The first mechanical cash register was invented in 1879 by James Ritty. In 1884, the company and patents were bought by John and Frank Patterson and the firm was renamed the National Cash Register Company. The first machines were expensive – $50 – which at the end of the 1800’s was a lot of money! The company owners were convinced though, that once shopkeepers learned how much the machines would help business they would buy them. One big selling point they pushed was the security – the cash register was hard to steal.
Today I am sharing the top 10 most viewed posts in 2014. I’m humbled and honored that so many people have clicked through to my blog and viewed/read my posts. Thanks to all of you for a great year!
I’m teaming up with a group of bloggers too – for a grand blog hop where you can go from blog to blog to see all our Top 10 Most Viewed Posts in 2014.
There is so much goodness out there in blogland, so many great projects and tutorials, so much beautiful decor, inspiration, encouragement, and fun. I hope you have a bit of time to spend visiting the other blogs I’ve linked to at the end of the post.
I’m finally getting back to the blog to share the pics I took of some of the other vendors at The Summer Market. I’ve been being lazy – I just cannot get my energy back and my creativity flowing much. Hopefully soon.
I’ve been having requests for a slipcover tutorial. And I’m happy to tell you that it is in the works. Hopefully very soon. I happen to have aquired a couple really nice, vintage wingbacks for our home and they need to be slipcovered. My plan is to do the best I can getting photos of the whole process with the first one and do a video tutorial with the second. I’ve never worked with videos much so this will be a trial and error thing I’m sure! I’ll get going on those as soon as I decide what fabric I am using for the covers.
We made it! The Summer Market was great. The weather was wonderful – only a bit of rain after closing Friday night. And it started sprinkling just as we were done loading back up on Saturday night. The crowd on Friday night was crazy! Our booth was constantly packed full – and I sold out of my latitude/longitude pillows.
The vendors were great, as were our hosts. The whole experience was really really awesome. Praise God! I feel so blessed to be able to contribute a bit to my family’s income this way – I love using the talents God gave me to create things that will make someone happy every time they see them in their home.
Ready to see my treasures I accumulated last week at my town’s community garage sales? I found some really fun stuff. Most of it is pictured here but there are a few bigger pieces that I didn’t get pics of before they were stashed away. A couple chairs, a desk, 2 end tables, a writing desk, and the couch we got for my daughters room. I shared a pic of that on Instagram. I’ll shoot some pics of it in its new home soon too.
A few weeks ago I went to a school sale. The school I went to. It was a small church school, at it has made some changes over the years and they decided it was time to get rid of all the extra stuff they had around that wasn’t being used anymore. I didn’t make it till the last day of the sale but I still managed to find quite a pile of fun stuff. I try not to think about what I missed by not being there the first day!
Remember the Pouffes from last year? I just made another one and this time I added a Union Jack detail to the top. This Union Jack pouffe was created for Tricia from Little Cottage on the Pond to put in her son’s room.
In October we took a trip to Wisconsin – a part work/part fun trip. We got home the first or second of November and from then till New Year’s it was a blur of projects, business, family, and life-in-general. I never managed to blog about all the things from our trip I had planned. So now that the bustle of the holidays is past and January is swiftly winding down, I’m dusting off those pics, editing them a bit, and finally sharing with you!
Milk paint is fast becoming my favorite. Especially since I broke down and used a Tupperware bowl and my kitchen whisk to stir the stuff up this time. If you haven’t ever used Milk Paint – go to Miss Mustard Seed’s blog to read all about it – how it works, what it is, and how to use it.
I showed you the armoire I recently purchased here. It was a tv armoire, very solid and heavy, and HUGE. Just what I needed to hold all the fabric I have around all the time. Can’t run a business that involves a lot of sewing and creativity without having fabric on hand 😀 I knew I wanted to use the armoire immediately but I also knew I couldn’t fill it up with it looking all orange oak like it was. So I painted it the minute my husband was done reworking the inside and adding shelves. We picked it up on a Thursday night and by the end of the weekend it was painted and filled.
Before I share my Antique Grain sacks and other Vintage Finds I have to admit that I crashed this weekend. As you know, just over a week ago was The Vintage Marketplace at the Springfield Flea. After a totally overworked 3 weeks of prep, painting, sewing, and planning on top of school, laundry, and all the other normal everyday things that make up the life we live, we loaded up and hauled it all to the flea, set up, and spent 3 days there selling all the fun things we’d amassed.
I mentioned a few posts ago about bloggers who forget they have a blog when things get busy. And I totally became a blogger who forgot she had a blog this past weekend. Well, technically I didn’t really forget, I just had to put the blog to the back of the back burner because I just couldn’t keep up with all the hats I’m supposed to wear 😀