Friday, June 29, 2007
Old Salem, Painted ladies...
I drove to Salem, VA today, just to drop off some dolls at a shop. And around the corner I spotted these houses. I hopped out of the car with my camera, (it just happens to go with me everywhere now, hmmm) and snapped a few pictures to share. (I felt like a paparazzi). I looooooove the painted ladies. I'm not sure if that's what they are calling them. But they look like ladies to me. There were just a few of them, these 3 looked original.These houses are so beautiful. The newly renovated, freshly painted and the old shabby one as well. I hope you enjoyed seeing a piece of old Salem. I researched them and this is what I found...
Evans Webber House (1882) 213 Broad Street
Lavish example of Second French Empire architecture, the house, built by John Evans, still boasts its original carved wood cornices, brackets, eaves and 13-foot ceilings. Windows made of cast iron.
Rice House (1867) - 223 Broad Street
Built by Salem attorney D. B. Strouse, house did not originally support those massive Corinthian columns. Owner renovated original long, thin, one-story porch after seeing porch similar to this one on trip north in early 1900s. House still has fireplace in every room, including six bedrooms, and original wrought iron fence.
Walkers may proceed along alley between the Evans Webber and Rice houses, a typical nineteenth century passageway for townspeople on horseback or foot.
Click blue link to read on...
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
A Rose is a rose
I just had to share what I cut from my rose bush today. I think I counted 12 on one branch. And they smell so sweet.
Now, I've never tried this recipe, I just thought it was interesting. I got it out of an old Time Life book of roses from 1971 I got at an antique shop.
8 ounces of petals, preferably taken from newly opened fragrant red or pink roses
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 pounds sugar
1 cup rose water (available in pharmacies)
Wash and drain the rose petals. Dissolve the sugar in the lemon juice and rose water. Add the petals and leave in a warm place to steep for a few hours. Put in a saucepan; simmer gently for 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until the mixture takes on a jam like consistency. Allow to cool, then put it in small class jars and cover.
We all love these little old bottles. Here is what I did with some I've collected. I found some old pieces of wood, like a piece from the side of a barrel and wired an old bottle to it and look instant rose bud holders.
I didn't want to leave out my Petunias.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Funny, one of the surprises in the package was a couple lil cards and one was stamped travel log. It just so happens, I was just about to take a break and travel to Virginia Beach that same day. So I packed and was on my way. It was beautiful weather, perfect, sunny. Had a great time, can't wait to go back again soon. I had a visit with my (angel door) friend Kathryn. Spent some time at the beach and quality time with my husband. I didn't get many great pictures, my camera is not so great but here are a few. This is the board walk with hotels along the shore. The one we stay at is along this row on 21st. street. This sail boat was just so sweet as a back drop for the surfers. This is first street where my son learned to surf when he was about 12. He is now about to turn 21 next month, yikkes! This 3rd picture, is a surfer just arriving as we were leaving and I had to take the shot.
I also did some antiquing (of course) and found this window, just perfect. I saw it a while back at a store I've shopped at for years when I lived in VB and this was in the window . At that time they were closing, so I said next time. The first thing I did was go see if it was even for sale, it was. I put it in my kitchen where I have this great little sitting area over looking out beautiful view out back. Just a perfect place to sit and relax or for company to relax and keep me company while I cook. I found the blue watering can many week ago at a shop just around the corner from home, what a pair.
What a busy week I've had. I am glad to be back home and near my creative corner. I do so miss my sewing room when I'm gone. The beach was great, sunny the whole time. But home is best.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
"I don't think white will ever go out of style because it's so calming"home owner Betty Maudlin
I had to share some new pictures of the white room at Portobello Road. We thought there was a bit to much color creeping in so we revamped the whole thing, all in white again. I love this room, my favorite in the whole store. We only added a couple new things and took out some of the color. Added a touch of blue to the vanity, but the rest is all in shades of white. Since it is June we also went with a sorta wedding theme on the table. Filled it with all things a bride to be may be getting at her wedding shower. We finally added the white lights to the background that Jackie talked about it for weeks. I think it turned out great, and now I'm inspired to revamp something at home.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
I haven't really named them, though I tend to call this first one Baby Janie, to myself anyway. I keep them in the guest room on top a window box. When I got the first one Roxy wouldn't stop licking her, so I keep them up.
The first one came with her dress and bonnet. But the other two I dressed in some of my Christening dresses I have collected.
My dollies are old,cracked, stained, but I love them. To me they were just perfect.
Now I'd like to share a few of my favorite dollie sitings...
Friday, June 8, 2007
I thought I should add, This store is named after a street in London, England where a wonderful flea market is, The flea market was shown in the movie "Notting Hill".
I thought I'd share some pictures of where I get to work a few days a month. My friend Jackie Barringer owns the store Portobello Road. It is in an old house in Jefferson Forest, A huge forest Thomas Jefferson once owned. As you walk up the front walkway it is filled with old and reproduction iron work, beautiful urns and planters, and benches. Inside there's vintage and reproduction everything. One of the first things I do while I'm turning all the lights on is look around as I go to see what's new. And what new display has been done or what new display I will need to create. It is just a great place for ladies to meet and shop together, chat about anything and help find just the perfect things to fill a spot at home. Customers love that she carries vintage and new things, local artist work and even cloths and sometimes gourmet food. Thursday Jackie and I finally went treasure hunting together. After all these years we had never antiqued together. We had such a great time, and we found some great things. This time I brought her to all my favorite places, next time she will show me hers.
Monday, June 4, 2007
Seems as though I've been tagged by the lovely Dawn of http://the-feathered-nest.blogspot.com/ . I am to tell 7 random fact about me, what fun...
1. I love, love, love, peanut butter.
2. I am a procrastinator, yet get my best work done when crunched for time.
3. My favorate place to be is the beach.
4. I would drive any distance rather then fly somewhere.
5. I crunch ice way to much, I'm doing it right now.
6. I love to watch Little house on the Prairie while on the treadmill.
7. I'm the youngest of 10, and raised by a single parent, MOM.
Ok that was harder then I thought it would be. Now I'm to tag two others. Well, Jeannene of Love Conquers All , and Sara of http://sadieolive.blogspot.com/