Monday, October 1, 2018

Springfield Recap and Shop Pictures

Wow you guys time has been flying by...more so than ever!!! I guess because we have been spending every minute working to get the shop ready. I wanted to share some of what we have been working on at the shop but first I thought I would share some of our booth from the Springfield Extravaganza this year.

As always we had such a wonderful time and it was great to see so many of you and catch up with our Springfield friends. This was the first show we have ever done there that it didn't rain one time!!! It was so weird to walk back into our booth every morning and have everything be dry! I am sure it will never happen again so we really tried to enjoy it! It was unbearably hot though, so hot that I could hardly summon the energy to walk around and shop. I did walk around a bit on Saturday though and found some wonderful goodies. It is even more fun to go out look for goodies at flea markets and antique shows now that I have shop to bring everything back to!

This gorgeous white cupboard filled with farmhouse goods made for one my favorite displays yet.

As soon as we got back from Ohio it was straight back to work getting the shop ready for the big grand opening October 13th!!! Here is a peek at some of what we have been working on!

The front is coming together just like I envisioned. This historic building sat vacant for so long that I think a lot of locals had forgotten the beauty it held so I wanted to add bright vibrant colors to the porch to catch people's eye again as they quickly drove past. I also want the community to know that it is a store once more and feel a warm welcome as they come in.

Inside you will find the calm creamy whites that I never tire of as I find they make the perfect backdrop for all of the seasons while making things cozy and cohesive at the same time.

I chose to leave the floors as is...100 plus years of scratches and all. I love thinking of the things that people would have bought that made those scratches or the store owner that moved heavy barrels here or there.

I am thoroughly enjoying the fact that the shop is large enough for me to create fun set ups like this kids bedroom I made in the one corner. I have to admit it has been hard for me to sleep lately with all of the ideas I have swirling in my head...and trying to remember where I put this or that that I know would be just perfect here or there in the shop doesn't help!

The railroad use to run through this tiny town (which is just houses now as everything else has been demolished) and this was the place to stop and get any of the essentials/general goods needed. This week we are working on recreating the shelving that would have originally lined the walls and held those goods. Luckily enough we found the original drawers upstairs in the building and were able to bring them back downstairs.

Recreating the store shelving is probably the project that I am most excited about here at the shop. I have dreamed of having a shop in a general store for so long but I honestly thought we would just have to find a generic looking shop and then make it look like a general store. Never would I have imagined that we would actually find a general store and I feel beyond blessed and fortunate to have this amazing opportunity to restore it. So walking in now seeing these grand shelves that I get to fill with all of the goods I search high and low for is a really big moment in my life. I am still waiting for someone to come knock on the window and say we aren't aloud to operate or something!

A little peek at the counter...more pictures of it soon.....I absolutely love the way it turned out. Pretty soon it is going to be lined with big glass jars filled with candy...Millie can't wait to help me with that part!

My drive to the shop seems to just get prettier and prettier as the leaves have started to change color. The road I take there is lined with one Amish farm after another and I am continuously inspired by the gentle and utilitarian beauty of their homes and farms. I am so excited that we are having our grand opening in the just seems like the perfect timing.

Also on the to do list this week is getting our shop name and our hours on the window, putting many pieces of big furniture in place and getting the goods on the shelves!!!  There is a lot more that I would love to have done before we open but there is just no way we will be able to get to it all! That's okay...I am just beyond grateful to call this little peace of heaven ours! I know many of you are planning on coming for the big day and I absolutely can't wait to hear what you guys think about this amazing building and all that we have done to it!!!

Saturday October 13th 11 AM to 5 PM
5750 West Center Road
Linesville, PA

Monday, September 10, 2018

Farmhouse Inspiration ~ Monograms And A Touch Of Fall

Hello friends and happy September! This post is about two of my favorite things that I absolutely love incorporating into our farmhouse... monograms and fall decor.

 I have been adding some subtle touches of fall to the house in the hopes that the cooler weather will soon make it's way to us! Yesterday and today have been on the chilly side but otherwise we have been in the high 80's and 90's as far as temperatures go and I am just really ready for those cool windy fall days!

Antiques with monograms, especially linens, are something that I always search for when I hit estate sales, flea markets and thrift stores.

This pillow that my talented friend Mel from Rustic Farmhouse Wares made is one my new favorite monogrammed pieces. I love thinking about the women that sat and made these pieces and wondering what their day or life may have been like.

Of course monogrammed antiques are something I will try to keep the shop stocked with as well!
And speaking of the shop we officially have a GRAND OPENING DATE....OCTOBER 13TH!!! Because of the age of the building we are not going to have to do quite as much work to operate as originally thought, which is what we where hoping for. If there is anything I hate it is when people buy a historic building and then take all of the history out of it! We actually aren't allowed to make any changes to the building, not because it is historic or old sadly, but because it would put us in different permit category according to the state. Good for us though, and good for the building!

We have been working day and night at the shop to get it ready for the big day! I absolutely can not wait to share with you guys what we have going on behind these doors! Hopefully many of you will be coming to see for yourself! So many of you have messaged me already that you will be there! Doors will open at 11 AM! Please visit our Facebook page or for store hours and other details! Also, if you would like to be on our mailing list please email me (link in sidebar) with your address and I will send you shop information about when we will be having events and open houses.

