Saturday, June 27, 2009

Snippets of my life

Living Green to me is simple-it's living simply.  Growing your own food,  adding some seasoning (fresh herbs)  drinking tea from your garden.  It eliminates the whole package, production, going to the market (gas), and really makes you look around and enjoy the simple pleasure of noticing life in the essence of it's being.  When you live this way you'll totally understand what I'm talking about.  It's so peaceful and satisfying.

The Harvest is at the bottom,  and it should really be the first photo.  Then I wanted to share with you what I do with the harvest...This one is yarrow drying without water, the canterbury bells and candy tuff are fresh flowers.

                               Chocolate Mint awaiting boiling water for tea.
                              Oregano and tarragon drying in the living room.
                                   An outdoor bouquet of cat mint in an old bucket.
                        The harvest...The garlic is now braided and hanging in my kitchen, and the veggies went into a pasta salad.
Thanks be to God!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Oh my Darlin Clemintine crates

Ok, so my son Weston absolutely loves clementines, and can eat a box in 2 days.  I found that the little boxes fit perfectly on my shelves in my craft closet.  I also save them for gift baskets.  I should first tell you that I don't buy gift wrap any more and haven't for years.  I feel that spending money on something you throw away is so wasteful in more ways than one,  and not good for the environment, so I make fabric gift bags or put the item in something useful.  For these little crates I would line them with a pretty dish towel or a scarf or even a scrap of fabric, then place the gift in.  They're great at Christmas for food gifts.

I just got done with my belt chair and had one small one left over.  I stapled it to the bottom of this crate and tucked West's toiletries in under his sink.
                                  This would be a great gift container too!
Does anyone else have some fun idea's for these little cuties?   I would love your thoughts, and please be thoughtful of your world when buying things that will just get thrown out again.  I brought my kids up using cloth napkins, cloth diapers and now cloth grocery bags.  They all turned out just fine.
Go Green!

Monday, June 22, 2009

New Stuff!

Bernie and Linda had to hustle to get some projects completed because everything sold out.  So here are a few shots of the new items.

       This  is an awesome retro table...use as a bar or entry hall table.
                       Sorry the bar glasses sold already.
                           These were originally for the kitchen, but wouldn't it be great in a baby's                                         room or a bathroom.  (The syrup dispenser sold.)
                 Aqua buffet~ not just for the dining room anymore!  How about using it 
                 as a dresser in a bedroom or as a changing table??? 
                                    Here are a couple of attention getters for a boaring white table...add some color at the ends with these summery chairs!

These displays are all at the Creamery Antique Mall in Middlebury, Indiana.  Come Quick if interested, things are moving at a rapid pace!

Sunday, June 21, 2009


Happy Father's Day to the best dad in the whole wide world (the handsome one on the end).  Not that uncle Jim isn't handsome too!  

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Rumspringa Wear and Urban Twist

I've mentioned before that I have a few other little ditties that I love to do, so here they are...

RUMSPRINGA WEAR~ is 100% cotton Amish underwear gone wild.  I've been wearing it since I found it ( I was a teenager).  You can wear it alone or under another item or as pajama's.  I've been doing this business for about 15 years and they evolve with the times.  Right now they are embellished with stone or shell beads and dyed in fun colors.

This display is at Accent Framing and Gifts on Washington Street, in Goshen, IN.  Urban Lily's in South Bend (also on Washington Street-that's weird!) has a limited amount of the cami's.

URBAN TWIST~  Jewelry and purses  (display at Accent's)
RUMSPRINGA WEAR SETS for sleeping or staying warm
My daughter Rosemary wearing a short sleeve
Long sleeve T's  just chillin!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A day full of fun

Yesterday started at the Middlebury Farmers Market,  just a small walk away- I'm really going to love it.  Then after breakfast we took off for LaPaz, IN for the Folk Art Fest.  It was at a great farmette in the country with lots of great things.  Unfortunately I forgot my camera.  From there we went to Green Oaks Antiques, then just hit random antique shops (I can't even tell you what town we were in).

We drove into the town of Culver and ate appetiser's at Papa's on the lake.  And lastly we went to the Greek Fest. in South Bend.  Another food fest!  I love days when you just go with little planned and do whatever you want, and that is exactly what we did.

We got a little loot, and I actually remembered to take a picture!  
                                    Bernie, Linda & myself

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Snippets of my life

The Thinker
That's me!  I so tend to zone out and daydream, but heck, that's where I get lots of my idea's!  So take some time to yourself this weekend to relax, chill, enjoy and think.

