Friday, August 27, 2010

August Jeanne d' Arc Living..."beam them up Captain!"

A note to my dear and PATIENT Jeanne d' Arc Living customers...I have not yet received the August issue. As we all know it was expected in the states August 20. Well, it seems it did arrive in the states everywhere but little ol' Thornville. I waited until the 23rd and then contacted our friends in Denmark upon which I learned there was a "misunderstanding with the transporter but your magazines should arrive within a few days". They also offered their apologies to me and all of you anxiously waiting. So I am thinking they will arrive today, at least I'm keeping my fingers crossed for that. Envelopes are ready and on standy the interest of time I will not be tissue wrapping this time but instead getting them to the post office within minutes of their arrival. So hang in there, Scotty has the transporter issue all figured out and they should be here shortly :-)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Vintage industrial

Some fab new finds...not in store yet, just a sneak preview, only half of my pictures turned out (took them with my new Droid X...still learning, with lots of help from my children). LOVE this!! Can't decide...sell or keep as a store display corralling other merchandise, what do you think?

Two of these FANTASTIC tables...

Perfect in kitchens, laundry, potting sheds, endless possibilities!

Love the blue legs and the wood top, perfect focal point in your urban farmhouse kitchen. Lots of other new treasures too! Hanging lanterns, floor lanterns, washed zinc electric wall sconces and these wonderful scrolled metal lamps with rectangular shades!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A sampling of our latest acquisitions!

Is this not the cutest feminine & flirty chair?
Concrete pedestals and fountains.
Vintage glass floats, driftwood and a gorgeous vintage fringed textile.
A trio of vintage concrete pond or fountain ducks.
Lovely and perfectly aged Florentine tray.
Five of these gorgeous tall, skinny cupboard doors with hardware.
A vintage cupboard base, great for a kitchen island or as a bar,
Not a new find but a STEAL!! Eight of these chairs (two with arms) at just $69 each!!!
A stack of shutters with old green paint, one with pink paint and one with citron green paint.
Darling leather suitcase and several vintage stained glass windows...and lots more!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Purple martin birdhouses

The beloved martin house from the very elaborate Victorian style to the humble, purpose driven abodes, has become a mainstay in the cottage garden. We love them for their simple functionality and as a wonderful addition to our landscapes. Growing up, most of us had someone in the family with "bird hotel" high on a pole in their back yard. Mine was my Pawpaw Shamhart. I can remember him telling us kids about the martins and why he had a special house just for them as they have a voracious appetite for mosquitos.

What many of us don't know is the man who turned the martin house into a cottage industry. J.L. Wade and his antennae factory were approached by the local Jaycees to build aluminum birdhouses to solve the insect problem in the small midwest town of Griggsville, Indiana. Mr. Wade's resulting creation allowed owners to raise and lower their martin house, maintained 6x6x6 compartments for nesting (too small for starlings) and were made of shiny aluminum to deter undesired birds.

In 2006, he sold his company, which by then employed about 50, to Erva Tool & Manufacturing Co. of Chicago.
"He put the city of Griggsville on the map of the state of Illinois," says Mayor Goewey, who, like most of the town's residents, had relatives on the company payroll at one time. When bird house production was shifted to Chicago in March, he adds, "That was a bad day and the end of an era."

J.L. Wade 1913-2007

Thursday, August 12, 2010

New finds!

Tried my hand at making a drift wood sail boat, working on a whole fleet now.

A plethora of indoor/outdoor personalized "Buckeye Lake" pillows, love the one with a mosquito on it!

Lots of vintage wicker in store right now, rockers (one that's vintage pink!), settees, tables, etc.

A pair of beautiful candleabras (possibly unmarked Heisey) dripping with crystals.

Definitely one of this summer's coveted items! These glass cones hold a t-lite and look great on patios and porches in potted plants and flowers
Scored a whole bunch of vintage chalks from the 1920's, the original starving artists.

Just a few photos of some new arrivals already here and some on their way...
Some beautiful pillow shams with frayed ruffles and velvet ribbons
My new favorite accessory, strands of real driftwood pieces, use as garland, hang several together to make a peek-a-boo curtain/room divider or use as a curtain tie back as shown here
A fresh batch of customized Buckeye Lake indoor/outdoor pillows just arrived
Some fabulous greeting cards with vintage images of Buckeye Lake
Our favorite candle line in a host of colors perfect for the upcoming fall season

Lots more!!