Sunday, July 27, 2008

As Promised

This tiny tea cup measures just over an inch tall to the top of the cup. It is part of a set that includes a teapot, sugar bowl, creamer, plates, spoons, cups and saucers.

The tarnished cup is close to four inches tall to the top of the pin cushion. It is marked 1881 Rogers on the bottom.

I have a stash of baby shoes and little tea sets, so I must get to work. And I'm still looking for that lace.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

"People who are organized are just too lazy to look for things."

I read that quote a few days ago and it made me chuckle. I spent at least 25 minutes today digging through the chaos that is supposed to be my sewing room, looking for a piece of lace. Well, I didn’t find any lace (where do you suppose I put the lace?), but I did find these little baby shoe cuties. I bought them unused and in their original, somewhat dusty and dirty clear cello box, at a garage sale in Wisconsin early this spring. I haven't seen shoes made like this in several years. The sole extends up the back to the top of the shoe -- all one piece of leather.

These little never-worn shoes were just begging to be pin cushions, and so they are. Funny, I now have no idea what I was going to do with the lace.

Along with the shoe pin cushions, I came across a few tiny tea cup pin cushions and a tarnished silver baby cup turned pin cushion. I will take pictures, I promise!

Enjoy your Sunday,
Marge, the Gran

Friday, July 25, 2008

Two days of painting

and this is all I can show? Hmmm. I’ve been washing, scrubbing, sanding and cleaning up the stuff in the outer edges of the junk pile for two days. Well, half a day, at least. Then the painting started. Yesterday was a lovely day to be out working in the driveway and in the garage. But today the humidity gremlins returned and it wasn’t nearly as pleasant. I painted 2 kid chairs,

one wooden folding chair ( out of the 5 I prepped),

a high chair

and two other identical wooden chairs.

Oh ya, there was a table, too.

And a sled and another table top that I sealed. I also dug out a wicker chair,

a really ugly chair that with a hole in the seat and an old enamel pot will become a planter

and another small old school chair.

Nothing has been truly finished yet as I will decorate things a little before they are donated to the Women in Business 5th Annual Trash to Treasure Auction or stashed away to sell at the Junk Bonanza in September. But at least I have a good start on my projects. Well, some chairs, anyway.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Turn Out the Lights...

Lock the door. Walk away. Don't look back (she said with a tear in her eye).

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Can't wait to hit the junk pile!

One more day and all of my things will be moved out of what used to be my shop. Two gals have rented the space and will open their own shop later this fall. They purchased several of my furniture pieces -- an antique cupboard with sliding glass doors, a dresser and two wooden folding chairs, several small bookcases, a large hutch, a small pine cabinet, the black locker with red interior and miscellaneous other items. There are still a couple of customers who have pieces to pick up, too. I have until Tuesday, but my things should be out by tomorrow. Then, on to the junk pile!

This vanity with the bench and mirror will be donated to our Trash to Treasure auction. It will be pink and very girly when I am done. Paint job, new upholstery on the bench and something – I don’t know just what yet – to make it very special.

The dew point was 74 earlier this week and is only 42 now. What a beautiful evening! I hope the lack of humidity sticks around for a few days as I have a lot of garage projects. But first, I MUST finish moving. Ugh!


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Moving On …

… isn’t as easy as it sounds. And not fun, either. My shop is looking pretty empty but the storage room is still overflowing. I still have some newly purchased merchandise that I have been saving for the upcoming boutique and barn sales. And I have A LOT of junk that needs to go home with me. Sorting everything for the various events is a chore. First on my schedule is From the Heart Boutique. I pretty much have everything ready to take there.

The next event on my schedule is our annual Women in Business Trash to Treasure Auction and Wine Tasting Event. For that I need to create 5 – 10 super cool trash to treasure items. This will be our 5th auction and it’s more fun every year! Maybe the wine tasting has something to do with that!! Since raising money for breast cancer research is our primary objective, I need to make things that will be good sellers. Sometimes that means foregoing the truly unique (borderline odd) items in favor of the tried and true. We’ll see what I can come up with. Hopefully I’ll have a nice mix of truly unique and highly desirable goodies. The auction is Friday, August 22 with wine and music at 4:30.

If you would like to make something to be auctioned, please do. All donations are welcome! Email me for details on how to donate an item or post a comment. If creating a T2T item is not your thing, you can make a monetary donation if you want. Or just come to the auction, drink a little wine and buy a whole bunch of stuff that the rest of us have made!! However you choose to make your donation, it is all for a deserving cause. And oh so fun!

Here’s the article from our local paper after last year’s auction. And at the end are a few pictures from last year.

I hope you will join us at 4:30 on August 22 on the south lawn of the Victorian Lace Inn, 1512 Whitewater Avenue, St. Charles MN for our 5th annual Trash to Treasure Auction and Wine Tasting Event!

Marge, the Gran

Saturday, July 5, 2008

The Nook

Today is the last official day open for "the Nook" on Whitewater Avenue. So sad. I will have til mid month to pack up and clean up. After that, the Nook along with Em and the Granny will be On the Go!

I'm excited to be starting something new, but it just won't seem right to drive downtown and not see my shop there. I wonder how many people will come to the door only to find it locked. If you want any bargains on furniture, better come in today! That cute little antique red folding table left for a new home in Illinois yesterday. And the big black bench left, too. Hurry in!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Only three shopping days left at Emma’s Nook & Granny!!!

It is getting pretty bare, but there is still a nice selection of prim and country treasures and some awesome deals on the remaining furniture and display pieces. The ones remaining as of today are: one navy hutch, one black hutch, the Wabasha cupboard, one dry sink, a skinny red cupboard, pine table with black legs, white round drop leaf table, black locker with red interior, black bench with storage, oh ya, and a Steelcase desk that has been my checkout counter. You may find similar things elsewhere someday, but never at these amazing prices. Come see!

Next week will be all about vacating the premises on Whitewater Avenue, but after the 15th let the junking begin!! I have projects just begging to be completed for our Women in Business 5th Annual Trash to Treasure Auction in August and for the Junk Bonanza in September. I can't wait to get started!!!

Marge, the Granny