Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Salvaging a Church

Ten years ago, Sacred Heart Church in Lowell closed it's doors to parishioners. Today, it is being converted into condos.

My friend and my cat's foster mom, Diane, drives by this church on her way to work. She stopped in and spoke with the builder and she came away with some of the items they weren't going to use in the new design. (More about that later in this post)

I was lucky enough to get a tour of the building and see some of the incredible beauty of Sacred Heart Church. I certainly was sad to hear of the church closing and of the current renovation. I do think it's the right decision to repurpose the building however. It would be a crime to just board it up.

Some of the windows have been removed but some were purchased in memory of a family member and it looks like they will be kept. That is the right thing to do.

This set of windows is absolutely stunning! The church was built between 1883 and 1896. Such craftsmanship back then.

Construction is in full swing on this Saturday morning.

The woodwork and carvings, the plaster, the stained glass. it is all so magnificent.

The ceiling is equally stunning. Some of the lights have already been removed.

Look at the detail on the plasterwork and the sweet cherub peeking out from the rafters.

It makes such an impressive entry.

 Another view of the little cherubs.

Love these carvings and the wood. Can you imagine carving that? Just beautiful.

Here's the outside of the church.

We drove to a warehouse which Diane's father owns and Diane showed me the collection of plaster corbels that were going to be demolished.

And church windows. Love the lace pattern!

The windows from the back of the church have a nice shape.

This one is mine! I got to pick the best ones for myself.

She has quite a few of the windows.

And many corbels.

How would you repurpose one?

I think a pair of these might make a fantastic shelf or one of the smaller ones would make a beautiful sconce with a candle on the top.

Diane has been inspired to go into the architectural salvage business after working on this project. I think she has a knack for it and she certainly has the space. I look forward to seeing this new business flourish!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Come with me now

I love to walk around the neighborhood but I rarely do it. So this morning after I moved my car so the painters could work on the house, I realized it would be the perfect morning to take a walk.

I started walking in the direction of Winchester. I noticed my neighbor's shrubs were steaming and I stopped to take a photo. Not sure you can see the steam but it was there.

My sister and I have recently had conversations about being more present and more aware in our lives. So I took time to notice EVERYTHING!  At first I thought I saw a white cat in this garden. Turns out there were 2 cat statues. Cute.

There's quite a party on the lawn of this house. Love the dancing skeletons. They were having a great time this morning.

So the meteorologist said we are not a peak color yet in the Boston area. It looks peak to me.

  From the cords attached to these pumpkins I guess we have some illumination going on at night. Perhaps a return visit in the evening is in order.

And my house, probably the last photo taken with the gold exterior. Soon to be Mayflower Red, Waterbury Cream trim and Clinton Brown accents. More on that later.

So what else did I see on my be present in your life walk? Not too much litter I am happy to say, just one soda bottle and one little nip glass bottle. One couch and a loveseat reclining outside someone's house. Another couch in front of a different house. One blind child sign, 2 women walking their dogs, 1 child walking her dog Oreo, a King Cavalier who had a wiggly butt and jumped excitedly all over me. Wet leaves stuck to car windshields and hoods. Very few cars on the road or people around at 8:45 on a Sunday morning. I saw Boston Marathon victim and survivor Marc Fucarile climbing the steps to his mother's home very gingerly. His child with him and an ice coffee in hand he was greeted warmly by his brother at the front door. Family time on a Sunday morning.

As for me, back home to my 3 kitties and some breakfast.  All is well in my little neighborhood on this Sunday morning.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October is here!

I love October. I love the cooler temps of October and the peak foliage. This is when Autumn gets in full swing and I have my first sip of apple cider. I love looking at all the decorated porches and doors in my neighborhood. And apple cider donuts! Oh my, what's not to love about October!

(image via Pinterest)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Cool finds at the Vintage Bazaar

Last weekend I attended the Vintage Bazaar in Salisbury, Massachusetts. The Bazaar is held in June and September at the Pettengill Farm. The weather was again perfect for an outdoor activity. We have been blessed with mild temps and dry weather. Actually, we do need rain. I just prefer it not fall on the weekend.

