Vintage Seed and Plant Catalogs inspired me this winter.

This winter, as I was organizing my flat files, I came across a wonderful bunch if vintage seed and plant catalogs. The graphics intrigued me, they are an artistic travel through time.  Each tell a story of what was happening in this country when the catalogs were printed. I just could not resist putting these… Read more »

An Amaryllis that needs no water.

Amaryllis, a native South African plant, Latin amarysso meaning “to sparkle. What a perfect meaning for this time of year. I love these plants, every year I search for a new, variety to bloom in my house. Over the years I have collected 19th century botanicals  of these amazing plants, the detail in the drawings… Read more »

Making your list and checking it twice. Great gifts for under $50.00

1-Vintage Wallpaper Ornaments, each ornament is papered with wonderful vintage wallpaper and edged with 19th century glass glitter. 2-Matchboxes made with vintage imagery and more…  House Beautiful , Eddie Ross and Hudson Valley Magazine put these in their Holiday Gift Guides. 3- Tissue Boxes, to hide those ugly paper boxes we all have around the… Read more »

Chairs + Ginger Jars = A fun project with Anne Harwell

I have met the most amazing, talented people this year.  The blogosphere is a world all to itself.   Anne Harwell from Annechovie is one of these people.  Visit her blog and see what I am talking about.  She is an artist and  paints all different types of things, but her chairs are one my favorites. … Read more »

Horsing around, jump start the season.

It seems like Halloween just finished, most of the leaves are gone and the Holiday season is knocking on our doors.  The elves at Shandell’s have been working over time getting lots of things ready to make you smile. Tissue boxes have been on the list lately, as the weather has changed, cold and flu… Read more »