Thursday, February 4, 2010


Hello Friends,
This has been a week spent in labors of various sorts, and today I'm relaxing and day dreaming. I'm sitting with notebook and pencil, sketching new displays for the shop, and jotting notes about random ideas that are floating through my head. I'm having my glass of lemon water in an antique, etched glass, and my cheese and crackers on vintage Staffordshire china.
I've come across several beautiful old pieces of homespun and toweling and am debating whether I will sell them as they are, incorporate them into some collage, or simply keep them here at home to enjoy for a while. There are beautiful ways to display linens - draped over a curtain rod at my window, pinned to the wall, laid across a table, or folded in stacks in an open cupboard. They're so clean and crisp, no doubt some woman of earlier times kept them 'for best' as my great grandmother used to say. That meant they were probably never used, but lovingly tucked into a cedar chest or linen press, awaiting that day when she wished to impress someone. (Who could be that special???? Perhaps they were awaiting the visit of a mother in law, or, the pastor and his wife.)
My father's mother was like that. Her children purchased new furniture for her and my grandfather, as a 60th wedding present. The heavy plastic furniture slipcovers were never removed, for fear the upholstery would become soiled. They were waiting for . . . . what?
I love to use my precious old silver and sheets and baskets and china . . . .
I say, this life may not be the party we hoped for, but lets do our share of dancing Granny!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Come For A Visit

I would like you to visit my daughter's website today, at
Kellie is an articulate writer, an awesome woman and an incredible citizen of the world.
She is raising three wonderful children, two of whom she and her husband recently adopted from Ethiopia.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Changing Our World

Home after a long day at the shop. I had a nice jaunt the other day with girlfriend Lisa . . . . and OH did we shop!! I'm still unpacking and cleaning and pricing and displaying the plethora of treasures.
I felt the need to shake it up a little, change some things around, freshen my perspective.
I decided to reconfigure one area of my display, so I pushed some furniture around and created a fresh pathway, then spent the day freshening up the 'Joy' displays in the shop.
I began with a white cupboard I just bought, and loaded it with European zinc pots, bread boards, graters, candles, jars, old shoe lasts, and all of the 'tin', wood and glass I could squeeze in. Next, I loaded a table with stacks of glass cake plates, mercury glass and ironstone, surrounded with old mirrors. Lots of white seashells and starfish and creamy buttons . . . . French flashcards under glass cloches . . . . and ooh la la !
Lots of terrific suitcases to stack up and use as organizers, some rusty/crusty crates (used for who knows what???), several benches and tool boxes . . . . silverware . . . . little pewter pots with wicker handles . . . .
Bird nests, feathers, quail eggs . . . .
My fav find of the day was a 3' high, hotel champagne bucket stand: silverplate! It's glorious.
You'll love it!
The weather is balmy - can you believe it reached
56 degrees?????
I've spent the past week saying Thank You, Lord, for this beautiful weather, the great sales we've been enjoying in the shop, the treasures I've been finding . . . . so many things that have gone smoothly . . . .
Each small blessing is to be savored.

There are so many wonderful people in this business.

Imagine how sweet we could make the world, if each day, we went out there with a smile and a hug and a kind word for the people with whom we interact.

I believe we could change the world!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

My Friend

There is much to accomplish today, but I wanted to share a little morning greeting with you.
I was conversing with a sweet friend who has been going through some rough times.
I have experienced a fair number of rough times myself throughout my life.
I know we all have.
While thinking about her, I began to ponder the things that made me smile during those hard days and nights. I know you'll guess that my faith in a loving God is number one. My unshakable belief that He is in control, and has a plan for my life that's way bigger than I'm capable of discerning.
Beside that, there were numerous people who brought me joy and comfort, in material ways.
There has always been my daughter, who, throughout all my difficult days, was sunshine in my life. Just the thought that she was there, and that she loved me was reason enough to persevere. The thought that she might be watching how I dealt with my struggles, (oh my!), usually caused me to think about my attitude and demeanor. I am far from perfect, and I know I'm not the best role model, but I will always strive to get through the trial of the month for her sake. Hopefully, when she's an old woman, with much grace and a somewhat dimmer memory, she will think back and say "my mom got up, did what she had to do, and got us through it".

In addition to my daughter, there have been those dear friends who reached out to pull me up from the depths and warm me and give me respite. There have been friends who prayed for me. There have been friends who brought me gifts. There are friends who ran my business when I couldn't. There have been friends who sat and listened to me cry and wail and gnash my teeth. There have been friends who shared their supper table with me. There is a friend who carried me to the hairstylist, because that's what I needed. (There is friend who came and cleaned my house!) Most importantly, there are friends who have believed in me, when I couldn't even believe in myself.

There is something about going through trials that makes us more tender hearted, more understanding, more grace-full, and more willing to see our lives as a process. The process takes us up hills and dumps us into mud puddles and lifts us back up, only to toss us into a raging river current . . . we struggle across dry deserts, are whipped by hurricane winds and dropped over cliffs. There is fire and flood and hunger and loneliness.

