Archive for February, 2009

Saturday, February 28th, 2009


You have heard me mention before that our new Vice President Joe Biden is from Wilmington, ambulance DE., where I live. He has been our Senator for the past 36 years, and here in Wilmington we just called him Joe. Now he’s our VP, and he has put our little state of Delaware, the “small wonder”, on the map! This morning I had an email from a friend, who lives in Rehoboth. She’s the gal I do a lot of antiquing with, and by the way, she got those little red socks for me!, thank you! Anyway, she wanted to tell me that the Bidens were in the town last night. Her description really set the scene in my mind’s eye. Here’s what she said. “Watching the Biden entourage arrive in town last night was quite exciting! We stood on the street corner and waved as they sped around the corner and up the street that is at the back of the Atlantic Sands Hotel. Led by a rescue vehicle, followed by several motorcycles, two limos, more motorcycles, and sirens blaring. We could hear them coming up Rehoboth Avenue, and then saw them leaving two hours later, as we sat in the Summer House (again speeding down the Avenue.) Quite a sight and the first for us”….

As you might already know, Biden’s wife Jill is a teacher and they had come to address the DSEA, Delaware State Education Association, so for all you teachers and parents out there, you might be interested in reading about what he had to say. Here is a link.
I should mention that when I write about politics on my blog, I am not pushing any kind of agenda, but because this past election has drawn much attention to my state of Delaware, it’s something I like to write about every now and then.

Hey Robyn, in FL., if you are reading this, I want you to know that I received your emails, but have not been able to send one to you, they keep coming back. Please write to me at my email address,
Happy day

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009


Yesterday morning I drove to the condo in Rehoboth. I sold a sweet little antique picnic basket in my store the other day, site and forgot that I had it at the beach. It was a good reason to go, and do some antiquing along the way. I usually stop in a little town, called Milton. There are two antique shops there. I don’t usually find anything, but you just never know. I must have looked at every single little thing in that store, but could not find one thing that I couldn’t resist, so on to the next stop. There was nothing there either, but I did meet up with a friend. She was antiquing too, and was having no luck either. We decided that ice cream would help. After eating a strawberry cheesecake blizzard and a chocolate sundae, we decided to try 2 more shops before we went home. I’m glad I didn’t give up. Any little find is always fun, no matter how small. Do you not love this little box! It’s looks like a miniature candle box. Nice and early, with a wonderful patina and just the right wear. Behind it is my tramp art box, in old blue paint. I should show you a better picture, and I will in another post. The tiny oil lamp was just too wonderful to resist, and it looks perfect sitting with the little candlebox. Love it!! I found this early inkwell too. I just loved the tin rim around it’s opening. Too cute! The little wallpaper covered box is one that I made last year. I am going to have to make the time to make more. This wonderful hand wrought heart shaped trivet, was calling my name. I have a “thing” for hearts and I loved this shape and the turned feet just pushed me over the edge. Had to have it.


So I didn’t come home empty handed, and if I did, it would have been ok, It was a fun day, but by now, it was getting late, close to dinner time, and we were getting hungry, yes hungry, even after that ice cream. Now a nice glass of wine, a good meal, was just the ticket. My webmaster husband will have new goodies in the store today, if he keeps his promise, so be sure to take a look. I have to admit, I am thinking about a pair of little early red socks. I should have bought them. Maybe they’ll still be there next time.
Happy day

My Visit with Louise

Saturday, February 21st, 2009


It’s been way to long since I have gone out with my girlfriends. I thought it was time to stop working and enjoy their company, online which is always such fun. Carole and I drove to Louise’s house together. She lives about an hour away, sick and the drive gave Carole and I a chance to catch up. When we got there, after the hugs and kisses, we couldn’t wait to see what new things Louise got for her house.


Louise and her husband, Larry, enjoy going to local auctions, where they have been very fortunate to find some lovely New England pieces for her home. This wonderful grandfather clock looks just beautiful in the corner of her living room. The gateleg table is also a New England piece. Louise’s son, Chris, is also a talented artist, and the painting on the wall was painted by him.
This beautiful coverlet was also bought at an auction not far from where Louise lives. The Kulps lived in her house in the mid 1800′s, when much was done to restore and change it. How wonderful that this coverlet found it’s way back home, and in such beautiful condition.


