a blue lady

a blue lady

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!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Salt Glaze Stoneware Imposters

I am finishing a big group of antiques that started out as wood and tin and I painted them to look like old crocks.  $38 for a set of 3 spice tins (two different groups), $12 for the spoon, $48 for the grater, $38 for the tea tin, $38 for the dried gourd with a hinged lid and $58 for the dough bowl.  Still more on the way!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Robin's Egg Theme Continues

I think these are the last in the robin's egg line, but you never know...

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

More Stuff to List

Mall clean-out continues, cute stuff that really should have sold long ago.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Giving Up on Antique Malls

I have been "selling" in antique malls for over 25 years.  The early years were good, we had a booth in Galena and sold lots of furniture, then I did craft shows, which were pretty good, but the set-up work was just too much.  I also did well in the Country Sampler store in Kansas City before everything went to hell about 14 years ago.  Country Sampler went bankrupt and I lost my last check and barely got my inventory out before they locked the doors.  Antique malls started closing all over the place, mostly because the heating and cooling costs were so astronomical that the owners couldn't make a living.   I tried renting space at several in the area with just pittance sales here and there.  EBay sales remained good, thank goodness and I weathered all their changes (many I have hated, like the increase in fees and the last insult, charging me fees for the shipping cost too).  I've stayed at an antique mall for years despite really bad sales, partly because I thought it had to get better, but mostly because the owner is such a wonderful person.  I finally have to give up though, and will spend this week getting the inventory on EBay.  Here are a few things I have ready to sell.