Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April 23, 2014

Green Tip of Day-  Buy Local
It's a no-brainer that locally grown food has spent less time in transit and storage, where flavor and nutrition start to fade.  Did you know that air-freighted food can make the CO2 emissions from your shopping cart exceed that of your car and home combined?
The best transport is from your garden to your door, but if that's not an option buying from the farmer is the next best.  Farmers Markets and Food Co-ops like the Purple Porch.

As you know it's not just the food stores you should shopping local you support the small businesses in your area.  They are the quaint shops like ours that keep the money in our area.

***Tonight is our Terrarium class!  We've got 2 more great classes coming your way and will be announced as soon as we alert the Craft Club members they will be open to the public.  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What are YOU doing for OUR EARTH?

Today marks the 44th Anniversary of the first annual Earth Day founded to highlight the importance of environmental issues.  This special day isn't meant to replace our year-round efforts to tackle environmental problems,  but it is a good time to join millions of other concerned citizens all over the globe.  To find out what's happening near you visit the website

Fernwood Botanical Gardens  Early Spring
 It's never to late to start.  I'm really surprised and disappointed in the number of people I know who don't recycle because it's not convenient.  Everything good takes discipline.  (There are 3 I's in that word!)   
I feel guilty throwing anything into the trash if it might be recycled in some way.  Our junk mail gets shredded and goes into the compost.  You wouldn't believe the rich soil our pile produces with all the kitchen scraps and yard waste.  That rich soil goes right in to my raised beds (below) to grow our food.   If you don't grow your own food put it on your flower beds.  By growing your own food it saves in trips to the store.  The benefits of eating organic and straight from the garden means more nutrient rich meals, and hopefully less trips to the doctor :).  Once you start the ball rolling it's a win, win situation for you and the earth.
I just bought a new book "The Earth Handbook by Christine McCartney & Samantha Booth and I'll be sharing something you can do everyday for the rest of this year.

Just a reminder to all who signed up for our Terrium class- it's tomorrow night at 6PM.  See you then!


Friday, April 18, 2014

New This Week!

I have a few spots left for the Terrium class next Wednesday.   Call or stop by to reserve your seat.  Char 574-215-7812

spring cloche sold complete

Jewelry Love -Artfully display your jewelry and make
it easy to access.

The perfect way to serve deviled eggs

I just realized my you see it???

How fun is this?

The perfect original crackle 

a penny for your thoughts...

Need a boot tray=this one would be great for the mud room!

Natural Easter Grass

We have Children's items for this month only.

Baby gifts-new and slightly used quilts.

Vintage glass baby bottle

Haviland China 12 place settings

Mona and her daughter Lisa all dressed for Easter

Outside looking in, all child sized.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Little Things at J.E. this Month

I've said it before, and I'll say it's the little things that you love that makes a house a home.  We search, and craft the whole year long to come up with the right mix each month.  Here's a little of what you will see in April.

Easter Cloche for now, use for a plant next month

To Haviland china and old galvanized lanterns

Repurposed lighting

Mid-Century storage

Child sized antiques with new weaving

Vintage Kids clothing

Not just for kids!  Linda used it as a centerpiece!


Antique basket quilt with a new star (Dog not included)

Camelback Trunk used open as a bedside table.  Use for
blanket storage, sweater storage etc.  The tray is included.

A thought for the day...


Have a beauty full Sunday!  We'll see you on Wednesday.  Oh, and we still have 3 openings for the Terrium class on April 23rd at 6PM.  Call Char if interested.  574-215-7812

Monday, April 7, 2014


Old with new, shinny with dull, industrial with French...that's what we are all about this month.  What makes for the best kind of decor is a fine mix of elements and we've got them!  Here are some pictures taken on First Friday.  Some items have been sold so we'll be restocking the store.  Check in soon to see what's new!

Custom made queen sized headboard

Drafting board SOLD

We have a full room of child sized furnishings

antique trunks with new lining

Except for this sweet little picture-it's original
Lots of great Easter Decor
And that's just the beginning!