Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Hello friends!
I'm sure some of you have been wondering where I've been and if I am hoarding all the new goods I have been acquiring these last few months. Not at all! I have been sorting through and trying to get these items shot and posted for you before Fall arrives. It's 100 degrees here in the Midwest so I do not see my winter scarves coming out anytime soon- which is why all of these Summer decorative items are still perfect for your home.

Along with selling at Top Hat Mercantile once a month, I had my yearly clearance/garage sale, Top Hat had a second special event in June and I have been getting a lesson in patience training Mabel! Oy vey, a new puppy. What was I thinking??!! She is the polar opposite of Pearl! 

I have also spent these last two months moving my studio back home into my newly organized garage. The chaos was a bit daunting but its been great to finally unpack and offer you these new items below.... and SO MUCH MORE is to come!   Stay cool - Deb


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.