The lesson is that we are to tend to others the way we needed to be tended.

Some days, the only things that keep us going are those small kindnesses that give us a ray of hope when we have misplaced ours. Some days . . . . the word of encouragement and the reminder that, "you are not alone". The friend who admires your ability, your spunk, your integrity, your whole person. The friend who shares that she respects you and will walk beside you, through it all. She believes in you!

It is good to remember that everyone goes through these seasons in life. None of us are immune, and those who pretend to be on top of the world will, sadly, be falling off their own cliffs and plunging into that icy river.
We each take our turns.
So, sweet friend, know that I believe in you. I respect you. I delight in your faith and your spirit and your integrity. I am wowed by your creativity and beauty and thought process. I will be there for you, any time.
Keep the faith, and know that it is vital to have friends.
We will need their love and kindness, and they will need ours.

Your friend, Joy

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Putting Away Christmas

January 6th was my grandmother's birthday. It has traditionally been my day for packing away the Christmas ornaments, cleaning up the pine needles and redecorating with a fresh winter theme.
I always remind myself during this process that 'tho Christmas is officially over, I want to keep it alive in my heart all through the coming year. That means kindness, giving of myself, reaching out to the less fortunate, and celebrating the birth of Christ, no matter what month it may be.
With Christmas over and the lovely ornaments and decor being packed away, I will miss the festive aura I was enjoying. I decided to keep some of that cheery atmosphere a bit longer by reinventing my displays throughout the house. I adore candlelight and greenery against silver, so I'm continuing to use it in every room.
I will keep my mercury glass votives and silver trays and introduce a spring green with a few fresh plants and potted herbs. Friends tell me that they keep their natural pine wreaths on their front doors for months, and mother birds build nests in them.
I have cleaned out the pantry, (again), and have washed some wonderful antique European canning jars, and am using them on my counter for coffee and lovely raw sugar. I have a glass spooner filled with antique silver spoons . . . . so inviting in the morning when I prepare breakfast.
There is always a bright side to a frigid winter's day . . . . much can be accomplished in the house if you're lucky enough to be able to stay at home and putter.
Running a business, teaching, entertaining and a myriad of other responsibilities preclude my having many "leisure" days, so there is something very satisfying to me when I can sort, clean, redecorate, dejunk, and "play" at home.
I read recently that we should strive to eliminate one unnecessary or worn out item from our lives, each day. I took up the challenge the day after Christmas, and have been tossing and donating things I no longer want or need.
Of course, everyone does this at this time of year . . . .
but I'm going to keep doing it.
I always begin by starting a pot of homemade soup, and usually end in a cozy chair with a good book and a cup of tea. Some books you just have to keep and re-read . . . .
I hope you'll find great satisfaction in beautifying an area of your life.
Enjoy your winter days.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

January, 2010 Victoria Magazine

January, 2010
Hello again, dear friends. It's January, and I must share some sweet news with you. Patina Antiques and Home is featured in the January/February issue of Victoria Magazine! We are delighted to have been chosen for a feature spread , following their tour of Denver. I hope you have an opportunity to take a peek at the issue. I know you'll want to subscribe when you see the quality of this publicaton.
This was icing on our cake after being voted the
by voters in the Channel Seven "Best of Denver" competition. Of the more than 30 antiques shops nominated, Patina Antiques was chosen as your favorite.
The Christmas season was superb, thanks to our loyal and thoughtful customers and friends.
I can't tell you how many times we heard the words,
"we'd rather be shopping here than in any mall".
You were searching for that special gift, and we are always honored when you purchase something we've searched out and brought home to you.
Thank you for your kindness and consideration sweet friends!
You are what makes us successful!
We're looking forward to a fresh new venture in the new year, sprucing up and working harder to make your shopping experience even more fun.
It's cold here in Denver, and I'm bundled up and enjoying a second cup of coffee. Many of our customers are out on the ski slopes where there is plenty of new powder! (More snow to come tonight in the mountains.) If you're a skier considering a visit, now is a perfect time.
You'll find several charming suggestions in the Victoria Magazine issue for exceptional places to shop, dine and relax.
If you're an antiquer, we are all stocked up and ready for your visit. Come peruse the lovely items we've found for you!
At Patina, we have something for everyone, with treasures as diverse as concrete gargoyles to Civil War era transferware, to urban chic, (vintage), metal tables. You'll find botanicals, flower carts, French flower pots, and garden shears sporting heart shaped handles. There's an early passenger train bench seat, Swiss Army (WWI) supply baskets, Scandinavian ice skates, a prize German kitchen cupboard and fine English chintz teapots amid our ever changing assortment of handpicked delights.
The newly added finds are too many to list here . . . . but remember, you can visit our website:
anytime, to see some of the beautiful photos there.
Don't delay, come and see us. We'll send you on to several other incredible shops in the vicinity when you're finished here.
Have a blessed New Year!


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