Blooming Spring Sale

April Showers and Flowers Most of us don’t have to wait till May for the outdoor flower show to begin. Here in Florida, we have many flowers that bloom right through the winter. And when spring approaches, the show starts in earnest. We just finished enjoying the azaleas, their fantastic watercolor washes of color ranging…

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Hopping Into Spring

Welcoming Spring at O Deer Mercantile Hoppy Spring! In just a few hours from when I’m typing this, it will officially be spring. I realize that some parts of the country and world can’t look out their windows and know this yet—but its true. We are experiencing a double whammy today. Both the Equinox and…

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Romancing Vintage Style

We-Heart-February Yes—we’re already almost a week into the shortest, and Sweetest, month of the year. February, with Groundhog Day, Candlemas, Imbolc, the Super Bowl (In February every year since 2004),Valentine’s Day, the Full Snow Moon and Presidents Day, all book-ended in a mere 28 days. (Except for leap year, that magical calendar correcting day that occurs…

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Welcome to the Lunar New Year

2019 New Year of the Earth Pig Hope your Spring Festival (Another Name for the Lunar New Year) has an auspicious beginning. Though our calendars are marked on February 5th for this holiday, the actual festival lasts fifteen days. There are a whole series of rituals and traditions surrounding it. There are fairs selling goodies and…

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January Sale For O Deer Mercantile

Heart U Winter is settling in around us. We long for cozy and comfortable, warm and soothing. February will be here soon, and with it Valentines Day! What better reason to have a winter sale. Our Instagram group @VintageSistersInternational is sponsoring our first sale of 2019. The sale runs from Friday January 25th through Monday January 28th.…

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Starting Over (Again)

Why I Like the New Year Reset What is about the New Year that drives us to make resolutions, start diets or detox regimens, declutter and reorganize our homes? Is it just custom or tradition— or does it speak to something deeper within our psyches, touch some innate need inside us during these darkest and…

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Every Day Is a Gift—Reflections on 2018

  Looking Back Over a Tumultuous Year  If nothing else, 2018 will linger in my thoughts as a Memorable year. The Ups, of this up and down year, were marvelous and unexpected, and the Downs held such depths of sadness and despair as to try my very soul— and also were ever so unexpected.  I…

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O Deer Mercantile Christmas Tour

Holidays on the Home-Front I’m running (Running is the operative word here—sometimes life seems like a hamster wheel!) late as usual during these last days before Christmas, but I wanted to fit in a tour of our home decorations before the presents are opened and the eggnog is all drunk.  I’ll start in the family…

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A Happy Healthy Solstice

Halfway Through the Dark Yes—I am a fan of Doctor Who, though the correct quote from that iconic TV show would be “halfway out of the dark”. I just prefer to think of it as through, because like all other cycles, traversing the seasons is a journey both physically, and of the soul. My soul does not…

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A Taste of Christmas Tradition

Baking Giant Snickerdoodles Every family has their traditions, the little events and rituals that truly define the Holiday Season for them. Like many others, we have Christmas customs that we repeat nearly every year. While some things change with time and circumstance, others stay blessedly the same, lending us a continuity that may just follow…

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Put a Wreath On It!

The Family That Crafts Together… Earlier this month, the O Deer Women (Gwen, Gaia and Kaylah) along with my lovely daughter Heather and Kaylah’s two month old Atlas, had a tinsel tangling, hot-gluing, laughing and playing afternoon. We made time in our crazy busy holiday schedules to get together and make something pretty. I know I…

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Concluding Our Twelve Days (Christmas Sale)

Strike Up The Band On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Twelve drummers drummin’, eleven pipers pipin’, ten ladies dancin’ Nine lords a-leapin’, eight maids milkin’, seven swans a-swimmin’ Six geese a-layin’ five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear…

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Twelve Days—Let’s Party

When the Milking is Done… On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Eight maids a-milkin’ On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Nine lords a-leapin’, eight maids a-milkin’ On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Ten ladies dancin’, nine lords…

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Day Six And Seven—Birds Of A Feather

Half Way Through The Twelve Days On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Six geese a-layin On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Seven swans a-swimmin’ Birds and Water I know—it’s a stretch. We have no geese or swans at present, but we have items…

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The Fifth Day Of Christmas—Shiny

Five Golden Rings Or…  On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Five golden rings… We’re Gilty  In lieu of a handful of Golden Rings, we’re going to feature some Hollywood Regency, gold trimmed, gilt accented vintage wares. From the pretty vintage cake stand decorated with gold fleur-de-lis and triangles of…

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Celebrating December—On The Fourth Day

The Fourth Day Of Christmas…  On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree. Happy Tuesday! The Twelve Days of Christmas Sale continues. We’re featuring Four Etched Glass Saucer Champagne Coupes, a Holiday Tin Decorated with a…

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