Batsto Red Cedar Glass Pitcher

I found this deep amber colored glass pitcher at the Columbus Farmer’s market while rummaging through boxes. I held it up to the early morning sunlight and was delighted to see a deep amber with dark red highlights, no chips, no cracks, and BATSTO NJ 2 embossed on the bottom.  Apparently, this lovely glass commemorative pitcher #2 was made in Wheaton Village in 1980 for the Batsto Village Gift Shop from the red saw dust from the heartwood of a 150 year old red cedar tree that was milled at Batsto following a storm.  It stands 4 1/2″ tall and looks amazing when the sun shines through.

Available for purchase on Artfire 

Hand Made With Molas

I fell in love with the textile art created by the native women of the San Blas  Islands, located off the cost of Panama, the first time I saw one up close.
The exceptional needlework and colorful clothing worn by the Kuna women are all hand stitched in reverse appliques, cut-work and embroidery. They call these multi-colored panels, Molas. The Mola is made from several layers of fabric using cut-work to combine reverse appliques as well as traditional appliques on top and embellished with embroidery. The mola I used was not made by me but the rest of the bag or pillow cover was hand made by me to show off the Mola for all the world to see.

Hand Made With Molas

Pillow Cover Made With Parrot Mola Panel

Pillow cover made with a fabulous parrot mola panel made by the Kuna Indian women of the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama. I added a red
border and black border on the front, plain black cotton is on the back, hidden zipper on bottom, fully lined with french seams (no edges to fray). This
pillow cover is made for a 16″ x 16″ pillow form (included). Hand wash in cold water, line dry and iron.

Colorful Cross Body Fish Mola Bag

A colorful fish mola, made by the skilled hands of the Kuna women of San Blas Islands, is featured on the front of this zippered cross body bag. Bag
measures 9 1/2 inches wide and 7 1/2 inches deep with a 40 inch strap. Inside you will find the same black quilted fabric with binding over seam
edges. Hand wash in cold water, line dry and iron. I have more molas in my private stash – so if you would like a custom pillow cover, tote bag, or wall hanging made from one of them, please contact me. I just love to sew.

Black Cross Body Bag Features A Colorful Sea Shell Mola Square

This lovely cross body black bag was created around a colorful 6 inch square Mola featuring a sea shell design. It has an adjustable strap that goes
from 26 inches long to fit over the shoulder and snuggly under your arm up to 46 inches long for the convenience of wearing your bag across your
body comfortably. There is a large front pocket decorated with the sea shell mola that is secured with a button and top flap. Inside you will find a large
zippered pocket to keep your important things tucked away safely. This bag measure 10 inches tall and 11 inches wide.

Cross Body Bag Features An Exquisite Hummingbird Mola

This lovely cross body black bag was created around a colorful 6 inch square Mola featuring a hummingbird in a garden of delight. It has an
adjustable strap that goes from 28 inches long to use as a shoulder bag all the way up to 54 inches long making it comfortable to wear it as a cross
body bag no matter how tall or wide you are. There is a large front pocket decorated with the hummingbird and flower mola. The whole bag is
secured with a button and top flap. Inside is lined with heavy weight cotton with 2 large pockets. This bag measure 11 inches tall and 8 inches wide.

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How To Be Happy

12 RULES TO LIVE BY Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

  • Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.
  • Make the best of our circumstances. No one has everything and everyone has something of sorrow intermingled with gladness of life. The trick is to make the laughter outweigh the tears.
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously. Don’t think that somehow you should be protected from misfortune that befalls other people.
  • You can’t please everybody. Don’t let criticism worry you.
  • Don’t let your neighbor set your standards. Be yourself.
  • Do the things you enjoy doing but stay out of debt.
  • Never borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than real ones.
  • Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish jealousy, enmity, grudges. Avoid people who make you unhappy.
  • Have many interests.  If you can’t travel, read about new places.
  • Don’t hold post-mortems.  Don’t spend your time brooding over sorrows or mistakes. Don’t be one who never gets over things.
  • Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.
  • Keep busy at something. A busy person never has time to be unhappy.

Antique Swing Arm Toaster

Antique Swing Arm Toaster 1920s

This antique toaster has a nice art deco style, made in the 1920s by Landers Frary and Clark in New Britain Connecticut. The swing arm mechanism works fine and was designed to flip the bread to enable toasting on both sides. Nice nickel finish, could use a good cleaning and polishing. There is no cord included with this gem. Vintage toaster measures 6 1/2 inches tall, base is 7 inches by 4 inches. SOLD.


Vintage Scottie Dog Wooden Desk Box

Vintage Carved Wood Scottish Terrier Dog Desk Set With Hinged Box

Looking for a new home! This interesting Scottie dog carved desk set, made in Germany, early 1900s, features a Scottish Terrier with glass eyes, a serious “dog on duty” face, guarding the carved wooden hinged box beside him. “Made in Germany” is stamped on the bottom. The base measures 5 1/2″ long by 2 3/4″ wide. Scottie dog is 2 3/4″ tall. The hinged box measures 3 1/2″ by 2 3/4″.

Available for purchase on Artfire and see more photos HERE.

Gaucho Cigar Box Ukulele

This soprano cigar box ukulele stands on its own, literally, made from a thick cigar box with side hinges. The neck comes from an old Chicago instruments ukulele sporting the Gaucho logo (partial decal) in place. The plastic fret board was broken at the bottom, but fit adequately. A new American made bridge was used and had to be shimmed to prevent fret buzzes. The Gaucho logo was cut into the top to stay with the theme and a provide a sound hole. Gold strings matched nicely with the black and gold color scheme of the cigar box.

Another Rat Uke made by Roy Cox and available for purchase in my Artfire studio where you can see more photos and details about this one of a kind cigar box uke.

The Song On The Sunny Side

Keep On The Sunny Side Of Life

Words by Ada Blenkhorn | Music by J. Howard Entwisle | Copyright 1899

The song, Keep on the sunny side of life

“Early in Ada Blenkhorn’s life, she was given the task of caring for an invalid nephew who always wanted his wheel chair to be pushed ‘down the sunny side of the street.’ His constant repetition of this phrase inspired her to write the gospel Keep On The Sunny Side Of Life. [1899]” – Phil Kerr

“We learned this song from A.P.’s uncle, Laish Carter, who was a music teacher. We recorded it in 1928 in Camden, New Jersey. After we recorded it and started singing it on radio, we used it as our theme song. A. P. has a gold record of this song on his tombstone.” – Mother Maybelle Carter, of the original Carter family.