Shop Kitty

If we were able to have a shop kitty we’d choose Theodore!  Known to his family as Teddy, Estelle caught him napping and was able to get this picture.  He certainly wouldn’t stand for any crown if he were awake!  Though he is adorably fluffy and hasn’t grown a deep meow yet, he really is all boy and this soon became a toy he batted around until it was rescued by his mama.  Typical boy stunt, don’t you agree??


We love that face and all that hair!! ~S~

I am not the crafty partner but……..

I think this may actually work!  Since I read  many many useful, clever and wonderful blogs of those that are actually crafty (and they are too numerous to mention but I thank each one of you!) I think something may have rubbed off!

Found this big old bottle (cut off bottom) at a local sale and of course had to bring it home-thinking hmmm….cloche?  Sat around collecting even more dust.  What to do?

Meanwhile, I purchased some wood findings one day because I hoped to find them useful or at least inspiring to some of the store’s customers.  Some sold immediately because I do know interesting when I see it.

Then I saw the post from January 14th here at Joy’s and something clicked. Grabbed a round and the can of paint and…Voila!  Should have taken before pictures, but I am still learning…..

Wasn’t quite finished because the stopper was still missing so I found an old glass doorknob (yes, in a drawerful of them – I love them!) that fit  perfectly!!!  The bunnies are too small to make a statement really but they are just darling, at hand and clean so here is my completed project.


Anyone who knows me knows this is way out of my comfort zone.  Does it work??  ~S~

The Valentine Collection at Serendipity…

Exclusively in the shop is this fabulous (and very limited)  collection from Karen of A’Musements .


Hearts decorated with vintage wallpaper, glittered birds,
and rows of ribbon ($27), glass globes with a favorite pair of cherubs
glistening inside ($16), and “Mon Amie” slippers adorned with vintage
millinery trimmings ($18) await the one you love for Valentine’s Day.
Or, maybe you’ll treat yourself to a Paris reminder, with an Eiffel
Tower cut from metal and covered with a copy of beautiful red (of
course!) French sheet music and edged in glass glitter ($16).

I was so excited when Karen delivered these to us.  They are much lovelier in person and the cherub ornaments are exquisite-so delicately colored that accurate photos are nearly impossible!

Three items are already spoken for and will be shipped upon receipt of payment.   I will definitely be promptly editing to let you know what is available.  We allow a 24 hour time frame for the invoice to be paid before returning items to inventory so that we can make shipment well before Valentine’s Day.

Please email us your wishes at:

or phone us at (503) 362-3341 Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm PST.  I will be checking our email frequently throughout the weekend for orders.  Please feel free to email an order and not wait until Tuesday.

First received, first fulfilled!!

Thank you for the treasures, Karen – we are honored!  ~S~

Update:  The slippers pictured and the heart with the pink bird (lower left picture) are no longer available. Thank you for your purchase!

Update:  Another of the lovely large hearts has sold so there is only one left.  Thank you for your purchase!

So I guess I will try to recreate it – thanks for nothing, Typepad!

Aargh – I’ve been reading about issues with Typepad and had thought myself lucky to not have experienced them.  So much for luck!

I did have big plans for a post today since it is long overdue as are our wishes to all for a truly wonderful New Year!

When I got to the shop I wanted to take lots of pictures of the things we’ve added lately before they, too, sell and find new homes.  I should have checked the batteries in the camera since we’ve just returned from a long weekend in Bonney Lake to celebrate our son’s 24th birthday and visit with the grandbaby who decided to learn to walk the Thursday evening before we arrived.  Congratulations, Miss Natalie and welcome to the vertical world!!!

Back to the post though –

Rosie found this wonderful antique chest of drawers recently and we brought it into the shop today.  I think it is terrific and would work in almost any room in your home.  Television stand, storage for craft and sewing materials, linens, kitchen items, clothing….


The handles fascinate me but present this question – Do they represent acorns or filberts?  (Also known as hazelnuts in Oregon.)  Have you seen either up close on a tree?  Filberts are wrapped in the prettiest green leaves before falling to the ground and I am almost convinced these are filberts.  What do you think?


It is a quiet, chilly January afternoon and I have been wondering about the dresser’s history – ever do that when you see an interesting piece?  Who made it, who bought it, who loved it, hated it, owned it longest….

Back to work – have a great week and Welcome to the Presidency, Mr. Obama!!