Monday, December 3, 2012


I'm posting pics of a few things that I have "managed" to finish. Truth be told....I'm not a good closer. I get a project so far and then I like to move on to something else....but alas these jobs are DONE!!!

 Vintage washstand.
 Vintage sewing stand. Chunky candle holder. Fork and spoon on canvas.
Large blackboard for wall behind my desk at Shady Hollow.
Whew...Now that wasn't so hard.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Declaration of Independence - July 4th 1776

Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is at once the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson's most enduring monument. Here, in exalted and unforgettable phrases, Jefferson expressed the convictions in the minds and hearts of the American people. The political philosophy of the Declaration was not new; its ideals of individual liberty had already been expressed by John Locke and the Continental philosophers. What Jefferson did was to summarize this philosophy in "self-evident truths" and set forth a list of grievances against the King in order to justify before the world the breaking of ties between the colonies and the mother country.


We were blessed with two beautiful daughters on the 4th of July. They
have filled our lives with more love and joy than we
 would have believed possible.

 Now they are grown and have added
an additional 7 jewels to our lives.

Sarah and Ryan's daughters: Gracyn, Abby and Baby Emma

Jessica and Ryan's children: Justin, Olivia, Avery and Baby Grant

Have a wonderful 4th of July with those you Love!!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

2012 Flea Season off and raining...I mean running.

Memorial weekend was the opening of the 2012 Shady Hollow Flea Market season and what a weekend it was. Rain, cold, rain, mud, pouring rain, water everywhere, wind, sheets of rain, tornado sirens, did I mention that it rained....well that kind of wraps it up. But with that said there were plenty of people ready to shop and shop they did. The weekend really was a blurr to me and memories are not so good so I'm going to skip right over that to the second  market. Sunday morning was a lovely morning with just a few misty spells and a nice crowd of people. All the vendors were in good spirits and shoppers were on the hunt for what they needed, wanted or something that just caught their eye. My goal is to have all three. Sales were brisk and I sold, sold, sold and that makes me happy, happy, happy!!

 These photos were taken sat evening after I had finished my setup.
On Sunday morning I roll up the canopy sides and let the sun in.

 Lovely peonies from my garden.

This coming weekend will be extra special as Sis Mary will be making the trip with me. She will meet me in Hecla on Friday and we will shop all the way to DL, spend the night in my building and I will start setting up early Saturday morning and when she rises we will head into the city for breakfast and more shopping. Well that is the plan....but plans can go south. Keep Shady Hollow in mind when you are making summer weekend plans.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

From a Lemon to Lemonade

Time again for an oil change [2500 miles roll around to quickly] which means a trip into Hecla to Zastrow's Service. Upon pulling in I spot a packing pallet laying up against a pile of tractor tires. Hmmmm, I wonder what Matt has planned for that. Now most people may not pull into the service station, find the owner and proceed to ask "Can I have that....I'll take it off your hands...for free!" As I have mentioned in a previous post Matt is my Bro. He is one year older and my tormentor growing he owes me...Right!!! I'm sure he didn't want to part with it but I gave him that Zastrow/Casper evil eye look and he said "Sure, I will throw it in Harold's pickup." OK...that makes up for listening into  phone conversations with  my girl friends and then making animals sounds. "MOM..make Matt get off the phone." So home it went....and laid.

My plans were to use it as the starting point for a table ... fill in the top, add legs, brace it and add a coat of white paint. Via photos here is the process.
OK...yes that is Harold's hand but he only helped me a tenny wenny bit.

Ready for the paint and then service.

 Add a vintage bench and chairs.

 Stop by for fruit and wine.

One day while meeting up with sis Mary in Aberdeen, she gave me this lovely quilt top. When she handed it to me I thought, Bingo...I know what I will use that for. Thanks Mary!!

That concludes the movie of  "From a lemon to lemonade."
Please exit through the rear.

[Note: I love my Brother dearly. Just sayin.]

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Beautiful Cottage Homes

 via: southern living

 via:elle decor

 via:lynn morgan designs

 architect austin patterson

 via:elle decor

 truexcullins architects

 copper, robertson & partners architects

 via:coastal living

 culligan abraham architects

 beinfield architecture

 sullivan conrad architects

foy architecture