Friday, September 26, 2014

Finally, It's Pumpkin Time!



Here are some of my favorite images of pumpkins and fall in general  from the new issue by Cottage Journal called 'Holiday Home'. If you can find it you really should get this issue! 


They borrowed this fabulous french bowl from my shop and just look how pretty it is with all of their pumpkins, gourds and vegetables!


They have a wonderful staff and very talented stylists! 
It's always fun to see what they put together at Hoffman Media.
 In fact, they were actually at my own home this past Wednesday and I can't wait to see the pictures!


Even these simple lanterns look so good mixed in with pumpkins and mums.


Fall has always been one of my most favorite times of the year to decorate for. Finally, we've had a week of great weather and it's beginning to even feel like fall!


From different shades of orange…


to the greens and yellows of gourds it really is simple to pull together a great looking fall arrangement!


Look how pretty the berries look mixed in with it as well!


I am so excited that these handblown pumpkins were shown as well because they are arriving at my shop next week! Just in time for our big art show that's coming up!


Who doesn't love the white pumpkins? We usually have the real ones in the shop but we haven't gotten any yet….it really has been too hot to think about fall until this week!



Seriously, this is breathtaking and we actually have those candlesticks in right now!
 I wonder if they borrowed these as well? I can't remember!


Downtown we have a wonderful place that is owned by Charlie Thigpen and it's always a treat for me to stop by and take a look. I like to go in it when we are there for the farmer's market that is put on every Saturday until mid December, I think.


It's always a treat to see his innovative ideas as well ooh and ahh over his incredible gardening ability! 


He has a regular column in Southern Living magazine that is always interesting and sometimes downright entertaining!


I would say he was born with a green thumb!


As well as a lot of imagination! Hope you enjoyed a little Fall flare and pumpkins galore! I can't wait to share the Christmas decorating ideas that are also in this issue! 
To see more of Charlie's work you can see his website HERE.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Caroline Ceramics

Several years ago we met a girl named Caroline!


In fact, we were the first to carry her work in Birmingham and we were thrilled! While she was showing in my shop she recounted a story of a boy she had met while at the beach! 
Little did we know at the time that they would literally become the perfect pair! 


Caroline grew up in Fairhope, Alabama and graduated from Ole Miss where she quickly launched her Caroline Ceramics line and the rest my friends is history as they say!


Flower Magazine did a story on her a while back as well as other publications that borrowed our pieces that we had in stock for their photo shoots. 
We were thrilled for Caroline to get the recognition that she deserved. 


Her work is intricate, delicate, time consuming and most importantly a true gift that was given to her by her Creator. She creates beauty and shares that with others in the form of her gorgeous ceramics and now her paintings that incorporate her ceramics as well.


Of course, once she and William started dating seriously we knew she would be leaving Birmingham and moving on to Raleigh, N.C. where she now resides with her sweet husband and most recently her precious daughter , Leavie. What a sweet, sweet family!


Luckily, Flower Magazine captured this ideal wedding in the perfect setting…nothing is better than a wedding in Highlands, N.C. I might be a little biased as my parents have a house there and we see many a wedding party walking down Main Street or going in to the receptions at The Old Edwards Inn.


Not a detail was missed. Do you see the handmade cross woven into her bridal bouquet? She lovingly gave one of these crosses to me and my sweet friend Pattie that works at my shop. We have treasured them!


I love how Flower Magazine and Bryan Johnson captured all of the details that made up this fairy tale wedding! If you haven't seen the article yet you really need to get the latest issue and truly study it!


Every guest was sent home with one of her gorgeous handmade pears…all 207 of them! 


This garland takes my breath away!


This cake is truly phenomenal! What a gorgeous replica of Caroline's handmade roses cascading down this yummy Salted Caramel Cake by Lush Cakery in Atlanta.


Can you even stand the beauty in this tall vase? Can you even imagine the talent behind it or the joy the recipient had when receiving this as a gift after the wedding! How fun!


And then they left….and they left in style! I would not expect anything less from them! 
I'm so happy that Caroline's dreams have and are coming true! 
She is truly a special girl and I'm forever grateful that I got to know her early on in her career! 
Thanks to my daughter! 
You can see it in an original blog post that I did years ago.


It's not often that I can say we truly had this first! But we did!
Here it is in my original blog post about Caroline's pottery when it first came to Mulberry Heights Antiques! You can see it HERE!


These are samplings of pieces we've had or are currently carrying. If you see anything that catches your eye we ship things weekly and are happy to do so!


Each piece is truly stunning!


I would be lying if I told you that I haven't kept any of these for myself! I thought about showing you pictures of the pieces in my house but may save that for another day! 