I know I will be seeing many of you this weekend at the Springfield, Ohio Antique Extravaganza! And then after that we have the Vintage Market Days Nashville "Spirit of Christmas" Show Nov. 30th, Dec. 1st and 2nd! We have been wanting to do a Christmas show for many years now so we are soooo excited about it!

Hopefully I will be back on here soon with some images of the inside of the shop...thanks for following along and stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Busy As A Bee

Hello friends! I just wanted to pop on here and give you some updates about the shop and all that we have going on here! I absolutely can not believe that it is the middle of August already, summer goes too fast!

This summer has been quite a busy and exciting one for us and I am so sad that it coming an end. Three months sounds like a long time but boy can it go by in a flash!

With school starting in a couple of weeks the sunset dinners outside on the porch and working out in my gardens until dark, a few of my favorite things about the summer, will also be coming to an end.

We have been lucky enough to have had the pleasure of taking many camping trips this summer, a beach trip and a trip to see our family in Brooklyn.  I have been spending just about every second that isn't designated for something else working on the shop. I have been scraping, sanding and painting my heart out. It is really all we are able to do right now as we are still waiting to hear all that needs to be done to be permitted to operate as a retail space. Pennsylvania Labor and Industry requires that you have blue prints drawn up of all improvements and/or things that you add like counters, ramps, etc. so that they know you are building them to Uniform Construction Code. Once those blue prints are submitted to them by our architect and they approve them then we can actually start working on those things which will put one step closer to opening!

It is frustrating that we have absolutely no idea when we will be able to open because of all of this but we have lots of cosmetic stuff to focus in the getting the walls painted a creamy white which will create the perfect back drop for our goods.

And honestly I am just so excited to have this place be the home of our future shop in the first place that I find it really hard to complain that things are taking so long. Every moment spent working here is literally a dream come true for me.

I was especially excited to get the front doors painted a fresh but historic looking green (Behr's Chard) that will look perfect throughout the seasons. I am hoping that a lot of customers will eventually be walking through these old doors and I wanted them to really make a statement. I am currently in the process of painting the whole front part with the windows with the green as well. I can't wait to have it all done so that I can hang some big beautiful wreaths on the doors!

Not everything we have been working on has been just cosmetic though, this building has come with some challenges, as all old buildings do! There are many issues that need to be addressed but one of the most urgent was removing the large bee hives from the building. There were two large hives by both entrances and we were nervous that at some point all of the walking in and out while we were working would upset the hives. We were adamant that they not be killed and were told to call Critter McCool to have the bees removed as he is the most experienced in our area at removing large hives. Well we were surprised to find through his infrared technology that the hives were way larger than we expected. They were so large in fact that our story made national news! So many of my Instagram followers have messaged me from across the US that they have seen our news story! So cool (no pun intended)! Visit to see the story and to see some great footage of the building! A giant thank you to Eric McCool for the amazing job he did at removing such large hives!

Any time not spent working at the shop I have spent out looking for goods for the shop and for the Springfield, Ohio Antique Extravaganza next month! We sold a ton of stuff at the Vintage Market Days Pittsburgh show so I get to look for all new stuff for Springfield! It's hard to say what I love the most about my job but boy there is nothing like the thrill of the hunt!

I also wanted to let you guys know that I have made a website for the shop Once we are open it will have shop hours, location and seasonal events on it. I have also started water marking all photos of the shop with the website to get the word out!

That is all for now! Thank you guys so much for following along on this amazing journey!!!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Vintage Market Days Pittsburgh Vendors!!

Just wanted to share some details about our next show with you guys! We will be at the Vintage Market Days "Vintage Farmhouse" Show in Monroeville, PA July 13, 14, and 15th! We are soooo  excited to be vendors at a Vintage Market Days show and we have been busy getting the perfect pieces put together. For more information on this Vintage Market Days event head to! I hope some of you can make it out to see us, this is our first show in the area I grew up in so I am over the moon to be part of it!

Here is a peek at some of the goodies I am taking!

I also wanted to take the time to address something that has really been bothering regards to my last post and comments made... I was not trying to compare my feelings about our shop to ANYTHING anyone else has ever been through. I am very sorry if anyone felt that I was. I have been through many life changing things in my life and I have medical issues and disabilities that I battle daily. I think I will share all of that on here someday but I really try to keep my blog more about the professional side of my life and keep the personal stuff on the light side. I chose to share the loss of our shop and the effects it had on me with you all because it is large part of my professional life and also because I thought it would be cathartic. For some reason it was harder on me than other way more difficult things that I have been through and left me deeply depressed. I am a very honest person and I feel like if there is a place to share my true feelings about something it should be on my own blog. I couldn't be more thankful for my family and the things that I AM able to do each day.

Speaking of being thankful...I am especially thankful to you guys and my loyal customers and for the fact that I get to sell my goods at such fun and wonderful antique shows and vintage markets! I look forward to seeing many of you next weekend in Monroeville! Email me if you have any questions or want me to bring something specific!