An O Deer Mercantile Christmas Card

Thanks For Sharing!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…

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O Deer Mercantile 2017 Christmas Home Tour

Thanks For Sharing!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,…

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Happy Thanksgiving From O Deer Mercantile

Thanks For Sharing!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…

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The Next Phase—Family Room UpCycle

Thanks For Sharing!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…

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Have a Happy (Fun and Safe) Halloween

Thanks For Sharing!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,…

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Weekly Feature #37—Trays and Tins

Thanks For Sharing!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…

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Fireplace Redoux—New Life For Our Tired Looking Red Brick Inglenook

Thanks For Sharing!Black and Whitewash My Happy New Hearth! I can’t believe it has been more than a year and two major Hurricanes since we moved into this house. I would like to say that I have come a long way in transforming our vintage (A 45 Year old Dutch Colonial Home) digs into the…

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Earth Day #47—Listen to Your Mother

Thanks For Sharing!Earth Day…April 22nd 2017   This is what we need to remember on Earth Day, and each day—the very complex, interconnected and interdependent, ecosystem we live in is A Miracle.  It is a miracle of breathtaking beauty, amazing diversity, magnificent complexity and awesome intricacy. It is a Miracle it has survived the abuses heaped…

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O Deer —Happy Easter

Thanks For Sharing!  No feature this week! I am busy getting ready to host our family Easter Dinner and Egg Hunt this weekend. We just spent the afternoon cleaning the Florida room and pool deck. The weather should be lovely for Easter. I am glad, though we are badly in need of rain. It has…

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Weekly Feature #17— The Vintage Vase

Thanks For Sharing!A Rose Will Still Smell As Sweet… Whether flowers are displayed in a mason jar, an old tin can or a Lalique vase costing thousands of dollars, they are lovely. But how, where and in what we choose to display our posies, ferns or other foliage says a lot about our personal style.…

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O Deer—Happy Valentine’s Day

Thanks For Sharing! February 14th I am really having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that we are, tomorrow, half way through the second month of 2017. Very often these days, I have the feeling that I am just barely skimming the surface of Time, dipping in a toe now and then…

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Wednesday Feature #14— Vintage Barware

Thanks For Sharing!Cocktails, Dahling… Retro Love— Here’s to the Return of the Home Bar (or BarCart) You (or at least I) see it everywhere these days. The return of an elegant and sophisticated, lovingly styled bar cart, cabinet or home bar. After the decade of Wine, many are returning to the satisfaction of a well-turned…

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