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here I will be musing about my passions in life which include all things vintage, baking, decorating, gardening, my family, faith........

oh, and promoting my shop on Etsy.....

NaNa's Things a collection of vintage items I have treasured for over 30 years and also wonderful new old finds from local thrift and estate sales.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

This Boy Can Run!

He's number 2 on the right with the goggles.
I apologize up front for the blurry pictures....not an easy subject to photograph with a point and shoot camera!
Man cannot predict what God has in mind.

A true statement when it comes to my son Michael.

Sixteen years ago the doctors at the hospital told us that our 1 pound 10 oz son, born a very, very preemie (their term back then) would never run. He was born at 28 weeks with mild Cerebral Palsy in his legs and tone in his arms. My husband asked about whether his new son could ever play baseball, his favorite sport. The answer was no because of the complications of his disability.

Little did we know that he would grow up to live and breathe basketball.

And not only know all the stats of all the teams in the NBA plus the stats of all the players, but that he would get on the court himself and continue to work on his game 3-4 times a week.

Going for a basket. 
He has proven the doctors wrong many times over the years. And after last Monday nights' game, I'd say he has found the way around his disability. He got a lot of minutes play time in each quarter of the game, scored a basket and nailed the two foul shots he took. He ran back and forth on that court more times than I could count and he ran it fast.

He doesn't have to wear the ankle to knee braces anymore that he did as a little boy. He is not in any Occupational or Physical Therapy anymore either. They told us that his disability would never improve and never get worse. That he would have to find a way to adapt to it and work around it.

He did. And you would never know that this smart, lovable 16 year old has any physical limitations on his life watching him play basketball. He has the Lord on his side who has a plan for his life that no man can interfere with.

He puts all he's got into playing too. Always ready to defend, hands up to catch a pass, eyes peeled for his next move.


His size 11 LeBron James sneakers may have a little something to do with it all (wink,wink)!


AnnMarie aka Proud MoM xoxo

I am linking up with these great blog parties:

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party
Share Your Cup Thursday
Freedom Friday with All My Bloggy Friends

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Very Vintage Christmas



I look forward every month to sharing on the Every Room in the House Blog party on Nancy's blog, A Joyful Cottage.


For the month of December you can join in by choosing the room for the Deck The Halls theme.

I have chosen the parlor in my Victorian home to link up.


I decided that since I am such a vintage junkie, I wanted all my Christmas decor to be true vintage this year. I had some vintage already and I found some new treasures to add. I am so excited about the red tree I found and posted about here. I had wondered if I could decorate it with my victorian ornaments, that usually go on a white tree. I think so!

Before

After



While out picking one day I came upon this wonderful ceramic set at one of my favorite thrift stores. I am always looking for things to sell in my Etsy shop, but when I saw this I knew it had to go on the mantel in my parlor. It is way too heavy and fragile to ship anyways!





I made the wreath several years ago and with a little revamping, it completes the scene. I added my JOY banner that I found on Etsy last year and added a pearlescent string of pearls, woven in and out of the four ceramic pieces. A lighted pearlescent garland makes a pretty illuminated back drop.




I put my white "Nana's" tree on the top of my book cupboard this year. I found this beautiful, unique tree with the round multicolored bulbs last year at a thrift store in a box marked "Nanas Tree".


The angel is from the 50's. She is a tree topper with a gold mesh dress, a paper mache head and is holding a plastic poinsettia.




On the window seat to the left of the red tree is my look-alike Putz winter church scene and to the left of that is my nativity that I have had over 20 years. It appears in different places each holiday decorating season, but I always find a place for it.




The side table is perfect for my kitschy nativity made of plastic. I just love the vintage, hand painted messy look of it and it fits great next to my ceramic tree that is so unique. It is hollowed out in the back with a bulb that lights the multicolors in the front and casts a shadow on the wall in the back.



I did not know what to do with my round table between the two wing chairs. I didn't want to block any part of the window seat but the room needed more light despite the lit up trees and the garland. I love the look of decorating with a vanity mirror so I put my small pink Victorian lamp on a small rectangular mirror and then added the vintage beaded safety pin tree.



At night it helps to light up the whole scene. The abundance of snow from the nor'easter that made it's way through our area adds so much charm to the scene.


This is the first room you see when you enter from the hallway......I wanted it to be as inviting as possible while keeping the character of my Victorian home.


Happy Decorating!

AnnMarie xoxo

I am linking up at these great blog parties:

Every Room in the House
Let's Talk Vintage
Thriftasaurus
A Return to Lovliness
Creating Christmas Link Party
Treasure Hunt Thursday
Pink Saturday
Strut Your Stuff Saturday Link Party
A Bouquet of Talent Party
Thrifted Merry Christmas Blog Hop
Masterpiece Monday
Make It Monday
Show and Share
Vintage Inspiration Party
Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party
Home and Garden Thursday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Feathered Nest Friday
Freedom Fridays with All My Bloggy Friends

Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Thankful Heart

I woke up to this beautiful winter wonderland this morning with a thankful heart for all that God has blessed me with. 


