Tuesday, June 29, 2010

the old general store.. part 2..."the ladies"

this is part 2 
of the old general store, one of the virtual rooms in my etsy shop

"the ladies,"  i imagine, would have had a special place they would head to after picking out the supplies that were needed for the week.

they would be drawn to the corner of the store displaying threads and notions. longingly they would touch each new material that had arrived that week.
soon,  they would start to gather around the wood stove to talk while they did their needlework.

part of the shop update this week will include some lovely items that i think belong in that room

soft and very slightly worn tapestry footstool
and this darling pair of little red leather shoes

black painted wood darner with such a lovely patina,  worn from the many times it was used

green marbled thread holder with the cutest red top and almost filled with its vintage threads

head or hat form with the most perfect robin eggs blue clamp

and this favorite of mine. 
a sweet towel rack slightly aged, embroidered soft linen, with a silky backing

in case your new to my blog, this is my way of creating small vignettes or rooms in my etsy shop. 

Thanks for visiting with me today

 ps; all of the above items are heading to the shop soon...

Monday, June 28, 2010

looking for me today?

Hey friends
I'm over here today  and I'm simply famous!

come visit with me


Friday, June 25, 2010

out & about....the sandwich farmers market

i took a little time and visited the local farmers market in Sandwich this week.

i'm so happy i did.  look what i found...

wonderful fresh, local produce

locally made natural products and the friendliest vendors

even their pups wanted into the photos

a really nice selection of locally grown healthy plants

an unexpected surprise,  a local meat truck, who knew?

the student who studies in boston but heads back to her hometown to showcase her handthrown pottery (this pottery was truly lovely, it  had a linen feel and look to it )

lunch being served

complete with a big tree to eat it under

a little morning delight and the best part..a sense of community.

if your in the area...it's held on
tuesday's  9 am -1 pm,  the old town common on route 6A, sandwich ma. on cape cod

do stop there..you'll be so happy you did.

Fromage `a Trois

and definitely try this homemade cheese..the best!

Have a lovely day

 ps; do you have a local market?   i'd love you to share it with us.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

thank you ~ and the winner is

A big thank you to all of you for entering my giveaway and leaving such sweet comments.

I wish i had a treat for all of you!

This time,  the winner is Sam,  better known as Inklore  (funny how we become known by our shops' names.)
Her lovely shop,  Inklore "ink with a story" is filled with well designed and eco-friendly housewares and accessories.  Sam designs, prints, and sews the entire Inklore collection by hand.   

To top it off,  she's also the force behind that lovely life style blog Good Measure.

 A few of her many wonderful designs include


 Linen Napkins

Stunning,  aren't they?  If you haven't already, you should visit her.

 I promise we'll have another giveaway very soon..there is always a reason to celebrate!

Thanks again!

Monday, June 21, 2010

the summer solstice...harness that sun!


Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning "sun" + "to stand still." As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.

 Revellers dance in front of the stones as the midsummer sun rises just after dawn over the megalithic monument of Stonehenge. photo from the independent UK

As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year.

in between our celebrating, it's a good idea to think about ways to use that energy from the sun.

happily, there are some people and companies that are doing just that.. and in very stylish ways



Enjoy this wonderful time of year. Oh...and don't to enter the solstice giveaway! It's the last day!!

Happy Solstice Everyone

Sunday, June 20, 2010

the tree house and happy fathers day

it's said:  A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

it also takes one young grandson, one adoring papa and a ton of wood..

the tree house is finished!

including a climbing wall and rope pulley to bring up  treasures

a hideaway spot

a bench for books and toys

a few swings  

and a seasonal view of the bay (per nana)

i can't wait to see what journeys are dreamed up here..

To all you Dads and Papas who have helped your little ones on their journeys...

Happy Father's and Granpa's Day

ps; don't forget to enter the summer solstice giveaway

Friday, June 18, 2010

happy summer solstice ~ giveaway!

Wow..it's that time of year, my absolute favorite!

It's summer, with wonderful warm long days and starry nights!

It makes me want to run thru sprinklers and celebrate, so we shall! with a ....

Summer Solstice Giveaway @ my etsy shop of a $21. Gift Certificate to spend as you please!

How to enter:
1. leave me a comment here
2. extra entry if you become a follower
3. extra extra entry if you tweet or blog this and link back here

That's it..NO Rules...Summer should not have rules!

Ready..Set..Starts Now....until Monday June 21st 11:59 pm

now go run thru a few sprinklers..

Happy Summer Solstice & Good Luck!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

at the old general store... join me..

