something sitting out at the curb, waiting for the trash collectors to take it away. I remember finding an old cupboard! Nothing really valuable but something I knew I could paint and make wonderful. I would get so excited and couldn’t wait to get it home.  Today, I hope I can make someone happy. I can’t wait to see how long it takes for them to disappear!

Happy day!


The Sunporch

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Finally the weather is beautiful. Today is a gorgeous day in Wilmington, mind Delaware.  One of my favorite places to be in the Spring and Summer is on my sunporch. During the winter months we spend all of our time in the living room with the fireplace going, mind but now this is where I love to be. We used to spend time out here in the winter too, sildenafil the sun felt so good, but in the last couple of years, we wanted save on energy, so kept the doors closed and the heat off.

One of my favorite pieces in my sunroom is this 19th century jelly cupboard. I bought it many years ago in Adamstown, Pennsylvania. I only paid $85. It didn’t look like this when I bought it. It was sitting outside of the antique shop, dirty with  a broken foot. Now here’s the part that I hate to admit, it was painted and I stripped it! Okay, so it wasn’t the best old paint color, but it was original and if I had to do it over again, I would leave it, and probably wax it. It was a dry paint, probably milk paint. I was young and didn’t know any better. So all you young gals out there, please do not EVER remove old paint from a good early piece, and please DO NOT paint and old piece with new paint, if it’s a good one. It totally takes away from the value.

This is an early 19th century faux grained chest. The one side is not in the best condition. Since this graining is original to the piece, I’m not sure that I can match it, so I am thinking of painting something on the sides. I have thought about doing this ever since I bought it, but you know how that goes, so much to do, and so little time. Maybe this is the year it will get done. Enjoy the day everyone!



Welcome Artist William Kautz

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Today I’d like to welcome artist William Kautz to my American Artisan Store. Many years ago, troche my girlfriends and I took a trip to Brimfield, cure Massachusetts for the outdoor antique market. It was there that I purchased a carved  diving Cormorant with a hand carved fish in it’s mouth, viagra and signed by William Kautz. I have always loved it sitting on top of my corner cupboard, but now it sits on a shelf on my sunporch.

Will began his artistic training while he was still a young boy. His father, William Charles Kautz was a fine artist in New York and creativity was an important part of his home environment. He remembers sculpting marble beside his dad when he was still a boy. But as a young man, Will was often torn between a drive to be creative, and a desire to do something for the vulnerable in society.

In 1980 he entered seminary and earned an M.A. in theology and ethics and was later appointed as a Research Fellow at Yale University. In 1985 he began attending full time law school and also had a young family to support.

He hoped merely to pay a few tuition bills with whatever he could earn from his art but within a few weeks his designs began to sell as quickly as he could produce them.

A first year law student would study by day and carve by night. Three years later, Will completed law school and passed the Vermont bar exam. For the next ten years, Will maintained a volunteer law practice for victims of domestic violence while supporting his family with his art.

This large piece 6 feet high and 4 feet wide, was made to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The flag and its fringe are made from metal. The first verse of the Battle Hymn of the Republic is painted on the four sides of the frame because it is an abolitionist hymn. It reads: “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored. He has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword. His truth is marching on.” The lettering on the flag itself reads: “LIBERTY WITHOUT RIGHTEOUSNESS IS SLAVERY The Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863″

Through the years, William Kautz has sold his work to numerous galleries and collectors around the world. His art has been displayed at the Museum of American Folk Art, the Shelburne Museum, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He has been chosen by Early American Life magazine for its annual Directory of America’s Best Traditional Craftsmen. I am thrilled to offer his work in my American Artisan Store. Welcome William Kautz, I am honored to have you as one of our American artisans!

Happy day

Carole-who is still trying to get used to this new blog format!