31 March 2010

A Holiday Giveaway with Matthew Mead...

Have you heard the news?

This is an oh, so pretty sample cover for Matthew Mead's latest project!

Head over to Holiday with Matthew Mead to find out how you can win the opportunity to have your blog or online shop mentioned in the magazine. Holiday with Matthew Mead is a  "book-azine" celebrating and offering inspiration for the Christmas holiday season. To be released in October 2010, Holiday is offered via online orders only - in limited quantities - and will not be sold on newsstands. But, by simply following theBUY HOLIDAY MAGAZINE link below their banner, you can reserve your own copy of this beautiful magazine, with guaranteed delivery of the magazine straight to your mailbox! Holiday with Matthew Mead is144 pages of holiday inspiration with well-known and admired designers, bloggers and top-notch features, printed on beautiful paper and not drowning in ads!
Now, head on over for your chance to win!

What fun!

: )

Julie M.

ps  Don't forget...my 100th Follower Giveaway ends tonight!  You have until midnight pdt to enter to win a boxed set of four Rosanna Soda Fountain milkshake cups.  Just click here for more details.

23 March 2010

Blessed Assurance...

Proverbs 3:5-6

: )

Julie M.

Ma Cuisine, Week II ~ The Little Hutch and 100th Follower Giveaway!

On one of my first visits to my friend Thelma's antique shop, I had my name put on the back of a lovely cupboard which her dear sister, Penny, used to display linens.  Years past, and the day finally came when it was time for me to pick up my new hutch.

This isn't it.

This is the little hutch which Penny and her husband John were wheeling into the shop...to fill the void left by the linen cupboard...which was already loaded in their rig... about to head to my home.

Just as they placed the maple lovely in its niche and stood back and looked at their progress...I saw it and said, 


"I'll take that one too."

(Like The Little Big Hutch, it was solid maple...so they were asking $75 for it)


unlike the little big hutch...

I actually took some "before" pictures...well, at least of the bottom half...

Like this one...

The side had a zig zag of scratches...I had to patch those...but I'll be getting into the nitty gritty details of my kitchen makeover...another day.

So, once again,

in the meantime....

...here's my little breakfast hutch.

It sits just across the doorway to the family room...from the little big hutch.

a closer look

Just a little cleaning, sanding, prepping, staining, priming, semi-glossing, waxing, buffing...and here she is!  I changed the wooden knobs out for some thrifty finds.  

The milk can was my daddy's...in fact, I have a matching pair.  He kept cat food in them when I was little.  Well...for all I know there might still be cat food in em'.  We plopped a couple of cushions on top and used them for extra seating during his 50th birthday party in 1991...and haven't been able to open em' since...

: p


See that red box on top of the can?

Yeah, it's fully loaded.  Sara, you should love this...

It's an old ammo box...a thrifty find which I found for about $3.99 and filled with milk bottles from the bungalow my mom and I rescued and moved.  I've yet to clean the bottle tops I found elsewhere in the cellar...so, some Kitchenaid replacement parts are doing the trick for now.  

They fit perfectly.

Quite a few $3.99 finds can be found here....

The pitcher ~ GW

Espresso Cups ~ Starbucks
(not including the lids...that's another story)

The Chantal teapot on the right was a lovely Christmas gift this year.  (Thank you Ari and Jeannie!)

I found a friend for it...the teapot on the left ~ The Salvation Army  


The red rimmed canister set ~ I can't remember where I bought it..but I love it.  I use the tins to store various flavors and brands of protein bars, tea, cocoa, wassail, and mulling spices.  Mmmmm...

I found the sweet vintage candles at an estate sale down the road.

The fruit bowl ~ Starbucks $39.95

I got it for $3.99

: )

I inherited the Swedish clock from my grandparents...

...along with this little hand-painted plaque...which is also from Sweden, via Daytons.

The original price sticker is still attached to the back.  It was around $1.14.

Fringey plaid tote ~ GW 25 cents

I found the pup apron last summer at an estate sale up the hill.  I bought the little dotted one the other day from an octogenarian who used to own a tea room.  She said that she is 25th in line to the throne of her Scottish clan.  One of my great great grandfathers shares her maiden name...so, that's fun.


...what else....

Did I forget anything?

Would you like to know where the top of the hutch was when that "before" picture was taken?

It was on loan to The Little Red Shop

After a mad fit of inspiration one night...(pre kitchen make-over)...I painted the top and used it for a wee soda fountain display.

A set of Rosanna Sweet Dreams Ice Cream bowls...just like the ones in the lower left-hand corner, will be headed to Pennsylvania soon.

Thanks again to everyone who participated and left such sweet comments!!!


What's next?

