Thursday, December 1, 2011

Over the river and through the woods...

This morning I had to deliver a boy scout wreath to my good friend Judy Holley at The Empty Attic (facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Empty-Attic/274494759256150?sk=wall). So, I hopped in the car--and guess who had to come along with me?--you got it--my dog Macy. If you haven't noticed by now, she's in almost every photo I take for my barn sale. She's glued to my side...and she loves to ride in the car to get "wind in her snout"! Now, if you've never been to the Empty Attic, it's a must stop for your girlfriend outing. It's only 20 minutes west of Rockton. Straight out Rt. 75/Freeport Road past Macktown Golf Course...and just keep going...past Durand, through Davis, and then one left turn on Eggert Road. Real easy. Real fun. Really cool cottage stuff.

"Where did you say we were going?"
The best thing about the drive, well.........is the drive. Gorgeous views, calm easy straight road with brand new blacktop...past beautiful farmland, trees, and pretty sunsets. 


Now, either going or coming back, you should make a pit stop at Country Cheese in Davis. She has wonderful, yummy cheese, soup, and sandwiches. Oh yeah, and ice cream! 

"So, how much longer? Are there any mice, squirrels or cats to play with at her house?"

Judy also lives on the property. She and her husband built their dream home about six years ago. A fabulous two story log home, soaring fireplace all the way up, huge windows that look out over their acreage, log walls, hickory floors, fab cabinets, and of course because she's in retail, it's jammed with really cool lodge decor! It's like always being on vacation when you're there!  Here's a quick taste of her home--she has the biggest collection of vintage Christmas decor I've ever seen. This is just a smidgeon (sp?) of her collection:






Her shop is located on the property and has grown over the five years she's been open. It's also packed with cottage, northwoods, cowboy, primitives and antiques. Her normal stock includes rugs, candles, vintage kitchen decor, outhouse and bathroom decor, darling gifts, and always really great seasonal items. Like right now, tons of trees, garland, ornaments, snowmen, vintage Christmas, sprigs of greens and tons more. Here's a peek: 
 A huge assortment of seasonal decor: Santas, snowmen, ornaments, trees and garland.
 The "lodge" room--birch bark, pine cones, thermos', lanterns, snowshoes, lamps, wall art, birchbark, and those fabulous red/black buffalo plaid hunters pants...hanging in the hutch! You'll never find another pair!
 Lodge room - dining room table, northwoods dishes, trees and ornaments. 
 See the two tall sparkling trees on the left on the table, just under the antler chandelier? Those are now in my front hall entry!!! yep!
 Barn wood cabinets and cupboards, primitive birch bark items, canoes, minnow buckets, fish and hunting decor. Everything you need for your cabin or cottage away from home. She also special orders log furniture!
 Country and primitive decor, plates, wall art, and antique items.
 Assortment of braided rugs, runners and placemats...all year round.
 Always a corner of feminine vintage items, knick knacks, dolls, jewelry and more lovelies.
 Scented candle sticks and jars, nightlight bulbs, fun shaped bulbs, flicker bulbs and more. Also big assortment of rustic hardware and knobs.
 Lots of wall art and framed prints, barnwood frames, and rustic art.
Vintage kitchen decor, towels, dishes, bread boxes, enamelware, cookbooks, yummy coffees and cocoas.

So, there's a quick tour of this darling shop. She's open year 'round, on Thursday/Friday/Saturday from 10 to 5pm. And while you're out there, stop in Rock City at Maggie's Rock Run Peddler, another great shop with gifts, antiques and florals. Get out of the malls and take a drive to Rock City this weekend--you won't regret it.

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