Saturday, September 21, 2019

little sale

Beginning a bitty 25% off sale in my booth at 
The Hixton Schoolhouse Antique Mall
in Hixton, WI.

Includes firm & items already reduced.
This is a limited time sale, and I believe my only 
Sale in 2019.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Saturday, September 7, 2019

and the bathroom sink...

Got up early.
Coffee in hand.
Quiet time after so much Busy time.
Enjoying a moment to scroll thru Pinterest.
And, stop...
"That's my sink!"


Saturday, August 31, 2019


Rarely do I use or want to use the word "new" in this old
farmhouse.  As antique dealers, we adore vintage.
And, as homeowners, we adore cozy & durable...
often not always found in "new".

This August, we decided to tackle our ceilings & electrical in
our living room & adjoining tv room.
It seemed well beyond the time to usher out 
our 25-30 year old upholstered furniture and
welcome some new pieces.

We turned to our very own Ashley Furniture in Arcadia, WI.
Yesterday, they delivered two sable brown loveseats, an
accent chair, and a fog blue queen sleeper sofa.

Only this wing chair, that came home in the trunk of my 
car from a thrift sale in Plainview, MN made 
the keeper list in the living room.


Monday, August 26, 2019

getting there

we have officially begun our "touch every room" tour...
but not the fun kind of tour--this is the hard work kind

first comes the mess...ceilings & electrical 
in our living room & adjacent tv room

and the plaster dust

then we pick out paint colors...and EVERYTHING 
is painted

cannot believe we went with Daisy White!

of course, my beloved green will have some 
star treatment ๐Ÿ’š

only the wing chair made the furniture cut, 
a full truck arrives from Ashley Furniture on Friday

The end!  Actually, that is when the fun starts...decorating!

2 rooms just about done, 10 to go!
getting there...


Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday, August 11, 2019

door to my heart ๐ŸŒป

We don't plant sunflowers.
The birds do.
Weekly our goats get sunflowers to keep their coats healthy.
Each winter the birds get sunflowers.

And our sweet bird friends plant them here & there.
Like at the entry to our potting shed.


Thursday, August 8, 2019

the road home


Saturday, August 3, 2019

just because...

Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it's not there
Artwork by Jamie Heiden

The birds left our cottonwood with such a "whoosh", it made me look up.

Sunday, July 28, 2019


We took a long overdue antiquing trip into MN on Saturday.

Found some things to sell:

Found some things to keep:
Wooden child's shoes & Xmas book

#11 pie bird with box for my collection

Vintage tin train house

Handmade lace

Little box & juror pin

Bird print under whicker tray


Saturday, July 20, 2019


We now clearly see a finish marked with a floral banner
announcing that "a wedding is about a year away!" and the other stating a
career end date for both Dave and I (that one a tad further out, but still less
than 4 years).

So, we are getting all our ducks ๐Ÿฆ† in a row, with a "touch each room", organize
that, get our life in the best order possible in these months ahead.  This has included
clearing out the barn, contracting for some inside work, making lists, and pulling
out the paint chips.

Our beloved 1857 home

Friday, July 19, 2019

all in a row

along our summer kitchen

lives a family of sunflowers 

they are a happy group


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Sunday, July 7, 2019


So, I learned a few lessons this July:
1.  Setting up a Barn Sale may be just too much for a semi-perfectionist.
2. Working the next day at the Hixton Antique Mall might not have been a good idea.
3.  Dave is a trooper.

Our July 2019 Barn Sale is in the books, our thanks to those able to attend.
We gave away a lot of stuff, took a load to Hixton, and will be listing a few items.

The hayloft is well on its way to cleared out.  
Dave & I are exhausted. 


Saturday, June 22, 2019

doing dishes

I have always followed this individual path...sometimes parallel to the road, sometimes right through the field.  So, when we were married almost 40 years ago, we wanted to invest in a set of china, but knew ours would be anything but typical. We purchased our dishes, one plate at a time and use them as our everyday dishes.  How fitting that we chose Noritake, "Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady", with country sketches and prose to match by Edith Holden.

I also have this thing for vintage blue bird dishes, somewhat rare to find.  So imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon the third creamer to the right for a couple bucks at a thrift sale this past week. 

Birds ๐Ÿฆ and country charm on china.  Bliss. 

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