I am just about to become 51, yikes, when did that happen??? I've been married for 31 years to a wonderful man, we have 2 children, the lights of my life. I homeschool my kids, funny because I got a degree in art education that I never used because I HATED teaching. It really is better when it's just my two, although there is not enough money in the world to pay teachers who have to teach reading--it is the bane of my existence. My husband and I both love scouring antique stores and travelling to comfortable places. I often say our idea of the great outdoors is a table at a sidewalk cafe. Nature is pretty, but must be kept in its place.
Well, my husband was trying to put up sheetrock to finish the basement, tripping over boxes we've never unpacked since we moved here and we are maybe moving again, who knows kind of thing, but we are trying to get the house on the market. Anyway, I made a spur of the moment decision to pack up the boxes and take them to Clarinda to store until we decide what on earth we are doing (stay tuned). In the meantime, I stopped in Des Moines on the way home at the Brass Armadillo antique mall, where I shop all the time. I am sure I now have my photo up in the break room as the wicked witch of antiques. It all started when I wanted to look in a locked case, just a bunch of wood stuff and the clerk would not open it until I told her exactly what I wanted to look at, as though my reaching in to pick up a wood bread board would cause the antique mall to collapse. She was snippy to me, I was snippy to her, then when I go check out there is a $100 plate that I never asked for on my bill! I will admit that despite hearing my mother's voice saying, "Elaine Lea, don't you dare..." I was not very pleasant, but honestly... Much more pleasant experiences in Valley Junction, Elinor's Woodinware is the most wonderful store and the owner just could not be nicer, then Shirlee at the Depot is also so nice and always has tons of bargains. Oh, and gas is 40 cents a gallon cheaper in Atlantic than in Iowa City--how????
In the background, some of my favorite things, Fat Hen Farm Dolls, early blue china and if you haven't noticed, I am enamored of the spice chest that I bought at Annies in Cascade and transformed with cupboard blue paint
Early One Piece Toy Rolling Pin
$28 for this cutie
The Spice Girls
The Early Littles
Finally, warmth and sunshine, I am re-taking a lot of my photos
Blue Willow Bowl
Oh, I do love my blue and whites!
Kreamer Pantry Tins
These are large canister size pantry tins that I painted, from the Kreamer company
Shaker Pantry Boxes
I was a really good girl and did not paint most of the mid 1800s pantry boxes, but I just had to allow myself these two, they are most gorgeous
Cupboard Blue Spice Tins
I decided these needed labels after all, back to the store for $85 set