EaStEaR Eggs on ThE CoUrThouSe LaWn

The day started off sunny and beautiful.. but a breeze brought in a few clouds. It looks like we have some rain coming. But not before the kids got to enjoy an Easter Egg hunt on the lawn of our Courthouse. We could hear lots of excited screams as the children discovered eggs. It was nice to see so many people turn out for the fun event.

We have gotten some Mad Scientist time to create a new product. We have sold tons of our Battery Operated LED Taper Candles so we know you like the look. But, with our being in Shipshewana in an unconditioned building this summer, we are looking for a grubby concoction that will not melt. We have finally come up with a process and have applied it to not only the battery tapers, but electric candles as well. Check out our new light. The boxes are made by a local Amish man and we finish them here ourselves. The candle has our new grungy finish. We are planning to make these several colors. Check them out while you are here.

All the excitement and kids have kept Bruce busy today. Here he is catching a cat nap.. but notice he is right by the door so as not to miss anybody. He takes being the official Greeter very seriously.


DeCreAseD EcOnOmY = InCrEasEd CrEaTiViTy

The slowed economy is showing up all over. People have cut back on trips to town, groceries and the little extras that make life nice. Retailers too are having to cut back and tighten up with reduced inventory and rethinking product lines. But all this is not bad news for decorating your home. With some creativity, you can have new looks for the season that add warmth and are pocket friendly.

I love to go to yard sales and auctions. And my favorite things are baskets, bowls and boxes. Unique glassware will also piqué my interest and most of these things can be had for little to nothing. Why do I like them so much? Because they are a blank slate to make something unique.

Alone this little bowl is very cute. It can be set on a shelf and it will add a bit of punch on it’s own with the chipped finish and the red trim. To dress it up a bit all you need is some greenery.

Greenery and floral picks are a place I do not scrimp. Kinda odd maybe.. but I like my florals to look real, and, to stand up to all the bending and twisting I will put them through when I am working on an arrangement. You won’t get that with dollar store florals. So, I get nice stuff. Ivy is always a good base and investment. At the shop we offer ivy in deep rich greens, muted greens and creams as well as variegated picks and stems. No matter what your decor tastes.. and what they might be in the future.. ivy will go with it. This little ivy bush is about $6. It has good scale for the little bowl. There are several longer stems that can be bent around to soften the edge of the bowl

Check out that first photo of the bowl placed with a cheese grater and a candle stick. Now these are new items at the shop.. but you know things like this can also be picked up at yard sales and such. A rusty old grater would actually be really cool here.. especially with a little light under it. Its shape offsets the rounder shapes of the bowl and candlestick. And, they ivy trailing over the edge softens all the piece edges and ties it all together. So check out the sales, check out the garage and basement and see what interesting items you can come up with where you can add a beautiful piece of greenery to create something new for next to nothing.

Published in: on February 1, 2010 at 1:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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In like a Lion..

02120005Well, the sun is finally out after all that wind yesterday and last night. It looks like things are calming down outside. We had50 mph winds and supposed gusts close to 65 mph. We have some siding under the eave of the house coming loose and a lot of branches down.. but everything else seems OK. I am always amazed at the winds we get up here in Ohio and the houses that withstand them. You can actually feel those gusts hit the house. As you can see.. Bruce is hanging out by the font door waiting for his people.. and the sun beam that will be pouring in soon.02120002

While I was getting ready to come in this morning, I got a call from the coffee shop down at the end of my side of the street. Seems there was a lot of roofing material strewn down the sidewalk on our street. Sara wanted to give me a heads up to check my roof when I got to the shop. A city work crew was cleaning it up, so that was nice to know to look for damage before the rain comes. On the way in I called the previous owner of my building to inquire about my roof.. and the roof next door as he still owns that building. I was comforted to know both roofs were metal, so the debris was probably not mine. When I got to town I found out the roof belonged to the Aston building.. the one with the black awning in the picture. Seems like they lost about 1/3 of their roof. If  you go to the end of the block and look at the bank catty corner to us their sign has blown off and is halfway up the North side of the street. [We are on the West side of the courthouse] What a mess! I’m sure as the day progresses we will discover more damage to these old buildings. The hurricane last year broke and upstairs window at the shop, so we need to get up there later today and make sure all is well.

02120020My son is starting his day off with a test. Home schooling has been good for him.. but keeping him focused at times is a challenge. Especially when it comes to writing an essay.

Published in: on February 12, 2009 at 4:08 pm  Leave a Comment  
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