Saturday, November 18, 2017

Turning a new page

OK folks, it's been over a year since I posted to my blog and I really don't have any excuse for this other than the fact that I really don't know what I'm doing with this technology stuff.  I am an artist and art and technology is for millennials, not old fogeys like me.  Anyway, I am going to try to do this on a regular basis since I am opening a new shop in Ste. Genevieve and I want to keep everyone up to date on the progress.  I feel like this is redundant since I put the same things on my facebook page but here it goes.  I close on the final paperwork for my store on Wednesday, Nov. 22.  Finally!  This has been in the working since late August.  I had no idea it would take this long so it's been a learning curve.  I would like to have a website for my new store with the ability for you all to purchase online but I have no idea how to do this without it costing a fortune.  I have tried several DIY sites only to stop about 1/4 of the way through because it's too complicated and they don't have a template for colonial enthusiasts like me!  Anyone out there with any suggestions, please help!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Just put these sweet little mice in my two booths (St. Mary's and Farmington's Forever Antiques).
They are completely handmade by me and have little folded sailor hats made from copies of vintage newspapers.  I have neglected my blogspot lately and I apologize.  I will try to get things going in the future.  I am working on some new hand-sewn band boxes covered with civil war era fabrics.  So keep an eye out for those in the antique mall.  I will also have some big news involving chocolate in the near future and I am so excited about it.  That's all I will say about it for now.  Hopefully in the next couple of weeks it will be ready.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Here is a picture of my newest booth from the antique mall.  These are a few of my hand painted gameboards and a little of my artwork.  I will try to put more in asap.  My boards were also chosen for Early American Life's directory of craftsmen.  What an honor!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Here are two handmade boxes custom made for a very sweet customer in Wisconsin.  They are 16 and 15 inches in diameter and about 8 inches tall.  They are completely hand-sewn from top to bottom and the insides are lined with reproductions of the Virginia Gazette from 1776.  The outside is a beautiful reproduction colonial fabric and the inside and outside are gently aged.  Please call for pricing specifications if you wish to purchase a custom made box.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Here is a sweet little item I have wanted to make for years and never got around to until now.  This is called a Hornbook.  I know that sounds kind of funny but I'll give you a short history lesson.  Hornbooks were the first tool that children used in early America to learn their ABC's and vowels and they were invaluable for introducing a child to reading. They were first made of cow's horn that had been flattened by heat and had the paper with the lesson glued to it.  That's why they were called "horn"books.  They were in the shape of a paddle with a handle and string so the child could carry it around with them to learn.  Maybe there was only one available in the home and it was passed down from child to child.  The majority of our founding fathers and mothers used this little paddle at home.  Just think about it for a moment, very few people in the 18th century had formal schooling and were taught at home, yet some of the most brilliant and influential minds in the history of mankind started with just such a simple thing.  George Washington and Benjamin Franklin for example had no formal schooling whatsoever!  Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were mostly schooled at home or by itinerant tutors until they went to college.  Can you imagine getting into Harvard University today with just a home-school education?  John Adams did!  But what I think is the most important part of this little book is The Lord's Prayer at the bottom of the page.  In early America, it was just as important to know the precepts of God at an early age as it was to know your ABC's.  After all, the Bible was used in public schools in the beginning to teach children to read from.  What an important lesson we can learn from this simple little page.  Early Americans knew then what we have forgotten  today:  it says in Proverbs "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom".  If you are afraid of the times we live in today, and want to know how we can fix America and deal with the problems of this world, we must return to our founding spiritual roots.  We must pray and ask God to forgive this country for leaving him out of our government, our schools, and our lives.  He says "If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land!  May God bless America but most importantly, may America Bless God!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

This is my newest Chinese Checkers design.  Given the atmosphere that seems to be pervading the country at this time, I thought I would make a checkerboard designed with our founding principles in mind.  Do we still have liberty or do we have tyranny?  You decide.  Let us not forget the valuable price that was paid for our freedom.  This board sells for $55.00 plus S&H and includes glass marbles.

Here are some new items I've added recently.  I decided to make some mini-notebooks like my large journals only they are just 4 1/2 inches by 3 inches.  Many of them have the same pictures as the larger journals and they come with a mini pencil.  They are 4.50 each plus S&H.  I also covered a few more antique books in vintage fabrics and have a feather or a charm attached.  They sell for $13.00 ea.  And last but not least, a couple of make-do pin cushions from some vintage fabrics on a candle stick.  They sell for $22.00 each.

