Monday, December 14, 2009

More Red at Christmas......Another Sneak Peek at the Shop

Just to whet your appetite...more reds from the shop.....The late 19th C doll and children's dresses (save one) are also from Sally Whittemore's estate. The apple green child's chair, the windsor green apple basket with red wool rag balls and the early candle lantern are all out of my house. The late 19th C cloth doll is from a New Jersey estate.
I'll be posting these things to my website soon......Christmas is coming.......
I'm trying my best in light of my computer crash!

Ah Christmas...A Sneak Peek......

Well, I've gone and done it again......another sock and mitten tree!! This time most of the socks and mittens were purchased from Sally Whittemore's estate. The sale was held this summer st Skinners in MA. I managed to sit on them until this season. Don't you just love the tree? I can't believe I was able to do one again this year.....I just love doing them up in cloth and clothing!
My intention was to offer them on the website but then the unthinkable happened: my computer crashed in a very big and very bad way. I lost all photos I had taken of all the wonderful things I was going to post to my site. It totally ruined my calendar and schedule, and I've been trying to play catch-up ever since.
I am now trying to work on my Christmas mailing to customers which, by the way, should have gone out the last week in November. But, alas, my address book was "locked" in an application that could not be accessed. It has finally been retrieved!
I am still trying to work on the web update as well, but with Christmas just around the corner and so many things yet undone, I'm not sure when it will post.
I will let everyone know when it happens.....Thanks for your emails asking about it...I appreciate your loyalty.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Don't Forget To Shop Heartland on November 21!

This is just a gentle reminder to have you mark your calendars for the Heartland Show in Richmond, Indiana on November 21. I know I've blogged about it before, but the November edition of this famous American Country Antique show is just as good as the June one. Although smaller in size (dealers are set up in only the Tom Raper building while in June they are set up in two) it is still filled with as much wonderful, quality country antiques as the June show. The nice thing about this smaller edition (85 dealers) is that it is easier to shop as you can take your time and not worry that you haven't been able to see it all.
I'll be setting up with my friend and fellow dealer, Lisa Breish of Anderson-Briesh Antiques. Lisa specializes in Early Christmas items, so we are planning our booth with lots of Christmas surprises. I'll be bringing my usual homespun textiles, as well as some wonderful painted benches and shelves from the house.......And a fabulous early New England shirred Log Cabin pattern hooked rug straight from my dining room. Lisa will bringing a feather tree or two, as well as a wonderful early putz fence.

I'll also be doing up a tree in red and, red and white, children's mittens and well as some wonderful red doll and children's dresses. These are all recently acquired from an estate.

The Heartland Antiques Show is one not to be missed. It is held at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Richmond, Indiana. Show date is Saturday, November 21. Doors open at 9:00AM.

Do stop by and say hello!

After A Long Hiatus, I'm Back and It's Time to Think Christmas!

I apologize for such a long lapse in postings but between some minor health issues and a myriad of other demands, there just didn't seem to be time for blogging. In fact, I was lucky enough to be able to get a web update posted a few weeks ago.

I know I've blogged about this before but being a "rag" person and with the holidays fast approaching (where does the time go?), my thoughts always turn to early textiles as a very easy and lush way to transform a house into a warm nest. While bringing out the woolens (blankets, coverlets, socks, mittens, petticoats) makes the house feel warm and cozy, it is the reds that imbue the spirit of the season into our homes and hearts. I find that placing a few pieces of red clothing amid browns on a pegrack, really makes for a great display. Do a room up in all reds and add some fresh greenery and you've got all you need to convey the Christmas spirit of the house to friends and family.

I do confess , though, that I have been decorating with white woolens these last two Christmases and throwing in some reds for just a splash of color. While I love the quietness of whites and off-whites, I still find I need those reds to make it really feel like Christmas. The above photo is from the Hearland Show in Richmond, IN.

I've had the good fortune to have aquired a very special collection of red and white striped stokcings, as well as red mittens and petticoats. Now to the task of getting them photgraphed and posted.......on my website!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Off To New Hampshire for Americana Week......

I know I've been remiss in my job of posting, and for that I do apologize. Life has been so very hectic as of late.......Am just back from vacation on Cape Cod and am getting ready to leave for Manchester, New Hampshire and the exciting array of antiques shows that take place throughout the entire week.

I'll be doing Nan Gurley's Americana Celebration Show at the Deerfield, NH Fairgrounds. It opens on Tuesday morning, August 4 with "Early Buyers" at 8 AM. If you are planning to come to Antiques Week in New Hampshire, Nan's show is not one to be missed! I've been doing it for many years now, and I am always amazed at both the quality and affordability of antiques that are offered at this show. My booth is in the fourth or very last log cabin on the fairgrounds.

I'll be bringing several signed tow grain bags out of my personal collection as well as this fabulous Black Cat Hooked rug that was recently featured in Trish Herr's book on Southeastern PA hooked and sewn rugs. Notice the border of doves facing each other with the lone, large feline in the center surrounded by stars. What a graphic piece.

