I usually spend the winters in Ireland to avoid the snows of Ohio. Mind, I was born and raised in upstate NY- Albany, so you would think the snow of Ohio wouldn’t bother me BUT as I have gotten older, shoveling, slip sliding away on the roads have become an extremely unpleasant experience and so I… Read More SPRING MUST BE HERE…GOT THE BUG!
I love the old fireplace tiles we have – antiques from the late 1800s & early 1900s. John took these from old cast iron fireplaces when he had a fireplace & antique store in Dublin. We offer some of those antiques for sale here and in Ireland. I have copied an article from the Minton… Read More MAJOLICA
You might call it Picking in the states but in Ireland, we go have a Root Around. In order to create new pieces from old, John has to source antiques. To go to buy a piece from an antique shop here would cost you an arm and a leg. While “dark” furniture is out and antique… Read More HOW WE DO IRISH PICKING
Ireland calls itself the land of saints and scholars. Many categories come under scholars, including artists and writers. As I travel looking for gates and doors to photograph, I have also taken a few pix of the roadway sculptures. I recently learned that Ireland has a law that took 1% of the cost of building a… Read More SCULPTURE IN IRELAND- ROADWAYS
Still In Ireland where I have learned a new technique…art form…Pebble art. The really is a lot of this on the internet, which gave me the inspiration to do the same. It is very relaxing but requires a bit more thinking that I assumed when I first saw a few pieces in an art store.… Read More WHIMSY Pebble Art
I know you guys are getting hit with a really bad winter this year. I am happy to know we chose this winter to go to Ireland. And here’s hoping next winter is much nicer in Ohio! We have had a few days with a good frost but no snow…no sleet…maybe next week they say.… Read More LET IT SNOW….
SOLD antiques & collectibles We recently sold this framed cast iron medallion taken from an old Victorian fireplace. John added blackened silver antique spoon as handles. Our client using this as a key holder in her home.
As you know we are in Ireland. John is redesigning bits of antique furniture for use in a more modern and smaller home than the large mini-mansions that once housed these huge pieces. I showed you the old Rocco elaborate dresser piece the other day. He removed two pieces from a similar dresser. John is… Read More The Art of Furniture Restoration
Do you love period dramas? I do. I gorged on non stop Downton Abby, Pride & Prejudice, etc. Right now I am into The Crown on Netflicks. I only allow myself two maybe three episode a day- smile One thing I like, beside the history, it looking at the architecture and furnishing on the show.… Read More John’s back in the workshop
“Snow, high winds and temperatures of -8C are set to freeze Ireland solid over the next 24 hours. The forecast is so bad that Met Eireann has issued a Status Orange alert. The warning reads: “Snow-ice Warning for Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath and Meath. “Significant falls of… Read More