Stepping back…

Good morning everyone!  For those of you that are not on Facebook, I just wanted to let you know that I am taking a break from Facebook and my blog for about a month.  The last couple of weeks have been very difficult and I found myself stressed to the point of panic attacks.  I need to de-stress and find peace away from a very toxic person.  I hope you all stay happy, healthy, and smiling while I’m away.—Jan


Verrrrrry interesting!

Good morning ,friends!  Sigh….it has been awhile…once again time has escaped me.  We’ve been working very hard getting ready for a new show we picked up. Plus, Brian has been dealing with some difficult issues.  After many panic filled days, we finally had the issues resolved and all is quiet again…thank goodness!  We decided to pick up a new show near Pittsburgh…but this time it was a combination antiques and artists show put on by Whispering Pines Farm.  I have never been to an antique show so I was vey excited to see it.  It did not disappoint.   The family promoting the show did an awesome job preparing the area as you will see in the photos.  The farm was stunning as were the antiques.  Artists were scattered among the antique dealer booths also.  Enjoy…


I met several Facebook friends Robin…..





Gorgeous dough box and bowls…and that ovoid tornado jug !!!




Directly behind my booth…


Lots of antique horses…and firkins…


and crocks…


Some of these pics are from set up day…hence the toolboxes and coolers…







Antique hornbeams…



Several pie safes!!   sigh…and a glimpse of my booth…thinning out a bit on the side!



Huge trenchers were everywhere!


Just look at the painting on that old dowery chest!


OMG!!  30 years ago I passed up a wood shovel carved from one piece of wood…it was $20…but I had toddlers…I still cry over that one!!




This trencher was about 4 feet long…amazing.


This is Sierra…she was ridden from the west coast for a cancer awareness fundraiser….she was hanging out right behind our booth…we’re best buds now! Did you know I used to show horses years ago as a teen…eons ago!!



make do chairs…


I really enjoyed this show, and I think it has great potential.  We did fair as far as sales….but it is far different from an art/craft show, so we have to decide if it is profitable enough to return to it. I think we did as well or better than most, but we are used to much larger crowds. We’re keeping in mind this was a first time show. I do know the family is very willing to work very hard for it’s success and were always there to assist the vendors…that’s a very good sign!

I hope you enjoyed the show truly was beautiful!    Thanks for visiting….Jan

calming down…

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            Hello everyone!  I was so surprised when I saw it has only been nine days since I last posted…it seems like a month.  It’s been a difficult stressful nine days as we have had a couple of crisis concerning Brian.  As with most moms and dads, our boys are our world and that world comes to a screeching halt when something scary is happening to them. We are so blessed to have good, loving sons and of course, we want everything to go perfectly for them.  Finally , things are looking like they are settling back down for Brian and we just have to hear about one more thing before we can stop holding our breath. Craig seems to be doing well…at least that is what he tells us…I think he doesn’t want to add any more stress to us if he does have a problem. He’s so far away, but keeps in close touch with us in case we need him.  I worry about him too because it must be difficult being so far away when there are troubles here.


Anyway, I have been working helps keep me sane and not worrying every minute of the day. It also wears me out so I can sleep at night.  My big paintings and the vintage pieces are the fun work for me.  I love that moment when I stain over the paint and they come alive. But…to run my business, I need a lot of the somewhat boring things too…things I mass produce …our bread and butter pieces. I believe every booth should have something in it that ANYONE coming to a show can afford to buy.  They may not want that piece, but there should be a complete range of prices in a booth.  I paint MASSES of these things…and it is somewhat mindless work. I work on them while watching TV.   Here are a few examples…buckets of shoe signs…


Stacks of small paintings…red houses sell best… next batch will be a group of mustard, blue, and tan houses…each one is different…a lot of people buy my winter ones to use as Christmas cards!…..


