It seems like that it was only a few days ago that I was writing about unseasonably cold temps here in central Mississippi, and now our temps are unseasonably warm…80 the next couple of days, then back to the normal low seventies. Hey, I’m not complaining…loving it!
Regular readers know that I had rotator surgery last summer and my shoulder actually started bothering me about this time last year. I love, love, love yard work, and today I got out and worked in the yard for a little while for the first time in 2 years! My shoulder is killing me, but I had a great time.
The cold and ice has apparently been very good for my pansies. I cleaned out the dead leaves and tried to make them look a little better so that I could photograph them. They really look even better than when I set them out back in November.
I also cleaned up my yard art a little bit and placed them a little differently. This stepping stone is a favorite of mine.
I also continue the rabbit theme with my yard art. My mother-in-law gave me this cute bunny stepping stone a few years ago as well as the vintage bunny standing guard over the pansies at the top of the page. My shoulder wouldn’t hold up to scrubbing today, so I just brushed the dirt off everything so you can see them better.
My mother gave me this chubby bunny a few years back.
These little rabbits I purchased at a local festival from “the concrete” guy. I always like everything I get from him.
I picked up limbs, raked a little, and cleaned out flower beds for about an hour. This may not seem like much to most people, but to me it was a lot since I’ve not done anything in so long plus I was trying not to overdo the shoulder.
I also cleaned out my pots in the front that were full of dead leaves and acorns. The lemon balm is on its way back and I love the way it smells!
I had lost half my rosemary plant in last year’s cold and replanted half the pot. Luckily, it all has survived and I hope it will thrive even more now that I’ve cleaned out the pot.
The chives look great. As a matter of fact, they need to be cut back, so I will be planning loaded baked potatoes soon!
The thyme was a tangled up mess and it was so hard to get the leaves and acorns out. I go through that every year and I can never make the pot look good. Finally I just reached in with the clippers and took it all out. I feel quite sure that it will come back and can always buy some more if it doesn’t. As a bonus, my leaf pile smells great but I doubt that the workers who pick up the yard trash in my town will appreciate it!
I really wanted to say “Spring” with the table today since I was enjoying the outside so much. My Noritake Reverie china is full of lovely spring colors and I never get tired of using this beautiful pattern.
I have successfully used this pattern with yellow, blue, pink, green, and, of course, white. Because I left the yellow table runner from the last table, I decided to go with yellow napkins. I placed the napkin between the two plates for emphasis.
My green Dollar General flatware was the perfect spring color for this setting.
I had a hard time decided on glassware then I started thinking that I haven’t used my Romance by Fostoria in quite some time. I thought that the tall sherbets would be great for a fruit salad.
I “inherited” this beautiful vintage glassware from my mother several years ago. When she and Daddy downsized, she went ahead a gave away some of her china and glassware to my sister, niece, and me. I have loved having it and she likes that she doesn’t have it crowding up her china cabinet any more.
I have literally hundred of daffodils and jonquils blooming right now and not enough time and energy to pick them all. Yesterday I pulled this vase from my vintage pottery collection. I love the color, but its odd shape is always difficult to deal with, especially when I’m not very good at flower arranging in a symmetrical vase!
So I just stuck them in it any old way and decided to call it “rustic.” Hey, it works for me…why not?!
I love my salt and pepper shakers, of course, so I pulled them out.
I also love the serving bowls, so they came out too.
This vintage crystal bowl was a gift from a friend a few years back, and it could hold that fruit salad I mentioned earlier. Anything that I ever put in this bowl looks lovely!
Since my large pillar candle has pastel shades that go with the china, I decided to use it as well.
How about this little teapot as a finishing touch? It is not actually a real teapot, but a teapot ornament. I received it as a gift several years ago also.
Love my springy table and now on to my update! I used to call these booth updates, but have decided to now say business update since our antiques and collectibles business goes beyond our flea market. David also repairs and refinishes furniture for private customers, I find things for people and sell out of my home, and we have just started selling in a consignment shop for some of our higher-end items.
January and February were slow, which we expected after Christmas. Although a winter slowdown is not unusual, February in particular was extremely slow for everyone. We even had a few vendors not make their rent, which is highly unusual. So far March has picked up a little, but not nearly what we need it to yet. We’re all hoping and praying that it gets better!
As for the consignment shop, it has been slow there as well. I had only sold a couple of things during those 2 months, and nothing high-end. I am ok with that because I know that higher priced items take longer to sell and that just the right person has to come in and want it. I am hoping, however, that his traffic picks up as well.
To end on a good note, the rest of the business update is pretty good. David finished redoing a table for a private customer and got paid for that, plus I made a private sale. The sale was not high dollar, but it was all profit since I sold something that I had no money in.
So that’s about it for what’s going on in central MS. Happy spring to all!
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