Upstairs is where Louise spends much of her time hooking her rugs. Her “wool room” is filled with shelves of beautiful colored wool, all folded neatly by color, just waiting to be chosen for the next hooked rug.


You can see these beautiful rugs for sale in my American Artisan Store.


After , looking at her antiques and rugs, we took a drive over to the John Potts historic house. I’ll tell you all about that next time. I should also mention that Louise is not only beautiful on the outside, but more importantly, she is beautiful on the inside. She’s a wonderful spirit, and I consider myself fortunate to know her and call her my friend.
Enjoy the weekend everyone and remember always try to have a-
Happy day

Going Out Today

Thursday, February 19th, 2009


I am going to my friend’s house today. Louise has invited Carole and I for a visit and some lunch and I am so looking forward to getting out. Louise is the gal that makes the wonderful hooked rugs that are in my American Artisan Store She lives in a wonderful old house in PA. This is how it looks now, click and how it looked back in the 1800′s.


Speaking of houses, my mother’s house has still not sold! It’s been on the market since June and we have not had one offer! Many have looked at it and liked it, but the problem is they have to sell their house first. Remember how hard Bill and I worked on it. We were so happy with the way it turned out. In normal circumstances I’m sure the house would have sold long ago. It’s a darling house. My mother is now out of money. I have not paid the facility that cares for her for a couple of months. I try not to worry, but I fear that her house will become another expense for me. I hope that doesn’t happen. I am trying to stay hopeful that this Spring it will sell. All I can do is wait.
Happy day

Thinking About Spring

Monday, February 16th, 2009




The last few days have been pretty mild here in Wilmington, ambulance DE, especially when you consider it’s still the middle of February. This morning when I walked down the driveway to get the paper, it was cold again, but the birds were chirping and the sun felt just a little bit warmer. Sure signs that Spring is on it’s way.


I am so looking forward to getting out in the car again, and driving those country roads of the Brandywine Valley, Chester and Lancaster Counties too. You know I always bring my camera, always hoping to take that perfect photo for you. I remember when I took these. It was a warm Summer day, and I had just pulled into a small market, run by an Amish family. I remember hoping that they didn’t see me taking a pictures of their laundry! What would they think! There were a few horse drawn buggies out front. Now you know I wanted to photograph them! Two of them were children’s carts, drawn by the sweetest little ponies. It was just the cutest thing to see, but I was so afraid that any minute they would come outside and see me taking pictures. I wouldn’t have wanted that, so I didn’t bother, besides, I was anxious to go inside to see the fresh fruits and veggies they had on sale.


Ah, yes, warm weather. I just can not wait until it’s here.



A Little too Focused

Friday, February 13th, 2009

If you missed our President speaking at the Lincoln Day banquet in Ill. last evening, ampoule check it out. It’s a good reminder of our history. Even if you are not a fan of our new president, try it’s worth listening to.
Every morning I get up around 7. Make the coffee and sit down in front of my computer and start working. Yes, I know, I sound addicted. I am. I love working on my website, but ever since I fell on the ice a few days ago, my tailbone and wrist are still hurting. I can’t sit on anything soft, so until I am better I am sitting on my windsor chair, and even that is hard to do. This morning as I was working, Bill came into the room and made a fire. We make one every morning, but the last couple of days have been so warm we didn’t need to, so I closed the damper. It’s been really windy and the ashes in fireplace were blowing into the room. I guess you know where I’m going with this story. You guessed it, there I was typing away surrounded by smoke and didn’t even realize it! It’s a good thing Bill came in and noticed what was going on, otherwise I would probably be still typing away, coughing and choking, and not even noticing why!! I guess that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but anything is possible when I get behind my computer. These little sock cats are what I was working on for Carole’s Country Store. Aren’t they so cute? I am going to try to get them in the store by the end of the day. They will be for sale individually, although they are a little upset that they are being separated! Also don’t forget to check out the Izannah Walker dolls by Rebecca Kerin! They are very special!



