Friday, May 29, 2009
Many times I am asked how I can sell some of the things that we do.....well....I WANT TO EAT!...LOL!! I must admit every once in awhile we find something that tugs at my heart and I have a hard time giving it up...just happened this week. We had two wonderful olde cast iron and wood stools....most likely from an ice cream parlor or tavern. They fastened to the floor with 4 screws.... the seat even spun around..Most likely late 1800's or very early 1900.. I loved them and what great plant stands they would have made. The seat was small..only the size of a dinner plate. I wish I had gotten a picture...oh well....they both found great homes so I should just let it go. Maybe tomorrow Tony will get something more special and my "longing" will be gone. I will tell you that I CAN keep anything I want ( I am married to Mr. Nice Guy) and many times I do !!! (big smile) !!!
On a happier note...it was good to be busy the past two days....as business has been "iffy" these past two weeks ! So I should just stop whining and put that smile back on my face....!!!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Our weather is CRAZY - Sunday it was 85 degrees yesterday and today in the 50's...what the heck !! On a happy note the wild rose bushes and honeysuckle are in full bloom scenting the air with a heavy fragrance that tickles the senses. The wild rose bushes is where we get the small rosehip sprigs. I have a source that picks, bundles and delivers them to the store - just in time for Christmas decorating. OUCH!! If you ever picked them then you know how "dangerous" that activity is. Last year, because of the weather, the rosehips were not good and we had none to sell....hopefully this year they will be abundant....if you look along our roadsides it sure does seem they will be.
(I don't believe I mentioned the word CHRISTMAS)....
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Today I brought to the store a vintage croquet holder and mallets. I painted the names of herbs on each mallet and Herb Garden down the front of the holder....Tony pointed each end of the mallets so you can put them in the dirt easily. This one is for sale - $35. but now I think I would like one for me.....on the hunt this week!!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
WOOHOO!! YIPPEE!! HOORAY!!!
I think I will end this streak right here and leave quietly.....
What is that noise...oh my....FIREWORKS !!!
Yes Gail LIFE IS GREAT !!!
and Janet....a few more moments with your beloved Danny....!!!! What an awesome show tonight!!!
2nd win - YIPPEE OUR CANDIDATE WON FOR DISTRICT JUDGE !!!! His name was Ed Kropp and the headlines this morning read "KROPP DUSTS THE OPPONENTS"...(love it!)
3rd win - SHAWN won Dancing with the Stars.....I was elated as she completely transformed into a beautiful ballroom dancer !!
now.....I am going for the LONG shot and hoping for a win by Kris tonight on Idol.....
(I am hopelessly involved with all the main reality shows) "sigh" !!!
The sun is shining in my part of PA today....hoping the sun is shining for you too !!!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Yesterday was very, very quiet in the store so what do I do to keep busy...?... move displays around....I started to set up and Americana display only to find out that I don't have as much as I thought.....I need to get busy!! I am always changing things around as boredom sets in easily and I love to play- growing up I always played house! There are big, heavy, fixed pieces in the store that need to be where they are....(the first floor has 7 windows, three doors and a staircase - makes it hard to move display pieces around)...so I have to work around them. That is not always easy and many times when I start changing it all goes back the way it was.....yi yi yi !!! I am also a "clutterer"....I like to think I have organized clutter...but I might be the ONLY one who thinks so....(big smile)! Having a country store is absolutely the BEST job I could have - fits my personality and "quirks" just perfect!
The picture is of "Hattie the Pot Lady" - I am sure everyone has seen her by now - years ago Barb from Turkey Hollow and I went to a store in Maryland where they had a HUGE pot lady in the garden made with all the very large pots. She was sitting in an olde wooden andirondeck chair just looking after the flowers and herbs. We made a few smaller ones that year and forgot all about her UNTIL I ran across the directions in an olde file folder - Tony made the above Hattie last year and she was a "door prize"....we also sold kits to make her yourself with instructions included...(some may know that we published alittle newsletter called the Seed Box that also instuctions were included).....anyway, I have two kits left and have to "rebox" them as they got a bit "squished" when I moved everything to the basement of the store from the attic. Have you ever made one....???
Monday, May 11, 2009
This is a very heavy mat.... about 2 1/2' X 4' in size ! I thought "kids" must be fooling around after hours....but today when I went to the store (to clean and redo)...I saw what was really happening....THE BIRDS.... hmmmm...it seems everything "clings" to this mat...especially little "threads" that just fall off my clothing (as I am always filled with threads of some nature)...and they do NOT sweep up easily - I have to bend down (UGH!!) and pick them off...which I do NOT do very often...what the broom gets is what is removed!! However it is "picked" clean of all threads and little pieces of whatever...the birds must be using it for their nests. Not a thread to be found !! Mystery solved ! I will put some "nesting" material out for them on Wednesday when I go to work!!!
I am working on our Fairy Garden Classes....this is "sheer" fun for me. Although this year I am having one heck of a time finding all the little "fairy necessities" I need for the gardens. ????? alittle frustrating as time is quickly approaching for the classes.
We had a great Mother's Day - sharing it with four generations of girls.....(NOT all mother's yet....that fourth generation are only 8 and 4) ... singing Happy Birthday to Breck (6) and Anthony (13) and me....it is hard to believe that Breck and Anthony are "Taurus's" - they are so sweet and loving....me - that I believe!!!!
The Herb Faire this week was great....gives a storekeeper lots of "encouragement" that the economy may be bouncing back a little. Hopefully we can keep this trend going !!
Linda....always a loyal "herb loving" customer !!!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
I know alot of storekeepers feel this way...BUT I REALLY DO HAVE THE BESTEST FRIENDS AND CUSTOMERS !!!
Today was a very good day at the store....much welcomed and the weather was A+++. We are open on Mother's Day -sometimes busy sometimes not - but if the weather is nice I have tons of work to do outside!
Tomorrow will be a busy day no matter what....flea market very very early morning (then I get to have breakfast out)...work all day....and then it is Brecklin's birthday....he will be 6 years olde tomorrow...We will go to our daughter's to celebrate Mother's Day and Brecklin's birthday....cake and ice cream....my favorites !!!
I lost my MOM in January, 2004...miss her dearly - I was her first born and don't tell my brothers and sisters but I was the favorite!! XOXO MOM !!! Happy Mother's Day!!!
Friday, May 8, 2009
He was hiding behind the lavender plant but decided to enjoy the sunshine for a bit - Alfred is very olde and can be contrary when he wants to be. I think he needs some playmates but they are so hard to find....maybe a couple "pixies" will stop by and keep him company. All the fuss I made about the herbs being on the porches seems to be for naught - every customer told me they love the herbs on the porches as they don't get wet feet and can find what they are looking for easier...seems all I needed was a "Suggestion Box" and all my bellyaching could have been avoided - never too olde to learn new things. Have a great weekend....and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO EVERYONE....
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Won't that child's metal wheelbarrow look great filled with "strawberries".....!!!!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Here's a picture of the table - (the Radish & Chive is suppose to say Spread at the end.....LOL!! I did fix it but after the picture was taken....oops!)
There was fresh lemon balm on the plates and some johnnies....I wanted to get the pictures taken before the customers came...and look at my napkins....My NEW stamp...I love it and I am a stamping fool right now...!!! ( a bit hard to see sorry) !!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
These pictures are of the back porch... I have little gardeny stuff to display among the herbs but won't put them out till tomorrow. I will post the front porch tomorrow....don't want to put you in overload...!!!