Wednesday, September 28, 2016


When you focus on problems, you'll have more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you'll have more opportunities.      KUSHANDWIZDOM

Les, my husband, began collecting vintage canes or walking sticks a while back so whenever I'm out hunting for treasures I keep my eyes open for interesting and unique canes. Some collections can end up adding clutter to your home, but something as simple as canes can be contained and even add to decor.

As you can see there is room for many more canes so I'll keep helping him find them.

                           I'll share MY collections in another post. What do YOU collect?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


                      Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower.  Albert Camus

 Whew! I can't believe how fast Summer flew by! If you read my last post you'll know that I've been trying my hardest to prolong the Summer but with the changing of the leaves already happening and the crisper cooler weather, there is no denying it! And sooooo.... I'm ready to....

                                             CELEBRATE AUTUMN!

 I bought some gourds, clipped the dried hydrangeas, and plopped them in my dough bowl! Next up I'll be making my FALL BUCKET LIST which I will share with you in a future post!

I've got the Autumn scented candles going, bananas getting ripe to make banana bread,  and we even gave in and turned on the heat! I was freezing! I know some people try to last as long as they can to leave the heat off but with all the rain we had it brought along a dampness into the house, that with the cold, just chilled me to the bone!

Last week, Les and I had a little Get Away. A trip to the Lake for  a late Anniversary celebration. We just wanted to go where there was a relaxing lake to sit and dream over. Why is water so relaxing? We stayed at a condo near where we keep our pontoon, just in case the weather was nice and we could go on a little cruise up the river. But it was cold and cloudy. Yet, still relaxing!

We took a day trip around a "loop" that took us across the Mississippi River into Wisconsin from Minnesota, stopping at quaint little towns along the Mississippi. The highlights were the many antique shops we always stop at. And we happened to find one new one!

Another highlight of this Get Away was the calorie splurge of allowing ourselves dessert! I had Carmel Flan with Raspberries, Tripleberry Pie, and Carmel Pecan Cheesecake! Les had a Triple Layer Chocolate Cake, Coconut Cream Pie, and A Scoop of Carmel Ice Cream With Carmel Corn. At different meals of course! I just realized now that we must have missed some meals without dessert. We were gone for two and a half days! I guess the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups that we devoured made up for that. And we only gained 5 pounds each! It was worth it!

GWEN AND ALMA'S SNEAK PEEK:  Here is a European Pillow Case/Sham that I will list soon in our Etsy Shop. 

                                                    Here's a closer look at some details...

                                  It fits two standard pillows but the pillows are not included. Check for it soon at Gwen And Alma's for more photos and details!

Thanks for stopping by!  

Saturday, September 17, 2016


So I'm kind of experiencing two seasons at the same time. I'm not quite ready to let go of Summer but also looking forward to the Fall! We haven't taken the boat out of the water yet but there are pumpkins all over the house. It's a strange mix but it feels right!

Tomorrow it is supposed to be over 80 degrees so we're going boating. The water is so relaxing and the scenery so gorgeous!

And I had a "mulled cider" scented candle lit all day scenting the house with delightful Fall scents.

 I'll probably really "get into" Fall after we get the boat out of the water.

I'm still trying to get things organized after our last sale and at the same time trying to get some items listed in my Etsy Shop, Gwen And Alma's! I hope to get many items listed by October to get ready for the Christmas season.

As soon as I figure out how to pack this sweet antique stool, I'm going to list it in my Etsy shop. It will be the first "big" item I've listed on Etsy.  I've been hesitating because of the difficulty of packing the big stuff.

After that I may begin to add some more smaller furniture pieces to sell. We'll see how this one goes first. If anyone has any good ideas on making packing this thing easier, let me know!

