Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day tomorrow.

Remember our Service Men and Women and have a SAFE, FUN holiday. MY FRIENDS AND I will be open as usual tomorrow 10 to 5. Come on by and say hi.

Look at this all American beauty. Don't you love old paper memorabilia?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thinking in Red White and Blue

As if all the Red White and Blue pictures of my personal collections in last post weren't enough I found this cute little vintage paper doll. With Monday being Memorial Day we need to be THANKFUL to all the service men and women serving now and in the past who have made the good ol' USA what it is today.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Some of my favorite things

A customer that was in the shop this weekend asked me what I collect. I told her I'd take a few pictures and put them on the blog. I have been collecting for a long time. My collections include among other things, vintage toys, quilts, birds, black Americana, old games, bakelite pieces, green depression glass, pottery, flower frogs. etc. Don't you just love the colors in old stuff? That's what first got me hooked on the vintage toys, especially the red ones.
The pelican in one of the second picture is a treasured gift from some good friends. Joe carved it and gave it to me. It has a place of honor in my guest bathroom with a lot of my green frogs.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


ONE of these pretty framed postcards could be yours. All you have to do is email me (click on email at the right) and tell me to enter you in the giveaway. If you win you get to choose ANY one you want. Remember winner has to it pick it up at MY FRIENDS AND I.
What are you waiting for? EMAIL ME!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Look at this hat!

If you didn't get to come to Wildflower Days you missed some beautiful gardens, beautiful quilts and this beautiful hat that one of the volunteers wore. FUN!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

In the last post I talked about how wonderful the Wildflower event is going to be this year and forgot to mention that there is going to be a raffle. Just look at the Garden Chair MY FRIENDS AND I is donating and look at the beautiful Charm bracelet that is also going to be raffled. Diane at COLOR ME QUILTS AND MORE is donating a quilt she made but I don't have a picture of it yet. It's hanging in her window to see. Since it's a fund raiser for NILES MAIN STREET ASSOC. we decided to start the raffle right away. Tickets are $1.00 ea 6 for $5.00 or a big long arm pull for $20.00 and will be available at MY FRIENDS AND I till the event on Sunday at which time they will be on display in front of the shop. The drawing will be at 4:00 on Sunday and you don't have to be present to win. Make your own Charm Bracelet on Sunday. Thirteen different locations in town will each have one of the charms for sale @ $2.00 ea. The bead shop Kiowa Rose will have the bracelet for purchase to put your charms on. Quantities are limited. A list of participating shops will be available that day. (Remember you can also buy raffle tickets and try to win this one!)

Don't forget to look at April 30th post for our GIVEAWAY. Read how to win. It's FREE!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Wildflower Art, Garden and Quilt show is Sunday

We are so excited! It's the first time we've had a Quilt show in the event and there will be more than 100 quilts in the Niles Plaza, on sidewalks and at different locations in town. There will be vendors along Niles Blvd. selling plants, crafts etc. And of course there is the Garden Tour. This year there are 9 beautiful gardens to tour and the price is only $12.00 if you pre-buy. We will have them in the shop at that price till store closing on Sat. On Sunday the price will be $15.00. You can also purchase them on line at the Niles Main Street Web site. Just click here to go directly there. The weather is going to be beautiful and there will be lots of things going on in town so come on out and join in the fun.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Old Photo's

As you may have noticed around the shop some of my tags are made with vintage black and white photo's. I have a thing for them. I find it hard to pass up an album, box of them or even just one. It makes me sad to think that they are a part of someones life's and were just given away. I always feel at least I'm saving them from the junk pile. I started using them when I was making copies of my Mom's picture albums for my kids and my Nieces and Nephews. Unfortunately my dear Mom isn't here any more for me to ask about ones that I didn't recognize, so instead of throwing them away I decided to use them.
Since I love them so much I decided to make you all an offer. For the month of May bring me some old photo's that you don't want any more and I'll give you 10% off in Space #1.
The picture above is my Grandma and Grandpa Cartwright.
Reminder: Check out post from April 30th for info on this months "giveaway"