Monday, March 31, 2014

TONIGHT on Early Work Mercantile...

Be sure to swing by after 6pm to see more of Little Miss Echinacea.

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I'll also have a Polka Dot Folk Art Hen.

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Just click on the banner below to go directly to my selling page.

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Hope to see you tonight!!

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Another Craigslist score...

I have been searching and searching for another wingback settee.

Since I refuse to spend 1800 beans for a new one, I continued to search on Craigslist for a gently used one.

They're out there, you just have to have patience.

Lo and behold, look what I found!

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I would have preferred a plaid of check pattern. But this leaf pattern goes nicely with my glider cushions and between you and me
(and the NSA), I wasn't too crazy about those glider cushions either. But now everything looks great!
Who'd of thunk??!!

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For what I paid for it, in the future I can consider reupholstering it. Yippee!

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So I moved the other Craigslist score wingback settee
(remember, last fall??) into the living room. Which is really where I wanted it to go in the first place.

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Now everybody's happy!!!
Not really.
Just me.
I'm pretty certain my hubs and my furbabies could care less.

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Moral of this story...

Patience is a virtue.
Especially when it comes to Craigslist.

Happy Sunday.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Feeling a little grumpy? Or a little blue?

Finnjamin the Amphibian is perfect for you!

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He may be small in stature, but big in personality!
He will surely bring a smile to your face no matter what your mood.

To see more of Finnjamin the Amphibian
(try saying that fast three times,) click on the "Critters" button below.

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What kind of shoes do frogs wear?

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"Open toad."
I slay me!

Have a terrific weekend, everyone!!!

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Picked especially for you...

Little Honorine and Little Appie picked a wee bouquet a spring flowers.

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They are available on my Countryfolk Keepsakes site.
To see more of them, click on the "Extreme and Rustic" button below.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

The first day of spring was four days ago...

This is out my studio window today.

Maybe he should move from Pennsylvania to Washington DC.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Got the braided rug for the bathroom...

C'mon Stella! Get the heck out of the way! I'm trying to take a photo!

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Okay. Let's try this again.
Got the braided rug for the bathroom...

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I found it on Overstock . com and was so happy with the colors! Sometimes what you see on your computer screen is nothing like what you get.
It's also an indoor/outdoor rug which is perfect for the bathroom.

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After much fuss, I went with a plain shower curtain. I felt a fancy shower curtain would be too busy against the beadboard.
Since the window is across from the tub, I didn't want to scare anyone, including the birds in the tree and myself (in the reflection) for that matter, so I decided against a clear shower curtain and purchased a frosted one.
Call me modest or smart. (I'd go with the latter)

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Happy Saturday, all!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The powder room is done...

The walls and trim are painted. The new crapper and vanity sink top are installed. It's nice and light in there now.

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Even though the window is new, I decided to beef up the window trim. The thin trim they put up just wasn't working for me.
I also stitched up a sweet, little, topper curtain.

I was finally able to use my vintage, ceramic,cow head. My mama had it in her home and gave it to me years ago.
He now holds our hand towel. He's got a little crack, but then again I'm a little cracked myself.

This is one of my favorite old prints.

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I can always tell when I have nosy company with this little jar...

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If they come out of the bathroom laughing, I know they've snooped.
I tore up dryer lint into tiny pieces and crammed it in the jar. ((giggle))

I am so over this nasty, snowy, cold weather! I need to see some green grass!

Stella is driving me crazy. She has all this pent-up energy and needs to run around outside. She's been quite destructive lately.

She's defiantly chewing and tearing up things she knows she shouldn't. I swear there are times she is demon possessed.

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If this weather doesn't break soon, I'm either going to throw her out in the snowbank or perform an exorcism.

Happy Wednesday, all!

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Monday, March 17, 2014

May the road rise to meet you...

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May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
May the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all my green friends!
Enjoy your day!

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I got bored...

When most women get bored, they may paint their nails, flip through a magazine or surf the net.
Nope, not me.
I tend to do more damage. Like decide to remove wallpaper in the downstairs powder room.

That's exactly what I did.

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You may remember it. I don't take many photos of it. But I did find an old selfie I snapped in there.

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Now it looks like this.
At the moment it kind of looks like a crack house bathroom.
Technically, I've never officially been in a crack house bathroom. This is just a hunch.

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I really need to control these crazy ideas in my head.
At least that what my sweet hubs tells me.

When I started the project he knew I would eventually drag him into it. After reassuring him that would NOT happen this time... It did.

I couldn't remove the
(insert curse word of your choice) toilet tank so I could paint behind it. The (insert curse word of your choice) screws were rusted. So I needed his muscles.
Since it was bad, we now need to buy a new toilet.
Truth be told, I am thrilled because I want a white crapper instead of this off white one. YaY! But I am still searching for those money tree seeds. I can't seem to find any.

For now I will sit and wait for this massive blizzard to hit our area. You know it's going to be bad when they mention your Podunk area on the Weather Channel.

Hopefully I won't get bored as I sit and wait...


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Friday, March 7, 2014

"Pursue some path...

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however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence."

~Henry David Thoreau

Enjoy nature too.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Having "one of those days?"

Need a little pick me up?
This catchy, little ditty should help.

Within 30 seconds you'll have a definite toe tap or head bob. Or better yet, both.

if you're like me, you'll pick up your furbaby and start dancing around your house.

"So clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth..."

Make sure your volume is up.


I need to get me a mountain hat!

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

If I had a hammer...

I'd hammer in the morning... afternoon... and evening.
Which is exactly what I did yesterday, ALL DAY.

Not only was I determined to make a new bathroom window stool
(to replace the one I cracked), I was also determined to do the window trim like that extremely talented Funky Junk Interiors gal did to one of her windows. Man, she has great ideas and shares them!
After some cursing, hammering and more cursing...


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I am tickled pink with how it came out!! I absolutely love the decorative yet simple look of it.
No fancy cuts either, which was right up my alley.
I did have to drag my sweet hubs into helping me. But mostly with putting it together.

Here's a "before":

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I still need to stitch up a curtain. As much as I love that new buffalo check fabric, I may make a simple curtain and put it on a tension rod as to not cover this new trim.

Did you notice the Windsor chair??
C'mon, how could you not??
I'm determined to have one in ever room in this old farmhouse. Why?
'Cause I'm nuttier than a squirrel turd.

Happy Sunday, all!

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