I have also had the pleasure of giving some of her work as gifts to special friends and dear family members. 
They are always treasured!


These tabletop crosses are stunning! 
I have them displayed on books, etc. in the shop.


The ring dishes and bud vases are the most wonderful gifts to give! 


And of course, her special vases are remarkable and come in many difference sizes and shapes!


But the truly remarkable one is Caroline herself! This girl makes me smile whenever I think about her! In fact, I truly miss her! Maybe she would come back to Birmingham for a show one day? I guess it never hurts to ask! Congratulations, Caroline! On your special wedding and now for your precious, beautiful baby girl, Leavie! Did you know Caroline also has a blog called Leavie Rose?
You can read all about her and then some on her personal website that you can see HERE!
Hope to hear from you soon! 
I've been gone way too long and I miss you all!



Monday, June 30, 2014

I Was Tagged!

Sometimes during these summer months when everyone is on vacation it's hard to get people to stop by and take the time to read your blog posts…I get it! I really do! I'm guilty of that myself especially these days when time seems to be of the essence! However…when Shelley of Calypso In The Country tagged me in this post I had the best time really getting to know her! Sometimes in blogland we consider ourselves friends with so many people…when in reality we are truly friends with only a few! 
Shelley has ALWAYS been there for me with sweet comments and really takes my love of country music to heart! LOL! Shelley is amazing and we seemed to have become friends right from the start! Therefore, when she tagged me in this post I was more than excited to participate! I hope you will be as well! 

HERE WE GO!

1. ARE YOU NAMED AFTER SOMEONE?
No, I think my mom just liked the name Carolyn. Her second choice was Shara which is so odd being that my best friend once I was grown up was named Sharon, born in the same hospital in Memphis, ( we lived in Birmingham at this point) and our moms had the same OBGYN! Our birthdays are March 6, 1964 and April 6, 1964…we didn't meet until 1983 and now our sons are best friends and roommates at college.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
 I would say to that…when was the last time I DIDN'T cry? I cry at everything these days! My oldest son and his wife and my granddaughter have been in Europe for the past week and half…and they are having fun but the trip is leading up to my granddaughter's major surgery for her bilateral cleft lip and pallete…her surgery is in Italy this Wednesday! I would love your prayers! Her doctor is amazing…it's just hard to think of her going through something so hard without all of us there.

3. DO YOU HAVE KIDDOS?
Yes, I have LOTS of Kiddos! I thought I had 3 until they grew up! Now I have at least 5! My oldest son is married and his wife is my other daughter…her name is Britney and she was the one I used to beg my son to ask out in high school! He was too nervous to ask her out! They started dating their freshman year at Auburn! I will never forget that phone call in the fall of their freshman year when Mitch said to me on the phone, "You will never guess who I'm dating!"  Their daughter is amazing! She is 7 now! My only grandchild and I love her more than life itself! My daughter married her high school sweetheart so he is also my son! I love him to pieces! He fit right in our family as did Britney. Our youngest son is still in school at Auburn and is dating our dream girl for him! Her mom and I have been  friends since Jr. High! Go figure! God has blessed us tremendously with wonderful spouses for our children and a wonderful girlfriend for our youngest son….I will keep you posted! 

4. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE A FRIEND TO YOURSELF?
At first I thought this was such a weird question until I really thought about it! And Shelley answered it perfectly! Of Course! If I said no I would have some serious issues!

5. DO YOU HAVE A GUILTY PLEASURE?
I really can't think of one except that I sincerely love time alone…and I mean ALONE!!! I love being with my husband and my children and my family and friends but I LOVE BEING ALONE!

6. DO YOU LIKE HANDWRITING?
I know the answer to this is a hand written thank you note which I have always done and will always do…my kids grew up doing this and I think I've instilled that in MOST of them! However…I hate BAD handwriting! So…to that I say…if you don't know how to really write a great note…a sincere thank you note that is truly from YOU…don't write one! You will still be on my hit list…but at least you didn't write a bad note! ( obviously, we've just received several notes that weren't all that!)

7. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
I know I should be a cereal kind of gal….but in reality…I'm a protein kind of gal for breakfast! However…I love my oatmeal in the winter…HAS to be cold weather for me to eat oatmeal and I also love Basic Four or my new found fave…Whole Foods Blueberry Granola on top of yogurt!

8. WHAT'S THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
In all honesty? I notice if I like you or not! By that I mean…are you likable? Are you real? Are you pretending to be something you aren't? After that…I guess I notice if I like your outfit! LOL! But seriously, the outfit is last on my list!

9. WHAT'S THE COLOR OF YOUR EYES?
Blue…oh wait…green…oh wait…blue?

10. SCARY MOVIE OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Really, Kevin? I gave up on scary movies in the early 1980's with Halloween! I only watch Happy Endings! After all…isn't that what life is about?

