Wednesday, November 18, 2015


GWEN AND ALMA'S is now open!!!

I am over the top excited to offer these items for sale online in my new Etsy Shop! If you've been a customer of our Hob Nobber occasional sales, now you will be able to shop all year round!

I'm just starting out with a few items but will be adding more every day until close to Christmas. My shop will be offering vintage decor, Rustic Farmhouse style wares, and Scandinavian finds.

Stop by my blog here often as I will be posting things that I'm selling on Etsy! Find something for yourself or a Christmas gift for the vintage lover on your list. Shown here are the first 10 items listed!

First item listed is this vintage Big Ben Westclox USA alarm clock. This very cute rustic looking clock would look sweet in your vintage decorated home.

Next is this set of 4 Swanky Swig vintage juice glasses. With gold and yellow flowers and their green stems they will brighten any breakfast table.

                                You're going to love this beautiful vintage Flow Blue dish.

I love this awesome vintage Ironstone English Johnson Brothers Chamber Pot. This would look sweet with a boxwood wreath tucked into it.

                                     How about a vintage Reynolds floral arranger?

                                          Below is a cute Fire King child's mug...

And just in time for Christmas I am offering a set of four vintage Christmas cookie cutters. They are in great condition so still could be used for making cookies. But they would also be cute as Christmas tree ornaments or gift package decor. They all have red or green wood handles.

                     I am offering this antique porcelain Marbury Dipper with wood handle...

                                ... And this  rustic, primitive grain scoop.

                       Pictured below is a David Anderson Norwegian 830 Silver Spoon.

                         So there you have the first of my Etsy shop treasures! As I mentioned, I will be adding more daily and picturing them here. So check back often! I'm sure you'll find something for someone on your Christmas list! See something you like? Then hop on over to Gwen and Alma's on Etsy and get it now!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


"Once you start practicing being grateful and thankful for things, people, events, you may notice that you start to attract more positive things, people, and events into your life."  Stephanie Conkle, Happy Person, Happy Life

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. If you haven't decided what you are going to have for a table centerpiece I have some suggestions for you. Oh sure you could always buy a ready-made floral bouquet for $50 or more can be creative and put together a simple yet stylish, and yes, inexpensive centerpiece. Here are 7 ideas to get your creative juices going:

If your table and guest list is small this lovely Fall centerpiece would be perfect for your table. The flowers can be purchased inexpensively at the grocery store (and there may even be some flowers left over ) and add the other elements on your own. Start collecting those acorns now. I can picture this on any Fall colored tablecloth.

 This centerpiece would  be perfect for an informal or rustic-look  table. I love the old wooden box.

                        How easy would this be? I love the natural look provided by the wheat.

 This was probably set for a wedding but would look great on your Thanksgiving table as well. Simple evergreens, candles, burlap table runner and tree slices.

                   Love this hurricane lamp and candle with some bittersweet and faux leaves. If you have a long table you could have two or three of these in the center.

Pumpkins, candles, and bittersweet... a warm and pretty collection of Fall favorites.

Pine cones are easy to find right now and they're free! Can't beat that! Pile them in a wooden bowl and add hurricane lamp and candle.

All you need is a little inspiration, some natural Fall goodies and  a few things you have on hand.  Made-on-your-own-centerpieces add creativity and inspiration to your Thanksgiving table. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015


It has been a long time coming but I'll be ready to open my new Etsy store next Wednesday, November 18th. The name of my store is  named after my two grandmothers...

                                                           Gwen And Alma's


While Hob Nobbers is a group effort of Karen, Renee,  and I, along with our families, my Etsy store is a business that I am doing on my own. Our Hob Nobber occasional sales will continue over Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, though so don't worry! My new Etsy store will just allow you to shop year round!

Gwen and Alma both have Scandinavian backgrounds and grew up on farms so I will be featuring rustic farmhouse wares, vintage Scandinavian treasures, as well as other vintage items.

Check out my Gwen And Alma's page to see what will be for sale next week. Pictured below are some things that will be posted for sale at a later date. You can contact me if you are local and would like to purchase an item.

Vintage Tray

Rustic Primitive Scoop
Several Vintage Christmas Tablecloths. Everyone needs at least one!

