Thursday, September 03, 2015


Good news! Curious Sofa has expanded at Top Hat Mercantile! Come shop the September show Friday, Saturday 9-6 & Sunday 11-4. So many good items just in for fall. Find me on the first floor, left of the entrance.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015


Drum roll please. After 3 months of tears, I have finally been rescued. Meet my new baby Mabel. A 9 week old red sable Havanese. The Havanese are part of the Bichon family and come in all colors. This baby will lose much of her black fur and turn lighter over the years with straighter hair which I will keep in a puppy cut. Let the potty training begin! (named after my favorite grandmother).

at 4 weeks old
at 6 weeks old

8 weeks old


It will take her awhile to get in my groove. She has no idea she will be a working dog! There is much shopping to do on a daily basis and she is not taking to her car seat, doggy purse, stroller or shopping cart just yet. But she will and I am sure you'll see her junkin' with me soon!

Friday, June 05, 2015


Preparing for the monthly antique show at Top Hat can be a daunting task. Just when I think I have figured out the formula to design my spaces efficiently, something shifts and I have to adjust (hmm... sounds like life!). People are always amazed when I tell them I am at the store every single day getting things ready for the next three day show. I guess it must be the artist or perfectionist in me that puts myself through this routine (who me?). This month I found a wonderful old trestle table with matching benches that I knew would be the anchor in my beach themed space but it had to be a different color. Usually I am not one to repurpose anything because I prefer 'as found' but the design of this was too enticing. So two weeks were spent preparing that and then the seashells arrived! What a glorious mess those were but customers love them. Last night, I found myself down to the wire yet again, but grateful for the assistance that does come along when you need it most. My sister helped prepare my shell tray art, my niece helped steam clothes and another dealer hung all new lighting in my three spaces. Once everything is in place and the piles and piles of tags have been attached then the cleaning begins as these old buildings are ruthless. Then in the final hour (sometimes at midnight) the photography starts, not only for me but for all the dealers as well as I handle Top Hat's Facebook page. So take a look around at the finished displays and try to come down and see me and all the other great items in the store.



Monday, May 25, 2015


Those who know me know I have often said I am, "Botanically Challenged". I'll keep my talents indoors thank you. But I can't help but love these garden ideas for Spring decorating. Easy enough for the amateur like me.

Old garden tools used for clock numbers. Cut board, paint, find mechanism online. Done.

Nothing simpler than a garden on wheels! Succulents planted in an old rusty wagon.

Vintage coffee cans making excellent planters.

Not much else could be better than this. Take any natural wood birdhouse and nail old driftwood branches randomly. Let mother nature take over.