Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy Solstice

I hope everyone is having a beautiful day and celebrating the beginning of summer.

She arrived just after a long week of heat and storms and rain and more rain but she arrived in her finest colors of pink, lavender, and blue.

This weekend I attended the annual 301 Endless Yard Sale and I will post again with some pictures of the fantastic treasures that  came home with me.

Have a wonderful day and enjoy your family, friends and all the sweet seasons have to offer.   

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January Beauty

It's an amazing January day here. After several days of ice, snow and way lower than normal temperatures we have finally begun to thaw. I hope that all of my blogger friends had a very happy and amazing holiday season.
We had a a wonderful Christmas and the time spent with family was so precious and wonderful.
  This morning it has been gently raining and cool but compared to the last few days it has felt like spring and I've done my best to enjoy it like a spring day. I've taken several walks this morning. Accompanying me was a very gentle yellow fluffy kitty that I'm calling Short Britches. He is a refugee from the effects of the developers. It seems that a lady a few blocks away was feeding a number of feral cats when the house she rented was purchased by the developers. Renters have had a difficult time as some of them were given only 10 days to vacate their homes. That being said the pets sometimes get left behind and the neighborhood now has a rather large gathering of homeless, hungry kitties. Some have found temporary shelter with neighbors but little Short Britches is most often on my porch and absolutely loves to follow me wherever I go.  I'll post a picture of him soon, I'm trying to find him a forever home as we have only a kill shelter here.  
      I had been quite concerned about my Rosemary bush. I planted it four years ago and lost half of it to ice the first winter. It's waist high now and the bitter cold did no harm to it that I can tell.  I enjoy it so much, it's a fantastic herb to cook with and I use it in crafts and cleaning projects as well. Britches and I payed a visit to the bees today as well and found that while they seemed a bit sluggish they were leaving the hive to search for pollen  just as they should bee. They are such a joy to be near and they gift us with the sweetest honey. My holiday ham was glazed  with their rich honey, fresh orange juice and brown sugar. I have so much that I would like to post but I'd like one more short outing before I start the late afternoon chores. Bee Blessed friends.                                                                        

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

December Etsy Sale

  Hello and Happy December. It's been such a busy time here at Mysticwood that I just haven't had a minute to post. I just wanted to pop in to announce that we have an amazing sale going on in our Etsy  shop. I'll be back on Friday with a proper post. I hope everyone is having a wonderful week.

Monday, November 14, 2016

November Where Are You Going

Wow! I have no idea where the weeks have gone. This time of the year is always hectic but my goodness it is getting away from me. One day I was decorating for Autumn and then suddenly I need to be decorating for Christmas.

We've had some busy weekends of estate sales and we are working to get so many vintage and antique linens into our Etsy Shop, we will also be listing some vintage Attic Babies Dolls as well has handmade stockings and an incredible dough bowl with blue paint so please be patient with us.                                                                        
  For now I'm trying to move around boxes of Christmas decorations and Autumn and Etsy items and I'm starting to wonder if I might be getting to old for this. I don't think so, it's this way every year. I think the chaos makes me sane. I work very well under pressure and the truth is I just love it when there is so much to do, especially when it comes to linen, antiques, decorating, and most of all my family and fur kids gathered by the hearth to celebrate.

We've had warm sunny days and crisp autumn mornings and I'm looking forward the super moon this evening. That reminds me, It's exercise time for the doggies and there is dinner to make. I hope everyone loves this season as much as I do. Please be safe and warm and cozy.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A Beautiful October Weekend and an Estate Sale

October has always been my favorite month but I have to say it has been quite the roller coaster ride this year. I'm going to start with some of the good things ; one was this past weekend when the girls of Mysticwood took a treasure hunting road trip, We started at an amazing estate sale at an enchanting historic North Carolina Plantation. The architecture of this house will take your breath away as will it's history. You just feel the footsteps of the past as you step out onto the lawn in the shade of giant oaks that has sheltered this family since 1859. I could have lingered, dreaming in that magical place there forever,                                                                      

                     We found some amazing antique linens, some that will be added to my collection and others that are going to be listed in our Etsy shop in just a few days, I have a ton of hand laundering and ironing to do but my favorite find of the weekend is this pair of well loved and tattered shoes. I have the perfect little dress to display them with and I am totally in love with them.


We said goodbye to the stately old home and drove the back roads through Edgecombe and Halifax counties. This time of the year the countryside takes on a glow of sheer beauty. We love the cotton fields and the golden glow of the forests that border them. We paid a quick stop by the old house and nearly cried to see that it may not be standing another year at all and that the little town so well loved has fallen into even more desperate disrepair.
From there we traveled on to Historic Halifax,  we are always so proud to walk in this lovely restored town and know that the Halifax Resolves began right where we stood as free Americans. Then there was more shopping and antiquing Riverside Mill in Weldon.

It was an amazing trip and I have much more that I will post later but I want to update everyone on the the little girl that I last posted about.

