Browsing Tag


We’re Village people now

March 26, 2014

Marathon Village in Nashville, Tenn.

We spent some time at Marathon Village during our Nashville Trip. I am still in awe of this grand old building. Very industrial, very cool, very textural and delightful — especially for camera-toting creative types! The buildings house shops, studios, offices and even a fitness center. In its prime (1907-1914), Marathon Village was home to the Marathon Motor Car Company.

Marathon Village in Nashville, Tenn.


Marathon Village in Nashville, Tenn.

And I hope you can read the description, below. The Marathon A9 and B9 were pretty snazzy in their day. The A9 was a touring car seating five people and the B9 was a roadster with seating for three passengers, with a rumble seat!

Marathon Village in Nashville, Tenn.

Someone put a lot of time and effort into restoring these buildings. They’re spectacular. Everything is gorgeous — from the tough old bricks to the iron works, paned glass and beautiful windows.

Marathon Village in Nashville, Tenn.

Speaking of beautiful windows …

Marathon Village in Nashville, Tenn.

This space really trips my trigger, butters my biscuits and salts my … um … scrambled eggs? I get carried away but you can see why. And notice the bricks around the windows!

Marathon Village in Nashville, Tenn.

They’re rounded and sculpted … soft edges in an industrial space. I want to move in …

Marathon Village in Nashville, Tenn.

… or at the very least, have an office here. Wouldn’t it be fun to work in a space with such grandeur? I think so. I’d put a desk right between the windows. Loads of natural light! And speaking of windows, I took a gander through the looking glass and spied some barrels … hmmm.

Distributor at Marathon Village

And then … just as I was about to turn away and look elsewhere, I saw the sign.

Marathon Village in Nashville, Tenn.

If you don’t know who Popcorn Sutton is then you’ve probably never watched Moonshiners on Discovery or various bootlegging documentaries on History Channel. I’m not condoning moonshine making, drinking or selling — I’ve never tasted the stuff. The historical significance is not lost on me, however. This man’s decades-long illegal business is a little piece of American history — folklore, even. And it’s awfully sad and ironic that his name is being used to sell moonshine when the man himself died under house arrest, via suicide, a day prior to being escorted to federal prison. His apprentice is making a profit from his legacy, yet Popcorn was a wanted man for doing the very same thing. He was minding his own business, making white lightnin’ in the deep woods, but oh, yeah, not paying taxes on it. That’ll get ya every time. Anyway … he appeared to be quite an entertaining, if not crass, character. Look him up on YouTube!

Otis James, Nashville, Tenn.

More shops on down the hallways of this big old building. This one made me want to go in, settle on the sofa and take in the beautiful things. And then there was the candy company …

Bang Candy, Marathon Village, Nashville, Tenn.

The Bang Candy Company, a delightfully decorated little shop right next door to Antique Archaeology.

Isn’t it cute?!

Bang Candy Company in Nashville, Tenn.

Little bits of beauty for the eyes … or the lens, depending on your perspective!

Old Time Pickers, Nashville, Tenn.

And my guitar girl was awfully excited to spend a few minutes at The Old Time Pickin’ Parlor. She didn’t have a chance to do any pickin’ but she sure did some wishing and ogling! And outside …

Marathon Village, Nashville, Tennessee

Spring was in bloom!

(And we enjoyed every second of it because now we’re back in Ohio and it was 15 and snowing this morning.)




Exploring Antique Archaeology in Nashville

March 24, 2014

Antique Archaeology in Nashville, Tenn.

You know the show American Pickers, right? It’s a show on History channel that follows the exploratory tales of Mike and Frank, and their junk hunts across America. The pair happens to have a store in downtown Nashville. It’s tucked away in a place called Marathon Village (more on that tomorrow!) and boy, oh boy is it cool!

Antique Archaeology in Nashville

The girls were astonished at all of the stuff inside Antique Archaeology. Something awesome adorned every surface, including the ceiling. Some pieces are for sale and others are not. I made it out with a T-shirt and a bumper sticker. The sticker will be applied to the back of my grocery-getter. It’ll fit right in with the Yellowstone National Park, homeschooling and NRA stickers currently adorning the back window. My brother says I’m one step away from ‘hippie’ with all of my vehicular messages!

Antique Archaeology in Nashville

If I’m a hippie, these girls are hippie chicks. Aren’t they snazzy in their boots? Mother-daughter dates are so much fun!

Antique Archaeology in Nashville

My T-shirt is gray and says In Rust We Trust!  It’s perfect for antiquing and days of searching for junk to put in my trunk!

My Antique Archaeology T-shirt has a big rooster on it and touts "In Rust I Trust." It's perfect for antiquing!

That pig head is kinda creepy and it seems to appear in nearly every photo!

Antique Archaeology in Nashville, Tenn.


Antique Archaeology in Nashville, Tenn.

If you’re ever in downtown Nashville be sure to look up this awesome store in the midst of Marathon Village. It’s just a hop, skip and a jump from the hustle and bustle of downtown!



