Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mary Kay Andrews "The Fixer Upper" in paperback ~ Giveaway...

"The Fixer Upper"
Mary Kay Andrews
No stranger to Mary Kay Andrews a favorite author of this Hag I anticipate each new books store arrival date and rush out to get my copy of her latest and greatest. All of the books by Mary Kay Andrews seem to capture the ultimate life for a Junk Loving, Antique Shop owner, seeker of the mother load in collectible treasures, fun loving passion, I'm sure you can relate to as much as I. I'm always so amazed as the pages turn the
stories unfold and I wish I was there.
Perhaps, I'm already there just in another Georgia city with so many similar events.
Just released in paperback "The Fixer Upper" is Summer reading at it's best girls. Enjoy the story of Jo Killebrew who is after a political scandal (imagine that) left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless takes up the offer of her father to refurbish Birdsong a Victorian Mansion in Guthrie, Georgia. It's sure to make you yearn for a Victorian mansion of your own.

I have a copy of the newly released paperback awaiting a drawing to be held
July 11 ~ 7:00 p.m. EST. Leave a comment about why you'd like this great book for one chance to win, become a follower of this blog for a second chance to win, post or add a sidebar note on your blog about this giveaway for a third chance to win.
There's more... MKA has partnered up with Little Pink Tools for an amazing sweepstakes with 25 random winners selected to receive the "Fixer Upper" book plus some awesome tools and tool kits from Little Pink Tools. The company donates 10% of their sales to breast cancer research and the tools come with a lifetime guarantee.

Mary Kay Andrews wrote about Little Pink Tools on her blog ~
the link below is all your need to complete to enter the Little Pink Tools Sweepstakes
One of these precious tool kits would make this Hag very happy. I love pink and use so many of the kits contents every day at Vintage Village. I bet every girly could think of a reason to use a pink hammer. Check out their website for yourself or gifts and enter the sweepstakes while you're there.
Looking forward to your comments for your chance to receive this great book as I kick off a month of giveaway's on this little blog.
Happy Summertime Giveaway...♥ one vintage hag
p.s.~ MKA when can we expect your new book? As usual, I can't wait!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Georgia Peaches make the best Cobbler...

Georgia Peaches
make the best snack, jam, pie, cobbler.
Simply stated Yum!
Georgia is the Peach State and I know you've probably heard that folks travel from miles
around to get fresh peaches in our state for all their favorite recipes. Being no exception I can hardly wait for the local open air produce market I frequent to line those bushel baskets up that overflow with these pink flesh juicy fruits.

Nannie got a big basket this week before I made my produce market trip and shared with us.
Of course, David's first question "are you going to make a pie". I tried that once with the supposedly so easy homemade crust and was ready to cry once it was finished. For me crust are not an easy task... I vowed to pick up a store bought crust for my next try, not having one on hand yesterday I made a fresh peach cobbler.
I split the recipe into two baking dishes and calories of course and shared one with a dear friend recovering from recent surgery. Viola, a fabulous dessert.
The recipe I used is oh so simple so I decided to share.

Easy (Super Easy) Peach Cobbler

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
3-4 cups fresh fruit peeled, sliced (peaches, cherries, blueberries etc)

Preheat Oven to 375. Place butter in bottom of deep pan and place in oven long enough to melt the butter. Sift flour, sugar & baking powder. Mix milk and vanilla and whisk into dry sifted ingredients to make a batter. Pour the batter over the melted butter. Add about 3/4 cup warm water and a teaspoon of sugar to the fresh fruit. Pour over the batter. DO NOT STIR. Bake for 30-40 minutes. The butter and dough ingredients will creep through the fruit for a crust on top.

Serve warm with or without Bluebell Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (our favorite)

If the pan I kept had enough left for breakfast you know what I would have had.
Really... luckily it didn't so I had some fresh cantaloupe with a cup of yogurt.

Georgia Peaches in season weighing heavy on peach tree branches. They come in a multitude of varieties that are harvested at various times throughout the summer. O'Henry freestone peaches are amongst my favorite so I will look forward to those overflowing baskets. Yes, another cobbler or maybe I'll make those into the pie my darling husband requested. You can be sure it won't have a homemade crust so hopefully I'll buy one that's a good runner up.

