Friday, November 12, 2021

Fresh Stock Added

Love having a Christmas Cactus blooming in the background when sharing fresh stock !

The faux manikin is a pin/jewelry holder.

Elvis Presley plate and a Brown Betty Sadler teapot

Mixture of Nancy Drew books, a colourful cat paperweight and a carved head

Puppy Cookie Jar, Blue Mountain Pottery leaf plate, mortar and round pestle and a miniature clock/mixmaster

Close up

 Willow Tree ornaments and a blue/white teapot

Enjoy planning where to place each fresh addition.

Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Mall Shopping

November is a great month for shoppers at Village Antiques Mall. 

So many vendors have their vintage Christmas collectables already on display, Christmas Decorations are found throughout the mall.

Today here are some Christmas items from my booths.

Love this Christmas book for young children - lots of colour and strong paper.

I gathered many Christmas collectibles together. Earlier pieces have already gone to new homes.

Merry Christmas sign

Thanks for visiting today.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Adding Vintage Furniture

Another trip to Village Antiques Mall in Fort Langley this week.

Rained but a large tarp was handy - DS drove us over in his truck - DGS wrapped the dresser and a lamp table, tied the tarp around and over the furniture and tightened it with straps to make sure they wouldn't move or get wet.

The lamp table was old when we found it in Eastern Canada about 50 years ago - original paint. DH and I had taken a cross Canada trip in our VW just after we started teaching and were amazed by all the huge barns that had old furniture to sell.

The green paint can still be seen on the wooden Hitchcock chair - I brought the chairs over Tuesday two weeks ago. These two pieces of furniture go well together.

The table top easel is holding the well worn out painting mentioned on Tuesday. A brass letter/key holder sits in front. 

Another old find from around 1975, found in North Vancouver in a thrift/furniture store. It is faux painted to look like a different wood and the colour has lasted well over the years. It was old when we found it. The whicker bed tray has also seen many years!

It is always interesting how drawer knobs disappear over time. The top drawer has the two originals and the other two drawers have miscellaneous found knobs.

Below is the second Hitchcock Chairs added along with the green Hitchcock Chair in all its ancient glory.

It is amazing how many pieces of vintage and very old furniture DH and I found over the 27 years I have been a reseller in an antiques mall. Started out as a hobby and expanded into a small business.

I remain fortunate to have a small business to keep myself interested and busy. 

Couldn't resist sharing the pumpkin carving artist in a local grocery store. 

 and his finished work...

DS and DGS have decorated our windows, carved a pumpkin, added some outside decorations and there is a large bowl of halloween treats ready for tomorrow evening.

Thanks friends for visiting.


Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Additions to my Booths

More additions to my booths at Village Antiques Mall this morning. 

Took over two antique wooden Hitchcock chairs and the vintage side table below. Added some art supplies, a vintage slide viewer for slides and a vintage glove holder missing a pinkie produced by General Porcelain Trenton NY USA - now used as a halloween decoration. The faded painting in the background is now also a halloween decoration - a faded portrait.

The embroidery Loblaw is a vintage roller towel - I remember using roller towels 65 plus years ago in my Mom's kitchen on the farm.

Picked up an October themed flower bouquet to enjoy at home.

Added my favourite group of carved pumpkins from years past ...

Thanks for visiting today.


Thursday, October 7, 2021

Stencilling Again

Halloween month of the year is a good time to make something pretty. I have the tools: stencil, a board painted black, orange, yellow and green chalk paint and a few stencil brushes - and I made a stencilled decoration for my front porch.

I haven't made a stencilled piece for a long time and tonight I decided to make a Halloween themed decoration.

For those who know me I am working hard to put my changed life on an even keel. I am grateful for family and friends who check in and help if I ask. I have learned how to manage being the executor. Lots more work to be done but I have a check list to follow and so far I am doing ok.

Evening photos are ok but not as bright.

I am getting back to writing on my blog again and today is the first of many posts.

I am grateful for bloggers who have shared how they cope when their dear husband has passed. I am grateful for old friends who tell me how it was for them and how they coped. 

Thanks Dear Friends for visiting today.


Wednesday, September 8, 2021


My DH passed on August 20th. He had cancer which was diagnosed  late July and it had spread to so many organs. He had been unwell for a long time and then there was nothing that could be done.

Sid said he was not afraid to die. He accepted his path. He said death was transfiguration. There was time for us to say goodbye and hug and hold hands and say how much we loved each other on every visit. There was time to know this was our goodbyes.

Each of his brothers and their wives and his sister came to to the coast to visit him while he was able to talk and they all were able to say their goodbyes, each on a different day as did my sister and her husband. 

Close friends were able to say goodbye or write or phoned and I told him who sent their love. I talked to other family to let them know.

So many words unsaid, so many plans did not happen. He was in hospice and was not in pain, was sedated and then was gone. The nurses were very kind. The doctor who phoned immediately after he died was kind. The funeral chapel was kind and had they provided lists written out clearly that needed to be followed.  Family and friends have been supportive.

I don't think we are ready for losing our beloved life partner and the changes and work that must be done after. 

I am fortunate that my son and his son, my dear grandson live with me and I have them for support as I support them. DGS started collage this week. DS will be starting a work at home job later this month. I am the executor for my DH and took care of the immediate necessary work before the end of August. There are many jobs I must do to complete the executor's duties. I have time to grieve and think and write down each task I must do.

I have found that the brain knows what I should be doing next but the emotions often do not cooperate. Tears turn into sobs and my chest heaves. I notice that I do this when I am alone and not when I am with the boys. Grateful for that.

A dear friend wrote a history of Sid's life history as a teacher and I will share it in another post.

Hugs my Friends.


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