Friday, October 24, 2014


Today is the day I'm getting all the treasures together for Gwen and Alma's, my Etsy Shop, ( read about it here ) and taking photos to post. I still need practice taking photos and I'm thinking about buying a new camera. I have always hesitated about getting a nice camera because it seems like there is so much to learn with all the doodads and whatchamacallits to deal with. And I'm kinda feeling like that old saying that goes, "you can't teach an old dog new tricks". Hah! But then I realized that I really don't believe that old saying. Rather, I believe that "you're never too old to learn something new". At least that is what I keep telling my 80 -something -year- old Mom. So I guess I have to listen to my own advice.

 So I'm looking for a good deal on a nice camera. And in the meantime I'll also be working on setting up some pretty vignettes, another skill I'm working on. So even before I get the photos posted in my Etsy shop, I'm giving you a little sneak peek of some of the treasures I'll be offering for sale. I'll let you know when I'm up and running, probably some time in early November.

And this is just a beginning...I will have 25 items posted the first day and will be adding new items weekly so be sure and check in frequently to see what is available.
Gwen and Alma's will have the following areas of treasures for sale:
... China Cupboard   ( Aynsley Cup and Saucers )
... Bed and Bath       ( vintage ironstone soap dishes )
... Kitchen
... Dining Room
... Linen Closet
... Nursery
... Library
...Holidays  ( gorgeous vintage Christmas tablecloths! )

It's almost time to think about Christmas shopping. Yeah, I said it. And it's not even Halloween yet... But I got a head start on my  Christmas shopping so I thought others might be thinking that way also. So check out these one-of-a-kind treasures to give to someone on your list. Or maybe even think about what you might want for yourself!


Thursday, October 23, 2014


The name of my new Etsy shop will be...

                                           Gwen and Alma's

To be opening soon...

These are the names of my two grandmother's and I thought it was fitting to name my shop after them. I'm excited about this new endeavor and also about naming it after them.




They both come from Scandinavian backgrounds and both of my grandfathers ( their husbands, of course ) were entrepreneurs, starting business' of their own.

Gwen and Floyd Arnold started Arnold's Supply Company, a store which sold their own line of cleaning supplies along with an office cleaning service. When I worked as an RN in a hospital here, I often saw cleaning supplies with my grandpa's picture on the front of the container ( Arnold's Toilet Bowl Cleaner, for example ). It seemed strange at the time. I sometimes called out to a patient from the bathroom, "Hey, there's a picture of my Grampa in here!" That caused some puzzled responses from patients! Their cleaning products were used in all the big establishments in the city. The company is still going strong today under the same name though it was sold after their retirement.

Alma and Elmer Danewick started a painting business which also became very successful. At one time they employed 100 painters. The business was passed on down to my Dad and then my brother who is now retired. I now have the original old sign hanging in our family room. Early on he had Larsen as a business partner before he went out on his own. This sign is over 100 years old now.

 At one point when I was in high school, my parents also opened a Scandinavian Gift Shop selling, among other things, hand knit wool Norwegian sweaters made by relatives in Norway. I must have had more than 20 of those sweaters at one time. They never wore out! I still have a few of them and they look like new! The store was called, Dannevig Imports, as that was our "Norwegian name". Our grandfather changed it to Danewick, apparently a more "American name" when he came to America, alone, at the age of 17. How I wish they would have kept that store now! I love Scandinavian decor!

So I come from a long line of entrepreneurs and I've always wanted to be in business. My Hob Nobber occasional sales ( along with business partners, Karen and Renee ) took off and now I'm on to trying my own little spot in the world of Etsy!

Wish me luck! Oh, wait! I don't believe in "luck"! Guess I just better find things people want, price them fairly, and pray people beat a path to my door! Well, I can dream, can't I?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


I'm back from our Disney Trip with the kids and granddkids. I did one blog post while on vacation but then unplugged to just be in the moment with everyone. Once a year we take the kids and grandkids on vacation. Everyone has to pay their own way to get there but we pay for the rest. We are able to do this on a limited retirement income because it is paid for by my Hob Nobber occasional sales income. This Disney Trip took a lot more money so I had to save from more than one sale. But it was worth it! We had a blast! I could have shared about it and showed you all the photos, including one of my husband with "Marilyn Monroe" at Universal Studio, but I didn't want to bore you with family photos. I thought it would be kind of like inviting you over to see slides of our family vacation. But I'm mentioning it because I am writing an eBOOK about how to make money with occasional sales. I'll let you know when it's done.