Around any Georgia home this time of year a bowl of fresh grown peaches.

Mine being no exception.

Savoring summer flavors... ♥ ~one vintage hag

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy Daddy's Day Weekend!

It's Fathers Day weekend which gives us so many reasons for celebration.
"Anyone can be a Father ~ It takes someone special to be a Daddy"
Grateful each day that David has been that "Daddy" to our children.
Grateful to have had my Daddy for the years I did ~
now, he's celebrating everyday in heaven.
Celebrate & enjoy your "Daddy"...
they are a rare gift today and one to cherish everyday.
indeed... one vintage hag

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Picnic Basket is a Wonderful Thing...

Summertime is the perfect time for a Picnic...
As I begin planning how to fill my basket this afternoon for our Vintage Village Dealer Cookout I couldn't resist reminiscing about those childhood memories of picnics with my family. I remember a trip once to Callaway Gardens in my Dad's Volkswagon Van (do you remember those?). Amongst our plans for that overnight trip ~ a picnic in the gardens. My Mom had the coolest old picnic basket (note to self, ask her if she still has it) and it was full to the brim with assorted sandwiches, homemade potato & macaroni salad, deviled eggs, a homemade dessert of cookies and lemonade punch. My Nana's creation mixing fresh brewed iced tea with lemonade. Fresh squeezed lemons of course. Funny, what memories become the fondest once you grow up. I'm certain that my offerings today couldn't possibly taste as good as those my Mother offered in her picnic basket and I'm certain they won't be the same contents but I will be baking a dessert and a Fresh Vidalia Onion Casserole that David loves to top his hot grilled burger ~ we'll see how many follow his example this evening.
Tracey Buxton over at "Notes for a Cottage Industry" probably says it best
in her May 2010 post about her love for Vintage Picnic Baskets. We sell these often at Vintage Village ~ something I'm sure that brings out the child in all of us ~ those precious memories make for the just right reason to start a collection for your corner.

I simply love the charm of these old metal picnic baskets hinged lids and usual wood handles. They come in a variety of patterns, sizes and shapes. I have a few antique & junque loving friends that have outstanding collections ~ so when I visit, a pause to enjoy them all stacked as if ready to feed an army if they were all filled.

The older wicker picnic baskets are just perfect too.
The perfect little hideaway for cherished magazines, puzzle books or your sewing needs (not mine of course as I wasn't blessed with the needle & thread gift) and always readily available happy to be opened as I'm sure they all have been countless times in their lives.

A picnic basket is a wonderful thing... enjoying friends, fun & fabulous food
well now that is a wonderful thing too. Looking forward to our cookout picnic in honor of some of the most talented & creative antique and collectible dealers in Metro Atlanta this afternoon.

to picnics and their baskets...
♥ one vintage hag

Saturday, June 12, 2010

It's a Hot One in Atlanta... Parking Lot Sale today at Vintage Village was a huge success ~ Selling on the asphalt always brings special buys...

It's a Hot One in Atlanta
Complete with a Parking Lot Sale on the asphalt today which always brings
out the bargain hunter in us all. I love junkin... we've opened up our sales to public participation when there is space and had 3 additional sellers today that had some cool stuff.
Homemade Brownies, Gingerbread, Pumpkin Bread too. Miss Willie had been baking so she
sold by the slice...YUM! It's a bit dangerous when she comes to our sales, I'm sure we don't want to talk about calories or fat grams but oh, well...
I shopped and worked a little inside... just an overall fun busy day and I left early. Bonus!
This Hag purchased a charming vintage small mantel (it's plain and lovely with all that old character) ~ a vintage pocket watch case, a rhinestone letter A pin, a lovely rose floral vintage curtain panel, some great quality silk roses tied up with lovely old lace, some trailer trash string lights that work of course... (probably my favorite thing, I have an idea... can you tell) I'll take pictures once I use them and share.

Yes, of course I forgot my camera... so these are some past sale pictures just to give you an idea of what our asphalt parking lot sales end up looking like... a junkers paradise for sure.

