Mad Science at Stars!

If you are looking to set up a mad scientist’s bar area in your home for Halloween–our Stars & Splendid dealer #76, 76 Gifts might have what you are looking for! We loved their bone rattling setup this year. Come by the Stars Antiques Malls–there is a lot of inspiration for your own fun festivities!

Elegantly Ghoulish!

Another one of our dealers who did a beautiful job decorating their space with delightful Halloween merchandise was Stars dealer #45, Bow Tie. We love the lightness and elegance mixed with the Halloween motifs–just beautiful! Stop by and gather up these beautiful decorations for your own sweet Halloween look! Come visit Stars dealer #45 and look around for more neat Halloween-related goodies.

Mitzi’s Halloween Decor Galore!

She is at it again–that Mitzi Lee Jones really knows how to find wonderful, festive decorations for the holidays. We always love how she puts her space together just in time to help everyone have even more Halloween fun. Stop by her space (#79 at Stars) for some inspiration and great things for your own spooky home decor. Read more about Mitzi HERE and visit her spaces at Stars!

A Splendid Halloween

Here are some photos of our fun Halloween display at Splendid. We love decorating these ghoulish scenes for you at Stars Antiques! Come down for some inspiration and spooky things to decorate your home. AND don’t forget to eat some candy corn from our candy machine!

Gayle’s View: Officially Summer in the Garden

“…..silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby.”
–Langston Hughes

I googled “spring rains” today for inspiration. There are about a jillion quotes extolling the virtues of rain. And we all know we need it. But I think even the most hardened of Oregonians want to say “enough now”!! I know I do.

I have gotten accustomed to gardening with a light drizzle sprinkling on me. And every now and then, the sunshine will break through as if to say, “I’m still here”. The bonus is that we haven’t needed to water and the gardens are getting lush.

Yesterday was the first offical day of summer, and we were blessed with partial sun. It felt wonderful…I could hear the tractors going by on the farm road where I live. Lawnmowers were humming, and I could look across the way and see my son and daughter-in-law planting in their garden.

In honor of the promise of good weather, I am sharing photos of my garden taken this spring. The photo of the pathway below was taken before Memorial Day. I’m not a big iris fan, but I saw a picture of an iris path in Monet’s garden at Giverny and took it from there. Trust me this is the mini version, but maybe someday…..

I dragged my camera out last month during a bit of a sun break and got the two photos below. The roses climb on a fence designed and built for me by Danny and Wayne of Lonesomeville Pottery. Their garden has been my inspiration, and I was fortunate to have their expertise with mine. Check out their website to see their wonderful gardens (click on “About Us” to see gardens, but you will also see that they produce the amazing Lonesomeville Pottery).

The peonies in the photo below were lovely while they lasted, and they lasted later than usual. (Another good thing about the cooler weather?)

The next photo was taken on a particularly rainy day. Trying to buck up my spirits, I took my camera out and snapped the lady’s mantle. My friend, Barbara Sandgren, pointed out to me a long time ago how the drops look like diamonds on the leaves. I have always loved that thought (another good thing about rain?), and I share another excerpt with you:

“Innumerable as the stars of night,
dewdrops which the sun
Impearls on every leaf and flower.”

—John Milton

When I found the next quotation, I had to read it through a couple of times before I got it.

“Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.”
—Susan Ertz

When it sunk in, I had to think..”get over yourself, Gayle”….there ARE some good things about rain.

Signing off wishing you all a happy first week of summer…

Stars Antiques