After three years of blogging I can say that I am so thankful for all of my faithful followers and those I have connected with in the blogging world through their wonderful blogs.

Thank you for your visits and comments. I treasure  each one!

Happy Thanksgiving!

AnnMarie xoxo

P.S. Anyone want to come to dinner in Upstate NY? We have enough food for 10 people and there are 3 of us!! You can see the winter wonderland in person!

I am linking up with these great parties!

Share Your Cup Thursday

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Vintage Finds Under the Tree

and oh, what a tree I found!


I couldn't believe my eyes when I walked into the three floor antique emporium and there it was. Red and fabulous! It only took two minutes to find someone to help me take all the ornaments off so that I could buy this tree.

Last year I decided that since I am such a vintage junkie, shouldn't my Christmas decorating be too? I started replacing my hum-drum newer Christmas decorations with vintage ones, wrestling with myself with each purchase whether to keep it or to sell it. This is the busiest time of year, right?  Let's just say last year I kept more than I listed to sell!

That is when I found this fabulous vintage silver tree (the sparkle is magic!). I already had all the old silver balls, angel ornaments and garland, bought at a garage sale that summer, just because.


And I found this one too....


But this post is not supposed to be about trees, it's supposed to be about the vintage finds under the tree!


My little town in Upstate NY is known for the four corner churches in the middle of  town. There is one huge, historic church on each of the four corners at the intersection of Main and Maple. Three of the four have rummage sales in the Fall. You can find me up near the front of the line to get in at each one of them.

For those that may not know, a rummage sale is where the church gathers donations from it's members and then sells them at ridiculously low prices. One church does not price anything and at checkout you are offered one low price to pay for all of your found treasures. With two sales down and the last one to go, I was there the first day, 5th in line. The ladies in front of me were a group of friends in their late 70's, chatting away. I plan on thrifting till then too!

The church had posted pictures online and one of them was of a Red Riding Hood cookie jar. I figured it would be reasonably priced, even though they go for $200+ online. I made a beeline for it and it was marked $50. A great price, but one I was not willing to pay that day. I made my way around and found some really great stuff.






I loved the candlewick tree skirt and the old wallpaper brushes in their original box. I thought the double boiler and the baby vase were too good to pass up and the black tin box turned out to be a great find. It dates to the late 1800's, early 1900's and was probably a document or deed box. I saw one at an antique shop with separate tins inside to hold spices.


Another flocked baby deer was a real keeper to go with my woodland scene on the top of my old cupboard.


I love the color of the two garden forks I got!


And the 1940's mint green baby seat was too chippy and unique to pass by.


I also could not leave Timothy Tortoise there, a McCoy cookie jar......


or this great Lincoln Beautyware chrome canister set.


I was very happy with my great finds and at how thrifty I was for the amount I spent. But I couldn't stop thinking about that Red Riding Hood cookie jar.


So the next morning was the last day of the sale and I was hoping for a discount on it. My husband tagged along because he likes to find thrifty things to give away at our community theatre. We walked in and were handed a large paper bag to fill for $2! I filled it with Jesus, Precious (the name of the print of the little girl), two nice books, a couple of small ceramic trees, two 1940's children's hangers, an Avon bubble bath ornament, and a hand crocheted shawl. My husband filled it the rest of the way with some vintage books and knick knacks. We split the $2. What a deal!


I almost forgot about the cookie jar because it wasn't even there. I had to ask and when I did I found out that the owner of it knew of it's value and did not want to sell it at half price on the last day so she took it back. Good for her because I might have gone for it at $25!

It was after this great two day rummage sale that I found my red vintage tree while out shopping with my friend Bonnie at some Holiday Open House events at local gift shops. We went to four open house's that day. I actually bought some stocking stuffers for my grandchildren but could not resist getting another baby doe, this one porcelain, made in Japan. I am keeping her and she has a place of honor on my parlor mantel...


I am 99.9% sure that I am keeping my red tree. But what to do with it? Decorate it with just white lights? Red lights? Or maybe it will be my new Victorian ornaments tree to replace my too small white one.


What do ya think?

AnnMarie xo

I am linking up with these great blog parties this week:

Thriftasaurus
Let's Talk Vintage
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday
Treasure Box Tuesday
Show and Share
Vintage Bliss Tuesday
Vintage Inspiration Party
Treasure Hunt Thursday
Home and Garden Thursday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Freedom Fridays with All My Bloggy Friends
Bouquet of Talent Linky Party
Feathered Nest Friday
Make It Monday
Show and Share

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

My Fall Dining Room

My dining room is my most favorite room in the house. It is the room that most reminds me of my farmhouse by the lake. It is cozy and country and a little Victorian all at the same time. And it is the color of Fall.

Are you ready to stay with me? There is a lot to see as every inch is decorated with lots of memories and stories to go with them.

The room looks crooked in the picture but look at the top of the picture with the wallpaper....
all straight! The room is slanted a bit....it does not pass the marble test!

I had three large cupboards in my farmhouse dining room so when we moved to this house I was afraid they wouldn't all fit. This house is almost double the size but because it is a Victorian, the rooms are much smaller.

