Friday, May 5, 2017


So I watch a lot of HGTV which shouldn't surprise anyone who knows me! One thing that is always said on the show when viewing an outside space is something like, "I could see us sitting out here enjoying our morning coffee." That seems to be a regular line on the show. So when Les ( husband ) suggested on a beautiful quiet morning that we sit outside and read the paper with coffee (me) and juice (Les), it brought that "line" to mind. Never mind that we do not OWN the Plummer House, "I could still see us sitting outside and enjoying our morning coffee".

So the first space I thought of was the Sun Porch. Reminder: We are Resident Directors in this 49 room Historical Mansion ( See Plummer House Page ).

                       Yes, I am reading a book on repurposing JUNK by Ki Nausser. The four season glassed in porch overlooks a garden which used to be a swimming pool. To the left of the sunporch is the space that used to house the Green House ( to be rebuilt in the future) and to the right is the path to the Courtyard. We decided to sit outside and enjoy the Courtyard.

Les brought out our comfy "beach chairs"  which may not seem fitting here but they were comfortable.

                              We enjoyed the Pansies in pots and in the Courtyard Garden.

Path back to the Sun Porch and freshly planted Pansies in the garden

                        Our view from the Courtyard of the lawn and gardens, and ponds below...gorgeous!

                   Yes, this truly is a Magical Place to enjoy our morning coffee ( or juice).

Monday, May 1, 2017


Living in the Plummer House ( see Plummer House page ) has brought many interesting experiences. Actually I should have written a book about living here! The latest happened as we returned from our vacation. While on vacation, our "Boss" Mike, e-mailed and asked Les if he would mind being the Plummer House "expert" for a video. He has done many little things like this from local news shows to newspaper articles so it didn't seem like a big deal. Mike didn't have a lot of details but Les agreed.

So the day of the video, Les went out to greet the guests who needed the expert. Turns out to be THIS:

Amazons streaming "The Fireball Run Adventurally Series"! Yeah, this was a bit more than expected. And THEN, instead of answering questions, the Director, Jay, hands Les a SCRIPT! WHAT? AND he has to MEMORIZE it! Like an ACTOR!  Yeah, he was in a bit over his head there!

                                     He had little choice now but just to go with it! The Director/Producer, Two Cameramen, A Scriptwriter, and others set up their equipment and went to work.

The Director explaining what was going to happen.

Production Crew

Les memorizing his lines!

Here's Les, Director Jay, and our boss, Mike. Les is just now finding out what he is getting into!

Here Les is taking a breather after "take 8" and after the Director yells at him to show more emotion!! "Take 9" was the charm though. He tried to hold his stomach in during the "takes" and then let it out to rest! Here he is resting!

And here we are after I brought out our "Trip To Florida" clapperboard saying I could do THIS part!! We actually took this to Florida to take our  vacation videos with. I told him I could just put some tape over the "Our Trip To Florida" part!

This was all Pre-Production Taping and they will be back in September to tape the Participants in action. For those of you who don't know about this Series ( I had never heard of it ), it is sort of like "The Amazing Race" with participants this time visiting historical sites and having to do something at each site. So Les will have to be in the next taping as well. They told him to wear the same outfit so it looks like it is being taped on the same day.

This Series won't air until September of 2018! But you can be sure we are going to have a Red Carpet Showing of Les' BIG DEBUT!

In the meantime, check out the other Series on Amazon. They have had 11 Series so far!

Yup! You never know what is going to happen in this job of being Resident Director of a 49 room mansion! Stay tuned for more adventures!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


I am always on the lookout for antique scales. I love them! I have sold quite a few in the past but as much as I love them I have yet to keep one for myself! One of the reasons is that I don't have much counter space in my kitchen so I try to keep things to a minimum on the counter. I just may have to swap out something I have on my counters though to keep one of these scales.

                                        This one is one of my favorites!

We picked it up at an Estate Sale in Alabama. It was at the home of a long time collector who had passed away. She had lived in a large old beautiful Southern style home.

These scales add so much charm to a kitchen. This one above will be for sale at our Hob Nobber Spring Sale. Here are some photos of other scales in kitchens:

I also have one similar to the one pictured here in Vibeke Designs which will be for sale at Hob Nobbers Spring Sale. I just didn't get a photo of MINE yet.

                             This one I have for sale in my Etsy Shop, Gwen And Alma's! There are so many ways to decorate with antique and vintage scales. It's really an inexpensive way to add that extra Farmhouse and Vintage Charm to your kitchen!

 Also for sale will be a bathroom scale...A FUN piece to add Vintage Cuteness to your bathroom!

          More ideas for decorating with scales as shown in a previous post by Vibeke Designs

                                        Vibeke Designs is my GO-TO site for design inspiration!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Don't forget about our upcoming Hob Nobber Spring Sale!
Sunday, May 28th 12-5 and Monday, May 29th 9-5

I will be including some treasures that are currently in our Etsy Shop, Gwen And Alma's!

Check out Gwen And Alma's to see!

In addition here are some bigger items we will have at the sale:

Rustic Farm Bench

Long Primitive Benches ...I have TWO

Classic French Sofa

Rustic Antique Black Drop Down Coffee Table

Rustic Barn Wood Topped End Table 


Get it on your calendar NOW! 
See you there!