 Recently, as i sorted through my inventory,  i realized i had many vintage items that reminded me...

of an old general store.  To me,  it would be the sound of footsteps on a wood floor, the warmth of a smile when you enter,  and a staggering variety of items.  Many of the items showing an aged patina that only comes from years of handling and being used.

I have more stock to be added. That means i'll have to add another room to this general store.

People would often gather at the store to gossip and socialize.  I thought it would be great to socialize with all of you and I'd love it if you would join me and add your items to this general store. 

Do you have some old store finds that evoke this feeling?

Let's start with roughly the early 1900's and see if we can eventually bring this store through to mid century.

1. Write a blog post and link it to this post in comments . OR..

2. Send me a link to your photo and a short description. I'd be happy to add it to the general store for you.

Hope you'll join me!
 ps; the above items will  be in my etsy shop soon.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

heads up sharing; sellsimply

sharing... a simply lovely thing...i think you might want to check this out.

some of you may have noticed my tweets lately with the wording @sellsimply
a little explanation and a **special deal** is in order for you today.

"SellSimply is a new web site that is allowing me to have a simple shop and sell an item using my twitter account.  if you use twitter, you already know how easy that is.  your item, (with photos, if you prefer) reaches ..(who really knows how many people you reach on twitter. )

i can literally list an item and be contacted by an interested buyer on twitter, within minutes.
if your a buyer,  looking for something in particular,  think..having your own "preset searches" with a twitter direct message when a match appears...how simply terrific!

below is an excerpt from the site...you'll find more info on the site.  ( i love their tag line!)

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler. 
Sell Simply is the simplest way to buy & sell anything.
Every action on Sell Simply is dead simple, facilitated by your Twitter account.

On Sell Simply sellers have a Simple Shop where they can list items of any variety for sale, post jobs, list real estate and post apartments for rent. Shoppers looking for these items can easily search by tag, location, keyword and price range.

Think of Sell Simply as a Craigslist, only totally transparent, spam free, and without all the back and forth email hassle.

Think of Sell Simply as an Etsy, only simpler, without product limitations, controlled with your twitter account.

Think of Sell Simply as an Ebay, only something that takes you minutes, not hours to experience. "

at $1.00 a listing and no other fees,  yes, i said NO other fees, plus the time savings. it's all good!

**if your an etsy seller and just want to try it out ~ there is a special deal for you..
5 free listings!  just type in the word  etsysimple  in the promo code

yes, i still have my etsy shop while i'm selling on sellsimply,  but this site is so darn good, i had to share it with you!

 have a simply lovely day everyone and enjoy my Simple Shop Sample below! 
(yup, couldn't resist)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

pin it forward; what home means to me

that lovely and talented victoria, otherwise known as sfgirlbybay, has done it again.
she's joined with pinterest, (a new web site that allows you to bookmark your favorites images on the web and keep them on a pin board.)  it's also where I'm having way too much fun lately!
together they've created a new blogger mashup, "pin it forward,"
with the theme; what home means to me..

first and foremost my home means... family.  wherever they are (and right now, that's coast to coast) it's where my heart and home is....they ground me, inspire me and wrap me in love

next up.. my home means,  being near the water and having some element of garden to play in.

finally,  i can then feel at home and ready to add the details....
it means;  simplicity to me, with whites and grays;  they calm me.
windows, doors, and lots of light spilling in; it fulfills my need to be connected to the outdoors.
collections, only in limited amounts and books.. stacks and stacks!

all of the photos above and more are on my home inspiration board at pinterest (including their links)
take a little visit over there...i know you'll become addicted too.

thank you  mariah from size to small for passing the pin to me.

be sure to visit all the lovely pin it forward posts going each day
i'm passing this on to http://thatsaturday.com/  go have another inspiring visit.

photo by nymphobrainiac
thanks for visiting today 

ps;  i hope you'll share some of your inspiration with me

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

shop update

just a quick post today.
i'm working on my pin it forward post for tomorrow, but i have so many favorite finds just listed and coming soon to the shop.
I had to share a few with you.

coming soon;
a hand painted umbrella, wouldn't this be beautiful for the summer wedding decor

vintage quilt from intricately stitched small circles.  with its light weight and colors, it's perfect for summer

 and this wood drying rack would be the perfect place to hang the quilt, or dry your linens
we all know about my addiction with boxes & cases.
i better put this old case in the shop soon, with it's worn feel & unusual shape, it's tugging me to keep it

 the  industrial cage lantern is in the shop, only one, so don't wait too long

in the shop and the only one, vintage sea shell mirror, it's perfect to add a little beach to your home

oh, there's so many more.. and they'll have to wait for another day.

i'm off to work on my pin it forward post.  stop by tomorrow to see what inspires my home, and don't forget to visit some of the others posting today.

have a wonderful day everyone

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