Well, OK, I'll share just one photo... I think he looks a bit too happy, don't you? Hah!

So now I"m ready to get blogging again. I'm also working on a few new projects. One is the eBOOK mentioned above and a second project is opening up my new Etsy shop. I'm a bit nervous about that one because of the shipping...I've not had to deal with that before and I'm still learning. But I'm going to jump in and learn as I go. Any tips on selling on Etsy would be appreciated! Later this week I will be announcing the name of my shop so keep watching for that. Until then, it's a secret!

And the third project is that beginning next Monday morning I will be starting a weekly post to jump start your week, called Monday Morning Java. It will be a short post to motivate, inspire, and
encourage you to get your week off to a great start! There will be tips on how to live life to the full, ideas for simplifying your life, celebrating life, and more! The "Java" part is both for you to read the
post while drinking your morning java, but also because the post itself will be like "mental caffeine" to "wake you up" to the wonderful possibilities ahead.

                                 MONDAY MORNING JAVA

I'm looking forward to beginning these new endeavors! I would love to have you join me next Monday!

Monday, October 13, 2014


Right now we're in Orlando, Florida waiting for our kids to arrive via airlines. However, their flight has been delayed so we have a quiet day ahead of us before picking them up at the airport. We're on a Disney vacation and renting a 5 bedroom home through VRBO ( vacation rentals by owner ). We've used VRBO many times and have never had a bad experience. So this morning we sat by the pool in the screened-in lanai, still in our jammies, me with a cup of coffee, Les with his OJ, and enjoyed the quiet ripple of the fountain from the jacuzzi overflowing into the pool. Soooo relaxing!

You might have noticed the marsh behind the house, which could in all likelihood, be the home of alligators, snakes, and other things I would rather not think about. We did see people fishing around this area when we arrived though so hopefully it is not dangerous! Still, I'm not going to look further than the little area inside the screened lanai...

Also, I'm not fond of the purple decor nor do I like those little lizards that scurry about outside...Other than those little items, everything is perfecto!

We owe this lovely vacation adventure to our Hob Nobber sales! Yes, I saved up my Hob Nobber money in order to pay for this vacation for all of us! I had to save for a couple of years but we are!

It is possible to have a dream vacation with money earned from your "vintage hobby"/ "business"! I'm now working on an ebook to share how we make money in our twice yearly vintage sales! The money I make always pays for vacations that we enjoy! Be watching for my ebook which should be out in the next few months and learn how you can make money for your dream vacation!

Sunday, October 12, 2014


While the lazy days of summer are behind us, I enjoy celebrating the riches of the new arriving Fall season. I like to make an Autumn Bucket List to make sure I live in the moment and enjoy what this new season brings.

So here's my list:

1) Make apple crisp and apple pie with my favorite Haralson apples.
2) Go to the Farmer's Market and pick out some squash, bittersweet, and other seasonal goodies.
3) Take the grandchildren to the apple orchard and enjoy a wagon ride while picking apples off the trees.
4) Decorate with pumpkins. I like the blue and white ones!
5) Take a ride and enjoy the Fall colors.
6) Go for a walk in the crisp Fall air while kicking up the leaves.
7) Make my Grandmother's famous bread and butter pickles.
8) Buy a bouquet of Gladiolas.
9) Take the grandkids to a corn maze.
10) Enjoy a fire in the fire pit on a cool Fall evening.

What's on your Fall Bucket List?

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Our home ( see "Plummer House" page ) is the site of many weddings. It is fun to see all the different styles of weddings that take place here. We see so many great ideas! I'd kind of like to "get married" again and be more creative this time around! To the same guy, of course! Hah! Back in the day when we got married, there weren't many options to be creative. They had "rules of marriage etiquette" that one had to follow. "Dinner" was just ham sandwiches in the church basement. Not very exciting. Still, we didn't know any different as this was what everyone did. But things started changing soon after we got married, so yeah, it would be fun to have a more creative celebration...maybe for our 50th wedding anniversary!