Scenes from a day in Nashville

March 22, 2014

Barb-B-Cutie in Nashville, TN

We always find our way to a tasty barbecue joint when we’re in Tennessee. This trip my sister (the middle cutie, below) took us to a place voted the best barbecue in Nashville in 2013. I have to admit it was pretty darned tasty!


Bar-B-Cutie in Nashville, TN

And then there are places like this …

Antique store near Nashville, Tenn.

A treasure trove of undiscovered possibilities!

Happy Saturday to you and yours. I hope your day is filled with love, laughter and a little bit of intrigue!



Ode to Spring in home and garden

March 19, 2014

Spring couscous

Tomorrow is the official first day of spring!
You could celebrate by making this fresh and delicious couscous recipe. It tastes like spring, literally.

I’ll be celebrating all the way to Tennessee on a road trip to see my sister. It’s a girls-only weekend and I’m hoping to fill it with kid cuddles, antique shopping and good eats. I enjoy every moment of Southern hospitality, minus the crazy pace of Music City. No matter the glitz, glamour and giddiness of downtown, we usually turn to the off-the-beaten-path places. Last time it was brisket, feed mills and Mt. Richmore. Stay tuned for our next adventures on the crazy train to Nashville!

My apprentice is in charge of Spring while I’m gone.
He was a huge help planting tomato and pepper seeds this year. Playing in the dirt was pure joy after this long, cold winter. Give a boy a job and he’ll bloom where he’s planted!

Planting seeds in spring

I may have been a bit overzealous on my seed order. We really don’t need so many tomato plants — hubby asked where I planned on putting them all (usually I have a few plants in a garden box, not the main garden). I told him I was making salsa this year. He liked that answer. Now to follow through … !

Planting seeds for the garden

Do you have seeds started? Planning a big garden this year? Let’s talk gardening tips! There’s no time like the present to dream big and imagine getting our hands (and bare feet!) in the dirt.

Please share your best gardening advice in the comments!






Feed Mills, Three French Hens and Mt. Richmore

March 10, 2012

Nolensville Feed Mill

I find it both ironic and hilarious that after arriving at my sister’s house in a Nashville suburb, we loaded into a vehicle and traveled in the opposite direction of Music City. She knows us … knows traffic and crowds give my mom hives, knows we love to travel off the beaten path, so she took us to Nolensville, a tiny little burb with antique stores, a cute little diner and the Nolensville Feed Mill. They had homemade breads, cinnamon rolls, ‘the world’s best chicken salad’ and of all things, pink pig-shaped gummies. I got some for the kids.

Nolensville Feed Mill

It’s a cool, charming kind of place. A place you’d like to pull up a chair and shoot the breeze for awhile. The kind of place you’d like to return to on Saturday mornings for breakfast. Unfortunately we’re headed to The Pearls II Event, so we’ll miss breaking our fast in Nolensville.

Nolensville Feed Mill

Hey, fancy meeting the neighbors, here! Remember? I told you we were on the crazy train to Nashville! We accosted Nolensville’s antique shops next.

Doesn’t this look like it’s brimming with possibilities? My sister found a cute necklace inside. I found a treasure at the next store …

Three French Hens Nolensville, TN

I think it’s an industrial trash can of some kind. Regardless, I fell in love with it. I’m going to put it in the corner of the family room to store the cue sticks that everyone usually leans in the corner. I’m constantly wiping pink chalk off the wall.

Martin's BBQ Nolensville, TN

We had lunch at Martin’s and I thoroughly enjoyed a Beef Brisket Redneck Taco. Smoked brisket, cole slaw and a yummy, slightly spicy BBQ sauce on a peppercorn pancake. It was delish!

Martin's Bar-B-Cue Nolensville, TN

It’s an awesome little place with loads of atmosphere and friendly service. They were even smoking some meat inside a pit in the restaurant. We left wearing the perfume of a smoker, literally. And it smelled delicious.

From there we headed into downtown Nashville and took in some familiar scenes. I didn’t get many photos, but I did manage to capture CMT headquarters. Cuz you know, it’s Nashville, and why not?

Mt. Richmore

She also took us up into the hills to see this. It’s the home of John Rich of Big & Rich fame. I have to say if I had millions to spend on a house overlooking Music City, I would make it more attractive than this …

However, who am I? No one. And I suppose if John Rich wants to build a gigantic monstrosity that looks like a coffee maker, he has the freedom to do so. *Shudder*

The weather was absolutely beautiful in Nashville, and today looks to be a repeat of sunny skies and near-70s weather. The trees are in bloom, too, which makes the reports from family in Ohio seem so miserable. (It’s cold and gloomy, there.)

Truth be told, another day here and I’ll definitely be ready to cuddle up at home away from crowds of people, busy crazy traffic and concrete. And now I need to go make some coffee … while humming, “Save a horse, ride a cowboy.”