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Monday, September 29, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pumpkin Front Door

Happy Friday

 Leslie Ann from Fairhope Supply Co. said you could see my
turquoise bike from Kansas. 
Well here is my pumpkin door.

Can it be seen from Kansas too?

Not only did I use a spray can of paint (on the bike) I actually used 
a paint brush and painted two doors.
 I realize it is a lot to take in. 
Sit down if you must.

There are orange/pumpkin tones in our stone. 

While Joe was recovering from his surgery we had the house professionally washed. 
Prior to that we had a new roof installed.
We have been busy at home maintenance.

The paint is Valspar's Roasted Squash.

peace and joy

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Painted Bike

It's been done umpteen times. 
 I still find a painted bike with a basket of flowers charming.
Sometimes, when motivated, Olive can use a spray paint can my lovelies.

I have had this bike for years. I paid $5 at a garage sale for it. 
The tricky part was finding the bike basket. 
However I have brilliant friends in high high places.

Baskets can be found online on Etsy and eBay but can be a tad pricey. 
Vintage bikes left unpainted are equally charming. 
One would disappear in our trees though.

Joe and I placed the bike behind our bird feeder. 
It can be seen from our kitchen window. 
It's all about our view.

Yes, I am going bold with color. 
Wait till you see my front door.

peace and joy

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Pottery Barn Outlet Fall

Pottery Barn Outlet last weekend was all decked out for fall. 
Pumpkins orange and mercury glass were plentiful.

Lots of images ahead.
Go get a drink and drink in the PB.

This rug is gorgeous.

Baskets in all shapes and sizes.

The back of the store is chock full of furniture and has a wall of rugs. 
I wanted this leather chair while Joe objected to its $899 price tag.
 He could not be convinced. 
There would have been a %20 discount from the outlet mall.

I will find a leather chair. 
Yes I will.

My last Pottery Barn Outlet post from May is here.

peace and joy

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Broome Closet Booths {CeCe Caldwell Visits}

Hello friends.

The Broome Closet booths at Ridge Antiques
 in Ridge Spring, South Carolina have been more exciting than usual. 

The French gentlemen's chest above, painted by Beth, with CeCe Caldwell paint sold to an unexpected person. 

CeCe Caldwell came into the shop and bought it. 
She also purchased other furniture pieces from us and throughout the store.
 She is taking them back to Arizona where she has a store.
Beth and I were quite happy about that.

Edit: Beth tells me the French gentlemen's chest is painted in Young Kansas Wheat.

The twig wreaths are handmade by my brother in law from his Georgia creek vines.

We have a good bit of transferware.
We love it.
Don't you?

Our garden booth has many fall items. 
We love pumpkins. 
Don't you?

We are  restocking the booths today and tomorrow. 
The Ridge Spring merchants are having a sidewalk sale on Saturday.

We truly appreciate all our customers. 
It is always thrilling to have sales.

Thank you all for your many well wishes for Joe.
 He returned to work yesterday.

peace and joy

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


We have quite the crew of hummingbirds this summer. 
They have consumed 5 pounds of sugar in their homemade nectar.

This feeder has nectar in it still. 
The hummers have been draining our four feeders rapidly because of our intense summer heat. Basically the plants, grass, and we ourselves are wilting.

Hummingbird Nectar
1 Cup white sugar
4 Cups water

Boil for two minutes then cool completely.
 It is important not to skip this step as it helps 
prevent bacterial growth in a high sugar solution.
Keep unused solution in the refrigerator.

Our hummers will fly to South America soon. 
They will return on April 1st next year.

In Olive Out news Joe is humming along too after his hip replacement. 
He is walking without a cane and now driving.

I cannot say how much blogging I will be doing in the future. 
I have gotten many things accomplished whilst disconnected
 from the web BUT I have missed all of you terribly.

I made jewelry from vintage pieces of jewelry, thrifted here and there, painted two doors, cooked up a storm, cleaned a horrible storage room, played with a fat cat, played with my dog, sent CC off to school, and cared for my sweet man.
That is merely the tip of my enormous list. 

peace and joy

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Windswept Ridge

Hello everyone.

I have missed all of you.
 I am popping in to share a party and some news.

Windswept Ridge is the home of the former owners of Ridge Antiques 
where we have our four booths. 
They sold the business and are moving. 
They gave a dealer and customer appreciation party on Sunday. 
I thought you might enjoy seeing the house and some of the antiques inside.

They love Victorian antiques.

The staircase is tall and narrow. Yikes.

This is a gorgeous Oriental piece of art. 
They once sold Oriental antiques.

The food was spectacular. 
That punch had a kick as well as being pretty.

In Olive Out news the summer has got away from me in a hundred and fifty ways. Thank you all for checking on us. Joe is having a total hip replacement on July 29th. It was more than a shock to him that he needed this surgery. Joe has never had surgery or ever spent a day in hospital. 
Please pray for Joe this Tuesday.

Because of his surgery I will be away from blogging for a while longer. 
Do know I miss all of you. 
I can be found on Instagram almost daily.

Love you, Miss you

Monday, June 23, 2014

Grace Cottage Part Two

Welcome back to the extraordinary Grace Cottage
Today you will see the side herb garden, the back yard limelight hydrangea garden, 
the log cabin, and other out buildings. 
 All filled with my friend's brilliant primitive style.

It is a photo heavy post so HANG ON.
Get some ice tea. 

The prettiest chicken feeder I have ever seen holds court in the middle of the herb garden.

Behind the fence is the back yard. 
The stone patio area was a recent addition.

She has lots of fun decorating inside and outside these buildings.

I apologize for not catching the hydrangeas in bloom and 
that I was out taking photos in the blasting sun. 
This image and all following ones are inside the fence.

A washboard fountain.

I hope you enjoyed this wonderful home and gardens and it's delightful details.

To see Grace Cottage Part One click here.

To see interior Country Christmas House images click here.

In Olive Out news Joe and I have been going to scads of doctors appointments.
 I had an MRI on my shoulder as my Rheumatologist was shocked
 that one had not been done.
 Joe had really bad health news which I cannot go into now. 
We are still mulling his test results over. 

I am one week late with this promised post and am afraid I will be away again this week.
I have Grand Jury duty starting in the morning.
Say a prayer for me that it will not be a long session as I am not feeling as good as usual.

joy and peace