We are heading to the new farmers market (to do some "green shopping" think local.  Then to LaPaz to The First Annual Folk Art Gathering.  You can get the info by going to web site.  We met her at one of our shows and she is a very talented artist.

Ok, I do like some fun things and a mix, but I am always nature inspired, looking for interesting planters or bringing the outdoors in (garden statues).  So think outside the box and you'll never go back in.  Have a great weekend!                  ~ Char

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Retro Corner

Here are a few more photo's of our booth at the creamery.  The Retro furniture is Haywood wakefield (The sofa is actually 2 chairs that can be used together or seperately, and it has matching end tables.
On the shelf Linda is displaying some great retro plastic wear, suitable for pool side dining or at the lake house.

Bernie's artwork

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Creamery Antiques

FINALLY, the summer collection is done and in the CREAMERY ANTIQUES.  We worked for two days taking out the old and bringing in summer!  Our new favorite color is  aqua 
(can you tell?!)                                                                                        

This bureau has doors, and 2 drawers.  So lakeish, but would be great in a childs room.    I painted some fun accessories to match (a vintage jewerly box and book rack & the organizer above it).  The candelier hanging above would be beautiful under a tree in your back yard for romatic dinners in your garden.  Speaking of romance Happy Anniversary Ed!  I love you!                                                
This is an entry way item, with lots of storage and easy access!
This large cabinet used to be used for my laundry table...lots of space for folding, and there are also doors on the back side.  I would love to see it as a kitchen island..
Vintage ivy terrace furniture, with a great french scene paint by number.
This shaby chic china hutch started it's life as a macho gun cabinet (it had a sex change!).

Saturday, June 6, 2009

First Friday in South Bend

   Our First, for First Friday in South Bend was a hugh success.  The weather was absolutely perfect and the response was great.  Things started selling as soon as we set up!  Here are a few clips of our evening.

Bernie's birdhouse from reclaimed wood and other thing-a-ma-bobs.
A great piece for an entryway.  You can store all your winter woolens in the chest and everyone gets a basket for everyday items.
Out door collectables.
The greenhouse.
A Garden bird bath.

Thursday, June 4, 2009


Junk Evolution will be downtown South Bend June 5, from 5-9pm at Circa Arts Gallery, on the corner of Colfax and Hill Street..  Come and see our new Summer collection!.

Char, Bernie & Linda

Nearly forty downtown businesses are participating in First Fridays. They have been arranged in the following categories:



Circa Arts Gallery

Eclectic Blend of Fine Art, Fine Crafts and Antiques - Representing Over 60 Local Artists

528 E. Colfax Ave., Suite 1


Web: Click Here


Concrete Haus

Custom Concrete Designs for Home and Business

520 E. LaSalle St.



Colfax Cultural Center

Home to Artist Studios, Galleries and Performance Space for Dancers

914 Lincoln Way West


Web: Click Here

Crossroads Gallery

University of Notre Dame Institute for Latino Studies Gallery

217 S. Michigan St.



Fire Arts, Inc

A Working Studio/Gallery Featuring Three Dimensional Art - Tours, Lectures and Workshops Available

305 Colfax Ave.


Web: Click Here

New Galleries on Lincoln Way West

Galleries 805 & 807- Displaying Works from Local, Regional and National Artists

807 Lincoln Way West


Web: Click Here

Piser Designs

Artfully Crafted Furniture

516 E. Colfax Ave.


Web: Click Here

South Bend Museum of Art

Galleries Featuring Contemporary and Historical American Art

120 S. St. Joseph St.


Web: Click Here


Backstage Grill

Music & Sports Themed Restaurant Serving a Variety of Great Menu Items.

222 S. Michigan St.


Web: Click Here


Family Dinning – Pizza, Sandwiches & Salads

713 E. Jefferson Blvd.

Web: Click Here

Buffalo Wild Wings

Sports Bar Serving Wings and Burgers – Trivia and Big Screen TVs

123 W. Washington St.


Web: Click Here

Carmela's at Macri's

Authentic Italian Bistro – Italian Classic’s, Sandwiches & Soups

214 N. Niles Ave.


Web: Click Here


Chicory Café

French Quarter Style Coffee House

105 E. Jefferson St.


Web: Click Here


Fiddler’s Hearth

Irish ‘Public House’ and Gathering Place for Celtic Musicians – Food and Drink Menu