Come for the treasures...Stay for the FUN!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


We just returned from our trip to Florida! Had a nice relaxing and fun time! I managed to find some Estate Sales along the way using the website "Estate Sales. Net". We found one in Tennessee on the way down and one in Alabama on the way home! We found some really fun treasures!

Once I get photos taken I'll post what we found. These will be for sale at our Hob Nobber Spring Sale and some may be listed in my Etsy Shop Gwen And Alma's! In the meantime here are some things that are being listed this week at Gwen And Alma's!

             Other than the coverlet I picked up THESE treasures BEFORE we left for Florida!

And I happened to find this HUGE, and I mean HUGE, wooden bowl for sale online. The ad said "HUGE" but it still didn't hit me how big it was until I picked it up! This is an amazing find which someone will love to have and it will be for sale at our Spring Hob Nobber Sale!

                        It has a wire around the bottom of the rim kind of holding it together.

Until Next Time!   


Friday, April 14, 2017


One of the things I've been working on is attempting to live a "Simple Life" in a complex world. It does seem to be what many others are seeking to do also! You know, getting rid of the unnecessary so your life can be more meaningful and intentional.

More people are downsizing and decluttering, wanting to live a simpler lifestyle, getting rid of excess, etc. Hence the tiny home phenomena and the increase in minimalist living blogs.

This gets harder to do when you are in the business of selling antique and vintage treasures. I mean, you have to collect all kinds of STUFF, find places to store them while waiting for them to sell, and then you need all the shipping stuff, and on and on. So is it possible to live simply and do this business that we love?

And then there is our living situation. While many of our friends in retirement are downsizing to condo living or even living in motor homes, we continue to live in a 49 room mansion ( well, we don't live in ALL 49 rooms!)! But this also happens to be part of our "retirement job" and so it works for US! And yet...It's not really all that simple! Hah! And still we love it!

I'm sure there are many others out there who are in situations such  as ours. We love everything about our lives, though they may seem a bit complex, but would like to make things a bit simpler!

So my challenge has been to create an Intentional Simple Lifestyle even while having to have a bit of "clutter" in my life. I can't be the ONLY person in this situation.

We live in a world where busyness is highly regarded. And the accumulation of "stuff" can get out of hand! Some people actually rent storage units for excess items they have no where to put! And the interest in organizing ( there are whole stores just selling organizing items ) is a result of having so much stuff you need to find places to store everything!

I think that as a result of this busy lifestyle and clutter issues, more and more people are leaving the rat race and finding serenity in places where they can make a living and still have the lifestyle they are seeking. You see this in shows like Caribbean Life on HGTV. People just chucking the busyness and finding a different lifestyle living in the Caribbean!

But not everyone can do that nor maybe wants to. So IS there a way to live simply even without moving or quitting your work?

So I asked myself, " Can WE simplify our lives and still do the things that we love?" And that is what I'm working on. I don't call it "work" really because I love to come up with a plan to "figure out" these kinds of things! And while i work it out for US, I'm writing a little e-book about how to do it!

If you have any tips you'd like to share, please pass them on! I'd also like to hear  experiences of any downsizing YOU'VE done to simplify your life!

SIMPLICITY!  That's the goal!

Thursday, April 13, 2017


A while back I shared a photo of an antique Baker's Rack that I picked up at an Auction. I listed it in my Etsy Shop as "For Local Pick-Up Only".  I received an e-mail from someone in California asking if I would sell and ship to her. So I figured out how to get it done and it was on its way!

The kind new owner of the Baker's Rack sent me a photo of the Rack in its new home, now a display rack for her beautiful quilts!

Doesn't it look great in its new home? And those quilts! They are AMAZING! I just love the soft colors!

 I love it when people who have purchased something from our Etsy Shop, send us a photo of their purchase in its new home. But just getting feedback TELLING us what they did with their purchase is fun also!

Etsy customers are the friendliest people!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Vibeke Designs

I love looking at vintage Farmhouse style vignettes. They inspire me but also give me ideas for my own vignettes and displays in our Hob Nobber sales. My current favorites are the vignettes on the blog, Vibeke.  You can find them here. I began  a whole  Pinterest board with just the vignettes from this blog. This is a blog from Norway that shows Rustic Farmhouse style decor. Or at least that is how I would describe it. Perhaps it's just a typical Norwegian decor style.

I've looked at her pins so much that I'm now able to recognize her vignettes even when they don't have her name attached to them. She has such a specific style.

                      What I've noticed from her style is that most often her colors are soft in tone with white as a background color. To me this gives them a "romantic" feel. And she can easily change up the vignette colors according to season with the white backdrop.

The vignettes always, or almost always, include flowers and or plants. This gives them a fresh and pretty look.

 And you will find some kind of linens or cloth which adds softness to balance the  rustic decor.

                                                     I love all the rustic decor pieces she finds also!

 Even though I'll be using some of these elements in creating my own vignettes, I'm sure they will have a bit different feel as it will be MY style coming through.

Now I just have to go out and find the same awesome rustic decor pieces! I just wish Norway was a lot closer!
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