Don't to forget to check out my Etsy shop, Gwen And Alma's! I would love it if you would "Favorite" our little shop! Before Christmas I'll be giving away a gift certificate to spend in our shop through a Give-Away on this blog. Be looking for it! So go look now and see if there is something you might want....maybe even this little stool!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Our Sale, The Winner, and Food

Thank you to all who came to our Hob Nobber sale over Labor Day weekend! I hope you found a treasure to take home with you. Here's a photo of all of us workers behind our check-out table before we opened. We're missing a few more who showed up later...

Carol Wells was the winner of our Give-Away! She said she had never won anything before so we were happy to honor her with her VERY FIRST EVER WIN!

On Monday we had a big thunderstorm that didn't  dampen our spirits or keep our guests away. What else are you going to do on a rainy dreary holiday but shop til you drop while sipping on a Starbucks coffee? Am I right?

There was one HUGE CLAP OF THUNDER though that scared the bejeemers out of us! I think lightening must have struck something nearby which happens too often as our house sits high on top of a hill surrounded by many tall trees! We've had more than one bolt of lightening take out our TVs! This morning a huge tree went down in the woods surrounding our house so Les went out to see if maybe it had been the thing that was struck by lightening. We are surrounded by 11 acres of grounds that are  mostly woods. Last week a giant branch fell down into the parking lot and we came home to see a doe and two fawns eating the leaves off the fallen branch right in the parking lot area.

On a side note: We don't go to McDonalds often but our grandson, Charlie, likes to go and his Mother won't take him ( she likes him to eat healthy ) so sometimes we cave in and treat him to a meal there. I get a hamburger with pickleS ( accent on the least that's what I order ) and I always get ONE PICKLE! So the other day we went to Five Guys Burgers And Fries and I ordered pickleS on my hamberger. This is what I got:

                                      A veritable MOUNTAIN OF PICKLES! Just HAD to take a photo of THAT, though I'm usually not one of those people who likes to take pictures of their food! My granddaughter and her friends, on the other hand,  like to take LOTS of photos of their food and I told her when she has grandchildren she will be showing old photos to her grandkids and will be saying things like, "And here's what we had for dinner on the 4th of July." And "This is a picture of my breakfast while we were vacationing in Florida." Hah!

Just to be clear here, we don't ALWAYS go to fast food hamburger joints. Just sayin...

Now I have to get ready for a meeting with the Hob Nobbers, Karen and Renee. We go through all the tags and count each members tags. Ugh! And then we get to count the money! Yay, I like THAT part!

Have a great week!

Sunday, August 21, 2016


                                  DON'T MISS THIS SALE!
                Sunday, Sept 4th 12-5, Monday, Sept 5th 9-5

It took me awhile to get this information out to ya'll but that doesn't mean we don't have LOTS of wonderful and amazing treasures for you. Life kind of got in the way of getting the details out. It's just been a busy summer! 

Here are a few fun things we've found for you:

                                    We'll also have Fall Decor and Vintage Christmas Decor and lots lots more!!! Remember: New items added on second day!

                                                         HOB NOBBER GIVE-AWAY 

Every year we have a give-away of a $30 gift certificate to shop our sale. This is for those who come to our sale, of course. ; )  All you have to do is leave a comment telling us what you like best about our sales! If you haven't been to one of our sales but plan on coming this time, leave a comment and let us know that. OK ,That's all you have to do! You have until Aug. 30th to enter. Leave your comment on this post! Thanks!

Monday, July 25, 2016


I love, love, love...primitive wood pieces. So, of course, whenever I'm out shopping for antiques for our sale, these just pop out at me! I love to use them for fun storage pieces to add Farmhouse charm to our home. I would keep everything I found if I could but then I'd be a hoarder.

So here are some things that I've found that are now for sale in our Etsy shop, Gwen And Alma's. And who knows? If they haven't sold by the time our Hob Nobber sale comes around, I might pull them out for THAT sale!

My favorite is this dough bowl...

And there's THIS beauty...

This amazing cutlery tray...

This FUN wood box...Sorry! This one's sold!

This primitive cutie...

