Can All You Can, the season has begun

 

I have been to 3 farm markets in the last week.  Cannot get enough of fresh greens and produce.  Living upstate New York in the Hudson Valley, there are so many wonderful farms around.  With all that said, what do you do with all that you bring home??  Can all you can. I found this great image for advertising canning jars in the 1940′s, when having a garden at home was part of the way of life.  I made a matchbox with this graphic image, great for a hostess gift this time of year.

As canning will be on so many peoples mind, head on over to my friends Margaret’s  site A Way to Garden for a chance to win some Weck canning jars, these are on my list to add to my collection this year.

What is your favorite thing to can?  Mine is peach chutney and whole peaches.  As I was hunting around the internet I also found this great site dedicated to canning, Food in Jars, there are wonderful recipes and tip that Marisa gives.

I love to open up a jar of anything I put up last year in the dead of winter, it is like opening up a can of summer.

Happy canning.

Home Page of MSN!!!!!


Got an email from a friend saying “Your matchboxes are on the home page of MSN.com”

How fabulous is this, Shandell’s vintage chicken matchboxes front and center.

50 Things Under $50.00 That’ll Make You Smile.

 

 

Spring Cleaning.

After the winter we have had here in the Hudson Valley, spring cleaning is on everyone’s mind.  A customer come in last week with a car full of lamps.  As she hauled them all in from her car, she said “Spring Cleaning, new shades and repairs.” Rearranging her house and cleaning away,  thought she would update some of her treasured family lamps.

She was not the only one, I made a house call and filled my car with a customers treasures, all to be reworked.

New sockets, fabulous colored cloth cords and new bases. Even a new finial can make a wonderful change.

This time of year we are all itching for a change, what fun way to make a change in a room, than with a lamp and shade.  Yard sales have started, people are going through their attics and garages find heirlooms to bring into their home.
For the next two weeks (May 12~21), I will be offering 10% off of rewiring lamps. Bring in your treasures or I can come to you. Happy Spring.

Susan