The Bazaar is really held at a farm. It only adds to the appeal of the event, at least for me.

 I think this bird wanted to get into an already occupied space and it was talking up a storm. Clearly, it was annoyed!

They have really cute digs don't you agree? 

I've noticed from my multiple trips to the Bazaar that some people are very chic. This holds true for vendors and visitors alike.

Some of the vendors demonstrated their products. Isn't this table turning out well?

And you could say this was a unique table. I can see it in an industrial chic loft with brick walls and a blend of modern and repurposed pieces.

Bookshelves made of milk crates. Very cool and nicely done.

Other vendors appealed to the hopeless romantics. Um, that would be me!

Cool color on this piece and the vendor was the sweetest woman with her young children with her. The kids were very small and enjoying all the visitors to their momma's booth. This was definitely not their first road show.

A woman had her friend hold up this shelf made from salvage. She was trying to figure out if it would fit in her newly constructed home. It was very cool and she did buy it. I was glad she did as I really enjoy the husband and wife team who make the pieces. I had met them before at one of the bazaars last year.

This is another one of their pieces. I really liked it and could see it in my home, but I kept thinking the kitties could knock it over. So it did not go home with me.


They also made this spice rack from a picture frame.

I love this wisk turned pendant light. If I had a kitchen island, I would buy two of them. But I don't so I moved on.

These are the vendors who make the wisk lights among other cool things. Don't you love her boots?

There's a fan in there. And it doubles as seating. An awesome find.

One more item from this fantasticly clever couple. Rusty candleholders. Nice!

My eye caught these grain or feed sack bags. I spent a long time looking at these bags. All the designs were unique. I did not know I needed one of these.

But evidently I did need one and the vendor proudly posed for me with the one I bought. This has plenty of room for my camera and sturdy handles. I used it immediately and I got stopped a number of times by people who either complimented me or wanted to know where to get one.

Ooh, I love old watches and watch parts. I love rummaging through them. Fill a scoop is a great idea!

Cool pieces but I did not need any. Other people were really enjoying picking their favorites.

I did buy some of these. Wouldn't they be cute as napkin rings for a New Year's Eve party or a birthday dinner?

I just love acorns. I have no idea why. Probably because they remind me of Autumn.

Those clocks and watchfaces and acorns belong to the woman on the right. I asked if I could take a photo of her. I loved her outfit and boots and she was definitely Vintage Bazaar Chic! Everyone  wore stylish boots.

There was so much to look at. I got there at 12 and left around 4. I was thrilled to converse with so many talented people. Living their dreams. Good for them. Wish it was me.

Looking at so much creativity is exhausting or maybe it's just inspiration overload. Anyone I was hungry and decided to take a lunch break.  Don't worry you won't go hungry at the Vintage Bazaar. These vendors brought their own oven.

The pizzas were selling well. I would imagine they had a very good day.

And I liked their logo. They are based in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire hence the name and wolf logo.

This vendor has a shop in Troy, New York. Her mother did the artwork in this photo.

 I followed her (the daughter on Instagram). I bought some coffee themed coasters at her booth.

Oh darn, I meant to circle back to this booth and pick up a few flour sack towels. I love them!!

My Facebook friend, Jen Parrish, made her debut at this Vintage Bazaar. Her jewelry and displays are always interesting and spectacular! I am a proud owner of several pieces from Parrish Relics.

I picked up some lunch from the Trolley. They were so busy. I waited until later in the day. My panko crusted chicken on a stick was delicious!

I told you the visitors were very vintage chic!

I think I saw every single booth at the Bazaar. I did not want to miss anything. The show certainly attracts high quality vendors. I was very impressed with the creative displays and the quality of work.  I will look forward to the next event which rumor has it will be outdoors at the Farm in October or November! A little birdie told me.


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