Friday, October 21, 2016

Polder's Giveaway

I have a super exciting GIVEAWAY to announce!!!

You guys know how much I love wooden spoons and rustic yet beautiful kitchen items that you can use on a daily basis. Well a couple of years ago I was lucky enough to get some of the most beautiful hand carved wooden spoons from Polder's Old World Market  and they quickly became my favorite pieces to use in the kitchen.

I love to bake and usually make a couple dozen cookies per week depending on what we have going on around here. At this point my husband (who is a high school administrator) isn't aloud to show up at certain school functions without a batch of my cookies. Needless to say I have tried every type of utensil out there and the Polder's are unmatched in the their craftsmanship.

The Polder's family handcrafts a utensil for every single one of your cooking needs and you just can't believe the beauty of these pieces until you see them for yourself.

That is why I am so excited to offer you guys a chance to win your very own Polder's Old World Market Basic Cookie Spatula and Large Minimalist Spoon!

I mean how exciting would it be to get a package from them in the mail??!!!

 So here is what you need to do to enter the giveaway....

There are four things that you need to do, each one of the three things listed below will get you one entry, so if you do all three things your name will be entered three times.

1. Start following Polders Old World Market on Instagram @poldersowm

2. Start following Polders Old World Market on Facebook

3. Sign up to be on their email list....THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT because if you join their email list they will send you a $25 Dreamware gift certificate!!! They send them out in early November so sign up now to make sure you get yours and tell your friends!!!

Lastly comment on my blog what things you did and then I will enter you for the giveaway!!! Don't miss out on these absolutely beautiful utensils!!! The giveaway starts now Friday October 21 at 12:30 PM Eastern Time and ends Wednesday October 26th at 12:30 PM. I will announce the winner Thursday October 27th!!! Good luck!!

Also,Polders usually has to stop taking Christmas orders long before most people are finished shopping, so now is the time to get your Christmas orders in... before the major rush (second half of November)!!! That gets me excited for Christmas:)

Thursday, October 13, 2016


HAPPY AUTUMN FRIENDS! Outside the leaves are starting to change color and fall from the trees (even though the days have remained quite warm here) and inside I have added little touches of autumn around the house.

This year I am decorating with little white pumpkins and wheat, mixed with lots of ironstone and antique linens. The ironstone bowl seen here is a new piece that I picked up for $6 at the Springfield was my first purchase of the show. I actually bought it Thursday night while we were setting up, I spotted it as I was running to the restroom! I always always have my eyes out cause you just never know!

We are making huge progress on the dining room and I should be able to show you the whole room soon! I just love the way it all turned out, especially the new windows and the floors.

I picked up the most beautiful antique wooden bowl at the Brooklyn Flea this past summer. If you are ever in the Fort Greene area in Brooklyn I highly recommend going to that flea market. It is pretty small compared to most that I go to but I always find great items there. There is quite an assortment of different types of things and the prices are really pretty reasonable. You will be sure to find really unique ephemera and maps and there are many vendors that specialize in antique French nightgowns.

I found a treasure trove of antique linens at the Springfield show...more about those in a coming post!

I have been unpacking my dishes that I had boxed up while we worked on the dining room and that of course lead to some rearranging. Thought it was time some of my white ironstone pitchers all got together.

Neal bought me this antique primitive stool while we were at the beach in North Carolina this past summer. We just love it there and our thoughts go out to all of you affected by Hurricane Matthew. Who knows maybe my lost diamond will wash up somewhere.

Having to box all of your stuff up makes you realize how much stuff you have and I have too much So I am going to be selling a lot of my own personal stuff in my etsy shop, I have already started to list some of my things like this tan crock that I just love but have decided to let go of.

I have been spending my days sanding and painting the front of the house, I want to get it all done before the weather turns cold. I am soooo happy with the way it is all coming together and can't wait to share it all! After I get it all finished I am going to get back to my sewing machine though because I know many of you are waiting patiently for more of the linen and ticking pillows! Until next friends!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Farmhouse Kitchen Shelf

Hello friends, hope all is well with you! I wanted to share with you the shelf that I had Neal make for this little area above our kitchen cupboard (which he also made) that I had painted to be a chalkboard. I needed change and had grown tired of the chalkboard and I have so many in other places it seemed redundant. Plus I was looking for another area for some of my favorite items to be on display.

I designed the shelf to look like an old farmhouse shelf that had always been here. I had Neal add a dowel rod to the shelf for my linens to hang on. I have so many pretty linens and I just don't enjoy them as much when they are folded and unseen somewhere.

I stained the shelf first and then painted it Behr's Cottage White then lightly distressed it.

The flea market has been especially good to me this year. I found the beautiful bowl on the shelf there and the old rolling pins.

You guys know how much I love little drawers so I bought this pair as soon as I spotted them on Etsy. I love anything that is cute and keeps things organized. I can't figure out why they are such a thing of the past so Neal is currently building me some for me to sell in my Etsy shop and we also bought some at the Springfield Extravaganza to sell so keep an eye out for those! As far as Springfield goes I hope to do a post soon about it and all of the goodies I sold and bought there:)

I am soooo glad that the weather has finally cooled off here and that we are having chilly evenings and nights. This is our first autumn with the fireplace and we have been having a fire just about every evening and I'm in heaven. We have a toasty one going as I write this actually.  And yes I plan to do a post just about the fireplace as I promised so long ago...I didn't forget:)

We just put the new windows in the dining room and can finally finish up the work we are doing in there and put the furniture back! I have already started to put some things back in the sitting area...I just can't help myself. Here is a little sneak peek....