Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Part 2 visiting Concord Ma. and Wendy's Nesting Shop

Just a little show off before I start the post on the 2nd part of my trip out East.  
This is our Granddaughter Abby with the Easter Bunny.

It was a wonderful day here in the burbs of Chicago.  In the 70's and beautiful.  Abby had fun with the visit of the Easter Bunny and hunting for eggs outside.
Hope you all had a great Easter.

Now on to the post:

It is the middle of the week.  Wooo Hooo.  Hope all is going good for you.

Here is the 2nd part of my trip out East.

Michelle, Wendy, Myself and Susan.  Wendy has a great shop in Concord, Ma.  So it was fun to visit Concord for her shop and all the other cute places to shop and eat there.  Concord is a typical old history filled Eastern Town.

The name of Wendy's shop is Nesting.  Such a sweet name.

This is a view of the front of the building Nesting is in.  There is a little cafe down below that we had the most yummy lunch.

This is a front view of the building where Nesting is and also the down stairs Main Street Market Cafe.  If you look to the upper left where the stair lead that is Nesting.

Great old window frames around her flower boxes outside the shop.  Really sweet.

As you enter into the shop it is a fantastic selection of gorgeous treasures.  Don't you love that Picnic Area Sign.  I mad I did not get that.  How cute would that be on an outside deck table and chairs area.

One of the many many things I loved about Wendy's shop is she sells and displays beautiful architectural pieces with the merchandise. 

Everywhere you looked there was so many sweet treasures.  Look at that amazing clock.

Ahhhhhhh this stopped me dead in my tracks.  Oh la la that old architectural church steeple piece.  Too gorgeous.  I wish I could have packed that in the suit case.  It is a stunning piece.

Wendy's partner makes beautiful jewelry pieces.  I loved seeing all her beautiful necklaces and jewelry.

Cute displays everywhere.  I wanted those chairs too but again could not put them in a suit case.  So... bringing a U Haul on my next trip out there!!!!!

Look at all the fabulous Easter pieces.  The birdhouses she had were amazing.

This was the cabin and rustic room.  She had so many great pieces of home decor made out of wood and natural things.

There you have it.  Wendy's shop is so cute.  I loved making a visit.  This town was gorgeous and full of so much history.  We had a great day exploring Concord.
If you want to visit Wendy's Facebook go here.

Have a great rest of the week.  Come back on Saturday for Spotlight.   Susan and I will have two wonderful bloggers for you to get to know.

Monday, April 21, 2014

At Home With Whites Show and Meeting Wonderful Blog Friends

Good Morning.  Hope Easter was wonderful for all of you.

I am finally getting to my post on my trip out East to Boston and going to the At Home With Whites Show and meeting up with wonderful blog friends.

So here we go.

Here we are all together.  Michelle, me, Susan and Sandi.  We were all looking into the sun so squinty eyes LOL!  When we all met up it felt like we were life long friends.  It was so much fun.

Look at this gorgeous display of yummy whites on the porch entering the store.  Just beautiful and so full of many wonderful items.  I am coming back next year with a U Haul!!!!!!

Look at this cute bike.  Adorable.

So many vintage and beautiful white chippy treasures.

This bed vendor did such a beautiful display of all her treasures she was selling.  White love!

One of the vendors inside the store.  Gorgeous items in her display.

Look at the sweet Madonna.

See those sweet slipcovered chairs in Liz's booth.  Yep the covers came home with me.  You will see what I did with them in another post.  They are so sweet and have a lace pocket in the back of the chair.

This pillow in the middle I also got from Liz's booth.  It was a perfect pick for my chair.  The cute bunny pillow a friend gifted me for my birthday.  Too cute with the buttons.

Not a great picture of the great couch in the back ground.  Oh la la that couch by Liz was so fabulous.  I just kept saying I want it but it would not fit in the suit case.  Seriously, I am coming back with a U Haul next year.

This is Sandi's booth in the shop.  She has some really fabulous items for sale.

Sandi has the best stuff in her booth.  I loved this farmhouse sign and that chippy white garden table.  If I lived closer I would be her best customer.

This is the sweet towel Sandi made and gifted to each of us.  They were all different cute designs.  I love that she gave me the french rooster.  Thank you Sandi.  I just love it.

This was my heart break that I could not bring it back with me.  Look at this old vintage fireplace.  I would have loved that for my faux fireplace mantel.  It was all iron and so so  heavy.  It had the cutest legs.

This was just some of the doors I had to say good bye too.  Oh the door addiction in me was on over load with all of these lovelies.

Windows Galore!

Some lovely garden urns.
This is all of us girls again with Wendy the 2nd over from the left.  Wendy does not have a blog but she has a great shop in Concord.  So Terry and I headed to Concord the next day to visit Wendy's shop called Nesting and also to take in the old colonial town of Concord and all the wonderful history there.  I will have that in the next post in a few days.
Just did not want to put you on picture overload in one post. LOL!
Have a great start to the new week ahead.
Thank you again for all your prayers and sweet wishes for my father in law.  He is doing better but we still have a long road ahead.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to all of you that celebrate this beautiful day and Happy Passover to you that celebrate this glorious time.

Today a day when we Christians celebrate the rising of our Lord to free us from Sin.   We have so much to be thankful for.

For our family this is a glorious day to celebrate.  Terry's dad is off all life support and is being weened down off all medications successfully.  We are so thankful.  He still has a long road ahead but we are so hopeful.

Thank you to all of you that prayed for us and sent us good wishes.  Enjoy your family and friends today.  Give extra hugs and kisses and enjoy the gift of life.
Happy Easter My Friends.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind The Blogger

Susan from Must Love Junk, and myself wanted to do a regular feature on our blogs, something unique that hasn't been done before.   So we came up with an idea to 'spotlight the real life behind the blogger' in a more personal way.
There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland, and we thought it would be fun to bring you a closer look at the person behind the blog.

