February 20, 2015

A Shopping Trip and Spring Treasures

A few days ago, I saw about a dozen robins on some bushes and small trees.  Maybe they know something we don't.  Hopefully spring will come sooner than later, but until then I'm staying inside as much as possible and using some of this time to decorate for spring.  At least we can pretend that it's warm.

 I scavenge local thrift shops to find most of my seasonal decor, and sometimes I find items at auctions.  However,  I like to add a few things that I purchase from gift shops.  Recently, I planned a little shopping trip to a beautiful gift shop in Maytown, PA that I would like to share with you.  If you're needing a spring fix through shopping, this is the place to go!  If you don't live locally, they also ship.  The shop is called Homestead Furnishings and Gifts and is located at 161 S. River Street in Maytown, PA (along Route 743). The shop is housed in an 1842 Tobacco Warehouse and has lots of charm through the skillful decorating hand of its owner.   There is a plethora of decorating ideas and many beautiful items to choose from.

Here is a link to an article about the business:  http://www.localmktplace.com/cover-stories/homestead-furnishings-and-gifts  and you can also see a lot of photos of the shop on their Facebook page here:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Homestead-Furnishings-Gifts/125632164158033.

I bought the beautiful aqua lantern and the Mystique 9" Flameless LED Candle at their shop.

Lantern and Candle from Homestead Furnishings and Gifts

I'm really enjoying the candle, because it's safe and doesn't give off a scent, which is great for people  who are sensitive to fragrance.  The flame looks so life-like too. 

I found the cast iron bunny last summer at an auction.  I painted the
wooden egg an aqua color for now; I'll share its
finished look in a later post.  I also found some aqua books
from my private library to bring in some more aqua color.

The little wooden bowl is one of my hand-painted designs.  I no longer
sell them to gift shops, but you may contact me for direct purchase
if you would like to order one. 

A spring vignette.

This 32" hard-to-find hand-painted wooden piece is made by
Bonnie at Boardwalk Originals.  I scored it at a thrift shop!!

The bird, metal lantern and floral ring were
also thrift shop finds.  The spring
nest I purchased at our local greenhouse (Ken's Gardens).

Here is a new 10x20x1-1/2" painting that I just finished to give you some
warm thoughts.  It's titled "Cottage by the Sea".  We could all 
use some of that weather!  I have a contact link in the shopping
label above if you would like more info on this original.

Here are a few vintage frames that I recently purchased at a thrift shop.  I
wonder what I'll paint to fit the frames?

This sweet band box was a thrift shop find too.  It needed a 
little bit of repair, but now, it's ready to paint.  This would make
a cute storage container for seed packets.  Hmmm, maybe I'll
paint it with a spring theme--seed packets, birds????
 I'll post the finished product later.

Another frame with an irish blessing found at 
the thrift shop.

 I bid on this primitive dollhouse at a thrift shop in their silent auction. 
 I put a few of my treasures in it for now, but with three shelves, it 
could also hold a collection of... ?  Any ideas anyone?

Hope you enjoyed my little show and tell of spring treasures.  Stay warm!

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