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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Forty Mile Yard Crawl

I have some long-time friends who are kind enough to invite me and my family to their country house in Virginia.   Every year we look forward to relaxing, catching up with our busy lives, and my son's favorite--a slow ride on an inner tube on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.   When my friend called to invite us again, she said she wanted to tempt me to visit.  Obviously we need no convincing, but her temptation was that the Forty Mile Yard Crawl would be held that weekend.  It started in Strausburg, VA and continued to New Market, VA.  We didn't make it the whole forty miles, but I found many treasures along Route 11.


I wanted to share some of my finds from this adventure, but wanted to say that mixed in with them are even more treasures from a beach shopping trip.  No summer vacation at the ocean is complete without a vintage hunt with my friend, Sandy, who is lucky enough to live near the water year round.


And, I must confess that also in my eclectic stash are some things garnered from less exciting shopping trips around home and in Pennsylvania.  Yep, I've been a busy girl this summer.


I'm pretty sure that this classroom map will make it to Sweet Clover's September sale.
Perfect for back to school.




The backdrop I'm using for the photos is some Italian velvet fabric.  Yummy.
I also was excited to find a globe, a book with vintage maps, an architectural fragment, and some binoculars.  I've never seen a globe with a lucite support.  Have you???




I always buy folding camp stools, but this one was so unique.  It has a back rest, nail head trim, AND it is a rocking chair.  Someone added a mirror to an old ceiling tile and of course I bought it.  The brass compote holds marble spheres and tucked under the chair is a book with a fleur de lis spine.  Resting on top of it are two small French readers.




This is quite a jumble.  Empty frames, a weathered box in a fabulous green, a lion book end, a piece of a tree trunk turned into a pedestal, another architectural fragment, some games, and the little clown perched in the middle is actually a juicer.




The wooden floats tumbled around, some into an old garden trug, another supporting a seamstress's pincushion, and yet another provided a riser for an iron deer head.
Behind it all was what the seller described as an army mosquito netting hat,
but I'm going to say it really belonged to a beekeeper.
 Don't miss the artist's brush trying to hide.





Another totally unrelated mix of treasures.  Everything is resting on an architectural blueprint that's curling and cascading on the velvet.  The steps are old library steps outlined in gold.  On the top step is a ceramic horse head.  One step down is a rubber mold of an Indian.
 I topped this old goblet with a seed pod orb.
 One of my favorite things to collect are old document boxes.
 Teeny ones and ones with words are the best.
 I also came across some very unique copper bracelets.  One has an applique and the other is made to look like a belt buckle.  The other is simply linked metal circles.




I love that I have friends who coerce me into shopping with them.
 I hope you have some too.
 I'd like to hear what you've come across this summer.


Kathy




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Climbing Vines

I love the look of climbing vines.  Since I live in a cottage-looking house I thought climbing vines would be perfect.  But, my home is a mix of wood and brick and my sensible husband---darn---brought up the fact that when we have to paint the house, we'd have to tear down the vines.  Why is he so practical? 
 Couldn't we just let the vines cover the peeling paint?


You know I found a way to get around this, don't you?


 For now I'll have to settle on some climbing hydrangea on the brick.


Climbing Hydrangea on the Side of My Home

I also have some vines curling up my arbor on the side of the house.




Roses climb a trellis on a side wall.



A climbing hyacinth bean covers a chimney.



I even encouraged a morning glory to climb a downspout.




But a girl can dream.  This is what I'm tempted to do.
Something not quite as tame.



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I'm thinking let's cover my cottage and not worry about painting and practicality.


Kathy




















Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Would You Do This With Mirrors?


I wanted to share some fun ways to display mirrors.

Let me know if you'd do this.


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Do you have a favorite?

Kathy



Monday, August 11, 2014

Zillow


I was recently interviewed by Zillow and quoted in an article on their site----along with a zillion others.  But, what I'm excited about is that they chose to use a photo of my foyer in the article about high end/low cost projects for your home.


My Foyer Project

To see the article on their site go here.


If you missed my post about painting stripes around my foyer, go here.



Kathy



Thursday, August 7, 2014

My Stuff for Sale. It's a Mix of New and Vintage.

Yes, it's time for another sale at Sweet Clover
 I have quite a mix of new and old,  French and British, Chinoiserie and Cottage. 
The Cottage is styled by Sarah and Cassie, the owners, with a funky boho vibe. 
 You just have to come and see us.  
We've covered all the bases.



































Hope to see you.  I'm working Friday.

Kathy



Sweet Clover
4051 Stanford Ct
Frederick, MD 21703

August 15,16,17
10-5


More photos from all the vendors on their website here:  https://www.facebook.com/SweetCloverBarn

Directions:  http://www.sweetcloverbarn.com/p/directions.html






















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