                                 AND LOTS MORE...JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!

                    Also check out my Craigslist site where I have the following for sale:

Difficult to find vintage dress form. If you use this for decor, you can pull off the knitted outer lining and it has a lovely patina and rustic look underneath. Great also for display of vintage dress wear and jewelry.

           And because both Grandmas had cottages on lakes I'm listing beach chairs! Find them also on my Craigslist listing...( Rochester, Mn, Antiques )

Perfect vintage beach chairs,  the original canvas is still in good condition but can always be easily replaced later. These would look sweet in front of any lake home or cabin or even in your own backyard. Great gift idea for anyone who loves vintage also!

     REMINDER:   Be sure and check out my Gwen and Alma's page above just under the header! These will be for sale next week!

Our admiration of the antique is not  admiration of the old, but of the natural.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, November 13, 2015


Recently I went to an auction out of town. I bid on and won a "lot" of miscellaneous pieces of pottery. There were actually a lot of people at the auction but this photo was taken early before the auction began. My husband and I enjoy auctions though they DO take up a lot of time. You have to sit through the bidding of a lot of things you don't want until they get to the things that you do want. Sometimes we have spent a whole day at auctions. The auctioneers at most places we've been to are entertaining and fun! Not the "all-serious" auctions you might see on TV. ; )  

One of the pieces we "won" was this wonderful mustard-yellow Frankoma Cornucopia. Auctions speak in terms of "winning"something  instead of "buying"something. Guess it makes you feel like you actually won something. The idea behind it is that you have "won" the bid!

 Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner I decided to offer this for sale now ( for local pick-up only unless you really twist my arm to mail this to you ) so someone could enjoy it for Thanksgiving. Only available on Hob Nobbers right here, right now! This would look amazing filled with mini pumpkins or other Fall decor. It is in great condition with no chips or cracks.

                             Leave a comment if you are interested. I am selling this for $10. 


Thursday, November 12, 2015


Is it your turn to host Thanksgiving dinner but you need to do it on a budget? You can create a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, set a stylish table and do it all on a budget. Listed here are five ideas to get you started...

Remember that this holiday is centered around family, food, and giving thanks. Keep your focus on those things and your Thanksgiving celebration will be a great success!

1) PLAN AHEAD  AND ASK FOR HELP     Simply planning ahead will help you keep costs down. Give yourself time to look for coupons to use. Set the menu and ask family members to bring a dish to share. Tell everyone this meal is going to be like the first Thanksgiving when everybody brought food to share. Make a list of the dishes you want people to bring and then ask each person which one they would like to make. People really do like to bring things to share and be a part of the preparations.

2) DECORATE THE TABLE WITH NATURAL DECOR        You don't need to purchase elaborate centerpieces. Simple natural beauty can be found right outside your door and will "wow" your guests with your creativity. Look for pine cones, tree branches, acorns, evergreen, and leaves. Find inspiration on Pinterest for ideas on using what nature offers in abundance. Use these natural elements that are free for the taking and  containers you already have. You can put together simple and yet elegant centerpieces they can be made to look like you spent a fortune!

3) SET UP FOOD BUFFET STYLE      Find a place, whether you have a buffet or counter, where you can set up the food buffet style. Create a pretty buffet by adding pieces of  natural decor. In the photo below notice the plates set on the chair. Simple and  yet stylish in a relaxed way.


4)  PLACE CARDS     It helps to have seating arranged ahead of time and adding simple place cards  can do the trick. You can print names on paper and add evergreen or just print names on leaves. Costs next to nothing and adds to the decor.

5) GIVING THANKS     It doesn't cost anything to make sure giving thanks is a part of your celebration. Let the kids get involved and have them go around and ask everyone to write down on a cut- out- leaf what they are thankful for. Hang them on tree branches that you have put in a vase.


             What ideas do you have on how to host a stylish Thanksgiving Dinner on a budget?


Monday, November 9, 2015


 "Nothing great has ever been achieved except by those who dared to believe that something inside them was superior to circumstances."    Bruce Barton
I have a few more items that I didn't list in the last  post of my finds...Some are for sale now...

