Friday, March 24, 2017

Tom T Hall Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine

Stay Tuned!!! Pictures, of The 'Living' Estate Sale...Coming Soon!!!

Miss. Scarlett, and The Owner's...Wonderful....Hounds! <3 <3 <3
Pippa, Keera...and Nina.
<3
The Hounds are...quite, Elderly...
and, soooo....Sweet. <3 : )
I've been helping care for them...
they, are.... Priceless. <3
It was warm enough...today, for them to 'Play'...outside. : )
{I played with them....more, than I should have...with, so Much...yet, to get done.
but...
: )
'Old Dogs...and Children.....'  <3
They....are 'Priceless'. <3  }
I had Hoped...to have many images, for you...by now, for this Sale.
{April 6 thru 9 }
but...
much like...'the rabbit hole', this House...is like a Vortex!
: )
{It's over...ten times...the size, of 'the rabbit hole'. }
: ) 
There is Much...to get Done, before I can post...many images.
We're getting Close.
: )
{It's coming together.....Beautifully. : ) }
{Thanks, to some Wonderful...Friends, and Family. <3 }
so...
Stay Tuned!!!
and, plan to Attend.
: )
Love, to ya...
Barb C. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Images from The April 6 thru 9 Estate...in Cedar Rapids. Keep scrolling down, as I'm posting several posts...over weeks, for this Event!

Here are a few more images, of The April 6 thru 9...Sale.
I'll be adding more...as I can.
These are just...tiny...little snippets.
There are Toys...from the 1950's through the early 2000's. 
Many...from the 1980's...on up...New, in their packages, and boxes....many...never opened.
{Boys and Girls...Toys. }
There is Much...Clean...Like New....'Household'...Items.
The Billiard Table...is a Brunswick, restored...from the 1800's. 
The Fixtures, above it...are from the early 1900's, made for this Billiard Room.
Granddaughter, Miss. Scarlett, came to help...unpack...the other day.
We found some Amazing...Hand Decorated Eggs. 
Dozens and Dozens.
along with...Dozens and Dozens...of Unusual, blown Eggs, that haven't been decorated.
There is Much...'Modern'...as well, as...'Vintage'...throughout this 'Living' Estate.
Several sets of Wicker, and Iron...Garden Furniture.
Lot's of Craft Items, Paint...Tools...never used Photo Albums...and Frames, for Projects.
There are more...Beautiful, Tea Sets...than I can count...tonight. : )
Several sets of Silverware...
Clothes...Bedding...Linens...
Bicycles...Pet Supplies...Christmas Items...Paintings...Tools, some...{many} brand new....
still in their packages.
Sewing and Craft...items.
The House...is FULL.
Beyond.
All of the Furniture, sells. 
There are Many....Lovely....Rugs.
Room Size, Runners....and everything in between.
Loads of Records...Books, {Cook Books, Gardening...etc. New, and Vintage. }
Everything...is Very...Nice. 
Lots.....and Lots...of 'Everything'.
: )
Make plans to attend, this Sale...all 4 days. : )
You won't see it All...in one trip. : ) 
Stay Tuned!
Barb C.

This is the Plate, on The Billiard Table. 





This is an 'Old Hickory' Set, that belonged to the Owner's Parents.
It's...Mint. : )

Miss. Scarlett going through some of the Vintage, Handmade...Gowns. <3

This set...is on the second floor, 'Outside'...Balcony.
Scarlett Loved...this area. : )
High Above...the Ground....
She helped me take covers off of the Sets.
then... when we were done... we had to go back out, several times...to enjoy...the Beautiful...View. : )
{I enjoyed watching her, as much...as she enjoyed...The 'Porch'. }

I...think, she'd like to stay...here. : ) <3

We had fun...looking, and sorting... these Beautiful...Hand Decorated Eggs.


Just a few... of the Tea Sets.
{There are Many...More. }

Lots of Lace Tablecloths, Linen...Damask...and, so on.  