127 N. Main St.


Web: Click Here

Jimmy Johns

“World’s Greatest Gourmet Sandwiches” Giant Clubs, Subs & Wraps

138 S. Michigan St.


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LaSalle Grill

Causal Cuisine, Cocktails & Conversation

115 W. Colfax Ave.


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Le Peep

Causal Dinning - Breakfast and Lunch – Catering and Meeting Rooms Available

127 S. Michigan St.


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Macri's Italian Bakery

Authentic Italian Bakery - Sweet Pastries, Imported Specialty Foods and More

214 N. Niles Ave.


Web: Click Here

Sean O’ Casey’s @ the Marriott Hotel

Authentic Irish Pub – Irish Dishes and Drinks

123 N. St. Joseph St.


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The Cellar Door @ The Holiday Inn

Fine Affordable Dining for the Entire Family

211 W. Washington St.


The South Bend Chocolate Café

Unique Blend of Café, Candy Store, Bakery with Beer and Wine Bar - Family Friendly Activities and Menu

122 S. Michigan St.


Web: Click Here


The State Café & Catering Restaurant

Home-Style Cooking -  Breakfast and Lunch – Catering Available

117 E. Wayne St.


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Trio's Restaurant & Jazz Club

Restaurant and Jazz Club - Catering and Private Meeting Facilities

129 N. Michigan St.


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Center for History

Magnificent Historic Site Showcasing:  A 38-Room Victorian Mansion, Charming 1930s Cottage, Galleries Filled with Local and Notre Dame History, a Children's Museum and Compelling Visiting Exhibitions

808 W. Washington St.


Web: Click Here


HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum

Educational Health Museum Designed for Children Ages 5 to 12

111 W. Jefferson St. # 200


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Studebaker National Museum

See 114 Years of Automotive History, Including the Last Car to Roll Off the Studebaker Assembly Line -

From Settlers’ Wagons to High Performance Automobiles

201 S. Chapin St.


Web: Click Here

South Bend Museum of Art

Galleries Featuring Contemporary and Historical American Art

120 S. St. Joseph St.


Web: Click Here



Access Imprinted Sportswear

Custom screen printing and embroidery services.

530 E. LaSalle St.


Web: Click Here

Bombay International

Unique Clothing, Gifts, Jewelry and Home Décor from India and Beyond

119 S. Michigan St.


Dream Coach Carriages

Friday Night Carriage Rides. Located by the Morris Performing Arts Center 7 – 10 p.m.

Choose the Historic Washington Street ($30) or Taste of Michigan Street Tour ($20)

for a charming horse drawn ride through the city.


Web: Click Here

Dhanwantari Center for Yoga & Well-Being

Uses ancient therapeutic practices such as Hatha yoga, ayurveda, & meditation to promote healing and maintain a state of harmony in the mind, spirit and body.  

117 S. Michigan St.


Web: Click Here

Hair Crafters Day Spa Salon

Hair Design, Color, Perms, Nail Care, Tanning, Skincare and Message Therapy

602 Lincoln Way East


Web: Click Here

Inspire Me!

A Store for Fashionistas

520 & 528 E. Colfax Ave.


Web: Click Here


Memorial Health & Lifestyle Center

Medically Based Fitness Facility – Full Amenities

111 W. Jefferson St. Suite 300


Web: Click Here


Nicholas J. Salon and Spa

Full Service Salon & Day Spa 

122 S. Michigan St., Suite 110


Web: Click Here


Spark Fine Stationery

Fine Paper, Gifts and Invitations

219 N. Hill St.


Web: Click Here

© 2009 Downtown South Bend, Inc. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Junkies are tripping!

ROAD TRIP -We break for junk!  Bernie, Linda, Ed and I decided to do the US 40 garage sale,( a sale that stretches from state to state).  We jumped on in Richmond, IN.  On the way up we saw an estate sale sign in Kimell (a very small farm town).  Since it was bright and early we hit the mother load of great oldies.  Someone made the comment, "Well should we just go home"?  We asked the owner if we could store it until Sunday, and that was fine, so on we went.  The garage sales were ok, but since they started on Wednesday and it was Friday, they were picked over.  We did the 20 mile stretch and got a few treasures, then headed up to Madison, IN, home of Clifty Falls State Park, it's right on the Ohio River.  We stayed the night, then hiked then next morning.

This is one of the many beautiful sights.

                                                               Me, Bernie & Linda (The Junkies)
                                                Clifty Falls State Park.
                                                Ed, Linda & Bernie at the dock restaraunt on the Ohio river.  We always forget to take pictures of our loot, sorry about that, but the van we rented was pretty full,  so check the shop next week for some great new displays.