She is improving, she does have a way to go but she will make it. She has had surgery to remove a fragment of her eye that was damaged and infected. She is still undergoing treatment but soon she will be ready for her forever home. Everyone that has been involved in her rescue has fallen in love with her. She is so gentle and so loving. Thank you all for your prayers and healing energy. She is warm and eating well and will be ready to make some lucky human very happy with her sweet love and brave happy smile.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Face of the Forgotten

 Do you see her? She's in the chair behind the table. Not her chair, not her home; but maybe a safe spot for a few minutes. Maybe a place where someone might give her a morsel to eat, anything just a piece of bread but please she is starving and sick.
 This little child has touched my heart and shaken my soul. When I first saw her I thought she might be displaced and injured from the flooding caused by Matthew. I followed her only to find that she had been scrounging and begging for food before the storm and some of the neighbors thought she was dumped. I could see every rib, her tail hung limp behind her, one eye was missing  and she cried the most heart wrenching pleas for help.
The picture above is a scene from the flooding just two blocks from where this baby struggled to survive and it is only one example of the devastation all over Eastern  North Carolina. I wanted to hold her and feed her but I couldn't bring her home. My own fur kids may not have appreciated another dog and she was in no condition to be introduced to my own group of bouncing crazy and often times jealous kids. I posted her picture on Facebook and I asked if there was anyone that could help. I knew there were rescue groups that would be as concerned as I but I also knew that they were full and overflowing with so many homeless from the flooding.
  I had followed the shelters and rescue groups and I knew the shelters equipped to house 20 to 30 dogs and cats were now set up with temporary enclosures and filled with more than a hundred animals each and more arriving all the time.   This baby needed help, her missing eye was infected and there was a lump under chin. I was contacted by Odin's Orphans, a local rescue group and they agreed to take her if I could catch her.

 Once I could get a quiet minute alone with her she came right too me. I will never forget the look of fear on her face and the trembling as she inched forward and ate ravenously from my hand. The leash was on her in a second and she walked uncertainly by my side to my home.  A volunteer from Odin's came to get her but in the time we waited  she started wagging that skinny little tail. She ate dog food and treats and smiled and hugged me and kissed me and snuggled in my lap.

She has what appears to be scars on her body, the tip of one ear is missing. I cannot imagine what she has suffered. Day after day I see post after post of lost dogs, possibly stolen dogs. Now these posts have nothing to do with the flood, it goes on in Eastern N.C. and in areas all over our country. These kind, sinless souls need help. We must stop the abuse, there are many kind people and those that work tirelessly in rescue but the needless abuse and neglect must stop.  Please adopt or volunteer and if you can donate to help these suffering lost animals. I can't go on anymore right now, it is just too heartbreaking. I have been updated today and at this point it appears that she will make it. She is getting medical care and testing and she is in the hands of the most wonderful people. Please hug your own fur kids tight and reach out to the lost ones.   And THANK YOU to ODIN'S ORPHANS and the others that worked so hard to save her, 

Hope in the Heart of the Abondoned

Do you see that little face? This is the face of the lost,

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mabon Morning

(Picture from Pinterest) 
Good Morning and Happy Autumn to all. It must indeed be The Season of the Witch, Once again I have downloaded pictures from my camera that have disappeared so I will make do with repeat pictures. We have had days of clouds and rain. Suddenly today the gray gave way to bright warm sunlight and again the balance that is autumn danced around me.

    The pumpkins took on the light and warmth of the sun as if to welcome the new season. The season of harvest, the time of magic and memory.

  We must take time to be grateful for the harvest and the blessings of the spring and summer, we should linger at our gates and let the beauty of the season enchant us and remind us that the winter will soon cover the earth with rest as we settle by our hearths and weave dreams for the new year.
(picture courtesy of Pinterest) 
Halloween will be here before we know it and this season will slip into memory but I will savor the mellow beauty of each hour. 

Blessed be dear friends and


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Cool and Sweet Days

  It's beginning to feel just a bit like Autumn. For the past few weeks we have had a roller coaster ride with the seasons. One or two days of cooler and less humid weather only to be followed by more heat and humidity. Summer does not give up easily and I cannot blame her. As much as I love the Autumn I have to admit the deep lush green of the Summer in the South is a season that I would not want to miss.



I started decorating for Halloween and autumn a few weeks ago. It is always a busy and fun time of year for me. There is much to do and tons of items to get listed into Etsy so I'm nowhere finished with the decorating but I will be posting current pictures in just a few days.

This week we are blessed with cooler more autumn like weather and I have to admit that I lingered a little longer than I should have on my walk outside this morning. I would love to spend an entire day at the Mysticwood by the river and I just may one day soon but for now I must put work first.
I hope everyone is enjoying this special time in nature. It is the time of the year that quiets my soul and lets my spirit fly free. 

Happy Solstice

I hope everyone is having a beautiful day and celebrating the beginning of summer. She arrived just after a long week of heat and ...