This is a gathering...of the Owner's Toys...from when he was little. : )
There are Many...Toys.
Dolls.....of All Kinds...many, still in their original boxes.
Barbie's ....Vintage, and Newer....with Clothes...along with Many....Accessories.
Cabbage Patch....Dolls, from the mid 1980's....never opened.
Many...Annette Himstedt Dolls..... in their boxes.... only 'opened' to examine....
As soon as we get the Rooms 'Set'...I'll be taking more images.


Budweiser Collectibles.
There are Many.


My Little Helper....
: ) : ) : )
<3 <3 <3
Miss. Scarlett, Celebrated her 6th Birthday, today. <3
Tomorrow, is her Surprise Party. : )
so...we won't be working. : ) <3


Monday, March 13, 2017

Working Away... at The April 6 thru 9...'Living' Estate Sale. I'll be posting often. Keep scrolling down, to earlier posts to see All.

There is Soooo Much, to do.
It will be days, before I can show 'Completed Rooms'...in The 'Mansion'.
I've worked, non stop...for several days...in just 2 rooms.
The Dining Room, and The Veranda.
The Veranda, is enclosed...and heated, with it's Own... Large...Beautiful...Cast Iron Radiator. : )
 The Veranda, measures about 24...something...feet, by, around 20 feet.
It will be 'set'...with the overflow...from the Dining Room...with
Garden Furniture, and...some, of the Vintage Wicker...sets.
There are Many...8 and 12 piece 'Complete' sets of Beautiful...Vintage Dinnerware.
{Much, is Noritake...}
Many Sets...of Crystal Stemware.
Dozens...of Vintage, 'Perfect'...Tea Sets.
{'Just'...packed in The Dining Room. }
If someone...has a B&B, {Many....'Someones'}
You won't want to Miss...this Event. : )
There are Many Sets...of Royal Albert....in 'just', the Dining Room.
{Much More...throughout }
The Kids...came and Hauled Butt...on Saturday!
They Moved Mountains!
There are Many...Yet...to be Moved. : )
These Folks, who resided here...liked Beautiful....Things.
: )
Lots...
of them. : )
This...Home, like the ones...last Fall....will be sold down to the walls.
This isn't a 'Moving', or 'Downsizing'... Sale.
Everything....Goes.
The 'Living' owner, has a Fully Furnished Home....in Arizona.
This, is going to be a Big....Sale.
The Home, 
{I call it a 'Mansion'... 
It has a Servants Staircase. It's 5000 square feet. 
Has a Billiard Room, on the Third Floor. {with an 1860's Billiard Table. : ) }
The Home was designed by the same Architect...that designed 'Brucemore' Mansion, 
in Cedar Rapids.
Yet, it feels, warm... and Homey. : ) 
It was built, for a Czech immigrant, 'businessman', who had a Large Business....in Cedar Rapids...during the early 1900's.
 The President, of Czechoslovakia, spent much time...in this 'Home', in the early 1900's.
My Maternal Grandfather, also...immigrated from Czechoslovakia...in the early 1900's. 
He was a Farmer. <3 
This, 'Home', touches my heart. : ) <3 }
Here are a few...images.
There will be more, {many}....when I get things...arranged. : )
{oh...dear. : ) <3 
Pray...for me!!! <3 }
Took this image...of a Doe, standing out on the Lawn.
I was coming down the staircase....from the third floor, and saw a Large...Doe, standing beside a tree.
She had two Fawns....not far, from her.
<3
This Home...sits on a couple of acres...or, so...high, on a hill...in the middle of Cedar Rapids.
I, never knew it existed.


This Demitasse Set... is from France....over 40 years ago.
 Never used.
Simply...Beautiful.
Sets....and sets...
and...
Sets.
: )
{all, from 'one'....room. }



Beautiful...'Things'
in Beautiful...'Places'. 
Make plans, to attend.
It's...'beyond'.
: ) 
Love, to ya...
Barb C.