 Here is a recent wedding where horse drawn wagon rides were given to guests! The bride and groom first...

Notice the wagon drivers all dressed in long black dresses and head wear. Also the hanging lanterns and table cards hanging from a tree. Yeah, hubby and I might want to do this!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


This weekend I went to Junk Bonanza with my friend, Patty. If you have not heard of this event go here to read about it. I highly recommend this event! Lots of creative goodies to buy and great ideas to bring home!

Unfortunately I didn't take as many photos as planned. And this would have been the place for some great pictures of creative stuff! My pictures don't do justice to the event! Gotta work on that! The event takes place twice yearly and is one not to be missed!

We had a great time, even through a couple of mishaps...1) I dropped and broke a plate I had purchased   ; (   2) my car broke down in the middle of the highway...

The highway patrol rescued us and I was able to catch a shot of Patty in the back of the police car. The lady highway patrol gave us a ride in her squad car to the Mall of America, not a place where they usually take people. ; )  That was an adventure in itself!

 Haven't taken photos yet of what I purchased. They were left in the trunk of the car which was carried away by a tow truck to a nearby car repair shop. They will be in another post ...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


I found a new treasure! An antique shoe rack. I found this in Lake City, Mn. at the Lake Pepin Pearl Button Co., an antique Mall. I had first seen one on Miss Mustard Seed's Blog. I didn't know what it was at the time but I loved the patina, the look of the"rungs", and just the fact that it was another fun way to organize with vintage finds. I never thought I'd be able to find one, so when I saw this I knew I had to have it!

 It was on the second floor of the building so they had to bring it down in the old original hand-cranked elevator. My husband rode down in the elevator but I declined since it was small, dark, and you moved it by pulling on ropes! Yikes! It also made an awful racket as it came down. 

The guys and the shoe rack got down safe and sound but I'm still glad I didn't go along for the ride. It was a  fun thing to watch, though!

 The rack is on wheels so it's easy to move around. Right now I have it in my little "office" space. I'll give you a little tour of that space when I'm finished organizing it. I used the rack during our Hob Nobber sale to hold some of our quilts and several people wanted to buy it! This one is not for sale but since it seemed to be so popular, I'm on the hunt for another one to sell at one of our sales. I'll keep you posted if I find one!

Saturday, September 20, 2014


One of the fun aspects of our Hob Nobber business is buying each other's finds. We always get first pick, after all. Just one of the perks! As we're unpacking we see each other's stuff and start making our own "piles" to purchase.

So here are just a couple of my purchases at our last sales event...

Hob Nobber, Karen, made this pillow out of a vintage grain sack and filled it with "down". She softened the grain sack so it is soft and cuddly and the "down" makes it even softer. She insists on "down" and not just feathers, "as the feathers tend to stick out",  she says, "poking you". She first purchases down filled comforters and removes the down, putting the feathers in large plastic bags. Feathers are flying when she does this, she tells us, so she does this in her back yard. The down is first enclosed in an inner pillow case. She then puts that in the grain sack bag she has prepared, removing as many of the stains as possible and then softening it, but not so much as to ruin the fabric. She spends so much time and money on just one pillow, that Hob Nobber Rene, and I figure she doesn't make any money  on them. But Karen is very meticulous and loves doing this kind of thing. I HAD to have one! I think she has a couple left which will be at our Memorial Day Sale!

And I bought this interesting candle/lamp. It has a glass candle holder inside. The lining inside the wire is made of silk. It has a wooden base but also a hook for hanging. I was going to hang it but then the base looked kind of funny  just hanging there so I set it on this dresser we have in our foyer. Had to have THAT also!

This week my husband and I celebrated out 45th Anniversary by going to Lake City, Mn, a nearby river city. Lake City is on Lake Pepin which is a place where the Mississippi River widens into a 21 mile long lake. Across the lake is Wisconsin with scenic bluffs that provide gorgeous views! It is so beautiful with the lake and bluffs that I think it's the prettiest spot on the Mississippi River! We usually go a bit farther away for our anniversary but decided the beauty of this place and the fact that we could go for rides in our newly purchased pontoon boat was too good to pass up. One of our favorite day trips is to travel around the lake from Minnesota to Wisconsin and back, visiting the little river villages along the way. Our first stop was Wabasha where they were having a Fall Festival. The whole downtown was decorated...

