It’s Safe to Come In (Pie Safe, that is!)

FullSizeRender (1)Come On in!

This is what presently greets you when you walk into Suzanne’s Cottage. A compact pie safe!

It’s eye candy for a Treasure Hunter Junk Lady like myself.

This particular piece is about 10 inches square at the base, and about 24 inches high. I’d get you specific measurements, but I’m not at home as I jot down these notes. I picked it up in my travels in New Hampshire, and I fell in love with it the moment I laid my eyes upon it.

What is it – Really?

I call it a pie safe, more as shorthand than fact. There are no shelves it it, but there is a hook in the top for hanging some food stuff , and the screen was clearly for keeping bugs and mice at bay.

Fellow pickers at the local swap shed have several nicknames for me, one of them being “Lamp Lady”. So true to form, I stuck a lamp in this artifact and called it a day.

I smile whenever I pass this cool vertical design element in my front hallway. I’ve had it there for a few months, and I still think it’s a found treasure.

Charles, my other half, isn’t so convinced (yet). He is quite supportive and he’s reasonably knowledgable for a guy whose idea of decorating is picking up his dirty laundry off the floor. So I trust he’ll come around soon.

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How to Stay Closer to Home

I captured a bunch of photos of my new booth space. This is the closest you will ever get to me doing a "selfie"!
I captured a bunch of photos of my new booth space. This is the closest you will ever get to me doing a “selfie”!

I’m Back!

I’ve been incommunicado for a few weeks. I made a major decision to cut back my weekly driving and remain closer to home. More about that as this story unfolds.

My Self-imposed Grind

For a couple years I have had shop space in the lovely little town of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire. For the past year, I have been keeping space in two shops. My most recent space was at Covey House. Clare has a beautiful shop on the Town Common, and her husband has just opened a cute little cafe within the shop.

Meanwhile, I had acquired space in 101 Treasures in Wilton, NH. Now I was driving to the farm two days a week, one day to Fitzwilliam, and another to Wilton. My hobby was becoming a chore. I was on the road four days a week.

From Suzanne’s Cottage (home), the farm is a one hour drive to the East. Fitzwilliam is a one hour drive in a Northwesterly direction, and Wilton is an hour North. And since I know you will ask, Fitzwilliam is about 45 minutes from Wilton.

The grind of this schedule has weighed heavily on me for the past couple months. Though I plan on leaving the farm this summer, I knew my schedule needed to cut back sooner.

My Solution: Consolidate – Closer to Home

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to expand my footprint at 101 Treasures. So I made the difficult decision to leave Covey House and consolidate both shops into a single, larger space. By so doing, I saved a day of driving every week.

This made sense for scheduling, driving and economics. But leaving friends is difficult and creates a stress of it’s own. I’ll miss Clare and the Covey House gang (though I will still drop by to shop and visit, but not every week).

In the meantime, I have been warmly welcomed by Donna, at 101 Treasures. I look forward to establishing myself in my new location, closer to home.

When I mentioned this title to Charles, he started singing an old Grand Funk Railroad tune. He’s been singing this all week. I swear he’s gonna drive me nuts.

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Double-Stacked Fireplace Mantles

Fireplace Mantles - Who says two objects cannot occupy the same space? Not me!
Who says two objects cannot occupy the same space? Not me!

Not a Gimmick

This is not a trick design feature. I am stacking fireplace mantles simply because I have too many hearths and mantles, and too few places to put them. So I placed this deep black hearth directly over the opening of the flat pine fireplace mantle. To the unsuspecting eye, it all blends together.

Fireplace Mantles grow on Trees

Let me go on record stating that I do not collect fireplace mantles.

I stated that for my husband’s sake. Charles is not convinced because I keep bringing them home. It’s not my fault. I keep finding them. They are too nice to be relegated to the local transfer station or the power co-generation facility. (I remember when we simply called it the Dump).

Presently I have five of them in the house. I just sold Faux Fireplace No. 5 at my newest space at 101 Treasures. Charles is thrilled, because this one had been relocated to the garage next to his squat rack and barbells, rendering his space useless for most of the winter.

Design Elements

When my shop space includes a back wall, a fireplace mantle or hearth provide an appealing backdrop for staging a faux room. The fireplace is always a focal point in a room, and this works well in a store front as well.

When featured in my shop space, faux fireplaces provide a strong design element that brings cohesion to all the other items within the “room”. If someone actually wants to purchase the mantles it’s a bonus, even though it requires a total redesign of the shop space. But I’m OK with that. The empty room is my blank canvas, and I love the creative process.

This Black Beauty will leave my dining room this week, and make it’s way to the shop. Spring is coming, Charles can move his barbells out to the driveway, to free up garage space for my next acquisition.

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