 For some reason I'm attracted to Folk Art. I found this folk art guy at a going-out-of-business antique store. I gave him the name, Beau Eddie. When you hold the handle on the base and bounce it up and down, Beau's arms and legs bend and flail, dancing all around.

 I found the cookie cutters and vintage Christmas ornament ( one of 10 ) at an Estate Sale.I will post a photo of the other ornaments later!  I am going to  sell these in my Etsy store after Thanksgiving but if you would like to buy them now let me know before I list them and I will sell them to you. The vintage ornaments and cookie cutters are great for adding vintage decor in your home or even to add as a sweet decoration/extra gift on your Christmas packages!

This sweet Victorian tray I won on an online auction and will be for sale at our Spring Sale 2016. I love the green border and delicate handles.

        I purchased the following clock at an out of town auction. It will be for sale in the Spring.

                             These swanky swig glasses will be going in my Etsy store also..

                               And this flow blue dish will be for sale in my Etsy store as well.

                                                     Another Etsy item...this chamber pot

I'm still listing things on Etsy so it is not open YET but will be sometime this month! I will announce the GRAND OPENING date soon so be watching for it!

Friday, November 6, 2015


Some of you have already found my new blog, THE BALANCED LIFE! On this new blog I will be writing about many topics including: the mind-body connection, simplifying, organizing, finding beauty in every day life, creativity, serenity, and MORE!

Right now I am in the middle of a FREE online workshop entitled, "Live Your Dream Life NOW"!

 It will be an 8 week course with one session weekly on Mondays. Each Monday I will have an assignment for you to do during the week on your own. Each session will follow the previous one so they need to be done in order. There is still time to sign up and finish the first assignment but you'll need to hurry! Next Monday is the last day to sign up and be eligible for the Give Away!

The Give-Away items pictured below are treasures for your MIND ( The Calm Coloring Book ), BODY ( Lavender scented French Triple Milled Bath Soap ), AND SPIRIT ( Gratitude Journal ).

A Random Generator will pick the winner and be announced on Tuesday of next week! You must subscribe to the blog to be signed up for the Give-Away! I would love to have you join us! If you just want to follow along and not be entered, you can do that also!  

To find my blog go here. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015




I just wanted to share with you a fun paisley dessert set that belonged to my Grandmother. Remember the paisley clothes way back when? Well, I'm bringing it back...this time in China! It is Lefton China and I have a set of 8...perfect for a small group gathering for tea/coffee and dessert. 

The plate is a sweet shell shape...

And look what I found much later....

... Matching tea bag holders at an Estate Sale! Woot Woot! 

 You just never know what you are going to find so keep looking! Well, to be honest I wasn't even looking for these! I didn't know they even existed so imagine my surprise and delight when I found them. They were kind of pricey, if I remember correctly,  but I had to have them of course. They matched a set I already had! Helllooo!! But there were only two so now I'm on the lookout for more...hopefully at a more reasonable price! Let me know if you find inexpensive ones!

OK so the other night was Halloween and since we live in an out of the way mansion ( see Plummer House page)  and all the neighborhood kids that we knew have grown up and moved away, we don't get many trick or treaters. So only one group of three kids showed up! They were surprised when I came to the door and realized someone actually lived here! It was three teens with guitars wrapped up in lights ( the guitars were wrapped in lights, not the teens ) and I couldn't tell what exactly they were wearing so I asked if they were "minstrels". They looked at me like they didn't know what I was talking about so I gave them some candy and asked if they would sing a tune for me. The two with guitars started playing and singing....and playing and singing....and playing and singing until the third one waved her hand and said, "OK, that's enough."Actually they were very good! I applauded, gave them more candy for the impromptu concert and asked if I could take their picture. It was dark, and they must have moved, or maybe I moved,  so the picture didn't turn out very well but here they are...I had to put it on here because I told them I was going to...and I'm not going to lie.

And now, if you've read this far and you're still with me...Grab your cuppa tea and head over to my new blog, The Balanced Life, and join in on my FREE online workshop entitled, "Live Your Dream Life NOW". You can find it HERE. 

It started Monday and you still have this week to sign up and get started on the first assignment. You also might want to read the intro on the previous post of that blog so you know a bit about it. And BONUS: There is a Giveaway involved for those who subscribe! So hop on over and subscribe! 
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