Archive for June, 2009

Happy Independence Day

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009


It’s almost the 4th of July weekend! It’s a day when we display our American flag extra proudly, viagra have barbaques and spend time with family and friends. In the 1970′s, drugstore while living in my first house, cialis I remember I had a large American flag hanging in my den, behind my sofa. I loved how it gave my room the look of Americana. Today I have a very special one, framed and hanging in my center hall. It’s the first flag my parents bought when they were married in 1940. It has 48 stars.


Did you know that Independence Day is the formal signing of the Declaration of Independence, but was not declared a legal holiday until 1941. Our dear Betsy Ross has never been confirmed historically as the one that sewed the first American flag.



Delewareans are very proud of Caesar Rodney, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and President of Delaware from December 1777 to November 1781. Like Paul Revere, Rodney is famous for his midnight ride. Rodney’s ride ended at the doorstep of Independence Hall where he cast the decisive Delaware vote for Independence. On June 30th, a motion for independance had been put forward with 9 colonies voting for it, 2 voting against, New York abstaining while the Delaware delegates split their vote. Delaware delegates Thomas McKean was in favor, while George Read voted against. Rodney was also a delegate but was away from Congress because of his role as Brigadier General in the Delaware militia. Word got to Rodney that his vote for independence was desperately needed. All night he rode by horseback, 80 miles through a thunderstorm. He arrived in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall just in time to cast the decisive vote.


John Adams didn’t seem to be the best looking man on the planet, but he described Caesar Rodney as “..the oddest looking man in the world; he is tall, thin and slender as a reed, pale; his face is not bigger than a large apple, yet there is sense and fire, spirit, wit and humor in this countenance.” Large apple? LOL

So we’ll be going to Rehoboth this week. Friday is our 47th wedding anniversary. Where did those years go!


The little “firecracker” print dress and red shoes will be for sale in Carole’s Country Store.
Have a safe and happy 4th of July.

Settlement Tomorrow

Thursday, June 25th, 2009


Finally, sildenafil my parent’s house has new buyers. Tomorrow we go to settlement. I am keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly. This morning I was looking at all of the photos I took while we worked on so hard for over a year, medicine getting it ready to put on the market.


Remember this picture. We tore up two layers of carpet and removed three layers of wallpaper. Every inch of woodwork in this house had two coats of primer, and two coats of paint. Took off sliding closet doors and replace them with double doors that open out.


We got so much satisfaction when it was all done and now as I think back, it’s mind boggling. I don’t know how we ever accomplished so much, filling 3 large dumpsters to the brim! Carrying toilets, sinks, carpeting, wood, etc. up and down the stairs and heaving them into the dumpster. I even powerwashed the outside of the entire house, and painted doors and shutters and the stucco in the back of the house. It was sheer will. I could NEVER do it again. I guess you could say it’s one more adventure in our life together to remember. In this housing market we didn’t get what we were asking, but it was worth it, we did good. We saved my mother tons of money by doing the work ourselves. I think my parents would be very proud of what we accomplished. So tomorrow, new owners will take possession. I wish them well and hope they find many years of happiness in this wonderful little house in Honey Brook.
For me it’s bittersweet.

Father’s Day

Sunday, June 21st, 2009


I’ve talked a lot about my mother, cialis but today it’s all about my daddy. Daddy, ambulance I have always called him that, never dad, or father, but daddy. He passed away in Oct. 23rd, of 2003 at age 86. I miss him, but the funny thing is, I don’t feel that he is really gone. I still think of him living in Honey Brook, PA. He always loved the country, so he was very happy living there. He loved sitting on his porch, watching the cars and campers go by, and he never tired of watching the Amish buggies. He loved taking drives, and I am sure he traveled every back road there was. Every beautiful spot. He would always tell me what a beautiful area it was, but I never quite understood, It’s just that I was busy raising my family, and I never quite “got it”. It wasn’t until a few years later, after he passed away, and after my mother went into assisted living, it’ wasn’t until then that I started to understood and appreciate what it was like to live a rural lifestyle. It happened while we worked tirelessly rehabbing their house, getting it ready for sale. Over that year and a half, we fell in love with the country and the area, and actually talked about moving there. We were never that serious about it, but we certainly came to understand the attraction. I wish I could tell him how much I love it now. How much I enjoy driving those back roads too. One thing is certain though, he knew how much I loved him, and I do take great comfort in knowing that I was a good daughter. I am sure that as he watches over me, he knows how much I’m thinking of him today.
Happy Father’s Day, Daddy. I love you.

Antique Show in Mullica Hill

Monday, June 15th, 2009

First thing I want to do this morning is congratulate Carolyn Weatherman, view one of our artists in our American Artisan Store. Carol has been chosen by Early American Life magazine as one of this years winners for the directory of Traditional American Crafts and her work will be showcased in the latest edition of Early American Life magazine. I can not wait to get my magazine! Congratulations Carol!


I met Janet and Betty Saturday morning. The drive to the antique show in Mullica Hill was only about 30 minutes. We parked in an open field and walked up the hill where all the dealers were set up. I could not wait to get started looking. The show was more high end then I expected. I guess because it was in an open field, advice I expected it to be more like a flea market, but it wasn’t, a good majority of the dealers had some really wonderful things, so I was a happy camper.


It was exciting to see so many wonderful antiques, all in one place. I thought this painted jelly cupboard and tavern table were pretty wonderful. The legs are a bit unusual. I didn’t notice until just now as I was looking at this photo. It looks as though the legs were made taller by adding another piece of wood and kind of dovetailing it into leg.