11. Favorite TV SHOWS
Truthfully, we really don't watch tv anymore! Maybe that's because there isn't anything worth watching these days! I used to love Seinfeld, Friends, etc…now we buy series on Netflix like Castle…that's what we watch…my mom got us onto that and we are hooked! Yes, we are late in the game but that is par for the course with us for tv! We love watching 3 episodes of Castle almost every night!


12. SUMMER OR WINTER?
If you know me even in the tiniest bit you would know….SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!!

13. HUGS OR KISSES?
I've always been just a hugs kind of gal…much to my husbands dismay! LOL! But I do give him the majority of my kisses! The rest are planted right on Layton's cheeks!!

14. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
I would say not really….but, I love, love, love to write! you name it..poetry, short stories, cook books, etc…that is my love! I will have to agree with Shelley in the fact that I've always been known for my ability to read people as well! I really like that fact because it saves a lot of time and heartache on my part!

15. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
I was born in Memphis, Tennessee and I wish a lot of my close relative were still alive for me to spend time with in Memphis. Seems we only go back for funerals or milestone birthdays now.

16. WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES?
I have a lot of hobbies…hence the reason for my shop…born out of my hobby of loving antiques. Besides that I LOVE to blog, cook, entertain, workout, and spend time with my family!

17. DO YOU HAVE ANY PETS?




I have two wonderful dogs! My Cavalier King Charles Spaniel whose name is Rosie and my sweet little 'Morkie' whose name is Zoie! Zoie actually saved me from an "intruder" this past Tuesday! I may do a post on that before too long….

18. FAVORITE MOVIE?
Well that is SO EASY! I have several that I watch over and over and over….they are Sweet Home Alabama, Hope Floats and Somethings Got To Give…I could survive on those three if I had to!

19. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
My car is gold…or taupe? it's in-between and I love it. It holds the record for the longest time I've ever had or loved the same car!

20. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
This may sound selfish or weird…but a better version of me. I love what I do, I love who I am and I certainly love my family and all that God has blessed me with. But if I could do any of it over…I would only want to do it better…but then I might not be the person I am today. I cannot hold regrets…although there are definitely things I would get rid of….God used those things in my life to get me where I am today. I can only hope and pray that I get to see where He takes me with the things that are in my life now. 

I hope you will participate in "Being Tagged!" I sure loved getting to know Shelley even better and I really loved sharing myself with you! I would love to know your answers to some of these same questions! 
I hope you all have a wonderful Fourth of July as well! 
Now THAT is a reason to celebrate! 
Happy Independance Day!


I am tagging:


Elisabeth at Pretty Pink Tulips
Karolyn of The Relished Root
Teresa of Splendid Sass
Stacy of South Shore Decorating Blog
Tina of The Enchanted Home
Julie and Danni from TG Interiors



Monday, June 23, 2014

The Antiques Roadshow Arrives In Birmingham!




It's not often that something happens that I really don't want to attend when it involves antiques. I usually jump at the chance! However, when we were asked if we wanted to attend the Black Tie Event party on friday night before the Antiques Roadshow taping in Birmingham on Saturday we really didn't feel led to do so! In fact, we thought we were going to be at the beach. 
Well, those plans fell through and the next thing I knew the editor of Birmingham Home and Garden Magazine, Cathy McGowin was calling and offering me her press pass to attend the actual event on Saturday in her place. Hmmm…this was too good to pass up and had me really excited!


The next thing I knew we were also going to attend the event that Friday night at the Alabama Theatre! Our invitation came in these lovely mint julep cups! Now I was really excited again!



The historic Alabama Theatre is so beautiful and such a part of our history in Birmingham. 
I knew the event would be spectacular!


And spectacular it was! We were not disappointed in the least!


It was a wonderful turnout and just looking around at the ornate designs inside had me in awe! 
And I've seen it several times before…but it never gets old!


My only regret is that I only took my phone in and not my good camera. So bear with me on these next few pictures! Atleast you can get a feel for the show and the beauty of the theatre.



Alabama Public Television hosted the show and they did an excellent job! As did the Antiques Roadshow Show Producer, Marsha Bemko and the executives from Cadence Bank. The host of the Antiques Roadshow, Mark Walberg made a brief appearance and did an excellent job! He literally ran in, gave his speech and ran out because they were also taping at the Civil Rights Museum. 
The Roadshow crew could not say enough incredible things about that museum. 
I'm definitely looking forward to seeing that when it airs!


