Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Beautiful Meakin China Pattern - Long Branch

A few weeks ago, Mom purchased a box of Meakin (china pattern-Long Branch) at a tag sale. She purchased them at a rock bottom price !

We LOVE this pattern, it was one of the most exquisite designs we have seen. If we had room to store them, they would have never made it to the booth ! They are beautiful!

The pattern is soft green with a white background , and gold accent.

We have them displayed in a vignette that is on the aisle way, at the mall. I have noticed, they will stop traffic. Most women have to stop to admire them. Mom said (when we were at the booth yesterday) that a lady picked one up and hugged it, remarking to her daughter, she “loved this color of green!”

Mom priced them to sell ... and they are!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Things That Make Me Happy!

Normally by now, we have the front porch planters filled with blooms ( plants ) that make us smile every time we look out the front door ( which is often!)

This year the gardens and front porch have been neglected. Half of our home flooded in the May . We are in the middle of renovation and as you know, there are always new problems that are discovered along the way! ( old home syndrome! ) Flowers and weeding have been placed on the back page of the to do list ( actually, it’s a book ! LOL !).

The other day, Mom and I stopped at a store to pick up something for the house and walked out with not only that , but a few plants to plant in a couple of the containers. We both decided that although it’s not a priority, sometimes it’s very necessary to do some things for yourself that make you smile when going through challenging times.

I planted the flowers this morning, which caused me to take a trip to our very messy shed to obtain the tools. I not only found the tools, but ran across these cute vintage enamel pots and coffee pot that I had forgotten about.

We had a few plants ( pre flood ) that I placed inside the enamel pots, and I used the coffee pot to hold my bags of miracle grow! It’s a fun way to decorate your blooms and use vintage containers in a unique way!

You’ll have to excuse the condition of the plants, as they have been neglected. I’m thinking that having my miracle grow so close at hand, will help me to remember to feed them on a consistent basis and they will grow strong and bloom all summer long.

For me, It’s those little things in life that make me smile and bring me much joy.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Franklin’s Marvin Stalnaker - Signed Print

Franklin, Tennessee is known for many things. Famous battles were fought during the civil war, beautiful rolling hills, friendly people , festivals, and a renowned artist by the name of Marvin Stalnaker.

We met Marvin when Mom and I use to participate in local craft / art shows ( years ago!).
Marvin was an iconic figure in the Franklin area...not only for his gift of fine art that portrays our local historic homes and buildings , but probably remembered just as much because of his charismatic, loving personality. He knows no stranger. He is an authentic person that remembers everyone and left an impression with us all.

Marvin moved to West Virginia a few years ago...but he left behind some incredible pieces of art for Franklin / Williamson Co. residents to enjoy for years to come.

If you are lucky enough to come across a Marvin Stalnaker print at a garage sale, you are a very fortunate person. Very few people give up their “Marvin prints”.

If you were fortunate enough to have met Marvin and own one of his prints, you can’t but help display his work with great reverence, and experience the essence of the artist through each piece he poured himself into.

Note: This signed print was given to me by our friend Carol, for me to sell in the booth. She is an avid garage sale queen and was fortunate enough to have found this at a sale.
I want to thank her for her loving heart ... she is such an awesome, loyal friend to us.