Sunday, November 22, 2009

More photos from my Christmas open house....

I must confess...I forgot to take pictures before the open house!! Although I had a HUGE head start on this year's event, thanks to my dear friend and now seasonal co-worker Colleen, who had all my Christmas finds and goodies unpacked, priced and "on deck" for me, it never seemed convenient to stop and pick up the camera. The Saturday morning before the event I inventoried and packed all the remaining Halloween,leaving most of the fall goodies for Thanksgiving. Saturday afternoon all the furniture was "set" in it's designated spot, minor adjustments occured all week. However, even with all that done before Sunday (usually Sunday and Monday are devoted to the above) my dear mother and I were just a flurry of activity right up until 4PM Thursday, two hours before the event began. So in the rush I forgot to take pictures. All of these were taken post open house. But they are beautiful none the less, just minus a few of the items that sold out.
This is the snowy entry, two huge, solid porch pillars, a gorgeous piece of fretwork/gingerbreading crowning a fabulous blue and white architectural table. The gorgeous urn was filled with the most darling white feather halos for children, they sold out, however, I was able to track down some more and they will be here this week. Perfect for those family Christmas photos!
The icy candleabras are battery powered and flickered all evening long next to candles floating in water in hurricanes. All on a mirror surround by a soft pile of flurries.
TNow onto the real reason for this glorious season. I have the most beautiful vintage and new collection of religious relics. One of my favs went home with a dear customer Thursday evening so I didn't get a photo, might have to have her send me one...:-) It was an antique liturgical altar piece with a beautiful Blessed Mother Mary statue inside. The leaded glass window below is still available and it is heavenly!

Friday, November 20, 2009

A champion to us all...

You started a revolution Stephanie, and some day we shall overcome cancer, and that day will be sooner because of you and your family's tireless devotion. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Spielman family and their extended and full circle of friends.
10% of all my in store & online sales on Saturday, November 20, will be donated to the Stephanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. I invite all indies to join me.

“Through her remarkable grace and compassion for others, Stefanie Spielman taught all of us powerful lessons about the human capacity for love and courage.” - Ohio State University President Gordon Gee.

Some more photos....Thanksgiving goodies!

The forgotten holiday in the retail world...Thanksgiving. Seems we retailers have to jump from Halloween right to Christmas without so much as a nod to the celebration of cooperation, thankfulness and a bountiful harvest. This year I have an entire area devoted to the feast. Some of what you will find; vintage tablecloths and linen napkin sets, Victorian napkin rings (some engraved), imported French cutting boards, pumpkin shaped candles (great hostess gift!), piles of ironstone platters, vintage salt & pepper shakers, vintage mounted & stuffed pheasants (lovely in a centerpiece).

One of the items you will find on this "loaded with bounty" table is
L'Epicurien's Cranberries cooked in Pays d'Oc wine. Served cold with cheeses, crackers, or bread, it's a true delight. Warmed up, it's perfection with duck, pheasant or turkey. The pièce de résistance would be a cranberry glaze for your turkey! Recipe below:

1 jar L'Epicurien cranberries
1/2 cup minced onion
2 Tbls olive oil
1 cup orange juice
1 cup dry white wine

Saute onions in the olive oil, add the white wine and reduce. Add the orange juice and reduce again. Add the cranberries and reduce until just thick. Serve over your roasted fowl.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Just SOME of the photos from our "Snowfall" season opener last week...

Lots more to come but here are a few...enjoy!!!
vintaged mercury finish urn with juniper available online here

Snowy woodland house, cottage or church also available online here

FABULOUS vintage dress form, complete with cage skirt, ornate base and wheels. She has been lovingly cared for and well oiled, she's better at getting around the shop than I am! She's $295 and yes I can ship.

Compotes, bowls, urns and platters corral our vintage ornaments. We collect them all year long, Shiny Brites, German made, Austrian ones and vintage Victorian feather tree orns.

Fabulous vintage folk art 2 story bird house. Love the old green paint. Looks darling paired with one of our snowy nests.

Glass glitter encrusted trees in glitter encrusted urns...stunning and available here