Sunday, November 27, 2011

I Set Up My Display!! Now Hopefully Some Sales!

Yesterday I finally got my display set up in my friends shop!  Here is a photo of what it looks like.  I sure hope I'll be able to sell some things this way!  Have a great Sunday!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wonderful Weekend

What a wonderful weekend we had visiting our son and daughter in law in Illinois.  On Saturday, they took us to a little town called "Bishop Hill."  What a wonderful little place to visit!  The above photo shows the main street.  Here's a bit of information about the area:
In 1846, a group of Swedish immigrants seeking religious freedom left their native land under the guidance of their charismatic spiritual leader, Erik Jansson. The site for their new utopia, later called Bishop Hill, was described to them as a “land of plenty, brimming with milk and honey,” and they struggled to make it so. These Janssonists built a successful communal society based on economic and religious principles. Many of the structures erected during this building campaign still exist. The colony grew and flourished for fifteen years before disbanding in 1861.
Today Bishop Hill is a quiet country village where the charm and character of the original colony has survived the test of time. Bishop Hill is a National Landmark Village, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and it is an Illinois State Historic Site.
Join us! We invite you to taste the history of this once-bustling 19th century settlement. Sample our fascinating museums, quaint eateries, unique gift shops, and art galleries.  Spend hours or days here with family and friends. (from Wikipedia)

One of our favorite places in Bishop Hill, was this little bakery.  Oh, what wonderful baked goods you could find there!  Their pumpkin cream muffins were out of this world!!  But besides baked goods, there were even trinkets and antiques to be found.  Loved it!

 The above shop has pottery, quilts, artwork, knitting, yarn, rugs, jewelry and many other items!  I could have spend hours in there!  But I only came out with a small piece of pottery.  One of my weaknesses.  LOL  There were a LOT more little shops there to look through.  And yes, you could stay all day.  They even have lodging.  Check it out!!  Here is the website: 

From there we headed northwest to the town of Le Claire, Iowa.  Ever heard of it??  You may have, if you watch the TV show, "American Pickers."  It's the home base of the show.  The building on the left in the photo below, is the building in Le Claire.

The show follows Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they travel around the greater Midwestern United States as well as the eastern and southern U.S. in a Mercedes Sprinter, buying antiques and collectibles.They work with Danielle Colby-Cushman, who runs the office of their business, Antique Archeology, from their home base in Le Claire, Iowa. While Danielle researches potential leads, Mike and Frank attempt to track down potential sellers on the road.
Wolfe and Fritz explore people's homes, barns, sheds, and other outbuildings, and other places where they have collected antiques and collectibles. They call upon casual collectors, hoarders and, occasionally, people who have inherited overwhelming collections of apparent junk.. Wolfe, who has been "picking" since age four,  has a particular interest in antique motorcycles, old bicycles and penny-farthings, while Fritz has a fondness for antique toys, antique oil cans,   and old Hondas.  They have purchased old advertisements  and commercial signage, film posters,  a rare 15-gallon visible gasoline pump,  and a Piaggio Ape  (pron. ah-peh) that one of their friends told them is probably the only one of its kind in North America.  (from Wikipedia)
We watched an episode the night before we went and they had picked up a metal sign that said "spinners" on it, as well as, a VW sign.  We saw them both hanging in the shop.  Pretty cool!  I was surprised at how small the building is.  But it was fun, and now I can say I've been there.

We did check out some other antique shops and gift shops while there too.  If you get the chance, take a trip out there.  Both places are so fun to see!

Thursday, November 10, 2011


 Finally!!  For the last 2 days I've been working on photos of the these earrings.  I had to retake them twice because I had something messed up on the settings on my camera.  Well, after adjusting, readjusting, deleting, checking them out, I think I finally got them right!  These are the new photos of my new earrings!  I won't be listing them for awhile, so if you see some that you would like, let me know! I'll make a special listing for you!

As you can see I've been really busy making earrings lately.  I guess I'm on a roll!  These beautiful aqua faceted teardrop earrings  are hung on sterling silver lever backs!  I love this pair!
 Okay, I'm not sure about these.  They're long and just different.  I used Czech glass beads and antique brass.  What do you think?
 These coin beads are simply black with swirls!  I think they're really funky!!  The coins are about 1 inch in diameter and so they're a bit large.  They're medium weight.  I used gunmetal on these too!  But this time hung them on lever backs.
 I don't know what it is about emerald green briolettes and antique copper, but I love the way they look together don't you?!
 I was fascinated with these brown glass beads when I saw them!  I somehow knew they would make cute earrings!  Am I right?  I used antique brass bead caps and spacers and added mocha brown Swarovski bicones for interest.  Anyone like??
 Don't you just love the blue ab crystals in these??  I do!!  I used gunmetal bead caps and antique silver ones too!  I added Czech glass beads for interest and the earring wires are nickel free for all you sensitive ladies!
 Some of you may have seen these already.  I posted them on facebook to see if anyone liked them   Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that many do.  But I love the pearl teardrops.  I added milky ab Czech glass rondelles and these are made with sterling silver!  Very elegant I think!
And last, but certainly not least, I love the black crackle beads on these new earrings, don't you??  I used gunmetal to set them off.  I actually really love this pair!  I hope someone else does too!

That's the preview!  If you're interested in any of these just let me know and as I said, I will make a listing for you.  Otherwise it'll be awhile before you see all of them listed.

Thanks for looking.  Have a wonderful Thursday and weekend too!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

November 1st sunrise.  I love the way the sun is shimmering over the water.
Have a wonderful Wednesday.