My "garage sale radar" picked up a garage sale sign so we HAD to stop. I bought this huge vintage porcelain basin with handles and the advertising still mostly intact. This will go into the next sales event...

         Yeah, I found more treasures but you'll have to wait to see them in another post. We traveled onto Wisconsin via the bridge in Wabasha and stopped at The Pickle Factory in the village of Pepin,...

We had delicious sandwiches there, along with a garlic pickle ( pickle factory )  and we dined on the deck for a wonderful view of Lake Pepin from the Wisconsin side. We found out that we could ride our pontoon ( AKA party barge ) across the lake, park it at the Marina and have dinner there. That will have to wait until next summer...

We traveled onto the village of Stockholm, Wisconsin where we had a piece of pie at "The Stockholm Pie Company".

 I had double lemon pie because it had already won several awards: "Best Pie In The Twin Cities" ( newspaper area ), First place in the Midwest Pie Eating Contest, And Gourmet magazines' best 53 things to eat.  I'm definitely going back to buy a whole pie! BEST PIE EVER!!! 

Usually we travel on through Wisconsin's scenic drive along the river and cross the Mississippi  again in Red Wing, Minnesota and back to Lake City. This is a wonderful drive with amazing places to eat along the way, art and antique shops, beautiful scenery,  and quaint villages to discover. I thoroughly recommend this little day trip, however, you'll need to check ahead of time as some shops are open only seasonally.

And I'll also be sharing  more about  Lake City as I have always loved this little town. But more on that in another post also...


I had mentioned in an earlier post that I was going to open up an Etsy Shop. I still plan on that and I am really excited about it but I am having to change the opening date as I had forgotten our trip with the kids and grandkids to Disney World. Well, I hadn't forgotten it, but I  just  realized that if someone happened to order something I wouldn't be home to ship it! Hah! Not a good way to begin. 

So instead of opening Oct 1st it will have to wait until the end of the month. Exact date to be announced later. I'm also excited to share the name of my little shop but I will announce that in another post also. It looks like I promised a lot of things in "upcoming posts". Haha...Guess I'll be busy for the next few weeks!

Have a great week!   

Monday, September 8, 2014


Thanks to all of you who came to our Labor Day sale! If you came, I hope you found a wonderful treasure to take home. Here's the work crew waiting for the doors to open!

Once again we had a great sale, we had a lot of fun, and we ended up exhausted! But we're ready to get out there and find some more goodies for our next event!

A vintage blogging buddy, Ann Garritty, came and brought with her two swanky swig glasses that I wanted to buy from her Etsy shop. I'm collecting the green and blue ones. I love them!

Instead, she gave them to me as a gift! How sweet was that?!!? Thanks, Ann! Ann blogs at Protector Of Vintage here. Check out her Etsy store also for fun vintage finds!

Speaking of Etsy stores, I'm opening my own little Etsy shop beginning in October. If you've seen some of my fun treasures on this blog but don't live nearby, now YOU'LL have an opportunity to get some of the goodies! There will be farmhouse and industrial finds, linens, unique vintage treasures, fine china, and more! Keep watching for more information in the very near future!

Also beginning in the next week or so I will be posting some of the furniture pieces on Craigslist that didn't sell at our Labor Day Sale. So if you live nearby and missed the sale, you have the opportunity to purchase one of our fun finds! More information will be coming soon about this as well.

Right now I'm busy updating the mailing list, reorganizing the stuff that didn't sell at our sale ( though there's not a LOT left ), and taking photos for posting on Craigslist and the new Etsy shop!

Now I need to get around and read some blogs!! I've been so busy lately I've not been blog hopping like I used to...

Thursday, August 28, 2014


We three Hob Nobbers ( Karen, Sandy, and Renee )...

Offering AMAZING finds...

At cheap reasonable prices...

In this beautiful historic mansion...

Also serving FREE Starbucks coffee while you shop...


Details on the right sidebar!!

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