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Thursday, March 19, 2009

This week we are really excited about getting outside to work in the garden at The Plum Tree. I have placed my order for new concrete statuary, there are a lot of new pieces available this year that I am really excited about as well as some new stains we are trying out.

Joy has been busy planting some very unusual containers with some beautiful succulents and she is getting our outdoor bunkhouse ready as well.

After tomorrow, we will have our very own greenhouse in the garden ~ be sure to come by and take a look while Joy creates her outdoor magic.

Steampunk...what the heck is that you might ask, it's different things to different people. To me it means a complimentary mix of found items such as gears, knobs, iron, wood, or any material which is disposed of today. It is thinking out of the box, honoring the past. It is a beautiful Victorian ruffled blouse covered by tux and tails. Or soft velvet skirt with worn out surveyors boots. It is a beautiful long necklace with parts and pieces of old furniture hardware, watches, glasses, keys and beads. It is an era when people worked hard, made things last & had an appreciation for the craftsmanship. Steampunk is industrial but not unlike any piece of antique furniture...built to last.

Steampunk style iron and wood desk, makers plate dated 1937

Great selection of shelf collectibles
Vintage bird prints ready to frame and faux metal nest with eggs
Large selection of garden books

Pretty old stained glass window

This is a great old metal 4 drawer cabinet perfect for organizing your office

Vintage glove molds

Incredible mercury glass hanging light

New plantings now available

Large Old Chicken Coop $120.00 ~ won't last long

Great old wall clock now battery operated

Beautiful water features

Salt glazed German Pitchers

Wonderful old crusty pink sweetheart statue from old fountain

Neat old drying rack ~ lots of possibilities

Saturday, March 07, 2009

This past week, my husband and I went back up to Bristol VA/TN to pick up a few items I had to leave behind on my trip because I did not bring my trailer and my car was packed. We left the day it snowed here in Georgia. My friends were sending me pictures of the snow, and here I was traveling and not seeing anything but rain. I was so jealous, we were all the way up in Franklin NC and all it did was rain. Well I finally did get my wish because as soon as we started over a mountain, it was snowing so hard and fast that the lines in the road were soon covered and cars were slipping all over the place. We got across safely and although it was scary there for awhile, it was so beautiful.

The following two pictures are the reason we traveled back north, I did not know it at the time I saw these pieces that they had some great history to them, Gayle the owner of the shop where I purchased them told me. The first one is a Baggage check-in desk from the Bristol VA train station it is from the late 20's early 30's and the second photos shows the travelers bench from the same station. These are both real treasures and I am so glad I went back for them. The check-in desk has already sold, but I wanted to show it to you.

We have lots of great old suitcases and travel bags dating from the 30's

The train lantern is one of the last one's made for the adlake kero company. It is a 300 model and is all original. It dates from the 60's. After this one was used they continued to make the lanterns, however they were for souvenir use only.

One of my dealers brought in the photo above and these great old train cars to complete our train station look.

This piece is made from all found parts to be recycled into this wonderful necklace. I took three photos so you could see all the pieces used, it is called "Chase Life", I love the way she used the old drawer pull as a base to hang all the trinkets from.
Click on the picture to see the detail

Here is another piece with all kinds of found treasures on it.

I just love all the vintage ladies attire and accessories. Everything from hats, purses, prints, and mannequins. Just a little bit of everything.

This piece is an old iron deskwith glass top. So unique, it fit right into our garden room. There is a slot above the knee hole and down the left side there are slots to store papers, and books. It could even be used as a planting table, when you're finished just rinse it off.

A new load of garden pieces

Cute little flower frog jars in metal stand and neat wire basket

This ladies secretary is so compact, perfect for a small spot in your kitchen or office.

Beautiful parlor set ~ ready to upholster or leave as is