November 7, 2012

Christmas Stocking The Shops

Hello - and yes, I am still alive and kicking!  In fact, I have kicked into high gear  for Christmas!!! It takes a lot of time to get two antique booths ready for Christmas.  I also needed to get my Etsy shop spiffied up for Christmas too.  So...I have been super busy bee!  Everything is still a work in progress, but I am getting there, one burlap stocking at a time!!!

My family has started calling the laundry room, which also serves as my sewing room, the "Sweat Shop"!!! And, that is not far from the truth. I have spent a great deal of time in there lately - mostly working with burlap. Making table runners has become so automatic to me that I think I took a quick nap in the middle an extra long one last night!!!!  I guess I should check my stitching to see if I ran off the road.  : )

Anyway, I am tired, but oh so thankful that I can spend time doing what I love. And, as my favorite holiday draws closer, I am thankful for what it means to me - 
Jesus Christ, our Savior,  was born...

 ... upon this day
To save us all from Satan's pow'r
When we were gone astray. 

The garage, aka the paint shop, has also been no stranger to me.  Annie Sloan and I  have been spending some serious time together out there!  I have been getting some things ready to haul up to "Sisters" at Emma Kate's Cottage in Attalla,  AL.  I share a booth with two of my sister friends, Jan - #4 and Jackie - # 3. We are having a lot of fun. It's a two hour + drive for me, but I am only going every 4-5 weeks.  Jan keeps the place looking great for all of us. Her display abilities outshine mine - she has that magic touch when it comes to staging the booth. I am so glad she is willing to put extra time and work in on my behalf,  but that's just what sisters do, isn't it?  I love them!!!!

 It is breaking my French-lovin' heart
 to part with this beauty!!!

 I love her beautiful embellishments 

 These guys are ready and waiting for the trip
to "Sisters" @ Emma Kate's Cottage

This find at a local thrift store
 makes me smile every time I see it

Christmas stockings to stock the shops

 If any of you happen to be traveling through Alabama on I-59, about an hour North of  Birmingham, you will find the sleepy little town of Attalla.  Sleepy, yes, but a haven of antique stores and junk shops are located there.  In fact, it is only a couple of minutes from the end of the "Longest Yard Sale" that ends in Gadsden, AL. Next year, plan to drive down the mountain, and look up Emma Kate's Cottage.  You'll be glad you did.

If it's as cold where you are as it is here, make some hot chocolate and snuggle up with someone you love tonight!  That's exactly what I am going to be doing!!!




  1. wow, Rhonda, you really HAVE been busy. that French piece is amazing! what fun you must be having with your sisters!!

  2. Rhonda, you have been busy. I know your booths looks fantastic. Wish I lived close enough to shop there.......Sarah

  3. that little kitty is so charming and that chest of!

  4. Rhonda, I love the chest and the cute kitty. Thanks for linking to the Open House party.

  5. Oh, wow! It's got to be heartbreaking to part with that chest. It's a beauty for sure.

    I understand exactly how busy you are. I would almost kill for a day of lying on the couch and watching TV. Guilt free. That's the key. Guilt free.

  6. Rhonda,
    Well...I was just thinking about you tonight and look who showed up on my blog list:) Sounds like you have been a busy that french piece and your beautiful stockings. I hope to make it to Attalla one day. I sure hope we get a good coach and at the same time a GREAT man (if you know what I mean). Enjoy your fire with your love one:) I am off to soak in my tub after a long day of painting merchandise.


  7. Hi Rhonda!
    Nooooo way would I part with that frenchy dresser! What a cutie patootie!! But if you have to.... I hope you get BIG money for it! *winks* That kitty is darling! And I'm putting Attalla on my bucket list. Every year I dream of going to the worlds longest garage sale and it hasn't happened yet, but it will! Vanna

  8. That chest is stunning, Rhonda! I love it! Your stockings are beautiful. I want one! : ) I don't know how you do it. I am having a hard time just keeping up with one market I am doing and my Etsy shop, while trying not to let my house and laundry go to pot.

  9. Just beautiful Rhonda and how blessed you are to have such great friends. That is the true treasure!:) Thanx for coming to party!:)


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