Friday, April 29, 2011

Field Trip Friday

Sometimes I feel the need to take a field trip. Today was one of those days, and I knew right where I wanted to visit.  It's a secret source for me,  a little shop that I usually only go to alone, but today I'm taking along someone special, you.  I always feel transported and inspired when I walk in the door of this sweet little boutique.  You ask where is this place?  I would love to keep it to myself, but her shop is too beautiful not to let others know.  This corner by my hometown deserves to be visited.  So I'm giving up my secrets in hopes you too will go and see for yourself.

Meet Jayne, she owns Chicago Road Antiques!

Don't let the name fool you.  Not located at all in Chicago, but in the quiet town of Edwardsburg Michigan.

I promise soon as you pull up you will be running for the front door.

This darling red building begs to be sought.  I can't really tell you what else is located on this road, since my eyes are always looking for this little place, oh my goodness the windows.  They make me want to press right up to the glass and flattened my nose to get a peek inside.  Let me show you around.

Jayne's display work is everywhere!  Yes, windows even in the back of the building!

Come home with me, ironstone pitcher, which one you ask, the little baby one!

Lets go upstairs!  Attention to detail is everywhere!

The balusters are even chippy!  Jayne, can I live here?

How funny, I just noticed my canisters for purchase and my wallet are in this picture!

Treasures are endless!  How does she let them go?

 My gift to the Royal couple.  Don't-cha love the spelling?

Can you tell I love signs?  Blue Ribbon!  Mr. Bob the Builder, if your reading!!!

Vintage Little League Team Photos!  Name of team, "Chicks"!

Here we are back downstairs.  I could look around again and again!

But there is work to be done so I must leave!

Thank you Jayne, have a lovely day playing in your beautiful shop!
Chicago Road Antiques is a place not to be missed, if you live in the area.  I always walk away inspired and delighted.  Not to forget, I always walk away with a new treasure to call my own.  Jayne doesn't have a blog...yet, but she does have web site.  Please drop her an e-mail and say hello from me.  Jayne is as lovely as the shop she owns.  Want to thank each of you for going on my field trip with me.  If you would like to take a trip yourself, Chicago Road Antiques is located in Edwardsburg Mi, on Highway 12.  Jayne's hours are Thursday-Saturday, 11am-4pm.

And as always, I can't thank you enough for stopping by!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

~G~ 's Hand At Being Artsy

Just a quick peek at the seed packets I happened upon.  They were found while I was out junking for the show this last weekend.  Now, I was going to have these finished in time for that great gig, but some where between painting and lifting heavy furniture... well you get the idea, right?  So now the seed packets will become Easter gifts.  Once done, I will put sweet pea seeds in the packets and 'hopply' give to all I love. 

I love the color of craft paper brown!

I'm not great at making a french knot, but I kind of like the tangled look.  At least, that is what I'm telling myself.

I found 50 of these packets.  Lucky me!

That's it for me today, just something short and sweet so I can get back into the habit of posting on my long lost blog.  When I don't write on this blog, and I feel scared that you will forget me one song line goes through my thoughts.  "What'll I do when you are far away and I 'm so blue, what'll I do?" 

As always, I just can't thank you enough for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I Never Make Promises Lightly...

Well the show has come and gone, and I promised pictures.  My only problem, time.  I worked, I scrubbed, I painted.   We hauled, then set-up, well you know the low down of getting ready for a show.  Sunday morning I heard over a loud speaker that they were going to open the doors.  Wait!!!!  I'm not done pricing, what about pictures.  There was no turning back.  So my promise has turned into, I'm sorry.....  I only snapped a few, and few pitiful they are.  But I never make promises lightly, so here they be.

I love a beaker, yes I do!
The child's wheelbarrow is the sweetest red, it came back home with me.  The beakers, well their holding court or flowers at someones house today.

Easter buckets were filled with wonderful vintage goodies. 

The wedding cake chandelier was tucked in behind the metal tree and right behind the door window.  Yes, my partner in vintage crime brought a door in it's original casing, that you walked through to get into our booth.  See, if you look closer someone is pointing to it.  You got a love shoppers!

Wind mill fan, rusted to its finest.

Can I just say the picture does not do the windmill fan justice.  Oh my goodness, this piece is large, rusted, and the perfect statement.  The fan came back home but no time to feel remorse, I love anything windmill.  I wonder if Bob the Builder agrees with the remarks I just made after carrying the fan, mounting fan on the doors and then disassembling all of it.  He's such great guy.

Built-In's are my favorite.

This built-in was made over with much love.  You can't see, but we put a decorative piece on the back that finished it off perfectly.  Well the little chalkboard on the front, yes it's mounted.  I was going to write 'can goods' on it, but suddenly I was surrounded by shoppers.  I always say, next time I'll have all the finishing touches done.  She(the built-in) went to a loving home.  They said it would be used to hold their large screen T.V.  She will do her job well, I'm sure.

Metal advertising letters spelling rose.

I love metal.  To me metal looks good with any decorating. Metal shabby, metal farmhouse, metal cottage, metal garden, don't you agree?   This table is no exception.  I refurbished it with a glass top, and it can wear casters too.  Perfect to roll here and there when you have company.  Well I just love everything about it.

Our one small corner at the show.

As I promised, pictures.  I was running for my life as I was taking these.  The place was a sellers delight.  Katie, remember I introduced you to her, well that girl can advertise.  She should be in marketing.  This was a first time show, vendor space was packed, and believe me customers were everywhere.  One time I looked out  of my booth and said "Oh my",  it was that crowded.  Excitement was in the air.  Unfortunately being that crowded I seen nothing else at the show.  I have no pictures of the other vendors or their items.  Next show I will need to rethink, who prices, and who takes the pics, but I did have the best of time.  I seen old friends and made some new.  

Kelly, my bestie blog friend.

Kelly is on the right, please forgive me Kelly's sister, your name.  Well shows can do that to a person.  Kelly's blog is Peaceful Heart.  I say Kelly is my best blog friend because she was one of my first followers, she always comments.....and she checks on me via e-mail.  There has been a couple of times I have said I just can't blog.  She always steps in and says, "yes you can, I would miss you if you didn't,"   She is the sweetest.  Really, you'll are, she just lives real close.  What a day.  So many things took place, one of them some advertising.  Yes, some advertising.  I'll be talking about that real soon.  So until then, thanks everyone.  You encourage me in more ways than I could ever say or repay!!!

As always, I just can't thank you enough for stopping by!