Sunday, March 29, 2015

on taking care

A rainy Sunday with no "to do list" reminds me just how busy 
life has been.  I have made it through almost 7 months at my 
new job...taking only a handful of scattered sick/vacation hours in all those
months.  Dave & I continue to run our antique business...working 
two Saturdays each month at the mall we sell at.  Ian has 
moved from Milwaukee to Neenah in the past three months, and I 
have made the 6 hour round trip drive each month to help him set 
up his new place.  Add to that a farm that requires daily chores.

It is no wonder I am feeling a tad worn out.  I appreciate days like 
today when a kitty in my lap or a good movie or this rainy day makes
me slow down & take it easier.  

Do you ever feel like you are on this tread mill, working to meet 
expectation after expectation ~~ often expectations that we personally
have created for ourselves?

I am going to try to be better about time into my 
calendar for catching my breath, more time for things I enjoy.  Step one
was to cancel a work day at the antique mall in April for a day 
at a favorite first flea market.  Step two...adding this mantra,
"Be kind to myself"!  I will try to follow these words, how about you?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

sweet kindness

After returning at almost midnight on Saturday from a visit
to my Ian in Neenah, I really wanted to just attach myself to
the couch today.  But I had a list of chores to be done, and after
sweeping the hayloft, I headed out to our mailbox at the road's edge 
for Saturday's mail.  Attached to our mailbox post, I have a vintage 
egg basket filled with Easter I walked out, I noticed 
something else in the basket ~~ the Midori hydrangia pictured.

Left without a note...a gesture of kindness.  

My sincerest of thanks,

Friday, March 20, 2015

She is here!

With such glee, a warm welcome home is extended to Spring!

I do adore vintage postcards, and tuck them here & there.

Here they are found on an adorably charming green trellis I
found years ago in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.  Mounted on a narrow
wall, it provides a perfect venue to welcome each season and 
holiday.  I am beyond happy to move all my winter stuff to storage,
and bring out spring!

And let me try to even articulate how our farm welcomes this
season...I am certain I have witnessed the goats "dancing" in 
their pasture and can almost hear the apple blossoms getting
ready to explode in our little orchard.

Welcome home Spring, how you have been awaited!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

almost bunny time...

Even though St. Patty's Day is still here, my mind has turned to
spring...and bunnies...and, my beloved vintage Easter grass!
I have waxed poetic in the past over this green grass.  I have shared
dumpster diving for this wonderful holiday goodness!  And, no, 
the new stuff does not come close to replicating the charm.

I do not know what it is, but I tuck it in every little basket, bowl & cup.
Add an egg or two -- perfection!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

bidding good bye to an old friend

Let me not get too melodramatic, but last week I wrote 
"Cancel" across my subscription to Country Living.  I have 
subscribed to this magazine for far longer than I can recall...
back to the time when country living was hanging dried flowers 
& baskets and stenciled borders. 

I had mourned the ending of Country Home and Home two favorites ~ they had not weathered the 
Great Recession.  But Country Living had hung in there, 
getting thinner with time & becoming a sales catalogue more
than inspiration.  Add to the fact that their features are online...
just didn't seem a worthy investment anymore.

I will miss finding this old friend in my mailbox, but will visit with
her from time to time in the magazine section of the library.

My only current subscription is Midwest Living...and not quite
sure how long that relationship will last.

How about you, do you still get magazines in the mail?  

Sunday, March 8, 2015

green is my color

If you know me well, you know that green is my color...
cannot be denied.  When we first moved to our farm in 2006,
I thought about a different color palette, one with less green in it.
But it did not take long for my beloved green to tap me on the 
shoulder and remind me that our relationship was strong.  And
so I bowed to her beauty, her calm, her reminder that if there is
so much green to be found outside, then surely it is the true 
course to letting nature in.

I found this depression green jar for a song at a thrift sale.

Green McCoy....why yes, of course!

A little green corner of my living room.  Dave & I stood for
a time to win this green dresser at an auction in Eau Claire.
The green ice cream maker was a recent $8 score at a 
thrift sale last fall...I was shocked it was still there when I arrived!

My green couch, walls...even little wooden bench.  My
living room is like sitting in a creme de menthe...with just
enough brown and white to keep it grounded.

What color do you keep coming home to?

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.

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