Happily, all my cupboards plus a bench, a high chair and two rocking chairs fit. The wallpaper is original and very vintage but the colors complement my furniture so it has stayed for the last 18 years. I have decorated around it. The colors in my farmhouse dining room were rust, gold, burgundy and ivory.....colors that are in this wallpaper so it all fit in perfectly. I am so happy I remembered the name of the paint I had there so that I could paint the trim to warm this room up. It is called Buckwheat.


One of my most favorite cupboards is this corner cupboard I got in the 80's at a cute little shop called the Leaning Barn in Marion, NY. It really did lean! My sweet friend Susan lives there now, having rebuilt the structure from top to bottom.

I love old wooden spools, rusty bed springs, threads and baskets so they all adorn the top of my cupboard. The old, chippy rocking chair was a steal at $5 from a local thrift store.


To the right of that cupboard is my very old bench and crocks. I have tried my hand at decorating with suitcases. Not sure I like it yet, but the colors go with the room! I think I need a few more in different colors for variety.


My wall of vintage and antique plates and do-dads just warms my heart. There are antique dishes and collectibles from my Grandmother (we called her Ga) scattered throughout the shelves. The dessert plates from my first set of "good" dishes are on the second shelf from the top. My pitcher collection is on the 5th shelf down, some mine, some for sale. Treasures I found at thrift stores, estate sales and garage sales along with some of Ga's things fill the bottom three shelves.


Above my corner cupboard and bench is my special collection of fish dishes. They were my Grandmother's also and when she passed my Grandfather made sure I got them. 


The story is that the day he took all four of us kids fishing on his boat (I remember that day so well!). I was the fisher girl of the day, catching bass after bass over the side of the boat. I was probably about 8 years old. I guess he decided I earned those precious dishes.

The cast loon on the shelf is a treasure I found in the early 80's from a shop at Loon Lake.


I have to use every inch of a room when decorating and I love creating vignettes. This is a tiny corner by the door to the kitchen and to the left of my huge cupboard. I have had the red wooden child's chair forever and it makes the perfect seat for the quilted cat made from an 1800's quilt. Next to the kitty is a loose ball of yarn for my kitty to play with. I found the beautiful framed picture at an antique emporium and the hook shelf is from Decor Steals. The pictures hanging on the cupboard are my son's artwork as a little boy. He is 16 now....can't seem to take them down.



The large mustard cupboard (see the first picture for a full view) was a labor of love for me over 30 years ago. It was a wreck when I got it at a local country gift shop. I totally winged it painting it with layers of paint and stain to get the right finish and color. The top is large and flat and the perfect place to change the decor with each season. For Fall it is a woodland scene. 



The metal cloche is from Decor Steals and my owl is caged there. The window is from a sale on the 
side of the road for $2!


There are only two windows in the room but it is bright! The curtains came with the house and I just have always loved their vintage look so they've stayed.


A few of my old Santas from my large collection sit on the old wooden high chair year round. The large wooden bus is a find from my friend Susan's shop she had in Marion. I bought it as a decoration for my son's room and now it has a place in the dining room.


I love to line my windowsills with things and for this room my house collection and vintage bunnies have the place of honor.




An old crock and some pussy willows just fits in the small spot between the cupboard and the closet door. 


I bought the cross stitch sampler with the intention of selling it but I couldn't part with it. I love the sentiment on it.


My tin panel cupboard is a treasure and holds a lot of my seasonal decorating items. The top is always decorated for the seasons with my geese as the main characters. The framed picture is our last name made up of photos of architectural pieces. It was custom made for me on Etsy.


The corner by the pocket door (there are three sets of those doors in the downstairs!) fits my favorite rocking chair painted in Buckwheat from the last house. The clock is very old and one of my first purchases from Speigel catalog. The large Santa is hand made and sits there year round.



I can't resist some kitsch in a room and this scarecrow door hanger is it! He is cute in a kitschy sort of way. My kitties are sewn at the hip and are made of vintage quilts from the local quilt museum. They were also bought to be sold but I could not part with them!


The centerpiece on my table changes every season and from year to year. I recently bought the beautiful burlap and lace runner for a mere $5 from an online shop. The pine plank is used quite often and this year it holds my tin turkey and pilgrim couple. The aqua wooden, chippy bowl adds just a pop of color with the different gourds.




The lace with the burlap is such a pretty contrast.


The focal point of the room and my prized treasure is my cast iron hurricane oil hanging lamp with glass shades from the 1800's. I saw a picture in Country Living of the exact lamp and made it my mission to find one. I searched all the antique shops in my area until one day I walked into one in Canandaigua, NY, a resort city in the Finger Lakes, and there it was. It was in my price range and I took it home that day. I used to know the manufacturer of it but the name escapes me now. I have had the pleasure of owning it for over 25 years.


We have been all around the room and I don't think I missed a thing! I hope you enjoyed the tour brought to you by my desire to join in on the fun monthly party over at Nancy's A Joyful Cottage blog for her Every Room In The House Party. This month it is the dining room and you can click and see other bloggers dining room ideas.

AnnMarie xo

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