Winter Comfort—Black Eyed Pea Pie

A Savory, Family Favorite Recipe It’s been awhile since I posted a recipe. That’s not for lack of cooking. We eat at home most of the time, and cook from scratch a good deal of it, but I’ve been too busy to photograph much, and to tell the truth, I’m a bit ashamed of the…

Read More

Integrating the Idea of Selflessness with Self Love

It’s a New Year, So… I really don’t know how I arrived at 2018. It certainly wasn’t somewhere I set out to get to. (This is where I was going to make a lame joke about getting here ahead of Time, but I realized that the whole concept was too convoluted and stopped myself.  😉…

Read More

RETROspective—A Look Back at 2017

This Year’s Favorites A few of my favorite things— everything from updating our house to Blogs, Social Media and Etsy Shops! One of my very favorite things at home this year has been the addition of the *Tiki Bar* to our already awesome Florida room. It is still a work in progress so I haven’t…

Read More

Reflecting on the Winter Solstice

Halfway Through the Dark Even living in Florida, I am not a fan of the shortened days preceding and following the Winter Solstice. When I have lived in more northerly climates, it has affected me to such an extent that my depression and despair were very  probably that malady assigned the name SAD (Seasonal Affective…

Read More

An O Deer Mercantile Christmas Card

Merry Christmas Merry Christmas to all! I don’t expect to be back on this Blog again before Christmas. I am behind (as usual :-)) and still have so many things I want to get to before Christmas. I have started some baking, but still have more to do, my Christmas cards aren’t finished and I…

Read More

O Deer Mercantile 2017 Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to Our Home It’s such a busy time of the year for everyone. But I wanted to be sure and give you a peak at the house all decked out for Christmas. At present, only the indoors are decorated, except for a wreath and sign on the front porch. As of tomorrow, we are…

Read More

Gwen’s 2017 Gift Guide…O Deer!

Shop Small, Shop Local & Have Fun! Welcome to the Holiday chaos and madness (and hopefully, fun and fulfilling) of 2017. If you’re like me, you wonder how it got here so fast. Didn’t we just put away the decorations? Well, my views on the acceleration of Time are for another post. Today, I’m going…

Read More

Happy Thanksgiving From O Deer Mercantile

Thankful For… Today’s post will be short, and I hope, Sweet! I am Thankful for another year of ups, downs, sickness, health, tragedy and rejoicing. For life is inevitably made up of all of these and more. Last year I wrote a post called Thankful For… and listed all of the reasons. All of those…

Read More

Weekly Feature #40—First ODM Shop Sale of the Holiday Season

Have a Jolly Hollyday! We’re stoked and we’re stocked (295+ Listings), and ready for the first shop-wide sale of the Holiday Season. From Monday November 20th through Friday December 1st, all stock, vintage and handmade (excluding clearance) will be discounted 15%. Stay tuned for deeper discounts on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.…

Read More

The Next Phase—Family Room UpCycle

Renovating Our Forty-Something Year Old House on a Budget It has been a busy couple of weeks around here. Getting the Etsy Shop ready for the upcoming Holidays and Sales—undoing Halloween and starting to prepare for Thanksgiving— and painting that dark cave of a room we have designated the family/rec/game room. You may remember that Gaia…

Read More

Weekly Feature #39— Versatile Useful Beautiful Baskets

A Basket For Every Need and Style There is nothing more homely, more utilitarian and useful than the humble basket. Yet, these ubiquitous objects have achieved such grace and beauty of form and function that they have been elevated to fill a niche of self-expression and style in our homes. Baskets have been around nearly ten…

Read More

November Ruminations

Reflecting and Finding Time as Autumn Wanes The November Full Moon in Taurus will be shining brightly tonight. Like all the full moons it’s been called different things by different cultures and in different ages. No matter what you call it, it is a lantern lighting our way into the darkest months of the year. Stare…

Read More

Have a Happy (Fun and Safe) Halloween

Halloween at Home 2017   Throwback to Halloween 2016—Gaia Lots of changes, but some things (like Gaia’s fall fave Undertale Tee-Shirt with bony character Papyrus on the front) stay the same. Sweet gentle Gaia likes all things Skeletal!  Skeleton Geoff, the unfortunate victim of last week’s Murder Mystery at the Tiki Bar party, lives in…

Read More

Weekly Feature #38—Dish It Up

Dishes, the Good China, Plates & Bowls, Table Settings… By whatever name you call them, and from whatever material— china, porcelain, ironstone, corelle, plastic, metal, wood, etc.— these items are a household necessity. Since the caveman laid his dinner on a large leaf or flat rock, people have been using some sort of dish to serve…

Read More

Murder Mystery at the Tiki Bar

This Year’s Themed Halloween Party Welcome to “The Edge of the World”, a waterfront Tiki Bar with a very specific clientele normally. It is a Dark and Stormy Night however, and a strange assortment of folks have sought shelter from the storm. A murder most vile has taken place, and now we must discover who among…

Read More

Weekly Feature #37—Trays and Tins

Timeworn Treasures for Serving and Storage This week’s feature covers a wide array of styles and purposes. From the minimalist appeal of sleek lacquered Japanese serving trays to the busily attractive golden print on a chintz paper mache vanity or tea-tray also from Japan these homely items come in a variety to please all tastes.…

Read More