Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Vintage Market's Polly and her touches in our home

I've known Polly for quite a few years, since shortly after 2000, when I began selling goodies in booths at various locations.  

And through the years, especially when we were both at LaDida on North Main Street, I have been attracted to and purchased several of her items.  

And so, since we just finished another very successful Vintage Market, I've decided to share my "polly finds".

First, there was this mirror.  It was in Polly's green phase, a very soft, almost an aqua color. And there it remains - above the mantle.  I like it as much today as I did the day I bought it.

And there's the wine rack, and I may have gotten this from Polly's mom, Kay's booth.
Can't quite remember.  It's iron and has metal leaves and soft rose colored metal blossoms on it. It sits on a pine cupboard in the dining room.

Then we go upstairs to our bedroom, and one of her pillows sets off the other pillows on our bed.

It has a message on it, and I couldn't resist it. In case you can't read it, it says "I could winter or summer with you."  When I bought it, I thought it would mean we would winter or summer in exotic places.  As it turns out, we pretty much winter AND summer right here. And that's OK, too.

Then on to the guest room - where Polly's bark cloth and polished cotton pillow with the eyelet trim graces the iron bed with the antique quilt. 

In the close up, you can better see the various patterns and fabrics and how well it picks up all the colors.

And finally, we have the story of the cabinet shown below. Somehow, I was able to trade a copy of one of my husband's books, The First Forest, for the cabinet which, at the time, had no top and either no knobs or different knobs. I subsequently attached an old wooden soap box end to the top, added glass knobs, and there it sits in our bathroom holding washcloths, and soaps, and grandchildren's bath toys.

It is so much fun decorating with vintage and hand made goods.  So many memories come with them.

And, I think it is quite amazing that one very talented and generous young woman has played such an important role in accessorizing our home and enriching the lives of so many.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I think I'm Hallucinating

I keep talking about the deck and the patio and treats outside for Just A Second Sunday Social - this Sunday from 11-2.

And what are the temps? 30's, and it's supposed to be Spring.

And the rain, you'd think it was April.
It has been sunny this month, as these photos, taken last Friday show - shadows and all.

And it has been warm. I was actually out there and didn't need a jacket.

So being the optimist, Pollyanna, as my father used to call me, I will look forward to Sunday, and treats on the deck, and shielding our eyes from the sun, and listening to the sprinkling can fountain splashing into the galvanized tub.

And relaxing in the rockers, sipping our special little libation.
We'll visit with friends and neighbors and talk about our gardens,
and plans for the warm weather.

Keep on wishing and dreaming and planning on joining us for a wonderful Sunday Social out on the deck.
We are looking forward to your visit.