Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

If it weren't for the love of others I don't know where I would be!  This picture is one taken of my Grandparents.   I witnessed their love story and I believe it helped shape my own.  
Happy Valentine's Day

Friday, February 9, 2018

I'm a Happy little Shore bird

I'm sharing some pretty pictures of the past few days of enjoying the beach.  The weather here has been glorious and it is good to get back to the  sound of the wind and the waves and the feel of cool sand between my toes.
 The birds were happy to pose for me.

 I think she found the perfect spot, don't you?
There are just some days that you hate to see end.  This was one!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

6 More Weeks of Winter

I found this picture in my Grandmother's scrapbook.  Her name was Blanche and the year 1913.  It was postmarked Anderson, IN.  I would love to know the story behind their friendship or relation.  I found it to be a perfect Victorian picture of Winter.  According to the groundhog we just might have 6 more weeks of enjoying our hats, and coats and boots.  Stay warm my friends. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Steampunk Festival

 This past weekend the annual Steampunk Festival was held at Rennigars in Mt. Dora, FL.  I had always wanted to go and I was not disappointed by the creativity of all the characters in cosplay that day.  This sweet young mother had a beautiful booth set up selling clothing and hats.
 Sleeping peacefully was her tiny little baby doll.  
 You might not be familiar with Steampunk so I will give you my best attempt at trying to define it.  It's playful costumes and gadgets that reflect a futuristic technology on the 19th century.  Think the elegance of the Victorian Era in the time of the Industrial Revolution.  Think steam engines.  Think time travel.
 Now think role playing and character creations, each unique with their own individual stories.
 I kind of like to think of it as looking in your Great-Grandparent's album and bringing that time back.  All the good, all the beauty which is why I think I love it so much.  The history and elegance of the Victorian time was just like no other time and one that I would love to travel back and forth to.
 Add to that just enough funky to make it fun.
 So come play with me. What might you need for your character creation?  A top hat and corset for sure.
 Your boots might have gears reflecting your time travel.
 Search for all your gismos and gadgets and start your creation or let someone create it for you.

 The men seem to love this part of it.  Check out in detail these too gents.
 These time traveling inventors most certainly took many days in their creations.
 Re entry to the 2018 Steampunk Festival was pretty rough on this guy on the bike but he made it.  lol
And of course when you find the perfect pet you absolutely must time travel with them as well. 
 And what would time travel be if on the other side of it you didn't find your Jamie?
I watched carefully,  somebody had to do it, and he didn't find his Claire.  Perhaps at the next festival he will.  All I know is that I'm going and in costume!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

A little frosting.

We got just a little bit of frosting on our gingerbread trim this past week.   Don't you just love a little dusting of snow.  It's a rare treat in the south and I found it to be delicious!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

After the storm

We chose to run from Hurricane Irma and she decided to follow us to Eufaula with a few tropical wind gusts which shook the trees of a few limbs.  Thankfully there was no damage to our home just a lot of yard clean up. 
It shook our pecan trees and the yard became a treasure land which made the clean up so rewarding.  With each pecan I picked up I could hear the squirrels fussing me out as this time I beat them before they stripped the trees bare.
The next few days were spent cracking away and I am happy to say there will be a few pies and pecan goodies for the holidays ahead.

Monday, April 10, 2017

A Little Gypsy Mermaid goes to Market

 Recently they held a Vintage Trailer show at Rennigar's in Mt. Dora.  After attending the previous show the year before we were excited having completed our trailer and thinking we could be in the next one they held.   
Being a vendor in a shop I always have a garage filled with things that I'm getting ready for the store.  So we filled up another trailer and decided to be a vendor as well as a happy camper.

It was a good show.

 We met the nicest people and saw the cutest trailers.   I wish I had taken a picture of the back of this couples trailer.   It read, " Making memories and not  payments."  
 The owner of this pretty pink trailer was almost talked in to selling her trailer.  In fact going to a vintage trailer show is a good place to find one.  There were a few for sale.  
 We will certainly do this again.   


It's always good making memories and new friends along the way.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Anniversary Road Trip to Posh

"What do you want to do for our anniversary, he asked."  He's like that.  He makes it all about me and my wants even though it's our anniversary.  Unselfish to a fault is my beloved.  32 years of putting up with the likes of me.  32 years of making as many dreams come true as he possible can.  From the days of pink decor and rose bedding with lace to my present decor whims, if it makes me happy, it makes him happy too.  I think it's that Happy Wife, Happy Life thing he has learned.   So without a second thought we were off to Venice, FL to see Susie and Mark and their lovely shop, Posh, my" Happy Place."
As you can see this is such a beautiful store and a reflection of Mark and Susie's passion for one another and creating beauty.
Enjoy the next few pictures.  I won't write anything to distract you from taking in every gorgeous detail. 



Amazing wouldn't you say? Just like these two.  Here's to great guys!
When you find one like ours you know you are blessed, aren't we Susie?
Happy Anniversary to you two as well.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

There are new kids on the block.

 If you go to Renniger's in Mt Dora there is a perfect little village of buildings filled with antiques.  One of our favorite shops to visit was called "Better With Age."
 The owner of the shop was such a wonderful decorator and given that she wouldn't allow photography.  I certainly understood and so I was limited to the delightful gardens she had created outside her shop.  She kept them pristine and they beckoned  you to come inside. So there is something to be said about first appearances.
From bubbling fountains,  and rust touched  sconces and fences and tin panels on the building , birdcages that hang in the trees each filled with ferns and flowers perfectly placed so it looks like a well thought out garden created to give a sensory pleasing visual for those of us who enjoy the use of found objects.  If you peeked inside just beyond the open door to the porch you could see stain glass windows hanging and potting benches and more fountains with soothing sounds of water .  I always came away thinking what a fabulous place this would be in my own back yard and if I ever did do a she shed it would be such as this.
 Much like every visit before we left the  treasure filled field of dreams and heat to head to the village to visit this shop.  It always felt cooler in the shade of this garden but what was on the inside was not only pleasing to me but filled with everything a man would enjoy.
 This trip we found that the shop was under new ownership and called Ageless Antiques and Gardens.  The owner was happy to allow me to take pictures of the shop.  I only wish I had brought my camera so I could offer pictures better than those from my cellphone. 
 As you can see the fabulous strong pieces of  furniture perfect for any man's den or library.  You can almost smell the sweet aroma of a pipe and hear the crackle of a fire.  
 This shop is filled with treasures a man would love and a woman would enjoy working into the home.  The perfect win win for couples.
 Saddles, lassos, antlers, deer and fish mounts, vintage lures, pheasants, ducks and even a snakeskin are among just a few of the items so artfully displayed. 

With that said I was always inspired by this trim board of vintage lures thinking it perfect for over the window in my own fishing captain's man cave.



As luck would have it I have lost the business card that held the new owners names but I do wish you much success, Ageless Antiques and Gardens.  Your shop is amazing!