Ten Gables Cottage

Ten Gables Cottage
Ten Gables Cottage

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Rustic Star Antiques.....my new booth!

Hi everyone, I have just finished up my new booth in the Rustic Star Antiques shop! They moved from a small place to a very nice large space in a much traveled area. It is just great!
The mother, Dorothy McDermott and her daughter, Melinda have sat up a wonderful shop full of lovely things!
Dorothy specializes in antique quilts and has many on display throughout the shop. She has Civil War era quilts right up to present day patterns.

Melinda is a talented jewelery maker and does a great job doing shabby chic painting.
I adore her St. Patrick's Day table

This shows my booth from the "back side". I especially wanted you to see the great little oak secretary I have for sale. On top of it rests a mounted emu egg! One can find some very unusual things at Rustic Star Antiques.

Here are Harry and Sally, our mascots, you might say. They sit all day on the sofa, observing everything that goes on. Sally seems a little bit "moony eyed".... I'm not sure Harry returns her romantic feelings!

Quite a couple!

I made up a bunch of corn husk flowers for my booth. I bought packages of dried corn husks, the kind one uses for tamales. I dyed them different colors and while they were wet, I shaped into flowers using wire to secure the petals and wrapped them in green floral tape. A skewer makes a stem. They are gorgeous made into floral arrangements using baby's breath as a filler.

Here are some of my painted pieces. I like to paint trays and watering cans etc. for home decorating.

Here are some country pieces I painted. The cow bells are popular here in Florida "cow country". I don't know if you know it, but there are many dairies here as well as beef cattle.It is definately cowboy land!

Some of the shelves in my booth, where I display slag glass, carnival glass, and various other treasures.

Below is a very old steamer trunk that is very unusual and pretty. It has a drop leaf desk with little drawers inside that are covered in blue velvet with pretty glass knobs.

I did a display of my Florida bird paintings.

Below is a view of part of my booth. The little slant top desk with chair is where I will sit and paint watercolors one or two days a week.

A view of one of Dorothy's beautiful quilts .

Melinda has a nice collection of vintage lamps and hats for sale.

A gorgeous American chestnut table. You know that chestnut wood is about extinct now. This table is really one of a kind!

A view of most of the shop. I will show you some close ups of some of the treasures later. Hope you enjoyed the little tour!

I love antiques and the stories behind them! It is such fun to collect something with history!


  1. Oh Egretta, how I would love come shop. What a fab store to feed out obsessive behaviors. Your booth is lovely with so many treasures. Happy Sales.

  2. Thanks Ann. I am painting there one or two days a week, which should help my art exposure, too. Thanks for keeping up with my blog. I love yours, too!

  3. Your paintings on display look great. I love your painted items as well, especially the teacup and tray!

  4. How wonderful. I wish I was nearby so I could come in and browse around. I love antiques and consignment shops. The Saint Patrick table setting is so pretty. I love your tole painted pieces. You are so talented.

  5. Thanks, everyone! I painted there today and had lots of people come by my booth for a look and a chat. I did a mirror with wildflowers for the owner and then started a sunflower painting from a still life I sat up of real sunflowers in an antique pitcher. It was fun!

  6. The sunflowers are really bright and beautiful!
    That's evry beautiful drawing of sunflowers!
    The shop must be very ineresting one!