All Thanksgiving items are now half off! This includes anything you can convince me is for your holiday table.
Above you see our hen, Katie, who actually turned out to be a rooster! I didn't really want a rooster. (We had some when I was young and they were not nice!) That's why we always get sexed chicks, so we only get hens. But, as with everything, there is a small percentage for error. Katie, the hen, started crowing, then strutting, then procreating. We talked about it and decided that we would keep her/him any way. Until last night.
Each night one of us goes out and locks the chickens up. We need to keep them safe from the many predators where we live. Last night I went out a little later than normal. Since it was late I thought they all might have already started to roost for the night. Not Katie! As soon as I opened the gate she/he attacked my leg. She/he grabbed on with her/his beak and held on until I pulled her/him off.
Now we had a decision to make. We adults could work with Katie, but we were worried about the kids whose faces and delicate skin are so much closer to that beak. We decided better safe than sorry. The wonderful people at Westside Farm & Feed very nicely said they would take Katie and find her/him a home. We told the kids they could get 2 more chicks each to replace the void they felt by giving Katie up.
We crated Katie and headed off to the feed store. Once there we found a 2 month old Delaware pullet that someone had returned thinking it was a rooster. We knew it was not, since we had just gone through this. If you compare the pictures of both Katie's you can see the difference, too. (Check out the markings on their backs)
But we had told the kids they could pick out 2 chicks each. Then there were some other adorable chicks. In the end, we came home with 7 new chickens. Hopefully none of these turn out to be roosters!
Next week we will be packing up the shop and heading to Remnants of the Past to sell our wares. This is an exciting time for us as we meet new shop keepers, sell our wonderful stuff, and buy some more awesome things.
Here are a few photos of things we will be taking.
What better way to celebrate your loved one than Pink Hearts from Emma Bridgewater?
tea for two
breakfast cup and tea towels
sweet little creamer
We have this and more available in the shop. If you can't make it in we do ship! Give us a call or send an email.
All paper and glitter ornaments are now 50% off. They are a sweet, simple holiday decoration that look great on the tree, tied on top of a package, or even just part of the tablescape!
Friday, December 6,
we will welcome Christopher Allen and his art. As part of First Friday Santa Cruz we have invited Chris to display his funky, upcycled art. He works from recycled materials, primarily salvaged wood, vintage and recycled glass bottles, electrical wiring and all kinds of random things. Come by between
6 - 8 p.m. for some snacks and a chance to view his one-of-a-kind work.
For more on Christopher and how to order a custom piece click here.
You probably have realized our fascination with chickens by now. You can read about that here and here and here. So I think you can probably imagine how excited we were to find these glass chicken ornaments. They are great grouped on a tree together or individually. Mine are going to be on a small tree in the kitchen where they can compliment my chicken mugs by Emma Bridgewater!
We are preparing to go to Remnants of the Past Antique Show in San Luis Obispo on November 9 & 10. We have so many vintage finds to bring out and show you. Most of this stuff has never been in the shop. I'll be spending the last few weeks before the fair primping my displays. Look for photos over the next week.
Besides my booth, Rachel Ashwell and Susan Branch will be there signing their new books. Click here for a chance to win a trip to The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell or a meal with Susan Branch.
I love Fall. I love the crisp air, the smell of wood smoke in the air, the warm colors of the foliage, and the anticipation of the family gatherings to come. After spending the summer outdoors I love coming in and preparing the house for all of the Fall & Winter festivities. I love to take walks through the forest gathering seasonal foliage or on the beach searching for natural treasures. Bringing the outdoors in creates a natural timeless setting that is both comfortable and beautiful.
Family walks with my children and my grandchildren have always resulted with beautiful objects for display. And so many natural science lessons, not taught, but just absorbed by observation and exploration.
Besides the focal displays we make with our found objects we have a china cabinet in the dining room devoted to these things. It is home to the fossilized rocks, shells, acorns, lichen, and other things we have found and our collection of antique & vintage natural science books.
We have almost the complete collection of these vintage guides. This is just a few of the many titles printed. I'm always searching for new titles when out shopping. Here's a link to a list of titles printed. They stopped printing them in 1968.
These are some of my favorite botanical books, made even more so since they were either gifts from loved ones or previously belonged to family members long gone.
The Chronicles of the skatter girls
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We are three generations living together and running a busy little vintage shop on the California coast. Our Chronicles is a tiny little peek into how we spend our days at home, the shop, antique hunting, and more