You surely must know by now how much I love early cloth dolls, as well as good reproductions. I couldn’t pass these by without snapping a picture. In case you are wondering, I do ask permission from the dealers before I take any photos of their antiques.


I didn’t take as many photos as I would have liked, I was too busy looking around at everything. It’s kind of hard to do both, and still enjoy the show.


Some dealers were under roof, while others were set up in the field. The weather was warm and there were ominous dark clouds overhead all day, they were as dark as a cloud can get, but thankfully it never rained.


Anything painted blue always catches my eye. I loved this hanging cupboard.


Isn’t this a beautiful early milner’s head?


Loved this old blue chest too!


So those are all the photos. Wish I had more. It really was a fabulous show and I can’t wait to go back next year. It’s a show you just don’t want to miss.
Happy day

I’m Off To Mullica Hill, NJ

Saturday, June 13th, 2009


I’m off to Mullica Hill, store NJ this morning. There is an antique market in an open field today. I have never been to this one before, buy cialis and I can’t wait to go. I’ll bring my camera and take some pictures I hope it doesn’t rain. For those of you that love early cloth dolls, these adorable girls are in Carole’s Country Store. I love the way they look in this old rye basket.
I better get ready to leave. I’ll tell you all about antique market tomorrow. I hope I find more new things for the store. I wish you could smell the wonderful smells wafting through the air this morning. A mixture of magnolia, honeysuckle and wild roses. It’s heavenly along with the sound of the crows. Ok, that’s it, I’m off.




Welcome Artist Carol Weatherman

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009


It’s my pleasure this morning to introduce a new artisan to my American Artisan Store, nurse her name is Carol Weatherman. Carol is from a little town in Oklahoma, called Mustang. Carol is a rug hooker.


I was introduced to Carol by my friend, Louise Tjien. As you know, Louise is the other talented rug hooker in the artisan store, and I it was so kind of her to tell me about her friend. Thank you again, Louise. Carol has been hooking rugs and making patterns for twelve years. Her rugs caught my eye with their warm colors and early designs, many inspired by rugs from the 1800′s.


Soon all three of these beautiful rugs will be for sale in the American Artisan Store, so be sure to take a look.
So, welcome, Carol. I am so proud to have you as one of our very talented American artisans.

On Sunday

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Last week I planned on going to Adamstown in Lancaster County again to do some shopping for the store. I was hoping for a nice day and it was, medicine finally sunshine! I got up early grabbed some coffee and a banana and off I went. It takes about an hour to get there, but when I’m listening to Mary Ann Williamson on the radio the time goes quickly.
I always love it when I get behind an Amish buggy, that way I can sneak some pictures.
As soon as drive through the tollbooth, I’m ready. Can’t wait to see what I can find. There was an outside flea market, where I spotted this wonderful early pig cutting board with it’s original old red paint.
The woman I bought it from told me it was part of her collection that she was paring down to make room for a new collection. We both agreed that no matter how old you are collecting is something that you always enjoy, totally addictive! I think he is wonderful, with just the right color and patina. By the way, the wonderful homespun he is sitting on is also going to be in my store. I have several other finds too, and among them are these two very early dolls. The one on the right was in a museum in Mass. for years. The little gal on the left is also a New England doll, all original. Both will be for sale, so if you are a serious doll collector be sure to take a look in my store.
Time to close up the computer for a while. I need to paint my laundry room so I need to clear the room out and get it ready. Thanks so much for stopping by, it’s always nice to have you visit.
Happy day everyone!

New Rebecca Kerin Doll

Thursday, June 4th, 2009


There is a new Rebecca Kerin doll available. He just arrived late last night. His name is Sam, sovaldi sale and in my opinion, rx this is one of the Rebecca’s best, if not THE best doll, Rebecca has ever created. I think he is just a wonderful example of Americana, and real treasure. One of a kind and comes signed and dated. You will find him waiting in Carole’s Country Store, and the American Artisan Store, with lots more photos showing just how fabulous is really is!
Happy Day

19th Century Doll Rope Bed

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

This wonderful little doll rope bed will be in the store today. It’s really special and perfect for your 13 inch doll!




Bye for now.

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009


Yesterday was a gorgeous day. Finally, viagra no rain! I took a little walk around outside and found a robin’s bird nest on the ground and set it next to my garden cat. It amazes me how those little birds do all that work, built with mud and twigs. The inside, so perfectly round.


By then it was time to pick up my mother to take her to the hairdresser for her 9 a.m. appointment. I wanted to take her to get a cut and perm, an early 91st. birthday present. It would take 2-1/2 hours, so I came home to get some work done. I have an early homespun sheet that I keep on Missy’s bed. It is so nicely made. You can see in the photo where it was sewn together, stitch by stitch. The hem is done the same way. I especially love the makers initials.


I love washing it and hanging it out to dry. I don’t know why, but when you wash old homespun, and hang it outside, it gets the most wonderful fresh smell. There is a product that I use that I just love, Downy lavender vanilla fabric softener. If you have not tried it, go to the store right now and buy it! It’s wonderful! Now it was time to pick up my mother. She looked so nice with her new “do”. I brought her back home for lunch. She made her own sandwich and chocolate milk, and we ate outside. We had a really nice visit and talked about all sorts of things. She is still doing SO MUCH BETTER after taking her off of the dementia medicine. I am sure now that I have done the right thing and I just can’t tell you how good I feel about that.


Around 2 o’clock she asked what time it was. She had been out for over 5 hours, and I could tell she was ready to leave.
Tomorrow is my daughter’s birthday. I am going to make her a birthday cake today. Better get moving.