inMay 14, 2009 - 4:39pm
The dining room of my childhood home had an oak cupboard recessed into the wall--typical of homes built during the early 1900s. The top half had glass doors protecting objects on the three shelves behind. The middle was an open, mirrored area which nicely reflected anything before it. The base had drawers for tablecloths and silverware.
inMay 13, 2009 - 3:31pm
Lily of the valley has always been a flower close to my heart! Shy and sweet, it is an old fashioned, sentimental favorite with a heavenly scent. The wide ribbed leaves unfold, revealing a dainty stem of flowers, round and white as tiny pearls. Easy to cultivate in most parts of the US and Europe, the flowers flourish in light or partial shade. They grow from rhizomes or pips and return every spring.
inMay 13, 2009 - 10:44am
Antique, vintage and artisan items are green. We champion these items as a means to reduce production emissions which adversely affect the health of our planet.
Green Listing Day Update: Donation To WWF
inMay 12, 2009 - 4:01pm
The down-turn in the economy has created a new paradigm for sellers and buyers alike. Let’s face it, as Ruby Lane shop owners the majority of us are offering items that are luxuries rather than necessities. In a time when customers have fewer dollars to spend on the extras, we face the challenge offering items at irresistible prices so that we do not face days without sales. It has become essential to find ways to maintain profit margins while offering buyers better prices. An old fashion idea, bartering, may be one way to lower your item cost.
inMay 12, 2009 - 3:54pm
I recently had occasion to ask myself that very question. It involved a piece of furniture of my Grandmother’s, which over the years and through many moves had ended up at an aunt’s house. The aunt was downsizing and had consigned the large, dated and very heavy Flowers Furniture Company buffet to be sold at auction.
May 12, 2009 - 3:40pm
Many times, I get asked how I come to a painting, where the inspiration is, or what is my goal. I've recently done a piece where these three factors are fairly clear - most of the time, I just enjoy painting, and am inspired by something pretty or feminine which I then turn in to a painting.
inMay 11, 2009 - 12:00pm
I am a gardener, and love the change of seasons. While planning my Spring plantings, I started thinking about how tending a garden is very much like tending my Ruby Lane Shop. Both need constant attention to stay looking fresh and inviting.
inMay 11, 2009 - 11:34am
inMay 8, 2009 - 4:25pm
By now you’ve heard about it. The social networking site with the strange name that refers to what birds do when they talk. There is also the site which was originally designed to serve as a tool for university students. Goodness, how times have changed! “Social networking” is growing at a pace that no one could have predicted, and now businesses are jumping in.
inMay 8, 2009 - 2:54pm
In the world of cyberspace, what does a smile have to do with selling online? We notice a smile on a child's face when they see their mom or dad. A smile crosses her face when the doorbell rings and flowers arrive. We laugh and smile as we see our pet playing with a favorite toy. All of these experiences have one thing in common, they use the eyes to express emotion in some way. In Ruby Lane, cyber world images are words on a screen or photographs of items illustrating an online site.