While sweating in the heat of the sun today my thoughts turned often to
of our Son, Clayton. He is currently stationed at an out of state Army Base
in Officer Candidate School. I'm certain that he is drenched multiple times daily by the sweat from all those runs and PT that I'm sure fill his days and nights. Further, I'm sure his Mom would have gained no sympathy from him merely shopping in the heat of the day. I'm so proud of him and all our service men & women, their service to our country equals freedom.

Friday, June 18 "Flea for all Friday's" (12-5 p.m.) and
"Ahoy Mates, Treasure Shopping with Vintage Village" begins.

Looking forward to another busy week in this our business of bliss.
Until then...
♥ one vintage hag

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Vintage Hag's Present 'Flea for all Fridays"

"Flea for all Friday's"
beginning Friday, June 11, 2010
12:00-5:00 p.m.
if you are an antique dealer, picker, auction hauler, in the antique/collectible/
junk or flea market business... make sure your vehicle has all it's wheels... then
load 'em up... trucks, vans, sport utilities, even a car if you're a great packer & come sell in one of our shaded parking spaces at Vintage Village. Every Friday ~ 12-5 p.m.
No unloading please! Simply sell right out of your ride ~ no extra work. Offer your wares for a "quick nickel" to our customers, dealers, friends & families.
$15 per parking space ~ first come, first serve.

If you're a lover of Antiques/Collectibles/Flea Market Wares/Junk or just plain
treasure ~ come enjoy the lazy days of Summer browsing the selections of wares offered ~ do some shopping. Each Friday beginning June 11 from 12:00-5:00 p.m. on the right side
of our parking lot.

Vintage Village
2229 Scenic Highway
Snellville, Georgia 30078
We're on Facebook & Blogspot
Can't wait to see you Friday...
~♥ The Vintage Hag's

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Bittersweet June Day...

A Bittersweet Day ~ The Fifth of June

6 years ago today my Dad passed away after spending the last 16 days of his
sweet life in the hospital ~ it was a tragic time and seems like only yesterday.
How can it be 6 years have passed.... Living life to it's fullest was something he
made a priority as you can tell from the picture above. Riding the motorcycle for
his Grandchildren ~ a good ole laugh at Lindsey's birthday party at Chuck E Cheese
many years ago.
Life isn't measured by the breaths you take ~
instead by those moments that take your breath away.

So, some much needed time at the Village for me. Some of you know that my Mom
recently spent 17 days hospitalized and ultimately underwent quad bypass surgery ~ 7 different hospital rooms in two different hospitals but is home on the mend and doing great so it was a pleasure for me to get some time to create today.

A new spot ~ full of new idea's, vintage treasures from my favorite honey spots
that just arrived Friday, some fresh posies & herbs added. The best part an early
morning chandelier sale to a regular customer that has a shop in Douglas, Georgia. Yay!

Time to spare taking a few snapshots of other vintage "pretties"
that you know won't last long. But for today, they are ripe for
the picking... come shop~! Is this a fabulous Vintage Dress or what...
perfect with the handmade vintage jeweled hat. Perfect for a summer wedding~!

A fabulous set of Cabbage Majolica plates & salad bowls would have
Peter Rabbit set for a feast ~ they sure would be pretty to dress up your
china cabinet this summer.

Red & White transfer ware is amongst my personal favorite ~ this pitcher is overflowing with vintage charm.

I have a fondness for Old Needlepoint ~ this stool slip covered with a great needlepoint cover in brown with roses is shabby at it's best.

Vintage Doll furniture always has a way of reminding us of our childhood's.

Pretty Black & White Vintage Children's Photo's with an adorable lamp & mirror as the base.

A Needlepoint chair cushion ~ do you have a chair it would fit?

Shabby Vintage Shelf in pink to showcase a vintage rose yard long in a great vintage frame.

Oh, so shabby 3 piece porch set. Table & 2 chairs ~ even a magazine to read while
enjoying your morning coffee.

Fabulous vintage blue cupboard with old glass knobs.

Old ladders are so nice for the screen porch ~ they are great for potted herbs or posies.
Cement pieces always sell fast. I think everyone likes to have a few for outside decor.

The best Red & White China Cabinet I've seen in a while ~ small but perfect.
We'll look forward to seeing you at Vintage Village as much as I've missed being
able to blog... now, that's a ton.
Make plans now for a Summer Junkin' Day.
Until then...♥, one vintage hag