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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Weekly Feature #39— Versatile Useful Beautiful Baskets

Thanks For Sharing! 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…

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Weekly Feature #38—Dish It Up

Thanks For Sharing!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…

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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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Weekly Feature #35—All About That Brass

Thanks For Sharing!Bragging About Brass It is very difficult to find an American home that does not include some piece of bric-a-brac, fixture or item of home decor made from Brass. While the warm golden metal has remained a staple of metal workers of all sorts for centuries, its popularity has risen and fell with the…

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Weekly Feature #33— Beginning to Look Like A Christmas Sale

Thanks For Sharing!Whats Red, Green and White?   Christmas in August, of course! There’s still another week left in our Holly Jolly Summer Christmas Sale. And I’m adding some neat new/old Christmas items to the shop just in time to take advantage of the 17% off discount on all Holiday merchandise. Just enter code KRISKRINGLE at checkout to…

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Weekly Feature #32—Vintage Glassware

Thanks For Sharing!  Drink Up… A Toast to Vintage Glasses As I have said before, I love vintage and antique glass. Whether crystal, depression-ware, mid century barware or an old mason jar. It all calls to me like few other objects can. I have listed several new sets of various types and sizes of glassware…

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Weekly Feature #30—Have a Holly Jolly July

Thanks For Sharing!Time For The Ubiquitous  “Christmas in July” Sale   Don’t get me wrong. Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year. In fact, if you peek around my workroom/office area, you will see that a little bit of Christmas lives here year around, and if you look behind the curtain on the large closet…

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Weekly Feature #29—Wood You Look At That

Thanks For Sharing!From Prim To Tiki… Wooden Vintage   Wood, along with such items as animal bones and skins, stone and clay, was one of the earliest materials used by humankind to make things for home and hearth. Carved wooden vessels have been dated back to Neolithic times. The beauty and durability of wood make…

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Weekly Feature #28—The Casserole

Thanks For Sharing!Be It Ever So Humble… The Casserole— A dish used both to cook in the oven and to serve. Also the food cooked in the oven and served in the dish…     Originally, the word casserole described the pan (often of pottery) in which food was cooked. In French, the word casserole…

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Weekly Feature #27—The Pine-Apple of My Eye

Thanks For Sharing!  Hospitality, Welcome & Wealth Pineapples have long been symbols of Hospitality and Welcome. The first recorded encounter of Europeans with the fruit was written by Christopher Columbus. On that famous second voyage to the New World, his flotilla dropped anchor and landed on the small Carribean Island now called Guadaloupe where they were…

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Weekly Feature #26—Salt and Pepper Shakers

Thanks For Sharing!Homely, Ordinary, Innocuous or Exquisite… Nothing is more commonplace or more universally used than the humble salt and pepper shaker. Nearly every household has several sets and they grace the tables in every cafe, restaurant, inn and fast food joint in the USA. However, the variety of colors, shapes, sizes, styles and manufacturing…

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