Every week on Saturday we will spotlight a blogger and have them tell us a little bit about themselves and their blogs.  You will be able to see and read about each of the bloggers on both Susan's and my blog. 
April 19
Theresa from The Old White House

I would love to introduce you this week to a lovely lady in blogland.  She shares my love of whites and chippy.  Please enjoy meeting and getting to know Theresa from The Old White House.

First of all I want to say thank you to Kris for inviting me to be featured for Saturday 
Spotlight  among many bloggers that I admire.  I am truly honored.  My name is Theresa 
and my blog is The Old White House.  

I have been married to my wonderful husband for 28 years and we have 5 awesome 
children with age ranges from 11 to 27.  

These people are my life.

...and we live in a very old white house.

I have spent what seems like my whole life making things.  I am the second oldest of a 
family of 12 children and we spent a lot of time creating our own fun. 
 My mom was a teacher and always had something up her sleeve to keep us busy. 
 Even when we went
camping she would bring along paints and we would paint on rocks
 or go on a tour of a factory to see how things were made.  
Which is most likely the reason that most of my 
brothers and sisters are also creative in one way or another. 

I started following a few blogs years ago and then one day in a moment of pure panic 
pressed the ‘publish’ button and well, here we are!  It gave me a place to share what I was 
creating besides at the dinner table with my family, who quite honestly was thinking, find art 
friends and share it with them!  
I am drawn to history. I see a garage sale with two old men standing in the garage and my 
heart goes pitter patter, it’s okay my husband understands.   It’s just that they have all the 
best old junk that I love to add to my work.   

After years of creating primitive dolls and other fabric creations I moved on to mixed media 
altered collage and assemblage pieces.   I felt a freedom of using more and more vintage 
treasures and letting my inhibitions go wild with the photos of strangers and their past that I 
love to use.   

This piece is a wax collage that I created a few years ago.   I had been saving the photo for 
just such a project.  The men in the photo were so intriguing to me, especially the one right 
up front with the bow tie.  I used him in a few creations before I finally used the original 
photo in this piece.  I have a thing for bow ties too.  

…. and birds.  Seriously, ‘put a bird on it’ was a theme that I ran with for a while!  I love
them, I think they are a combination of fragility and strength along with their resourcefulness 
that I connect with.   

(put a bird on a wreath too!)

I loved creating mixed media altered pieces and all of the history that I could use in them, 
but my life took another turn when I created our line of natural lavender laundry and cleaning 

I no longer had time to create large scale items (and clean up the mess that I made while 
creating them!)  because we started going to farmers markets and craft shows on a very 
regular basis.   

This is a labor of love for us.  

 It began with our laundry soap.  Like many,  I found a recipe on pinterest for laundry soap, 
and then I tweaked it to make it my own, one that did an amazing job cleaning the huge 
piles of laundry that a large family accumulates along with smelling beautiful.  I then made 
our organic lavender dryer sachets and lavender linen & room spray to go along with the 
soap.  We now have a full line of natural lavender cleaners with more on the horizon.  This is a family business, I no longer do it on my own.  'My husband, Duane, now makes many of our products and attends every Saturday market with me and is the salesman extraordinaire.'  Our children help with every aspect of it,
from the youngest two still at home helping to make and package the products and selling 
at shows with us, to the oldest three who live on their own and contribute by giving us 
marketing tips, finding stores that would carry our products, investing in the company, and 
sharing news of our products to people they meet in their new communities.   Their support, 
love and belief in this business fills my heart with joy beyond measure.  

Every week you can find us at a farmers market or two now, and the response from our 
customers has been overwhelming.  I feel blessed to have met so many wonderful people 
that are on the same path that we are on as a small business. At the farmers markets that 
we attend there are so many folks creating products that are good for the earth and healthy 
for your family’s well being, and even more that are looking to buy those products that 
embody that philosophy for their family.  The conversations that I am able to have with both 
sets of folks fuels my passion for our business more than ever.   

Along with making all of our products in our home, I still had the urge to fill that piece of me 
that NEEDS to create art.  I no longer had the time to create large pieces so I have scaled 
my artwork down and now make repurposed assemblage art jewelry.  Plus I wanted to add 
some art to our booth, and it seemed like a good way to do that. 

This way I can still use treasures of the past that I love, but on a smaller scale.  ( I do still 
however make a mess and I would like to say on a smaller scale as well, but my momma 
taught me to tell the truth, and I am pretty messy when I work!)
 I started with soldering, making tiny collage art and encasing them in nice thick glass 
wrapped in lead free silver solder. 

Once I started adding rosary style beading to them, I was hooked on becoming a jewelry 
maker.  I threw myself into it and it has become my go to ‘art therapy’!  
I find it relaxing as I work and exhilarating when I complete a piece,
 it’s a win­ win!   

(there's that bird again)

My days are long, and mostly consumed with getting products and jewelry ready for the next 
market, but I would not want it any other way.  I love what I do and I know that that in itself is a 
blessing.  I try to blog as often as I can, but after looking back through the blog for photos to 
use for this feature I realize how much I miss blogging like I use to be able to do.  As soon 
as I would get a project finished, waalaa it was on the blog.  I am going to make it my 
mission to do that again, I hope you will stop by for a visit and take a peak! 

Thank you again Kris, for inviting me here today!   

Now that you have gotten to know Theresa please visit her blog and also hop over to Susan's blog today to learn about another wonderful blogger Christine from Little Brags.