Wednesday, February 23, 2011

chalkboard project—a quickie!

well, if I’m getting a project done these days, it’s going to have to be “a quickie!”  and, if truth be told, this project took me entirely too long, but life keeps getting in the way of my need to create.  oh well, a busy life is a good life (it means we are all healthy and active).

back to the project at hand . . .

I know I’ve mentioned my love for silverware—especially trays.  Sometimes, however, the finish too far gone to salvage.  I had this tray hanging in the dining room, but decided it was the ideal candidate for some chalkboard paint!  (I know, I’m getting a little carried away with this paint—note my only other project in recent memory—but it’s so cool!)

I’m not going to bore you with the step-by-step of this project, as that would be insulting to your intelligence!  Suffice to say, a caveman could do it!

Here’s a tight shot of the tray in question, pre-paint:

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And here’s a shot of the tray as it looks now—back in it’s position on the wall of our dining room:

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I asked my son for a quote to put on the tray, he gave me this:

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To myself, I said, “How apropos to my life right now!”

When I asked him who said it, he slapped his head and said, “Oh, what’s his name?!?  It’s  . . . it’s that guy, the ‘father of transcendentalism’ . . . you know . . . what’s his name?”

All I could think was, “I wish I had paid better attention in school!”  My kids challenge me like this all of the time!  How come they’re so dang smart?!?

Thanks for your indulgence!


Thursday, February 17, 2011

bright new additions

New additions to Hodgepodge . . .

We’re pretty committed to cheese around the King household.  You can count on finding a cheese platter at almost any family gathering.  One of our favorites—BRIE!!!  When I found this brie baker and the new brie toppings offered by our vendor Gourmet du Village I was all over it!

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A few new serving pieces in  great colors!

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These green pillar holders are great for a table setting or mantle.  The color will be great to carry your home d├ęcor into spring, but will see you through the other seasons, as well.

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This wonderful garden green pitcher would be made even better filled with sangria!

green pitcher

A perfect bowl for a fresh salad.

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A versatile wine cooler which would serve equally as well as a vase, don’t you think?

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Thanks for taking a gander—I’ll post a few of the items to the boutique tomorrow.

Until then, thanks for your indulgence!


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

In Defense of Pollyanna

Last week, via a facebook post, I read a blog entitled Defending Pollyanna by Paige Hill.  Paige (aside from being blessed with a fabulous moniker) is the very talented internet marketing manager for Where Women Create and The Creative Connection.  (She is obviously very good at her job, because she’s got me  and about a billion other women following her every utterance on facebook, as well as her blog.)

Anyhoo, she put out a call-to-arms in defense of Pollyanna, so I grabbed my rose colored glasses and jumped right in!  (okay—so my jumping took a week, but I’m here!)

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I don’t recall if I’ve been called “Pollyanna” any more recently than my arrival here in Clarksville, but the nom de guerre has been thrown at me on numerous occasions and I don’t think it was always intended as flattery!

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But here’s the deal—I’d rather my epitaph read “she believed and she tried” rather than “she thought about it, but figured it probably wouldn’t work.”


I admit I have my days when everything appears dreary and insurmountable, but guess what—a new day dawns and things look better.  Believing in the power of your dreams isn’t just good advice—it should be your way of life.

There will always be people telling you you can’t do something or that things will never change.

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If I had listened to the naysayers, I wouldn’t be living in my dream house, I wouldn’t be the owner of the best home decorating store in Clarksville, TN, (I wouldn’t be so humble), I wouldn’t be married to my wonderful husband and I wouldn’t have three amazingly bright and talented children, because everywhere along the way I’ve been told it couldn’t be done  . . . the odds are not in my favor . . . or there’s no happily ever after anymore.

Guess what? 

She believed and she tried!

Thanks for your indulgence~


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Vintage Inspiration and a disclaimer

Alrighty, I love using the Windows Live Writer software to construct my blogs.  It’s much easier to manipulate than blogger and has more features, but—for the second time—after a full day of working on my blog, as time and customers allowed, I went to upload to blogger and


it’s gone!

So, now I’m wondering if I type out the whole thing again or just post some pictures and link to Vintage Inspiration Friday, as is my final intent.

Oh, what the heck—I’ll paraphrase.

I started yesterday’s now-lost-post with a disclaimer:

Warning:  this blog is written by a shop owner

I just want to make it clear that I own a shop (two, actually) and, as a consequence, I sell stuff.  Yet, I feel compelled to explain:   just because I often include items which are part of my inventory here at the shop in my blogs, does not mean I’m trying to hawk my wares with every post.  It just means I have a thought or an idea or just something pretty to share.  Also, there are many blog parties out there and I want to play, too. 

I am here at my shop more of my waking hours than at my home.  I have filled it with items I love and, frankly, I spend more time decorating and cleaning my shop than I do my home.  (I’m afraid to know how quickly my family would agree to that last sentence!)  I put  a lot of myself  into Hodgepodge, I want to share.

I feel compelled to mention this because I just started my Hodgepodge Blog Boutique.  Occasionally, I’ll provide a link to items for sale, but you won’t find any “buy now” buttons on this blog.  I sometimes feel guilty for sharing items I have for sale.  Therefore, please don’t read this like a sales pitch.  Just enjoy the stories and the pictures and, if you like what you see, leave a comment. 

Now that I have that out-of-the-way, let me share a few things I love and feel are Vintage Inspired, then hop on over to Common Ground to see other awesome bloggers and their vintage inspirations!

Some vintage inspired furniture for your consideration:

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This cabinet is a wonderful mix of vintage and new materials.  They’re made by a friend who lives here in TN.  He uses salvaged windows for the doors, so they’re great for displaying everything from china to bath towels!  I’d love to have one for my cookbook collection, but alas, I would have to add an addition to my kitchen!  The black interior of this cabinet makes it ideal for display white ware, but that green really pops, too!

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This is a cabinet top from a vintage kitchen cupboard.  It’s one of those things that Patty and I thought wouldn’t be in the shop very long—mainly because WE love it.  Yet, here it sits, which makes me happy, because I love using it for display.  It' has the original hardware and glass in the doors.  The black trim and cream paint are worn in all of the appropriate places!

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Look at the wear on this door . . . I wonder how many times someone’s mother reached for the door to retrieve the flour or sugar?

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Now we’ve all seen those end tables constructed from the old sewing machine base—usually topped with a piece of plywood or marble.  (I have a marble topped one as my nightstand.)  This one is special because it’s married with an enamel table top!  It’s a nice large surface—great for a small dining table or even better as a desk or craft table!

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And then there’s my favorite of favorites . . . our screen door cupboard.  The sides are made from a paneled wood door—cut in half.  The back and shelves are constructed from salvaged boards.  Then there is a screen door.  I think it would make an ideal pantry for a kitchen lacking storage, but for now it can stay right here at Hodgepodge, because I love it.

Well, there you have it.  A few vintage things that inspire me every time I walk through the door of Hodgepodge—my home away from home!

Don’t forget to pop over to Common Ground for more inspiration!

Thanks for your indulgence!



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