Stars (and hearts)…I paint these by the hundreds…..again, mindless work that is great to do when I am really tired or want to paint through the night…


These are the most mindless pieces…carrot snowman noses.  I’ll have to do a couple more batches (about 100 pieces ) like this before the season is over…plus, I have 100 tiny 1 inch ones to paint for an order of snowman ornaments for a lady in Dallas.   Each has to be painted, sanded on the edges, then stained and clear coated.  I can almost sleep while I paint these!


But I also paint multiples of bigger pieces at a time…  I try to do at least six of each at a sitting…it goes much faster then!






I wanted to show you a before and after…  A really ugly mirror I found at a flea market…


Sanded and 2 coats of red, dried well…then waxed….


Two coats of black over the red and wax…. sanded to expose the red…….then walnut oil stained and clear coated….


Then fitted with a panel Al cut for me and I painted….  the colors are not as bright as they appear here.


An old hat rack someone gave me…mirror discarded, sanded so paint will stick, and a panel cut to fit….painted black over red…panel painted…


Voila!   We sell lots of things like this at Shaker Woods in August.


Currently, I am painting more trowels, ice cream scoops ( ! ),  old wooden shoe forms, picnic baskets, more nail kegs, and signs…never have enough signs!!   I’ll be ready for my next show in 2 days, then will get busy preparing for a big July show…now, THAT’S when I really start cranking product out!   I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Happy Father’s Day…and Betty…..thank you…it helped these last 9 days immensely!!    Smile  ——-Jan

Home from Occoquan

Hello everyone!  We are SO GLAD to be home!  Last Friday we left early for our show in Occoquan Virginia…outside of D.C. 

Ahhh…lovely Maryland…



Getting close…we have done so many shows in this area….I love watching the constant stream of jets flying in as we drive along…


Unloading our personal things at the hotel before heading to the show site to wait for set up time…after all the years we have done this show, we finally have found nice hotels to stay at…  Smile



This is a consistently very good show for us and it is so nice to have a show that you KNOW is going to be very profitable year after year. On the down side, it is a notoriously difficult set up and usually blazing hot.  This year the set up was a nightmare mainly because a 20 foot trailer parked along the narrow street which hampered traffic flow and made unloading difficult for everyone. Sad smile  Because it was late (set up starts at 9 PM )…and hot…we just set up our tent, walls, and set the signs. Then we stacked our cases inside the tent and headed for the hotel to sleep.

By 7 AM we were hanging product and finished in time for customers at 9:30 (earlybirds ).  Saturday started very slowly and the temperature progressively got hotter. Luckily we have shade from a tree for most of the day…I love my space and insist on it every year. Saturday ended up very busy even though the crowd seemed to be down…we suspect from the insane heat.  We heard the heat index was 105 and constantly drank bottled water to stay hydrated.

The lovely ladies in my favorite store in town once again allowed me to take photos in “Personally Yours”.   Personally Yours is located on Mill Street (the main street) in Occoquan Virginia along the Occoquan River. So here we go…enjoy…


beautiful redware…


original artwork on antique breadboards…



I thought these flowers were so cute!


more artwork…


lots of Americana…


I loved this box set…so old looking and distressed…






I really need to incorporate some green in my house…




I regret not picking up this pillow!!  Sad smile



This wall cupboard was awesome…


Look at the texture on this little shelf…yum!



nice cubby…


Loved this little mustard table…


The street corner of Union and Mill…this anchor is HUGE…how cool is that!?!


I’d like to thank the ladies of Personally Yours for welcoming me and allowing the pics…if you are ever in the area, the stores in this little town are so worth the trip to see!  Personally Yours also just started on Facebook , so you may want to look them up. 

Well, I need to get back to work…we picked up another show and I’m feeling the pressure!  We’re heading out tomorrow for a big load of lumber and I need to get a group of painted vintage pieces done.  Thank you all for visiting and I hope you enjoyed the tour…especially those of you that don’t have many prim shops in your own area.—-Jan