Back to work!

My Tribute to President Lincoln

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

In case you missed this little tribute the President Lincoln, viagra here is the link.

Talented Artist Rebecca Kerin’s Izannah Walker Dolls

Thursday, February 12th, 2009


I have admired the work of Rebecca Kerin for many years. A painter in several mediums, purchase her incredible work just took my breath away. A few years ago, troche Becky, as she likes to be called, started making dolls as an extension of her inspiration and love of antique textiles and dolls.


Just look at those faces! Is it any wonder that I am so happy to announce that her enchanting early 1800′s reproduction Izannah Walker dolls, Maggie and Meggie, are now for sale in my American Artisan Store.
Izannah Walker was one of America’s earliest female doll makers, born in 1817, in Bristol, Rhode Island. Over the years, these antique dolls have become very rare, worth anywhere from $16,000 to $18,000! Becky has captured the attention to detail in her reproduction Izannah Walker dolls, to look just like the originals. To read more about them, and to purchase one of these wonderful reproduction dolls, please go to the Artisan store, where you will see more photos of these charming handmade dolls. Also, please visit Rebecca’s blog, where you can see more of her fabulous dolls.
Thank you Rebecca, I am honored of have your dolls in my American Artisan Store!
Happy day!

A Vist with My Mother

Monday, February 9th, 2009



Before I tell you about my weekend, ampoule I first want to thank everyone for your heartfelt comments about my fall on the ice a few days ago. It was very much appreciated and I wanted to be sure that you knew that. I am still sore but I am able to function just fine with the exception of a sore wrist still, but it is a little better each day. Saturday I went to a baby shower. I haven’t been to one of those for a long time. It was good to get out and see some of my friends. Sunday it felt like Spring. I promised my mother last Thursday that I would come back for her over the weekend. When I got there she was asleep on a chair in the living room of the facility where she lives, Rockland Place. Her walker was next to her with her coat hanging on it. I gently woke her and she was happy to see me. “Are we going to your house, Carole? Are we going to make chocolate chip cookies?” She’s just too cute. Yes, I told her, “let’s go”. On the way to my house, she asked if we were going to Cosgrow St. She always asks me to take her there. She grew up there, and when I ask her why she wants to go back she tells me she wants to see what it looks like and if her neighbors are still there. It breaks my heart that I have to tell her every time that we can’t go. When we got in my house she sat on the chair in the kitchen. She said she would just watch me, and that was fine. She asked if I could make her a grilled cheese sandwich. I didn’t have any cheese, I told her. She just had her lunch right before I picked her up, she forgot and I reminded her. “Oh, no Carole, I have not eaten for 3 weeks, she said. “I’m hungry. Look how flat my stomach is”. Do you have any chocolate ice cream? I like that”, she said. I got her a bowl and took her in the living room to eat it by the fire. At the end of our visit, I took her back “home”. When we went to her room, I helped her take her coat off and kissed her goodbye and told her I would be back tomorrow. She thanked me for taking her out and asked if we could go out again. “Let’s go shopping. I like to shop”. I told her we would. As I drove out of the driveway, the tears rolled down my face. Tomorrow I’ll go back again and take her out for another ride. She’ll love that.
Happy day

I Fell on the Ice Yesterday

Friday, February 6th, 2009


Yesterday, cialis at the end of the day, I picked up my wood carrier and headed out to the woodpile to get more wood for the fire. I thought I was being careful, but I wasn’t careful enough. I slipped on the ice, fell down and landed on my back. On the way down, my first reaction was to put my hands out to try and break my fall. I am thankful that I didn’t hit my head. Bill was downstairs in his studio, and had no idea what had happened. There I was, in the dark, laying on the ice. It was freezing cold outside and I just wanted to get back into my house, but I sure was hurting. I fell on my butt and hurt my tailbone, but it’s my left wrist that hurts more then anything. I can’t put any pressure at all on my hand, so I can’t use it, BUT thankfully I can type! I would be lost if I couldn’t use my computer. So I just wanted to remind everyone to be careful when you’re out and about. Falling is not fun!!
Still A Happy day