Archive for January, 2010

A Robbery

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010


Yesterday, medical as I sat working with my computer, my neighbor across the street was being robbed. I usually get up to stretch my legs, and take a walk outside, but yesterday I didn’t do that. I wish I did, I might have seen something. Apparently, they parked a car up the street from the house, and had the nerve to walk down, into their back yard, smashed a windowpane, reach inside and unlocked the window. Sadly, it was their children that discovered what had happened after returning home from school. I can’t imagine how scared they must have been to find their house totally trashed. Everything was thrown about. Drawers pulled open and everything thrown on the floor. They stole computers, silver, heirloom jewelry, wedding rings, toys, and even their wine. Everything they could get their hands on was gone! I feel so bad for them. I know how it feels. When my husband and I were first married, we had our apartment broken into. It was a horrible feeling to come home and find that complete strangers were in your house, looking thorough all of your personal belongings, and then helping themselves to them!! So be careful, you never know who is watching your comings and goings.

Went to the Movies

Thursday, January 21st, 2010


Good morning everyone. I just added some new things to my store so be sure to take a look. This gorgeous candlebox, medicine with bittersweet paint, is one of them.

I don’t go to the movies that much, not that I don’t enjoy it when I do, it’s just that I get so involved in my work here at home, that I don’t take the time off to go. Yesterday I did. We went to see the movie, Avatar. If you have not seen this movie, don’t miss it, and be sure that you see it in 3D! It’s not only beautiful to watch, but the message is one that we all need to pay attention to. In parts it very moving. I fought back tears a few times, after all I didn’t want my mascara to run! Seriously though, go see it. The 3D effects are are amazing. You honestly feel like you can reach out of touch the people and objects.
I went to visit my mother the other day. She was not doing well. She seemed very tired, slow her movement. Her little face looked so thin. I tried to take her out in the car, but she just didn’t have the strength to get in. She’s tiny, and climbing up into my car was impossible. Bless her heart, she tried so hard, and I tried helping her, but it just was too much for her. I want to get ready now and go see her. I hope she’s doing better today.


Mortise and Tenon

Monday, January 18th, 2010

This past week I was sick. I’m better now and ready to get back into my groove. Today I’ll being photographing and describing the antiques I bought on my trip to Morgantown last week. I can’t wait to show you what I purchased, pilule so I am anxious to get started. This little stool is one of the things I bought. It’s darling! It only measures 12 inches long, cialis 5 inches wide and just about 5 inches tall. It has it’s original black paint and is mortise and tenon joinery. I think it’s rare to find a stool this size, thumb so you can imagine how excited I was to find it!


A mortise is a cavity cut into wood to receive the tenon. This process has been used for thousands of years by woodworkers around the world. Here you can see a close up of the mortise and tenon joint of this little gem. Over time, one tenon has shrunken a bit, a true testament to it’s age. This ancient joint construction has been found on wooden planks of ships around 2500 B.C., and was most certainly used in the construction of Stonehenge.


A couple more items I’ll be listing are a pair of heavy wool knitted socks


and a fabulous utensil carrier with original dark green paint.


There is so much more to show, but I guess I had better get moving, so I can get these items and more, in the store. Thanks so much for stopping by this morning, it’s always nice to share my morning coffee with you.

Coming Soon, Hopefully

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010


Saturday was a really cold day, prescription but my car was warm and driving to Morgantown, Pennsylvania went quickly, while listening to Oprah on XM radio. This silhouette sold in my store over a year ago. It was wonderful, as you can see in this photo. The gal that makes these is so talented, and I met up with her today to discuss selling them in my store. The problem is that she has a full time job, which makes little time to do what she really loves, making silhouettes, 19th century reproduction cement outdoor garden art, and so many other wonderful things like bandboxes and candle boxes too. I am hoping that soon I will be offering more of her wonderful silhouettes, some with tiger maple frames, also handmade by the artist. This photo below shows her handmade frames used for her silhouettes. She also made the small bandbox and lion.


This sleeping lamb garden ornament is one of my favorites. It’s form was taken from an early 19th century tombstone.


This will be available as a special order in my American Artisan Store soon.


After meeting with Susan, who I might add is a very lovely person, I did some antiquing. I bought lots of new things for the store. I still have to photograph them, I’ll try to do some of that today, so that I can send them to my webmaster and get them in the store for you to see.
A few days ago, I was asked if I would donate a mural for a group home in my area. My partner, Carole, is going to help me. I have an appointment today so we can talk about some ideas. Time to get ready.

Saturday, January 9th, 2010


This photo was taken a couple of years ago in Morgantown, tadalafil in Chester County, pharm Pennsylvania, or is it Lancaster County, come to think of it, I’m not sure. It’s one of my favorites photos. I found myself looking at photos of warm weather, Spring is on my mind this morning. We have had so much snow, which is nice, but it’s been way too cold this Winter. I have not been out much in the last couple of weeks. Actually, I have not been out at all. It’s just too cold. I have been busy doing things around the house, but I have also been sick. A bad cold and a cough has kept me from feeling myself, but today I am better, not completely, but better.


It’s only January, and already I am longing to drive the back roads of Lancaster and Chester Counties. Many of you have told me that you miss hearing about my little jaunts, well I miss them too. I miss exploring those back roads, looking for more photo shots. This morning I am going to drive to Morgantown. I’ll be meeting a wonderful artist. She makes the most wonderful things. Maybe I’ll find some antiques for Carole’s Country Store too. I haven’t had my coffee yet and I need to get dressed. I’ll tell you more tomorrow, so until then-