Sunday, July 23, 2017

Hooray!!

My sweet hubs and I have been hitting lots of sales lately. I've been searching for yet another Windsor fan back armchair. This time for my studio.

Most of you know I have an obsession with these chairs. Not only do I find them beautiful, they are comfortable, too!

We stopped at an estate sale. It was at a lovely Victorian near Colgate University. The place was wall to wall people. My guess would be mostly antique dealers. Man, we could barely move. I finally worked my way into one of the many gorgeous rooms in this home and there it was! A vintage maple fan back w/ brace back! Actually there were two. But one had a cracked seat. Needless to say, this chair was coming home with me.

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I hope the previous owner (whoever that may be) will be happy knowing their chair will be very well loved and taken care of for as long as I'm around.

Happy Sunday, all!
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

I just finished up another Little Betsy Ross...

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To see more of her, just click on the "Extreme & Rustic" button below.

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Happy Wednesday, all!!

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Tis the season...

Summertime here in Central New York means lots of barn, house, garage, estate and yard sales!! Yippee!!! You know I love a good bargain!!

I've been on the hunt for another Windsor fan back arm chair. So far, nothing. But I won't give up.

I did however find an old ironstone water pitcher. No basin. But I prefer to wash up in the bathroom. So I'm not going to use it for that anyway. ((giggle))

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Also, I've been wanting a small tabletop ironing board for my studio. But I found something better! A vintage sleeve ironing board! Perfect for my wee Americana Firewood Folks clothes I make. Just have to re-cover it with some cotton batting and fabric.

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So that's about it. I hope everyone has a fantastic week!! Remember life is short.
Get outside. Visit a farmers market. Play with your dog. Sing along to The Jackson Five's "Dancing Machine" at the top of your lungs with the Jeep top off as you drive around.
Ummm. Wait a minute... That was my morning.

Happy Monday!!
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

They are plain words, these four...




Remember it's the pursuit of happiness.



Wishing everyone a
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!




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Monday, July 3, 2017

The Unsung Heroes...

This past Saturday our area was hit with massive torrential rain like we've never seen before. Local creek waters rose and rose. Areas including our tiny hamlet were hit hard with flash flooding. Central New York is not a flood zone. So this was devastating to our area.

This post is to remind everyone about our unsung heroes. The men and women who come to our aid. No matter what they're doing. Where they are. They come to our aid when called. I especially want to bring to everyone's attention many of these unsung heroes are volunteers. They are not paid. They do this because they want to help. Many times risking their own lives to help save ours.








Not only did the flash flood waters damage homes, it eroded numerous roads.



Amid all the emergency calls regarding the flooding, there were other emergency calls to deal with like injuries from a fall, difficultly breathing and drug overdoses.


About a month ago, a garbage truck lost its brakes coming down a hill in the center of our tiny hamlet. Unable to stop, the men jumped out of the truck. The driverless truck continued through the intersection, hitting an SUV, slicing telephone poles until it plowed into someone's home. Thank the good Lord above no one was seriously hurt. Although the little old timer pug inside the home was quite shook up and rightly so.





So the next time your local fire/EMT department and/or police department are asking for donations, (especially volunteer fire and rescue) please support them by donating what you can. Someday you may be the one needing their help.














Friday, June 30, 2017

TONIGHT on Early Work Mercantile...

Little Betsy Ross

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Click on the banner below to go directly to my sales page.

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Hope to see you there!!!

Have a terrific weekend and fly your American flag!

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Decorating with great finds and...

a broken index finger.
Long story short... I need to stick with interior decorating. Unfortunately landscaping is not my bag.

So we hit a few sales this weekend because I was on the lookout for a new "desk." As some of you know I was using a small table. But I was looking for something a little smaller.

The last place we stopped at, I eyeballed it from the road! A vintage federal style game table. It was worn and well loved and built solid. Not even a wobble. It also opens up to a larger square.

When the gal knocked 10 bucks off the already low price I yelled out "SOLD!" Even the cows in the pasture heard me. They were like "Who the h*ll was that??!!"
We wrestled it in old Betsy and were homeward
bound. It's exactly what I was looking for.

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I've got little George on my left side and close to my heart.

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My very dear high school friend who was also having a garage sale gave me some wonderful goodies!!! Here are just a few.

A repro Washington Inn sign...

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And vintage George Washington bookends.

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So overall, we had a fun weekend!!
Well... except for my index finger.

Happy Tuesday, all!!

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

White ironstone and vintage doilies...

Hubs and I decided to treat ourselves to an ice cream cone the other day and stopped at a nearby garage sale.

Found another ironstone pitcher to add to the ol' collection.

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Also grabbed some wonderful old doilies. Man, I love doilies. Hankies, too. So small yet so very pretty.
I decided to whip stitch the doilies together and make valances for our dining room. You know, the room we never use. ((giggle))

Oh wait, I take that back! Wee Gracie eats in the dining room.
Although her dinner etiquette is something to be desired.

