Sunday, March 29, 2009

Show Remnants

It was an exhausting but enjoyable weekend. The antiques show was successful with many treasures finding new homes while others returned to the shops. Here are just a few more pictures of some of the treasures at the show.

This lovely old clock has faux marble painted accents with porcelain cherubs on each side.

This large needlepoint wallhanging had to be photographed in two pictures.

It has both petit point and needlepoint work and pictures a cherub placing a ring on the woman's finger while the other cherubs hold a flowing vale.
This beautiful grandfather clock is c. 1850 with a handpainted face featuring roses and Neptune.

Close up of the clock face.

This ornate silver tea service was by Gorham.

Thanks again for joining me at the show:) Remember to support your local antiques stores and Go Green-Buy Antiques!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Sunday Wisdom

'He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.'
Proverbs 21:23, NIV

First Annual Antiques Fair

Today was the first annual Antiques Fair. There was a wonderful variety of antiques and collectibles.

Look-a Victorian parlor!
This lamp was darling and was gone rather quickly!
Handpainted roses on a screen fit for a queen.
How about some pink roses?
This antique dressing vanity was a show stopper.

An arts and crafts style china cabinet houses lovely antique china.
Hmmm, this table looks very familiar. Yup-that's our old dining room table:)
Beautiful needlework graces this old fireplace screen.
There was a pair of these needlepoint chairs.
Another needlepoint firescreen (I know-I'm hovering around the needlepoint again-I just need to step away from the needlepoint:).
How about this amazing pink and green floor lamp?
A stack of vintage leather suitcases.
A beautifully carved fern stand.
Detail of the carving.
Uh oh! Vintage hats with feathers! I'm in trouble now!
Royal blue velvet with pink and green feathers-lovely!
How about rust and black feathers with some sparkly beads!
It looks even better on:)
Of course, the blue and pink hat looks pretty good too:)
Look at those gorgeous blue and green feathers!
It was a wonderful day of chatting with shoppers and antique dealers. We did some shopping and made some new friends. Thanks for joining me! I always enjoy antiquing with friends:)

Friday, March 27, 2009

Kramer Chronicles-Resolution

What's this?
Could it be that Kramer is playing with his mouse?
Oops-he saw me with the camera-this is his nonchalant 'I'm not playing' look.
Ok, back to batting the mouse!
Looks like the protest is over!

So after several days of a grumpy, disruptive cat (he has shredded a roll of toilet paper, ripped the moss from a flower arrangement, and walked around hacking on several rugs)
he is now back to his play routine with his mouse on a string on a pole. Ah, the sweet sound of bells ringing while the mouse hits the chair leg:)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Kramer Chronicles-The Protest

Kramer in protest mode.

I am starting this post in the dining room, one of Kramer's favorite hang-outs. Note the rather large dining table below as this is where the story begins. We have a very small dining room (10x10) so the large pub table fit nicely and provided a place for Kramer to relax or chase dogs (he runs from end to the other chasing the dogs as they walk past). The chair at the end of the table is where Kramer plays with his favorite toy which he enjoys greatly.
The large pub dining room table.

Kramer wrapped around the table leg batting his toy hanging from the chair.

He halts when he realizes he is being photographed.

Alas, he can only contain himself for a brief moment and then returns to batting the toy mouse.

For Christmas he received a second mouse on a string on a pole which hung from one of the side chairs. Occasionally he would batt this one around instead.

Of course, after an exhausting day of playing and napping he would rest on the table.

More rest time.
More rest time (ok, he's a cat-he rests a lot:).

Now for the drastic event when we cruelly rearranged his environment.

This is our new dining table. It is a library table that actually pulls out to the size of our old dining table. This table was a great find as it provides a great deal of space when not in use but can fold out when we have guests for dinner. At one point when we were considering the change we actually said-'what about Kramer? He's used to the larger table.' But then we realized he would adjust and we made the switch. Hmmm, little did we know...

He hates the new table! Won't get near it, won't lay on it, won't play with his toys at the base of it. Nope-nothing. He walks around it, walks by it but will have nothing to do with it. I've tried rattling the little toy mouse. He comes running but then sees the new table and walks away.

The mouse just hangs here, un-played with.
Notice Kramer bathing himself BESIDE the table as if to say 'I refuse to use you.'
A quick sniff of the toy ('boy, it sure is tempting but I mustn't give in-I must stand firm and protest the table swap that my bad people have made-I'll just sniff the toy-I will not play!')

'Forget it! I turn my nose up at that table! I will have nothing to do with it!'

'I'm walking away now!'

So this is where we are at present. Kramer refuses to lay on the table or play with his toys near the table. I have moved the chairs around, I've rattled the toys, but to no avail. He will have nothing to do with it. It is a battle of wills and little does he know that we will prevail as the old table is now for sale in the antique shop.

I am 'tabling' this post for now but will update you as the situation progesses...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cemetery Stroll-Part 3-Memories in Stone

As we stroll through the cemetery today we will look at the unique stone memorials, a tribute to those who have gone on before us.

Brick walkways meander through the stone gardens.
For more than two centuries footsteps have echoed along these brick pathways. The shadows of ancient oaks and cedar trees dapple the walkway.
There is a mystique in this old graveyard of history and family, of God and country.
Some monuments tower above those around them.
Sunshine lights the way through this corner of the cemetery.
A delicately carved rose bedecks this headstone.
Some graves are surrounded by walls worn by time, weather, and war.
This gravesite sits beneath an age old crepe myrtle.
Supposedly when the church served as a hospital during the Civil War some of the horizontal gravestones were used as operating tables.
Time washed headstones,
oranately carved gravestones,

headstones of families grouped together,
even tiny tombstones.
A section of tabby wall still remains.
This mosoleum looks like a sunken house with a grass roof.
Some of the gravesites in this churchyard date back to the early 18th century inscribed with the history of the person buried below. Thanks for spending the past few days strolling through my favorite cemetery.
Do you have a favorite cemetery?