And this old vintage European cigar mold...

A large farmhouse antique bowl...

And with a wood handle...

Yes, and I have LOTS MORE of this fun Farmhouse Primitives and Decor. ..

But if you're not into this look, wait until my next blog post and I'll show you some  delicate "pretties" that might be more your style!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, July 24, 2016


I've been "busy" this summer just fitting in rest and relaxation and family fun! Hah! That is what our summer has been so far! Yeah, retirement is great! We even eat in front of the TV, much to the annoyance of our kids! We never allowed that when they were growing up! But hey, we can now do whatever we want! Right? We're retired!

                       My husband, Les, received a cocoon-like hammock for Father's Day. Now we take turns resting and relaxing in there. Or sometimes get in at each end!

It's nice just to lay there and look up at the trees and sky....

And we also spend time on our pontoon, sometimes cruising alone and enjoying the scenery...

And sometimes having a BLAST with the kids and grandkids...

We attend local parades with the family...

And have sleep-overs with our granddaughter who now likes to POSE for photos...

With all the summer relaxation and fun, I've had a hard time fitting in shopping for our upcoming sale over Labor Day weekend! YIKES!

And YET in just one trip I managed  to get some VERY FUN FINDS. I took a road trip with friends to an Estate Sale in a neighboring state. We had a great time and filled the back of the van with treasures! While waiting for the sale to begin, a kind gentleman dressed in bib-overalls and plaid shirt told us all about the history of the family holding the sale. This was a husband and wife, long time residents of this little town. They were now both deceased and had been long time antique collectors. The husband had two brothers who never married but farmed and "back in the day" apparently acted unofficially as the "local bank". Residents would go to them for a loan and they would give it to them with nothing more than a handshake. They always got their money back with interest and became quite wealthy. He had a lot of interesting stories of local folk!...And he was also kind enough to take our photo!

So that has been my summer so, relaxation, boating, grandkids, and Road Trips for treasures. Next up is a little Get-Away for us, Gramma Camp, and LOTS OF SHOPPING for the sale!

And I've kind of been dreaming about getting one of those little vintage trailers to decorate. You know, GLAMPING! We'll see if Les goes for it. His idea of "camping" is more like a Hampton Inn! If you have one of those little things, I'd love to hear about it! Pros, Cons, etc.

Check out our Etsy shop, Gwen And Alma's! I've listed lots more treasures! And be sure to "Favorite" our shop in order to receive updates! I'll be having a Give-Away soon with a Gift Certificate for our shop! You can buy from there and you don't even have to wait for our Hob Nobber sale! But you'll still want to come to our FUN LABOR DAY event for sure!

That's it for now! Be sure and get in lots of family fun and relaxation this summer! We still have 1/3 of the way to go!

Thursday, June 30, 2016


Have you ever read an old vintage magazine? They are actually quite hilarious but also tell you a lot about life back when...

I have a 1935 Pictorial Review Magazine that has some surprising ( at least to ME )  and some maybe "not so surprising" ads and articles in it. This magazine was a popular women's magazine from 1899 to 1939.

One of things that surprised me was that apparently it was popular to gain weight as opposed to wanting to LOSE weight. Here is an ad I found:

The first line says, " Thousands have gained attractive flesh this new easy just a few weeks!" And, "... you can put on pounds of flesh, enticing curves" "Watch skinny limbs round out attractively." "No matter how weak and skinny you may be this marvelous  (product)  ...should build you up in a few short weeks."

Did you know that cigarette use was considered to have health benefits in the past? Even doctors prescribed  them.

And apparently in the 1930's it was popular to want to be like other women.  So in this ad for Camels they listed the many distinguished women who smoke  the more expensive Camels...

Here's a quote in the ad from a Camel smoker, "When I'm a bit tired from a round of gaieties, I find that smoking a Camel really rests me and gives me a new sense of energy."

There were also Cigarette ads for Lucky Strikes and Chesterfields. The cigarette ads were the biggest taking up whole pages.

