Saturday, May 26, 2012

Vintage Photo Greeting Cards

I have some fun greeting cards I wanna share with you.

I have had them for ages, but they have been buried in my virtual store and hard to find. So today is the day to highlight them.

I am drawn very strongly to vintage photos, well actually to any photos. But vintage photos really transport you to another time and place much like a good book does. I love all the details. Obviously the dress is usually quite different as well as the decor or the cars etc. But there is often something else different about old photos; there is a simplicity of life that comes through. Life wasn't so chock full of "things" or "gadgets". It was a time more about people, family, hard work, etc. Some how that comes through in vintage photos.

Well, anyhow, I digress a bit. Let me share with you the two greeting cards I have made out of some of my favorite old photos.

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This cowgirl card reads "Do these shoes make my calves look big?" The inside is blank.
On the inside, this gossip card reads "What's the gossip at your end of the block?"

If you like either of these cards, you can click on them and be taken to Zazzle where you can order as many as you  like.

I have a stockpile of other old photos that are just waiting for their time to be made into greeting cards, so check back again!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Simple Beauty

As I prepare for a day of painting and photo shoots of recently acquired merchandise, I take the dog out to do his "business". While out walking and waiting for  him to do his "business" I take a minute to literally smell the Roses. 

These climbing Roses were acquired via Freecycle about 3 years ago and transplanted in this perfect sunny spot. They sure have been happy here and the let me know it every year in the late spring. Thank you Roses. 

While the dog is still finding the perfect place to do his "business", I decide to walk the property and see what other lovely plants are letting me know that they are happy. I find that many are happy this sunny day. My blackberries are happy as well and will be providing a bounty of gifts in several weeks. You see, wherever there is a flower a berry will "magically" appear. And they are delish! Maybe we will make some homemade vanilla ice cream to go with them!

Around the other side of the property, I could barely get through the gate as the Willow was literally greeting me with "open arms" her branches were reaching everywhere. Luckily she is forgiving and bent to let me through, though she did pat my shoulders in affection.
Finally I found some Vinca and some Lavender spending their day together in perfect harmony. 

I think i love this Lavender picture more than any!

Enjoy your day where ever you are and remember, "Stop and Smell the Roses" literally or figuratively. 

This post is being shared on Jennifer Rizzo's blog linky party.Go there to see some more wonderful gardens, you will really enjoy it!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mid Week Treasures

I know that many antiques/style blogs have some sort of a weekly posting of recent finds. They are usually on Fridays and are titled "Fridays Finds" or something like that.

My reality, however,  is that I am a mom who drives carpool both ways on Fridays. Fridays are not good shopping days for me since it usually takes me a day or two to clear it out of the back of the car. So I am gonna post my finds as I find them.

Today is an absolutely glorious day in the far western Chicago suburbs. Great day for all thew windows down, the sunroof open and tunes blastin'! Its gotta be about 75 degrees, no humidity and very few clouds. Just perfect! So today was a shopping day for me.

I am so excited about my finds many possibilities. They don't necessarily work together as a unit, but they will work in other vignettes I have planned for the 3 French Hens Market next month.

I love this white metal table. I wonder the history? I imagine it as something with a medical background, but not for sure. 

The wooden wash table is something I have been coveting for years in various antiques stores. We shall see if I ever do sell it or if it will continue to dwell with me.

The tall glass cloche type jar with glass lid is really piquing my creativity, perhaps too much as I cannot decide exactly what to do with it! Yikes. 

Finally the book is just darling. It is a 1911 book entitled "Daudet's Tartarin de Tarascon". I bought this book for my mom's Guest House near Round Top in Texas. (Click here if you would like to see the guest house called Petite Maison) The house has a French theme. I told her she needs some antique French books in the house for the guests to peruse. As its not easy to find French books in America, imagine my excitement. I shall mail it to her today!

I am sharing this "Mid Week Treasures" post with the linky party at A Ruffled Nest - check out her site, it is A-MAZING! 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Na-Da Farm Barn Sale


This last weekend we did the Na-Da Farm Barn Sale in Esmond, IL.

Na-Da was our first show of this kind. We have done Antiques Fairs and had antiques booths in shops, but nothing like this gorgeously styled event. It was a joy and a pleasure to be part of the whole thing. Then top it all off with amazing weather! WOW! 

Anne Marie & Jason Klaske and their family hosted the event and could not have been more welcoming and gracious. It was our first time meeting, yet they treated us like family and did all they could to make sure we were comfortable (was a hot weekend).

Since this was our first time at this event, I was busy "working" and didnt really take time to get good photos of all the delightful and inspiring booths! But I know others got great photos and you can see some on their blogs. 

(A special thanks to Jennifer Rizzo for her tips and suggestions to make the sale in our section a success as well as make us feel utterly welcome!)
I am sure there will be others posting pics as well, so you can google Na-Da Farm and surely find more. It truly was a feast for the eyes!

The last 30 minutes of the sale I took a seat on a couch in the barn and just relaxed for a moment. I sat with my arm along the top edge of the couch and just relaxed. Here is the view I enjoyed. This was the entrance to the barn.

Well I enjoyed it so much that before I knew it my arm actually fell asleep. I must have been sitting there 15 minutes or more marveling at the simple beauty of this scene. This photo has now become one of my all time favorites. I will look at it any time I am feeling any sort of stress; it calms me instantly.

The Na-Da Farm Barn Sale was such an amazing experience for us all around that we hope to be back again for the Fall event, hopefully we will see you there in the Fall. In the meantime, please be sure to find us next at 3 French Hens Market in Morris, IL on June 9th from 8:00 - 2:00.