I was so tired...when I gathered myself...up, to leave the 'Mansion'....tonight.
: (
but, then....I looked up.
 : )
I, had to take a picture...of this Amazing...Fixture.
<3
oh...my.
The Work...that went into This...Home.
 : )
I, have a feeling....
that, I'm not the only one....who has felt 'Tired'...when they walked out of these doors...
at the end of the day.
<3
There's been some Amazing....Craftsmen...
Walk These Floors.
I, 'Knew'...and Loved...an Amazing... 'Hard Workin' 'One'...
myself. : )
I Recognize... 'Artists'...'Work'. : ) <3


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Estate Tag Sale... on the Calendar! April 6, 7...8 and 9!!!

This, will be a Wonderful Sale!
This Early, 1900's Home, in Cedar Rapids...
is, Beautiful.
It's Three Stories...plus, a Finished Basement.
Packed....Full. 
: )
There is Everything.....from Sets...and Sets...of Fine China....to barely used, modern tools.
{some, never used. }
Beautiful Clothes, Shoes...Household...
even, items for Children....and Teens! : )
Vintage, and like New....Toys. : )
Lovely...Furniture, 
Interior, Patio, and Garden.
Artwork...to Linens.
Just, did a 'walk through'....yesterday.
There is MUCH....and, once we get Everything pulled out, I'll be posting Many...Many...Images.
{There is an Amazing..Vintage, Billiard Table, on the Third Floor. }
This is a 'Living' Estate Sale.
The Owner, is moving to a Fully Furnished...Retirement Home, in Arizona.
Everything...in This, Beautiful...Iowa, Home...Goes!
We'll be running this Sale, for 4 Days!!!
It's a Big One!!!
: )
I've never done a 'Sale'...this Diverse.
Modern, {like New}...to Very...Old. : )
The House, itself, is....Over the Top. <3
The Architect, that designed, Cedar Rapids' Historic 'Brucemore'...
also, designed this Home. 
It's a Treasure, and...for Sale. : )
Karen, the Realtor, will be in attendance for the entirety of The Sale...
for those, whom are interested!!!
{She's Great!!! : ) }
The House will Not be Open, for 'Showings'...until April 6th. 
: )
We're gonna Sell'er Down....to The Walls!
Making room, for The Next....'Family'...to share decades, 
of 'Their' lives, here. 
: )
Make Plans...to Attend!
Love, to ya...
Barb C,

Below, are a few...pictures...'Snippets'... of two small portions, of two rooms.
This...is the Tip... of the Iceberg. 
: ) 







Saturday, March 4, 2017

Leave it...to 'Alice'...to solve The Hatter's Dilemma.


Thanks, so Much...to Everyone, who shared their thoughts, about...
'To Paint'...
or,
'Not'.
The 'Not' Folks...won, by a Landslide!!!
Alice... {Friend, Shannon...dressed as 'Alice' at The Rabbit Hole's Tea Party }
saw, the image...of the Beautiful, old...Secretary...shortly, after I posted it, here.
I held for her...until, she stopped by, yesterday...to take a closer look.
She thought, it would match her Grandmother's Side Board...and Table.
It does!
So, she's going to buy it...'As Found'. <3
She's not...going to paint it. 
She, also...brought me a picture, from a recent Magazine, that has a similar one, painted white.
: )
She and I...agreed, we could Love It...either way. : )
I, had decided, I was going to clean, and seal it....
then, in 6 weeks, or so...if, it hadn't sold....
I was going to paint.
but, 'Alice'...Saved the Day!
: )
I'm so Happy...it's found, a Wonderful...Home.
<3
Priceless.
<3
Love, to ya...
and, Thank You...
Barb C.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Paint, or Not...Paint. That, is The Question.


Just...picked this Old...Secretary ...Cabinet up....today.
I plopped in Justin's Shop....
because, I don't know whether I should paint it, French Country....
or...
Clean, and seal it.
It would be a Show Stopper, when I get done with it...in Paint.
I'd make it look, 'French Country', all the way.
but...
It's so...Pretty, in it's Original, 1920's Finish.
: ( 
: )
I'm asking Folks...to give me their thoughts, here, and on Facebook {Simply Iowa }
I'll decide, on Thursday.
Give it a couple of days. : )
This piece has it's original tag....
It was made, in New York.
Probably...around 1920.
It's been in One, Family...most of it's life.
It lived in California....most, of it's life...
then, came to Iowa...about 30 years ago.
It's been Well...cared for. 
<3
The top drawer...is a Secret Writing Desk...the drawer front flips down...for a writing surface, with lots of pigeon holes, for letters, inside.... : ) 
I, could Love This...Painted, or Not.
'The Look'...these days...calls for 'Paint'. 
so....
I, don't know...what, to do.
It's Painful!!!
Help!
Love...to ya.
Barb C.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Trouble... oh....dear. The rabbit hole, is a 'Vortex'. I,tell ya. It...Sucks Ya...Right In!!!

