Archive for December, 2010

My Little Brown Cape

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

During Christmas my son asked me about the pictures I have hanging on the wall in my office. I told him most of them are favorite photos that I have taken over the years.

I have always loved this picture, tadalafil mainly because I fell in love with the little brown child’s cape. Like many of you, pilule I love old textiles. This photo was taken in a shop in Adamstown, Pennsylvania about 6 years ago, maybe more.

Last night I was sitting in the living room looking at the peg rack Bill made me for Christmas this year. Oh no, it can’t be! Is that the cape in the photograph in my office?! I got up to go look at the picture again. I took down off the wall to take it into the living room to be sure. Oh my gosh, it is,  it’s the same little cape, the one I admired so long ago! I could not believe it. I just purchased this cape this past September at an antique show in Fairhill, Maryland, and never realized that this was the same one. I wondered, where it had been from the time i first saw it in Adamstown so many years ago. How did it find it’s way to the antique dealer that I bought it from?

I guess it was meant to be. It finally found it’s way to me. I love it. All handsewn and quilted. It’s the sweetest little cape, don’t you think?

Happy day


Annie Lennox Christmas Video

Monday, December 27th, 2010

If you love Annie Lennox, order you have got to watch this Christmas video. I think it’s pretty wonderful.

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

We have all been so busy during this holiday season. I’m getting ready to do some last minute shopping before I make my list for Christmas dinner. Before I go I want to take a moment to say thank you to everyone  that has followed my blog through the years. It’s been wonderful meeting so many nice people through this miracle we call the internet.

I am also very grateful to all my wonderful customers for your patronage over this past year. I have very much enjoyed all the wonderful emails I have received, ambulance telling me that you received your package, malady and how happy you are with your purchase.  That means everything to me, illness and those kinds  comments fill my heart with joy. Many of you tell me that you live in parts of the country where it’s hard to find antiques and how happy you were to find my website. Thank you for that.

In the coming year I will do my best to find more wonderful antiques for you and I am looking forward to it. I also plan on writing in my blog more often. So until next year, I’m wishing you a wonderful holiday season, and wish you the very best for a very healthy, and happy new 2011.

Happy day


Amish Clothing and Buttons

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Sorry the writing is all over the place. I don’t know why, prescription but I am going to just have to leave it this way until I figure out what’s going on.

Yesterday I received an email from someone that had a question about this little girl’s Amish cape that I have for sale in my store. She wondered about this cape and why it had buttons. She told me that she was told that the Amish do not use buttons. There is a wonderful book called Amish Arts of Lancaster County by Patricia T. Herr.

On page 97 there is a picture of a cape that looks exactly like the one I have in my store, and it has buttons.

On the opposite page there are photos of Amish dresses also with buttons. Something I didn’t mention in my description of the cape is that these were called mantles or Mandlie. This one and the one in my store, was worn for dress up and probably had a matching dress.

I wanted to mention all of this this morning because I know so many people collect Amish clothing. Maybe in Amish communities in other parts of the country, buttons were not used, but in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania they were.



Open House at Groundhog Hollow, in Felton, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

A few weeks ago, try I was invited to a Christmas open house in Felton, medical Pennsylvania. I was so looking forward to going. Claudia Collins of Groundhog Hollow Antiques is a dealer of primitives that I met and became friends a few months ago. Claudia lives in this wonderful 18th century house. It sits in a beautiful setting on a hill overlooking her 25 acres of land. That’s her antique shop on the right in the photo above. Below is her wonderful house.

When I walked inside, the smell was heavenly, and the house felt so warm and inviting.

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of visiting old houses, whether they belong to friends or on a house tour, but belonging to a friend is better. Of course that wonderful blue box had my name on it. It was for sale, so I bought it. Soon I will have it for sale in Carole’s Country Store , that is if I can bear to part with it!

This photo below shows the true color. Just the perfect color blue, AND a drawer! Love it!

It was hard to get any photos of the living room because there were so many people standing around and the room was small, but I managed to get a couple. What is it about peg racks and bonnets that we all love so much!!!! Those little shoes were adorable too.

You just can not have enough peg racks can you?  What a wonderful way to display things that you might not have a place for otherwise. I’m going to put one up in my living room soon, and I can not wait to hang my old lantern, child’s red high button shoes, bees wax candles, and especially my 19th brown, girl’s Amish cape! Decorated with greens for Christmas, oh, what fun!!

Of course upstairs was just a wonderful. Again, more peg racks.

What an inviting cozy bedroom. How wonderful to have a fireplace. We should all be so lucky, but here’s an idea if you don’t have a real one. If you can find an old one, that’s perfect, but if you can not find one, buy an unpainted one in one of those unpainted furniture stores. Paint it a wonderful colonial color and you could paint a fireboard to put on the front. It would be easy to do, yes, I did say easy, and it will add lots of charm to your bedroom. Why not put it in a corner, like the one in this room.

I took a lot more but I have to go shopping today and I’m running behind. I hope you enjoyed seeing my new friend Claudia’s house, as much as I enjoyed showing it to you. Take care and DON’T GET STRESSED OUT over the holidays. That’s easy for me to say.

Thank you, Claudia, for a wonderful day in the country!



Winterthur Museum at Christmas

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

I always hate to wait this long to post, search but I have been so busy, most everyone is this time of the year. The holidays always seem to come so quickly, no sooner the summer ends, and  they’re  right around the corner. So much to do, but so little time!

Living in an area so filled with history, there is always a lot going on. Winterthur is one of those fabulous places to visit any time of the year, but during the holidays it’s very special.

Henry Francis du Pont was an expert on early American furniture and decorative arts – particularly Federal furniture. He was a member of the prominent du Pont family.

Born at WinterthurDelaware, he was the only son of Henry Algernon du Pont, and Mary Pauline Foster to live to maturity. He studied horticulture at the Bussey Institution at Harvard University, graduating from Harvard in 1903.

A collector of Americana,  Henry Francis du Pont expanded his family estate from the 30 room house he inherited to the 175 room museum he established as the Winterthur Museum & Country Estate.  His premier collection of gorgeous American decorative arts,  is known to be the best in the world. Before he developed his antique collection, he was one of the premier breeders of Holstein-Freisien cattle in America. The Winterthur herd of dairy cattle was well known in farming and agricultural circles from the 1920s up until du Pont’s death in 1969. You might remember I wrote about the duPont dairy barn, probably 2 years or so ago, when it was being renovated and turned into a folk art museum. It was a known landmark in Delaware, and I painted it in my dining room mural in it’s original salmon color.

After Henry Francis du Pont’s death, the herd was sold, and much more emphasis was placed on promoting his antique collection.

If you ever get to Delaware, Winterthur is something you don’t want to miss seeing, and at Christmas time, it’s extra special.

Happy day