I opened my second booth at St. Mary's Antique Mall on April 1, 2014.  I am so excited and it is right across the aisle from my first booth!  For those of you who don't know where St. Mary's is, it is about 8 or 9 miles south of Ste. Genevieve, Mo. on old Hwy 61.  Here are a few pictures.  I've added some different furniture pieces that are hand-made right here in Missouri.  Love the big old document box in the second picture.  The child's drop leaf table is an antique piece and so cute.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Here are some of the new items I have just finished for the 2013 Christmas season.  These are journals I covered with papers I aged myself.  They are available in Washington, Jefferson or Lincoln and include a twig pencil.  They are $9.00 ea.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Some new journals to add to my collection of men's journals.  I've added Young George Washington (he's not just some old dead dude on the dollar bill!), a beautiful Indian painting by George Catlin, Daniel Boone and Lewis & Clark.  I've also made some journals for the ladies covered in vintage fabrics with some of my favorite heroines: Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Molly Pitcher, and some cute colonial folk art paintings of little girls.  I've added a white feather quill ink pen to go with the ladies journals.  They are also $9.00 ea. plus S&H.  Fabric colors may vary.

These are some cute new pin keeps I hand-stitched.  I got the patterns from the Blue Attic.  I've also covered some antique books with vintages fabrics and gave them hand-sewn or copies of old paper covers.  I just love the "Sinners in the hands of an angry God" sermon preached by Edwards during the Colonial period.  It caused the Great Awakening in America.  I think we need to hear that sermon again!

It's been awhile since I added to my blogspot, so I thought I would catch everyone up.  I have been very busy through the Christmas season and it is now February and I'm not slowing down.  Last month I opened a booth in St. Mary's Antique Mall near Ste. Genevieve, MO and it is doing really well.  I call it a store within a store.  I offer a lot of hand-made items made by myself plus some from other talented craftsmen in the U.S.  I have hand-made furniture, primitives, colonial and a few antiques.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Here are a couple of new Colonial items I have added this year for Christmas.  The first is a paper Christmas stocking made from a copy of the Declaration of Independence.  I stuffed it with greens and berries and it would look great in your Colonial or primitive Christmas decor.  They are $5.00 ea. (greenery not included).  The second item is a flag pillow that I made.  An image of George Washington along with his signature are hand-sewn onto this pillow.  It is also available with Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Jefferson.  They are $15.00 ea.

These are some of my new pantry jars I've been working on.  They are hand-painted using durable glass paints and distressed.  They're great for storage or just for looks.  The large lard jar is $15.75, the Hog Jowls jar is $10.75, the whiskey jug is $10.75, the molasses jar is $12.50 and the canisters are $10.00 ea.  The canisters shown are sugar, flour and tea and I also have a coffee canister available to match the others.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

This is a great parcheesi board in a Pennsylvania Dutch pinwheel design.  The colors are very warm and aged in Barn red, Mossy green, Mustard yellow, Union blue, ivory and black.  It comes complete with wooden playing pieces and dice.  It is approximately 18"X18" and is available on new pine aged for $55.00 plus S&H or $80.00 plus S&H on antique wood.  Please call first for availability of antique boards.
Here is a neat game called Fox and Geese.  This game was brought to American during the Revolutionary War by Hessian soldiers.  It comes complete with glass marbles and instructions.  You can also play solitaire by yourself on this board.  The object is to leave one marble in the middle.  Good Luck! So you get two games for the price of one!  This is a very challenging but fun game to play.  I can paint this on new pine and give it a wonderful aged look for $35.00 plus S&H or I can paint it on antique wood for $55.00 plus S&H.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

I am very excited to show you all my newest creations!  I am making hand-sewn band boxes with reproductions of early fabrics circa 1800-1870's.  Most of the boxes are from the civil war period but I will be making some in earlier era fabrics as well.  This first box is my absolute favorite.  George Washington to me is the greatest man this side of heaven!  He has been my earthly hero since I was a very small child.  The fabric I have used on this box is circa 1810 and is called "Washington's Legacy".  It is rich browns and blues with his picture hand sewn on the lid.  All of my boxes are lined with reproductions of old newspapers such as Harper's Weekly or earlier papers.  This is an oval box and is approximately 9 inches across the long oval top and is 6 inches tall.  I can also make these boxes round or square.  The George Washington box is $55.00 plus shipping and handling.
These next two boxes are of General Lee and General Grant.  They are both 8 inches in diameter and 5 inches tall.  General Grant is lined on the inside with copies from Harper's Weekly newspaper and show scenes from Lincoln's inauguration.  General Lee is lined on the inside with maps of the south and a very nice picture of him on the inside of the lid.  Lee's material is civil war era fabric called "Harper's Ferry"  in gray.  Grant's fabric is also a civil war fabric called "Indigo Crossing".  Each box is $50.00 each plus shipping and handling.

Here is a larger round box that I made from Civil War era fabric with a blue leaf pattern.  The box is 81/2 inches in diameter and is 7 inches tall.  The inside is lined with a pretty bird looking motif in black and parchment colors.  The cost for this box is $55.00 plus shipping and handling.