Show and Tell Tuesday

This week, I’m afraid you’re stuck with a Show and Tell Tuesday from me – same-old, same-old! ๐Ÿ˜‰

But you Kids know I’d much rather have your photos! Remember, you can send pictures of anything you like – family, pets, back yard, favorite knick knack or collectible, craft project you are in the middle of (or have finished), last nightโ€™s dinner, book youโ€™re reading, favorite snack, sentimental possession (Grandmaโ€™s brooch, etc.), the โ€œbargainโ€ you just purchased, or anything you just bought! Or none of the above โ€“ but something you choose! ๐Ÿ™‚


I was sorting through some old photos and found these pictures of the little gift shop I had 20 years ago {Twenty??? thud! (I just fainted.)}.

Anyway, the shop was located in a refurbished barn. There were about 8 or 10 of us, each with our own section of a two-floor building. It was a charming mix of gifts, gourmet foods, and antiques. Country decor was very much in vogue at that time and my shop had quite a bit of it. A large proportion of my items were made by me, but I also had things on consignment from some wonderfully talented artisans.

Seeing this first photo reminds me of the fun I had during that time. Of course, it was also a lot of work to keep the shop stocked and looking pretty, but when you’re doing something you enjoy, you don’t really mind all the effort it requires.

Won’t you sign the Guest Book? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Pillows and Quilting and Dolls – Oh My!

My mother made the large quilt. ๐Ÿ™‚

Believe it or not, these Kitchen Angels were incredibly popular. I actually made hundreds of them during those years. One day, a lady came into the shop and bought all that you see in this photo. I was thrilled, needless to say!

More Cloth Dolls and Bunnies

My daughter pleaded with me not to sell the little doll with a bonnet (the one who’s holding a baby) – so I took her off the shelf after this photo was taken. That doll is here in the room with me now as I type – 20 years later! ๐Ÿ˜‰


So, as Kevin Arnold (from The Wonder Years) would say . . . “And there you have it.”

Hope you liked my little gift shop show and tell.




Show and Tell Tuesday — 9 Comments

  1. I still have some of the bunnies and a doll like that in the 2nd photo that is sitting on the shelf. They are in my spare bedroom that I set-up as a child’s antique bedroom. I loved your photos and shops such as your are my favorite. Your mom’s quilt was a work of art in itself, and I have never seen kitchen angels before they are are so cute.

    I hope everyone is safe and warm today, we got freezing and now we are supposed to get 12 to 16 inches of snow. I’m praying the weather people are wrong. I’m already winter weary, and when they cancel school I’m stuck in the house. Maybe I will make some chocolate covered strawberries. I don’t like them, but they are some of hubs favorites.

  2. O the memories! I had my stuff in a shop just like that. I even made that rabbit and did quite well selling clothes for it separately….and then there were the goose clothes.. and the little red riding hood dolls that you flipped over to become the wolf…and on and on and on. We are spirit sisters, aren’t we!
    xx, Carol

  3. Love, love, love your shop. Your work is fabulous. I see your folded stars. So pretty. And one in my FAV color. Brown!! I am going to try that. Putting them in a hoop.

    I never had my own shop but I did have my things on consignment in several places. Did pretty well too. Mostly I did the weekend craft show circuit and sold at my workplace.

    Thanks for showing us all those beautiful things.

  4. Oh Carol, We are indeed!
    Although I didn’t make them – I LOVED the flip-over dolls! I don’t suppose you have photos from those good old days? ( I know… I’m relentless on this show and tell stuff!) ๐Ÿ™‚

    Kelly, I can imagine how darling your “childโ€™s antique bedroom” must be! I’ll bet your guests want to move right in! ๐Ÿ™‚ You have a way with decorating! We saw it with your Thanksgiving decor!

    Donna, Thank you, thank you!!!! for your sweet compliments!
    Funny how, in my photos, I had a quilted star in your favorite color, brown… and also in my favorite, purple (It’s the one hanging beside the large quilt, so maybe not as noticeable.) I’ll bet you had fun with the craft fairs. I enjoyed them too back then but wonder if the setting up and packing up would seem like more of a burden now that I’m older more mature. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. I had a kitchen angel and a kitchen witch on a broomstick!

    I love the bunny in the last picture but I love the doll in the next to last pix even more – the little blond with the bow in her hair. So sweet.

  6. Oh my gosh, Crystal, how I would have loved to visit your beautiful shop! I’m oohing at everything I see!!! Your dolls, angels and bunnies…and your mom’s beautiful quilt too…EVERYTHING is so charming! I’m glad you kept that adorable little doll for your little girl. She’s a real cutie, but so is everything else! xoxo Paulette ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. I saw it. So pretty.

    And guess what? My studying my quilt books is paying off. That is a Dresden Plate quilt, right? The one your mom made.

    Is it my turn again to send you more pictures of my collections? ๐Ÿ˜€

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