Thursday, July 28, 2011

Quote of the Week

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see. 
John Burroughs


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Home Sweet Home!

I have been away this past week visiting my in-laws and my step kids in beautiful Missouri, and attending a family reunion. I had a fabulous time when I was not melting from the unbelievable heat, the day we arrived I believe it was over 100 and every other day it was in the high 90's. Then I arrived home to...98! To quote Dorthy who is from this neck of the woods, "there is no place like home." I am happy to be back in my own bed, and on my own schedule.

I had great plans to do some antiquing because there are so many great stores but as I am sure that you know when visiting family, ones time is not your own, there are always people to see and places to go. No matter, that is why I was there.

I also had great plans to show you wonderful photos of the rolling hills and beautiful fields of corn, and cows but any time I was where there was something wonderful to see, my camera was safely sitting on my bed back at my in-laws.

 If you have never been to St. Joseph it is an interesting place, it was the home of the Pony Express, the place where Jesse James was killed and also the headwaters for the migration to the West after the discovery of gold in California. There are many museums and beautiful old houses to see and visit.

Not to mention many antique malls and if you visit in the summer you can watch the Kansas City Chiefs at their training camp, which I believe starts next week for those that are NFL lovers and live close by.

I did manage to find time to visit one great antique store  in St.Joseph and another in Platte City and I will show you the photos of what I purchased tomorrow. It is a good thing that there was not enough time for me to shop because there were so many great things to buy I could have filled a truck, everything from a beautiful French glass and brass shelving unit to an old butcher block from a meat packing plant, to transfer ware to old packing crates/boxes for everything from chocolate to cheese to sardines!

My in-laws are great collectors of American antiques and they collect everything from Red wing pottery, to crocks( 150 and counting), to butter molds, to mortar and pestles, to white Ironstone and unbelievable furniture. Their collections are tasteful and interesting and every time I am with them I learn about something I did not know. I am blessed to have them in my life and very blessed to have been the recipient of a few beautiful pieces. It was a great treat to visit these stores with people who are so knowledgeable.

Just a reminder, if you are interested in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, visit Robyn Story Designs for the Mountains of Giveaway, you  can win 10 cans of paint and wax, or a $300.00 gift certificate or many other items! There are only 4 days left!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cloches and a link party

"The French developed the glass cloche, formed of a solid piece of glass shaped like a dome. The purpose was to protect early seedlings from frost and cold weather. Using the cloche allowed the little seedlings to grow faster. The English and the Dutch expanded this idea and redesigned the cloches using cast iron frames and sometimes Terra cotta ( information from English Creek Gardens)"

Today cloches are everywhere! They are still used in the garden but have moved into the house for a beautiful way to decorate and highlight a special treasure.
Although I have several, these little ones are my favorite, They hold little mementos that I do not want to lose and that make me smile.

Tarnished silver dachshund resting on a block of salt.

Love this base, the bottom of an old column!

Linking to A Stroll Thru Life summer Cloche party.

Kitchen Granite Preview



Another After

Granite Close-up
This is our new granite! It has a leather finish, which is like a honed finish but it is not smooth, you can see the little nubs, divots, and imperfections.

This area of the kitchen was the part I was most concerned about, as the entire cabinet structure and bookcase is attached to the rest of the kitchen cabinets and molding. After three different companies came to give us ideas of how they were going to take this apart, or chisel the counter out we went with a company that assured us that they could remove the existing counter in one piece.

I will not say that it was as easy as that but it did come out smoothly and the new granite is installed in one large piece, slid in under the bookcase and cabinets, with no damage to either and one little nick out of the wall. Nothing a little paint wont cover.

I will show you the rest of the kitchen once the tile is installed which could take two weeks as our tile man is very busy this summer!

Now on to the next project!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Thrifty Treasure

I love the violin, not only the music it makes but the beauty of a beautifully made violin, the wood, the patina the shape, and the history. I also love still life paintings and own a few that include a violin. But I have never had a piece as big or as beautiful as this one that I recently found at a flea market for $40.00.

What do you think? I love it! The only bad thing, the wall space that I thought it would be perfect on, is not big enough! Oh well, I will have to move a few things around to make room for such a beautiful piece.

I am linking this to Southern Hospitality Thrifty Treasure, there are so many beautiful finds over there, come over and see what beautiful items can be had for so little!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Sister!

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you!

"There's a special kind of freedom sisters enjoy. Freedom to share innermost thoughts, to ask a favor, to show their true feelings. The freedom to simply be themselves."
Author Unknown

I hope you have a wonderful birthday! I love you!

Summer Bounty!

"July brings harsh drought
but the sun is ripe; heat as thick
as tomato skins."
-  kite

Is there anything better on a hot summer day than fresh cherries, and vine ripened tomatoes paired with fresh basil , bread and perhaps some delicious cheese? OK, maybe a little bit of chocolate to top it all off and a glass of something white and fruity, like a glass of champagne or a fruity white wine!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden located in St. Louis, Missouri is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the Unites States and is in fact a National Historic Landmark. The garden is 79 breathtaking acres with everything from a Japanese strolling garden, to a geodesic dome( the first of it's kind that was built in 1960 and houses 1200 plants), a children's garden and the original estate of the founder, Henry Shaw.

What an Entrance!

Pine Cones and Acorn Photo

Pine Cones and Acorn Photo

Pine Cones and Acorn Photo

Pine Cones and Acorn Photo

Pine Cones and Acorn Photo

Pine Cones and Acorn Photo

In 2006, the Missouri Botanical Gardens featured "Glass in the Garden, with several pieces by Dale Chihuly. After the show, the garden purchased four pieces to remain and these are the ones I have featured here. They are spectacular!

Pine Cones and Acorn Photo

I love this piece! Photo via Pine Cones and Acorns

Via Me

Take by Me

Photo by me
These are a series of photographs that I took before my camera ran out of battery. Although I loved everything about the garden the highlight for me were the Dale Chihuly pieces. I have always loved his work, ever since I saw it for the first time in the exhibition, Chihuly over Venice" in I believe 1996 or so.

via Pine Cones and Acorn

Photo Pine Cones and Acorn

Pine Cones and Acorn Photo

Pine Cones and Acorn Photo

Photo Pine Cones and Acorns

Photo Pine Cones and Acorns

Pine Cones and Acorns photo, do not know the people.

Have you visited here? If so I would love to know what you think! Enjoy your day!