Thursday, May 18, 2017


I love browsing Pinterest, looking at the pretty pictures can be quite relaxing, and often inspiring, usually as "I really want that, can't afford it, will make something close."....

This is an antique crock I saw on the site and fell in love:

I found the perfect crock to paint my own version and couldn't be happier with the results:

Once I got the hang of striping, decided to transform a tiny little brown creamer that I'd had forever and a day--here is the before:

and the after:

Friday, May 5, 2017

Elaine's Sign Factory

Once I started turning my bread boards into signs, I find I can't stop.  Since they are actually selling as well, it is a win win this time.  Now I find myself hoping I didn't just jinx this...

this is a child size pastry board $48

this light blue piggy is $38

the dark blue piggy is $32

this dark blue board is $38

well, this one isn't a bread board, just a rusty tin sign for $20

Monday, May 1, 2017

Disguised as Yellow Ware

I really liked my saltglaze stoneware imposters and decided to tackle yellow ware--I kind of love the results!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Little Furniture

I have some rather wonderful pieces of children's furniture and have decided to put it up for sale.  Here are the first pieces...I still have many little chairs that should be added to the shop soon.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that I love Jane Austen and hate gardening.  Hoping the Janeites at least get that....Be that as it may, my big old house came with a big old yard and lots of perennials.  The side beds are huge and gave me much angst the first year here as I tried to weed it and make it neat, but am much happier now that I am determined to embrace nature and just let it look like the Iowa prairie it is.  The side beds look just like a walk through an Iowa woods.  In the meantime, the way I really like to garden is in pots--everything contained and no weeds!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Signs of the Times

I am on a sign binge these days, I stocked up on stencils and am finding interesting things to use.  The fresh milk sign is an old cupboard door that I painted (price $38 plus shipping), then I've had this old graniteware tray waiting to tell me what it wanted to be and is now a dairy sign for $28.  I bought the old firkin lid thinking I'd find the bottom to go with it some day, but that hasn't happened, so off to the sign factory for $28.  Up top, you'll see a starry crock for $98, a blue bread board sign for $30 and a little stoneware creamer that I painted and striped for $15.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Saltglaze Crockery The End

This is it for now, faux stoneware!