Shows Start on Monday with the famous "Pickers Market and continue throughout the week culminating in the original NADA Show on Thursday. It's a week filled with wonderful, quality antiques and is not to be missed. One can actually get "overload" if you can believe it so our plan has always been to do the shows in the morning and go to the beach or Portsmouth or the lower Maine coast in the late afternoons and evenings as a way to "wind down". It's sort of a win/win situation: antiques all week long with the beach and museums thrown in as extra perks. We work hard so therefore we play as hard, trying to jam as much as we can into this week that we usually come home exhausted.

Do stop in and say "hello" if you do attend. And for those of you who cannot, I'll try to report on the week when I get back.

I hope to see you in New Hampshire!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Simply Wonderful Find......

I found this hair memento album at a show a few weeks ago, and have been thoroughly captivated by the charming collection of "locks and tresses" lovingly collected by the owner. Unfortunately, I do not have the name of the girl who endeavored to, it appears, catalogue keepsakes of ribbon-adorned locks of hair of family members and friends.
The album itself, is French in origin and simply beautiful to behold with an applied medallion of gilded and embossed flowers and vines surrounding the central figure on its very colorful calico paper front cover.

Inside, we are captivated by the family record contained within. On the first page, and continuing on to the second are (I would venture to guess) the locks that represent the maker's family for we have listed "Father, Mother, Walter, Emma, Abbie, Nellie, Georgie, John & Lizzie.

Continuing on we find the locks of Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, cousins and friends. There is even a white lock labeled "Mrs. Andrews, 100 years old", as well as a lock from a visiting friend from Germany.

The origin of preserving the hair of loved ones is centuries old, and was usually done as a way to honor and remember the dead. This was mostly done by placing it in a specially crafted piece of jewelry.

Such jewelry was also fashioned into love tokens given by the living to a paramour who may be going off to battle, on a long trip or just as a reminder to be kept close to the heart.

In the 19th C it became a form of fancy work that was done by schoolgirls and young women as keepsakes and mementos of friendship. The pieces that we find today are as varied as their makers: friendship albums filled with finely worked hair pieces as well as water-color art;single leaves of paper fashioned into hands holding hearts entwined with tresses; verse-filled albums;beautifully documented family pieces; as well as those simply filled with locks of hair.

They are a glimpse into the maker's life, a document of her family and friends to be passed through generations to give the viewer a small window into that life and, in that instant, she is as real to the world again as if she were standing beside them.

I've yet to decide what I will be doing this piece, although I am adding a new page to the website called "Ephemera, Books and Interesting Paper" so I just might save it for sale there.

In the meantime, if you have not already done so, I recommend that you read "On Women and Friendship: A Collection of Victorian Keepsakes and Traditions" by Starr Ockenga. Not only is it well written, but it contains beautiful photographs of all manner of charming keepsakes, including hair mementos.

Monday, April 27, 2009

The "Heart of the Valley" Antiques Show

As many of you know, I manage a small 25 dealer country antique show called The "Heart of the Valley" in Bethlehem, PA that benefits our local NPR affilliate, WDIY 88.1FM. We have put it to bed for this year, and I would like to thank those of you who made it a point to attend. For those who could not due to time and distance, I've posted these photos for your perusal...I wonder whose this booth might be......This show is a small but mighty show according to the reviews it gets from both its loyal customers, dealers and trade papers.....We have great volunteers who make it a pleasure to do and attend. My husband, Tom Kort, provides the soundtrack that keeps people's toes tapping all day long! It's hard to believe that next year will be our tenth anniversary!

Isn't she just asimply fabulous cloth doll? This year we even had docents from Historic Bethlehem Inc. who were dressed in period costume at the show waiting to take patrons on guided walks of the historic district in which the show is situated, as well as preview shows in the local museums as they were being hung!
The show itself is held in a large 19th C stone, brick and board Ice House situated on the banks of the Lehigh River. It is an absolutely perfect venue for an antique show. We get comments on it all the time.
As you can see by these photos, the show is simply filled with great American Country pieces of all types. The dealers who do the show are skilled at the art of display and transform the building into a country lover's paradise!

Isn't the costume in this photo simply to die for! It was offered sale at the show and there are still pieces available. This is another photo of my booth, so just contact me if you are interested in finding out more about any of these pieces.

This is just a smattering of what was offered......I'm getting ready to leave to do a show in the Shenandoah Valley which opens on Friday, so I'll have more to post upon my return. But speaking of postings......I've posted a small update to my website
on the Cloth Dolls and Animals Page. You might be tempted to "adopt" one of the beasties I'm offering.
In the meantime, have a glorious week!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Pru Goodchurch and Flora wish you a most Happy & Pleasant Easter!

Flora, adored and pampered kitty that she is, has even donned her Easter bonnet and scarf.
I've put our 9th Annual "Heart of the Valley" Antiques Show to bed for this year. Thanks to all of you who were able to attend.
Now, I can get to the business of updating both my website and blog.

I'll be updating soon.


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day from "The Goode Ladyes" of Ackermanville......

(From left)

Miss Magnolia Mae Murray, Arabella, Precious and Phoebe, Miss Eliza Baldwin and last, but never least, Pru Goodchurch and Flora

would like to wish you all a "Very Happy Valentine's Day!"

The verb "I love" I learnt in school,

"Thou lovest" follows next in rule,

"We love" let us say together,

Proving thus we love each other.

(found written on a scrap of paper with a ribbon adorned lock of hair, dated 1878)

May you have the good fortune to find love wherever you roam, today and every day!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009