Did you notice the set of milkshake glasses up in that picture from the shop?

I'm having a 100th Follower Giveaway in honor of ya'll!  I appreciate you so much!!!  The winner will receive one boxed set of 4 Rosanna Soda Fountain Milkshake Glasses!

The inside of each glass is a different color!





Just in time for Spring!

Now, since this is a giveaway to celebrate reaching my 100th follower...

...you must be a public follower to enter.

old or new

: )

Here's the scoop...

1.  To become a follower of my blog...you can find the link in the sidebar.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

2.  Leave a comment under this "100th Follower Post."

3.  You will receive more chances to win if you link back to my blog post about this giveaway with a post on your own blog, Twitter, or Facebook.  Then please come back and let me know about your link.  

This giveaway ended on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at midnight pacific time.  I'll be announcing the winner soon!

Thank you!!!

Click here to read last week's post about the little big hutch.

: )

Julie M.

Furniture Feature Fridays


22 March 2010

Sweet Dreams...

I'm just an old-fashioned girl...

...in a high-tech world.

Congratulations, Roeshel!

Thank you so much to everyone for participating in my first solo giveaway!  I'm really enjoying visiting your blogs AND because of your amazing sweetness and encouragement....I am planning on announcing my 100th follower giveaway later tonight!

So, please come on back to hear all about that...and to see...

: )

Julie M.

17 March 2010

The Farm Chicks' Antiques Show 2010

I received a little something lovely in my inbox today!

New blog buttons for the big show!

Thank you, Serena

Will you be attending?

I hope to be back from a midwestern junkin' and family history hunting trip just in time.

Last year was a blast!  Click here and here to see the fun things I found and read all about my visit to The Farm Chicks' Antique Show.

What fun!

: )

Julie M.

ps  I've added a new "Upcoming Events" feature to my sidebar.  I hope to make it to more shows this year.  Maybe I will see you there...

pps  You have until this Sunday, March 21st to enter my Sweet Dreams ~ 100th Post Giveaway!

Saint Patrick's Outdoor Wednesday!

Please don't pinch the Julie.

I'm Irish.

My mom's 3rd paternal great grandfather, Benjamin, was born in Ireland in 1788 and passed away in Mason, Illinois in 1845.  So, as far as my parents' names are concerned...I'm maternally Irish and paternally Swedish.  (and I just realized that I'm talking to you all...out loud...writing this post using a fine brogue...go figure that.)

So, do I have to wear green today?

: )

Are you?

I wish you all a lovely Saint Patrick's Day, but I think you might be wondering..."What exactly does this post have to do with Outdoor Wednesday."

Well, I'll tell ya.

It's still looking mighty brown around these parts...so, I thought I'd share a little green from year's past with you...in honor of what's soon to come.

(Now, I just visualized the hunky, wavy-haired  guy in the lush glade...wearing the cable knit sweater with a big smile...and a bar of soap.  Didn't you???)

A sweet surprise... 



and a wee bit of gold.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day, everyone...and Happy 62nd Outdoor Wednesday!  

You still have until Sunday to enter my Sweet Dreams ~ 100th Post Giveaway.  To enter, just leave a comment on my  giveaway post.  Followers will receive and extra entry...as will those who post about the giveaway on their own blogs, Twitter, or Facebook and then link back to my blog post about the giveaway...and let me know.

Thank you!

Best wishes!

: )

Julie M.

15 March 2010

Sweet Dreams ~ The Little Red Shop's 100th Post Giveaway!

Hello, dear readers,

I've been a bit preoccupied...even a tad stingy, one might say.  So, now that I've reached my 100th post...I thought it was about time that I stepped up to the plate....or rather, the plates...and started sharing more of my projects with you!

So, without further ado...

Welcome to one little corner of my in-between kitchen.

The Little Big Hutch

Beautifully built by Moosehead of Monson Maine, I found this hutch a few years ago at Goodwill for $150.00.  I generally don't pay that much for my thrift store finds...but knew that this was just the piece needed for my kitchen.  What I absolutely cannot believe, however, is that I didn't take any before pictures...when it was brown...and covered in stickers...and the biggest brass Chippendale hardware I've ever seen.  I replaced those lovelies with knobs, and pulls (which needed to be a special size) from Restoration Hardware.  They ended up costing almost about as much as the hutch!  It was and still is missing the farthest right pane of glass.  I'll replace it at some point...but for now, it works to house part of my cookbook collection.  (My daddy was a foodie and founding partner in a smorgasbord restaurant chain with his dad.)  I did catch a few snaps mid-restoration of my completely...... gross.....100 year old kitchen.  I captured all sorts of lovely shots of the degrossification process...but that is a post for another day.

