Kay England is a world famous quilter and fabric and pattern designer. She is a good friend of Brian’s and she invited us to see her house, pool and gardens. (We couldn’t see the sheep and llamas. They were inside the cool barn.) She was a delight to be with and graciously opened her home for us to tour , see her studio and her quilts. It was a very big treat. I can’t put a picture of her on my blog. I promised her I wouldn’t because she was in the pool cleaning it when we arrived.
I went to the wedding in Indianapolis, Indiana. Karin drove and I didn’t even see the Mississippi River when we went over. I really hadn’t looked at a map yet. But I want to see where we went. I was busy in the car doing stuff. LOL! But, two days after the wedding we got to go downtown to a couple of antique stores. The town is amazingly clean and the people were nice. We really had a good time getting the tour from Brian.
I never know what to get for wedding presents for those who don’t have a list at a store. Well,. For the wedding reception I was going to , I decided to wood burn some kitchen wooden spoons and utensils with a wooden container with a handle. I, also, did a frame for a wedding picture. And, I found a cut glass big biscuit jar and put peanut M&Ms in it. I really think they enjoyed the surprises.
The day after the wedding Brian’s parents invited us to see their new home. It was a beautiful, wonderfully laid-out home. It had charm and personality in each room. I loved her work areas and her pin cushion collecting and making. it was such a treat to see.
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One of the most unique and different homes I have ever been in is the home of Kevin and Brian. The live in the back wing of an antique store/flea market. Sound weird but if you’d ever see it, it is a wonderful place. Lots of big rooms and a great layout. Spaces to work and play. Simply great. But, the neatest thing is the decorating. Brian is a decorator and boy does he know his stuff. I was amazed at how so many collections and so many items could be displayed in such a wonderful manner. It was really breath-taking. Their home has been featured in magazines. So, I wanted to share some pictures.
I got some shaved wooden ornaments at Robin’s yard sale the other day. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. I was going to make a mobile. I have several hanging in the studio and three more I have made I have to get hung on the high ceiling. I use a photo mobile as the base and it only took a few minutes.
On a Friday in July I was invited to go to an estate sale at Lepanto, AR. Well, if you don’t know where it is, “it’s a fer piece over yonder.” You go to, Conway, Beebe, Searcy, Newport, Harrisburg, Marked Tree the Lepanto. Marion is east of it and Jonesboro is north. Population 1,856. It was a doctor’s widow’s estate next to the school. We left at 6:15 and got there a little after 9:00. They opened at 10:00. We were the first ones there. When the doors opened there was only about 8 people waiting in line. The house was full and we both got goodies. My treasures included: 2 glass Christmas trees for $3.00 each, a silver and glass covered sardine tray with a fish on the lid for $3.00, a Victorian china salt shaker for $1.00, a metal frog for $2.00, a silver candle/match holder for $1.00, a silver bowl stand with 2 cherubs for $5.00, 2 crystal tooth pick holders for one for $5 and the other $2, an old oriental bowl for $10, a china duck figure for $5, a blue and white china cigarette lighter, 2 hand-painted china plates $2 and $3, miniature brass iron with wooden handle for 50 cents, a silver gondola for $$2, a metal purse for $5, a silver table Christmas tree for $3, a Pyrex casserole for $1, two English metal trays with ducks for $1, and a metal and tile table for $30. I didn’t spent over $100 and I got 6 Christmas gifts out of the stuff. My friend got several large items for a few costumers and a couple of thing for himself. Worth driving over.
On the way home from the estate sale at Lepanto we stopped at a couple of antique stores. I got a table rug, a purse basket to wood burn, a set of bone china place card holders, and I found some of Mama’s everyday china. It is Royal Doulton’s Lowestoft Bouquet pattern from 1948. I got 5 dinner plates, 6 rimmed soups, a creamer and a sugar with no lid for $22.50. I was so excited. When I got home and I got on line on Replacements.com and the sale price for the plates were $30, the bowls were $25, creamer $46, and sugar $40. So, I got 13 pieces worth $386.00 for only $22.50! Yea, ME!