Sweetie and me...
had a Great Day...down the rabbit hole.
: )
It, started off...like Gang Busters!!!
then, : )...
like, always....
I got sucked down...'the vortex'.
{sigh....}
Peg and I...used to laugh, about it.
Unless, you've...'been here'...'working'...
you, have no idea.
: )
Trying...to stay 'focused'...and, on track...
is, nearly...Impossible.
: )
I began working in the front, green house.
That, went well...
until...I heard a 'Cooing'...sound.
Sweetie, did...too.
I looked up, through the glass, and saw, The Mourning Dove.
I, hadn't seen him, for a long time.
I was worried, something had happened to him.
There are three...that, are always...close by.
A Pair, and...this, one.
It's funny, when I go outside...I can find him, in eye shot...no matter.
I've looked for him, over the last, several weeks...and...he hasn't been around.
What a Gift...it was, to see, and hear him, again...just above us.
<3
: )
We went inside, and began to sort....
: )
oh...dear.
Much...has been rolling in.
I didn't put the 'Open' sign, up....
The rabbit hole, isn't ready, for anyone...who isn't 'prepared'.
Had a friend, call...so...I was expecting her.
but, then...several....more...popped in.
oh my. : )
As I worked, and was shuffling...
well...
that's when I got sucked in.
: )
Ran across...some Wonderful...Old...Books.
: )
of course...I had to sit down, and flip through 'em.
: )
Then, found some hand written Letters, from the 1840's.
oh....dear. : )
The vacuum...is laying...just where I'd left it.
Folks, were having to step over it....
{I told 'em...if it was in their way, to go ahead...and flip the switch...and get Busy!!!}
hahaha!
They, decided...they'd just step over...
and, it was Just Fine...where I'd left it. : ) 
Oh...My.
That Vortex.
: )
I'll get more pictures...tomorrow.
Today...
I was stuck...in 'Virgil's Corner'.
Primitives...Books...Kitchen...and, old...Soulful...
Cupboards.
{an 8x8 'vortex' } 
: )
Love, to ya...
Barb C.
I pulled a stack...of Old Books, from Virgil's Cupboard.
Look, at the repair...on the binding, of this one.
If...You...
could pick this old book up....
hold it, in your hands...
see, the hand stitched...repair, and...Not, open it up.....
You, are Better Person...than Me!!!
'VORTEX!!!'


of course....
I HAD....to examine, and sort...the Hand Made...Tin...
Cookie Cutters!!!
{oh....dear. }




Got a Good, 'Start'...on the front greenhouse....
then, I heard the Dove.
It, was...all....over.
then, I got caught up.....
in...
The Vortex.
<3
The Dove...
is the biggest spot, just to the right...of the candelabra.
<3
He sat there...forever, cooing, and watching...me, and Sweetie.
A Beautiful...Gift.

Shutters and Doors.



Spent the last few days... Gathering.
Daughter, Liz...is moving, and brought some things back, that she'd borrowed, 8 years ago. 
I, remembered them all! 
{I can't remember, what I did yesterday... but, I Never forget...an 'Old Soul'! : ) }
I'm working on getting things in order, down the rabbit hole...with so much...finding it's way...to it. 
I'm Opening the shop...Thursdays thru Saturdays, unless I'm at an Event.
Have 'Visitors', coming...today, so...I have to Scoot! 
I'll take some pictures, today...and get caught up here, on the blog, hopefully...this Evening. 
Love, to Ya!
Barb C.