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I'm giving the shop porch a makeover! New rockers look fantastic and they fit perfectly on the big old porch. I have a few other ideas up my sleeve. A checkerboard table comes to mind. When I was a young... Continue reading
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We welcomed the first day of summer with a musical bouquet of artists. Our big old shop porch makes a great stage. I can't begin to convey how happy this beautiful day of music makes me feel. It's nothing short... Continue reading
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The Mercantile sale was a huge success! I can safely say that past sales didn't hold a candle to the Merc sale. Thankful. I still have a few items left, but I'm contacting the Veterans association to come and pick... Continue reading
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Just absolutely thrilled with the way cedar fence planks transform a space. Not to mention they're inexpensive and aromatic. I started getting ready for Friday's sale, and while doing that, Lennis went to the shop and added cedar inlay around... Continue reading
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Summer grabs acres of inspiration and gently preserves it under its wings. While cutting a new summer soap, and as I held the bar to my nose, instantly, I knew it should be named Moon Flower. Oh how I love... Continue reading
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We're putting together an assortment of gift boxes. We'll have a lavender box, a rose box, peppermint, and a baby box, at least for now. More to come. How about a Natural Home Keeping Box? How about a Spa Box?... Continue reading
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It's June! The month is reserved for summer concerts in the park, ball games, hot dogs, and festivals. I love June! Pulling out some past designs only to realize how some materials never die. Burlap, Twill, Linen, and Ticking, for... Continue reading
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Oh how it's so very nice to bake a pie from scratch. It's Memorial weekend, and that means we're going to grill and bake, and take a few days off from Bittersweet. I feel like it's the calm before the... Continue reading
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I love to incorporate nature into our home. When gazing upon the dried hydrangea or turtle shell, my feelings lean towards those of gratitude. Gentle reminders of favorite summers past and walks through the Missouri woods. Those tender nature feelings... Continue reading
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I got all my sisters and me, but in this case, my dad, uncle, and brother. My Uncle Richard is in town from Seattle. I haven't seen him since Patrick was a baby, so it's been awhile. We're going to... Continue reading
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I believe in less is more, and that the best inspiration usually comes from simple things. Case in point...Those bright and pale pink peonies. Peonies, Peonies, it was love at first site! I picked up that little vase for just... Continue reading
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The humble peony, spectacular in its natural beauty. Not only is it a beautiful flower, it carries a magnificent perfume. I dug up several of these many years ago at an old farm and planted them around a rock garden.... Continue reading
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My Mom Of Many Colors My Mom could sew and she could write. I loved it when she held me tight. She shared her knowledge with me. In hopes that I would be like she. Her tender teachings taught me... Continue reading
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The past few days have been spent outdoors planting flowers. I'm always amazed on how long it takes to plant and transplant flowers. This year I'm planting a variety of peppers and squash in big pots. We tried the garden... Continue reading
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Sometimes I wish May would stick around all summer. Cool crisp mornings, and warm sunny afternoons make way for a delightful perspective. Boy, are we ever moving fast around here! Painting this, cleaning that, clearing away, and planting, planting, planting.... Continue reading
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Excited for the arrival and first day of our Farmers' Market. My bag contained arugula, lettuce, radish, scallion, and a flat of colorful flowers that I'm planning on transplanting into the ground. If I had it my way, I'd have... Continue reading
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Late into last summer we had a photo shoot at the apothecary shop. It was hotter than all get out. I'm guessing over one-hundred. I asked the girls to put on boots, and long sleeves and move furniture. The girls... Continue reading
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It rained, and rained, and poured! Despite the damp, dreary weather, we enjoyed a record breaking attendance! I'd like to thank everyone that attended, new and old customers. I feel blessed and thankful for your continued patronage and support, today... Continue reading
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It seems, especially nowadays, that a good old fashioned celebration would help set a more happier atmosphere. All the chatter about bombs lately really worries me, and I'm sure other's feel the same. Bittersweets May Day Celebration is the perfect... Continue reading
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We're in major overhaul mode at both the shop and home sweet home. My fingers are caked with dirt from planting purple and yellow flowers at the Fro-Yo Shoppe. Even though I still believe it to be a tad bit... Continue reading
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I wasn't going to share in between photo's of my makeover's, but after thinking about it I realized the process of choosing, plucking, picking, is actually kind of interesting. For example, white paint. The color of white that I love... Continue reading
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In the midst of all the remodel and working so very hard to refinish our old front door comes this little dining room corner. re-do After receiving bad news about the door, I needed a pick me up. Our contractor,... Continue reading
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I can safely say, this project is nothing but a labor of love... I can also safely say, no one in their right mind would go to the trouble of such a project. The reason I'm saying this is because... Continue reading
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It's lilac blooming time at the apothecary shop and home sweet home. I ventured out this morning in the rain, wind and cold yucky day to cut a few branches. It's suppose to get below freezing Friday night, and I'm... Continue reading
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I'd been searching for banquette pictures on Pinterest, and then low and behold, I found this one. Amazing in the fact that it's the same scale as our small kitchen and would fit in so well. Lennis took a look,... Continue reading