There were also many ads for constipation, apparently a very common ailment, which seemed to produce crabby women who then affected their family in a negative way.

And there was this ad for Campbells Soup...

...a man calling home telling his wife he is bringing someone home for a "good HOME COOKED dinner"  of Campbell's chicken noodle soup.

So many interesting articles in this magazine giving a glimpse of the hearts and minds of women in the 1930's. Or at least what the media THOUGHT should be important to women...

FYI...This magazine is for sale in my Etsy shop, Gwen And Alma's.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


We often have some quirky things happen at our Hob Nobber sales. I think it's because we're a bit quirky ourselves...

So a guy at our sale comes up to me and says, "There's a chicken coop in someone's driveway  in the neighborhood with a FREE sign on it! I thought you might be interested in it." My first thought was that this was not the kind of neighborhood that usually had chicken coops but then again they are becoming popular everywhere! I told him to talk to Renee about it as she lives in the country, on a farm ( now a non working one ) and it's kind of up her alley.

Renee was all over it! So the guy says, "If you want, I'll take you up there so you can see it." Renee said, "Let's GO!" Now Renee is just getting over  knee replacement surgery and is still hobbling around on a cane. And  no one even KNOWS this guy. But hey, Renee thought, It's a FREE chicken coop! So she hops in his car and off they go!

After a while, when they're not back, we begin to wonder... Should we have just let her go off with some stranger? Was there really a FREE chicken coop in the neighborhood? Why was it taking so long to see this thing?

I was just texting her the message, "R U OK?" when the car appears at the front door and we see Renee and this guy hauling out a giant chicken coop which had been hanging out the back of his car! Whew! She's OK! And this guy DID look pretty he SEEMED like a nice guy...but you never know!

This was a wonderful chicken coop that was built to look like a red barn. So cute! One end had wheels so you could move it around. It was in perfect condition!

A customer offered to buy it but Renee  wanted to keep it. Then one of our group wanted to buy it so she let it go. It went to a good home where it will keep quail.

After our event, and before we began the clean-up process, we had a pot luck in the courtyard of the Plummer House where we held the event. If you are new here and don't know what the Plummer House is look at the "Plummer House Page" listed above.

                                     Here is a photo of some of us at our courtyard picnic.

              We always have great family fun with this event! And make a little money to boot!

UPDATE: Check out the new listings in our Etsy Shop, Gwen And Alma's! After we get 100 items listed, we will have a GRAND OPENING including a Give-Away! I say, "we" because my husband and daughter have joined in the fun! Love having a business with the FAM!

Saturday, June 11, 2016


Our Hob Nobber Spring sale came and went just as fast! We had a blast! Though it was a lot of work we have allowed ourselves to pay others to do things that will help us keep on doing what we love. We have hired two guys to help move us in and then help move us out! That has saved our backs from a lot of wear and tear and possibly joint replacements in the future!

Next I'll probably hire someone to set up and decorate. While this is the fun part for me it is getting to be a LOT to get done in one day!

We only have ONE day in which to set up 7 rooms packed full of treasures. Our children and grandchildren help but it is still a lot!
Not sure why these photos are so fuzzy but after the first shot my camera ran out of "juice" ( gotta check that ahead of time ) and my granddaughter took over. She e-mailed the photos from her camera-phone to me, I downloaded them and then added them here. Something in that process did not work so well...

                                      Anyway, we had a LOT of stuff and sold a LOT!

The rack above is an old vintage shoe rack that is mine but not for sale. But many people TRIED to buy it from me!

                                                    Lots of gorgeous  transferware!!!

                                            We had the winner of our Give-Away arrive early and with her gift certificate in hand was able to shop early before the RUSH of people got in!

                                      The winners turned out to be neighbors of ours!!! I was happy for them!

                                         Stories to tell later of sales  happenings...

                               And we're already gearing up and buying for the next sale!
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