Thursday, March 5, 2015


For green grass, warm nights, animals at play, long days.
Just waiting for spring.

Friday, February 27, 2015

almost March

The quiet calm of greens & browns awaits March.  
Soon the pastels of April will fill our home, but for now,
"serene" is the request.

I have been sick with winter "yuk" peaceful feels so

Found the sweet bowl above for a few dollars this past 
weekend, the tin mold was a keeper too.

And a bowl of charm...a clock, platter, lace...

What fills your home at this time of year?

Sunday, February 22, 2015

next...the shamrocks appear

Today I put away my Valentine's Day stuff...and quickly
brought out my St. Patrick's Day goodies!  I am always
amazed how my tin clover leaf cutters seem to replicate.

Greens, browns, tin, gold...all mark this time of year.  

Bringing out this next celebration also marks a count down
to spring.  I sneak a peak at all the bunnies just waiting to 
hop on out next.  "Soon", I share..."soon".

Sunday, February 15, 2015

spring on my mind

When I think warm weather at the farm, this is what I imagine: green green green and kittens!  On these cold February days, thank goodness we know what comes next!  Stay warm & think spring!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

heart day wishes

                  Happiest of Valentine's Days to you!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

another keeper

I shared two "keepers" from my recent antiquing trip ~~ and
here is one more.  I found this sweet rabbit valentine to sit on
a shelf with a little girl valentine I had.  I truly adore everything 
about this sweet bunny.  

On a shelf in my bathroom, greeting us each day!

I love that $1.00 can purchase vintage charm.

Do you have a favorite vintage find that cost a buck or less?

Sunday, February 8, 2015


For those of you that buy & resell vintage goods, you
know that every now & again we find something that we
just have to keep for ourselves on our antique adventures.

These are my two "keepers" from an antique trip to 
Appleton, WI on Saturday.

My Ian just moved to Neenah, and Dave & I journied over
to bring some things for his apartment & spend some 
time with our boy.  This was Dave's first chance to see the 
new place.  Lucky for us, Ian lives just a few miles from one of our
favorite antique malls, the Fox River Antique Mall in Appleton.
Since Ian works until about noon on Saturday, what were we to 
do while we waited for him??......antique, of course. 

To make for an even better day, we ran into Sarah & Winn, out 
for an antique adventure of their own.  And if this was not pure 
kismet, Dave & I have only shopped together at this mall twice in the
past imagine we have spent maybe 4 hours out of 
365 days at this mall ~~ AND both times we ran into Winn & Sarah!!
Honestly, we had no idea they were going there, we each have at least 
a 4 hour round trip to get there...and we run into one another in the
middle of an antique booth ~ twice.........kismet!

Saturday was a day of "keepers" ~~~~ memories of such a fun day 
spending time with family, running into friends.  Each time I look at my
Kreamer heart baking pan & Dundee Marmalade pot, I will smile!

Addendum...imagine my extra surprise, I just did an EBay search on the Kreamer heart baking pan.  I debated spending a firm $32.00 for it, but decided I had never seen one before, AND I would keep it. One just sold in January for about $140 with shipping (with 11 bids!) on EBay! Yes, a keeper!

Friday, February 6, 2015

good night sweet heart

It is hard to capture "cozy" on camera.  That time of the
day when darkness falls and the farm is lit by just a mere
handful of lights.  

I walked past this plate, filled with Valentine's Day smalls...
and it was just "cozy".

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

bye sweet Ojibwa

I need to greet each sweet soul as they arrive & as they depart at our farm.
Today, dear little Ojibwa passed on in the barn he was born in & loved.

Too sick to recover, even after several trips to the vet and rounds of antibiotic.

Tears for a cat.

Farewell sweet jibby.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

seeking insight

I recently found this blue trunk in the back corner of a 
Thrift is child's size, 25 inches by 14 inches by 
14 inches.  It is domed with the wooden safe box & cover
still inside.  It has wonderful straps and was trimmed in
tin on the edges where there was extra wear.  The handles
are gone on the side, worn with time.  The key hole is there,
but no key.  I was told it is Swedish...guessing it was for

Any insight would be greatly appreciated...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

scatter me like milkweed

"We haven't talked about this in awhile.", was how Dave began
our conversation last night as we drove home.  We went on to talk
about where our final "some day" resting place would be.  Likely
not a conversation many of us have, but an important one to put
in words.  As you get older, or when you travel through major illness,
you think about these things.

As we have an animal cemetery behind our barn,
I, too, wish to stay at this farm.
So scatter me to the wind,
plant my soul in the meadow,
and let the sparrows & bluebirds sing poetry.

          Photo credit via.  Words by Emily Dickinson

Thursday, January 22, 2015


I succumbed...Bessie has joined our Meadowview Farm
livestock!  I looked at her on several other blogs, debating-
wasn't sure.  Then there she was for sale, at a reasonable
price.......and before I could debate it further, I pressed "buy"!

And she arrived, and I really rather love her.  She has now
joined a small herd of cows living in my kitchen.

Cows, goats & cats....I assume a chicken, horse or llama will
arrive next!  At least I do not have to feed or milk Bessie!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

next up

Valentine's Day is certainly on the top of my list of celebrations.
How can you not adore a day devoted to sweetness & kindness!

And who might that be next to my collection of boxes?
Little Ms Heart Day I would imagine!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

finding the right words

In 2014, my year was blessed by a gift I received just about 
every week...a handmade postcard from Nan.  As an artist,
Nan set a goal to create and send out a card each week.
From collage to stitchery to watercolor.....she designed & 

The cards were based on seasons, events, celebrations!

Whoever was on Nan's mailing list was in for some joy!!

Each card has been so special, both in the cover design 
and in the words on the stamp side.  Each card reminded 
me of the importance of words & sweet details.

Each week that a postcard arrived was met with surprise
and appreciation...."she thought of me....again!"

I am most certain my mail carrier came to wonder who 
Nan was and how she might get on this extraordinary
mailing list too!

These postcards will be paged through & looked at 
over & over.  They are intentional & meaningful!  They 
not only came from Nan's hand...but from her heart.

And just when I thought I received my favorite one...a new 
favorite one would arrive.

I find myself at some loss as to how to express my
appreciation to Nan.  So, I have decided to spread
her share her kindness.

Yes, kindness matters!

And so I will count my blessings...Nan, you are most
certainly one of them!

When the final postcard arrived in December, 2014...
I cried as I held it in my hands.  Tears of thanks 
sometimes takes the place of words.

Thank you dear Nan!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

she arrives

Welcome 2015!
    Fresh like a new snow...
    Filled with the gift of promise.

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