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Monday, January 31, 2011

2011 " The Year Of Reuse & Appreciate "

I started at the gate with the orange/3 holes bricks.

Found the red bricks from the kitchen chimney, 1890 circa, more work to lay!

The red bricks from 1890 are irregular in a rectangle shape. I am using a brick chisel to chip off the 1890 mortar which consists of, 120 years old sandy-salt crumbles!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Needs Red Geraniums

 This boat is moored on the river in front of the Nombre De Dios church. Behind it is the bridge we take to Vilano Beach, the views are breathtaking. 

Friday, January 28, 2011

Profile Of A Snowy Egret

Hey! What? Just a minute!!

Let me show you my good side.

Ah, how's that profile shot?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Nombre De Dios 1565

This shrine is dedicated to Our Lady de La Leche y Buen Parto-Our Lady of Milk and Happy Delivery. The original shrine is from 1565, it has been rebuilt on the same spot 3 times, this one is from 1915. It is so serene inside and out. This park runs along the Mantanza river at the end of Mulberry St. It is a beautiful place for a walk.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Color Of Flowers

I found this in an antique junk shop north of St Augustine. Going back for a mirror and wall sconces!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Master Bedroom

I love this room, the light is perfect in here! We still have to trim out the window and door frame, paint and buy lamps, bedside tables and dressers, plus build a closet.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Guestroom

We are doing a room a week and hope to have Bluebell Cottage ready for the rental program at the end of March!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Laying Brick & Mudding Walls

Day four. Leather sofa from St Vincent De Paul's, oriental rug from yard sale in November and lamps and tables from Anchor Cottage.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Found Treasures

I crave color in the winter!

I own a framed Currier & Ives Litho from the original Anchor Cottage, circa 1934.

A Limoge platter to add to my collection.

My mate and I take vitamins every morning, so to keep them handy I disguise them in vintage salt & pepper shakers.

I needed a dog biscuit jar on my counter for "good" dogs:-)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Go To Stop!

We are here! 21 Mulberry is a postage stamp house on a collector's stamp lot, 32'x37'.

Where's My Counter?

All the inventory is moved over to the south half of the store. Hope the north half rents!

This is a nice start for decorating a room. Add oriental carpet and gold leaf mirror over the fireplace.

Still looking for my counter:)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Ying & Yang

"Scoot over Joe Johnson, I'm cold," says Ben Franklin. "Mom say's we're leaving for Florida soon!"

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

For Rent 550 Sq Ft

Looking west out the front doors.

Looking East to the hallway door.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Red & White Against The Snow

It always feels good to have the tree down and the decorations put away this time of year.

Plants are barely holding on.

Snow is piling up.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Looking Forward To Reopening April 1st 2011

Hot off the press! The latest for 2011 from Annechovie.



Thursday, January 6, 2011

Long Live Folk Craft

I had a moment to wander through my favorite gallery the other day and ended up making a wish list of art for my home. This artist, above, has a great collection of bird pieces.

Must have this to hang on my kitchen wall.

This tile piece goes outside, next to my front door.

Over the fireplace.

I would hang these along my picket fence.

The intensity of this landscape will hang on the dinningroom wall.

 The Michigan Artists Gallery is located in Suttons Bay MI and has a select collection of modern day folk art and paintings that will knock your socks off.


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