While listening to each one talk I was truly almost in tears several times. I kept wondering, "Am I the only one inside this historic building that is about to cry?" I was once again reminded of why I got into the antiques business to begin with. Sure, there are many times I want to quit! When it is so slow in the summer…when your "stuff" doesn't seem to be selling, etc…However, my heart was stirred and my soul was touched with the words they each echoed. I thought to myself, this is me…it's who I've always been and antiques are what I've always loved.


And I know this may sound corny…but when that organist began to play on "The Mighty Wurlitzer" I almost lost it! It's pretty cool when it rises up from beneath the stage and then you find out the history behind the organ. Did you know it is one of only three Wurlitzer's left in it's original spot? And it's right here in our wonderful city of Birmingham, Alabama!


It was a wonderful night all the way around! I have to say a HUGE Thank You to Cadence Bank! I had no idea that they were only giving away two door prizes and one was a gift certificate to my shop,Mulberry Heights Antiques . The other was to Barton Clay Jewelers. The plug they gave for our shop was totally a shock to me and needless to say I was extremely grateful and humbled!


The food was catered by B&A Wharehouse and was delicious as were the "baby bites" that were catered by Pastry Art.


So then began our journey on Saturday for the actual Antiques Roadshow! To say I was a little nervous is an understatement! I certainly didn't want to let Cathy or Birmingham Home and Garden Magazine down! I put on my big girl shoes and headed right in!


This is just a sampling of what we saw as we walked towards the Civic Center where it was being held. I so wish I'd taken pictures of the people bringing in large Secretaries, sets of dining chairs…you name it! I don't know how some of them managed to pull it off but they did! I must give credit to AL.com for this photo and a few others. We actually were standing there at this point but their picture was much better than mine as you can imagine!


There were plenty of signs to lead the way as we made our way in to get our press passes, etc.


Once inside we were escorted by a volunteer worker as well as a member of the Roadshow Media Staff. They are strict on their photography rules and rightfully so but so very generous in allowing us to do as much as possible as part of the Birmingham press. We became fast friends with our escorts and they made our job much easier!


The lines had began forming early that morning and would continue to grow throughout the day!


It was all very organized!


As part of the media/press we were escorted to the front of every line! 
Yes, it was a little embarrassing but such a great perk!


There was a line for everything under the sun! I actually took 3 different items to be appraised and I'm so glad I did! It was at the suggestion of the Roadshow staff and they were so right! 
It definitely enhanced my own Roadshow experience!


They were actually filming the whole time people were milling around and waiting in line…there is so much to take in that if one did have to wait in long lines I'm sure they were entertained by many things they saw!


At the insistence of Kate…a Roadshow staff member I got my picture made with Birmingham native Stuart Whitehurst. He was such a nice guy…and he was actually the one that appraised my only item that was worth much! He loved this box below that once belonged to Jim's grandmother and gave us a lot of history behind it! One interesting fact was that it was made in Birmingham, England which Stuart thought was sort of ironic!


The other items I took didn't fare so well…however, it made me realize that I do know more than I give myself credit for when it comes to recognizing a true antique and I think I will feel a little more knowledgeable when people ask for my opinion in my shop. Each appraiser genuinely cared and definitely was an expert in his or her field! 


All in all, it was an amazing experience and one I will never forget!


Just to actually be able to watch the behind the scenes stuff that goes on was fascinating. 


We got to see this lady with her antique clock being filmed for the actual show when it airs in 2015.


I cannot tell you how much I fell in love with the furniture area! I saw some of the prettiest pieces I've ever seen even at an antiques show!


Here is another picture courtesy of AL.com where you see Stuart in action!


I was so glad Jim was able to come with me! He's the only one I go to antique shows or fairs with and he truly does know what he's doing! 
( i hate this picture but at least you can see a lot of what goes on in the background!)


However, the moment we walked over to the sponsor's area I almost had to make him leave! My sweet husband decided to hop right into this vintage Subaru only to find out that wasn't allowed! In his defense, our volunteer guide told us we could! Poor Jim! Atleast the representative was super nice!


It was really a cool car!


And then our time was up! You get two hours as a media person…that was plenty for me! 
They will allow extra time if you ask though!


The crowds had definitely grown while we were touring the set!


And if you know me at all you can rest assured that these items will never be thrown away! What a way to spend a Friday night and a Saturday morning! Thank you Cathy McGowin for trusting me with this job and allowing me the privilege of being a behind the scenes person! 
If you ever need another event covered….I will definitely volunteer! 
Thank you!


If you ever get the chance to attend an Antiques Roadshow event in your area it is so worth it! You will not be sorry! Yes, the odds of getting a ticket seem rather slim but you never know! And even if you get a "sad" appraisal as I did on an item that belonged to my great grandmother just remember…there is absolutely no value for sentiment. You just can't put a price on something that is special to you for any reason!