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Antiquing On An Autumn Day

Doesn’t that title sound idyllic? And the photo above, taken while we crossed over a bridge in Urbanna, Va. This is my job. Well… sometimes. I won’t discuss the fact that it’s nearly 2 in the afternoon and I’ve yet to properly brush my hair today. But for all the hard work and calloused fingers, now and then I get to have a day like the one in that picture above. White sails billowing on cold blue water as the foliage reddens the horizon. {sigh}

It started because of two things. The first being that my mother took our two little ones to Pennsylvania to visit their great-grandmother for the weekend. The second was a surprising feature on etsy that resulted in my entire stock of Thanksgiving servers being bought in the course of 24 hours. I called around to my usual Richmond haunts and no one had anything that day. Then Ryan suggested that we make a day of it and head out looking for replacement servers. What followed was one of the most blissful days in recent memory.

We started here, in the old town of Gloucester, Virginia (founded 1651) where we moseyed around the town square and popped into a few small antique shops.

By then it was nearing lunch time, and we knew we wanted to eat in Urbanna, Va. (they are famous for their fresh oysters). On the way up, we stopped at my absolute favorite antique store. I cannot say enough great things about this place and the great people who work there.
Holly Hill Farm Antiques. My Mecca. Anyone from around the area likely already knows this treasure, but for those who might be  passing through, click here to go to their website for hours and directions. Even if you have to alter your route a bit to get there, it’s worth it.

What you’ll find is an enormous farm-house from the early 1800s and over a half-dozen barns and out buildings, all stuffed to capacity with everything you could imagine (well, except silverplate, because I relieved them of their entire inventory).

just a handful of the many barns and out buildings on the property

You will find things you knew existed, but might not have ever seen, such as Prince Albert In A Can:

somebody let the poor guy out!

And you will find things that you never knew existed but that you now absolutely must have. Like this guy:
I tried my hardest to convince Ryan that this little fellow belonged hanging over our fireplace, but he remained unswayed.

You’ll also find chairs,
and garden decor,

Ryan, inspecting the garden wares

And signs,

I think that little cow is sneaking up on me

And everything else you can imagine.
I didn’t take any pictures inside the main buildings, as they were all lit with beautiful natural light. Great for the eyes, terrible for my small travel camera.

After we left, we indulged our oyster cravings then headed home. The sun was setting and we were sleepy and spent. I caught a nice picture of the sundogs, just before the sun set:


And then it was just me, Ryan, the sunset and a backseat overflowing with silver flatware.

the road home.

Furniture Heaven

Well.. down the hall at least! The Holiday Season has begun in full swing (in retail that is), and the walls in my home office/studio space seemed to be closing in on me. Surrounded by boxes of bubble mailers, 120 gallon bags of packing peanuts, sewing machines, fabrics, etc, and with new supplies arriving every day- well, it was time to relocate. Luckily we have a very large formal living room which we hardly ever use, so Ryan and I spent a full day this weekend and switched the two rooms! It is a little strange to walk into the house and have a workroom staring you in the face, but it is more than double the size and it meant I needed (emphasis mine) new furniture.

Furniture shopping to me is what shoe shopping is to most women, so I’ve been in heaven. The room is still far from complete, but I will share my new additions now and then the finished product once I have it all sorted out.

First up is this desk. I love love love love it. You can’t really tell from the picture, but the top has three marble panels. It’s also pretty enough on both sides that it could float out into the room (not an option in this house because of space, but down the road maybe). Made by Four Hands, a company that uses  reclaimed materials and eco-friendly construction.

The desk will soon be flanked by two of these campaign bookcases (supposedly on a UPS truck as I type). At last I won’t have to rummage through heavy boxes of silver to fill orders. All the boxes will be neatly arranged (not stacked, yay!) on these shelves. One side will have finished silver and the other will have my supplies. I’m thinking about painting the silver chests so that they look more unified. I’m torn between yellow or coral (I want them to contrast the aqua of the desk).

I also bought a small but sturdy butchers block table to hold my embroidery machine, which has freed up a lot of desk space. BUT.. my favorite buy has to be this:
It’s an antique butchers block from a US Naval warship. It is about 600 pounds of maple goodness. Made by Michigan Maple Block Company, every US naval ship from the 1800’s until the 1980’s had one of these on board. For me, it is the perfect spot to stamp my silver. I stamp several hundred pieces of silver a week, and I used to do it hunched over my metal block on the living room floor. My back is very happy with this purchase.

And that’s it for now. As soon as the bookcases arrive and I get everything nice and tidy (spoiler alert: my workspace will never be neat and tidy), I’ll post some pictures of how it all came together.

Treasury Time- Peach and Apricot

Click the picture above to visit this amazing treasury by Etsian Elizabeth Banks. I just love her choices (besides the obvious of course!) and am always in awe of how great of an eye curators have to go through hundreds of thousands of images and create something so unified and beautiful.

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