Sunday, March 21, 2010

Who Loves Rhubarb?

Just posted my lastest Etsy treasury called Ready for Rhubarb. It presents a delicious array of work from artists as far away as Aukland, France and Wales as well as San Diego, San Francisco, Denver and Jersey City to name a few. 

I love the colours in Rhubarb - the fresh greens and the gorgeous pinks - such a beautiful combination. My favourite way to eat rhubarb is in Dorothy Ferguson's rhubarb custard pie - a slice of heaven! I also enjoy a bowl of fresh stewed rhubarb still warm - a perfect spring tonic.

Share what you like about rhubarb....

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Treasure Hunting

Yesterday was my Birthday so we took the day off
to go treasure hunting. Knowing that it would be a
long day ahead with not much time for stopping, we decided to start the day off with breakfast at our local diner called Honey's. A couple of coffees and the breakfast special prepared us for the adventure ahead!

We decided to make our first stop LEGACY - Vintage Building Materials and Antiques in Cobourg. If you have never been there you have no idea what a cornucopia of architectural salvage awaits you. Wrought iron railings and gates, every kind of door imaginable, windows, door handles and knobs, lighting, bathtubs, and even the kitchen sink.

Here you will discover the unusual and the obscure as many of the pieces come from overseas.
A great place for inspiration. Once we win the lottery and start building our dream house we know where we'll come to shop for unique architectural details.

Come on in and take a tour with us.

Isn't this the greatest door handle! Details like this abound.

A feast for the eyes at every turn. 
These are just a few highlights 
that I'm showing. This place 
truly is overwhelming.

Couldn't you just swim in this blue?


A bitter, displaced Walmart greeter missing since the 80's. I guess she was a little too intense for Walmart. 

Our tour lasted a good couple of hours. We explored every nook and cranny from the dank basement (ew), to the dusty rafters, the creepy taxidermy section (double eww), as well as the back forty. Having left no stone unturned we loaded up the truck and we moved to Beverly .... 
Hills that is .... 
Swimming pools .... 
Movie Stars!

Part II to be continued.....

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Spring In My Step

walk in the woods

snow melting

shadows and light


birds singing

sun feels warm

sound of wind high in the trees

happy dogs

hope in our hearts

Saturday, March 6, 2010

roadtripping for antiques

SPRING is in the air and we were itching for a roadtrip. Loaded the dogs into the car, grabbed a Timmie's
 and the mother-in-law and hit the road.

Destination Fenelon Falls Ontario - aka Jewel of the Kawartha's - population 1,800.

Poked around a fun antique co-op there hoping to find fab pieces for our Camp Ho Ba Chee shop.

Found a great chrome breadbox in excellent condition from the 1950's, a lovely pair of Haeger bookends, an amazing lucite vase and a cute vintage plaid thermos.

Next stop Bobcaygeon (yes, the same Bobcaygeon as the Tragically Hip sing about - click here and sing along) where we visited a funky bookstore / coffee shop / antique shop. Kind of a cool concept. An odd, ecclectic atmosphere - but interesting.

Found a few more treasures here. A vintage glass juice carafe decorated with bright green limes, another red plaid thermos - a large one for two, and a little folk art wooden sign which we'll hang on the door of our summer shop.

What a fun day. Did the soul good. Stay tuned for more.....

Friday, March 5, 2010

feeling blessed

It is the first mild day of March,
Each minute sweeter than before...
There is a blessing in the air....

William Wordsworth

Maud Lewis

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Cherry Blossom Epiphany

Here is my latest Etsy Treasury up until  Thursday March 4th at 7pm. Smell the blossoms here.

Monday, March 1, 2010

treasure hunting

I've recently become addicted to creating Treasuries on ETSY. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this concept I will explain in a nutshell. A Treasury is a collection of 12 images chosen from the work of ETSY members which you as the curator select. It's a bit like shopping around the globe for cool items and beautiful images. I like to pick a theme and then fill in the blanks. My first madame damselfly treasury was titled "Robin in the Rain" inspired by the song with the same title that my Mom sang to me as a small child. Treasury spots are in high demand so there is a lot of competition to snag an opening.  Once you are successful at getting your Treasury posted you only enjoy the exposure for 48 hours and you are only allowed one Treasury at a time. My current Treasury "Robin in the Rain" expires at midnight. I'm all ready with my next Treasury selection which is inspired by cherry blossoms and thoughts of spring. The next openings become available at 2:30 this morning, and I wonder why I'm tired. ..... stay tuned.....

In the cherry blossom's shade
there's no such thing
as a stranger. 

by Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)