Monday, October 26, 2015

Another Monday….Rolling Around!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday's! There's Always Another One Coming Around!

No matter what we've been doing over the weekend…Monday's  don't show much favoritism! They are always there…always waiting for us! 
In some ways I guess it's reassuring, though!

As much fun as I've had with my family at the beach over the weekend, I'm honestly looking forward to seeing what awaits me! Pattie texted me this picture of the books that came in while I was away and yes, there is ONE copy of Rooms To Inspire by the Sea….all for me!
 ( it never hurts to get yourself a little happy when ordering for the shop…at least that's what I say!)

It was hard to leave this morning…but I know there is much to do at home!

There are so many other things that await my return…number one on my list is helping  my son pack up to head off to Auburn for college!
As well as helping my daughter and her husband pack up to move for good to New Orleans….hmmmm!!
Then there are the not so pressing and yet important issues...
Like decorating the shop for fall! We just received this copy of Cottage Journal right before I left showing our 'turkey' that they used in the photo shoot. I can't believe it's really that time of year again, but it is! There is always another one just around the corner it seems!

We will be putting out lots of fun decorations for use in your fall tablescapes. A lot of them mix quite well with our antique brown and white transferware as well as our creamware!

And then, before you know it I will be putting out more decorations at home….which is always hard to get excited about when you've had them out since the end of August at the shop!

And then changing everything up to get ready for Christmas! 

Whew! I'm exhausted just thinking about it!
I know for certain that somewhere in between I will be longing for my quiet place at the beach to reflect on it all and wish that I had enjoyed it! I don't want to have any regrets! Because when all is said and done…life will still be here and still be moving right along…and once it settles down….

I might just have some time to enjoy this precious little angel!

And in the end, it really is about enjoying each of life's "pressing" issues, isn't it! Because once those things are dealt with you get to soak in all of life's blessing! Hope you've had a great start to your week and that you've enjoyed your Monday!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Fall Treats~

I love that my shop is often called upon to loan items for photo shoots…it gives us exposure and allows us to be a part of something bigger! 

I love the calls we get from the readers of all of these publications…it brings us people from all walks of life and every corner of the Untied States and then some. 
We share the common bond of loving and collecting beautiful things such as antique transferware!

Selfishly, I get to read the recipes in the magazines before a lot of you do because they send us early copies as a "Thank You" for letting them borrow our antique pieces. Therefore, when I see some that I think really look amazing I've decided to share them early with you!

(I love the way this tea pot photographed!)

 The cake stand above has sold since this was shot for Tea Time Magazine. 
I plan on finding more to add to the collections I carry at my shop…especially seeing how beautiful this *Salted Caramel Pound Cake looks on it!
*see recipe below

After reading this today at my shop it made me appreciate once again the reason I started my shop in the first place….

The things that remind you of the past and give you something to share with those in your future! Your children and your grandchildren! Special friends and loved ones!
 I named my personal cookbook that I made for my family, "Collections". 
This is exactly the reason why I did!
 Enjoy the magazine when it arrives near you... 
~And definitely try out some of these amazing recipes~

Friday, October 16, 2015

"Fall In Love With Art" 2015 Show And Introducing Vesela Baker!

 I hope you don't get tired of looking at art! 
I feel like lately that is  what most of my posts are about but it's what I do!
 And it's truly what I love doing! 
I really enjoy each artist that we represent in my shop and we are so happy to introduce
Vesela Baker! 

Vesela is originally from Bulgaria which is where she studied art but she and her husband currently live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is truly a delightful person and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting her officially for the first time yesterday at our "Fall In Love With Art" show. 
Truthfully, I felt honored that she joined us as she does not usually do many shows. 

The first time she brought paintings I was not there…So, I thought I might show you what she brought that sold so quickly... simply so that I can remember it myself!

This beautiful painting that resembles a Twilight at a lake in my mind!

This painting of Roses went into our window for our flower display for the Antiques and Garden Show a few weeks ago.

And these blue flowers…Iris? 
I'm not sure…but they were spectacular!

So this time around I begged Vesela for another "Twilight"! So pretty! The rest was up to her!

She and her husband work together as a team...he builds the frames, she paints the beautiful paintings and then they use a technique which has been quite popular where they finish it off with an epoxy finish. 
To say the result is stunning is putting it mildly!

 I'm not sure if you can tell how large these paintings are 
but the pieces she brought us range from 60 x 48 to 36 x 48.

At our last few shows we've had a drawing for a 
free painting from each of the artists and this is the one that Vesela donated. 

And then there was Wednesday! 
A day early, mind you! Vicki Denaburg lives right here…right down the road from me so she was able to bring most of her pieces ahead of time! I always love that because it gives me time to go ahead and take pictures before the show actually starts…and then it's not so hectic! The first piece I saw was her fabulous horse painting!  It went straight to our window to be on display for all to see!

Vicki and Lauren Dunn went to France over the summer with several other artists and this is one of the paintings that resulted from their wonderful time there!

This little beauty left with one of my dear friends! 
And I just got a text from her saying she's keeping it!

This beautiful abstract also left with another one of 
my dear friends to try it in a space she's been eyeing for a long time!

Vicki is so talented and I love the diversity in her work. 
From her florals and churches to her landscapes and abstracts she always pleases everyone! 

I would love any of these star fish or coral pieces to go in my own beach house! Maybe I should take them with me when we finally get to go again next weekend!!

I'm loving Vicki's painting that was given away in the drawing!

And sweet Lauren Dunn!
My friend that I have loved "running things by"from the early days and learning this art life with! She now lives in Brentwood, Tennessee and brought some new looks to the show this time after spending some time in Carmel and other spots in California this summer. 

These new paintings meant a lot to me because these  are the parts of California where I grew up when my dad was in the Navy…we loved visiting each of these places! Everyone was loving the color pallets she used and everyone had fond memories of times spent there as well!

She also brought some florals that we all have loved and then she added a whimsical touch as well.

Everyone truly did comment on how much they loved all of the colors Lauren was using! 
I love the fact that all of my artists blend so well together! 

This pretty little church painting was the donation from Lauren and the girl that won this one is the daughter of a good friend of mine and she was thrilled!

The only one we were missing this time was Melissa Payne Baker from Atlanta. She already had a previous engagement and we were so sad but totally understood that these things happen sometimes!
 I will book her early for the Spring show!

Melissa chose this beautiful abstract painting with a cross in it for her giveaway! 
I can assure you everyone was beyond thrilled when we called to tell all four people that they had won!

So, that's it in a very large nutshell! 
My artists and me! 
Loving every minute of it and trying to share it with all of you! 
I am forever grateful for each and every one of them! Without their art I
would be really sad and just be a shop. With their art I can be the gallery that I desire to be. Most of all…I want to be their friend and share life long memories! I love the way we laugh and share with each other!  I love that I truly think of them as my friend first and an artist in my shop second. 
Life is too short to not enjoy doing what you love! 

And boy do I love these people! I love this picture of Lauren and Vicki and I so hate that Vesela had already left when this was taken! Trust me…next show, next visit…a group photo will be taken! 

Come see us! Come see the beautiful art that fills my shop because of these oh, so, very talented artists!!