Sunday, March 14, 2010


I don't have any pictures for this post (remember the new camera that the son broke?---see my last post)
I do want to tell all of you that Hosanna House on 6th St. in Belton TX is going out of business. I can't remember if they are closing on May 1 or May 31, but they are closing. An interior decorator is slated to go in the same mint green house.
Anyway, I have consigned there for about a year and half. I was in last week and marked down a ton of my stuff. Not .10 and .25 markdowns, but 75% and 80%. $5 linens are now $1. $5 jewelry is now $1. And there are plenty of my things marked 25 and 50 cents too!

A few things came home with me and will reappear in the retail world in my booth. But most of my stuff is marked down. A lot.

There are two big wooden pieces of furniture there and an old wood burning stove that are all mine with nowhere to go when they close.
One large piece is a kitchen cabinet from Germany. Even though I bought it in Germany, I think it is Dutch. Why you ask? go ahead, ASK?
Because the "backsplash" is a set of UNBROKEN< UNCRACKED< UNCHIPPED Delft style tiles that form a fishing scene in Holland. THAT is why I think it is Dutch.
It is highly rare to find these cabinets with tiles in tact at all and mostly they were made with all white tiles so to find a cabinet with unbroken tiles that form a scene is amazing.
The top doors have leaded stained glass, a frosted panel surrounded by multi colored rectangles that form a frame around the center panel.
All in tact and not chipped or broken either.

The second wood piece is an American hutch from the 1940's. Curly fret work on the inside of the glass front. The finish on the wood is great with few, if any, scratches. When I bought it, my plan was to add fabric in the glass doors and use it for my dresser in my master bedroom. I guess if it doesn't sell, that is where I will put it and then find somewhere for the dresser I now have.

The wood burning stove is old with all original pieces and MUST sell as it is too heavy for me to move and I don't have anywhere I can put it. It has been cleaned up and "blacked" as it was used in a farm show. Originally $500, marked down to $400. Make an offer!

Mark and Laurie will be selling their stuff cheap too?

For two pics of the shop in months past go to:


These pics are over a year old and many of the things in them are gone but you get the idea what to expect and yes, some things are still there. and marked down.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Spring has sprung

I have had such a good time the last week or so making things for the booth. And if I love them so much then why am I not keeping a single thing for myself? BECAUSE I HAVE TOO MUCH!!!
Too much junk, but not too many cameras. Alas, photos are from my cell phone (correction: my teenagers old cell phone) because the nine year old hit my hand while I was trying to take a photo, knocking the camera out of my hand, causing it to fall to the floor and bend the lens holder thingy. I've had that camera all the way since Christmas. This past Christmas, as in less than 3 months ago. It was a replacement for the camera I had before that which was lost by our children.
I am giving up on the camera thing. I have had about a camera a year since the boys were born. Broken, lost, dropped, thrown. But never working well and in my hands for longer than a year.
OK, so with photos from my hand me down cell phone, looky here. I happened upon an estate sale on Friday. The sale at the home of a preacher someone said. Must have been a pretty well to do preacher as the house was chock full of great stuff. Priced higher than the original prices for sure. I did find some lady's gloves. Got 6 pair that made their way to the booth and accidentally got two unmatched gloves that will show up in projects along the way. I also got some lace collars, but that photo ends up being a video that won't download to blogspot. And who needs a video of a lace collar anyway?

I also watched a Sewing With Nancy episode recently where her guest was making all sorts of goodies with hankies. Now there is a sewing project I can really relate to, so I made my own version of hankie flower brooches. Pin them on your lapel, on a handbag, on a gift bag. Some are hankies and doilies, some have some bling sewn in the center.

And my final photo is my baby that I am so proud of. A tiny spring village. The houses and trees are cut from old cereal and granola bar boxes, then painted and decorated. If you look really close you might be able to see the squirrel in the tree on the far left and the teensy tiny bird in the tree on the far right. There are birds, squirrels and bunny rabbits on some of the trees and houses. Right now I have this whole thing priced as a set. Four houses and seven trees all cut, painted, assembled, and decorated my moi.