Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Grandmothers Quilts

I received some rather sad news Friday.  My Grandmother who has been very ill for a long time passed.  Things have been busy with hosting Thanksgiving and the shop, and yet the world seemed to stand still even if it were for only a moment or two.

This week will be a long and stressful one.  Making the trek to St. Louis and laying to rest my Grandmother who is my last living relative from my mothers side of the family.  Will bring back many memories good and difficult.  Like when my Grandmother gave me my first quilt, taught me to make Thanksgiving dressing, and to sit and enjoy a Sodie on the swing in the back yard.  It will also bring memories of my Grandfather and my Mothers passing too.  All of which have happened in November around Thanksgiving.  

Here are a few pictures of the quilts my Grandmother made for me.  Each one for a special reason, Sweet 16, marriage, and the births of my babies.  Each one made from scraps left from the clothes she would make us.  My Grandmother could recall each fabric, what was made with it and for who.  She would spend hours and hours over the summer in the basement working on these quilts.  I'm so glad she did.

Every time I would visit, I would wag them all out and spread them on the bed.  She would tell me the many stories of scraps she sewed together.  I never realized at the time why it was so important to know what fabric went to what sister or cousin for what outfit.  Nor why she would tell me not to machine wash them and to air em out on the line.  Now I know.. She was teaching me to preserve the stories of our life that was sewn into these quilts.  I miss those days.

When I return from my trip, the shop will be bustling with a late shopping night on Friday.   It will be good to be home and in the routine of life after such a long week.
Until then,

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Carter's @ Kane!

So I gave you a little sneak peak at what I bought at Kane in an earlier post...so now here's what we brought to Kane!
 The Graphite Dressers EVERYONE Loved!

 Sherrie's Cones

 Cones, candles, architectural details, paint, tables, and treasures galore!

 The rush to the open!
 Partners in Kane...but where's Sherrie???  SHOPPING! lol~
 Laura & I playing picture tag!

Our rather empty booth at the end of day 1.  Yes, I say empty though it looks rather full.  We actually brought a truck and trailer full for day 2...all of which sold! :)

Would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by and visited with us and those who have stopped by our store, Carter's Cottage in DeKalb!
We appreciate your kind comments and it was so much fun meeting so many fellow bloggers!

Laura, Sherrie, and I are planing on Kane in March!  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Whimsical Perspecitve & Cutting Edge GIVE-A-WAY!

My friend over at Whimsical Perspective was contacted by Cutting Edge to write a tutorial about their products!  HOW EXCITING!  In turn, she is having a $50 GIVE-A-WAY for CUTTINGEDGE Stencils!

Here are the important deets!

You can win a $50 credit towards a stencil at Cutting Edge Stencils by doing the following:
You can sign up for the give away by doing 3 things.
1. Follow Whimsical Perspective and leave her a comment (1 entry)
2. Like her  Facebook Page and leave a comment (1 entry) 
3. Like The Cutting Edge Stencil Facebook Page  and let WP know you've visited this awesome company! (1 entry)

You can enter to win 3 times!!!!

Holly Days at the shop

This past weekend was the down town DeKalb Holly Days Christmas walk.  We had SO MUCH FUN!  The store was bustling with shoppers, holiday music, cookies & goodies!  Many of our beloved customers from the very begining of Carter's Cottage were there along with new ones too.

It has been so heartwarming for me to see all the families & smiles, and hear of the fond memories a little treasure from our shop brings to our customers.  I hope we have many more opportunities to share these moments!

No surprise, between my new Iphone4S whatever, and hurrying to get everything just so, I forgot batteries for my trusty camera.  Here are just a few photos of what the shop looked like after the Fridays shoppers :)

 My talented sisters hand painted ornaments.
 The Hoosier
 Small Dry sink
Stunning Dresser

We will be having another Friday Night Shopping Night December 2nd.  Stay Tuned!

Monday, November 21, 2011

A little something I bought at Kane~

Though I haven't had a chance to share my adventure at Kane, I just had to post about a little something I bought at Kane :)  Big surprise I know! Me, buying something! lol~

This is a two piece pie safe that is in incredible condition!  You can tell it has been well loved and lovingly taken care of.  Though the tin has been replaced with glass, it's still an amazing piece!

With so much Emperor's Silk, Olive, and Antibes Green in the shop right now, I thought it would be a good time to try a different color.  Please welcome,  Cream! (no, not the music group lol!)  I've always described it as a soft butter color, and now as you can see, it truly is a beautiful soft warm butter color! 

After painting with cream, I used clear wax first and then dark and love how it gently aged the paint to match the unfinished wood...well, actually I used ASCP dark wax on the untreated oak and let me tell you, it is beautiful! 

This isn't the best photo...you see, I've got this new phone that's supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread...well I had my old phone for almost 6 years...so I'm not getting along with this phone so well yet!  I will post better pictures soon:)

Until more photos, I hope you enjoy the one I've got for now:)


Linking to:
ReStored it Wednesday 
Savvy Southern Style
House  of Grace
Coastal Charm

Friday, November 4, 2011

Carter's @ Kane!

I know I've been missing, and I'm truly sorry!  The shop is getting ready for Christmas and the Elves have been hard at work!  I promise to post pictures soon!

Also, just wanted to let everyone know Carter's will be at Kane County Flea Market!  Come find Sherrie from A Ruffled Nest, Laura from Whimsical Perspective, and myself at the Trades building!  We have LOTS of treasures I'm sure you won't want to miss!  I hope to post a few sneak peaks for you tomorrow!

Hope to see you this weekend!