In the meantime....

Here's Georgie,

Hey there, George.

I then turned the cupboard and used it to block the newly reopened entrance to the kitchen from the parlor...to keep out the wee furry ones.

That worked well.

Rest assured, dear reader, the degrossification process included disinfecting the cupboards prior to replacing the doors and drawers.  

Now, where were we...

Yes, that's the spot.


Doesn't everyone keep their rolling pins in a crock in a cage???

Here's what happened...I washed the crock then set it in the wire baskets I had found for a few at The Salvation Army...just in case the crock wasn't completely dry.  I then moved onto other projects.

And I actually kinda like it.

The crock was my daddy's...the waffley pin is from Sweden...via my great grandmother, Beda.  

All right, back up to the bird's eye view....

No, not that one....

(I found the wee bluebird at a farm tag sale down the road for 25 cents.  The teacup wall pocket was found at a thrift store for about the same...as was the little rooster spice box.  It came as a set of 3 with a little shelf.  The recycled glass blue heart was a birthday gift from one of my oldest school friends.)

This one...

The goldfinch figurine, cachepot and little spice cupboard were part of my grandparents' collection from their travels.  The cachepot is signed and numbered and came with matching sconces...which were on either side of the china cabinet in my grandparents' dining room.  I found the Bakelite steak knives whilst out junking...and the Andersens' Pea Soup crock was my dad's.

The picnic baskets were more great junking finds.  I saw the red one in the back of Goodwill and snapped it up for only $5.99.  The other two were about $7.99 each.  They are wonderful for holding cookie cutters and cake decorating supplies.  What do you think I should keep in the little fruit bedecked "faux basket" tin?

I have a thing for bowls.

I just love them.

The ruffle edged plates are Tracy Porter, from Target.

The large blue and white bowl is from Portugal...another thrift store find.

Time for dinner?

This wee bell is from my grandparents' kitchen.  It has a little smiley face painted on its other side.

I love aprons too.  I have a few from my mom's collection...but these aren't them.  The sweet swirly rack was a gift from my eldest brother, the scrapper.  It was one of his cool free finds.  I recently purchased the pretty plate second hand for $2.99.  I have similar plates from my childhood home...but they are waiting for the plastering, painting, and hammering to stop before they are put up for display.


Now, what was I saying about bowls???

I really love them.

I hope that you do.

I hope that you love coffee, chocolate, desserts, and tea too!

In honor of my 100th blog post, I'm having a little giveaway.  The winner will receive one set of Rosanna Sweet Dreams Ice Cream Bowls,  2 robin's egg blue Biscuit dishes from Anthropology, and a set of 4 "A Little Indulgence" cookbooks

Each of the four ice cream bowls comes in a different flavor/color...


Mint (Robin's Egg)



Around the rim of the creamy white inside of each bowl...names of different flavors are "drizzled."

dulce de leche

mocha chip

cookie dough



To top it off, the bowls come in their very own ice cream carton.  Most of Seattle-based Rosanna's lovely award winning dishes come in beautiful boxes.  I carry several designs in my shop.

With all of that sweetness in store for the winner...I thought they should have a couple of little dishes for sprinkles and other toppings too.  Thus, I'm including the two wee footed Biscuit dishes from Anthropology!

Recipes in this "Indulgence" cookbook collection include...

Café Mudslide

Cappuccino Cheesecake

Vanilla Coffee Kiss

White Chocolate Cranberry Pear Pastry

Basic Lemon Bars

Tea Roasted Chicken

Berry Spiced Iced Tea

Frozen Cocoa

Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls...

and so much more!!!

To enter to win my 100th Post Sweet Dreams Giveaway:

Entry to this giveaway is now closed.

1.  Leave a comment under this post.

2.  Become a follower of my blog for a second chance at winning.  You can find the link in the sidebar.

3.  Link back to my blog post about this giveaway with a post on your own blog, Twitter, or Facebook.  Then please come back and let me know about your link.  You will receive a 3rd chance at winning!


4.  If you stopped by my blog today looking for this post and reached an error page..let me know and you will receive yet another chance at winning!  I was jotting down some notes in the middle of the night and inadvertently hit the publish button.  

The giveaway ended Sunday evening, March 21st, 2010 at 5 O'clock pacific time.

Best wishes, everyone!  Thank you so much for your participation and sweet comments!

And welcome to my new followers!  If ya'll can reach 100...I might just have to have another giveaway with some more sweet things from my shop!

: )

Julie M.

To see more show photos, etc...please visit my facebook page, where you can also follow The Little Red Shop, or you can visit us via Pinterest and Twitter.



Click here to read all about my little breakfast hutch in Ma Cuisine ~ Week II.

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