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Happy Tuesday, all!!

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

In the nick of time...

I've always had a love for clocks. Especially older (key wound) clocks because they usually have a story to tell.

I am so grateful I have the clock that was given to my dad when he retired back in the 1980's.
He was a good provider, a loving husband and fantastic father. He was a hard working man.
This lovely Howard Miller clock meant the world to him. He was so proud of it and so am I.

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This next clock was my mom's. Since she was a teacher, for the longest time she wanted a schoolhouse (regulator) clock. I remember my dad going to Montgomery Ward and buying her this clock back in 1977. I even have the original receipt. ♥

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The problem with key wound or weight driven clocks are, if it stops working it's almost darn near impossible to find someone to fix it. Sadly it's a lost art.
Which got me thinking... My sweet hubs has a mechanical engineer's brain. Dare I say he's a tad OCD (Yes, I dare and he'd agree)((giggle)), and he loves to work on tiny, tedious things.

So I mentioned clock repair as a hobby.
Well... He ran with the idea because the next thing I know, he comes home with a broken vintage colonial grandfather clock. The person no longer wanted it and said he could have it. So he went and got it.

Within less than two hours he had it running.
I then gave him a quick spit shine (the clock not my sweet hubs)and TADAH!

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I hope this is something he'll have a passion for.
I'm sure there are hundreds of non working clocks that still have a story to tell and owners who need help telling them.

Happy Saturday, all!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Today is Flag Day...


"Ragged Old Flag"

I walked through a county courthouse square
On a park bench, an old man was sittin' there.
I said, "Your old court house is kinda run down,"
He said, "Naw, it'll do for our little town."
I said, "Your old flag pole is leaned a little bit,
And that's a ragged old flag you got hangin' on it."
He said, "Have a seat," and I sat down.
"Is this the first time you've been to our little town?"
I said, "I think it is,"
He said "I don't like to brag, but we're kinda proud of
That ragged old flag."

"You see, we got a little hole in that flag there,
When Washington took it across the Delaware.

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(General George Washington crossing the Delaware.)

And it got powder burned the night Francis Scott Key sat watching it,
Writing "Say Can You See."
And it got a bad rip in New Orleans, with Packingham & Jackson
Tugging at its seams.
And it almost fell at the Alamo beside the Texas flag,
But she waved on though.

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(Feb 24, 1836: Alamo defenders call for help.)

She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville,
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee and Beauregard and Bragg,

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(Civil war 44th New York Infantry.)

And the south wind blew hard on that ragged old flag.

"On Flanders Field in World War I,

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(Battle of St. Mihiel 1918.)

She gotta big hole from a Bertha Gun.
She turned blood red in World War II

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(Attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii December 7, 1941.)

She hung limp, and low, a time or two.

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(USS Crescent City ~ World War II.)

She was in Korea, Vietnam, she went where she was sent by her Uncle Sam.

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(Korean War POWs posing with hand-made American flag.)

She waved from our ships upon the briny foam
And now they've about quit wavin' back here at home.

In her own good land here she's been abused,

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(Bill Ayers ~ Former member of the 60's radical Weather Underground Organization.)

She's been burned, dishonored, denied an' refused.

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(1969 ~ Washington DC anti war protesters.)

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(February 2012 ~ Occupy Oakland protesters.)


(April 2016 ~ Anti-Donald Trump protesters stole and then set ablaze an American flag taken from a Trump supporter outside the California Republican convention.)

And the government for which she stands
Is scandalized throughout the land.


(President Richard Nixon.)


(President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.)

And she's getting thread bare, and she's wearin' thin,
But she's in good shape, for the shape she's in.
Cause she's been through the fire before
And I believe she can take a whole lot more.

"So we raise her up every morning
And we take her down slow every night.
We don't let her touch the ground,
And we fold her up right.

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(The Countryfolk Keepsakes homestead.)

On second thought
I do like to brag,
Cause I'm mighty proud of
that ragged old flag.

Written by: Johnny Cash



(Miracle on Ice. 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.)


(President Ronald Reagan.)


(A 505 foot by 255 foot American flag was flown from the downstream face of Hoover Dam. Nevada 1996.)


(Firefighter at Ground Zero ~ September 11, 2001.)


(Joplin, Missouri after EF5 tornado. May 22, 2011.)


(Space shuttle.)


(August 2011. Fallen Navy Seal's dog stays by his master's side.)


(April 19, 2013. Near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Boston Marathon Bombing April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts.)


(Bronze medalist Kristi Castlin, gold medalist Brianna Rollins and silver medalist Nia Ali. Rio 2016 Olympic Games.)



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Fly your American flag.
Remember why we do.


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