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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Antiquing in WI

I'm so fortunate to be able to spend a long week with my sons, Nico and Phillip, and Phillip's new bride, Brooke. They live in the north woods of Wisconsin, close to the area where I grew up.

The summers in Wisconsin are beautiful with their fresh clear mornings and the lush green landscape. This is the view from Brooke and Phill's front door. It's so peaceful...

The Northwoods of Wisconsin
Brooke has a sweet Golden Retriever named "Latte". She's been my buddy today while the kids are at work and preparing for school.

Meet Latte, the Golden Retriever
We just returned from a short walk down the road. The grass was still filled with dew and the warm morning sunshine poured through the tall forest trees. Both Latte and I loved it!

We have a family wedding this weekend, but before the weekend is upon us, I have a list of places to hunt for treasures. The best part about that is that I now have a lovely daughter-in-law who loves to do it too! 

Brooke has tastefully and beautifully decorated her home with a nice mix of old and new. Her design looks like a hybrid of Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, and Traditional Home magazine.

Fine Interior Design by Brooke - an antique dresser, old oil lamp, original oil on canvas, and cotton from Alabama in an old enamelware pitcher
Needless to say, Brooke is the daughter I never had. She's a delight and wonderful addition to our family. Our time together is special.

Yes, we've already been out treasure hunting. The other day we found some amazing old white English Ironstone pieces including two unusual ironstone lidded sugar bowls and a set of 4 sweet brown and white transfer ware plates. 

Antique white English Ironstone and transfer ware
 I hope she loves using them as part of her decor and in her kitchen.

We drove to Shabby Shack in Pelican Lake that same day. Shabby Shack is a place that calls you back. The owner, Jayme, is one darling gal and she has fun vintage and antique finds.

We both fell in love with this awesome atlas relief map dated 1913 of South America. Of course, we toted it with us and has now found a new home. The color in the background of the map reminds me slightly of Annie Sloan's duck egg chalk paint with a wash or wax over it. Pretty great, huh?!

Antique Atlas Relief Map of South America, dated 1913
This afternoon we are on a mission to pick up several cases of Sundrop soda pop at Twig's Beverage, which is located in Shawano, WI, and where they bottle traditional Sundrop soda (made with real sugar and bottled in glass bottles). It will be fun to visit their museum and taste test their many flavors of soda.

The Sundrop tasting counter at Twig's Beverages in Shawano, WI
The Sundrop is for the wedding reception which is going to be held at Tansy Hill Farm. It is a unique wedding venue with gardens and a barn. I'll post more photos after the wedding. We can't wait to celebrate Jake and Jayme's big day and the start of their new life together.

Tansy Hill Farm, a rustic farm and garden venue near Wausau, WI
While we are out this afternoon, we are also stopping at a little tea and antique shop called Anew Tea Emporium, also located in Shawano.

Anew Tea Emporium, Antiques, & Gourmet, a boutique shop in Shawano, WI
I'm pretty sure we will find something fun to bring home with us. They have gourmet tea, oils, and antiques and home decor.

The rest of the week may be quite busy getting ready for the wedding but Brooke and I still have a few treasure hunts planned.........I'll be sure to keep you posted!


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